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Unemployment rate lowest since August 2008

Australia's unemployment rate unexpectedly dropped to 4.2 per cent in December, its lowest level since August 2008 and sparking speculation of a rise in the official cash rate later this...

Patients rejoice at Victorian IVF restart

Prospective parents are rejoicing at the Victorian government's decision to reverse a ban on most IVF treatments during the escalating Omicron coronavirus wave.

Not 'keeping in BBL a joint decision: Wade

Matthew Wade has shut down claims he and Hobart coach Adam Griffith are split over the decision to take the wicketkeeping role off him ahead of the BBL finals.

Three dead as Tonga island homes destroyed

Two New Zealand navy vessels will arrive in Tonga on Friday carrying critical water supplies for the Pacific island nation reeling from a volcanic eruption and tsunami.

No need for daily workplace rapid test: PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has urged businesses not to enforce rules requiring employees to return a negative rapid antigen test each day before they start work.

Vic drops booster interval to three months

Victorians can now get their COVID-19 booster shot sooner, with the government shortening the interval between second and third doses to three months at all state hubs.

Palmer to lead UAP Senate election bid

Mining billionaire Clive Palmer is attempting a return to federal politics, announcing he will lead his party's Senate team in the upcoming election.

Hobart in tight win, earn BBL finals spot

The Hobart Hurricanes have snatched a six-run win over Melbourne Renegades to secure their place in the BBL finals, derailing a chase that Aaron Finch started in style.

Tonga damage slowly comes to light

Knocked over shipping containers at Tonga's Nuku port, and volcanic ash covered houses and runway at Ha'apai airport show some of the destruction wrought on the small Pacific nation.