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Nathan Cleary, Kalyn Ponga.

NRL 2021 round seven LIVE updates: Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights at BlueBet Stadium

The Panthers are unbeaten, but cracks started to show last week against the Broncos, and they face a Knights side fresh from a Kalyn Ponga-inspired win over the Sharks. Follow our live coverage.

  • by Phil Lutton
US President Joe Biden

Biden to open global summit with ambitious new US climate pledge

President Joe Biden will open a global climate summit with a pledge to cut at least in half the climate-wrecking coal and petroleum fumes that the US pumps out.

  • by Ellen Knickmeyer and Christina Larson
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, pictured during a training session at the Holden Centre, is clear that the decision on his coaching future doesn’t rest with new president Mark Korda.
Updated
AFL 2021

Korda won’t make call on Buckley’s coaching future

New Collingwood president Mark Korda has declared that his elevation to the role gives the Magpies “a connection to the past as we create changes for the future”.

  • by Peter Ryan
Star Magpie Jordan De Goey has concussion symptoms, six days after a head knock.

De Goey’s symptoms support 12-day concussion break: Buckley

Nathan Buckley says Jordan De Goey is still dealing with concussion symptoms while Chris Mayne must prove his fitness to face Essendon on Sunday.

  • by Roy Ward
Evie Wyld, in her garden in London, says MeToo helped her bring the disparate female voices in her novel together, to work out they were part of the same story,

Evie Wyld tops and tails the MeToo movement and wins the Stella Prize

Evie Wyld has won the $50,000 Stella for her novel about three women suffering at the hands of men.

  • by Jason Steger
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Queensland MP George Christensen will not contest the next election.

Outspoken Nationals MP George Christensen to quit politics

George Christensen will end his controversial political career at the next election, warning of the “broken” state of politics and signalling he won’t go quietly.

  • by Rob Harris
Matt To’omua during a Test last year against New Zealand.

To’omua poised to re-sign until 2023 as Naisarani set to leave Australian rugby

Matt To’omua is on the cusp of signing a new deal with the Melbourne Rebels and Rugby Australia until the end of 2023.

  • by Tom Decent and Sam Phillips
Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson has been sidelined for four weeks after suffering a concussion in round two.

Eels ‘cautious’ with Matterson return, Milford settles in for long-term reserves stint

Broncos coach Kevin Walters was brutal in his assessment of Anthony Milford’s first game in the reserves and said his performance in the 39-22 Souths Logan loss wasn’t up to scratch.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Britain's High Commissioner to Australia, Vicki Treadell.
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UK politics

Britain’s top diplomat in Australia threatened co-operation over security

In a sign of the souring relations between Vicki Treadell and the Morrison government, the UK’s High Commissioner has been excluded from the free trade talks.

  • by Latika Bourke
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury and Essendon skipper Dyson Heppell at the MCG on Monday with the Anzac Day trophy.
Updated
AFL 2021

Anzac Day crowd boosted to 85 per cent, struggling Saints get Friday night prime time

The AFL has released rounds nine and 10 of the 2021 fixture and has received a final decision on crowd limits for MCG games this weekend.

  • by Peter Ryan, Anthony Colangelo and Sumeyya Ilanbey
Day three of the search of Hayley Dodd’s remains at Francis Wark’s former home.

Search of Francis Wark’s former home fails to find remains of Hayley Dodd

Police returned to the Badgingarra property on Tuesday after Wark’s own words during his murder trial led investigators to focus on a water tank.

  • by Heather McNeill and Michael Stamp
Secretary of the Department of Health Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly, Minister for Health and Aged Care Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Scott Morrison during a press conference following a national cabinet meeting

National cabinet tweaks vaccine rollout, restricts arrivals from India

All states and territories have agreed to bring forward the vaccination start date for Australians aged over 50.

