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Rowdy McLean

Rowdy McLean

Our Leaders’ Handling Of The Coronavirus, Ranked

6 min read

Here in Australia and across the globe the fortunes and popularity ratings of leaders have risen and fallen as this crisis unfolds.

Politics

Politics

PM Announces $48 Million COVID Mental Health Plan

3 min read

Coronavirus loneliness, depression and anxiety is taking a toll on "everyone", health minister Greg Hunt said, with the government tipping in another $48 million for mental health.

National

National

Pubs Are Reopening... But Will People Go?

5 min read

It's still not quite time to get on the beers -- but pubs and restaurants are opening, so the question is, are you ready to leave isolation to taste some post-COVID freedom?

Politics

Politics

'Terribly Shocking': PM 'Devastated' Over 600,000 Jobs Lost In Lockdown

3 min read

Millions of Australians are relying on government payments and subsidies, with coronavirus tanking Australia's employment rate.

National

National

Could Coronavirus Help First Home Buyers Finally Take The Plunge?

6 min read

Housing prices could tank by 32 percent thanks to coronavirus, a dire Commonwealth Bank analysis forecasts.

National

National

Treasurer Had A Surplus Of Coughs But A Deficit Of Coronavirus

1 min read

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has tested negative for coronavirus after bursting into a coughing fit on the floor of parliament on Tuesday.

National

National

Strip Clubs And Brothels Claim 'Moral Discrimination' Over Indefinite COVID Bans

6 min read

Sex workers are confused and upset at being left out of the government's 'roadmap' out of COVID-19 restrictions.

Politics

Politics

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg Tested For COVID After Coughing Outburst In Parliament

1 min read

After bursting out coughing on the floor of parliament, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been tested for coronavirus and is currently in isolation awaiting results.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Going Back Into Lockdown To Deal With New Outbreaks Will Cost $4B A Week, Treasurer Warns

5 min read

Having to reapply coronavirus lockdowns due to new outbreaks could cost Australia $4 billion a week, treasurer Josh Frydenberg said in a COVID economic statement.

National

National

Former TV Chef Behind Australia's Anti-Lockdown Uprising

6 min read

A former reality TV star who told his online followers to destroy their TVs was one of the leaders of anti-lockdown protests on the weekend.

National

National

Australia Faces $143 Billion Debt After Coronavirus

2 min read

Josh Frydenberg's first budget was a triumphant "back in black" performance but his second is predicted to show a $143 billion black hole in the nation's finances.

National

National

Government To Spend $650 Million Helping Bushfire-Ravaged Communities Recover

2 min read

The federal government will announce a new $650 million package to help regional Australians recover from the devastating summer of bushfires.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Labor Says JobSeeker And JobKeeper May Need To Be Extended

3 min read

Federal Labor is questioning Prime Minister Scott Morrison's belief the Australian economy will "snap back" once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted and measures like JobSeeker and JobKeeper can be abruptly cut.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Leaders Will Meet Today To Roadmap The Reopening Of The Economy

2 min read

Coronavirus restrictions will dominate a crucial meeting of federal and state leaders as Australia maps the road out of the pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Jacinda Ardern To Meet With Aussie Leaders About Opening Trans-Tasman Travel

2 min read

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will meet with the Australian National Cabinet on Tuesday to discuss opening borders between the two nations.

Politics

Politics

'Australians Have Earned An Early Mark': PM Reveals Plan To Take Us Out Of Lockdown

4 min read

National coronavirus restrictions could be relaxed as early as next Friday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, praising Aussies for sticking to the rules and recommendations from authorities.

Bunny Banyai

Bunny Banyai

If We’re Going To Bribe Private Schools, We Might As Well Make Them Public

5 min read

Had enough of the endless private school vs public school debate in this country?

Politics

Politics

The 'Petty' Dispute Erupting Between Australia And China

8 min read

An increasingly hostile tit-for-tat media battle between Chinese and Australian diplomats is spilling over, but the controversy has been dramatically overplayed by breathless headlines, one expert claims.

Breaking

Breaking

PM: Coronavirus Outbreaks Expected As Restrictions Relax, Tracing App 'Like Sunscreen'

3 min read

Scott Morrison has warned "of course" COVID infections will spike when restrictions are eased, but said that was a reason to download the government's tracing app.

National

National

COVID Cases Could Still Spike, As Experts Warn Over Relaxing Lockdowns

5 min read

Leading infectious disease experts have welcomed governments relaxing lockdown laws, but warn COVID cases could spike again if hygiene and distancing habits are abandoned.

