Australian journalism — and thus democracy — is in real trouble, media inquiry told

Government secrecy, largely white newsrooms and the loss of regional and national publishers are being pointed to as major threats to media diversity.(Image: AAP/Jason Reed)Australia’s increasingly concentrated and shrinking media landscape, online disinformation, government secrecy and overwhelmingly white newsrooms are all real threats to media diversity, a parliamentary inquiry has heard.The Senate’s inquiry on media…Continue Reading

Australian Open: Tennis stars in Melbourne quarantine complain about changing rules and their food

International tennis stars have blasted their living conditions after being forced into hotel quarantine in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open. Several top tier athletes including Carreno Busta and Fabio Fognini have critiqued the food they’ve received since arriving last week, while French player Alize Cornet described the situation as ‘insane’ in a since deleted post.The…Continue Reading

Asia Today: Australian city on lockdown over UK variant case

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia is nearly halving the number of passengers allowed to arrive by plane in a bid to prevent the spread of a highly contagious variant of the coronavirus first identified in Britain.A cleaner at a Brisbane quarantine hotel diagnosed with COVID-19 on Wednesday is the first person infected with the variant…Continue Reading

Asia Today: Australian states reimpose travel restrictions

SYDNEY (AP) – More Australian states and territories are reimposing travel restrictions to prevent the coronavirus spreading from new outbreaks in New South Wales and Victoria states. The Australian Capital Territory has shut out non-residents who have been in the northern beaches of Sydney, where the outbreaks are most concentrated, Greater Sydney and other smaller…Continue Reading

A Whole Australian State Shut Down Because of a Takeout Pizza That Didn’t Exist

SYDNEY—Soon after authorities in South Australia state were told a man had contracted Covid-19 after buying a takeout pizza from a restaurant with an infected employee, they ordered more than 1.7 million people to stay at home. Schools were shut. Outdoor exercise was banned for six days. The state premier—worried by how quickly a virus…Continue Reading

Australian national Paul Bartel, arrested by NCB for connections with Arjun Rampal

The Narcotics Control Bureau has been on a thorough search for links to the drugs probe in Bollywood currently. The agency has called multiple celebrities for questioning and had even arrested actress Rhea Chakraborty for close to a month in the Sushant Singh Rajput death case’s drug probe. After Firoz Nadiadwala’s wife was arrested, actor…Continue Reading

Scientists have discovered a massive detached coral reef in the Great Barrier Reef — the first to be discovered in over 120 years, Schmidt Ocean Institute announced. Measuring more than 500 meters high — taller than the Empire State Building, the Sydney Tower and the Petronas Twin Towers — the reef was discovered by Australian…Continue Reading

Foxtel, Australian newspapers financial millstones in News Corp accounts

Despite some growth, and a strong start this financial year, Foxtel and the Australian newspapers aren’t looking all that flash for News Corp.(Image: AAP/Dean Lewins)Books: good. Digital real estate: better. Wall Street: yummy.But the rest of News Corp’s assets (Australian and UK newspapers and the floundering Foxtel) were financial millstones in the September quarter as the…Continue Reading