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Australia heading for recession after economy contracts

Jun 03, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Australia's gross domestic product shrinks 0.3% in January-March 2020. It is now on track to enter its first recession since 1991.

AUSTRALIA ECONOMY. People queue outside a benefits payment center in Sydney on March 23, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia probes U.S. police assault on its journalists

Jun 02, 2020 - 8:09 PM

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne wants the Australian Embassy to investigate the incident, wherein 7NEWS journalists are slammed with a riot shield and punched and hit with a baton during a broadcast

PUSHING BACK PROTESTERS. Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators shooting tear gas next to St. John's Episcopal Church outside of the White House, June 1, 2020 in Washington D.C., during a protest over the death of George Floyd. Photo by Jose Luis Magana/AFP

Google rejects call for huge Australian media payout

Jun 01, 2020 - 1:59 PM

Google's top executive in Australia says Google made barely Aus$10 million per year from news-linked advertising, a fraction of a government watchdog's estimates for the sector

GOOGLE. A sign of Google is seen at Google's stand during the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, on January 21, 2020. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

News Corp to stop printing more than 100 Australian papers

May 28, 2020 - 2:23 PM

News Corp Australia says the permanent changes had been brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, which had impacted the sustainability of local publishing

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 17, 2018: Retiree sitting on a bench reading a newspaper. Shutterstock.com

Australian media to be tried for contempt over reporting on George Pell

May 26, 2020 - 1:50 PM

If convicted, the journalists face prison terms of up to 5 years and the media organizations fines of up to Aus$500,000

GEORGE PELL. Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria court after prosecutors decided not to proceed with a second trial on alleged historical child sexual offences in Melbourne on February 26, 2019. File photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Bushfire-hit Australians still in tents as virus slows recovery

May 25, 2020 - 4:42 PM

Six months after Australia's bushfire crisis and some 6 hours away from Sydney, scores of people still live in limbo

SCORCHED. This picture taken on May 21, 2020 shows scorched mailboxes on Quinlans street in Quaama in New South Wales state, months after Australia's bushfire crisis. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia watchdog suggests news boycott of Google, Facebook

May 20, 2020 - 10:59 AM

The idea is among a series of bargaining tools put forward by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission to encourage Google and Facebook to pay news media businesses for the use of their content


Puppy scammers target lonely Aussies during lockdown

May 19, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Australia's consumer watchdog ACCC says Scammers fleeced people looking for a new pet out of some Aus$300,000 ($196,000) in April alone, 5 times higher than the normal monthly average

Australia threatens WTO action as dispute with China deepens

May 19, 2020 - 3:00 PM

(UPDATED) Australia is considering going to the World Trade Organization, but says there is 'no trade war' with China

Containers are seen being loaded on a cargo ship at Port Botany in Sydney on March 27, 2020. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

China to levy 80.5% in tariffs on Australian barley

May 18, 2020 - 10:00 PM

China says it investigated Australian grain exports, and found that Australian subsidies and dumping 'substantially damaged domestic industry'

TRADE. This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020, shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Australia extends application for Australia Awards Scholarships

May 16, 2020 - 11:14 AM

PRESS RELEASE: The deadline for the submission of applications is on June 30, 2020

Nearly 600,000 Australians lose jobs as virus lockdown bites

May 14, 2020 - 2:30 PM

'A very tough day. Terribly shocking, although not unanticipated,' says Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison as unemployment figures are released

A general view shows a near-deserted street in the central business district as people stay home due to COVID-19 novel coronavirus restrictions in Sydney on May 14, 2020. - New South Wales state will relax public gathering and business COVID-19 coronavirus restrictions from May 15. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Australian media group wants tech giants to pay $400 million a year

May 14, 2020 - 12:44 PM

In an initiative being closely watched across the world, the Australian government is due to unveil in July details of the mandatory payments as part of a code of conduct for the tech giants' dealings with news media

China cuts Australian beef imports after warning against virus probe

May 12, 2020 - 3:55 PM

(UPDATED) Tensions between China and Australia continue to rise after the latter called for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus outbreak

A display of Australian beef sits in a butchers shop in the Melbourne suburb of Yarraville on May 12, 2020. - China suspended imports from four major Australian beef suppliers May 12, just weeks after Beijing's ambassador warned of a consumer boycott in retaliation for Canberra's push to probe the origins of the coronavirus. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Nearly all 38 Filipinos positive for coronavirus in Australia now recovered

May 11, 2020 - 4:16 PM

Only 1 Filipino has yet to recover from the disease, says Philippine Ambassador to Australia Ma Hellen De la Vega

