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Three Queensland lobbyists will be barred from contacting cabinet ministers as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk seeks to make her government "the most transparent" in the country.Ms Palaszczuk announced the move on Monday after the Coaldrake report last week raised serious concerns about lobbyists accessing and influencing her government.
Mick Tsikas/AAPAgain, thousands of residents in Western Sydney face a life-threatening flood disaster. At the time of writing, evacuation orders spanned southwest and northwest Sydney and residents of the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley were being warned the crisis was escalating. It’s just over a year since the region’s long-suffering residents lived through one of the largest flood events in recent history. And of course, earlier this year floods devastated the Northern NSW town of Lismore. Right now
The South Australian Liberals are set to retain the prized state seat of Bragg in a by-election forced by the resignation of former deputy premier Vickie Chapman, but not before being pushed to the wire.With only postal and pre-poll votes to count this week, Liberal Jack Batty is clinging to a narrow lead over Labor's Alice Rolls after another big swing to the ALP.
With rain continuing to pummel communities across NSW on Monday, the SES warns flooding will be worse than in 2021. Find out the latest on the emergency.
A Queensland anti-drink driving advocate is calling on her mayor to quit after she crashed a council car while allegedly under the influence.Redland Mayor Karen Williams has taken unpaid leave as she prepares to face drink driving charges in court next month.
Retired tennis player Ash Barty has been named person of the year at the 2022 NAIDOC Awards.Barty, a proud Ngaragu woman, was the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley to hold the no.
Australia's first truth-telling commission wants two more years to deliver its final report, as it moves to focus on modern injustices perpetrated against Indigenous people.To mark NAIDOC Week, the Yoorrook Justice Commission's interim report was tabled in Victorian parliament on Monday after it met with 174 local elders across the state and another seven in Melbourne-based public hearings in recent months.
The Greens have urged the South Australian government to introduce a tax on vacant residential properties after reports thousands are empty across the state.Amid the current rental and housing crisis, census data suggests about 84,000 are lying vacant.
A back garden feature has sparked a war with wound-up neighbours who've slammed the addition as 'revolting'. Find out what's happened.
Queensland miners will snub the state government's launch of its industry plan after a hike in coal taxes, while environmental groups plan to attend in protest.Miners have been paying more royalties on each tonne of coal sold for more than $175 since the start of the new financial year on Friday.
Anthony Albanese has paid tribute to the bravery of Ukrainians as he used a trip to Kyiv to promise an extra $100 million in military aid.The prime minister visited the towns of Bucha, Irpin and Hostomel near the capital on Sunday, under very tight security, before meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv.
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The Australian share market has ended higher after posting losses for the past three sessions, with investors' seemingly resolved to continuing rate increases and ongoing market volatility ahead of a Reserve Bank board meeting on Tuesday.The benchmark S&P;/ASX200 index ended 72.
Tasmania has launched a review into how a pedophile nurse had worked in a children's ward of Launceston General Hospital amid harrowing evidence from victims at an inquiry.Premier Jeremy Rockliff on Sunday said the state government will establish a Child Safe Governance Review of the hospital and its human resources, to focus on the handling of serious misconduct such as institutional child sexual abuse.
Western Australia's government has introduced a package of reforms to crack down on councillors behaving badly.The changes to the Local Government Act will be the most significant in its more than 25-year-history, the state government says.
A Black man was unarmed when Akron police chased him on foot and killed him in a hail of gunfire, but officers believed he had shot at them earlier from a vehicle and feared he was preparing to fire again, authorities say.Akron police released video on Sunday of the pursuit and killing of Jayland Walker, 25.
The prime minister has been accused of 'big noting himself overseas' instead of being on the ground for the NSW flood emergency. Find out why.
Al-Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was likely killed by unintentional gunfire from Israeli positions but independent investigators could not reach a definitive conclusion about the origin of the bullet that struck her, the US State Department says.Abu Akleh was killed on May 11 during an Israeli raid in the town of Jenin in the occupied West Bank.
The NSW rail union has vowed to push ahead with planned industrial action this week in the face of the state government's legal bid to block a second straight week of disruption on the transport network.The Rail, Tram, and Bus Union is locked in a long-running stoush over a controversial Korean-made Intercity train fleet, arguing the NSW government has refused to sign a deal guaranteeing fixes to safety issues raised by drivers.
Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen has scored a breathtaking photo-finish win for Australian outfit Team BikeExchange on the third stage of the Tour de France.Belgian Wout van Aert maintained his yellow jersey but had to give best as fractional runner-up in Sunday's race, with third-placed Jasper Philipsen and fourth-placed Peter Sagan also pipped by Dutchman Groenewegen in a thrilling blanket finish.