Tuesday, 22 September

Woman cons $800k from Tinder dates

A woman who conned major cash from Tinder dates fell into problem gambling to pay back her parents after being kidnapped and ransomed.

‘She said I could come to her house’

A man who allegedly entered a woman’s home, woke her up and raped her has told a jury the pair had met earlier at a pub and he had been invited over.

Man ‘hit woman in supermarket with arrow’

A man who allegedly fired arrows as he walked down an Ipswich street, striking a woman in a supermarket, has been arrested.

Texts warn of ‘rogue’ guards ‘prowling corridors’

Texts revealed at Melbourne’s hotel quarantine inquiry show officials were worried about employing “cowboy” private security guards.

Contamination warning for alternative medicine

A warning has been issued for anyone using this alternative medicine after it was found to contain lead and other heavy metals.

Health chief reveals ‘heavy responsibility’

One of the state’s top health bureaucrats has told of the “heavy responsibility” she felt signing off on Victoria’s tough curfew measures.

Horror of man’s sexual abuse of girl, 5

A man who subjected a little girl to protracted sexual abuse for his own sexual perversions over a year has been jailed for nine years. WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

Search for missing autistic teen

Police have launched a major ground and air search for an autistic teenager who did not return home from his morning walk.

Doctor accused of drug supply to bikies

Suburban Brisbane doctor on trafficking charges after being accused of supplying bikie gangs with prescription drugs including valium.

Sex toys, empty trains in COVID exhibition

Sex toys, designer scrubs and health messages written on junk car bonnets will be displayed in an exhibition showing how COVID-19 has impacted Australia.

Three new virus cases in WA

Western Australia has recorded three new coronavirus cases, one of whom has been hospitalised. All are returned overseas travellers.

Conspiracist to pay up for ‘deranged’ posts

A Victorian MP has won a six-figure payout after a court found she was defamed by an online conspiracy theorist whose rants were “deranged”.

Accused bomber ‘central’ in drug dealing

The man accused of the deadly 1994 bombing of the NCA building in Adelaide has been sentenced for his role in a cannabis trafficking operation.

Evil dad given shooting 'hints and tips’

The man who gave John Edwards shooting “hints and tips” before he went on to murder his children has fronted an inquest.

Bargain flights coming as borders reopen

Jetstar is expected to launch a flash sale between Sydney and Adelaide in the next 24 hours as Australia’s airlines gear up to resume travel to NSW.

Two states to finally open to NSW

Queensland and South Australia will finally throw open its borders to NSW, with SA set to officially open up from midnight tomorrow.

Watering the garden led to dad’s death

A man whose moment of “senseless” rage caused the death of his elderly father, all over a dispute about watering the garden, has been handed a five-year jail term.

Why huge rain may not break drought

Heavy rain across Queensland is not yet enough to break the drought, as forecasters issue a warning for frost and fire across the state.

Andrews comments on Malka Leifer case

Premier Daniel Andrews has released a statement about a former principal who will be extradited back to Australia to face dozens of child sex abuse charges.

Teen’s brain was ‘bulging out of skull’

The mother of a teenager who died after suffering an adverse reaction to medication has told a royal commission lessons must be learnt.

Doctor to be quizzed in mum murder case

A doctor will be questioned in court about a medical appointment that took place days before a mum was found dead in her apartment.

Man ‘sniffed substance’ while driving: cops

A man could be slapped with up to 11 demerit points after police say was he was snapped allegedly sniffing a substance off his phone while driving.

Why man attempted daylight kidnapping

“Harrowing” CCTV showed a Melbourne man trying to abduct a young son from his father. Now it has been revealed why he did it.

Who is mystery woman left at hospital?

Police are hoping a dress ring may help solve the identity of a woman who was left on the side of the road outside a regional hospital in Queensland.

Man demands woman get in his car

A man wearing polarised sunnies and a blue face mask is wanted by police after being accused of trying to make a woman get into his car.

2035 target ‘a couple of years’ off

Energy Minister Angus Taylor says Australia will meet its 2030 emissions reduction targets in a canter. But what will our next target be?

Man dies in freak outback storm

A 64-year-old man died in floodwaters over the weekend after a town in outback NSW copped a month’s worth of rain in just 15 minutes.

Former NSW Nats leader abandons party

The embattled Nationals have been hit with another high-profile exit — this time it’s party’s former NSW Deputy Premier who is calling it quits.

SA borders open to NSW

It’s official. South Australia will open its borders to NSW from midnight Wednesday but is subject to NSW not recording any community transmission before that.

No community transmission in NSW

Both of NSW’s new coronavirus cases are in hotel quarantine, marking 24 hours with no community transmission as state leaders look to reopen their borders.

Andrews hammered over comment

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has been grilled over a previous statement he made during a fiery press conference.

‘Hypocrisy’: Photo sparks heated debate

This photo appears to show an outrageous double standard in Victoria’s strict virus rules. But there’s one problem — no one can explain it.

Baby delivered on busy Qld highway

A Gold Coast couple were rushing to hospital when their baby decided he couldn’t wait any longer, entering the world on the side of a busy highway.