  • by Rachel Clun and Rachael Dexter
Afghan Ambassador to the US Roya Rahmani presents the looted and stolen Afghan religious relics and antiquities recovered by US government authorities as part of a wider investigation into global trafficking in rare and ancient artifacts.

Precious relics seized from smugglers return home to Kabul

The items being sent to Afghanistan are valued at around $US1.8 million ($2.3 million) and will be put on display at the National Museum.

  • by Ben Fox
The KRI Nanggala-402 submarine - pictured during a naval drill in 2017 - is missing north of Bali.
Breaking
Tragedy

Hallmarks of a tragedy: Time running out for Indonesian submariners

The Indonesian navy said no contact with the crew had been made but they were holding out hope that a discovery on sonar could lead them to the submarine.

  • by Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies
Perth College principal Helen Aguiar.

Perth principal speaks out after fake Instagram account set up in her name ‘grooms’ students

Perth College principal Helen Aguiar said the incident occurred over the Easter school holidays and was reported to police on Wednesday.

  • by Heather McNeill
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Catherine Lumby, Peter V’landys composite for online. Photos: Supplied, Dominic Lorrimer

V’landys slams former NRL gender adviser, says her ‘values do not agree with ours’

Catharine Lumby, who advised the game during the Peter Beattie era, criticised the NRL and V’landys for their lack of action when it came to player’s attitudes towards women.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Mass vaccination centre at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Victoria unveils three more mass vaccination hubs, over-50s able to get COVID shot from May 3

Three more mass vaccination sites will open in Heidelberg, Sunshine and Ballarat from Friday, as Victorians over 50 are given the green light to get the AstraZeneca vaccine from next month.

  • by Melissa Cunningham and Rachael Dexter
NZ Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta looks on as Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne speaks to media during a press conference in Wellington.

New Zealand and Australia seek to calm tensions over Five Eyes

Foreign Minister Marise Payne and her New Zealand counterpart Nanaia Mahuta have sought to ease tensions between the two countries over the future role of the Five Eyes spy network.

  • by Anthony Galloway
Pat Cummins is among the Aussie stars away in India.

Cricket Australia monitors stars in India after fresh travel restrictions

Cricket Australia is monitoring the coronavirus situation in India after Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced fresh travel restrictions amid skyrocketing coronavirus numbers.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Electric vehicles will gradually replace petrol-driven cars.

Electric vehicle tax undermines Daniel Andrews’ talk on climate

The state government is ploughing ahead with a policy that experts argue will negatively impact on the uptake of electric vehicles.

  • by Annika Smethurst
Blackmores declared an interim dividend of 29c a share, fully franked, payable on April 12.

Blackmores boss says borders a bigger headache than Belt and Road stoush

The vitamins brand seems unfazed by the prospect of rising trade tensions between Australia and China, with border closures a bigger hit to sales.

  • by Emma Koehn
Smoke blows from a burning vehicles at the site of bomb blast in Quetta, Pakistan.
Breaking
Extremism

Pakistan hotel targeted by bomb blast

China’s ambassador was staying at a hotel in south-west Pakistan that was bombed, but was not present when it was hit, Pakistan Interior Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmad said.

  • by Abdul Sattar
Former NRL player turned-CFMMEU official Michael Greenfield’s conduct was described as “shocking” by the judge.

Judge blasts CFMMEU for ‘inexcusable and unacceptable’ conduct

The construction union, which has been penalised by courts more than 170 times, and three of its top NSW officials were fined more than $1 million for picketing a crane company.

  • by Nick Bonyhady
A relative of a Covid-19 fatality wears personal protective equipment (PPE) while sitting on a bench outside a cremation hall at the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium in New Delhi India, on Monday, April 19, 2021.

India records world record number of daily COVID cases

India’s total of 312,731 new infections in a 24-hour period eclipsed the previous single-day high of 300,669 cases, set in the United States on January 8.

