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Australia’s newest budget airline – Bonza – has gone into voluntary administration, after cancelling all of its flights on Tuesday. The airline’s financial difficulties have left thousands of passengers stranded around the country. “We apologise to our customers who are impacted by this and we’re working as quickly as possible to determine a way forward that ensures there is ongoing competition in the Australian aviation market,” Bonza said in a statement.

New Zealand authorities have announced a tightening of work visa regulations in response to what they describe as “unsustainable” levels of migration. Applicants for low-skilled positions are now required to meet English-language proficiency standards and their permitted stay has been reduced from five years to three.

Five packages wrapped in plastic, suspected to contain cocaine, have washed ashore on Sydney beaches. Discovered by beach visitors at Freshwater and Curl Curl on Monday, these parcels, totalling 5kg in weight, were confiscated by law enforcement.