Politics

Politics

JobScammer Allows Employees To Dob In Bosses Over JobKeeper

6 min read

Dodgy bosses are exploiting workers by trying to keep some of the government JobKeeper money for themselves, according to unions dealing with complaints about the scheme.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Aussies Upset By Centrelink Coronavirus Pay Confusion

4 min read

It may be weeks before some Australians get their coronavirus supplement pay from Centrelink, leaving many confused and upset after the money didn't arrive as expected on Monday.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Why We Can't Get A Straight Answer On Whether It's Safe For Kids To Be At School

8 min read

Australia has responded to COVID-19 relatively better than most countries, but experts say when it comes to managing schooling, the government has fallen short.

Politics

Politics

Morrison Says Social Distancing In Schools 'Not Appropriate And Not Required'

3 min read

Social distancing guidelines being enforced around the country will not be required in classrooms, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

News

News

Thousands Pledge To 'Rent Strike' After Struggling Tenants 'Served Illegal Evictions'

5 min read

Activists say they've been "inundated" with reports of illegal evictions through the coronavirus crisis, with a growing social movement calling on tenants to go on "strike" from paying rent in protest.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Racism On The Rise As Asian Australians 'Made Scapegoats' For COVID-19

5 min read

Politicians are calling for a coronavirus anti-racism campaign, as a "shocking" rise in abusive and violent incidents targeting Asian Australians ripples through the community.

Politics

Politics

Prime Minister Tears Up As He Discusses Harsh Coronavirus Restrictions

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison held back tears in an emotional interview on Wednesday when he was asked the country's strict coronavirus measures and how they've impacted Australians.

Politics

Politics

Malcolm Turnbull's Book Price Slashed After Pirated Copies Leaked

1 min read

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's new explosive book has plummeted to just $8 online after pirated copies were allegedly leaked by a staffer at Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office.

Politics

Politics

'Biogtry And Ignorance': China Slams Peter Dutton For 'Propaganda War'

3 min read

A Chinese spokesperson has accused Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton of smearing China and conducting a US propaganda campaign.

Politics

Politics

Restrictions On Elective Surgeries, Dental Treatments To Lift After Anzac Day

2 min read

Elective surgeries for IVF, dental and eye procedures will resume soon, as Australia begins to slowly ease coronavirus restrictions in the face of declining case numbers.

Politics

Politics

The Spiciest Stories And Government Gossip From Malcolm Turnbull's Book

6 min read

It's taken 20 months since the leadership spill for Malcolm Turnbull to tell his side of the story at length -- and it's a veritable burn book of gossip, secrets and frank appraisals of his former colleagues.

Politics

Politics

Calls For Malcolm Turnbull To Face Lifetime Ban From Liberal Party Over Memoir

2 min read

A note calling for former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to be banned for life from the Liberal Party was reportedly sent to NSW state executive members yesterday.

News

News

How Will We Pay Off Australia's Coronavirus Debt, And Do We Even Need To?

8 min read

Billions of dollars seemingly appeared out of nowhere to support people and the economy through COVID-19, and now Aussies want to know who will foot the bill. Will we face a higher GST or other tax hits?

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Nationwide Restrictions To Continue For At Least Four More Weeks

3 min read

Scott Morrison says social isolation measures will remain in force for at least another month, despite the coronavirus curve dramatically flattening.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Disability Pensioners 'Skipping Meals' Over 'Inadequate' Coronavirus Help

5 min read

People with a disability claim they have been "shafted" in the government's coronavirus response, with disability pensioners and their carers missing out on income supplements given to many other welfare recipients.

National

National

'Ludicrous' Calls To Lift Coronavirus Lockdowns 'Callous At Best', Experts Say

5 min read

Growing claims that Australia flattening the coronavirus curve should mean social distancing rules are removed are "callous" and have "dire circumstances", experts have warned.

Politics

Politics

'A Cause For Real Hope': Greg Hunt Officially Confirms Australia Is Flattening The Curve

2 min read

Australians have successfully followed instructions and stayed home, with the coronavirus "curve" now officially flattening, health minister Greg Hunt said.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Stop Netflix Bingeing, Start Bingeing On Cheap Online Degrees Instead, Government Says

3 min read

Cut-price short courses for essential industries will be offered online, one of a raft of new measures to give the struggling tertiary education industry some reprieve announced on Sunday.

