Australia

‘Extremely disappointed’ Novak Djokovic deported after losing visa battle

By: Paul Sakkal and Simone Fox Koob Novak Djokovic will be denied the chance to defend his Australian Open title after the Federal Court validated a federal government decision to deport him because of his stance on vaccination. The tennis champion’s dramatic, week-long legal challenge failed about 5.45pm on Sunday when a full bench of the court ruled unanimously that ...

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Facebook ads used to push unapproved rapid tests to Australians, prompting warning from regulator

By: Christopher Knaus and Nick Evershed Facebook ads were used to push unapproved rapid test kits to Australians, prompting a warning from the regulator, while users offered large volumes of rapid tests on Facebook marketplace, contrary to its rules. Facebook has a strict policy prohibiting the sale of health-related products on its platform, and closely controls the way companies can ...

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Scott Morrison says he never said there were no refugees in Melbourne’s Park hotel

By: Daniel Hurst, Sarah Martin and Ben Doherty Scott Morrison has denied misleading Australians about whether his government is detaining refugees at a Melbourne hotel, insisting he “answered to the best of my knowledge at that time”. The prime minister on Wednesday acknowledged people recognised as refugees were among those held at the Park hotel – where tennis star Novak ...

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Goodbye you beautiful little girl’: Tributes flow after stepfather charged with Charlise Mutten murder

By: Sally Rawsthorne and Daniella White Charlise Mutten has been found dead inside a barrel near the Colo River, and her stepfather has been charged with her murder following the child’s disappearance from the Blue Mountains last week. Justin Stein, 31, was arrested at Riley Street, Surry Hills, about 8.30pm on Tuesday. He was taken to Surry Hills police station ...

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Electric vehicles to phase-out Auspost motorbikes amid serious safety issues

By: Helena Burke Australia Post will wave goodbye to traditional postie motorbikes as a disturbing trend has forced the service to change the way it delivers mail. From 2025, electric delivery vehicles (eDVs) will completely replace Auspost’s motorbike fleet. The three-wheeled, golf cart lookalikes can carry more than 100 small parcels and up to 1200 letters. Auspost said the change ...

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Liberal MPs support calls for Australian government to seek Julian Assange’s return

By: Daniel Hurst and Paul Karp Two Liberal MP have backed calls for the Australian government to seek Julian Assange’s return to Australia “as quickly as possible”, after Barnaby Joyce said the US extradition request was unfair. Liberal backbenchers Jason Falinski and Bridget Archer called for diplomatic action to secure the Wikileaks co-founder’s return to his home country after the ...

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Meet the Australian awarded a Guinness World Record for a tree bearing 10 types of fruit

By: Manal Al-Ani As a multiculturalism officer at a secondary school in the regional Victorian city of Shepparton, the Iraqi-Australian is accustomed to celebrating the fusion and acceptance of different cultures. It is a job that goes hand in hand with his love for gardening, a childhood passion that has blossomed since he arrived in Australia as a refugee from ...

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Afghan girl from famous photo is evacuated to Italy after Taliban takeover

By: AP Rome: National Geographic magazine’s famed green-eyed “Afghan Girl” has arrived in Italy as part of the West’s evacuation of Afghans following the Taliban takeover of the country, the Italian government said. The office of Prime Minister Mario Draghi said Italy organised the evacuation of Sharbat Gula after she asked to be helped to leave the country. The Italian ...

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PM urges states to ‘not get spooked’ by Omicron and keep borders open for Christmas

By: Daniel Hurst Scott Morrison has urged state premiers to “not get spooked” by the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and hold their nerve on internal border closures, while attempting to assure Australians their plans for a more normal Christmas remain on track. The prime minister will meet with premiers and territory chief ministers at a national cabinet meeting on Tuesday ...

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Telcos given more power to target SMS scams

By: Lisa Visentin Telco companies will intensify their efforts to block scam text messages aimed at defrauding Australians, with regulatory changes enabling them to use more sophisticated technology to stop the messages at scale. Australians have lost more than $87 million through scam calls and text messages this year, as the number of reports to watchdog website Scamwatch more than ...

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