Blockade Australia end NSW protests

Radical climate group Blockade Australia has called off its organized protests in NSW. The activists spent Monday and Tuesday protesting in Sydney’s CBD, causing major disruption and resulting in multiple arrests, and group members ran from police on Wednesday after their picnic in Tempe was targeted by officers. “We have made the hard choice to … Read more

Polling booths in Bragg by-election close as South Australian voters face third election in four months

Vote counting in the Bragg by-election is officially underway as polling booths across Adelaide’s eastern suburbs close. Key points: Vickie Chapman resigned after the Liberals’ state election loss The Liberal Party holds the seat on a margin of 8.2 percent Labor and the Greens are hoping to see swings against the Liberals It is the … Read more

New York lawmakers move to enshrine abortion rights in state constitution

The amendment’s passage Friday is the first step toward adding the language to the New York Constitution. Lawmakers will need to vote again to pass the amendment in the next legislative session next year and then voters must vote to pass it in a referendum before it can take effect. The amendment language specifically names … Read more

Motorists should prepare for fuel prices to rise in September when the fuel excise cut ends, says Treasurer Jim Chalmers

Motorists should plan for an increase in oil prices from September, when the temporary cut to the fuel excise ends, Treasurer Jim Chalmers says. Key points: Mr Chalmers said growing government debt and other economic challenges made an extension of the excise cut unlikely The 22.1 cent per liter cut to petrol prices was introduced … Read more

NY OKs bill barring guns in Times Square, requiring social media info for permit

Your name, date of birth and Twitter handle, please? The New York state Senate approved sweeping legislation Friday afternoon that would ban concealed weapons from so-called “sensitive locations” like Times Square, public transit and other venues — while requiring gun permit applicants to give the state information about their social media accounts as well the … Read more

Medal of Freedom: Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, Gabby Giffords, John McCain and Denzel Washington among the awardees

Biden will bestow the medal to several posthumous honorees, including Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. The list includes Olympic athletes Simone Biles and Megan Rapinoe, the fifth and sixth female athletes to be honored for the award. Rapinoe will be the first female soccer player to … Read more

UK PM back in crisis mode after foreign tour

Tory deputy chief whip Chris Pincher resigned after reportedly groping two men in a private London club UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson returned Friday from an overseas tour straight into a new crisis after another senior Conservative was forced to quit his scandal-hit government. The embattled leader found his ruling Tories mired in more controversy … Read more

Minimum wage Australia: Changes to pay come into effect on Friday as new financial year ticks over

Up to 2.8 million Australians will see a bump to their pay packet from Friday as the Fair Work Commission’s annual wage review comes into effect. Friday marks the start of the new financial year, meaning the FWC’s decision to bump the national minimum wage will apply. The industrial umpire in mid-June revealed its decision … Read more

Australia PM hails ‘new start’ in ties with France

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (L) spoke of a ‘new start’ in relations with France after greeting President Emmanuel Macron Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese welcomed a “new start” in relations with France as he met President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Friday, after an acrimonious row between the countries over a submarine contract last … Read more

Cheney defends Trump criticism and January 6 committee work in Wyoming debate

“There’s a real tragedy that’s occurring, and the tragedy is there are politicians in this country, beginning with Donald Trump, who have lied to the American people. People have been betrayed. He has consistently said the election is stolen when it wasn’t ,” Cheney said in the debate broadcast by Wyoming PBS ahead of the … Read more