Politics

Politics

ABC Journalist Says Unexpected TikTok Meme Fame Is 'Quite Embarrassing'

2 min read

Political journalist Andrew Probyn has finally spoken out about his newfound internet stardom, saying it was "embarrassing" to find himself at the centre of the latest viral meme in Australia.

Crime

Crime

Coughing On Someone Could Land You In Prison For Life

4 min read

Life in jail could face anyone who deliberately coughs on another person, health minister Greg Hunt has warned, in response to a "completely unacceptable" trend of attacks on health workers in the coronavirus crisis.

Politics

Politics

Australia Headed For Trillion Dollar Debt After Unprecedented Coronavirus Payouts

4 min read

Australia is looking down the barrel of a trillion-dollar debt brought on by the coronavirus crisis, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese warned on Wednesday.

Politics

Politics

Modelling Shows Coronavirus Curve Flattening As PM Begs Aussies To Stay Vigilant

4 min read

Scientific modelling of Australia's potential coronavirus spread shows the curve is beginning to flatten -- but there's a long road ahead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said.

Hugh Riminton

Hugh Riminton

If We Steer Clear Of Delusions, Australia Has A Chance To Rewrite Itself

6 min read

The Morrison government is radically reframing post-Thatcher conservative thinking. In the final analysis, a nation is not its economy; it is its people.

Politics

Politics

Childcare To Be Free During Coronavirus Pandemic

2 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced more coronavirus funding, this time to ensure childcare help for Australian families.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Is Australia In Lockdown Or Not?

5 min read

Scott Morrison doesn't like the term, but even NSW Police agrees -- parts of Australia are in lockdown, essentially.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The Only State-Sanctioned Reasons You Can Now Leave The House

6 min read

Visiting your partner or parents is banned under strict rules in some Australian states, but you are allowed to leave your home to donate blood or move house.

Politics

Politics

Some Aussies Banned From Visiting Friends, Partners Under Two-Person Rules

6 min read

Some Australians are now banned from visiting friends and partners at their homes and rule-breakers have been warned they face big fines for ignoring the guidelines.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Scott Morrison Announces 'JobKeeper' Payment To Keep Aussies Employed

3 min read

Businesses are being urged not to sack employees during the coronavirus crisis, with $750 a week per worker offered to subsidise wages as the economy takes a nosedive and workplaces close.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Public Gatherings Limited To Two People To Stop Coronavirus Spread

3 min read

Australians will be banned from meeting in groups of more than two, as the government orders even tighter coronavirus rules in the face of case numbers continuing to grow.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Elective Surgery Cancelled As PM Sets Up 'Coronavirus Commission'

2 min read

All non-urgent elective surgeries will be suspended from midnight, Scott Morrison said, as he announced a new national commission to help 'solve problems' during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

The Dangers Of Dipping Into Your Super Early

6 min read

Withdrawing cash from your superannuation account should be a "last resort" to battle coronavirus money woes, experts say.

Politics

Politics

The Full List Of New Things Banned In Australia Under Coronavirus Rules

3 min read

Big BBQs and parties banned, restrictions on tattoo parlours and waxing, haircuts limited to 30 minutes, and more wedding and funeral rules are just some of the new regulations you'll be living under in Australia.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Scott Morrison Extends Lockdown To Food Courts, Weddings, Funerals And More

4 min read

"These are not things we can do now", the Prime Minister declared on Tuesday night when he told the country the lockdown will apply to overseas travel, weddings, funerals, and much more from midnight Wednesday.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Huge Centrelink Lines, MyGov Down As More Eligible For Unemployment Payments

5 min read

Long lines are queuing outside Centrelink offices nationwide, with the MyGov website crashing under demand as laid-off workers apply for emergency welfare.

Politics

Politics

Aussies To Distance Even Further In Tightened Coronavirus Measures

2 min read

People will need a four-square-metre bubble around them at all times in indoor venues, under new strict social distancing rules for coronavirus.

National

National

Australia Closed To Tourists As PM Announces Travel Ban For Non-Residents

3 min read

All non-residents will be denied entry to Australia from Friday night, in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

'Take A Cold Shower': Minister Slams Coronavirus Panic Shoppers

4 min read

Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud has told those panic-shopping during the COVID-19 pandemic to "take a deep breath and a cold shower", before assuring Australians the country has food security.

Politics

Politics

All People Entering Australia Ordered Into Isolation For 14 Days Over Coronavirus Fears

5 min read

Every person entering Australia will have to spend a fortnight in self-isolation from Monday, as the federal government scrambles to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

Peter Dutton Tests Positive For Coronavirus

2 min read

Australia's Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has tested positive for coronavirus, but the prime minister's office says no other members of Cabinet will be required to self-isolate.

