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- Bension Siebert

Police have cordoned off a road and surrounded a house in Adelaide's north amid concerns for a person's welfare, with negotiators and heavily armed officers at the scene.

Manly prop Addin Fonua-Blake is fined $20,000 and told to volunteer at wheelchair rugby league games for calling referee Grant Atkins "a f***ing retard" during a game on Sunday.

- Mark Reddie

Teacher Monica Young, 23, is expected to be charged over allegations she repeatedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student in her car and on school grounds in Western Sydney.

The latest person to be infected by COVID-19 is a woman in her 20s who is a close contact of the earlier cases and, like them, lives in Gungahlin.

- Samuel Yang

Hong Kong nationals in Australia say they feel relieved and grateful for the Morrison Government's visa extension announcement, but some believe it does not go far enough to protect those at the forefront of the ongoing pro-democracy movement in the Chinese city.

Victorians are urged to wear masks when they cannot maintain physical distancing as the state records 288 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, the largest daily increase of the pandemic so far.

The Brisbane Broncos built a team that is not suited to the current NRL, and now there are questions over the future of one of the only players at the club who is.

- Brendan Esposito

Life in parts of NSW and Victoria was this week turned upside down as police and soldiers moved in to control movement across the border. The ABC's Brendan Esposito was there to capture this new normal.

- Jordan Hayne

National Cabinet has agreed to slash the number of returning Australians allowed into the country by more than half, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.

Authorities have agreed on how Paris's iconic Notre-Dame cathedral will be rebuilt, more than a year since the centuries-old structure was gutted by fire.

- Nick Sas

Face masks are a common sight in many parts of the world to protect against COVID-19 — and if the message coming out of National Cabinet today is any indication it looks like their use here may soon become more prent.

- Emma Elsworthy

NSW coastal communities are being warned to brace for heavy rain and flash flooding as a wild weather system forms off the east coast.

- Dea Clark

Long queues form at border crossings into Queensland as the Sunshine State officially reopens to all interstate visitors except those from Victoria after 15 weeks of self-imposed quarantine.

- Camron Slessor

Ever since the Hindenburg airship disaster of 1937, hydrogen has had a reputation as being a risky source of fuel — but a project in Adelaide is part of a push to change that.

- Solua Middleton

The use of horses remains a constant in Jane Ashton's counselling sessions despite having to adapt to the needs of clients during the coronavirus crisis.

- Steve Vivian

NT Health Minister Natasha Fyles confirms a US marine has tested positive for coronavirus in the Northern Territory.

- Sue Lannin And Stephanie Chalmers

After an overnight slump in oil prices, energy stocks are weighing on the Australian share market in early trade. Technology stocks are on the rise again.

Will you adopt a power stance like an adorable Alice Springs toddler, or will this quiz vanquish you like a rogue creature in the tray of a ute?

- Alexandra Humphries

The mayor of the controversy-laden Glamorgan Spring Bay Council on Tasmania's east coast says she will resign effective immediately, citing the impact of "constant criticism" on her health and wellbeing.

- Peter McCutcheon

Liesa Oldfield claims she was told she didn't fit the "culture" of One Stop Warehouse after complaining about under-award payments, and is now taking court action for compensation.


9 Australia

Victoria's 288 new coronavirus cases are the biggest single-day tally in Australia since the pandemic began.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced there will be a review of hotel quarantines across Australia.

The Federal Government will halve the numbers of inbound travellers into Australia as recent arrivals cause spikes in COVID-19 cases.

Scott Morrison is standing firm on his stance on Hong Kong, in the face of potential retaliation from China.

A US Marine has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Northern Territory, officials have confirmed.

A man has been jailed for seven years after he attacked a woman who had tried to help him and left her for dead inside her South Western Sydney home.

Other states should follow Western Australia's "healthy paranoia" in tackling the pandemic, according to a top doctor.

Donald Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has been taken into custody for violating terms of his early release from prison, his attorney Jeffrey Levine told reporters Thursday afternoon.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hit back at Labor leader Anthony Albanese's claims of dire economic consequences when JobKeeper ends in September.