Tip fire blankets city in toxic smoke

A Melbourne tip has gone up in flames this morning with nearby residents urged to avoid the area and shut their windows.

Palaszczuk’s pandemic poll pointer

With just over five weeks until Queenslanders head to the polls, a new poll shows almost two thirds of voters are satisfied with how Annastacia Palaszczuk is handling the pandemic.

Victoria records 28 new virus cases

Victoria has recorded a slight spike in virus cases with 28 positive results and three more deaths as the state remains on track for lockdown relief.

Big change coming to supermarket giant

There’s a big change coming to supermarkets in Queensland, with a shopping giant revealing plans for a revamp that could entice new shoppers.

Traffic chaos after serious smash

All freeway lanes heading towards Geelong have been closed as emergency services rush to the scene of a serious car crash.

Shock poll result for Dan Andrews

Despite failures in his government’s response to COVID-19, the majority of Victorians say Dan Andrews has handled the crisis well.

Lessons from Skyhooks tragedy

The death of Skyhooks founding member from a ‘stupid’ ladder fall has highlighted the need for a national campaign about the dangers of using ladders.

Wild weather to batter east coast

A cold front stretching 2000km from the NT to Victoria has brought wild weather to eastern Australia with the storms set to continue.

Nine taxi passengers at risk of COVID

Health authorities are searching far and wide for nine Sydneysiders who caught a taxi when their driver was infectious with coronavirus.

NSW could open border to parts of Vic

Gladys Berejiklian has hinted at the possibility of NSW opening its border to parts of Victoria – revealing what issues are being looked at before that can happen.

Man on ‘sex touching’ charges

A man is accused of sexually touching a woman three times after the pair met out at a restaurant.

Monday, 21 September

Principal to be extradited over sex charges

The former principal of an Orthodox Jewish school will be extradited back to Australia to face dozens of child sex abuse charges.

Pain app trial extended

The trial for a phone app that helps aged care residents score pain in real time will be extended with an additional $2 million in funding.

JobSeeker/Keeper payments extended

Australia’s temporary income support measures, JobSeeker and JobKeeper, will be better targeted to individual circumstances and extended until December 31.

Texts show need for ADF was ridiculed

A proposal to have the army at Melbourne’s quarantine hotels three months into the troubled program was received coldy, text messages reveal.

Chilling post before fatal bomb blast

An Australian man who died following a horror bomb blast in the Solomon Islands wrote a chilling post on Facebook only a month earlier.

Fallout after leaked health briefings

Victoria’s Chief Medical officer has defended the state’s PPE as reports emerge that Victoria’s supplies have fallen to alarmingly low levels.

Council ‘slush fund’ approved $90m in 24 hours: inquiry

The office of Premier Gladys Berejiklian signed off on a massive grant to a Sydney council in a blue ribbon Liberal seat, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.

Arrest after police swarm Sydney home

A woman has been arrested after heavily armed police surrounded a house in Sydney’s west, amid reports she threatened to burn the home down.

Evil dad’s ‘arrogant’ gun club behaviour

Killer dad John Edwards showed strange behaviour at a gun club while trying to get a firearm licence - immediately leaving a bad feeling with one member.

Aussies’ school holiday warning

With school holidays approaching, Australians are being urged to be COVID safe and rethink their travel if they’re feeling unwell.

Death in custody: Officer suspended

A Brisbane watchhouse officer has been suspended after an Aboriginal woman died in custody.

Dad admits murder of son, girlfriend

A South Australian father has pleaded guilty to a horrific double shooting murder that claimed the lives of a young couple, including his own son.

Exploding beer keg victim’s legal battle

A young man who lost his left arm when a beer keg exploded at a NSW bowling club was seeking more than $2 million in compensation.

Libs welcome rebel Nats MP into party

The NSW Liberals have gladly accepted a new member after she quit the Nationals over the party’s spectacular own goal on koalas.

Restaurant paid worker $200 for 146 hours

An Italian restaurant in Perth showed “complete disregard” when told to compensate a staffer paid $200 for about 146 hours of work.

Cops find drugs, cash, boa constrictor

Wads of cash, cocaine, ice, firearms and a boa constrictor were among items seized during police raids on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend.

Stuck climber rescued from mountain

A climber has been rescued off Mount Beerwah after becoming stuck on a ledge on Monday afternoon.

Taxi driver crucial in border decision

SA Premier Steven Marshall says the NSW taxi driver case is ‘a concern’ but hopes to open the borders as soon as it’s safe.

Why your COVID jab might not be a needle

As scientists around the world race to develop a vaccine for coronavirus, many are looking outside the box for a way to get it inside your body.

Video shows bizarre clash before stabbing

CCTV footage revealing the crucial moments before a stabbing shows a bizarre altercation between a man and a scooter rider.

Shocking number of assaults on cops

NSW police say it is “totally wrong” that officers continue to be assaulted in their thousands every year, as the rest of society becomes safer.

How searchers found missing 3yo boy

The massive search for a young boy in dense bushland included a drone playing his mum’s voice, but his granddad’s persistence saved the day.

