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Slavery not a crime in 94 countries: study

Slavery is not a crime in almost half the countries in the world, a study of global laws says, urging states to close legal loopholes that allow abusers to escape punishment.

Only one bushfire-hit business given loan

Almost 300 bushfire-hit businesses have applied for federal government loans in the week the scheme has been open, but just one application has been approved.

ACTU boss slams Calombaris as shameless

George Calombaris continues to come under fire after he shut down most of his restaurant empire, with ACTU president Michele O'Neil accusing him of shameless behaviour.

The latest developments on the coronavirus

THE LATEST ON THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK* The death toll in China rose by 97 to 1113 on Tuesday, with 2015 new confirmed cases (the lowest since January 30)* The total number of cases on the mainland has reached 44,653* In Hubei province, deaths rose by 94 to 1068 as of...

Attorney examines court indigenous ruling

The federal government is looking at ways to shore up its ability to deport convicted criminals following a High Court ruling that Aboriginal people are exempt from immigration laws.

Qld towns flooded and expecting more rain

Properties are under threat in tiny communities isolated by an inland sea of floodwater west of Brisbane, while the state's far north braces for searing heatwave conditions.

New virus cases fall, dissent over peak

China has reported its lowest daily number of new coronavirus cases since late January, lending credence to a prediction from the country's senior medical adviser that the outbreak could be over by April.