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Premier Gladys Berejiklian has foreshadowed harsher restrictions if she doesn't see more people wearing face masks and businesses heeding COVIDSafe rules | @Kaubo  @LisaVisentin  @marywardy 

An audit by major aged care operator Uniting has found it underpaid 9561 workers in NSW and the ACT by more than $3.36 million in the past six years | @nickbonyhady 

US hoses down Russian vaccine, says it will have millions of doses ready by end of 2020 | @ErykBagshaw 

'Chilling effect': Media outlets warn legal reforms needed to inform public | @fergushunter 

The Queen has approved the nation's highest military honour be posthumously awarded to war hero Edward "Teddy" Sheean

Opinion: After the perfectly fine Sydney Football Stadium was knocked down to be replaced with a new one, the Deputy Premier wants to get another four or five suburban boutique stadiums for nigh-on-a-billion dollars more!

Analysis: Joe Biden is sending a message that, although he may be an "old white guy", he understands the importance of gender and racial diversity to modern America | @KnottMatthew 

The opening of Sydney's multibillion-dollar NorthConnex motorway is facing potential delays as the coronavirus pandemic restricts access to supplies and overseas expert consultants | @Rabe9  @pwhatch 

'It’s heartbreaking': Johnston resigned to leaving Souths as rival clubs circle

NSW Liquor and Gaming is warning there will be no more second chances for venues when it comes to adhering to social distancing regulations and the next step is temporary closures | @TheMattBungard 


Hong Kong riot police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters, many wearing masks and reindeer horns, as anti-government rallies escalated into chaos on Christmas Eve.

Foreign Minister Marise Payne has released a statement urging police and protesters to find a peaceful outcome | @fergushunter 

Incredible - and frightening - photos are emerging from Mallacoota, a small town in the East Gippsland region of Victoria, where about 4000 people are sheltering near water, protected by CFA tankers. Visit @theage 's live blog for updates: #vicfires 

Breaking: NSW koalas on course to be extinct in the wild by 2050, inquiry finds | @p_hannam 

China should be sued under international law for trillions of dollars for its initial cover-up of the coronavirus pandemic which has caused more than 60,000 deaths and trillions of dollars in economic damage, a new report says | @latikambourke 

UK reviews Huawei decision in the wake of coronavirus pandemic | @latikambourke