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Australian News Headlines: February 23, 2021


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Australia‘s Macquarie reaps windfall profits from U.S. winter freeze

…, which also operates Australia’s largest asset manager and investment…

February 22, 2021 04:47pm EST

Australia shares set to track Wall Street lower as U.S. Treasury yields firm

… Feb 23 (Reuters) – Australian shares were poised to inch lower on Tuesday after a weak showing on Wall Street overnight as rising U.S…

February 22, 2021 04:26pm EST

Dollar slides on improving European, U.K. economic outlooks, commodities bounce

…, foreign exchange strategist at Daiwa Securities. Australia on Monday began…

February 22, 2021 03:58pm EST

Dollar slides on improving European, U.K. economic outlooks, commodities bounce

…, foreign exchange strategist at Daiwa Securities. Australia on Monday began…

February 22, 2021 03:50pm EST

FOREX-Dollar slides on improving European, U.K. economic outlooks, commodities bounce

… Securities. Australia on Monday began its mass COVID-19 vaccine programme…

February 22, 2021 03:50pm EST

FACTBOX-Winners and losers in energy sector from Texas cold snap

…. Australia’s Macquarie Group, the second biggest gas marketer in North…

February 22, 2021 03:45pm EST

Microsoft teams up with EU publishers amid Facebook’s Australian spat

… and Australia. The EU’s 2019 overhauled copyright rules, which force Alphabet… Microsoft News. Facebook last week imposed a news ban in Australia

February 22, 2021 03:25pm EST

Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears

…By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia will not alter… neared a final vote on whether to pass the bill into law. Australia

February 22, 2021 03:25pm EST

Dollar slips on improving European, U.K. economic outlooks, commodities bounce

… Ishizuki, foreign exchange strategist at Daiwa Securities. Australia

February 22, 2021 11:11am EST

FOREX-Dollar slips on improving European, U.K. economic outlooks, commodities bounce

… strategist at Daiwa Securities. Australia on Monday began its mass COVID…

February 22, 2021 11:09am EST

Alphabet in talks with Spanish publishers to bring Google News back, sources say

… in Australia from accessing and sharing news, escalating a dispute…, the main grievance for Facebook in Australia, so their implementation…

February 22, 2021 11:02am EST

Alphabet in talks with Spanish publishers to bring Google News back, sources say

… in Australia from accessing and sharing news, escalating a dispute…, the main grievance for Facebook in Australia, so their implementation…

February 22, 2021 10:57am EST

Umesh Yadav clears fitness test to join India squad – board

… the Boxing Day match in Australia and was ruled out of the first two tests…

February 22, 2021 09:57am EST

Winning WTC would be like World Cup triumph for India’s Ishant

… things he cannot control. “I’d have loved to go to Australia and complete…

February 22, 2021 09:55am EST

Microsoft teams up with EU publishers amid Facebook’s Australian spat

… and Australia. The EU’s 2019 overhauled copyright rules, which force Alphabet… product Microsoft News. Facebook last week imposed a news ban in Australia

February 22, 2021 09:34am EST

Exclusive: South African upstart bank teams up with JG Summit to expand into Philippines

… Bank of Australia. JG Summit also participated in the Tyme funding. “We…

February 22, 2021 09:13am EST

Exclusive: S.African upstart bank teams up with JG Summit to expand into Philippines

… Bank of Australia. JG Summit also participated in the Tyme funding. “We…

February 22, 2021 09:12am EST

EXCLUSIVE-S.African upstart bank teams up with JG Summit to expand into Philippines

… of Commonwealth Bank of Australia. JG Summit also participated in the Tyme funding…

February 22, 2021 09:05am EST

UK’s culture minister to meet Facebook over Australia news ban

… news feeds in Australia last week. “He is expected to meet Facebook… in Australia and we are setting up the Digital Markets Unit as part…

February 22, 2021 07:36am EST

England’s WTC hopes hang by hair as pink-ball test against India awaits

… India, England and Australia vying for the other. The four-test series…. Australia’s cancelled trip to South Africa means that Tim Paine’s side…

February 22, 2021 07:34am EST

UK’s culture minister to meet Facebook over Australia news ban

… news feeds in Australia last week. “He is expected to meet Facebook… in Australia and we are setting up the Digital Markets Unit as part…

February 22, 2021 07:32am EST

UK’s culture minister to meet Facebook over Australia news ban

… blocked news feeds in Australia last week. “He is expected to meet Facebook… restricted in Australia and we are setting up the Digital Markets Unit as part…

