National News

Retailers enjoyed pre-Christmas spend-up

Retail spending in the run-up to Christmas was even stronger than first thought, with Melburnians particularly rampant at the shops after emerging from a lengthy lockdown.

Three new cases as NSW restrictions ease

NSW's three new coronavirus cases, close contacts that contact tracers missed, were out and about in the community while infectious, the state's chief health officer has admitted.

Industry and govt at odds over quad bikes

Australia's peak automotive body is urging the federal government to rethink plans to mandate rollover bars on ATVs or quad bikes, warning the move threatens the viability of dealers and could actually cost lives.

Indian players racially abused: reports

India's players were allegedly subjected to racial abuse from a section of the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) in the third Test against Australia.

Mutated strain risk permanent: Berejiklian

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Australians should assume mutated COVID-19 variants emanating from the United Kingdom and South Africa will become the world's dominant strains due to their contagiousness.

Weather possibly driving shark encounters

Shark encounters on Australia's coastline could become more commonplace as the La Nina weather pattern drives increased rainfall and changes in ocean conditions.