Australia

Severe weather on the way for the east coast, and strong winds for the southwest

Beachside homes along the NSW Central Coast could be at further risk of erosion as extreme weather hits Australia’s east coast this weekend. The Bureau of Meteorology’s Diane Eadie said heavy rainfall is expected along the coast of southeast Queensland on the weekend, however this will move south into NSW by next week. “The worst to be affected is likely ...

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Coronavirus: National Cabinet agrees to continue COVID-19 suppression plan

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the nation’s leaders have given another “affirmation” of a COVID-19 suppression strategy. Today’s National Cabinet focused on the rise in coronavirus numbers across New South Wales and Victoria, however Mr Morrison said there was some good news for the two states today. Read live updates of the coronavirus situation across Australia here “While there is some better news ...

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Tax cuts on agenda to help ease Australia’s COVID-19 recession

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said the government is looking at the timing of sweeping tax reform in the wake of COVID-19 spending. Under the reforms, the government proposes expanding the central tax bracket to between $45,000 income a year and $200,000 a year with a rate of 30 per cent. “As you say there’s an extended timetable that comes out in ...

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Australia’s richest family in $1b glass bottling deal

Rich Lister Anthony Pratt says ”manufacturing has never been more important to Australia’s future” as his Visy group agreed to pay $733 million to acquire the Australasian glass bottle manufacturing assets of United States group Owens-Illinois. Owens-Illinois is exiting the Australasian market after 22 years as the biggest glass bottle maker, supplying a range of beer, wine and soft drink bottles along ...

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‘Colossal challenge’: Shutdowns to slow jobs recovery as unemployed reaches 1m

Shutdowns to prevent the spread of coronavirus from Melbourne have set back chances of a rebound in the nation’s jobs market, as figures revealed almost 1 million Australians were without paid work despite the single largest jump in employment on record. While official jobs data showed 210,000 jobs were created last month as the economy started to re-open, Prime Minister ...

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Most Australians mistakenly think China is largest source of foreign investment, poll finds

Just one in six Australians can correctly nominate the United States as the largest source of foreign investment, a new poll suggests, at a time when public debate has focused heavily on China’s economic reach. The finding follows fresh warnings from Australian exporters that it would be “very costly” for the country to turn its back on China as a ...

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Australia tentative safe haven for fleeing HKers

SYDNEY —  Migrant centers in Australia are being flooded with visa inquiries from Hong Kong residents worried about China’s security crackdown. Human rights groups are worried that only people already living in Australia on temporary permits will get a safe haven unless authorities agree to lift travel bans imposed earlier this year on all non-citizens. Canberra has said that every ...

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More than 1000 foreign citizens allowed into Australia on compassionate grounds

More than 1000 foreign citizens have been allowed into Australia on compassionate grounds since travel bans were put in place to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Although there has been a general travel ban on all foreign citizens visiting Australia since March 20, travellers are able to apply to Australian Border Force commissioner Michael Outram on humanitarian or compassionate ...

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Coronavirus Australia: Melbourne locks down tower blocks as cases rise

Authorities in the Australian city of Melbourne have confined people living in nine housing estate tower blocks because of an outbreak of coronavirus. The 3,000 or so residents of the blocks are being told not to leave their homes for any reason for at least five days. At least 23 cases of infection were found on two estates in recent ...

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National unity? Australia’s history is class struggle

“The more Australians work together, the more we share the sacrifice and the burden, the more we do the right thing, the more lives and livelihoods we will save.” So Scott Morrison told the nation in late March. While he was speaking, tens of thousands of people were lining up outside Centrelink offices around the country, in Australia’s first wave ...

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