The remoteness and size of some of the Indo-Pacific's smallest nations have left them vulnerable to coercion by China, a new report has found.The publication released on Tuesday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute found that China's abuse of its economic power in the broader region posed the biggest threat to island states.
South Australia will conduct its own modelling and use national analysis to help set the level of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and border closures once vaccine targets are hit, Premier Steven Marshall says.The premier says some level of social health measures and border rules will remain in place even after 80 per cent of eligible people are double vaccinated.
A leading member of Australia's expert immunisation panel has revealed he was shocked and surprised after Scott Morrison blamed its advice for slowing down the rollout.The prime minister decided to hold a snap evening news conference in April to announce changes to the immunisation program based on Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation advice.
Warren Gatland will return to the Waikato Chiefs as director of rugby instead of head coach for the 2022 season with the Super Rugby side retaining his former assistant Clayton McMillan in the role after turning around the franchise's fortunes.Gatland joined the Chiefs as head coach in 2020 on a four-year deal with a sabbatical clause allowing him to coach the British and Irish Lions through their recent 2-1 series loss in South Africa.
A teenage gunman and former "cleanskin" who pointed a rifle at staff while he and his co-accused stole cash has been jailed for seven years for his role in two robberies targeting pokie venues around Brisbane.Christian James Riley could be considered the "ringleader" of two armed robberies hitting a tavern and sports club shortly after his 18th birthday, the Brisbane District Court was told on Tuesday.
New Zealand's outgoing governor general, Dame Patsy Reddy, hopes to have an endangered parrot named after her as she leaves high office.Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern congratulated Dame Patsy for her "tireless service" on Tuesday, the last day of her five-year term as the Queen's representative in New Zealand.
If all goes to plan, referee Gerard Sutton won't make a single headline after Sunday night's NRL grand final.The game's highest honour for an official was confirmed on Tuesday with experienced referee Sutton handed the whistle for his fifth-straight NRL grand final, and the seventh of his career.
Gold Coast have moved quickly to build support around AFL coach Stuart Dew, appointing Steven King as their senior assistant.King joins from the Western Bulldogs, where his decade of service with this year's grand finalists included winning the 2016 premiership.
BreastScreen NSW will resume providing free mammograms for women after the service was suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic.All screening services across NSW were suspended in August after some clinics had already closed across Greater Sydney and some regional areas in June.
Asian shares have mainly drifted lower as investors continued to fret over China Evergrande Group's unsolved debt crisis and eyed the potential impact of a widening power shortage in China.MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was 0.
Two more local government areas on the NSW north coast will be added to the Queensland border bubble when their lockdown ends on Wednesday.Tweed Heads and Byron Bay residents will be allowed to enter Queensland after they were plunged into a lockdown last Tuesday following an infectious COVID-19 case in both shires.
A woman who stabbed two men in separate attacks, using a blade to slice her name into the back of one victim and slitting his wrists to stage self-harm, could walk free from prison.On Tuesday, Theresa Ann Coss, 40, pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding and committing a malicious act with intent in Brisbane Supreme Court.
Lockdown orders for the Tweed and Byron Shire local government areas in northern NSW will be lifted at midnight, but three other areas could have stay-at-home orders imposed.Health Minister Brad Hazzard said Port Macquarie on the mid-north coast and Muswellbrook in the Hunter could be headed for lockdown and the lockdown in Kempsey in the state's north could be extended.
His shoulder has held up through the back half of the NRL season and Nathan Cleary is in no doubt it is going to be just fine for one more game.Cleary feared his 2021 campaign was over when he hurt his shoulder in NSW's State of Origin II victory in June.
Opponents to vaccine mandates have inundated a NSW judge's office with calls and emails, leading to a warning they risk interfering with the administration of justice.Two separate challenges to vaccine mandates for particular workers are due to be heard urgently in the NSW Supreme Court on Thursday.
The Japanese government will seek advisers' approval to lift the state of emergency in all regions on October 1 as the number of new coronavirus cases falls and the strain on the medical system eases.If approved by a panel of government advisers, Japan as a whole would be out of an emergency state for the first time in nearly six months.
Melbourne stars Cameron Munster and Brandon Smith will be interviewed by the NRL's integrity unit over a leaked post-season party video.The Storm confirmed on Tuesday they were aware of the matter, after two videos surfaced online, the first on Monday evening.