TRANSITIONS. A man jogs in Melbourne on May 8, 2020, as Australia's government unveiled a 3-stage plan to get the economy back to a new 'COVID-safe' normal by the end of July. Photo by William West/AFP

Australia plans to lift most virus restrictions by July

May 08, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Federal authorities leave implementation plans up to the country's diverse states and territories, meaning coronavirus restrictions will remain in place for weeks or months longer in areas hardest hit by the disease

LIFTING RESTRICTIONS. A man jogs past a giant mask and eye display stuck to a tree in Melbourne on May 8, 2020, as Australia's government unveiled a 3-stage plan to get the economy back to a new "COVID-safe" normal by the end of July. Photo by William West/AFP

Cardinal Pell knew of clergy abuse for decades – inquiry

May 07, 2020 - 11:47 AM

Pell knew as far back as the 1970s and failed to seek the removal of accused priests, an inquiry reveals

CARDINAL. Australian Cardinal George Pell is escorted in handcuffs from the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne on August 21, 2019. Photo by William West/AFP

Rain brings optimism for drought-plagued Aussie farmers

May 06, 2020 - 2:17 PM

Australian farmers are, for the first time in a long while, confident enough to plant crops

LUSH GRASS. This photo taken on May 4, 2020 shows sheep feeding on lush grass on the property of Australian farmer Kevin Tongue near the rural city of Tamworth, north-west of Sydney. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia 'losing $2.5 billion a week' in virus shutdown

May 05, 2020 - 3:00 PM

Australia's gross domestic product is expected to fall 10% in the 2nd quarter of 2020

A man (L) walks through a deserted part of Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market on May 5, 2020. - Australia's economy is losing 4 billion Australian dollars (2.5 billion USD) every week its virus shutdown continues, while a million workers have already lost their jobs in the crisis, according to figures announced on May 5. (Photo by William WEST / AFP)

Man shot dead by police in Australia stabbing spree

May 01, 2020 - 7:52 PM

Police say the man stabbed one person at a motel and another outside a McDonald's in the city of Port Hedland before attacking 5 people at a mall

France, Spain to announce lockdown exit plan as Aussies hit waves

Apr 28, 2020 - 4:39 PM

Countries are beginning to chart their path out of shutdowns imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which emerged in China late last year and has now infected more than 3 million people worldwide

ON BONDI BEACH. Surfers carry their boards on Bondi Beach after it reopened following a 5-week closure in Sydney on April 28, 2020 Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

China envoy threatens Australia boycott over virus inquest demand

Apr 27, 2020 - 3:12 PM

In a thinly veiled threat, ambassador Cheng Jingye warns the push for an independent inquest into the origins of the outbreak was 'dangerous'

CHINA AND THE VIRUS. This photo taken on April 25, 2020 shows medical workers wearing protective gear looking for close contacts with patients that tested positive on nucleic acid tests for the COVID-19 coronavirus in Suifenhe in China's northeastern Heilongjiang province. Photo by AFP

Nearly 2 million Australians download coronavirus tracker app

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:47 PM

(UPDATED) Experts herald the COVIDSafe app as a way of improving authorities' ability to track new outbreaks of the disease

Perth Airport seizes Virgin Australia planes to recoup debt

Apr 24, 2020 - 8:05 PM

The operator of Perth Airport says Virgin Australia's planes are being held as collateral until the company pays 'significant' outstanding fees

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA. An Airbus A330 plane of the airline. Photo from Virgin Australia website

Virus-stricken cruise ship leaves Australia

Apr 23, 2020 - 9:16 PM

It is reportedly bound for Manila in the Philippines

RUBY PRINCESS. The cruise ship Ruby Princess departs from Port Kembla, some 80 kilometers south of Sydney, on April 23, 2020, after a few hundred virus-free crew members disembarked to begin the process of repatriation to their home countries. Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Australia pounces on oil glut to build strategic reserve

Apr 22, 2020 - 1:20 PM

Australia will spend Aus$94 million (US$59 million) to begin developing an oil stockpile established on United States soil

Nozzles labeled with different types of fuel are seen at a filling station in Sydney on April 22, 2020. - Oil resumed its painful retreat on April 22, extending a rout that has torn through energy markets, though stock exchanges in Asia and Europe were mixed following a two-day sell-off. (Photo by Saeed KHAN / AFP)

Virgin Australia collapses under coronavirus strain

Apr 21, 2020 - 9:10 AM

(UPDATED) Virgin Australia goes into voluntary administration, but says it plans to keep operating flights

