The country recorded 16,055 infections in the last 24 hours and the positivity rate accelerated to 24.3 per cent of tests. Follow updates here.
The policy was in line with demands by peak employer and business groups, but nonetheless is set to become an election battleground.
The NYSE Fang + Index was 4 per cent lower at 1pm in New York; the Australian dollar plunged more than 1 per cent to hover near US70¢.
There’s concern among economists that a wall of cash will hit the economy just as freed consumers start to spend in earnest.
Experts warn Australia needs to pick up the pace of donations of vaccines to developing countries as the threat of new strains emerges.
Local party members are worried that the Liberal Party executive will install NSW MP Andrew Constance, who is the preferred pick of Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
While the US labour market missed expectations for November, there were upward revisions to each of the prior two months.
BHP’s requirement that Mount Arthur miners get the jab has been rejected, opening up other employer mandates to challenge if they fail to properly consult workers.
As the public tunes out in the run-up to Christmas, Anthony Albanese’s challenge is to become a lot more visible. Can he raise his profile in time to win the election?
Despite an exponential rise in cases in South Africa, there’s some hope that the new variant could be the beginning of the end for COVID-19.