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US President Joe Biden has warned Australia about getting too cosy with CHina.

Australia news LIVE: Biden welcomes PM to White House for state visit; Australian households taking on more financial risk

Anthony Albanese has been welcomed to the White House, Australian households are taking on more financial risk and a state treasurer has slammed ads for engineered stone.

  • by Caroline Schelle
All three US stock indexes declined amid mixed earnings and rising fears that rates will stay higher for longer.

ASX declines, weighed down by rate concerns and losses on Wall Street

The Australian sharemarket had a soft start after a weak lead from Wall Street amid speculation the RBA could raise rates to a 12-year-high on Melbourne Cup Day. 

  • by Millie Muroi
A building destroyed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip is seen in Deir Al-Balah, Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2023. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa)
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Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Israel-Hamas conflict live updates: Israeli ambassador says Gaza humanitarian situation is ‘fair’ as death toll continues to rise

Israel stepped up bombings of south Gaza, killing many Palestinians, officials said on Wednesday, as violence flared elsewhere in the Middle East and a showdown loomed at the United Nations over aid for the besieged enclave.

  • by Mike Foley
Police respond to an active shooter situation in Lewiston, Maine.

At least 22 dead, 50 wounded in mass shootings in Maine, US

The Central Maine Medical Centre in Lewiston issued a statement saying it was “reacting to a mass casualty, mass shooter event” and co-ordinating with area hospitals to take patients.

  • by David Sharp
Xi Jinping’s focus, when not dominated 90 per cent by domestic concerns, is mostly about challenging Washington.

China’s $217 billion attempt to stimulate a sluggish economy

China has announced spending that will make its budget deficit the largest in 30 years. It’s the biggest attempt yet to lift a weak growth rate that is threatening Xi Jinping’s long-term ambitions.

  • by Stephen Bartholomeusz
Jacinta Allan, Harriet Shing and Daniel Andrews announce Victoria is withdrawing from the Commonwealth Games on July 18.

Shing faces fiery questions in Games inquiry

Harriet Shing, who was the minister for Commonwealth Games legacy, said she was not informed that lawyers were engaged for advice to cancel for a week.

  • by Rachel Eddie
Nationals whip Mark Coulton, a former Morrison government minister, says support for Palestinians should not be seen as a left-wing issue.

‘You’ve got to stand for something’: Why this Nationals MP stands alone on Gaza

Nationals MP Mark Coulton says calling for the respect of civilians in conflicts should not be a radical position.

  • by Angus Thompson
Britney Spears

Britney Spears shows how much a woman can bend before she breaks

For years the world and Spears were told she was unfit, unwell, and unsafe. The voice that spills out of The Woman in Me is anything but.

  • by Brodie Lancaster
Israeli MP Sharren Haskel, a member of the Defence and Foreign Affairs Committee and rising star in Israeli politics who lived in Sydney for eight years.

‘Like funding al-Qaeda’: Israeli MP rejects Australian call for ‘humanitarian pause’

A leading MP, who spent six years living in Australia, says asking Israel to pause was the equivalent of asking the US to aid al-Qaeda after 9/11.

  • by Matthew Knott
Coles is preparing for Australians to celebrate Christmas at home.

Prosecco over champagne, mince over steak: Coles shoppers trade down, down

Australia’s second-largest supermarket chain is readying for a Christmas spent at home – but its first-quarter results have undershot expectations.

  • by Jessica Yun
Facebook has been on the receiving end of a consumer backlash following a series of missteps including privacy breaches and accusations it didn't do enough to stop election manipulation on its platform.

Facebook followers could get Super League clubs relegated. What if the NRL did the same?

The Super League is using the number of social media followers to help determine which English clubs are included. These would be the NRL clubs in trouble if the same measure was applied here.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
Snorkelers may notice dead patches of golden kelp, a defining species of the Great Southern Reef destroyed by marine heatwaves.
Marine life

The ‘underwater bushfire’ coming for Australia that can’t be stopped

Marine experts have asked the government for $40 million in urgent funding to help brace for a severe marine heatwave bearing down on the nation’s south-east.

  • by Angus Dalton and Laura Chung
Federation Square East

State shelves dream to fix eyesore dubbed the ‘black hole of Melbourne’

The government has quietly abandoned the idea of decking the Jolimont rail yards next to Federation Square, after successive state leaders have struggled with costly plans for a century.

  • by Jewel Topsfield and Royce Millar
Federation Square has been the site of many public gatherings since it opened 21 years ago.