Politics

Politics

You Can Get Centrelink's Sickness Allowance For Coronavirus - But Only For The Next 9 Days

6 min read

In just nine days, Centrelink's sickness allowance payment will stop accepting new applicants, with concerns of "mass confusion" in the welfare system during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Project

The Project

We Want Free Money!

2 min read

The Federal Government is soon to announce an economic "boost" package -- and we want free money!

Politics

Politics

Morrison Admits He Asked White House To Invite Hillsong Founder To Dinner

3 min read

After months of dismissing it as "gossip", Scott Morrison has finally confirmed he did put controversial Hillsong Church founder Brian Houston forward for an invitation to a White House dinner with Donald Trump.

Coronavirus

Coronavirus

You Don't Need To Stop Shaking Hands, But Here's What You Can Do Instead

5 min read

Australia's chief medical officer has contradicted coronavirus advice from NSW's health minister, shooting down suggestions people should avoid shaking hands because of virus transmission fears.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Children Found Sleeping In Dumpster About To Be Emptied

6 min read

All the news you need to know this Tuesday morning.

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: Coming Uncertainty

1 min read

The Professor And The Hack podcast takes a serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

National

National

Australia Confirms Its First Coronavirus Death After Perth Man Dies In Hospital

4 min read

A Perth man is Australia's first coronavirus fatality, with authorities confirming the country's first death amid a rise in the number of cases nationwide.

Brekky Wrap

Brekky Wrap

Female Teacher Accused of Grooming 14-Year-Old Girl For Sex

7 min read

All the news you need to know this Friday morning.

National

National

Baboon Escapee Has Finally Had His Vasectomy After Hospital Break Out

3 min read

The male baboon at the centre of a wild police chase that gripped the nation earlier this week has had his vasectomy, as two of his 'wives' helped to comfort him.

Crime

Crime

Christchurch Mosque Shooting 'Inspiring' Aussie Far-Right Extremists And White Supremacist

7 min read

Right-wing extremist attacks may be 'lone wolf' assaults from "someone not on the radar" of security agencies, an expert has warned, as ASIO sounds the alarm on neo-Nazis and white supremacist terrorists.

Politics

Politics

Senate Unites To Condemn Bettina Arndt Over Domestic Violence Comments

3 min read

The Senate has voted nearly unanimously to condemn Bettina Arndt for controversial domestic violence comments -- with Pauline Hanson's One Nation the only holdouts.

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: Mangled At First Sight

1 min read

The Professor And The Hack podcast takes a serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

National

National

Bosses Caught Underpaying Workers Could Be Jailed

6 min read

Bosses of big businesses responsible for ripping off workers could face jail time or a public name-and-shame register if they continue to underpay their employees.

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison's Popularity Nosedives In Wake Of Bushfires: Poll

4 min read

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s popularity has taken a serious hit in the wake of the bushfire crisis, according to a new comprehensive poll.

Politics

Politics

Aussies On Coronavirus Cruise To Be Flown To Darwin For Quarantine

6 min read

A boatload of Australians stuck on a ship afflicted by the coronavirus will spend another 14 days in quarantine, with Qantas to fly them from Japan to Darwin.

Politics

Politics

RFS Denies Sacking Volunteer Firie Who Told PM To 'Get F***ed'

3 min read

A firefighter who told Scott Morrison to "get f**ked" on national TV during the bushfire crisis claims he was sacked after footage went viral -- but the RFS and PM have denied this happened.

Politics

Politics

'Green New Deal' Explained: The Radical Overhaul Hoped To Transform Australia

7 min read

We need a political revolution to address the crises in inequality, climate and jobs which are "smashing" Australia, paving the way for a radical 'Green New Deal' to overhaul the country's entire economy.

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: Political Terrorists

1 min read

The Professor And The Hack podcast takes a serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

Politics

Politics

How 'Smart' Indigenous Fire Management Could Help The Bushfire Crisis

8 min read

Governments would be "smart" to use traditional Indigenous cultural burning techniques to reduce bushfire risk, experts say, with thousands of years of knowledge potentially a key to mitigating danger.

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison Has Spent As Much Time Globe-Trotting As Kevin '747' Rudd

3 min read

Scott Morrison has been dubbed 'the frequent flyer from the Shire' with new data showing the PM is on track to spend just as much time overseas as Kevin Rudd in his first two years as Prime Minister.

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: Who Do You Want at Your BBQ?

