National News

Jobless rate rising but forecasts improved

Australia's unemployment rate is expected to hit eight per cent when wage subsidies are due to end but the forecast is looking less grim as the health situation improves.

Sales soar at Bunnings, Officeworks

Wesfarmers says it is seeing significant demand growth in its Bunnings and Officeworks businesses as customers spend more time at home, amid coronavirus restrictions.

Fighters hold peaceful rally in Sydney

NSW Police have defended the use of capsicum spray against Black Lives Matter protesters, insisting cops "aren't punching bags" as Australians continue to call for action against indigenous deaths in custody.

Teen driver charged over Qld crash deaths

Fundraisers have been set up to pay for the funerals of four teens killed in a car crash in Townsville that has prompted calls for better youth support programs in the region.

China keeps trade minister in deep freeze

Trade Minister Simon Birmingham is still waiting to speak to his Chinese counterpart about a beef and barley dispute, more than four weeks after requesting a meeting.