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It’s expected Australia’s vaccine rollout for 5- to 11-year-olds will start on January 10.

Australia news LIVE: TGA provisionally approves Pfizer for children aged 5 and up; NSW’s Omicron cases grow

School-aged children are on track to receive the coronavirus jab before classes return next year, speculation is mounting that former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is expected to announce a tilt at federal politics as soon as today and Victoria says it won’t pursue an “Omicron-zero” strategy.

  • by Broede Carmody and Michaela Whitbourn
Then-senator Robert Dole in 1971.

Bob Dole, war hero, senator, presidential candidate, dies at 98

Dole made a classic journey from the poverty of the Great Depression of the 1930s, through World War II battlefields to the corridors of power in Washington.

  • by Will Dunham
Adelaide Oval during the 2017-18 day/night Ashes Test.

Not going anywhere: SACA rebuffs WA claim to Ashes Test

Adelaide Oval’s day-night Ashes Test, due to start in a mere 10 days’ time, will not be going to Perth.

  • by Daniel Brettig
NSW Chief Health Officer Dr Kerry Chant says it is likely more Omicron cases will be detected.

NSW confirms nine more Omicron cases, ‘room for improvement’ in teen vaccination rate

Fourteen of the cases are linked to a south-west Sydney cluster of cases, the source of which remains unknown.

  • by Mary Ward
Evergrande’s Hui Ka Yan was once China’s richest man.

The China Evergrande crisis is coming to a head

The world’s most indebted property company has conceded it might not have the cash to meet its guarantee of a $US260 million debt.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Cranbrook, in Bellevue Hill, was founded in 1918.

Cranbrook takes another step towards opening school to girls

The eastern suburbs boys’ school has taken another step towards becoming co-educational in years 11 and 12.

  • by Jordan Baker

The luxury consignment stores selling out on Instagram

Purchasing high-end pre-loved clothing via live Instagram auctions provided a retail therapy hit for many during lockdown. It’s not slowing down any time soon.

  • by Kerri Sackville
Vladimir Putin: a war would be costly, but many Russians see Ukraine as he does.

Why would Putin want to invade Ukraine?

“One of the colossal problems pushing us into conflict is that Russian identity does not exist without Ukrainian identity,” said Ilya Ponomarev, a former member of Russia’s Parliament.

  • by Anton Troianovski
A man has been charged with the murder of a woman who was allegedly stabbed to death in Riverwood in what police consider a random attack as she made her way home from the shops with a walking frame.

Woman stabbed to death in alleged ‘random attack’ in Sydney’s south-west

A 67-year-old woman, with a walking frame, was found with multiple stab wounds at Riverwood on Sunday and died. A 24-year-old man has been charged with murder.

  • by Sarah McPhee
Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen clash.

‘Unbelievable’: Hamilton wins crazy Saudi GP to level with Verstappen

There were crashes, safety cars, red flags, claims of dirty driving after Lewis Hamilton hit the back of Max Verstappen’s suddenly slowing car, penalties, collisions and more.

  • by Alan Baldwin
What goes up, must come down?

Brutal bitcoin fall adds to list of scary omens in markets for retail investors

A brutal bout of selling that wiped billions of dollars from profitless growth companies and ‘meme’ stocks has now hit bitcoin, testing retail traders.

  • by Vildana Hajric, Lu Wang and Justina Lee
Jennifer Beattie battles for possession with Sam Kerr during the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Sam Kerr leads Chelsea to FA Cup final win over Arsenal at Wembley

Matildas superstar Sam Kerr scored a stunning individual goal as Chelsea thrashed Arsenal 3-0 to win the Women’s FA Cup at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

  • by Christian Radnedge
French far-right presidential candidate Eric Zemmour, waves after his first rally which was marked by violence.

‘We will win’: Violence flares at French far-right candidate’s campaign rally

Eric Zemmour has drawn comparisons in France to former US President Donald Trump because of his rabble-rousing populism.

  • by Sylvie Corbet
A new coronavirus vaccine could eventually be needed in the face of the Omicron variant.

Is the new ‘COVID normal’ a fresh variant every few months?