  • by Jeffrey Gettleman, Suhasini Raj and Hari Kumar
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, in Perth on Thursday, said the coalition aimed to reduce taxes on workers.

Tax cuts to flow as long term unemployed queue hits 26-year high

One-off tax relief for low and middle-income earners is on the cards but there are worrying signs about the jobs market with almost 250,000 long term unemployed.

  • by Shane Wright
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The Olyroos will face Argentina, Spain, Egypt at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

‘Bring Lionel Messi’: Arnold wants Australia’s Olympics draw to be as tough as possible

Australia’s draw alongside Argentina, Spain and Egypt has been dubbed “the group of dreams” as the Olyroos will face some of the best emerging stars.

  • by Dominic Bossi
W23 director Ingrid Maes and Marketplacer founder Jason Wyatt.

Woolworths set to launch online marketplace after multimillion-dollar investment

Supermarket giant Woolworths has made a multimillion-dollar investment in Melbourne startup Marketplacer as part of plans to compete with the likes of Amazon.

  • by Dominic Powell
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Analysis
AFL 2021

It’s a gamble, but the Western Bulldogs should target Greene

While Toby Greene is clearly respected, he probably doesn’t enjoy the same amount of love from the many opposition players and fans he’s antagonised over the years.

  • by Wayne Carey
Sam Reid of the Swans.

Swan accepts blame for play that ruined unbeaten start

Sam Reid has owned up to his share of the blame for the play that ended Sydney’s unblemished start to the AFL season.

  • by Vince Rugari
Latrell Mitchell at the NRL judiciary.

Mitchell’s next month is crucial for Souths and NSW, says Fittler

Brad Fittler says Latrell Mitchell’s hopes of an Origin recall will hinge on what he does during his four-match ban rather than his form upon his return.

  • by Christian Nicolussi
For months universities have been urging governments to establish a secure corridor scheme for overseas students to return to Australia.

University of Sydney reports $2.2m loss in ‘remarkable’ rebound

The result, fuelled by strong international student enrolments, is far better than the $470 million shortfall the university had predicted at the height of the pandemic.

  • by Lisa Visentin
APRA chairman Wayne Byre said institutions needed to consider the risks and opportunities of the transition to a low carbon economy.

Banks could dump climate-change exposed clients, regulator says

The banking watchdog APRA says lenders may need to cap their exposure to customers at most risk from climate change or even consider ditching some of these clients.

  • by Clancy Yeates
“Don’t let it be said by those who want to talk Australia down in what we’re doing on emissions that we’re not carrying our load,” says Scott Morrison.

Australia lags as the world looks to new 2030 climate targets

Today on Please Explain, Jacqueline Maley speaks with National Environment and Climate Editor Nick O’Malley about Australia’s emissions reduction and energy policy.

  • by Jacqueline Maley
Major General Donald Raymond Begg in Vietnam with General Harold Johnson, US Army Chief of Staff.

Major-general performed all tasks allotted – and some that weren’t

Already 20-year-old Donald Begg was showing the quick thinking, resourcefulness, initiative (and a healthy disdain for silly orders) that were hallmarks of his military service.

  • by Jill Garland
Former soldier Ben Roberts-Smith.

Lawyers for Ben Roberts-Smith call for explanation over ‘buried’ material

The news outlets being sued by Ben Roberts-Smith have been called on to explain how they obtained and published photographs showing Australian soldiers drinking from a dead Taliban fighter’s prosthetic leg.

  • by Adam Cooper
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In recent years, despite significant effort, there has been little or no improvement in key developmental indicators for young children in many high-needs communities.

Millions being spent to help WA’s most vulnerable children – but how?

The program is three years into a 10-year run but the four trial sites are not yet locked down and it’s “too soon” to report outcomes or even gather baseline data.

  • by Emma Young
Former Australia Post boss Christine Holgate.

Holgate hires high-profile lawyers in dispute with Australia Post

The former Australia Post boss has sought a mediation session with the board and two cabinet ministers in a bid to resolve her contractual feud with the postal service.