February 22, 2021 07:30am EST

Australia promises quick, independent probe after third rape accusation

…By Colin Packham CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia will quickly…

February 22, 2021 07:26am EST

Djokovic faces a sideline spell with muscle tear after sweet success

… was not the only issue Djokovic had to contend with during his time in Australia

February 22, 2021 06:46am EST

UPDATE 1-Australia says no further Facebook, Google amendments as final vote nears

…* Landmark Google, Facebook legislation nears final vote * Australia… rules out amendments * Talks between tech giants and Australia yield…

February 22, 2021 06:41am EST

Asia Distillates-Gasoil cash premiums dip, cracks ease from multi-month high

… from the depths of the COVID-19 pandemic. – Australia’s natural…

February 22, 2021 05:59am EST

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

… to schools and social mixing outdoors. Australia begins mass vaccination… Australia on Monday began its mass vaccine programme with frontline…

February 22, 2021 05:58am EST

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

… to schools and social mixing outdoors. Australia begins mass… vaccination Australia on Monday began its mass vaccine programme with frontline…

February 22, 2021 05:54am EST

Future proofing: Australia‘s gas networks look to go green with hydrogen

…By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia’s natural gas… Australia’s national and state governments to help cut carbon emissions…

February 22, 2021 05:43am EST

AngloGold Ashanti boosts dividend five-fold on gold price boom

…, which operates in four African countries as well as Australia and South… 30% of Australia’s Tropicana from its joint venture partner IGO…

February 22, 2021 05:07am EST

UPDATE 4-AngloGold Ashanti boosts dividend five-fold on gold price boom

… as Australia and South America, reported headline earnings… in acquiring the remaining 30% of Australia’s Tropicana from its joint…

February 22, 2021 04:59am EST

Rio Tinto executives say goodbye to 2020 with chunky payouts

… Gorge in Western Australia all closed off the year with substantial…

February 22, 2021 02:27am EST

Australian Open beats the odds to lay out a blueprint

… Slam. Tournament director Craig Tiley and his Tennis Australia team… to Australia on charter flights from around the world and quarantined…

February 22, 2021 02:24am EST

Rio Tinto executives say goodbye to 2020 with chunky payouts

… at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia all closed off the year with substantial…

February 22, 2021 02:19am EST

REVIEW-Tennis-Australian Open beats the odds to lay out a blueprint

… Grand Slam. Tournament director Craig Tiley and his Tennis Australia… flown to Australia on charter flights from around the world…

February 22, 2021 02:15am EST

Dignitas gains ground with win in LCS Spring Split

…-8. Ian “FBI” Victor Huang of Australia topped 100 Thieves at 7-3-5…

February 22, 2021 02:15am EST

UPDATE 1-Third Australian state to hold powerful inquiry into Crown Resorts

…(Adds Crown comment) SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria… commission is Australia’s most powerful type of public inquiry and has…

February 22, 2021 01:59am EST

Third Australian state to hold powerful inquiry into Crown Resorts

…SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Australia’s Victoria state said on Monday… said it would hold its own probe. A royal commission is Australia’s most…

February 22, 2021 01:34am EST

What you need to know about the coronavirus right now

… to be 91.4% effective. Mass vaccination begins in AustraliaAustralia…. The vast majority of Australia’s 25 million population will be injected…

February 22, 2021 01:16am EST

Australia shares slip on tech, healthcare losses

…* Healthcare stocks fall as Aussie dollar firms * Miners benefit from soaring copper prices * Gold stocks up as bullion prices climb…

February 22, 2021 01:05am EST

What we learned about Crown from the NSW inquiry

Victoria has launched a royal commission into Crown Resorts’ flagship Melbourne casino just weeks after the Bergin Inquiry in NSW produced gob-smacking …Sydney Morning Herald14 hours ago

Victorian government calls royal commission into Melbourne’s Crown Casino

Crown Resorts’ suitability to run Melbourne’s casino will be tested by a new royal commission in Victoria, after a damning NSW inquiry finding the gambling giant …ABC News17 hours agoplay_arrow

#LIVE: Daniel Andrews provides an update on COVID-19 | ABC News

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)38 minutes ago

Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVID vaccine rollout begins throughout Australia as Scott Morrison, CMO Paul Kelly receive shot

The vaccine will be start being given to high-risk Australians and essential workers from today throughout the country.The Sydney Morning Herald13 hours ago

Brittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of payback

Exclusive: David Sharaz has resigned from his job dealing with federal government clients saying he could no longer continue in the role.The Guardian6 hours ago