VOLUNTARY ADMINISTRATION. An aircraft of Virgin Australia. Photo from Virgin Australia's Facebook page

China rejects Australia's call for probe into virus response

Apr 20, 2020 - 8:44 PM

'Any question about China's transparency in the prevention and control of epidemic situation is not in line with facts,' Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang says

DISINFECTING. Staff members spray disinfectant in the compounds of a school as it prepares to reopen after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Handan in China's northern Hebei province on April 20, 2020. Photo by AFP

Australia calls for independent probe into global virus response

Apr 19, 2020 - 2:24 PM

Australia shares similar concerns to the United States, whose President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of 'mismanaging' the crisis and covering up the seriousness of China's outbreak before it spread

WHO BRIEFING. A TV grab from the World Health Organization (WHO) website shows (from left) WHO Health Emergencies Program Director Michael Ryan, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Technical Lead Maria Van Kerkhove attending a virtual news briefing on COVID-19 from the WHO headquarters, on April 17, 2020 in Geneva. Screenshot by AFP

Scientists try 'cloud brightening' to protect Great Barrier Reef

Apr 17, 2020 - 10:03 PM

In an attempt to cool waters around the reef by making clouds reflect more sunlight, researchers say they used a boat-mounted fan similar to a snow cannon to shoot salt crystals into the air

BLEACHING. An undated handout photo received from ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 19, 2018 shows a mass bleaching event on a coral reef at Orpheus Island on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Greg Torda / Arc Centre of Excellence for Cor/AFP

Aussie rower in lockdown unwittingly sets world record

Apr 15, 2020 - 3:04 PM

While on COVID-19 lockdown, Georgie Rowe inadvertently smashes the world record for indoor rowing half-marathon

WORK FROM HOME. Australian Georgie Rowe pulls off a surprise while training at home. Photo from Rowing Australia’s Instagram

Australian unemployment rate to double as virus hammers economy

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:05 PM

The doubling in the unemployment rate would see an estimated 1.4 million people out of work in Australia

People queue outside a benefits payment centre in Sydney on March 23, 2020. - With the imminent closure of pubs, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues in Sydney, large queues formed outside Australian unemployment benefit offices as online services crashed as the prime minister warned the coronavirus pandemic would cause an economic crisis akin to the Great Depression. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Australia, New Zealand flatten virus curve but keep lockdowns intact

Apr 14, 2020 - 10:28 AM

'Patience has got to be our virtue here,' says Australia's PM, noting that countries like Singapore and South Korea had initial success against COVID-19 but saw a surge in new cases after travel and other restrictions were eased

WAITING. A couple wearing face masks wait for their flight at Wellington International Airport. Photo by Marty Melville/AFP

Kyrgios delivers on food pledge for people going hungry

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:35 PM

Just months after leading a bushfire relief, mercurial tennis star Nick Kyrgios helps out fellow Australians affected by the worldwide health crisis

CHANGED MAN. The controversial Nick Kyrgios has been nothing but a good Samaritan this year. Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

Passengers from virus-infected cruise ship leave for Australia

Apr 12, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Uruguay residents wave flags and clap their hands in their balconies as buses take the Australian and New Zealander cruise passengers to the airport

EVACUATION. The buses that will take the Australian and New Zealander passengers of the coronavirus-stricken Australian liner Greg Mortimer to Montevideo's international airport for their evacuation in a medically equipped plane to Melbourne, remain by the cruise ship during the evacuation at the port in the Uruguayan capital on April 10, 2020. Photo by Pablo Porciuncula/AFP

Cardinal Pell freed after winning appeal over child sex abuse

Apr 07, 2020 - 9:33 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The 78-year-old leaves Barwon Prison near Melbourne after the court overturns 5 counts of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the 1990s

FREE MAN. Cardinal George Pell (R) leaves the County Court of Victoria on February 26, 2019. Photo by Con Chronis/AFP

Virus-stricken cruise ship docks near Sydney

Apr 06, 2020 - 4:24 PM

The Ruby Princess berths at Port Kembla after weeks stranded at sea to allow doctors to assess sick crew members and take the most serious cases ashore for medical treatment

RUBY PRINCESS. Cruise liner Ruby Princess sits in the harbour in Port Kembla, 80 kilometers south of Sydney after coming in to refuel and restock on April 6, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australia police to probe cruise ship coronavirus deaths

Apr 05, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Authorities say they are investigating the alleged 'absolute discrepancies' between information provided and the requirements of the law

