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NZ marks 100 days with no community transmissions of coronavirus

August 9th, 2020


New Zealand has marked 100 days since it stamped out the spread of the coronavirus, a rare bright spot in a world that continues to be ravaged by the disease.

Anti-mask protest shut down on Australia's deadliest day of the pandemic

August 9th, 2020


Victoria has suffered its deadliest day yet of this coronavirus pandemic after registering 17 deaths. It comes as an anti-mask protest is shut down and more support is announced for mental health services.

How COVID work-from-home arrangements could help people with disabilities

August 8th, 2020


For people with disabilities, a shift toward flexible work has been a long time coming, with on-site employment often serving as a major barrier.

Coronavirus crisis stabilising despite more cases and deaths: Health Officials

August 8th, 2020


Australia's coronavirus crisis is escalating with the national death toll rising and Victoria recording 12 new COVID-19 related deaths.

Government announces further changes to JobKeeper payments

August 7th, 2020


The multi-billion-dollar cost of Melbourne's prolonged lockdown has prompted the government to hold off plans to limit the scheme.

Australian mask-makers meeting multiplying demand

August 7th, 2020


Masks are now mandatory in Melbourne and recommended in certain situations in other parts of the nation, meaning sales are through the roof.

Rio Tinto makes admissions to federal inquiry into WA sacred site destruction

August 7th, 2020


Rio Tinto has said it could have carried out its operations in the Pilbara region without destroying 46,000 year old Aboriginal sacred sites, but …

Lockdown 'short-term pain for long-term gain': Victorian Premier

August 7th, 2020


Another 11 Victorians are dead and 450 new coronavirus infections have been recorded in the state.

Australian businesses benefit from increased Australian interest in online shopping

August 7th, 2020


Consumers are browsing online stores more than ever due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Anti-government riots continue in Lebanon as source of Beirut explosives revealed

August 7th, 2020


Lebanon's government is under scrutiny amid calls for an international investigation into the disaster.

New York sues NRA for fraud, misconduct

August 7th, 2020


The lawsuit accuses the NRA and four of its current and former executives of financial fraud and misconduct totalling more than $AU88 million in just three years.

No relief package in sight for US unemployed

August 6th, 2020


The bumpy but bipartisan negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief package are seeing public broadsides exchanged rather than constructive concessions.

Should Novacastrians be concerned about their ammonium nitrate storage facility?

August 6th, 2020


Residents of Newcastle, north of Sydney, are calling for the removal of 12,000 tonnes of ammonium nitrate being stored in their port facility.

Daniel Andrews promises accountability for botched hotel quarantine program

August 6th, 2020


The state has recorded another 471 cases and eight additional deaths.

Federal government announces $1.6 billion Cyber Security Strategy

August 6th, 2020


Federal Police will be given powers to penetrate domestic computer networks for the first time.

Tourism has lost more jobs than any other industry: ABS

August 6th, 2020


The COVID-19 pandemic and Australia's devastating bushfire season has led to more tourism job losses than in any other industry and many more tourism …

Why are COVID-19 infections surging among young people?

August 6th, 2020


Young people are the group most likely to contract coronavirus - but experts say shaming them isn't likely to be helpful.

Can I get COVID from cigarette smoke? and other burning questions

August 6th, 2020


Almost seven months since the first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Australia, Australians still have questions about the transmission, tracing, and treatment of the virus.

On the Money: The COVID effect on business

August 6th, 2020


SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Gonçalves speaks to Anthony Scali, CEO of furniture retailer Nick Scali, about how the pandemic has helped his business, why he's not shifting his supply chain away from China and how the …

Beirut blast triggers outpouring of support

August 6th, 2020


The massive explosion, which led to deaths of at least 135 people and caused destruction across the city, has seen countries mobilise aid and search teams.

Could Japan develop a nuclear deterrent?

August 6th, 2020


With an increasingly aggressive China on its doorstep, and a nuclear armed North Korea – survivors of Hiroshima are worried the lessons of 1945 are being forgotten.

Scottish government re-imposes strict lockdown in Aberdeen

August 5th, 2020


A major Scottish city goes back into lockdown; lessons to be learned from Uganda's success; and how a virus smaller than a speck of dust humbled the …

Remembering Australia's roles in the atomic bombings of Hiroshima, Nagasaki

August 5th, 2020


Commemorations for 75th anniversary of the first ever atomic weapon attacks are muted this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Australian families heartbroken over Beirut blast

August 5th, 2020


Many spent the day making frantic phone calls to confirm loved ones were safe.

