Australia set to pass new laws that provide powers to sanction human rights abusers

Read More It would also allow Australia to impose travel bans to prevent offenders from using the country as a safe haven. Foreign minister Marise Payne described the laws as an “important reform” that would allow Australia to “define, defend and demonstrate” its values. “[It’s] a reform that will mean Australia can take timely action … Read more

Australia records wettest November in 122 years, more rain to come in summer

Australia has recorded its wettest November since records began in 1900 as more rainfall is expected to lash the nation. The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) said the national average rainfall in November was double the normal amount. Australia will see a wetter than normal summer due to La Niña bringing heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures. Australia … Read more

Christian Porter is quitting politics and won’t recontest the next election

“Before each election I have always asked myself whether I could absolutely guarantee another three years of total commitment to the electorate because people deserve that commitment, free of any reservations.” Mr Porter said “after a long time giving everything” to his electorate, “it’s now time to give more of what is left to those … Read more

‘World-class’ Carey backed to handle Ashes pressure

Australian all-rounder Cameron Green says wicketkeeper Alex Carey will be able to handle the pressure of Test cricket should he be named as Tim Paine’s replacement. Key points: Carey is expected to be named in Australia’s XI for the first men’s Ashes Test Green says Carey has proven he can play at the international level … Read more

Victorian government dismisses ‘blackmail’ claims from Djokovic’s dad over Aus Open vaccine mandate

Victorian Sports Minister Martin Pakula says Novak Djokovic is not being “blackmailed” by Australian Open organisers over their COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Key points: Pakula says visiting tennis players have a responsibility to be vaccinated Djokovic’s father likened the Open’s vaccine stance to “blackmail” The defending men’s champion hasn’t revealed if he will play at the Open Pakula was responding … Read more

Record rain devastates some farmers ‘looking forward to the harvest of a lifetime’

Record-breaking November rain has challenged some farmers who were looking forward to “the harvest of a lifetime”. Despite near-ideal conditions during the growing season, rainfall and a shortage of workers in regional Australia have affected the harvest period for some farmers. Record-breaking November rain has challenged some farmers who looked forward to “the harvest of … Read more