The Brittany Higgins allegations have unearthed fury among women staffers and politicians

“I’m just so sick of this s***,” the woman on the phone told me. She’d just been to a Canberra police station to make a formal report about a man who she alleges …ABC News4 hours ago

Brittany Higgins: Penny Wong launches attack on Scott Morrison

Labor frontbencher Penny Wong has launched a scathing attack on Scott Morrison and the government, accusing the Prime Minister of being a part of the cover …NEWS.com.au10 hours ago

Victorian Health Minister Martin Foley gives an update on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout | ABC News

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)22 hours ago

Live: WHO warns there will be a short supply of COVID-19 vaccines this year

The World Health Organization is warning that coronavirus vaccines will be in short supply for the rest of the year. Follow live.ABC News2 hours ago

Stefan Qin admits to almost $114 million cryptocurrency fraud, faces 20 years in US prison

A Canberran “maths whiz” is facing up to 20 years in a United States prison after he admitted swindling his way to a New York penthouse by ripping off …The Canberra Times5 hours ago

Advertisers begin to turn their backs on Facebook

Advertisers have begun redirecting their spending away from Facebook amid acrimonious negotiations over a media code and a continuing ban on news …The Australian11 hours ago

Government escalates feud with Facebook over news ban, pulling its ads in fight over media bargaining rules

The federal government is pulling all its advertising campaigns from Facebook, as the social media platform continues to block Australians from accessing news.ABC News23 hours ago

Jobseeker to be raised by $50 a fortnight when coronavirus supplement scrapped

The modest increase to the unemployment benefit is well below the $350 proposed by welfare advocates.The Guardian6 hours ago

One million Australians to see their JobSeeker payments change – here’s what you need to know

Nearly one million unemployed Australians will enjoy a $50 boost to their JobSeeker payments once the coronavirus supplement ends, the government is set to …Daily Mail15 minutes ago

Police pull two bodies from South Brisbane townhouse destroyed by fire

Police have pulled two bodies from the rubble of a South Brisbane townhouse destroyed by a fire they believe was deliberately lit.NEWS.com.au2 hours ago

‘A terrifying scream’: Two dead in Brisbane unit fire

Two people have died when a fire ripped through a unit in Brisbane’s south.9News4 hours ago

Boycott to stop Facebook’s $2.5m a day ad profit

A leading tech body is calling on government and companies to stop their Facebook ad spend, as it rakes in $2.5m a day after blocking news sites.Herald Sun2 days ago

Facebook is gambling Australia can’t live without it. Imagine if we prove it wrong

With its ban on Australian news, Facebook has so far only succeeded in strengthening the government’s resolve.The Guardian3 days agoOpinion

Oldest-known Australian rock art is 17,300-year-old kangaroo in the Kimberley, wasp nests show

The 17300-year-old roo, portrayed in dark mulberry paint on the ceiling of a rock shelter in the Kimberley, is one of a suite of animal depictions — and the odd …ABC News5 hours ago

Wasps reveal age of Australia’s oldest-known rock paintings

In a network of rock shelters along the Kimberley, right at the tip of Western Australia, there are paintings thousands of years old. A gallery of echidnas, goanna, …Sydney Morning Herald6 hours agoplay_arrow

#LIVE: Health Minister Greg Hunt giving a COVID-19 vaccination update | ABC News

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)21 hours ago

Overseas travel in 2021 looks unlikely after COVID-19 quarantine warning for Australians

Health Minister Greg Hunt says it is unlikely overseas arrivals in Australia will be able to avoid hotel quarantine regardless of whether they have received the …NEWS.com.au11 hours ago

Australia news live: Albanese to get Covid vaccination; government under pressure over handling of Higgins’ claim

Labor leader will received Covid-19 vaccination today; Morrison to face more questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations.The Guardian12 minutes ago

As ‘van lifers’ flock to Byron Bay, the town is struggling to reconcile its reputation with the costs of tourism

For years Byron Bay has been a mecca for backpackers and van lifers. Now, local residents are becoming increasingly frustrated by the tourists setting up camp …ABC News4 hours ago

Whopping lead for Labor ahead of WA election, but federal Newspoll deadlocked at 50-50

With less than three weeks left until the March 13 Western Australian election, the latest Newspoll gives Labor a 68-32 lead, two-party-preferred. If replicated on …The Conversation AU18 hours ago

WA Labor donor wins $100m contract

The property developer selected by the West Australian government to build a 100m film studio in Fremantle is also a major donor to the Labor Party, prompting …The Australian11 hours ago

