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Judge rules on $51m Barber bushfire appeal

Millions of dollars raised by Celeste Barber's bushfire appeal can't go to interstate charities but can be used to support injured firefighters and the families of those who died, a NSW court has ruled.

Ardern muddled on trans-Tasman movement

After a day of mixed messages, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says state borders are a matter for Australia and doesn't expect their reopening before the establishment of a trans-Tasman bubble.

JobKeeper underspend could go into tourism

The massively underspent JobKeeper scheme could be used to support the battered tourism sector, while the government remains firm it won't be expanded to workers who missed out.

Ravenous rats await US restaurant-goers

Beware rogue ravenous rats - that is the latest coronavirus-tinged health warning from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the rodents that have been starved of restaurant leftovers these past two months...

Growing inequalities in life expectancy

The coronavirus pandemic may exacerbate a widening socio-economic gap in premature death rates that is contributing to a stagnation in Australians' life expectancy, researchers say.