The federal government has authorised a rise in private health insurance premiums that will cost families an extra $126 a year on average.
Cars are crossing the NSW border into Victoria without being checked, according to a local mayor, after a state government request for additional Defence support received a limited response.
Australian Federal Police seized a record 32 tonnes of illicit drugs in 2020 as international crime syndicates took bigger risks to move contraband in bulk during global lockdowns.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced that their new charity has partnered with the World Central Kitchen and its celebrity chef to feed the hungry in disaster-stricken areas around the world.
The NSW government has tightened restrictions after a COVID-19 cluster in Sydney ballooned to 70 cases, but conceded it may never be able to find the source.
Residents of greater Sydney have again found themselves isolated, as every state and territory moves to lock them out after a COVID-19 cluster on the city's northern beaches ballooned to 70 cases.
Victoria has shut its borders to people travelling from greater Sydney and the NSW Central Coast, declaring the area a red zone for coronavirus.
London and southeast England may stay under tighter coronavirus curbs for some time, with Britain's health minister saying dropping plans to ease restrictions for Christmas was needed to stem a new fast-spreading strain.