Plans by the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) to scrap "City of Adelaide"-HMS "Carrick", one of the world's oldest clippers built in Sunderland in 1864, are postponed in the hope that enough money can be raised to send her to Australia.
French President Emmanuel Macron tells Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Morrison had broken the trust between the two countries and that it was up to Canberra to repair those ties with "tangible actions". France had criticized its allies after Australia opted for nuclear-powered submarines to be built with U.S. and British technology instead of a $A90 billion French diesel-electric submarine program. Macron also urged Australia to stop mining coal.
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall announces a six-day "circuit breaker" lockdown across the state beginning at midnight due to a growing number of COVID-19 cases in Adelaide. Unlike previous lockdowns in Australia, outside exercise and takeaway food will be prohibited. The lockdown will be followed by eight days of "lesser restrictions".
An 8 meter high fire ignites accidentally next to Adelaide Oval after the 9pm New Year's Eve fireworks in Adelaide, South Australia. This comes following major controversy over the New Year's firework displays across Australia in response to ongoing bushfires.
Australian network newspapers, Nine’s "The Age" and "Sydney Morning Herald" newspapers, report that a Chinese spy, Wang ‘William’ Liqiang - who defected to Australia, gives counter-espionage agency the names of senior military intelligence officers he says funded and conducted operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia.
Police in New South Wales, Australia, reclassify 27 murders from 1976 to 2000 as possible homophobic hate crimes following a review prompted by an Australian Institute of Criminology report that suggested crimes against LGBT victims had been insufficiently investigated.
A gunman, who killed one man, injured two others, and was holding three people hostage, is found dead when an armed tactical response police team storms a building in the Ingleburn industrial area in suburban Sydney, Australia. All hostages were unharmed. [http:--www.smh.com.au-nsw-police-ambulances-rush-to-scene-of-shooting-in-sydneys-south-20160307-gnc6zf.html ("The Sydney Morning Herald")] [http:--www.stuff.co.nz-world-australia-77620675-Sydney-shooting-Police-still-negotiating-with-gunman-after-triple-shooting (Stuff.co.nz)] [http:--www.klfm967.co.uk-news-world-news-1908521-reports-of-hostages-after-australia-shooting- (Sky News via KLFM)]date=August 2019