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St Andrews Cathedral school death:  Lilie James, 22, a water polo coach.

Hunt for man after ‘confronting’ private school killing

A manhunt is under way after a young female staff member was found dead in the gymnasium at a private school in Sydney’s city centre.

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  • Peter Bodkin and Luke Costin
Anthony Albanese and Joe Biden during an arrival ceremony at the White House on Wednesday.

‘We’re a Pacific nation’: Biden’s pledge to Australia on China

US President Joe Biden has revealed he told Chinese President Xi Jinping America would continue to engage with Australia because the US was a “Pacific nation”.

  • Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston
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Australia, US to team up for space race against China

The Albanese government will axe restrictions on commercial US rocket launches in Australia, opening the door for the likes of Elon Musk to set up operations in the outback.

  • Matthew Cranston and Andrew Tillett


The Solomon Islands.

Google in $102m Aussie-US deal to run internet cables to Pacific islands

The agreement will expand an existing commercial project by the tech giant to run internet to eight nations in the region.

  • Trevor Hunnicutt
October 26, 2023.

Glen Le Lievre cartoons for 2023

See all of Glen Le Lievre cartoons for 2023.

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  • Glen Le Lievre
October 3, 2023

Albanese fears RBA rate rise fallout - with good reason

The Albanese government knows if rates move again, as now seems inevitable, it’s going to get whacked, regardless of the cause.

  • Phillip Coorey
Demand for data centres is soaring.

New data centres mean surging power needs

The rush is on build new data centres, but their massive energy requirements are adding to strain on the power grid.

  • Jennifer Hewett
Outgoing Australian Taxation Commissioner Chris Jordan.

Audits reap nearly $8b for the Tax Office

Workers paid a total of about $730 billion in income tax last financial year and got $154 billion back in refunds, new data from the ATO shows.

  • Tom McIlroy
Israel’s ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, speaking at the National Press Club today.

Public buildings are legitimate military targets: Israel

Israel’s ambassador to Australia defended the bombing of Gaza saying Hamas deliberately established its bases in places such as schools and hospitals.

  • Phillip Coorey
Asians face a “promotional penalty”  in the federal public service according to Professor Robert Breunig of the ANU Tax and Transfer Policy Insitute.

Federal public service has an ‘Asian penalty’ problem

A study has found there is built-in prejudice against staff from non-English-speaking backgrounds, meaning the senior end of the public service is almost entirely white.

  • Tom Burton
Israel’s ambassador to Australia, Amir Maimon, speaking at the National Press Club today.

S&P cites risk that war could spread

S&P Global Ratings has affirmed Israel’s rating at AA-; Amir Maimon says nearly 30 trucks have crossed the Rafah border. He says Hamas is not interested in peace. Here’s how the day unfolded.

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  • Euan Black
US President Joe Biden meets his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Bali.

China and Indo-Pacific ‘right at the top’ of Biden’s priorities

The White House maintains it won’t let wars in Europe and the Middle East distract the US from the challenge posed by China.

  • Andrew Tillett
At least 79 Australians are believed to be in Gaza, where Israeli bombs are falling, and many others are in the West Bank and Israel, as the risk of a broader conflict escalates.

Military aircraft sent to Middle East ‘as a contingency’

The Albanese government has sent two more military aircraft to the Middle East in the event the conflict escalates.

  • Phillip Coorey and Andrew Tillett
Gina Raimondo, US Secretary of Commerce and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

Western allies need to break China’s critical minerals monopoly

The US commerce secretary slams China’s inclination to cut off supplies to some countries, while Anthony Albanese says Australia can move up the value chain.

  • Andrew Tillett

New road, rail spending slumps as Labor tells premiers to cut back

Just eight new projects valued at $6.6 billion were added in 2022-23, a sharp decline on the 24 projects valued at $25.3 billion added the year prior.

  • Ronald Mizen

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Australian ambassador to the US Kevin Rudd and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who is on a four-day official visit to the US.

Albanese doubles critical minerals subsidies to $4b

Cheap finance and loan guarantees will be available for miners keen to expand exports and tap into Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act schemes.

  • Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston
Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipbuilding yard in Newport News, Virginia.

Albanese vows defence export law overhaul to smooth AUKUS passage

The government is poised to introduce legislative changes that could ease US concerns over keeping military secrets sacrosanct.

  • Andrew Tillett and Matthew Cranston
Red Cross workers help Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, to a waiting ambulance at the Rafah border crossing after she was released by Hamas militants.

Freed hostages raise hopes of more to come

The release of another two captured Israelis from Gaza has lifted hopes for dozens still held by Hamas, as world leaders step up efforts to defuse soaring tensions.

  • Phillip Coorey and Hans van Leeuwen

US readies plans for mass Middle East evacuations

US prepares evacuation contingency plans; Israel releases video of civilians butchered, in propaganda war; Hamas releases two more hostages. Here’s how the day unfolded.

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  • Tom Burton and Trudy Harris
The poll adds to political pain facing Anthony Albanese in the wake of the Voice.

Coalition edges out Labor amid Voice fallout

A new Roy Morgan poll has Peter Dutton’s Coalition leading the Albanese government for the first time since the 2022 election.

  • Tom McIlroy