  • by Lisa Visentin
Pfizer vaccines will continue to be imported throughout this year.

Priceline ‘waiting for green light’ to help with vaccine rollout

Priceline boss Richard Vincent says pharmacy wholesalers are ready to play a bigger role in the distribution COVID vaccines across the country as the national cabinet is considering plans to fast-track the process.

  • by Emma Koehn
The missile strike near Israel’s reactor.

‘An eye for an eye’: Missile strikes near Israeli nuclear reactor, prompting retaliation

Iran, which maintains troops and proxies in Syria, accused Israel of a recent attack on its Natanz nuclear facility - and vowed revenge.

  • by Josef Federman
John Worsfold.
Updated
AFL 2021

‘I really rate his opinion’: Teague embraces Worsfold as coaching mentor

John Worsfold and Teague worked together at West Coast, with the veteran coach handing over his role at Essendon at the end of the 2020 season.

  • by Anthony Colangelo
Kotoni Staggs is the most sought after player in the NRL.

Kotoni Staggs investigated by NRL over alleged drunken incident

The NRL Integrity Unit is seeking CCTV footage of an alleged incident involving Staggs at a venue in Brisbane.

  • by Sarah Keoghan
A person reacts to the guilty verdict of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington.

Juries tend to give police the benefit of the doubt in black deaths

There have been three police shootings of black Americans since the Derek Chauvin verdict yesterday.

  • by Lindsay Whitehurst and Alanna Durkin Richer
The NRL has launched an investigation after a Parramatta Eels player was allegedly filmed having sex with a woman in a toilet.

What’s the difference between Sonny Bill and Eels player’s toilet tryst?

The latest off-field incident has again raised the issue about what a player should, or shouldn’t be, sanctioned for.

  • by Andrew Webster
The world’s central banks are keeping a close eye on what is happening in Australia.

The dreaded ‘doom loop’ is back on the agenda

With the pandemic still raging across Europe there’s been a revival of interest and discussion about a concept borne out of the 2008 global financial crisis.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has defended his Belt and Road agreement with China.

‘Debt trap’: Bipartisan support for tearing up Victoria’s Belt and Road agreement

National security experts and federal Labor have welcomed the Morrison government’s decision to tear up Victoria’s Belt and Road deal with China, but warn of the possible fallout.

  • by Anthony Galloway, Paul Sakkal and Hanna Mills Turbet
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Uniting Vic.Tas CEO Bronwyn Pike warns  there will be more people sleeping in the streets if federal funding is not renewed.

‘Really worrying’: Homelessness groups face $20 million a year funding shortfall

Victorian organisations warn of job losses and service cuts if federal government does not renew part of their funding beyond June 30.

  • by Jewel Topsfield
Case numbers in India have skyrocketed, undermining a nascent economic recovery.

Reality check for world economy as global virus surge threatens recovery

The renewed surge in COVID-19 infections is threatening to further divide the world economy between the rich and poor, potentially damaging overall global growth if the fresh outbreaks spread or if key sources of demand falter.

  • by Enda Curran and Eric Martin
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says the Super League is not dead yet.

‘They haven’t left’: Super League not done yet, says Perez

The Super League is far from dead and its clubs have not given up on the idea of the breakaway competition despite having to shelve the project just a few days after it was announced.

‘I do’ and ‘I do’ and ‘I do’ and ‘I do.’

‘Speechless’: Taiwan couple gets married four times to maximise honeymoon leave

The story sparked heated online debate in Taiwan after the husband exploited a legal loophole obliging local companies to grant eight days paid leave.

  • by Nicola Smith
The KRI Nanggala submarine - pictured during a naval drill in 2017 - is missing north of Bali.
Updated
Tragedy

Indonesia asks Australia to help search for submarine with 53 on board

Contact was lost with the German-built submarine, which has 53 sailors on board, north of Bali on Wednesday and an oil spill was later found.