Loved, hated, soon to be updated: The next chapter for Federation Square

Jeff Kennett was no fan of Fed Square, but like many Melburnians, has grown to love it. But challenges with Melbourne’s civic space remain.

  • by Jewel Topsfield and Royce Millar
The Melbourne Landmark Competition was shelved after many controversial proposals for what is now Federation Square.

‘We were seeking an opera house’: Melbourne’s quest for a monument of its own

Two decades before Melbourne finally got Federation Square, a major competition gripped the imagination of the city - and the world - for the space. This is what they came up with.

  • by Jewel Topsfield and Royce Millar
HSBC chief Noel Quinn at the bank’s headquarters in Canary Wharf, London.

World is at ‘tipping point’ after global debt binge, warns HSBC boss

HSBC chief Noel Quinn says countries risk being “hit hard” after allowing borrowing to balloon in the wake of the financial crisis and the pandemic.

  • by Szu Ping Chan
Reserve Bank governor Michele Bullock has left open the door to a Melbourne Cup Day interest rate rise.

Bullock opens door to rate rise as RBA assesses inflation threats

Reserve Bank governor Michele Bullock has raised the possibility of a further interest rate rise in a bid to keep inflation under control.

  • by Shane Wright and Rachel Clun
Chloe Molly

‘There had to be change’: Why Molloy had to leave Collingwood

AFLW star Chloe Molloy declares there’s not a hint of malice or drop of bad blood between her and her old side. But she knows leaving Collingwood was the right choice.

  • by Marnie Vinall
It’s been a good quarter for Meta chief Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook parent Meta posts bumper result, but outlook is ‘uncertain’

The owner of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp unveiled its strongest growth in two years, but warned the economic outlook may hurt its sales.

  • by James Titcomb
Crown Resorts has recorded $199 million in losses for the 2023 financial year as the cost of living and expensive remediation plan eats into its earnings for the second year in a row.

Crown Resorts posts $199m loss as $3b expense bill wipes out profits

The casino giant’s profits have been wiped out for the third year in a row, but it’s a significant improvement on its near $1 billion loss in 2022.

  • by Amelia McGuire
Invasion, on Apple TV+. The cost of the service is going up by $3 per month in Australia.

Apple raises prices for Apple TV+ subscriptions, Arcade games and News

The monthly fee for the streaming service rises from $10 to $13 as the iPhone maker looks to generate more revenue from services.

  • by Mark Gurman
Erling Haaland broke his Champions League scoring drought in style with a second-half double for City.

Haaland and Mbappe star as Man City, PSG win big in Champions League

A late double for Erling Haaland ensured the holders avoided a slip-up against Swiss club Young Boys but there were no such issues for the French giants, who hosted AC Milan.

  • by Lori Ewing and Fernando Kallas
New House Speaker Mike Johnson challenged the 2020 election results.

New House Speaker Mike Johnson played leading role in effort to overturn 2020 election

On the eve of the January 6, 2021 votes, the far-right Congressman presented colleagues with arguments they could use to oppose the will of the voters.

  • by Luke Broadwater and Steve Eder
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and President of the United States Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House, during Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s state visit to the United States of America, in Washington DC on Wednesday 25 October 2023.

‘Trust but verify’: Biden warns Albanese on risks of dealing with China

The US president also said he believed the Congress would back the AUKUS agreement on nuclear-powered submarines.

  • by David Crowe
Former president Donald Trump speaks during a break in his civil business fraud trial,

‘Blatant’ violation: Donald Trump fined $US10,000 for violating gag order

Justice Arthur Engoron last week fined Trump $US5000 after finding that he had not taken down a post disparaging the judge’s law clerk.

  • by Jack Queen and Luc Cohen
The 336-megawatt Dundonnell Wind Farm, north-east of Warrnambool in Victoria’s south-west will provide some of the power the SEC plans to sell.

Manufacturers and schools to buy energy directly from revived SEC

Victorian manufacturers and schools will be able to buy renewable energy directly from the resurrected State Electricity Commission.

  • by Kieran Rooney and Annika Smethurst

Giant seagulls and a new, low-cost blues festival headed to Sydney

Director Olivia Ansell says next year’s Sydney Festival will have a particular emphasis on the harbour, which she hopes will impress even ‘the most jaded Sydneysider’.

  • by Nick Galvin
A Palestinian man evacuates a wounded girl out of the destruction following Israeli airstrikes on Gaza City.

