Socceroos world cup: MCG could open for fans to watch, Dan Andrews hints

Premier Daniel Andrews has hinted world cup fans could celebrate watching the Socceroos’ next game at the MCG after the team advanced to the group stages. The 1-0 win against Denmark saw thousands of fans crammed into Federation Square on Thursday morning, where an outdoor screening of the match quickly descended into mayhem. When the … Read more

Trade Minister Don Farrell meets with Chinese ambassador as sanctions, tariffs continue

Trade Minister Don Farrell says he wants Chinese sanctions on Australian exports lifted within a year after meeting with Beijing’s top envoy to Canberra. Senator Farrell revealed he had spoken to Chinese Ambassador Xiao Qian at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on Wednesday evening, describing the meeting as a “positive vibe”. Senator Farrell … Read more

Pauline Hanson called out for calling Senator David Pocock ‘Doormat Dave’

Outspoken One Nation senator Pauline Hanson has taken aim at former rugby star and now politician David Pocock. The Queensland senator blasted her “rookie” ACT opponent on Wednesday as “doormat Dave” in a brutal sledging on the Senate floor. But she found herself being reprimanded for insulting a fellow politician and accused of taking an … Read more

Interest rates: Economist warns next RBA rate rise ‘all but certain’ as house prices fall

National home prices have fallen for the eighth consecutive month, largely due to rising interest rates, according to the latest data from PropTrack. A 0.16 per cent drop was recorded nationally in November, with capital city prices now 3.09 per cent below their level a year ago. Darwin and Melbourne had the largest declines, but … Read more

Government, Health Minister signal crack down on vapes, vaping with TGA consultation and new tobacco regulations

The sale of disposable e-cigarettes could be regulated under strict New Zealand-style rules or even banned altogether, with Health Minister Mark Butler claiming nothing is off the table amid the government’s campaign to crack down on vaping. As vaping among young Australians skyrockets, the federal government has launched a public consultation process through medicines regulator … Read more

Power prices tipped to be capped at $12 a gigajoule

The federal government is poised to introduce restrictions on the cost of gas in an effort to put the brakes on skyrocketing power bills. Consumers and unions have been urgently calling on the government to act as households struggle with rising costs and workplaces threaten to let workers go due to their own higher bills. … Read more

Doma Group development at base of Mount Ainslie delayed after failing to secure finance

A controversial development near the Australian War Memorial in Canberra will now sit untouched until at least the end of next year after the developer failed to secure finance for the project. key points: The completion date for The Foothills development is now the end of 2025 Doma says delays and rising building costs are … Read more

Canberra driver fined $128 after caught in parking trap

A driver has expressed frustration over a confusing parking sign he described as a “trap” after being fined what he would usually spend on a week’s worth of groceries. The Canberra road user was stung $128 after misunderstanding a group of three small road-side parking signs on Allara Street on Saturday. Thinking he was allowed … Read more

Scott Morrison: Bridget Archer to cross floor on ScoMo over secret ministries

Liberal MP Bridget Archer is set to cross the floor and vote with Labor to censure Scott Morrison over the secret ministry scandal warning his actions were “corrosive to democracy.” The Tasmanian MP is the first to break ranks after Liberal leader Peter Dutton announced his party will oppose the ALP’s attempt to rebuke Mr … Read more

Former rock climbing coach Stephen Mitchell pleads guilty to child sexual offences against six girls

Former national rock climbing coach Stephen Mitchell has pleaded guilty to sexual offenses against six girls, dating back to the 1990s and early 2000s. Mitchell, 56, was first charged in February for acts of indecency involving three girls who were aged between 11 and 14 years old. More victims have since come forward and today … Read more