The world must be on guard for particularly large waves on the horizon and respond quickly — even if it’s just hitting the “pause” button.

  • by Elizabeth Weise
Schoolies a rite of passage? Not quite.

I took my daughter to India for Schoolies to give her something I never had

As a teen, Sean Doyle struggled to navigate the larger world. So when his daughter Anna finished school, he chose something significant to mark that key moment in her life.

  • by Sean Doyle
Price growth could be flatter in future.

Do house prices really double every 10 years?

The old saying goes that property prices double every decade, but new figures show the locations where price growth has been even stronger – and where it hasn’t kept pace.

  • by Elizabeth Redman
Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian is considering a tilt at federal politics.

ICAC not a consideration as Liberals say Berejiklian shifts thinking on federal tilt

Senior Liberals say the pending findings of a corruption inquiry will have no bearing on whether the former NSW premier decides to run federally in Warringah.

  • by Lucy Cormack
Composite of the final three options for the Sydney Harbour Bridge cycleway designs.

Top three designs for new Harbour Bridge cycle ramp unveiled

The public will have until late January to weigh in on their preferred option for the ramp at Milsons Point.

  • by Carrie Fellner
Naomi Milgrom, one of Australia’s richest women.

Milgroms get political tipping motza into Climate 200

The Milgrom family have decided to donate $500,000 to the Climate 200 war chest, run by Simon Holmes a Court. Trent Zimmerman and Tim Wilson, are you sweating yet?

  • by Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
Helen Foulis, in pink, with members of the Bilpin community say they can already dance and would rather receive a grant for bushfire infrastructure equipment.

Bushfire-affected community asks for water storage, gets dance lessons

Resilience NSW officers determined in February the dance classes were “meritorious” but could not be funded under the bushfire recovery grants program. They funded them anyway.

  • by Harriet Alexander
Striking teachers rally in Sydney in 1988. Today’s teachers would need a 15 per cent pay rise to restore them to their wage status three decades ago alongside comparable professions.

Consider these three facts about the teachers’ strike

The teachers’ claims are of relevance to all of us.

  • by John Buchanan
Striking teachers rally in Sydney in 1988. Today’s teachers would need a 15 per cent pay rise to restore them to their wage status three decades ago alongside comparable professions.

Parents split over support for upcoming teacher strike

Some parents and associations say it’s time for teachers to receive better pay and conditions for their efforts, but others do not want any further disruption to students.

  • by Jordan Baker and Natassia Chrysanthos
Bryce Doherty and Richard Galvin of Digital Asset Capital Management.

The Aussie crypto fund manager who is pulling in 28,000 per cent returns

Along with the massive returns and the lure of bleeding-edge technology, one of the things Richard Galvin likes most about the crypto space is its inefficiency.

  • by Dominic Powell
Afterpay, Zip and other BNPL providers are being targeted by consumer groups.

Buy now, pay dearly later: how consumers are indebted with late fees

It’s the shiny new toy of credit, but the buy now, pay later industry profits when customers fail to pay on time.

  • by Jenna Price
Britain was forced to defend a crackdown on travellers entering the country.

Omicron not fuelling surge in hospitalisations: Fauci

Initial data from South Africa, the epicentre of the outbreak of the Omicron variant, does not show a resulting surge of hospitalisations, America’s top COVID adviser said.

Ethan Crumbley is being held without bond on two dozen counts, including murder.

Independent inquiry to examine Michigan school’s actions ahead of shooting

An independent inquiry will investigate why school staff sent a student back to class despite finding images of bullets on his phone and disturbing drawings with the words “blood everywhere”.

Scott Morrison says Australians should not fear future lockdowns over the new coronavirus variant.

Morrison’s sudden push for gender parity reeks of desperation

An eleventh-hour campaign to get more female Liberal candidates in key seats can’t camouflage the Coalition’s “women’s problems”.

Market Forces says the big four banks’ funding for expansionary fossil fuel projects is incompatible with a commitment to net zero emissions by 2050.

Where to start?: Boards struggle with climate change risks, fail to act

Many Australian boards are struggling to prepare their companies or organisations for climate change, with almost half the country’s directors saying they don’t know how to tackle the issue.