Push to set part of Melbourne free

Residents living in an almost virus-free area are urging Dan Andrews to “release” them from restrictions, and that’s not all they want changed.

Man uploads image of girl in suggestive act

A 56-year-old man is expected to front court on Monday after being charged with possessing child abuse material.

Mass Tassie whale rescue to take days

A third of the whales stranded off Tasmania’s west coast have already died as authorities launch a rescue operation to save the rest of the pod.

How SA is easing pressure on hospitals

A new model in South Australian patient care will provide extra health services and keep people out of crowded hospital emergency departments.

Horror story of sex predator’s victim

One of the victims of a man who preyed on boys in a 30-year period feels he is not entitled to anything without being sexually abused first. WARNING: GRAPHIC DETAIL

Sister’s promise to Jaimi Kenny

Jaimi Kenny’s little sister made a heart wrenching promise to the 33-year-old after family gathered for her funeral on Saturday.

Protesters create traffic mayhem

Climate activists cycled slowly through Brisbane on Monday as part of a peak-hour protest that created traffic delays.

Cops bust huge house party

Partygoers have been hit with virus fines after police busted more than 100 people dancing to “loud drums” at a property in NSW.

400,000 Australians to get extra pay

More than half a billion dollars will be repaid to almost 400,000 Australian workers after 24,000 business admitted to underpaying staff.

‘You killed him for financial gain’

A woman who callously murdered her partner with a cocktail of prescription drugs in an attempt to take his estate has learnt when she could be released from prison.

Man’s giant fine for getting petrol

A man has been slugged $1652 for going to get petrol for his car in Victoria. But there was one reason police thought it broke the rules.

Workers ‘demoralised and burnt out’

The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the shortfalls of care in nursing homes. But the unions say they have a plan to fix it.

Andrews fires up over mass virus breach

Daniel Andrews fired up over pressure to fine those responsible for a deadly cluster in Melbourne, admitting the infections have spread.

Horror triple-fatal crash mystery

A horror crash that killed three women - two of them mothers to a total of 13 children - still has one key question that needs to be answered.

‘Everybody loses’: 20 hit with $5000 fine

Up to 20 Melburnians have been fined almost $5000 after being caught trying to flee the city since virus restrictions were eased in regional Victoria.

Irish tradies feared ‘threat from the dark’

Two Irish flatmates have been found not guilty of the drunken murder of a homeless man in Sydney’s inner west nearly two years ago.

COVID-safe event a world first

A world-first COVID-safe event planned for next month is a further sign Australia is escaping the clutches of the deadly coronavirus.

4 new COVID cases in NSW

There have been four new cases of coronavirus diagnosed in NSW, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian slams low weekend testing numbers.

Mum drowns swimming with child, 11

A young mother has drowned after taking an early morning swim with her daughter.

Karaoke bar ignored virus warning

A Brisbane karaoke bar and a hotel have been fined for breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

Court hears motive for mum’s alleged murder

The alleged motive of a former deputy mayor accused of shooting his mother dead has been revealed in court on the same day he was denied bail.

150 litres of meth found in clandestine lab

A man and a woman have been jailed for a combined 10 years after police found more than 150 litres of meth in a Sydney home.

Crucial number will release Victoria

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has given his strongest clue yet Melbourne could come out of lockdown earlier than expected.

Shameful situation exposed after killing

Henry Hammond was found not guilty by reason of mental illness for the horrifying killing of a woman with a tree branch. Since then a shameful situation has been revealed.

Wild weather to lash NSW and Qld

Wild weather, including severe thunderstorms and soaring temperatures, is expected to rip through parts of NSW and Queensland.

Gabba guinea pigs in virus trial

Hundreds of footy fans will be allowed to sit side-by-side in a test run ahead of the October 24 grand final, in a move slammed by the state’s Opposition Leader.

ScoMo snaps back in Newspoll

Popular support for Prime Minister Scott Morrison has risen following a stoush over state border restrictions, a new poll reveals.

Traffic chaos after Sydney crashes

Traffic is crawling from Sydney’s southwest towards the CBD after two early-morning crashes on main roads in Hammondville.

Victoria‘s lowest virus count in three months

Victoria has recorded its lowest daily count of COVID-19 cases in more than three months, reigniting calls to end Melbourne’s hated lockdown.

Chinese student victim of kidnapping scam

A Chinese student was tricked into being held at ransom for days in an elaborate $200,000 “virtual kidnapping” scam, police have revealed.

‘I was gone’: Lambie’s darkest moment

Tasmania Senator Jacqui Lambie has revisited some of the most challenging moments of her life in a new candid interview.

‘I thought I was going to bury my son’

The parents of a three-year-old boy who was missing in WA bushland for about 12 hours say they feared he would not be found alive.

Severe thunderstorms to slam NSW, Qld

Severe thunderstorms including hail and damaging winds in excess of 90km/h are expected to hit parts of NSW and Queensland on Monday.

Protesters claim ‘victory’ over cops

Melbourne lockdown protesters claim to have outsmarted police by gathering to belt out a John Farnham classic inside a shopping centre in the city’s southeast.