Political ads, fake news targeted in newly formed misinformation code

Tech platforms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter could issue regular warnings to users about the trustworthiness of news articles and advertisements under …Sydney Morning Herald2 days ago

Coronavirus vaccine rollout begins in SA as Premier rolls up sleeve for first jab

South Australia’s Premier, a health worker, a hotel guard and a police officer are among the first in the state to receive the coronavirus vaccine.ABC NewsYesterday

Coronavirus vaccines arrive in South Australia ahead of first jabs for frontline health staff

South Australia’s Health Minister is urging the public to ignore “propaganda” about the coronavirus vaccine, as health authorities prepare to deliver the first …ABC News2 days ago

Scott Morrison among small group to receive first coronavirus vaccines administered in Australia

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are administered to a small group Australians ahead of a broader rollout tomorrow.ABC News2 days ago

Forensic officers stayed overnight at Page death crime scene, investigation continues

Police found one man dead, others badly injured and took another man into custody on Saturday.The Canberra Times2 days ago

COVID-19 vaccines begin as Prime Minister receives Pfizer immunisation

Australia’s vaccination rollout began on Sunday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison sitting alongside aged-care resident Jane as she became the first person to …The Age2 days ago

COVID vaccination rollout could be faster than expected, Berejiklian says

The state government is hopeful of a more rapid introduction of the COVID-19 vaccination across the wider community, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.Sydney Morning Herald23 hours ago

Rolling up our sleeves as vaccines get the thumbs up

Early vaccine recipients say they are feeling fine after getting the jab and have implored other Australians to follow their lead. James O’Doherty and Adella …Daily Telegraph14 hours ago

Live breaking news: Sydney man busted over $700,000 magic mushroom haul

Welcome to Rush Hour, news.com.au’s live breaking news blog.NEWS.com.au3 hours ago

Police narrow search for body of young Melbourne mother to industrial estate

Victoria Police have narrowed their search for missing Melbourne mother Ju “Kelly” Zhang to a light industrial estate in the city’s north-east.ABC News22 hours ago

Search for missing Melbourne mother Ju ‘Kelly’ Zhang continues after anonymous tip

Police are again searching bushland in Melbourne’s north-east for missing mother Ju ‘Kelly’ Zhang and urgin…9News17 hours ago

JobSeeker set for increase as data shows it could cost less than $3 billion a year

Unemployed workers will get a boost to the JobSeeker payment, set to be announced on Tuesday, as new data shows an $80-a-fortnight lift would cost the …Sydney Morning Herald12 hours ago

Frydenberg hints at JobSeeker boost

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hinted over the weekend that the federal government would announce a permanent lift in the JobSeeker unemployment payment …MacroBusiness21 hours ago

Police search for man after road rage attack on woman cyclist

Police are searching for a man accused of verbally abusing a woman on a Sydney street before following her into a cafe, hurling her bike onto the street and …Sydney Morning Herald1 hour ago

Muscle-bound man wanted after road rage rampage

Police are searching for a man after a woman was assaulted and her phone smashed in a harrowing road rage incident in Ultimo last week. Mitchell Van …Daily Telegraph2 hours ago

Labor MPs break ranks over $500 million War Memorial development

Labor MPs have criticised the Australian War Memorial’s planned $500 million redevelopment, calling on the national institution to do the job more cheaply and …Sydney Morning Herald14 hours ago

Mt Wellington cable car developer hoping to start construction this year, despite set-back over Aboriginal heritage requirement

The Mount Wellington Cableway Company is pressing ahead with a tourism development on Hobart’s mountain that it says is “needed badly” by the state, …ABC News1 hour ago

William ‘Bill Roach’ claimed witches were after him before he vanished 30 years ago

It has been almost 30 years since a university student vanished from the NSW northern tablelands after making a bizarre claim that he had been cursed by …NEWS.com.au1 hour ago

In bid to ease COVID restrictions, Johnson flags plan for ‘vaccine certificates’

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has paved the way for creating vaccine certificates to allow entry into pubs, restaurants and offices under a new …Sydney Morning Herald4 hours ago

Florist Jake Kuit turns repurposed flowers into fashion to stem the tide of industry-wide wastage

Australian florist Jake Kuit is reusing flowers for elaborate, creative fashion photoshoots to give blooms a “second life” and to highlight what he says is gross …ABC News2 hours ago

Anglo American’s Moranbah North mine shut after gas levels spark fears for workers’ safety

A mining union representative calls for “real action” to protect coal miners’ safety after increased gas levels close the Moranbah North mine in Queensland.ABC News17 hours ago