Israel bombs southern Gaza as world leaders seek pause in fighting

Days ago Israel had told civilians in the northern Gaza Strip, including residents of Gaza City, to move to the south of the enclave, saying it will be safer there.

  • by Nidal al-Mughrabi and Emily Rose
Paul Dano plays Keith “Roaring Kitty” Gill in Dumb Money.

The smart money is on this real-life revenge-of-the-nerd story

Based on the GameStop short squeeze saga that gripped Wall Street in 2021, Dumb Money is funny, absorbing and often suspenseful.

  • by Jake Wilson
Graham Sullivan has seen Werribee’s population surge.

The Melbourne regions set to grow up to 141 per cent as population booms

Three fast-growing areas of outer Melbourne will have to take in more than 840,000 new residents while middle-ring suburb populations stall, new projections show.

  • by Adam Carey
Australia’s Glenn Maxwell celebrates his century during the Men’s 2023 World Cup

Why Maxwell ‘didn’t really want to bat’ before breaking record with 40-ball ton

Australia’s master blaster said he had not felt like batting on Wednesday night, but once he got going, he had an eye out for a record and duly broke it.

  • by Greg Baum
Representative Mike Johnson speaks after he was chosen as the Republicans latest nominee for House speaker at a Republican caucus meeting at the Capitol in Washington.

Trump ally elected new US House Speaker, ending weeks of wrangling

Three weeks after Kevin McCarthy was ousted from the job, Republicans put aside their differences for long enough to appoint his replacement.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Laine and Harriet Delahunty bought in Pascoe Vale after finding out that houses closer to the city were too expensive for them.

Laine bought a unit in a great suburb, but couldn’t upgrade to a house there

Melbourne’s median house price has risen again, dealing another blow to home-buying hopefuls. Can the price rises continue?

  • by Melissa Heagney-Bayliss and Tawar Razaghi
New data reveals how stressed households are grappling with the cost of living crisis caused by inflation and higher interest rates.

The graphs that show households are putting themselves at financial risk

New data reveals how stressed households are grappling with the cost of living crisis caused by inflation and higher interest rates.

  • by Matt Wade
index image for Australian made brands

Local heroes: Australian-made fashion labels that deserve your money

More homegrown designers are offering affordable ways into their brands, including one that wants to be the next Jacquemus.

  • by Melissa Singer
DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 25: Glenn Maxwell of Australia celebrates their century during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023 between Australia and Netherlands at Arun Jaitley Stadium on October 25, 2023 in Delhi, India. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Maxwell masterpiece turns match into rout as Australia demolish Netherlands

David Warner made his second run-a-ball century in a row, but this one will pass unremembered as in less than one frenetic hour, Glenn Maxwell upstaged him.

  • by Greg Baum
Pat Cummins had a catch dropped on the boundary off his bowling.

Cricket World Cup 2023 as it happened: Australia v Netherlands

Pat Cummins’ men head to Delhi to take on a Dutch side that rocked the tournament with an upset victory against South Africa last week.

  • by Malcolm Conn
Mike Cannon-Brookes says the Loom acquisition will boost Atlassian’s workflow tools.

Tech billionaire Cannon-Brookes backs climate jobs platform was founded in 2020 and launched in Australia this week, with about 4500 clean energy jobs available across the country.

  • by David Swan
Paul Dano plays Keith “Roaring Kitty” Gill in Dumb Money.

Regulator takes to big screen to spread smart word on ‘dumb money’

ASIC is going direct, to a cinema near you, with its warning on not getting burnt by social media investing.

  • by John Collett
AFP officers raid a Changjiang branch in Sydney CBD.

Chinese gangsters accused of laundering $228m through business spruiked by ex-minister

Police swooped on suspected members of the “Long River” Australia-wide crime syndicate, accusing them of serious financial crime.

  • by Nick McKenzie

Rank outsider wins Cup lead-in but runner-up will enter race that stops the nation instead

The connections of Geelong Cup winner Amade said they’re unlikely to press onto the Melbourne Cup, despite triumphing in a thrilling finish to the race on Wednesday.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
Smoke rises following an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip.

Israel-Hamas conflict live updates: IDF escalate bombardment of Gaza; Hamas say at least 5700 Palestinians have been killed

The Hamas-run Health Ministry said at least 5791 Palestinians have been killed as Israel escalated its bombardment of targets in the Gaza Strip ahead of an expected ground invasion.

  • by David Estcourt, Caitlin Fitzsimmons and Latika Bourke

It’s not OK to use women’s bodies to mock them

Readers respond to Mark Knight’s controversial depiction of Jacinta Allan.