  • by Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies
American writer and biographer Blake Bailey.

Publisher halts shipping of new Philip Roth biography

The author Blake Bailey faces multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse.

  • by Hillel Italie
Powerlines

Global pioneer: Outback WA is going off grid to fix cyclone, bushfire outages

Storms or bushfires that down power lines and disrupt supply are the nightmare of grids around the world. Western Australia has found an alternative -- taking remote customers completely off the grid.

  • by Rob Verdonck
Thousands of planes have been “parked” indefinitely after the coronavirus pandemic decimated travel demand.

Airlines see COVID setbacks driving them to $62 billion loss this year

The airline industry’s chief lobby group widened its estimate for losses this year by about a quarter, saying new COVID-19 flare-ups and mutations have pushed back the timeline for a restart of global air travel.

  • by Christopher Jasper and Siddharth Philip
The Mercure Hotel in Perth.

WA’s hotel quarantine system again under fire after two people contract COVID-19 at Perth hotel

Two people have contracted COVID-19 while in hotel quarantine at Perth’s Mercure hotel amid fears the virus has managed to move between rooms.

  • by Fran Rimrod
AGL chief executive Brett Redman.
Breaking
Energy

AGL chief Brett Redman abruptly resigns ahead of coal break-up plan

The CEO of top Australian energy supplier AGL has resigned effective immediately, saying he is unable to commit to overseeing a plan to break up the business.

  • by Nick Toscano
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States have closed borders to Queensland.

Hotel quarantine management get a share of $1.2 million incentives not to work second jobs

The cost of topping up Perth hotel quarantine workers pay packets to stop them from taking on second jobs has hit close to $1.2 million but it’s not just staff interacting with isolating guests or their rooms who are eligible for more money.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
The Murray Street entrance to the proposed West Perth Woolworths complex.

Supermarket to capitalise on Perth shopping doldrums as more move into the heart of the city

Woolworths has revealed its plans for the City of Perth’s first full-line supermarket which is looking to capitalise on future growth opportunities in West Perth and the $227 million Subi East redevelopment.

  • by Peter de Kruijff
WA’s state prosecutions office is trialing a live-in therapy dog to improve staff’s mental health. (File picture)

Office therapy dog for stressed public prosecutors set to cost WA taxpayers $162,000

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions has defended its decision to spend $162,000 on a dog which will be based at its Perth office full-time as part of a new staff wellbeing program.

  • by Heather McNeill
Rose Porteous, the third wife of mining magnate Lang Hancock, once argued his estate was not bankrupt.

Lang Hancock’s life, love and bankruptcy resurrected in ‘clash of the dynasties’

The fall of Lang Hancock’s business fortunes in his marriage to Rose Porteous is again a question before the Supreme Court of Western Australia as his grandchild Bianca Rinehart seeks to recover court evidence in her claim to his iron throne.

  • by Aja Styles
Hazel (Cristin Milioti) escapes husband Byron (Billy Magnussen).
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Review

New show melds love and technology – and it’s beyond creepy

Cristin Milioti stars as a woman escaping her controlling marriage to the ultimate ‘techbro’.

  • by Kylie Northover
Jamie Dimon says leaders must act at the “speed of relevance”.

Inside the JPMorgan finance unit that masterminded doomed soccer bid

The Wall Street titan has played a crucial role in the doomed plans for a breakaway European Super League by raising €4 billion debt funding to get the scheme off the ground.

  • by Oliver Gill
Bitcoin has become too big for Wall Street to ignore.

‘Go to the sidelines’: Wall Street starts to see weakness emerge in bitcoin charts

Bitcoin has yet to recover from its unexplained weekend swoon, and now the investing public is on edge about the notoriously volatile token’s next move. Enter the chart watchers.

  • by Vildana Hajric and Joanna Ossinger
BMA is Australia's largest metallurgical coal miner.

