Aussie PM says former leader Morrison took on secret ministerial roles during Covid
Anthony Albanese says this was 'a centralisation of power by the former prime minister'.
Australia's winter Covid wave may have peaked early, health minister says
Health officials predicted the latest wave could peak only later this month, with some states expecting the spike in infection rates and hospital admissions to ease by late August.
Parts of Australia's Great Barrier Reef show highest coral cover in 36 years
The recovery comes after the fourth mass bleaching in seven years and the first during a La Nina event.
Australia's Covid hospital admissions, deaths rise as variant surges
Nearly 5,600 patients infected with Covid are in hospital while 100 new deaths were reported, just short of a record 102 deaths.
Record number of Covid-hit Australians in hospital as Omicron surges
The number of those in hospitals is the highest since the emergence of the coronavirus, exceeding January's high of 5,390 during the first wave of Omicron infections.
Australia battles fresh Omicron outbreak as Covid deaths rise
The BA.4/5 variants are good at evading immune protection from vaccination or prior infection and have been driving a surge of new infections globally.
Australians urged to work from home as winter Omicron wave swamps hospitals
About 5,300 Australians are currently in hospital with Covid-19, not far off the record 5,390 recorded in January during the BA.1 outbreak, official data showed.
Australia provisionally approves Moderna's Covid shot for kids under 5
The move comes as Australia battles a major virus outbreak fuelled by the highly transmissible new Omicron subvariants, BA.4 and BA.5, with hospital admissions surpassing record levels in several states.
Australia govt faces pressure to reinstate Covid quarantine pay amid fresh wave
A renewed surge in cases have put Australia's health system on alert with the total number of people admitted to hospitals from Covid-19 not far away from record levels seen earlier this year.
Australia expands fourth Covid dose rollout amid fresh Omicron threat
The subvariants have now become the dominant coronavirus strains in several countries, with experts warning they could lead to more hospitalisations and deaths because they spread more quickly than other variants.
Thousands more flee as Sydney floods track north
Across Sydney's western fringe, rivers broke their banks and large areas have been transformed into inland lakes, with mud-brown waters invading homes while cutting off roads and bridges.
Sydney braces for more heavy rain and flash floods as thousands flee homes
About 100mm of rain could fall in the next 24 hours over a wide swathe of regions in New South Wales, from Newcastle to the south of Sydney.