PM Morrison engages with the region - via videolink

August 5th, 2020


The Prime Minister has called on China and the US to respect international law and resolve their trade disputes peacefully, and signed an historic …

Government announces rescue package for Victoria's childcare sector

August 5th, 2020


The scheme will give childcare centres additional funding, so they can waive fees for parents who keep their kids at home.

Virgin announces extreme changes under its pandemic recovery plan

August 5th, 2020


Virgin Australia is to shed a third of its workforce, and bring an end to its Tigerair brand as part of a drastic overhaul of the airline.

Man in his 30s dies of COVID-19 as Victoria reaches grim new milestone

August 5th, 2020


Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed there have been 725 new cases and another 15 deaths.

Rights advocates deplore government plan to house deportees on Christmas Island

August 5th, 2020


The Christmas Island detention centre is to be re-opened as the government struggles to deal with Australia's overcrowded immigration detention facilities.

On the Money: the future for Virgin Australia

August 5th, 2020


SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Goncalves speaks to aviation analyst Geoffrey Thomas

UN says pandemic gives us a chance to reset education systems

August 5th, 2020


Antonio Guterres, the Secretary General of the United Nations says the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted education for millions and millions of children.

Thousands have been injured in a massive explosion in Lebanon

August 4th, 2020


An Australian is among the dozens killed and thousands who have been injured in a massive explosion in Lebanon's capital city, Beirut.

Senate committee sheds light on deadly COVID-19 in Victorian aged care

August 4th, 2020


The committee has heard stories of poor intergovernmental communications, and a lack of ability to deal with culturally and linguistically diverse …

Borders tightened as miscreants test coronavirus closures

August 4th, 2020


Queensland will no longer provide exemptions to hotel quarantine for diplomatic staff when they return, while NSW talks tough on borders, warning Victorians again to stay away.

Harsher penalties for Victorians who fail to comply with coronavirus directives

August 4th, 2020


Another 11 people have died from COVID-19 in Victoria with the state recording 439 new cases.

On the Money: the RBA and the Melbourne lockdown

August 4th, 2020


SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Goncalves speaks to NAB Chief Economist Alan Oster.

Trump approves possible TikTok sale to US buyer

August 4th, 2020


Video-sharing platform TikTok has recently become the subject of security concerns, with United States President Donald Trump last week threatening to ban the Chinese-owned app.

What do the new rules mean for Victorian businesses?

August 4th, 2020


Victorian businesses are preparing to modify operations or close later this week under tougher statewide coronavirus measures.

New bridge opened in Genoa, Italy, after earlier structure collapsed in 2018

August 4th, 2020


Almost two years since a bridge across the Italian city of Genoa collapsed, killing 43 people, the replacement structure has been officially opened.

Criticism of US pandemic measures 'fake news', says President Trump

August 3rd, 2020


US President Donald Trump has been defending his own record on combating the coronavirus pandemic,saying the virus was exploding around the world.

First official meeting on Treaty marks historic moment

August 3rd, 2020


A Treaty-making process is underway in Victoria, with the aim of recognising and celebrating the rights of Indigenous Australians.

Australians concerned they'll have to delay retirement and keep working

August 3rd, 2020


A survey by Colonial First State Bank has found many Australians are worried about how the pandemic will impact their retirement savings - and it's …

Additional support for workers as Victoria tightens coronavirus restrictions

August 3rd, 2020


The Federal Government will introduce a $1500 disaster payment which will supplement the payments already on offer from the Victorian government.

On the Money: Property price plunge led by Sydney, Melbourne

August 3rd, 2020


SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Goncalves talks to CoreLogic's Head of Research, Eliza Owen.

NASA astronauts splash down safely

August 3rd, 2020


SpaceX's Dragon Endeavour capsule, carrying Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, was the first commercially built and operated spacecraft to carry people to …

Victoria tackles homelessness amid Stage Four lockdown

August 3rd, 2020


Victoria has announced an extension of its hotel stays for homeless people until 2021 as stage 4 restrictions come into force in the state.

Tough lockdown re-imposed in Manila, Philippines

August 3rd, 2020


Coronavirus infections in the Philippines have surged past 100,000 in a troubling milestone after medical groups declared that the country was waging “a losing battle” against the virus.

Melbourne under curfew and stricter coronavirus rules

August 2nd, 2020


Victorian health authorities are enforcing harsher restrictions on movement under a stage four lockdown in Melbourne.

