National News

Moderna arrives amid Vic protest warning

More than 1800 new virus cases have been reported from outbreaks in NSW and Victoria as the first shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine arrives in the country.

France recalls ambassador to Australia

France has plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal that sank a French-designed submarine contract.

Sydney 'global' again with home quarantine

Sydney's status as a globally-engaged city can be rebuilt through the establishment of shorter home quarantine periods for vaccinated international arrivals, the NSW government hopes.

Qld baby's homebirth death 'preventable'

The death of a baby girl three days after a home water birth could have been prevented if she had been born in the hospital, a Queensland coroner had found.

NZ extends trans-Tasman bubble pause

New Zealand's ban on quarantine-free travellers from Australia will remain until November at least, with future trans-Tasman travel hinging on vaccination rates.

Qld legalises voluntary assisted dying

Terminally ill Queenslanders will be able to end their lives at a time of their choosing from early next year after the state parliament voted to legalise voluntary assisted dying.

NSW govt prepares to unveil 80pc plan

The NSW government has prepared a "draft" reopening roadmap for when the state reaches 80 per cent double-dose vaccination in its eligible population, the deputy premier says.

Australia in deal for nuclear submarines

Australia's first nuclear-powered submarines could be in the water before 2040 under a historic partnership with the United States and United Kingdom.

Vic outbreak 'not peak', Ballarat lockdown

A regional Victorian city is going into a seven-day lockdown, as the chief health officer warns the state's latest COVID-19 outbreak is yet to reach its peak.