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The pink ball won't prompt Ashleigh Gardner to go back into her shell this week, when Australia's clean-striking allrounder plays her first Test on home soil.Gardner made her Test debut on the 2019 Ashes tour but the day-night clash with India, beginning at Metricon Stadium on Thursday, shapes as her first chance to don the baggy green in Australia.
Qantas has announced it will temporarily cease flights to London from Perth, with plans to replace it with a service from Darwin.The Darwin-London service will run until at least April 2022, if the carrier can come to a deal with the Northern Territory government, the airline said on Monday.
A man has been charged with running down a woman on his mobility scooter and then fleeing the scene, south of Brisbane.The 62-year-old woman suffered serious hip, arm and neck injuries when she was hit from behind on a footpath near Beenleigh train station earlier this month.
Plans to develop fish farms in deeper waters off Tasmania, and potentially pave the way for similar operations across Australia, have been labelled by critics as an industry "free pass".The island's salmon industry has been under increased scrutiny since the release of Richard Flanagan's book Toxic, which paints a bleak picture of its environmental impact.
New Zealand Opposition Leader Judith Collins could face a reckoning from her partyroom after another dire polling result.A TVNZ-Colmar Brunton poll released on Monday night has just 26 per cent of voters nominating Ms Collins' National as their preferred party.
SANZAAR and Rugby Australia have apologised to Argentina for a photo snub that infuriated the Pumas and led to an outburst from their coach Mario Ledesma.Ledesma, a former assistant coach with the Wallabies, criticised the decision to press on with a Rugby Championship captain's photo shoot in Townsville last Friday despite the fact Argentina had yet to arrive due to a flight delay.
Two Queensland men have been charged with hurling fireworks from a moving car, sparking a fire that destroyed 14 square kilometres of bush in a national park.A dozen fire fighting units were needed to contain the fire that tore through part of the Albinia National Park, south west of Rockhampton, on Monday,The park is home to vulnerable species including koalas, the central greater glider, and the white-throated needletail, a large swift that can fly at speeds of up to 130 kilometres an hour.
Leading epidemiologists have expressed concern at large numbers of COVID-positive people dying at home due to patients not coming forward for testing.Associate professor Sanjaya Senanayake from the Australian National University said there had been multiple deaths from COVID-19 due to people developing severe symptoms at home, but not coming forward for testing or medical assistance earlier on.
The NSW business community has welcomed the plan to fully re-open the state in December saying they can now plan for Christmas, order supplies and employ staff.Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Monday a three-stage roadmap to re-opening the state with the first significant freedoms expected on on October 11, when 70 per cent of residents are expected to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
Geelong's AFL coaching reshuffle has continued with former triple-premiership midfielder James Kelly returning to the Cats as an assistant coach.The Cats have seen Matthew Scarlett step away from coaching this week while Corey Enright departed for St Kilda and Matthew Knights headed to West Coast earlier this month.
Twenty-one crew are quarantining aboard a cargo vessel in northern Tasmania after being identified as primary contacts of a Victorian dock worker who tested positive to COVID-19.The crew of the African Rook have returned negative tests but must remain on the ship until at least October 1, when their 14 days of quarantine elapses.
Petrol prices have eased back fractionally from their recent near-three year highs, a modest reprieve after being driven higher by rising international oil prices.Demand for oil is rising as global economies reopen from lockdowns, but this has been hit by a number of supply shortages, caused by hurricanes in the northern hemisphere in some instances.
Penrith's injury concerns will last long into NRL grand final week with fullback Dylan Edwards adding to their list of concerns with his right foot in a moon boot.The Panthers were on Monday waiting for results of scans on four players, while another in Moses Leota is battling to return in time from a calf strain.
Wallabies powerhouse Samu Kerevi says his time away from Australian rugby has contributed to the maturation in his game and demeanour.Kerevi, who is celebrating his 28th birthday on Monday, was singled out by Argentina coach Mario Ledesma as the difference in their Rugby Championship clash on Saturday, which the hosts won 27-8 in Townsville.
A man who grew up in Sydney before being arrested on terrorism charges has told a court his actions hurt himself, his family, the Muslim community and Australia.Nowroz Amin was angry, irrational and immature when he downloaded instructions on how to make bombs and Islamic extremist material in 2015 and 2016, he told the NSW Supreme Court on Monday.
Despite apparent claims he killed her, Peter Keogh was right to be exonerated over the murder of Melbourne bookstore owner Maria James, a renowned former homicide detective believes.Ms James, a 38-year-old mother-of-two, was stabbed 68 times in June 1980 at her Thornbury home and bookstore.
Australian slalom canoe ace Jessica Fox has salvaged her disappointing world championships with a gold medal in the new extreme event.The Tokyo gold medallist took out the extreme slalom, which will make its Games debut in Paris, after failing to make the C1 and K1 finals for the first time in her career.
Damien Cook will play Sunday's NRL grand final picturing the one person COVID-19 has denied being in the Suncorp Stadium crowd to watch him take on Penrith.South Sydney's second grand final in 50 years will be Cook's first, some 900km from their regular home at Stadium Australia.
Spinner Rashid Khan is returning to the BBL with the Adelaide Strikers after stepping down as Afghanistan's Twenty20 captain for the looming World Cup.Rashid has signed for a fifth BBL season with the Strikers, despite overtures from rival franchises for the services of the brilliant legspinner.
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