Two tourists are seen in front of the Opera House in Sydney on March 20, 2020, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before, announcing unprecedented bans on entry for non-residents in the hope of stemming the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. PETER PARKS / AFP

Australian plane delivers pizza, beer to locked-down outback

Apr 04, 2020 - 3:25 PM

Pizza and beer are being delivered by plane to remote ranches in the Australian outback in an attempt to bring those in lockdown isolation a slice of cheer

Animal adoptions soar in Australia during virus shutdown

Apr 01, 2020 - 8:47 PM

The RSPCA says adoption and foster inquiries have risen to 300% in New South Wales

Lachlan Vaughan-Taylor (C) and his partner (L) look at Pippa (R), a blind cat they just adopted at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Shelter and Veterinary Hospital in Sydney on April 1, 2020. - Lonely Aussies in home isolation are adopting rescue animals at record rates as COVID-19 coronavirus shutdowns bite, RSPCA New South Wales said on March 31. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

60 Australian newspapers to stop printing

Apr 01, 2020 - 11:05 AM

'The coronavirus crisis has created unprecedented economic pressures and we are doing everything we can to preserve as many jobs as possible,' says News Corp Australasia Executive Chairman Michael Miller

SHUT DOWN. Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp and co-chairman of 21st Century Fox, arrives at the Sun Valley Resort of the annual Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference July 10, 2018 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

Great Barrier Reef suffers mass coral bleaching event

Mar 26, 2020 - 6:29 PM

Some previously untouched areas have now suffered 'moderate or severe bleaching,' says the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

MASS BLEACHING. An undated handout photo received from ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies on April 19, 2018, shows a mass bleaching event of coral on Australia's Great Barrier Reef. File photo by Mia Hoogenboom/ ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies/AFP

Qantas probed over allegedly using crisis to try to sink rival

Mar 24, 2020 - 1:30 PM

Virgin Australia claims Qantas engaged in anti-competitive behavior by 'trying to send a message that Virgin was in trouble and would not survive' the coronavirus crisis

QANTAS. Planes of the Australian carrier parked at the Melbourne Airport. Photo from Shutterstock

Australia tells athletes to prepare for 2021 Tokyo Olympics

Mar 23, 2020 - 7:08 PM

The Australian Olympic Committee decides an Olympics starting in July is not possible given the uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic

CLAMOR. Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are pressed to postpone the Games due to the coronavirus crisis. File photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP


Echoes of Great Depression as jobless Australians queue for help

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:45 PM

After a record 29 years of economic growth, Australia is poised to spiral into recession as the global coronavirus outbreak wreaks havoc on the country's economy

People queue outside a benefits payment centre in Sydney on March 23, 2020. - With the imminent closure of pubs, restaurants, cafes and entertainment venues in Sydney, large queues formed outside Australian unemployment benefit offices as online services crashed as the prime minister warned the coronavirus pandemic would cause an economic crisis akin to the Great Depression. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

Tom Hanks 'better' after virus quarantine in Australia

Mar 23, 2020 - 1:14 PM

The actor and his wife, actress Rita Wilson have been released from the hospital and are doing okay

US actor Tom Hanks presents an award during the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards show at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on January 19, 2020. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Tearful couples cancel as coronavirus hits Australian weddings

Mar 21, 2020 - 6:50 PM

New government restrictions hit Australia’s multi-billion-dollar wedding industry, forcing many tearful couples to cancel their big day

Australia hunts 2,700 cruise passengers over virus fears

Mar 20, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Authorities say they deemed the New Zealand-bound Ruby Princess 'low risk' and let passengers spill into the center of the country's most populous city. They later discover that 3 passengers and one of the crew tested positive.

NEW NORMAL. Two tourists are seen in front of the Opera House in Sydney on March 20, 2020, after Australia moved to seal off its borders the day before to stemm the rise of COVID-19 coronavirus infections. Peter Parks/AFP

Australia tells citizens to come home, and stop travelling abroad

Mar 18, 2020 - 3:50 PM

'Regardless of your destination, age or health, our advice is do not travel at this time,' says the Australian foreign ministry's Smart Traveller alert

STAY PUT. Passengers wait to check-in at the departures hall at the international airport in Sydney on March 18, 2020. Photo by Peter Parks/AFP

Australian carrier Qantas slashes international routes 90%

Mar 17, 2020 - 10:00 AM

Facing a growing list of travel bans around the globe and a 'precipitous decline in demand,' Qantas says the cutbacks would continue until at least the end of May

QANTAS. The airline feels the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo from Qantas website