  • by Patrick Hatch
Sean Abbott of the Sixers celebrates with team mates after dismissing Beau Webster of the Stars.

Sixers plunder woeful Stars in BBL opener

The Melbourne Stars were bowled out for 61 - the third lowest total in the tournament’s history.

  • by Tom Decent
Black Lives Matter protest organiser Padraic “Paddy” Gibson says Nazis were behind an attack on his house last night.

Police investigate alleged ‘Nazi’ attack on home of anti-racism campaigner

Paddy Gibson, who helped organise last year’s Black Lives Matter protests, says the attack was a “significant escalation” in threats to his safety from the far right.

  • by Carrie Fellner
A surge in personal and company tax revenues have improved the position of the budget but the government is still facing a deficit of more than $80 billion this financial year.

Tax revenue surge improves budget bottom line but big deficit awaits

New figures show the budget is almost $8 billion ahead of expectations, but that still means which ever party wins the 2022 federal election faces a huge deficit.

  • by Shane Wright
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Just hanging on, and on, and on

Thirsty visits in the wee small hours.

Japanese garden and bridge at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Hobart.

‘That’s your bloomin’ lot’: Australia’s favourite gardener dead at 94

With a twinkling eye and a cheery smile, Peter Cundall was like everyone’s perfect granddad.

  • by Harriet Veitch
hows Shaun Resnik and surrogate mother Carla Pincombe.  Shaun is the first single (and gay) man in Victoria to be given offical approval to have a baby through IVF surrogac

How surrogacy allowed a single man to keep hold of his fatherhood dream

When Shaun Resnik found himself single at 40, with a lot of love to give and deep yearning for a child of his own, he had an epiphany.

  • by Melissa Cunningham
Defence attorney Jeffrey Pagliuca, left, confers with Ghislaine Maxwell during Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial, in New York.

Maxwell prosecutors paint a picture of wretched excess and sexual predation

One week into Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial, the jury has already been on board Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet and inside his Palm Beach mansion. They’ve also seen his stained massage table.

  • by Patricia Hurtado and Mary Biekert
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet and his Victorian counterpart Dan Andrews discussed the new variant via text message on Saturday.

NSW and Victoria say they will not pursue an ‘Omicron zero’ strategy

NSW and Victoria say they will not be altering plans to further lift COVID-19 restrictions and will not pursue an “Omicron zero” strategy to try to eradicate the new variant of the virus from the community.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
Anthony Albanese launches the party’s unofficial election campaign.

Albanese must make compelling case for change to oust Morrison

Labor, under Anthony Albanese, is hoping a modest policy agenda will starve Scott Morrison of political ammunition ahead of the federal election. But will that be enough to win government?

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The Tasmania government has formally requested Cricket Australia move the Perth Test to Hobart.

Tasmania to match the net return of an MCG Ashes Test

Hobart’s bid for a first-ever Ashes Test may come with a guarantee to match the net return from an equivalent MCG fixture.

  • by Daniel Brettig
Jaylen Adams of the Kings drives to the basket during the round one NBL match between Sydney Kings and Matthew Dellavedova’s Melbourne United.

Kings spoil Dellavedova’s Melbourne United debut

The Sydney Kings were too fast for an undermanned Melbourne United, spoiling Matthew Dellavedova’s NBL debut.

  • by Jon Pierik and Roy Ward
Australian captain Pat Cummins and England captain Joe Root pose up with an Ashes trophy.

Starc gets backing from those who matter most after Test team named

Mitchell Starc and Travis Head have been pencilled in for the final two spots as new captain Pat Cummins announced the side for the Ashes opener in Brisbane.

  • by Phil Lutton
 Racing heads to the mid-north coast holiday town of Tuncurry on Monday.

First-up Lasting Grace ready for soft track on Tuncurry Cup day

Monday’s Tuncurry Cup meeting will see a selection of first-up starters chasing success over longer distances on soft tracks.

  • by Neil Evans
Leading Sydney jockey James McDonald.
Horse racing

By George, the J-Mac legend grows with Moore yet to come

Top hoop James McDonald’s body of work at Rosehill on Saturday only added to the credence of those labelling him an all-time great.