Anglo stops operations at Moranbah mine after evacuation

Operations at a Moranbah mine have been stopped after an underground incident triggered workers to evacuate the site. Tara Miko and tara.miko@news.com.Courier Mail2 days agoLocal coverage

Parents are jailed after holding two-year-old daughter under scalding water for soiling her nappy

The parents of a toddler who died in ‘excruciating pain’ from severe burns after being held under scalding water as punishment for soiling her nappy have been …Daily Mail14 hours ago

Australian former executive charged with bribery offences over African plot

The former executive for infrastructure giant Leighton has been charged on a second corruption-related charge after a series of investigations into the company …Sydney Morning Herald4 hours ago

Vaccine recipient goes rogue in hilarious interview

The first person to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Australia has repeated an obscene gesture live on television and admitted she did not recognise Prime …NEWS.com.au22 hours ago

‘Outdated attitudes’: Tommee Tippee advert showing breastfeeding mums banned by Facebook

A campaign offering a no-filter insight into infant feeding has gone live online after being controversially banned by Facebook and labelled as “adult *content*”.NEWS.com.au18 hours ago

Dhanya Mani reached out to the Prime Minister’s office for help over an alleged indecent assault. She says she did not get any

A former NSW Liberal Party staffer who publicly aired allegations of indecent assault against a colleague in 2019 says she reached out to the Prime Minister’s …ABC News11 hours ago

$1m in cash seized as man arrested over alleged money laundering via cryptocurrency

The alleged mastermind of a multimillion-dollar money laundering syndicate has been arrested in Sydney after his car was stopped by police.Sydney Morning Herald15 hours ago

NT Police issue flood alert as Katherine River approaches 15 metres

Widespread rains in the Top End have filled the Katherine River to near its minor flooding point of 15 metres. Local residents are preparing for potential flooding.ABC News2 days ago

Teacher salaries must reflect importance of their work

The central importance of schools and teachers for the public good has been starkly revealed during the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly but not only for public …Sydney Morning Herald2 days ago

Phase two of the NSW Government’s $100 voucher program begins

More NSW residents will finally be able to get their hands on a $100 stimulus voucher this week as the state government rolls out phase two of the program.NEWS.com.au21 hours ago

More Aussies eligible for $100 stimulus

The NSW government has launched the second phase of its restaurant voucher scheme, making the $100 available to 300,000 more people. Erin Lyons.Daily Telegraph21 hours agoLocal coverage

Melbourne doctors under review for promoting discredited Covid treatment

The drug regulator says a group of doctors is being investigated for promoting hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the virus, against all scientific evidence.The GuardianYesterday

Covid Medical Network doctors group under TGA review after endorsing hydroxychloroquine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration issues a “cease and desist” letter to a group of Melbourne doctors who have been vocal in their support of an unapproved …ABC News17 hours ago

‘It didn’t happen’: Rudd rejects claim he tried to punch Chinese negotiator at 2009 climate talks

Former prime minister Kevin Rudd has denied he was physically restrained from “punching the Chinese negotiator” during heated climate change talks in …Sydney Morning Herald14 hours ago

Kevin Rudd denies ‘trying to punch’ China envoy at 2009 climate summit

Kevin Rudd has denied a report by former British prime minister Gordon Brown that he had to be physically restrained from punching the Chinese negotiator …The Australian3 hours ago

Almost $700,000 worth of ‘magic mushrooms’ seized from backyard shed

A western Sydney man will front court on Tuesday charged with manufacturing a commercial quantity of drugs after $700000 worth of “magic mushrooms” were …NEWS.com.au1 hour ago

Port Pirie lead levels in two-year-olds hit 10-year high after Nyrstar’s EPA licence breach

Lead levels in two-year-olds have hit a 10-year high in the South Australian city of Port Pirie, according to the state’s health department.ABC News18 hours ago

Blood lead levels among children in Port Pirie reach highest level since beginning of testing regimen

Blood lead levels among children in the South Australian city of Port Pirie have risen to their highest since the current testing regimen began, alarming new …NEWS.com.au17 hours ago

Records tumble as Qld swelters through heatwave

Temperature records have been smashed in parts of Queensland as much of the Sunshine State cracked 40C. SEE TEMPS. Danielle O’Neal, Shiloh Payne and …Courier Mail16 hours ago

Queensland heatwave to peak today with temperatures likely to break records

A severe heat wave sweeping Queensland will peak today as record breaking temperatures grip parts of the st…9NewsYesterday

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