Small-print quirks to new Homebuyer Fund

Elite suburbs like Toorak are eligible for a new state housing affordability initiative, but many popular regional spots are out. Here’s what you need to know about the Victorian Homebuyer Fund. The Victorian Homebuyer Fund will be available in Melbourne’s richest suburbs, where few homes can be bought under its $950,000 cap, but iconic towns … Read more

Drop Pat or Mitch … it may be Australia’s best hope

One is billed as the next Test skipper, the other is a T20 legend … but there may not be room for both as Australia searches for its strongest line-up at the T20 World Cup. Mitchell Starc might be one of only two Australians in Twenty20 cricket’s top 20, but Josh Hazlewood is poised to … Read more

Steketee stuns with seven-wicket haul

Queensland’s Mark Steketee gave Test selectors plenty to think about by claiming seven wickets against South Australia on Saturday. Would-be Test bowler Mark Steketee has given selectors seven reasons to consider him for a place in the Ashes squad this summer. After their star-studded batting order turned in a dismal performance on day one against … Read more

Sneaky plan would’ve broken rivals’ hearts

Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has detailed a failed plan that would’ve broken the heart of every West Coast Eagles fan. Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir has revealed he offered West Coast star Josh Kennedy an off-field role at the Dockers from next season but that the premiership-winning forward could not be enticed. Kennedy, 34, has yet … Read more

Bruce not completely sold on ‘remarkable’ race

Australia’s biggest horse racing prize may have won plenty of fans but Bruce McAvaney doesn’t believe its rapid five-year rise is complete. Bruce McAvaney has praised The Everest as “a stroke of genius” for NSW racing but is still not convinced it can overshadow the Caulfield Cup. Two of the country’s biggest races start within … Read more

What time is the 2021 Caulfield Cup?

The Caulfield Cup is almost upon us, and there is a very strong chance the be race will take place on a rain-affected track. The 2021 Caulfield Cup is almost upon us. There is a very strong chance the be race will take place on a rain-affected track, with showers forecast in Melbourne on Friday … Read more

Park, Woolworths added to exposure sites list

A community park and a supermarket in Hobart’s northern suburbs has been added to the list of public exposure sites linked to a positive Covid-19 case. SEE THE FULL LIST This coronavirus article is unlocked and free to read in the interest of community health and safety. Tap here for our latest great value offer … Read more

Major freedom delayed for vaxxed NSW

In a shock announcement, NSW’s Deputy Premier has revealed a highly-anticipated freedom will now be pushed back until November. Welcome to Friday’s live coverage of Australia’s Covid-19 situation. Premier Dominic Perrottet is expected to reveal a major change to NSW’s roadmap today, as the state hurtles towards its 80 per cent vaccination goal. NSW recorded … Read more