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Australia news live: RBA interest rates decision due; government warned officials to wind up robodebt scheme, inquiry hears

The central bank is tipped to raise the cash rate by 25 basis points. Follow the day’s newsGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastShorten confident solution will be found ‘well before Christmas’The national cabinet meeting was supposed to see the federal government negotiate with the states on an acceptable intervention...

Australia news live: government warned officials to wind up robodebt scheme, inquiry hears; RBA interest rates decision due

The royal commission into the scheme continues. Follow the day’s newsGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastShorten confident solution will be found ‘well before Christmas’The national cabinet meeting was supposed to see the federal government negotiate with the states on an acceptable intervention on soaring energy...

US ‘Torso Killer’, convicted of 11 homicides, admits to five more killings

Richard Cottingham sentenced to 25 years to life for killing Diane Cusick in February 1968A serial killer known as the “Torso Killer” already convicted of 11 homicides admitted on Monday that he also killed five women on Long Island in the late 60s and early 70s.Richard Cottingham was sentenced on Monday to 25 years to life for the killing of 23-year-old...

Consumer watchdog puts Australian airlines on notice over high domestic air fares

ACCC says they will closely monitor companies to ensure they do not keep prices high through artificial scarcity Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe consumer watchdog has put airlines on notice, warning carriers they will be “closely” monitored to ensure...

Melbourne Royal Children’s hospital 12-hour wait times blamed on summer viruses and lack of bulk-billing GPs

Demand back to normal in emergency department after long wait times for some patients with less urgent illnessFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne is back to “normal” levels of demand after a surge on Monday night...

Kirstie Alley, Cheers and Look Who’s Talking actor, dies aged 71

Alley’s children say the actor died ‘after a battle with cancer, only recently discovered’Kirstie Alley, the TV and film star known for her roles in Cheers, Veronica’s Closet and Look Who’s Talking, has died at the age of 71.Alley’s death was confirmed on Monday night in a statement from her children, William “True” Stevenson and Lillie Parker Stevenson,...

Summer viruses and lack of bulk-billing GPs blamed for surge in demand at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s hospital

Demand back to normal in emergency department after 12-hour wait times for some patients with less urgent illnessFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe Royal Children’s hospital in Melbourne is back to “normal” levels of demand after a surge on Monday night...

Australia news live: government urged to consider climate poverty; RBA interest rates decision today

Second hearing of Senate Poverty Inquiry on today focuse on family and domestic violence. Follow the day’s newsGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastShorten confident solution will be found ‘well before Christmas’The national cabinet meeting was supposed to see the federal government negotiate with the states on an...

Anthony Albanese says postponing energy market meeting with premiers won’t delay power price relief

The prime minister, who is isolating with Covid, rejected suggestion that putting off national cabinet by two days will affect timing of proposed intervention Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAnthony Albanese says postponing this week’s national cabinet...

China to come to standstill for late leader Jiang Zemin’s memorial

Three-minute silence will be held nationwide, with flags flown at half mast and stockmarkets suspending tradingSirens will sound across China as the country comes to a standstill on Tuesday for a public memorial service for former leader Jiang Zemin, who died last week at the age of 96.A public memorial service is being held at 10am local time in Beijing’s...

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