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We can play tennis and pick fruit, says PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has distanced himself from colleagues criticising the Victorian government for accepting international tennis players but not farm workers into the state.

More COVID cases linked to Australian Open

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has rejected calls to shorten men's matches at the grand slam as the number of coronavirus cases linked to the tournament rises to nine.

US, China clash at WHO over Wuhan mission

The United States has called on China to allow an expert team from the World Health Organisation to interview "care givers, former patients and lab workers" in the central city of Wuhan, drawing a rebuke from Beijing officials.

Zero new NSW cases, vaccine entry 'ticket'

NSW has recorded no new locally acquired cases of COVID-19, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian suggests the government may permit venues to ban entry to those who decline to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Overseas travel remains unlikely this year

The head of Australia's health department believes it is unlikely international borders will substantially reopen this year, even if most people are vaccinated against coronavirus.

Victoria eases borders for parts of Sydney

Thousands of stranded Victorians will be able to return home following the easing of border restrictions with the NSW Blue Mountains, Wollongong and parts of Sydney.

Vic economy to bounce back fastest: report

Victoria's economy is forecast to recover quicker than any other state or territory, despite suffering the worst downturn in Australia due to its second coronavirus wave.

Haas must accept consequences: Broncos CEO

Brisbane forward Payne Haas has to accept whatever consequences, legal or otherwise, arise from the "poor decision" which led to arrest in northern NSW on the weekend.