Australia

China’s coercive behaviour a ‘wake-up call’, Australia’s former top public servant says

China’s threats of a consumer boycott against Australia over calling for an independent investigation of Covid-19 are a “wake-up call” to its coercive behaviour, Martin Parkinson has said. The former secretary of the departments of prime minister and cabinet and treasury made the comments on Thursday evening in an interview with the ABC’s 7.30, praising the Morrison government’s $200bn of ...

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Pressure mounts for Australia to cancel scholarship of student accused of sexual abuse

Activists have put pressure on the Australian government and the University of Melbourne to revoke a prestigious scholarship awarded to Ibrahim Malik, a high-achieving Indonesian student who has been accused of sexual abuse. At least 30 female students from the Indonesian Islamic University (UII), where Ibrahim completed his undergraduate degree, have come forward to report him to the Yogyakarta Legal ...

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Australia: COVID-19 death toll climbs to 98

MELBOURNE  The number killed by the novel coronavirus surged to 98 in Australia with an additional death Saturday in New South Wales (NSW). Health authorities said a 92-year-old patient lost her life at a carehouse in Sydney, becoming the latest victim. Australia has conducted more than 750,000 coronavirus tests and 6,079 patients recovered from the virus. There are still 849 ...

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‘There will be outbreaks’: Morrison warns Australia as economy reopens

Some state premiers moved swiftly to reopen churches, cafes, restaurants and schools after national cabinet agreed to the plan on Friday, but the people of NSW and Victoria must wait to learn how the measures will be applied in their states. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews signalled a move within days to resume some teaching in classrooms, with the new framework ...

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Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance

Good evening and here is our daily roundup of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This is Elias Visontay bringing you the main stories on Saturday 9 May. Don’t cuddle your mum, deputy chief medical officer says Paul Kelly, the deputy chief medical officer, has pleaded with Australians to resist any urges “to cuddle our mums” ahead ...

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South Australia ends 14-day coronavirus-free streak with new case contracted in UK

South Australia has recorded its first new coronavirus case in a fortnight after a man who returned from the United Kingdom in March tested positive. The latest diagnosis brings the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state to 439. SA Health believes the man in his 70s acquired COVID–19 overseas, but developed “very mild” symptoms, including a loss ...

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Australia joins ‘first movers’ group of nations that have kept coronavirus under control

Australia has been invited to join an exclusive club of nations that have performed exceptionally well in containing the coronavirus. Led by Austria, the group known informally as the “first movers”, is comparing notes on the response to the pandemic. Other countries involved include Greece, Denmark, the Czech Republic, Singapore, Israel, Norway and New Zealand. All of the countries acted ...

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Australia hits back at US claim linking coronavirus to Wuhan lab

The Australian government has pushed back at US claims the coronavirus may have originated in a Wuhan lab and has determined that a “dossier” giving weight to the theory is not a Five Eyes intelligence document. It is understood the Morrison government sees the promotion of the theory the virus leaked out of a laboratory in Wuhan, China, as counterproductive ...

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Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance

The Morrison government this week has attempted to build the case for opening up the economy by pointing to the accumulating costs of the restrictions, and Friday’s national cabinet meeting is expected to try to land a timetable for easing the lockdowns implemented to try to flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections. But before Friday’s deliberation, premiers in New South Wales and Victoria ...

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Australia’s national cabinet to set timetable to reopen economy in several stages

The Morrison government wants to emerge from Friday’s national cabinet meeting with a timetable for reopening parts of the economy in several stages, with intervals between easing the restrictions of up to four weeks to establish whether Covid-19 infections have flared, and manage any outbreaks. While the premiers from the two most populous states warned on Thursday that easing restrictions too quickly ...

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