Immigration minister pledges to collect more data on diverse communities to better understand their needs

Andrew Giles has used his first speech as Australia’s new immigration minister to promise to increase the amount the government knows about the country’s culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities. He made the pledge on Thursday at the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia (FECCA) Conference in Melbourne. “The Albanese Labor government is committed … Read more

Tension mounts as relationship between players and Netball Australia reaches boiling point

Australian netballers say they are fed up with the governing body’s lack of transparency, after another key decision regarding Super Netball was dropped on them with little notice and zero consultation. In response, Netball Australia (NA) acknowledged it had work to do to repair some of the hurt the players are feeling, but remained adamant it is committed to … Read more

Dragons far too good for Souths in Wollongong

South Sydney’s NRL season has hit its lowest ebb, flogged 32-12 by St George Illawarra with rookie halfback Lachlan Ilias hooked during a first-half mauling in Wollongong. In easily their worst performances of the year, the Rabbitohs trailed 32-0 at half-time with Ilias benched by coach Jason Demetriou after just 28 minutes. The first-half effort … Read more

Tigers take top eight spot with win in the wet over Carlton

Bookends Tom Lynch and Dylan Grimes have helped Richmond to a 15-point win over a fast-finishing Carlton, lifting them back into the AFL’s top eight. The Tigers, with three goals from Lynch and Grimes keeping Charlie Curnow quiet, led by as much as 35 points and rode a huge fourth-quarter challenge to prevail 11.15 (81) … Read more

TGA raises alarm after software errors detected in insulin pump

Australians with diabetes are being asked to check their insulin pumps after errors were detected in one model’s software. Errors affecting battery life and insulin delivery have been detected in the t:slim X2 insulin pumps from Australasian Medical and Scientific (AMSL), the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said in a product defect correction. Anyone who uses … Read more

Anthony Albanese is set to chair his first national cabinet meeting. Here’s what’s on the agenda

National Cabinet’s first meeting under Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be dominated by the looming energy crisis and demands for a new health funding deal. Mr Albanese expected to be pushed on his new government’s commitment to supporting funding for states still grappling with the pressures of the pandemic. The previous Morrison government committed to … Read more

Paid family and domestic violence leave to be introduced ‘as soon as possible’, government says

This story contains references to domestic violence. The Albanese government has formally told the industrial umpire it will introduce 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave into the National Employment Standards as soon as possible. Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke confirmed to the Fair Work Commission on Thursday the government would amend … Read more

Australia remains committed to processing asylum seekers on Nauru: Penny Wong

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has recommitted to maintaining the regional processing centre on Nauru, which accounts for more than half of the island country’s government budget. Revenue from the processing centre accounts for $135 million of Nauru’s $250 million revenue stream in its 2022/23 budget. Senator Wong said the Albanese government of asylum seekers under … Read more

Western Bulldogs star Bailey Smith banned for illicit drug use

Western Bulldogs star midfielder Bailey Smith has been banned for two games by the AFL for “conduct unbecoming”. The action follows an AFL investigation after the emergence on social media of pictures and video, from late 2021, showing Smith with a bag of white powder at a party — the 21-year-old later admitted using illicit substances. The … Read more