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Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during Question Time at Parliament House in Canberra on Wednesday 2 August 2023

Australia news LIVE: Brittany Higgins sued by Linda Reynolds for defamation; Debate over housing bill continues

Record numbers of Australians are taking on second jobs, skyrocketing premiums prompt government to expand insurance inquiry and the housing debate continues.

  • by Caroline Schelle
EToro is a major Rugby Australia sponsor.

Wallabies sponsor hit with ASIC action over its financial betting products

The corporate watchdog says 20,000 Australian customers of eToro lost money trading products known as contracts for difference.

  • by Sarah Danckert
More than 10 firefighters spent two hours saving a calf from thick mud in Sydney’s west.

Calf no longer a stick in the mud thanks to team of firefighters

Fire crews spent two hours rescuing the cow trapped neck-deep in mud in Sydney’s west.

  • by Olivia Ireland
Jaws set off the shark movie craze that inspired horror classics like Deep Blue Sea and tongue-in-cheek whirlwinds like Sharknado.

Since Jaws we’ve been obsessed with shark movies. What makes them so compelling?

Whether it’s Jaws or The Meg, there are four essential elements all shark films need to reel in viewers.

  • by Nell Geraets
Wall Street’s rally is finally losing momentum.

ASX extends losses after Wall Street’s worst day since April

The local sharemarket slipped for a second day after Wall Street tumbled to its worst drop in months as its rally lost momentum.

  • by Millie Muroi
Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington.

Who are the Trump co-conspirators in the 2020 election charges?

None have been named and they are yet to be charged, but the descriptions make it easy to identify most of them.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Sharemarket listings and takeover deals are down 42 per cent year-on-year.

The $2.8 trillion question: America is hunting for cash, but there’s a bit of a problem

The US is going to put trillions worth of new debt up for sale before the end of the year as it tries to rebuild its cash reserves. There is an issue, however.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Reynolds claims Higgins defamed her in an Instagram story and twitter post last month.

Linda Reynolds sues Brittany Higgins for defamation over Instagram post

The Liberal senator has made good on her threat to sue for defamation over a social media post accusing her of harassment.

  • by Jesinta Burton
The Entertainment Quarter, to the right, is next to the Sydney Cricket Ground at Moore Park.

Prominent Entertainment Quarter investors could fund extra metro station

Entertainment Quarter chairman Tony Shepherd said it was “within the realm of possibility” the consortium could finance a station that would serve the precinct and Moore Park.

  • by Michael Koziol
Sam Kerr appears to be on track for her first World Cup appearance.

Ball at her feet: Kerr on track for World Cup return

Sam Kerr didn’t do much in the 15 minutes of Thursday’s session that media could watch - but for the first time since her calf injury, she had a ball at her feet.

  • by Vince Rugari
The chemistry between Gaden and Ware is at the heart of this production.

The flawed Australian play that’s still worthy of being revived

The success of Mr Bailey’s Minder at Ensemble Theatre rests on the chemistry between actors playing the elderly Leo and his carer Therese.

  • by John Shand
FILE - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, arrive for a dinner at the Getty Villa during the Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, June 9, 2022. The Canadian prime minister and his wife announced Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2023, that they are separating after 18 years of marriage. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie to separate

The two said in statements posted on Instagram that they had made the decision after “many meaningful and difficult conversations”.

Donald Trump gives a thumbs-up at a meal.

Trump dined with Fox News executives after learning of federal charges

Trump has been vocal about probably skipping the first debate, which Fox News is hosting, but he’s also said he hasn’t closed the door on participating in it, either.

  • by Jonathan Swan and Maggie Haberman
Carter Gordon and Tate McDermott walk onto the MCG.

‘A load of rubbish’: Indignant Jones defends young playmaker after sticking with Wallabies rookies

Eddie Jones says he is throwing his faith in the Wallabies’ gang of youths for the second Bledisloe and beyond after launching a strident defence of three-Test playmaker Carter Gordon.

  • by Iain Payten
Former RAAF pilot Christian Boucousis now runs a leadership training company.

Welcome to Top Gun: The Australian fighter pilot preparing CEOs for war

Work is war — or it can feel that way to certain CEOs. Enter former Australian fighter pilot Christian Boucousis.

  • by Emma Goldberg
Our reviewers cast their eyes over recent fiction and non-fiction.

