Benedict Brook,

Benedict Brook

Sydney, NSW, Australia

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Recent articles by Benedict:

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth weather: ‘Extreme weather’ including rain, storms and heat.

Meteorologists have zeroed in on their warnings of “extreme weather ahead” with wild storms spreading through every mainland state and territory before the end of the week. → Read More

Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane weather: Storms, heavy rain, 35C heat forecast

Forecasters have warned of a “wild change” to the weather in the country’s south and east as the week progresses. → Read More

China: President Biden says US has ‘commitment’ to defend Taiwan against Beijing

In just seven words, President Joe Biden has risked the wrath of China by reversing decades of deliberately ambiguous language designed specifically not to anger Beijing. → Read More

Poland: EU row deepens ‘Polexit’ risk after Warsaw accuses Brussels of intimidation

A dispute at the heart of Europe, years in the making, furiously erupted this week with claims of “blackmail”, intimidation and threats involving tens of billions of dollars. → Read More

The Sydney suburbs still locking down

EXCLUSIVEIt hasn’t taken long but with lockdown over, Sydneysiders have swapped staying at home and are heading out in a big way. → Read More

Fears grow as new Delta strain spreads

There are growing calls for more focus on a so-called “Delta plus” Covid-19 variant with fears it could be a least partially responsible for the UK’s surging number of new cases. → Read More

When NSW cases are expected to soar

Almost exactly one month ago, then NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a stark warning about what would happen when the state began opening up. → Read More

When NSW cases are expected to soar

Almost exactly one month ago, then NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian gave a stark warning about what would happen when the state began opening up. → Read More

Kmart, Aldi, Target, David Jones score highly in ethical sourcing guide; Myer, Boohoo languish

Discounter Kmart has come up near the top of a leaderboard of Australia’s most ethical and sustainable clothing retailers. can exclusively reveal that the department store, known for its cheap buys, scored a B on the 2021 Ethical Fashion Guide, the same as high-end retailer David Jones. Target, which like Kmart is owned by conglomerate Wesfarmers, also did well, as did Aldi. Big W,… → Read More

Cuba waterspout: Tornado-like twister descends close to town, stunning locals

A “rare” and dangerous tornado-like waterspout has hit in a bay on the south coast of Cuba. → Read More

Warning of where China’s next war could start

China’s next war might not start in the South China Sea or be set off by squabbling between superpowers over the status of Taiwan. → Read More

Victoria outbreak: Reason why Covid-19 cases keep rising in Melbourne

After days of steady cases in Victoria there was real hope that, just maybe, the peak of the current wave had been reached – and in time for the state to start reopening. → Read More

Opinion: Picture reveals why Sydney – and Australia – can’t go back into lockdown again

Calling Monday “Freedom Day” in Sydney was a little melodramatic. We’re still not allowed to have all and sundry over to our homes; schools remain shut; no dancing is permitted and travelling beyond Sydney, let alone to Seoul or San Fran, isn’t exactly easy. But after 106 days of lockdown I wasn’t about to bicker over the details. I was too busy mooching around the shops, drinking and… → Read More

‘Worst yet to come’: China’s new dark warning to Australia

China has darkly warned that the “worst is probably yet to come” in Sino-Australian relations. → Read More

New data reveals mobility in Sydney dropped more than in Melbourne during most recent lockdowns

Melbourne’s lockdown may have been fast and hard but new granular data has revealed that Sydneysiders actually hunkered down more with far fewer people travelling longer distances. → Read More

$1m side hustle leads to Coles, Woolies deals

Sydneysider Pimarada Watcharadechmontri, known to most as Pamela, is a bit giddy. → Read More

‘Only sensible option’: Why Mohammed Skaf was released from prison two years before his sentence was up

Gang rapist Mohammed Skaf woke up this morning following his first night in two decades not behind bars after he was allowed to serve the remainder of his 23 year sentence in the community. → Read More

Neighbours worried as rapist Mohammed Skaf spends first day out of jail in family home

Gang rapist Mohammed Skaf may not sleep soundly on his first night in more than two decades out of jail. → Read More

$16.5 trillion mistake Australia could soon make

Australia could become a global economic superpower in clean energy and resources, exporting billions of dollars worth of eco-friendly fuel and commodities such as “green steel” across the world. → Read More

Places where daylight saving doesn’t exist

Last weekend millions of Australians lost an hours sleep as daylight saving kicked in. The twice yearly ritual will be repeated in April when the clocks go back an hour. → Read More