National News

Charges over Melbourne hotel virus leaks

Victoria's health department is facing more than $95 million in fines after it was charged over hotel quarantine failures that led to the state's deadly second wave of COVID-19.

R Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

R Kelly has been convicted by a federal jury in his sex-trafficking trial, where prosecutors accused the R&B singer of exploiting his stardom over a quarter-century to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex.

Scams cost Aussies $211 million this year

Australians have lost a record $211 million to scams so far this year, with people bombarded by bogus calls and texts purportedly from well-known businesses or the government.

End of Vic lockdowns 'closer every day'

Restrictions will ease slightly across Victoria from Wednesday, when the state is forecast to have vaccinated 80 per cent of its population with at least one jab.

NSW premier wants overseas travel restart

NSW will in the coming week reveal its roadmap for 80 per cent vaccination coverage, and the premier wants international travel to resume "at the earliest opportunity".

NSW beach crowds broken up, 11 new deaths

Large crowds have been broken up at popular Sydney beaches as NSW reported 1007 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths, including three undiagnosed people who died at home.

Aust to host 2022 regional energy summit

Australia will host a clean energy summit next year under the Quad umbrella and take a bigger role in the supply of critical minerals in the Indo-Pacific region, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says.