What to read: A tale of heaven and hell, and the end of a giant shark

Our reviewers cast their eyes over recent fiction and non-fiction.

  • by Cameron Woodhead and Fiona Capp
Police secure the area after a man opened fire at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh synagogue shooter sentenced to death for anti-Semitic attack

Robert Bowers spewed hatred of Jews and espoused white supremacist beliefs online before planning and carrying out the 2018 massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue.

  • by Peter Smith and Michael Rubinkam
Jazz Money, an Australian poet and filmmaker, is part of
Poetry Month, the annual celebration of poetry across the country.

‘Most potent use of language’: Why poetry is having a comeback

Jazz Money is one of the headliners for a month-long celebration of the best in Australian verse, as an official poet laureate looms on the horizon.

  • by Lenny Ann Low
The German Shepard: victim of stereotyping.

Why one of these dog breeds is the victim of unfair stereotyping

These are the “Big Three” guide dog breeds – but a charity says German shepherds have an unfair reputation and are the misunderstood victims of stereotyping.

  • by Joe Pinkstone
Garma festival

‘A place where Australia comes together’: All you need to know about the Garma Festival

Australia’s largest and most influential annual First Nations event begins in Arnhem Land at the weekend, with the Voice to parliament the central talking point.

  • by Jack Latimore
ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold said he complained to the territory’s head of police about investigators liaising with Lehrmann’s defence team.

Damning findings against Shane Drumgold in Lehrmann inquiry

ACT top prosecutor Shane Drumgold, SC, lied to the Supreme Court in the lead-up to the rape trial of former Coalition staffer Bruce Lehrmann, a report into the handling of the high-profile case has found.

  • by Angus Thompson
Former President Donald Trump visits Café du Monde in New Orleans.

What are the charges against Donald Trump?

The case aims to hold Trump responsible for his efforts to remain in power during the weeks between his election loss and the attack on the US Capitol.

  • by Alanna Durkin Richer
From left, Steve Carell, Scarlett Johansson and Tom Hanks in Asteroid City.

Wes Anderson is famous for his all-star casts. How does he do it?

Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Bryan Cranston – Asteroid City is another star-studded outing in which Wes Anderson left nothing to chance.

  • by Stephanie Bunbury
Ice melts on tundra and thawing permafrost in Newtok, Alaska, this fall

Our permafrost is thawing – and with it bacteria and viruses

At the ends of the world, ground that has long been frozen is warming – and scientists are discovering that some ancient bacteria and viruses can spring to life. Could dangerous pathogens emerge?

  • by Liam Mannix
Rob Stannard during his time at Australian team Mitchelton-Scott in 2019.

Australian road cyclist suspended over alleged doping violation

Rob Stannard has denied using a prohibited substance but will miss the world championships in Glasgow after learning that he had been provisionally suspended.

  • by Ian Chadband
Workers load grain at a grain port in Izmail, Ukraine, in April.

Russia targets Ukraine’s Danube port, sending global grain prices higher

“Moscow is waging a battle for a global catastrophe,” said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. “They need world food markets to collapse.”

  • by Pavel Polityuk
EV pioneer Tesla is a hit with Gen X investors.

The top five shares Boomers and Millennials are buying

These investors have million-dollar-plus portfolios, but are buying very different shares.

  • by Millie Muroi
The marketing of the Barbie doll, in particular, came into focus in the fine against the tech giant.

Barbie hoax targets Mattel over plastic toys

Climate activists have staged an elaborate hoax that claimed that all Mattel toys, including the iconic Barbie doll, would be plastic free by 2030.

  • by Livia Albeck-Ripka and Orlando Mayorquin
Sam Walker has been out for the majority of the season for the Roosters.
NRL 2023

How to fix the Roosters? Stick with Sam and lay off Suaalii

There’s been plenty of reasons why the Roosters have been so disappointing this year - but they have to hand the keys to one of their young guns to turn it around in 2024.

  • by Andrew Johns
Bernadette Robinson is taking on some of the greatest divas from the past to the present.

From Miley to Garland: New show explores what makes a diva

Bernadette Robinson channels 10 powerhouse female performers, including Miley Cyrus and Judy Garland, in her new show Divas.

