Welfare recipients struggle with cost of living as lockdowns drag onThere are growing calls to help more than 800,000 people currently left out of income support measuresGet our free news app; get our morning email briefing People queue outside a Centrelink office in Preston, Melbourne, in March 2020. Photograph: Stefan Postles/EPA
NSW Covid update: cases drop to three-week low of 935, but deaths yet to peak. Premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned again that Covid deaths will keep rising and people should ‘brace ourselves for October being the worst month’
Fears of contagion from the potential collapse of battered Chinese real estate giant Evergrande sent property shares plunging in Hong Kong on Monday, with the firm expected to default on upcoming interest payments this week.
Households are facing much higher winter energy bills due to a global surge in wholesale power and gas prices. The costs are also putting pressure on the suppliers - particularly smaller companies - who are unable to pass on the increases to their customers. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has said "well-rehearsed plans" are in place to ensure consumers were not cut off in the event of further failures.
British talent has dominated TV's biggest awards night, with stars including Kate Winslet, Ewan McGregor and Michaela Coel honoured - and royal drama The Crown and feel-good football comedy Ted Lasso cleaning up. The 2021 Emmys was a night of Hollywood bowing down to the UK's acting royalty, with The Crown named best drama and stars Olivia Colman and Josh O'Connor taking home awards for their portrayals of the Queen and Prince Charles in the fourth season of the hit Netflix series.
Australia's New South Wales (NSW) state on Monday reported its lowest rise in daily COVID-19 cases in more than three weeks as some lockdown restrictions were eased in Sydney, the state capital, amid higher vaccination levels. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said 935 new cases had been detected in the state, the lowest daily tally since Aug. 27, and down from 1,083 on Sunday. "We're feeling more positive than we have in a couple of weeks ... but I don't want any of us to sit back and think the worst is behind us," Berejiklian told reporters in Sydney, warning of more deaths in the days ahead.
Knife Crime Prevention Orders (KCPOs) are being piloted by the Metropolitan Police by using the courts to impose restrictions on people they believe are "on the cusp" of violence. It gives police the power to apply to magistrates' courts for orders on any person they believe is carrying blades, regularly has knives, or has knife-related convictions.