NSW government under pressure to scrap further 29,000 Covid fines after court ruling

New South Wales residents wrongly penalised for Covid breaches say it is “crazy” it took a protracted and costly court case to force the state government to back down and withdraw 33,000 invalid fines. The NSW government was forced on Tuesday to cancel 33,000 fines, worth an estimated $30m, for breaches of Covid-era public health … Read more

More than 33,000 Covid fines withdrawn in NSW after adverse court ruling

The New South Wales government has been forced to cancel more than $30m in fines for breaches of Covid-era public health orders after conceding they were too vague. On Tuesday, Revenue NSW announced it had cancelled some 33,000 Covid-era fines, about half the total number issued by police for breaches of the public health orders … Read more

Australia news live: Albanese returns to Canberra after first summit season as PM; residents in flood-hit NSW begin recovery amid further warnings

Key events Filters BETA Key events (1)Anthony Albanese (3)Australia (3)China (3)Xi Jinping (3) Simon Birmingham says he “welcomes” the meeting between Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Chinese President Xi Jinping but says it needs to be understood in the context of decisions by previous Coalition governments. Importantly the previous governments under Malcolm Turnbull and Scott … Read more

Covid cases double in NSW and Victoria in a fortnight as fourth wave surges across eastern states

Covid cases are continuing to surge, doubling in New South Wales and Victoria in just a fortnight. Hospitalisations and deaths have also risen sharply, prompting NSW health authorities to mandate a limited return to mask-wearing to curb the rise in cases. NSW Health updated its Covid risk rating to amber on Friday, requiring masks in … Read more

‘Psychological injury’: NSW teacher wins compensation payout over handling of vaccine mandate

A Sydney teacher sacked for not complying with New South Wales’s vaccination rules has been awarded ongoing workers’ compensation payments of $1,378 a week after she suffered “psychological injury” in the way the mandate was enforced. Her case has been described as a precedent by her lawyer, with dozens more former teachers already lining up … Read more

New Covid-19 wave to hit NSW within weeks, chief health officer says – video

Chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant warns a new wave of Covid infections is looming in New South Wales, with transmission of the virus predicted to increase in the coming weeks. ‘BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron continues to be the most common variants. However, we are seeing a rise in XBB, BQ.1.1 and the BA.2 sublineages,’ … Read more

New Covid-19 wave to hit NSW within weeks, chief health officer says

A new wave of Covid-19 infections is looming in New South Wales, the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, will warn on Thursday, with transmission of the virus predicted to increase in coming weeks. It follows Victoria’s chief health officer, Prof Brett Sutton, making a similar announcement last week, with Omicron subvariants BQ.1 and … Read more

NSW joins Victoria in scrapping mandatory reporting for positive Covid tests

New South Wales has joined Victoria and scrapped mandatory reporting of a positive Covid rapid antigen test (RAT) as the state continues to roll back pandemic measures. But the NSW chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, urged people to keep reporting positive results to the government anyway. “Registering a positive RAT through Service NSW allows … Read more

Australia news live updates: NSW warned to brace for more rain as rivers rise; Omicron booster available from today

Key events Filters BETA Key events (2)Marles Marles (3)New South Wales (3) ‘I regret not calling it out earlier’: Julia Gillard on sexism in parliament Former prime minister Julia Gillard has been appearing in the media this morning on the 10-year anniversary of her seminal speech on misogyny. She told the Today show she specifically … Read more

Queensland officer gave daughter ‘police escort’ to evade Covid restrictions at NSW border

A Queensland police officer has admitted to escorting his daughter across the state’s border illegally when travel was restricted during the Covid-19 outbreak. Robert William Eickenloff, who has since left the police service, was on duty as a senior constable with the road policing command when he rode his motorcycle into New South Wales to … Read more