  • by Cameron Bayley
Caitlin Foord (left) and Steph Catley after their League Cup triumph with Arsenal in March.

Gunning for glory: The club act that kept Matildas in the game

It’s the left-hand connection described by Arsenal’s assistant coach as “telepathic”, and one from which Australia are very much benefiting.

  • by Emma Kemp
Rachel Ward’s efforts to transform her Nambucca Valley property with regenerative farming is captured in the documentary Rachel’s Farm.

Forget the glamour, Rachel Ward gets her hands dirty in documentary

Rachel’s Farm is a hugely valuable adventure infused with the actor’s insatiable curiosity and staunch refusal to give up, no matter what.

  • by Sandra Hall
Noora Niasari, writer and director of MIFF opening night film Shayda.

‘I wouldn’t do it again’: The true story behind this gut-wrenching Australian film

Noora Niasari’s Shayda is a stunning debut, a deeply personal film about a mother and daughter trying to spark joy inside a women’s refuge.

  • by Karl Quinn
Kelvin Harrison jnr stars as composer/musician Joseph Bologne, who was a favourite of Marie Antoinette.

The story of Mozart’s rival is worth rediscovering

This unfairly neglected episode in Black history has been criticised by musical purists - but you can also just sit back and enjoy it.

  • by Sandra Hall
The Bear, season two

Chefs are style icons too now? Sure, OK

Carmy from The Bear has us saying “Yes, Chef” when it comes to his tasty fits.

  • by Robert Moran
Comedian Gabbi Bolt

From a Ratatouille musical and Kevin Rudd duet to the stage

Gabbi Bolt first found fame with her song for the unofficial Ratatouille musical and TikToks about Australian politics. Now she’s taking on a new challenge.

  • by Hannah Story
Only two of the five Skyview towers have been completed, and have serious defects.

The bankrupt, the fugitive and the billion-dollar Toplace collapse

An undischarged bankrupt was instrumental in landing his insolvency firm the lucrative rights to be administrator of fugitive Jean Nassif’s failed property empire Toplace.

  • by Kate McClymont and Ben Cubby
Chris Minns and development controls for Sydney

Premier questioned over City of Sydney development exemption

There are calls for Chris Minns to explain why a council won’t be included in the scheme to drive high-density housing across Sydney.

  • by Max Maddison
Noetic included a list of relationships with “key clients” such as high-ranking Defence and national security agency officials.
Home Truths

Consultancy firm boasted ‘unfettered access’ to Defence, national security agencies

Having won tens of millions of dollars worth of consulting work, this Canberra consultancy felt it was in the box seat for plenty more.

  • by Nick McKenzie and David Crowe
The Minns government has released its first ministerial diary disclosures.

Dear diary: What the government’s first meetings reveal about power in NSW

In the government’s first few weeks, newly minted ministers met with newspapers, TV, Ray Hadley and billionaire nonagenarians.

  • by Angus Dalton and Simone Fox Koob
The Victorian Government has committed $9 billion to expand kindergarten programs and building 50 new early learning centres across Victoria.

Disadvantaged preschoolers may miss out on affordable childcare

Of the 50 most disadvantaged suburbs in Victoria, only 13 have been confirmed as getting the integrated low-cost childcare centres meant to help the families most in need.

  • by Annika Smethurst
Premier Chris Minns.

Trains are the future for global cities. Let’s not go off the rails, Sydney

A commitment to modern rail networks is critical to building safer, low-carbon cities.

  • by Caroline Wilkie
Excavators at work Wednesday on the site of a train station at Sydney Olympic Park for the Metro West line.

Big builders on edge about risk of delays to Metro West contracts

The government has been warned that construction companies can’t afford to have staff “sitting twiddling their thumbs” while waiting for contracts to be awarded.

  • by Matt O'Sullivan
Canterbury station to Town Hall during peak hour.

The 8.04am train gets you from Canterbury to Town Hall in 33 minutes. The bus? Not so quick

The current bus route takes twice as long as the train does. Will the government find a solution before it closes the T3 line for the Metro conversion?

  • by Anthony Segaert
Sydney accountant Ben Carter and Sportsbet’s CEO Barni Evans in Darwin nightclub

The night an alleged $26m gambling fraudster partied with Sportsbet’s CEO

A video has emerged purporting to show Sportsbet chief Barni Evans dancing with a high roller now accused of defrauding millions of dollars.