The Wallabies taking on Portugal at the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby World Cup in Australia shifted to avoid clashes with NRL, AFL finals

The 2027 tournament will also be expanded to 24 teams, and there will be a new global, 12-team competition featuring the Wallabies.

  • by Iain Payten
Mark Zahra wins the Caulfield Cup aboard Without A Fight.

‘Take the race away from them’: The farcical rule that could cause a protest in the Melbourne Cup

Prominent owner Terry Henderson says he will lodge a protest in the Melbourne Cup if his horse is narrowly beaten by a horse whose jockey breaks the whip rules.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
Anwar Ibrahim speaks to the crowd at the pro-Palestinian gathering in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night.

Malaysian PM doubles down on refusal to condemn Hamas

Anwar Ibrahim says he will not bow to “threats” from other governments and vowed to maintain dialogue with the organisation.

  • by Chris Barrett
The trial has pitted mother Joyleen Robinson and daughter Vanessa Amorosi against each other.

Judge ticks off Amorosi mother’s lawyer over ‘outrageous’ late move

As the bitter family feud wound up in the Supreme Court, lawyers for the mother of singer Vanessa Amorosi delivered one last curveball.

  • by Karl Quinn
Cate Blanchett at the 2023 Oscars.

‘Hollywood-on-Sea’ turns on Cate Blanchett over home renovations

The Australian star of Blue Jasmine, Elizabeth and The Lord of The Rings trilogy is building a new house in Mawgan Porth, Cornwall, a popular surfing spot.

  • by Rob Harris
Housing starts in Australia are at their lowest in a decade, according to the Housing Industry Association.

Big four bank boss feels the need for speed to fix housing crisis

The time between submitting an application and putting a shovel in the ground should be three to six months, not the three to six years it can take, NAB’s chief executive says.

  • by Adam Carey
Foreign Minister Penny Wong has joined international allies and called for a humanitarian pause on hostilities in Gaza.

Wong steps up calls for ‘humanitarian pause’ to hostilities in Gaza

Foreign Minister Penny Wong said “nowhere near enough” aid had been delivered to 2.3 million people in Gaza – but Israel’s ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, insisted the situation was fair.

  • by Natassia Chrysanthos
The new surgery blueprint has been described as a significant reform to how surgeries are managed in Victoria.

Super Saturdays and ‘HIT’ clinics to slash surgery waitlist backlog

A radical blueprint proposes several measures in a bid to cut the number of people waiting in pain for surgery.

  • by Aisha Dow and Henrietta Cook
Could Canterbury star Josh Addo-Carr  be heading to Parramatta?

Knights join Eels in hunt for Addo-Carr as Dragons and Tigers watch with interest

Newcastle and Parramatta are both interested in entering talks with the star winger, but only if Canterbury agree to an immediate move.

  • by Michael Chammas, Adrian Proszenko and Adam Pengilly
Ready to roll: Will Pucovski will hope for a big score against NSW, in a bid to push for a Test recall later in the summer.

‘There are always going to be challenges’: Luckless Pucovski returns, stars push for Test call up

Batting prodigy Will Pucovski, cult hero fast bowler Scott Boland, and dasher Matt Short will look to impress on what the curator hopes is a quick MCG pitch against a NSW side featuring ‘The GOAT’ Nathan Lyon.

  • by Jon Pierik
A man is rrested in NSW as part of the investigation into the fatal shooting Gavin Preston in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor in September 2023

Sydney man charged with murder of Melbourne gangland figure Gavin Preston

Jaeden Tito, 22, was not known to police before he was arrested without incident in an early morning raid in south-west Sydney.

  • by Chris Vedelago and Lachlan Abbott
Isaac McGregor, 4, is in a critical condition after being injured in a shed fire in their backyard in Corio, on the outskirts of Geelong.

Four-year-old boy dies after suffering critical burns in Geelong shed fire

A fourth sibling remained in a critical condition in hospital following the backyard blaze that claimed the lives of her brothers and sister.

  • by Alex Crowe
US stocks advanced, setting the scene for a benign day on the Australian sharemarket.

ASX drops as inflation surprise raises risk of interest rate rise

The Australian sharemarket reversed its earlier gains on Wednesday as the latest inflation data kept the door open to another Reserve Bank interest rate rise.

  • by Millie Muroi
Soaring petrol prices have contributed to a higher-than-expected inflation result.

