Powerball jackpot rolls over to $150 million, big Centrelink change for jobseekers: Australian news live

Plus Australia has slapped sanctions on entities linked with North Korea's supply of weapons to Russia.

Yahoo's live news blog for Friday, May 17 has concluded.

It's another rollover in the Powerball meaning Australians will be playing for a whopping $150 million. It comes after a record $200 million draw earlier this year.

Australia has hit entities linked to North Korea's supply of weapons to Russia for its war with Ukraine with financial sanctions. Read more here.

And there's a big Centrelink change for JobSeeker recipients. Read about it here.

Follow along below for regular updates throughout the day.

  • Aussie agent's creative rental ad a big hit on TikTok

    How's this for a rental ad?

    Laurelle Brown of PRD Bendigo has been praised for "getting with the times" after jumping on a popular TikTok trend of late that sees people seamlessly transition from a viral fail video.

    It's fair to say it's gone down very well on the video sharing app.

  • Netflix to raise prices in Australia

    There's bad news for Netflix customers, with the streaming service announcing it will hike its prices in Australia.

    Here's how much each subscription tier will go up:

    • Standard with ads: The current rate is $6.99 per month and it's rising to $7.99

    • Standard without ads: $16.99 to $18.99

    • Premium: $22.99 to $25.99

    Read more from Yahoo Finance here and see why some experts believe Aussies have had enough.

  • Nail gun sold at Bunnings recalled over unexpected discharge

    A nail gun sold at Bunnings has been recalled over fears it could start unexpectedly firing nails.

    The Ryobi model Airwave 2-in-1 Brad Nailer/Stapler is being recalled by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) over the possible malfunction which sees the safety device "get stuck and allow a nail or staple to discharge through use of the trigger alone".

    More details are available here.

  • Victorian treasurer says working from home 'liberates women'

    Victoria's Treasurer Tim Pallas is under fire for a remark this morning suggesting women working from home allowed them to better perform their "home responsibilities".

    Pallas reportedly told a post-budget breakfast hosted by the Property Council of Australia that working from home wasn't necessarily unproductive, the Herald Sun reported.

    “Certainly a lot of women see that it becomes liberating for them in terms of organising their home responsibilities," he said, prompting gasps from the audience.

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 07: Victoria Treasurer Tim Pallas speaks to the media during the media budget lock-in on May 07, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia. It is the first budget for Jacinta Allan since she took over from Daniel Andrews as the Victorian state premier. (Photo by Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images)
    Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas. Source: Getty
  • Man missing for 26 years found locked up in neighbour's cellar

    We take you to a remarkable story emerging from Algeria now, where a man has been found in a neighbour's cellar 26 years after he vanished.

    Omar Bin Omran left his family home in Djelfa city in 1998 at the age of 17 to attend a vocational school and never returned.

    His family had feared he was dead, most likely killed in a civil war between the Algerian government and Islamist rebels.

    But Omran, now in his 40s, was rescued on Sunday from the house of his alleged captor and neighbour, located just 200m from his family’s home.

    His alleged 61-year-old captor has been arrested.

    Read more here.

    Omar Bin Omran has been freed after 26 years.
    Omar Bin Omran has been freed after 26 years.
  • Macklemore embracing Aussie life on tour

    It's fair to say American rapper Macklemore is embracing Australian life on his tour down under.

    He was pictured earlier this week in a NSW State of Origin jersey, as well as performing several shoeys on stage. He's also had a Matildas jersey on as well as a Wallabies one.

    Performing in Brisbane tonight, he surely now can't don a Maroons jersey, can he?

    Macklemore is loving life in Australia it seems. Source: Twitter
    Macklemore is loving life in Australia it seems. Source: Twitter
  • Three A-League players set to be charged over alleged gambling corruption

    Three A-League players are set to be charged over an alleged betting scheme.

    NSW Police allege the players manipulated the number of yellow cards received in matches in return for a corrupt payment.

    The players are contracted to Macarthur FC.

    "These players betrayed the trust of their supporters and the code they supposedly love," Assistant Commissioner Michael Fitzgerald said.

    Read more here.

  • Crackdown on rare parking offence

    Parking far out from the kerb could cost those in the UK city of Sheffield.
    Parking far out from the kerb could cost those in the UK city of Sheffield.

    A council in the UK is cracking down on unruly drivers responsible for a series of parking offences, including those who don't park close enough to the kerb.

    It could land drivers in the city of Sheffield a £70 ($130) fine. Is this an issue you've seen on Australian roads and want action on? Have your say below.

  • Albo doesn't hold back after Peter Dutton's Budget response

    Prime Minister Anthony Albanese hasn't held back responding to Opposition Leader Peter Dutton's Budget response.

    Reacting to Dutton's plan for an in increase in Medicare payments for psychological sessions, Albanese suggested there was a hint of irony about the idea.

    "This was the Health Minister who cut $50 billion from Medicare, the Health Minister who tried to introduce a tax every time people visited the doctor of $7," he told reporters on Friday morning.

    "Peter Dutton was the worst Health Minister Australia has ever had."

  • First look at hybrid ute coming to Australia

    Australians have been given a glimpse of what a new hybrid ute will look like, with the highly-anticipated SUV expected on our roads later this year.

    Chinese electric vehicle giant BYD has launched its plug-in ute in Mexico and excitement around the vehicle is growing. Named the Shark, a fully electric version will be released at a later point.

    With Australia's obsession with large vehicles continuing, this will certainly be an interesting option for drivers.

    The BYD Shark will arrive in Australia later this year.
    The BYD Shark will arrive in Australia later this year.
  • Woman with mental suffering wins assisted dying battle at 29

    A woman with mental suffering in the Netherlands has been granted her request for assisted dying at the age of 29.

    Zoraya ter Beek received the final approval last week for assisted dying after a three and a half year process under a law passed in the Netherlands in 2002.

    Her case has caused controversy as assisted dying for people with psychiatric illnesses in the Netherlands remains unusual, although the numbers are increasing.

    “People think that when you’re mentally ill, you can’t think straight, which is insulting,” she told the Guardian.

    Read more here.

    Zoraya ter Beek. Source: Ilvy Njiokiktjien
    Zoraya ter Beek. Source: Ilvy Njiokiktjien
  • Aussies look to make Powerball history with $150 million draw

    Aussies will be vying be the biggest lottery winner in Australia's history next week after the Powerball rolled over to $150 million.

    No one has ever scooped that amount, with the previous highest jackpot of $200 million in February split between two.

    No one matched all eight numbers last night in the $100 million draw, with 10 division two winners each taking home $179,059.50.

    The draw next week will be the third joint-highest in lottery history.

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