The Kangaroos will face England in the final on Saturday night.
Brett Morris added his pair of tries to the total, Lockyer setting up both efforts, the first with a long pass and the second with a well-placed kick.
Gidley improved Morris’ second before Thurston added his first goal by converting Jennings’ hat-trick score.
France – 4
T: Elima (61)
Australia – 42
T: Jennings (22, 27, 56); Lewis (41); B. Morris (45, 50); J. Morris (67, 72)
G: Gidley (41, 50); Thurston (56, 67, 72)
Ref: Leon Williamson
Fitter, stronger and more in tune with the local community is the aim in 2016 for new Rochdale coach Alan Kilshaw.
London Broncos will soon confirm that they have signed a PNG international to bolster their backline for the 2016 season.
Sheffield Eagles will be playing their home games in the city of Sheffield in 2016, it has been confirmed.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott is relishing the chance to take the United States to the Rugby League World Cup in 2017.