  • by Perry Duffin
The government inquiry into insurers’ response to flooding will examine everything from claim delays, affordability of insurance premiums and prevention.

‘Perfect storm’: Soaring insurance premiums, claim delays under microscope

Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones is worried the increase in premiums, combined with a rise in complaints, will result in people opting out of insurance.

  • by Rachel Clun
Usman Khawaja after his final innings of the Ashes series.

Khawaja fumes after Australia, England stung by over rates

A revised system for over rate penalties in Tests has still resulted in major fines and points lost for Australia and England.

  • by Daniel Brettig
Column 8 granny dinkus
Column 8

Joining the cyberspace race

Where X marks the tweet.

Dragons halfback Raecene McGregor.

Roosters eager to raise game before McGregor’s return with Dragons

The St George Illawarra halfback will try to wreak havoc when she fronts up against her former club on Thursday night.

  • by Billie Eder
David Malouf’s first novel was about a wartime childhood in Brisbane.

How these five Brisbane writers have changed the literary landscape

From Trent Dalton to Melissa Lucashenko, Brisbane is blessed with a host of Australia’s best writers.

  • by Jason Steger
Social media platforms like TikTok have become a popular news option for younger audiences.

TikTok isn’t the bogeyman of journalism, but it could help save it

Every decade or so we’re told journalism is facing a reckoning. While TikTok is the current bogeyman, a clip about the rise in Australia’s minimum wage reveals how different platforms can inspire conversations and showcase quality journalism.

  • by Abbir Dib
Greg Inglis and Dallas Johnson carry out a replica of the 2009 premiership trophy that the NRL stripped from the Storm.

‘I would probably celebrate it as well’: Moses weighs into Storm ‘premiership’ party

As he prepares to welcome back halves partner Dylan Brown, Mitchell Moses speaks about the Storm’s decision to parade the 2009 trophy “win” at last week’s game.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
Michelle Rowland during question time on Wednesday.

Investigation launched into Labor’s mobile phone black spot scheme

The Australian National Audit Office investigation announced on Wednesday is the first into alleged pork-barrelling by the government since the election.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Much loved group: Members of Karingal Hub Walkers outside the shopping centre, in Frankston, this week.

Striding to victory: Shopping centre mall walkers win reprieve

An enthusiastic group of Frankston mall walkers can put their shoes back on after a campaign to save their exercise program.

  • by Carolyn Webb
Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp.

Minns sacks minister from cabinet for ‘conflict of interest over family holdings’

NSW Premier Chris Minns has sacked Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Minister Tim Crakanthorp for failing to disclose “substantial private family holdings in the Hunter region”.

  • by Max Maddison, Michael McGowan and Carrie Fellner

‘Not a gotcha moment’: Yes advocates back Albanese in treaty stoush

Yes campaigners attempted to defuse two days of questions from the federal opposition about whether the creation of a Voice would then lead to a treaty.

  • by James Massola, Paul Sakkal and Angus Thompson
Cronulla High School in Sydney’s south.

Sydney teacher found to have racially vilified Indian student

During a year 12 business studies class at Cronulla High School, the teacher allegedly described Indian people as “Uber drivers and Deliveroo people”. 

  • by Sarah Keoghan
Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong admits he should have acted sooner against two MPs who refused to end their affair.

Singapore in a mess as PM admits politics not as clean as country’s image

The city-state places as much stock in the cleanliness of its politics as it does in spotless streets. Recent events have threatened to sully that reputation.

  • by Chris Barrett

Minns acted swiftly, but premier’s first ministerial casualty has come all too quickly

Just four months in and Labor has suffered its first ministerial sacking over the smelly combination of property interests and improper disclosure.

  • by Michael Koziol
Former US president Donald Trump and special counsel Jack Smith.

The man tasked with investigating Trump works with speed and aggression

A largely unknown former prosecutor, Jack Smith has delivered his basic assessment in two criminal investigations in a little more than eight months.

  • by Glenn Thrush, Adam Goldman and Michael S. Schmidt
We all want to stick up for our kids, but they are not always right, Jenna Price writes.

Pendulum swings too far as teachers struggle in the classroom

Parents now have too much power over teachers and the classroom is suffering.

