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# Australia

Last week
29th January 2023 - 4th February 2023
# Australia
Australia to legalise MDMA and magic mushrooms for medical use
The psychedelic substances will soon be used in the treatment of depression and post-traumatic stress.
# heading off
Australia to remove images of British monarch from its banknotes
The late Queen Elizabeth II’s image will not be replaced.
# Australia
Hosts want 'urgent' answers over Saudi sponsorship of Women's World Cup
Visit Saudi is reportedly poised to be named among the sponsors.
# Perth
Mining company 'sorry' for losing radioactive capsule in Western Australia
The solid, silver-coloured cylinder is smaller than a human fingernail but authorities say it could cause acute radiation sickness.
Last month
January 2023
# Tennis
Ominous Sabalenka advances to Australian Open semi-final, Paul ends Shelton's fairytale run
Fifth-seeded Sabalenka is the highest remaining seed left in the women’s draw.
# crikey
'Toadzilla': Record-breaking cane toad found in Australia believed to be largest of its kind
Cane toads were introduced in Queensland in 1935 to control the cane beetle, with devastating consequences for other wildlife.
# RIP
Irish man dies attempting to save daughter from drowning at Australian beach
The man swam out to rescue his 11-year-old daughter who eventually reached the shore safely.
# factcheck
Debunked: Misleading graph used to argue that non-vaccinated people achieved ‘Zero Covid’
Unvaccinated people appear not to be affected by the disease — until you count deaths
# Australia
Cardinal Pell, whose abuse convictions were overturned, dies aged 81
Vatican news agency EWTN reported that his death on Tuesday was due to complications from hip replacement surgery.
# aussie aussie aussie
Wallabies coach Rennie rules out working with Eddie Jones at World Cup
Speculation has been mounting about the future of the sought-after Australian Jones.
# Syria
Former 'ISIS bride' faces up to ten years in Australian prison
Raad has been charged with travelling to parts of Syria that were controlled by IS – a crime under Australian law.
# Kinder Surprise
Irishman accused of smuggling cocaine to Australia 'internally' in Kinder Surprise capsules
If found guilty he faces a maximum penalty of 25 years’ imprisonment.
# Australia
British couple among four killed in helicopter collision in Australia
The couple were on holidays in Queensland.
# Wizard of Oz
Djokovic romps in first singles clash in Australia since deportation
The Serbian crushed Constant Lestienne at the Adelaide International to kickstart his bid for another Grand Slam title.
# Gold Coast
Four passengers killed as helicopters collide over Australian beach
The collision happened near the Sea World theme park at Main Beach, a northern beach on the Gold Coast.
# Covid-19
Canada and Australia impose Covid rules on travellers from China
China is battling a nationwide outbreak of coronavirus after abruptly easing restrictions that had been in place for much of the pandemic.
Last year
2022
# Queensland
Australian police investigate extremist views of Queensland killers
A series of posts expressing radical sentiments have been found online under the name of one of the shooters.
# Queensland
Six people, including two police, killed in ambush and siege in rural Australia
The two officers killed were Constable Matthew Arnold, 26, and Constable Rachel McCrow, 29.
# What's Next?
Rugby Australia in talks with sacked England coach Eddie Jones
The governing body is keen to entice Jones home.
# factcheck
Debunked: Conspiracy theory 'documentary' repeats long-disproven claims about Covid vaccines
‘Died Suddenly’ is heavy on gruesome medical imagery, but light on facts
# the dream survives
Messi magnificent as Argentina hold on to beat Australia
Messi scored the opening goal as his side advanced to a quarter-final meeting with the Netherlands.
# Sentenced
Murderer at centre of 'Teacher's Pet' podcast jailed for 24 years in Australia
Chris Dawson, 74, was found guilty of killing his wife Lynette Dawson after the podcast led to a new investigation.
# Australia
Australia to lobby against ‘endangered’ status for Great Barrier Reef
A UN report released yesterday warned that without ‘ambitious, rapid and sustained’ climate action, the world’s largest coral reef is in peril.
# Shaky Ground
'Just weren't able to bring it home' - Pivac defiant despite mounting pressure after defeat
His side squandered a 21-point lead in their defeat to Australia.
# Oz Icon
'I was messaging my family saying I was going to score' - Australia's heroic match-winner
Mitch Duke nabbed the crucial goal that fired his side to victory over Tunisia.
# Optimism
Australia win third World Cup game in their history to revive last-16 hopes
Striker Mitch Duke scored the only goal of a tight match against Tunisia.
# kylian in the name of
No signs of the holders' curse as France come from behind to beat Australia
Kylian Mbappe starred as the defending champions opened with a 4-1 win.
# Verdict
'Australia made it an absolute dogfight... we're delighted with the win'
Andy Farrell praised his side for finding a way to win in Dublin.
# nerves of steel
Byrne's late penalty sees Ireland scrape past Wallabies in Dublin
The Leinster out-half held his nerve to decide a poor Test match at the Aviva Stadium.
AS IT HAPPENED
Ireland versus Australia, Autumn Nations Series
Ireland take on Australia in the Aviva Stadium.
Australia beat Samoa to retain Rugby League World Cup title
Australia recorded a comprehensive 30-10 victory over Samoa at Old Trafford.
# mates
Wallabies boss Rennie aims for Ireland scalp after a coffee with Leo Cullen
Australia’s head coach knows his men need a ‘massive’ performance on Saturday.
# Team news
O'Brien and McCloskey start in Ireland team to face the Wallabies
21-year-old lock Joe McCarthy is set for his Test debut off the Irish bench.
# Jackal
Broken nose healed, Beirne welcomes target on Ireland's backs
The Munster man made his Test debut against the Wallabies back in 2018.
# rugby weekly extra
'Wallabies teams normally respond very well under extreme adversity'
Ex-Australia and Ulster lock Justin Harrison joined The42 Rugby Weekly Extra podcast today.
# Irish Eye
How Ireland's World Cup group rivals got on during the international window
Vera Pauw’s history-makers were 4-0 winners over Morocco, but how did the other teams in Group B fare?
# Group by Group Guide
Group D Preview: France have huge talent but some problems, Denmark assume role as Dark Horses
In the latest of our series, we look at Group D: France, Denmark, Australia, and Tunisia.
# Must do better
'I was delighted to see the Mexican wave. I don't think we had much to do with it'
Ireland boss Andy Farrell said he isn’t worried about the depth of his wider squad.
# Cyberattack
Australia blames Russian hackers for medical data theft
The names of patients who received treatment for drug abuse and sexually transmitted infections were leaked
# canberra
Outrage in Australia as high-profile rape case abruptly ends in mistrial
Brittany Higgins, 27, alleged that former conservative staffer Bruce Lehrmann, 27, raped her on a couch inside a parliamentary office.