Australia’s latest resources boom is driving a surge in IPOs

Australia is leveraging off its strength as a mining powerhouse to become the go-to destination for initial public offerings in the resources sector.

  • by James Thornhill
“Trump in heels”: Virginia state Senator Amanda Chase.

‘Trump in heels’ candidate says Derek Chauvin verdict makes her ‘sick’

Her comments, captured in a video she posted to Facebook, drew rebukes from state and national Democratic groups.

  • by Laura Vozzella
Police detain a man during a protest in St Petersburg, Russia.

‘Let him go’: Russia protesters defy Putin, call for Navalny’s freedom

One Moscow protester said “Russia is in the Dark Ages. In the past 25 years, the country has been completely destroyed.”

  • by Isabelle Khurshudyan and Robyn Dixon
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New York

New York property developers double down on a risky bet

Developers are making big-money bets that it’s only a matter of time before Manhattan is Manhattan again.

  • by Patrick Clark and Natalie Wong
The next great fullback? Andrew Johns is predicting big things from Charlie Staines.
Analysis
NRL 2021

Why Staines can be the NRL’s next great fullback

The Eighth Immortal predicts big things of the Panthers flyer, who the Knights need to stop in Thursday Night Football.

  • by Andrew Johns
Wall Street is on track to end its two-session losing streak.

ASX set to rise as Wall Street rebounds but Netflix slumps on slower growth

The ASX is set to push towards 7000 this morning as Wall Street rebounded.

  • by Damian Troise and Alex Veiga
Josh Morris was targeted by a disgruntled punter on social media after the Roosters’ win on Sunday.

Instagram to give NRL stars power to block trolls

The social media giant will launch changes to its platform within weeks designed to prevent online abuse to celebrities and high-profile athletes.

  • by Adam Pengilly
Mental health experts want a new national benchmark of one school-based psychologist for every 500 students.
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Mental health

Minimum ratio of school psychologists needed as mental illness soars

About one in seven school-aged children experience a mental health disorder each year, and the pandemic disruption is taking a further toll.

  • by Rob Harris
US President Joe Biden will use the climate summit to announce a significant increase in America’s 2030 emissions reduction target.

‘Insufficient’: Biden administration criticises Australia on climate

Australia is under mounting pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions as US President Joe Biden prepares to hold an international climate summit this week.

  • by Matthew Knott
Health workers move the body of a COVID-19 victim at a mortuary in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Oxygen leak kills 22 patients as India’s daily infection rate nears 300,000

India now faces a coronavirus “storm” overwhelming its health system, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in an address to the nation.

  • by Rajendra Jadhav and Neha Arora
Paul Gallen knocked out Lucas Browne within two minutes on Wednesday night.

‘Had confidence in my chin’: Gallen knocks out Browne in less than two minutes

Paul Gallen required less than two minutes to sensationally knock out Lucas Browne in their heavyweight showdown at the WIN Entertainment Centre.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is looking to the international community to help develop the low emissions technology needed to tackle climate change.

Australia to fund low-emissions research as world sets ambitious climate targets

Australia is banking on international action to tackle climate change, announcing on Thursday a $566 million fund for collaborations on new technologies.

  • by Mike Foley
The Queen sits alone in St George’s Chapel.

‘Great sadness’: The Queen breaks her silence on Prince Philip’s death

Images of the Queen sitting alone her husband’s funeral to comply with coronavirus restrictions prompted an outpouring of public sympathy.

  • by Bevan Shields
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Australia’s vaccine rollout is not without issues.

Experts eye Melbourne-made mRNA vaccines in a year after $50m injection

A leading scientist says the $50 million Victoria is putting into producing mRNA vaccines in Melbourne should be enough to get a serious facility up and running in 12 months.

  • by Paul Sakkal, Melissa Cunningham, Liam Mannix and Rachel Clun