Victoria's lockdown tightens as nation battles new COVID cases

August 2nd, 2020


Australia is facing the risk of further outbreaks nationally, as most states and territories continue to fight against new COVID-19 infections.

Demand for donated organs grows amid coronavirus pandemic

August 1st, 2020


Organ transplants have slowed, amid other surgeries affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. But while urgent transplants only continued, the waiting list for organs grew.

Business owners helping families celebrate a very different Eid al-Adha this year

August 1st, 2020


Australian families and business-owners are counting the cost of coronavirus closures during one of Islam's most important holidays - Eid al-Adha, …

Tougher bans considered to combat Victoria virus surge

August 1st, 2020


A New-Zealand-style lockdown looming for Victoria as Australia's COVID-19 death toll surpasses 200.

One of Islam's holiest times marked this weekend

August 1st, 2020


Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid Al Adha, marking the culmination of the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.

LGBTQI+ community pushes for better legal support

July 31st, 2020


Advocates for gender diversity are pushing for more legal support funding to help represent LGBTQI community members when they face discrimination.

Investors drawn to gold as a safe place to invest

July 31st, 2020


The precious metal traded this week as high as $2,775 dollars an ounce, passing its 2011 record price.

Academic in Iranian jail granted a consular visit

July 31st, 2020


An Australian academic serving a 10 year jail sentence for espionage in Iran has been granted a consular visit after reports surfaced she was …

Anti-maskers rally as Woolworths and GPs call for more mask-use to limit coronavirus

July 31st, 2020


It comes as multiple arrests were made at an anti-mask rally in Melbourne for breaching public health orders.

Facebook and Google to pay Australian news outlets for content

July 31st, 2020


Digital news aggregators Facebook and Google would be forced to pay Australian news outlets for publishing their content under proposed laws.

'Alarming' numbers of COVID-diagnosed people aren't at home, say authorities

July 31st, 2020


Victorian authorities are alarmed by the number of people diagnosed with COVID-19 who aren't quarantining, as the state records 627 new virus cases and eight deaths.

Tassie fishers warn other water-users after very close encounter with Great White

July 31st, 2020


One marine academic says these cold water species are simply searching for food in their natural environment but sharks' behaviours can vary.

Australians are steering clear of dentists

July 31st, 2020


Australians are avoiding the dentist, even though they are regarded as one of the safest and most hygienic places in the world.

Multicultural community leaders in Queensland concerned over COVID messaging

July 31st, 2020


Testing has been ramped up after the Queensland government urged anyone living on Brisbane's south side to take a test - but concerns raised over language barriers.

Grim warning from the World Health Organisation

July 30th, 2020


WHO Chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says the world will have to learn to live with COVID-19.

On the Money: How is the second wave affecting markets?

July 30th, 2020


SBS Finance Editor Ricardo Goncalves talks to Mathan Somasundaram, Blue Ocean Equities Market Portfolio Strategist.

Former fire chiefs and climate experts call for disaster levy on fossil fuel industry

July 30th, 2020


The Emergency Leaders for Climate Action have released a plan to prevent a repeat of last summer's horror fire season and say it's critical climate change is addressed.

Bad COVID-19 news brings more restrictions in Victoria

July 30th, 2020


It's been another grim day in the battle against the coronavirus in Australia.

ACT makes history as first parliament in the country with in-language Welcome to Country

July 30th, 2020


It's hoped the move, which was unanimously agreed upon by all parties, will be adopted by governments across the country.

New deal sees Indigenous Australians helping shape Closing the Gap strategy

July 30th, 2020


Sixteen new targets have been set, with all levels of government accountable for improving the life, health and welfare outcomes of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Top tech bosses face US Congress grilling

July 30th, 2020


The bosses of four top technology giants have made an unprecedented joint appearance before a US congressional anti-trust committee.

Coronavirus forces major changes to annual Hajj pilgrimage

July 29th, 2020


The Hajj begins in Saudi Arabia - but it's never been like this before; Brazil sets a grim record; and Italy extends its state of emergency.

NZ visa policy keeps Australian man and wife apart for six months

July 29th, 2020


An Australian man has been refused six times from joining his wife in New Zealand due to what the couple says is an oversight in the country's coronavirus border restrictions.

Consumer price index fall drops economy into deflation

July 29th, 2020


The Bureau of Statistics says consumer prices fell by 1.9 per cent overall in the June quarter, making it only the third time Australia has recorded annual deflation since records began.