A western Sydney school teacher has been arrested after alleging sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student.

Queensland's borders have officially reopened to travellers from all states and territories except Victoria after months of a strict coronavirus lockdown.

Health authorities have revealed there is an epidemiological link between the virus outbreaks at Al-Taqwa College and Melbourne's public housing towers.

A huge sinkhole opened up suddenly overnight in Perth, causing a car to sink into the ground.

Twenty-five million years ago, a menacing giant dolphin that feasted on killer whales was the apex predator of the ocean, a new study has revealed.

Despite a huge surge of Floridians testing positive for the new coronavirus in recent weeks, two of Disney World's four parks are reopening Saturday.

An Altona man has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for the 2019 murder of Ballarat woman Tamara Farrell.

Residents have begun leaving Melbourne public housing towers which were put under five days lockdown.

A popular Sydney pub has spoken out after a photograph posted online showed a crowded queue waiting in line, sparking coronavirus fears.

The prime minister said China's new national security laws undermined Hong Kong's "basic law", as Australians were urged to reconsider their need to stay.

Conservationists have captured the first images of a group of rare Cross River gorillas with multiple babies in Nigeria's Mbe mountains, proof that the subspecies once feared to be extinct is reproducing amid protection efforts.


SMH Australia

- Roy Ward

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick wants the AFL to boost the interchange bench for the glut of upcoming games as a way to keep stars on the field and keep fringe players playing.

- Mary Ward

National cabinet will review the hotel quarantine system today, with plans to limit the number of international flights allowed into Australia.

- Zoe Samios

Seven has sold the rights to TV show Pooch Perfect and its UK and US production divisions to Beyond International.

- Anthony Galloway

The Law Council of Australia says aspects of proposed laws that would expand the domestic spy agency's questioning powers are broader than China's national security laws imposed on Hong Kong.

- Jocelyn Garcia

Police are urging people to avoid crossing the border on Friday if they wanted to avoid congestion.

- Heather McNeill

“If there were to be an outbreak in Western Australia, if social distancing is no longer the habit then we would see outbreaks spread more rapidly," Mr Morrison warned.

- Fran Rimrod

WA's success in containing COVID-19 could come as a massive boon to attract talent and businesses to Perth as Australia opens its arms to Hong Kong by scrapping an extradition agreement and loosen visa restrictions.

- Anna Prytz

Cummeragunja, a small Aboriginal community on the Murray has been reconnected to key services after being isolated by border closure between Victoria and NSW. 

Follow news and events as they happen.

- Hamish Hastie

Troy Thomas and another pilot reported feeling "unusual vibrations"  through the pedals of the Robinson R44 helicopter just days before a fatal crash in Broome on Saturday. 

- Noel Towell

Victoria has recorded 288 new coronavirus cases and residents in the Melbourne and Mitchell Shire lockdown zone have been advised to wear face masks outside their homes.

- Fleta Page

The number of international arrivals will be cut across all airports to ensure the risk of COVID-19 infections can be properly managed, Scott Morrison says.

- Adrian Proszenko

Addin Fonua-Blake will be a volunteer referee in wheelchair rugby league as part of a second wave of sanctions for his outburst against match officials.

- Vince Rugari

The AFC is determined to finish off the 2020 Champions League and has released a revised schedule, which could keep the Sky Blues busy through to next July.

- James Massola

Singapore has been ruled by the People's Action Party since 1959. That's unlikely to change now, but the vote still matters a lot.

- Michael Lynch

Top stables are not impressed with Racing NSW's move to ban horses from Victoria from competing in Sydney and the rest of the state.

- Clancy Yeates

Wild swings in the home loan market illustrate the limitations of what can be achieved by slashing borrowing costs in a time of crisis.

- Laura Chung

Ahead of the looming fire season, the RFS has started preparing - working with local councils to install fire breaks, train volunteers and conduct hazard reduction burns.

- Lucy Stone

Mr Dow joined the company in April 2018, pushing the company through contentious approvals processes for the major Carmichael mine in Queensland's Galilee Basin.

- Roy Ward

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Tom Lynch trained on Friday and could play against the Sydney Swans on Sunday.

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