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No modelling done on Newstart: Treasury

The Morrison government appears to have ignored widespread calls for an increase to Newstart to both lift people out of poverty and stimulate the economy.

Vietnam quarantines community of 10,000

Vietnam has quarantined a community of 10,000 people near the capital Hanoi for 20 days because of fears the coronavirus could spread there, two local officials say.

Japan driver, ship passengers have virus

A taxi driver in Tokyo has tested positive for the coronavirus, marking a further spread of the disease in Japan even as authorities said some passengers aboard a ship quarantined off its coast would finally...

Virus toll leaps, Hubei party boss sacked

The Chinese province at the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak has reported a record rise in deaths and thousands more cases under a new diagnostic method, suggesting a much bigger crisis facing China and the...

China travel ban extended as virus spreads

The coronavirus-related travel ban preventing Chinese visitors and students from entering Australia due to end this weekend has been extended for a further week.

Slavery not a crime in 94 countries: study

Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries in the world, a study of global laws says, urging states to close legal loopholes that allow abusers to escape punishment.

Only one bushfire-hit business given loan

Almost 300 bushfire-hit businesses have applied for federal government loans in the week the scheme has been open, but just one application has been approved.