Two men who died in a helicopter crash in the Western Australian wheatbelt had been participating in a club event in a private aircraft.The two-seat Robinson R22 helicopter went down near the Cowcowing Lakes at Booralaming on Sunday, killing the men aged in their 50s and 70s.
The death toll from Hurricane Ian has climbed past 80 as embattled residents in Florida and the Carolinas faced a recovery expected to cost tens of billions of dollars, and some officials faced criticism over their response to the storm.The death toll was expected to keep rising as floodwaters receded on Sunday and search teams pushed farther into areas initially cut off from the outside world.
Optus is yet to provide government agencies with information about affected customers following a massive data breach, with more than 36,000 Medicare cards compromised.The Albanese government on Sunday called on the telco to help it protect those affected from fraud.
The New Zealand opposition has taken a leaf out of an Australian playbook, brewing a storm over tax ahead of the next election.However, the National party denies concocting misleading campaigns as it attempts to unseat Jacinda Ardern's Labour government.
1 million customers have had their ID documents exposed after the massive data breach.In a statement released on Monday afternoon, the telco confirmed the stolen data did not contain valid or current document ID numbers for about 7.
A national anti-corruption commission could hold virtually all of its hearings behind closed doors if a bold proposal is adopted.The Liberal-National coalition will push for further safeguards to prevent public hearings under the proposed anti-corruption watchdog.
The remains of about 64 Indigenous New Zealanders stolen in the 19th century have been sent back to New Zealand from Austria after more than 70 years of negotiations.Hundreds of people gathered for a ceremony at the country's national museum, Te Papa, in Wellington, to witness a procession as the remains were carried in white boxes, placed on a stage and covered with straw blankets and fur.
The NSW government does not face the same threat from independent politicians taking seats, as the Liberals at the federal election, Premier Dominic Perrottet says.With loyal party MPs retiring and nominations to replace them open, the hunt is on for candidates to help Mr Perrottet win his first election as premier, and deliver a historic fourth term to the Coalition.
Shaun Johnson's international career is nearing its end, with the experienced playmaker overlooked for Michael Maguire's Rugby League World Cup squad.The 32-year-old's Test future was on shaky ground when he was not included in the side that played Tonga earlier this year and his form with the Warriors has cost him a seat on the plane.
Women and young people living in regional Australia will be the focus of a Nationals Party "listening tour" launched in an effort to understand why voters ditched the coalition at the federal election.After failing to pick up additional seats in May and facing challenges to their strongholds in upcoming state elections, Nationals leader David Littleproud said the party needed to rebuild trust.