1 min read

The Professor And The Hack podcast takes a serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

Politics

Politics

WATCH: Do Aussies Have Any Idea Who Their Deputy PM Is?

1 min read

Michael McCormack has held onto his position as National Party leader and deputy Prime Minister. But does the Australian public know who he is? 

Politics

Politics

Albanese Says It's 'Fiction' That The Bushfire Crisis Couldn't Be Predicted

5 min read

Claims that Australia's "black summer" bushfire crisis was unforeseeable is "fiction" and the country is at "a turning point", said Labor leader Anthony Albanese as federal parliament mourned the fire victims.

Politics

Politics

Adam Bandt Wins Greens Leadership Vote To Replace Richard Di Natale

3 min read

Victorian MP Adam Bandt is the new leader of the Greens, winning the second party leadership vote in Canberra on Tuesday.

Politics

Politics

Barnaby Joyce Loses Nationals Leadership Vote, Michael McCormack Remains Deputy PM

2 min read

Barnaby Joyce will remain on the parliamentary backbench after failing to unseat Nationals leader Michael McCormack in a party room ballot.

Politics

Politics

It's On: Nationals Leadership Spill, Barnaby Joyce To Stand For Deputy PM

3 min read

Barnaby Joyce will challenge for the Nationals leadership tomorrow, with a fellow MP saying he would call for a party room spill and vote.

Politics

Politics

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Quits Politics

3 min read

Senator Richard Di Natale has made the shock decision to quit federal politics to spend more time with his family, opening the way for a new Greens party leader.

Politics

Politics

Bridget McKenzie Resigns From Cabinet Over 'Sports Rorts' Scandal

4 min read

Scott Morrison has confirmed agriculture minister Bridget McKenzie will step down from cabinet over her involvement with the sports funding scandal.

Exclusive

Exclusive

Sports Rorts Scandal: Email Reveals Morrison's Office Was Involved

2 min read

Scott Morrison was adamant his office wasn't involved in the sports rorts scandal, but 10 News First can reveal that the PM’s office was involved in directing where the millions in sports funding went.

National

National

Aussies In Wuhan Concerned About Christmas Island Plan

5 min read

Australians in Wuhan say they're unsure about the government's plan to evacuate them, with some questioning if they're better off staying put.

Politics

Politics

The Unanswered Questions Of Australia's Coronavirus Plan

6 min read

The plan to evacuate Australians from the coronavirus epicentre remains fuzzy, with questions of how to land a large plane on Christmas Island and how people will be treated there yet to be answered.

National

National

Qantas Working Out How To Get Evacuated Aussies To Christmas Island

3 min read

The government wants to evacuate Australians trapped in Wuhan and isolate them for two weeks on Christmas Island, however, the airline that's been asked to help is still trying to figure out how.

Politics

Politics

Scott Morrison's Phone Call Interrupted Jacinda Ardern's Press Conference

2 min read

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has laughed off having to reject a phone call from Scott Morrison, when he rang through in the middle of a press conference she was holding.

Politics

Politics

Federal Parliament To Devote Entire First Day Back To Bushfire Condolence Speeches

4 min read

Returning after a long summer break, Australia's federal politicians will give over their first day back exclusively to condolence motions honouring bushfire victims and responders.

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

Luckily For Bridget McKenzie, The Days Of Scandals Ruining Politicians Are Over

3 min read

There is an old saying: "you can survive anything in politics, except ridicule".

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: SPRORTS... It's just not cricket

1 min read

The Professor And The Hack podcast takes a serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

Politics

Politics

What's The 'Sports Rorts' Scandal And Why Does It Matter?

5 min read

We love a scandal with a rhyming name, don't we?

Josh Butler

Josh Butler

Why The Government's 'Resilience And Adaptation' Argument On Climate Change Is Madness

8 min read

Scotty from Marketing has a new climate slogan. Experts say it's "disturbing" and another way to avoid the real conversation.

Patrick Thomas

Patrick Thomas

The World's Generous Bushfire Response Highlights Our Foreign Aid Hypocrisy

5 min read

You know those struggling Pacific nations that often seem to need our help?

Professor And The Hack

Professor And The Hack

PODCAST: Meeting And Beating

1 min read

The Professor And The Hack podcast takes a serious but fun poke at politics from two of the most experienced and trusted sources in the country.

Sam Dastyari

Sam Dastyari

Why Photographs, Not Polls, Will Decide The Next Election

4 min read

The legendary late advertising guru Neil Lawrence used to make me watch the TV news with the sound turned off.