The ASX is set to open lower on Wednesday,

ASX ends lower, following losses on Wall Street

The Australian sharemarket slid lower on Wednesday, as utilities and a negative lead from Wall Street weighed on the index.

  • by Millie Muroi
The US Federal Reserve’s openness to further interest rate rises and rapidly rising service prices means the Reserve Bank of Australia may not be done yet

As it happened: NSW Labor Minister resigns, referred to ICAC; PM casts doubt on Commonwealth’s role in future treaty negotiations

The RBA held interest rates for a second month, draft changes to Labor’s election platform point to treaty move and housing bill returns to parliament.

  • by Caroline Schelle and Josefine Ganko
Sylvia Ken, Pitjantjatjara people, Seven Sisters, 2022, is among the paintings in the Ngura Pulka – Epic Country exhibition.

Future of controversial exhibition at centre of furore revealed

The exhibition had been suspended following claims of the provenance of the artwork.

  • by Linda Morris
Natasha Piccolo is one of almost 950,000 Australians who is working multiple jobs to try to make ends meet.

Record numbers take on second job as inflation nears 10 per cent for many

Natasha Piccolo is one of almost a million Australians now working more than one job as inflation for families with a mortgage reaches its highest level since the mid-1980s.

  • by Shane Wright and Olivia Ireland
Steve Smith bats during the fifth Test at the Oval, part of an enthralling Ashes series.

Two-match series are killing Test cricket: McDonald

Cricket’s leaders should set a three-match minimum for all Test series if they truly wish to keep the game’s longest format flourishing, Australian coach Andrew McDonald declared after an enthralling Ashes series.

  • by Daniel Brettig
Illustration: John Shakespeare

Fasten your seatbelts, this wild ride will Trump anything we’ve seen

Next year will be like no other year we have witnessed in American politics. Trump is, of course, presumed innocent – but now let’s see what the evidence is against him.

  • by Bill Wyman

Closing the gap: Vodafone’s desperate deal to catch Telstra and Optus

No matter how you interpret the $6.3 billion deal with Vocus, TPG - which owns the number three player in the mobiles market, Vodafone - is shrinking.

  • by Elizabeth Knight
Andrew Gill’s son Josh died under horrific circumstances, taking his own life.

Hospital given ultimatum over delay in creating children’s crisis beds

The Northern Beaches Hospital has eight weeks to explain why children in crisis have nowhere to go more than a year after it was given $7.5 million.

  • by Laura Banks
Caitlin Foord scored twice against Denmark last October.

Another dance with the Danes brings Matildas’ World Cup journey full circle

Australia’s next opponents are very familiar foes. Ten months ago, a stirring comeback against Denmark helped Tony Gustavsson’s side rediscover its winning touch.

  • by Vince Rugari
Former US president Donald Trump and Special Counsel Jack Smith.

Donald Trump charged over effort to overturn 2020 election

The charges are the culmination of a months-long probe by Special Counsel Jack Smith – the same federal prosecutor who has charged Trump for his mishandling of classified documents.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
A photograph of one of the 13 Australian cattle which tested positive.

‘It did not happen in Indonesia’: Jakarta at odds with Australia over cattle disease

Indonesian officials say Australian cattle with lumpy-skin disease showed symptoms before being unloaded from ships, heightening their suspicion over its origin.

  • by Chris Barrett and Karuni Rompies
Gas explainer

The magnetic appeal of induction cooktops (plus other ways to go electric)

With gas now on the nose, householders are switching to green electricity. Where do you start? And how far can you go?

  • by Angus Holland
Helpline? More like hinderline.

What do you call it when a helpline doesn’t help?

As the muzak played, I pondered the broken promise of the word’s meaning.

  • by David Astle
ABC journalist Mark Willacy outside the Federal Court on Wednesday.

ABC made inaccurate claim, reporter tells ex-commando’s defamation trial

The broadcaster issued an erroneous press release about a story at the centre of Heston Russell’s defamation case, senior ABC journalist Mark Willacy has said.

  • by Michaela Whitbourn
The meme was replied to by Warner Brothers’ account.

‘Barbenheimer’ memes trigger backlash in Japan, scene of real atomic explosions

One critical posting said many victims who died under the mushroom clouds were children the same age as those playing with Barbie dolls.

  • by Mari Yamaguchi