  • by Max Presnell
Federal Labor Leader, Hon. Anthony Albanese MP in Ashfield delivering a speech to Labor supporters around his plans for Australia’s future.5th Dec 2021. Photo: Edwina Pickles / SMH

Coalition, Labor gear up for long election campaign on trust

The Coalition will seek to tie Labor’s election prospects to support from the Greens, while Labor wants to make the poll a referendum on the Prime Minister’s character.

  • by Lisa Visentin and Shane Wright
The first Test begins at the Gabba on Wednesday.

‘It will define my captaincy’: Root under no illusions ahead of Ashes

The England captain cut a purposeful figure at the Gabba on Sunday, saying England could win the big occasions over the summer and his legacy as leader was at stake.

  • by Phil Lutton
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Sit up straight! What is the point of table manners?

Don’t put your elbows on the table, don’t talk with your mouth full. Who made up these rules, and what are they for?

  • by Felicity Lewis
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Celebrity gardener Peter Cundall dies at the age of 94

The much-loved former host of the ABC’s Gardening Australia has passed away following a short illness, the broadcaster confirmed.

  • by Carrie Fellner
Marigold Restaurant in Chinatown is closing after 39 years of service.

Marigold serves up its last yum cha as Sydney institution closes its doors

The outpouring of community support could not stop the inevitable on Sunday, when the Sydney yum cha institution served up its last prawn dumplings, mango pancakes and barbecued pork buns.

Jack Viney, holding his daughter, walks out on to the MCG as a premiership player.

No complacency: Viney says season-opening GF rematch the perfect motivator

A grand final rematch to open the season is the perfect motivator for Melbourne’s premiership players, according to Jack Viney.

  • by Michael Gleeson
Ben Cutting in action for the Sydney Thunder last season.

Big-hitting Lynn could be more dangerous without captaincy: Cutting

The Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat get their Big Bash campaigns underway on Monday night in Canberra.

  • by Tom Decent
Labor could fill Liberal vacuum in Sydney’s second city.

Labor, Greens fill Liberal vacuum in Parramatta

The Liberal Party’s abdication of Sydney’s second city leaves the door open for their political opponents to control the council.

  • by Angus Thompson
Scott Morrison was taking a trip around Mt Panorama as Labor accused him of being addicted to gimmicks.

PM drives around Mt Panorama as Albanese spells out attack plan

The unofficial election campaign is under way - a battle between a PM in a fast touring car and an Opposition Leader saying it’s time to end the gimmicks.

  • by Shane Wright
Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore secures an historic fifth term

Moore set to hold City of Sydney council majority

Returning Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore’s team appears set to command a majority at Town Hall after securing an historic fifth term, with polling figures so far showing half of the council’s 10 places going to the powerful independent.

  • by Angus Thompson
Ellie Aitken and Hollie Nasser.

War breaks out in North Bondi as Aitken-Nasser split gets messy

The fireworks went offline and spilled into a spectacular confrontation outside a North Bondi home.

  • by Samantha Hutchinson and Stephen Brook
Biotech giants and local pharma firms have put up their hands to make mRNA vaccines onshore.

TGA approves jabs for 5-11 year olds as Victoria records seven deaths, 980 new cases

Victoria has recorded seven deaths and 980 new cases in the 24 hours to Sunday morning, as the TGA approved jabs for 5-11 year olds to begin on January 10.

  • by Roy Ward, James Massola and Ashleigh McMillan
Sassy Park with some of her quirky ceramic jars.

Jars bear artistic meaning in a world gone to pot

Archaeologists of the future will gain an unique insight into these strange, fearful days should they unearth Sassy Park’s apothecary jars.

  • by Karen Pakula
Sydney teenager Cristian Volpato made his debut for AS Roma against Inter Milan.

Socceroos urged to pick Totti’s Aussie protege after Serie A debut

Cristian Volpato was told by two A-League clubs he wasn’t good enough. On Saturday night, he made his professional debut for Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma - against Inter Milan, no less, in one of the biggest fixtures on the Serie A calendar.

  • by Vince Rugari