National News

Bells toll as US reaches 500k COVID deaths

The United States has crossed the staggering milestone of 500,000 COVID-19 deaths just more than a year since the coronavirus pandemic claimed its first known victim in Santa Clara County, California.

PM gets jab in vaccine 'curtain raiser'

Scott Morrison has become one of the first in Australia to get a COVID-19 vaccination, describing it as a 'curtain raiser' to the national rollout which starts on Monday.

Kids' mental health takes hit in pandemic

There has been a massive increase in children under 12 seeking help from a children's mental health app and experts say the full impact of the coronavirus epidemic won't be understood for some time.

Smuggler stuffed turtles into toys: court

A wildlife trafficker will spend years in jail for stuffing turtles, lizards and snakes inside toys and speakers and trying to smuggle them out of Australia.

PM welcomes FB apology on accidental bans

The prime minister says he's glad Facebook is "back at the table" for discussions over the Australian government's media bargaining code, jesting the US tech giant has "tentatively friended us again".

PM 'upset' by second assault allegation

Prime Minister Scott Morrison says allegations a second woman was sexually assaulted by the same man who allegedly abused former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins inside Parliament House are distressing and upsetting.