Chance of rate rise for Melbourne Cup Day increases as inflation rises

Higher-than-expected inflation through the September quarter, driven by petrol, rents and insurance, have lifted the chances of another interest rate rise.

  • by Shane Wright and Rachel Clun
Tabcorp boss Adam Rykenskild’s $2.07 million salary was rejected by shareholders on Wednesday following proxy advice which deemed the businesses remuneration “execessive”.

Tabcorp shareholders protest against ‘excessive’ executive pay

Almost 35 per cent of shareholders voted against the wagering giant’s remuneration plan, arguing it did not match the company’s size and performance since demerging from The Lottery Corporation.

  • by Amelia McGuire
Paul Bangay (left) and Jamie Durie after the deal for Stonefields was done. The sale has now fallen through.

Jamie Durie’s $11m purchase of Paul Bangay’s Stonefields falls through

The extraordinary private garden was set to become a luxury accommodation venture. Instead, options will be explored to find a new buyer.

  • by Melissa Heagney-Bayliss
Lindy Chamberlain outside court in Alice Springs in 1982.

Thirty-five years after her acquittal, Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton and a key scientist reunite

Chamberlain-Creighton, wrongfully convicted of murdering baby Azaria, says Hans Brunner’s evidence was vital in clearing her name.

  • by Carolyn Webb
Kerrynne Liddle (centre) with Coalition senators Jacinta Price and Michaelia Cash.

Anonymous letter-writing Indigenous leaders to blame for Voice loss: Liddle

In the most forthright response to the criticisms of Yes leaders, the Coalition frontbencher took aim at an open letter that labelled the outcome “appalling and mean-spirited”.

  • by Paul Sakkal
Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows could face criminal prosecution.

Trump’s chief of staff testifies, given immunity in election interference probe

Donald Trump’s final chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has testified before a grand jury in the case against Donald Trump, according to a person familiar with the case.

  • by Chris Strohm
Hope St Radio Palestine Israel banner

Melbourne wine bar Hope St Radio under fire over anti-Israel banner

The Collingwood venue has been criticised for hosting a pro-Palestine event by Indigenous activists where a banner was made calling Israelis “dumb white dogs”.

  • by Melissa Cunningham
Albanese and Biden

What eucalyptus, beetroot salad and cutlery reveal about the US-Australia alliance

The First Lady of the United States, Jill Biden, promised the dinner would provide comfort at a fraught time in world relations.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Milli Vanilli in 1990: Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan.

Milli Vanilli, 30 years on from scandal: ‘I realised how mean human beings can be’

Paramount+’s new doco is compelling, even for those of us familiar with pop’s wildest – and most tragic – scandal.

  • by Robert Moran
Russel Northe (centre) arrives at the County Court on Wednesday.

Former Victorian cabinet minister jailed for falsely claiming more than $170k

A retired Victorian MP will spend at least a year behind bars after falsely claiming more than $170,000 in administrative expenses.

  • by Annika Smethurst and AAP
Michael Fassbender’s hitman blends in by being bland.

Michael Fassbender is masterful as cold-blooded murderer in The Killers

Bleakly sardonic humour underlies the violence in David Fincher’s latest film.

  • by Sandra Hall
Strong winds saw stadium banners crash among spectators in Lucknow.

‘One word – shambles’: What it’s like to be an Australian fan at the World Cup

David Williams has been at every one-day World Cup since 2007. With ticket pick-ups 10 kilometres from the stadium, banners falling in the stands and even “a small riot”, the chaos of this event has been like nothing he’s experienced before.

  • by Daniel Brettig
Woolworths fell the most in two months, to close down 1.3 per cent to $38.62.

Woolies CEO promises cheaper groceries as meat and vegie prices ease

Customers put more items into their shopping trolleys in the September quarter, lifting Woolworths’ sales by 5.3 per cent, but the Christmas trading outlook is cautious.

  • by Jessica Yun
Anthony Albanese hold a press conference outside the White House on Wednesday (AEDT).

Australia news LIVE: PM probed about Pratt dealings with Trump; RBA warns of more rate rises

Anthony Albanese announced an extra $4b for mining companies to produce minerals for US renewables, the RBA warns of more rate rises and Voice debate continues.

  • by Caroline Schelle
Representative Mike Johnson is the latest candidate for the speaker’s chair.

A 14th House Speaker candidate steps up after yet another drops out

The GOP infighting has left the House unable to respond to President Joe Biden’s $US106 billion request for aid to Israel and Ukraine.

  • by David Morgan