NSW records 825 new Covid cases, the worst total of any Australian state since pandemic began

ACT reports eight new coronavirus cases and cancels Floriade while Queensland records zero Victoria sent into statewide lockdown as Shepparton Covid cluster rises to 17Australia anti-lockdown rallies: protesters violently clash with police in MelbourneNSW hotspots; NSW restrictions; border restrictionsVictoria’s restrictions; Victorian hotspotsVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing New … Read more

Solomon Lew’s Just Group complained to federal ministers about small business ombudsman Kate Carnell

Fashion retail company was unhappy to be described as ‘unethical’ for delaying payments to suppliers, FoI documents reveal The boss of Solomon Lew’s fashion retail company, Just Group, wrote to the federal minister Michaelia Cash and the assistant treasurer, Michael Sukkar, to complain about the small business ombudsman Kate Carnell, documents released to Guardian Australia … Read more

‘Favouring industry’: protesters demand stronger Aboriginal heritage bill to protect sacred WA sites

Proposed law comes after 46,000-year-old rock shelters destroyed but traditional owners say it doesn’t do enough Traditional owners and their supporters have marched on Western Australian parliament to demand the government halt its controversial new Aboriginal heritage bill, saying it favours mining and isn’t strong enough to stop another disaster like the destruction of Juukan … Read more

Coalition ‘unlawfully’ blocking freedom of information requests

FoI system is ‘broken’, review finds, with agencies and ministers’ offices ‘gaming the system’ Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Australia’s freedom of information system is “broken” and the government is potentially unlawfully blocking the release of documents to the public, a new report has found. Experts have long warned of … Read more