National News

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 year.

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.

Back-to-school RATs for Tasmanian children

Tasmania will give students a back-to-school pack containing two coronavirus rapid antigen tests as part of the plan for returning to the classroom on February 9.

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.