Australia

Australia’s US-backed anti-China witch hunt escalates with raid on MP’s home

After months of pressure from Washington, the Australian government took its anti-China campaign to a new level in Sydney yesterday, orchestrating raids on a Labor Party member of parliament’s home and office. The operation is a further step towards branding anyone as a “foreign agent”—basically a traitor—who calls into question the political establishment’s line up with the Trump administration’s mounting ...

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UK wants open borders to Australia, but we may not accept the invite

The UK hopes to reopen travel to Australia as part of a new “traffic light” system permitting travel to and from dozens of low-risk countries without the need to go into quarantine for two weeks. Under the scheme, to take affect from July 6, countries will be classified as green, amber or red, based on infection levels and trajectories, reliability of official data ...

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Australia caps toilet roll sales after panic-buying

On Friday, Coles imposed a one-pack limit on toilet roll and paper towels nationwide, while Woolworths has a two-pack limit on toilet roll. The rush was triggered by a spike in Covid-19 cases in the state of Victoria. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was no reason to panic-buy. Limits were previously imposed in March, when Australian shoppers anticipating a ...

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Coronavirus cases increase expected as Australians return from overseas

More cases of coronavirus are expected with hundreds of Australians set to return from overseas in coming days to begin mandatory quarantine. About 300 people are due to arrive in Adelaide at the weekend from Mumbai, while hundreds are expected to follow from South America, Indonesia and India. In line with new rules, people in hotel quarantine will be tested for coronavirus ...

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China protein milk powder imports from Australia, New Zealand jump but questions over use as a supplement for infants

The coronavirus outbreak has spurred a new demand in China for protein milk powder from Australia and New Zealand, but experts are concerned there is new danger in its use as a supplement for infants. Chinese demand for lactoferrin and whey products has increased dramatically since the outbreak began, with consumers hoping the immunity boosting qualities can help both adults and ...

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South Australia to reopen state border to travellers from Queensland, Adelaide AFL teams

South Australia’s Premier has thrown a curveball to the state’s two AFL sides, lifting restrictions on travel from Queensland as the Power and Crows prepare to join a Gold Coast hub. The decision, effective from midnight, means players from both teams are free to travel home to spend time with their families between matches on the Gold Coast, but it ...

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10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

1. Big news in higher education this morning. The cost of studying humanities, law and commerce at university in Australia will increase, with Education Minister Dan Tehan set to announce the government will use a carrot-and-stick approach to funnel students into degrees it believes will stimulate job growth, like nursing, psychology, languages, teaching, agriculture, maths, science, health, environmental science and architecture. 2. What ...

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Australia’s minimum wage rises by $13 a week to combat COVID-19 recession

Australia’s lowest-paid workers will get a $13 a week pay rise. This means the national minimum wage will rise by 1.75 per cent to $753.80 a week or $19.84 per hour from July 1, the Fair Work Commission announced today. The rise falls well short of the three per cent increase to the minimum wage last year. Commission president Justice ...

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Australia targeted by state-based cyber attacks, Morrison says

Australia’s government, health and education services and various industries are being targeted by sophisticated state-based cyber attacks, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday. Morrison said that while the threat wasn’t new, the frequency of the attacks had been increasing over many months and he urged all organizations to improve their cyber resilience. He didn’t reveal the source of the attacks, ...

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Australia adds national security test to foreign investment rules

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