Worse than first estimates: billions of animals killed, displaced in Black Summer bushfires

July 29th, 2020


And leading scientists say there is an unequivocal link between climate change and Australia's devastating summer bushfires.

Vic inquiry examines hotel quarantine

July 20th, 2020


Government departments, hotels and private security contractors will be amongst those required to front an inquiry Victoria's botched coronavirus hotel quarantine program.

Leaders close to signing up to new Closing the Gap targets

July 3rd, 2020


Sixteen new targets have been set, replacing a strategy which hasn't succeeded in overcoming Indigenous disadvantage.

Victoria's coronavirus outbreak another setback for border re-openings

June 21st, 2020


Victoria is introducing tougher coronavirus restrictions after seeing a double-digit rise in cases for the fifth consecutive day.

New Victoria Police chief named

June 1st, 2020


The new police boss Shane Patton has promised to ensure members are visible and he hopes to prevent crime before it happens.

May Day rallies are held amid coronavirus restrictions

May 2nd, 2020


Rallies observing May Day have been scaled back around the world because of coronavirus restrictions.

Proposal for inquiry into coronavirus needs clarification, Government told

April 29th, 2020


Prime Minister Scott Morrison and other ministers have pushed for what they call an "absolutely critical" international investigation into the …

Defence lawyers say Assange is being mistreated in British custody

February 26th, 2020


Julian Assange’s extradition hearing has heard claims the Australian has been repeatedly strip-searched and has had his access to legal documents …

US lays out case to extradite Julian Assange

February 24th, 2020


Julian Assange’s extradition hearing in London has been told the Wikileaks founder "put lives at risk" when releasing classified material.

Australian MPs visit Julian Assange in prison

February 18th, 2020


Independent MP Andrew Wilkie and National's George Christenson have been visiting Julian Assange but say his condition is 'not good'.

Calls for action against gay conversion therapy

February 16th, 2020


Survivors and advocates say they remain hopeful that meaningful action may be around the corner to outlaw LGBTQI+ conversion practices in religious …

Assange case delay turned down by London court

October 21st, 2019


The full extradition hearing of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will go ahead in February 2020 after a London judge declined a request by his …

Celebrating Stonewall's LGBTIQ+ rights legacy

June 28th, 2019


On 28 June 1969 in New York, a group of LGBTIQ+ locals decided to stand up to police abuse at the city's now-legendary Stonewall Inn, sparking a …

New US charges filed against Wikileaks' Assange

May 24th, 2019


The US justice department has filed 17 new espionage charges against WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.

Netherlands ready to finally win world title

May 22nd, 2019


We hear from Australia's Dutch community as they dream of finally winning a world title

Assange extradition procedure underway

May 3rd, 2019


The Wikileaks founder formally declares he’ll fight moves to see him face trial in the US over an alleged conspiracy to download classified documents.

Julian Assange faces nearly a year in jail

May 1st, 2019


At Julian Assange's sentencing he was told it is difficult to envisage a more serious example of jumping bail

Assange extradition plans are 'an assault against journalism'

April 15th, 2019


Lawyer says the reason Julian Assange sought asylum was that there was no guarantee that Sweden would not allow his extradition to the US

Is the Assange case a matter of press freedom?

April 12th, 2019


Lawyers for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange are warning that the US charges against him could limit press freedom, saying journalists should be …

Julian Assange arrested by British police

April 12th, 2019


Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested and is facing possible extradition to the United States

One year on, Papua New Guinea is still recovering from deadly earthquake

February 26th, 2019


There are still daily reminders of the level of destruction in Papua NewGuinea, one year on from a deadly earthquake

British Labour party faces split

February 18th, 2019


Brexit, anti-semitism, and left-wing politics behind decision of seven MPs to leave Labour Party

Historic advances for minorities in US midterms

November 7th, 2018


Women, Muslims and members of the LGBTIQ+ community achieve firsts in key elections.

One year later, IS-hit Marawi still faces humanitarian crisis

October 23rd, 2018


It has been one year since the battle of Marawi with IS militants in the Philippines was declared over.

Welfare changes likely to affect migrants

December 18th, 2017


Community groups say the Federal Government's new welfare laws will make it harder for migrants to live in Australia.

Refugee advocate awarded top business prize

November 22nd, 2017


A refugee advocate has been awarded a top business prize for her work helping new arrivals get jobs and resettle in Australia.

Multiculturalism conference aims for social cohesion amid far-right rise

November 21st, 2017


A national conference has been debating ways to advance multiculturalism in Australia amid a rise in hate speech and far-right movements.

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