Category: Nation

New clues in body in a bag mystery

Police have launched a fresh ­appeal to identify the decomposed body of a man found inside a cotton bag on a riverbank in a case that has baffled detectives for almost nine years.

Old meets new in cultural melding

“I can feel my ancestors talking and whispering,” Groote Eylandt artist Maicie Lalara says of showcasing her designs at Country to Couture.

‘Extinct’ woylies reclaim their Territory

Nature’s gardener, the brush-tailed bettong, has made a welcome return to the Northern Territory after being locally extinct for more than 60 years.

NT euthanasia push to hit Senate hurdle

A push to allow assisted dying in the Northern Territory will face its first hurdle in the Senate as early as Wednesday.

Kookas win chance to add to the pool of gold

Australia’s perennial bridesmaids, the men’s hockey team, have earned themselves another chance at Olympic glory, on the day the nation’s most successful swim team arrived back on home soil with a record haul of medals.

Qantas stands down 2500

Crippling restrictions on domestic flying will see 2500 Qantas and Jetstar workers stood down in the next fortnight until lockdowns ease and borders reopen.

Simmons sister: I was victim of child sex trafficking

The sister of Australian basketballer Ben Simmons claims she was preyed upon by a child sex-trafficking ring while growing up in suburban Melbourne and now suffers “flashbacks” of the sickening abuse she endured.

Anti-jab violence: cops vow no mercy

Australian’s counter-terrorism chief has vowed to crack down on activists who incite violent resistance to vaccination and lockdowns, amid a surge of online death threats against political leaders and chief health officers.

New gaming body just ‘saving face’

The Andrews government’s new casino and gambling regulator is aimed at “saving face” a day before state parliament considers establishing an inquiry into the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, the state opposition says.

Judge backs journo’s legal aid appeal

A Supreme Court judge has backed crime journalist Steve Barrett’s second attempt to secure financial aid for his upcoming blackmail trial after an initial application was rejected last month, warning the charge faced by the reporter was a “complex one”…

Delta hits national economy for $12bn

Queensland’s eight-day lockdown will add a further $600m to the growing economic toll from Delta lockdowns, cementing expectations that RBA governor Philip Lowe on Tuesday will abandon plans to wind back the central bank’s bond-buying program.

ICUs prepare for ‘worst-case scenario’

As contact tracers battle to contain the spread of the rapacious Delta variant, Covid-19 wards across Sydney’s major hospitals are making urgent plans to ratchet up intensive care unit capacities in the event of a “worst-case scenario”.

‘Christmas in July’ turns super-spreader

NSW health officials fear a misjudged “Christmas in July” party at an aged-care home in the inner-west Sydney suburb of Summer Hill has become a super-spreader event that could seriously derail efforts to contain the outbreak.

Fighting to be recognised as victims of crime

A 21-year-old woman, with an intellectual disability placing her mental capacity on par with a seven-year-old, was allegedly raped in August 2019 by a man who climbed into her bedroom through a window.

WhatsApp messages reveal Nine witness ‘inconsistency’

A barrister acting for Ben Roberts-Smith in the war veteran’s defamation trial has urged the Federal Court to admit into evidence WhatsApp messages that allegedly show a key witness for Nine newspapers, Afghan villager Mohammed Hanifa, gave an “inconsi…