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Murray-Darling Basin Plan: Taxpayer-purchased water intended for rivers harvested by irrigators

05:09 EST

Billions of litres of water purchased by taxpayers to save Australia's inland rivers is instead being harvested by some irrigators to boost cotton-growing operations, in a policy failure that threatens to undermine the $13 billion Murray-Darling Basin Plan.

Sydney weather: Man killed, two rescued as wild surf conditions continue to batter NSW coastline

00:23 EST

A man has been killed while fishing off the rocks at Merry Beach and two men have been rescued from a capsized boat at Bate Bay as the NSW coast continues to be battered by dangerous surf conditions.

New Zealand storms: Clean-up underway as Christchurch and Dunedin residents survey damage

23:51 EST

Emergency services and council workers are assessing the damage in Christchurch and Dunedin, as the clean-up begins in Timaru and Otago after a severe storm battered New Zealand's South Island.