Australia

Asylum seekers slip through Australia’s coronavirus safety net – photo essay

Already on the margins of society and excluded from the government’s support mechanisms, asylum seekers on temporary visas are left with no income and no option to return home The day dawned bright and warm on 26 January and Nadia felt buoyed by the sunshine. Four days earlier, she had found a job, and a secure future seemed possible for ...

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New Zealand wants coronavirus elimination, Australia wants COVID-19 ‘suppression’ — but can we have both?

As the number of coronavirus cases across Australia continues to drop dramatically, some experts, and the community at large, have started exploring that very question. Yet, the answer is not simple. Since declaring the pandemic last month, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stood firm on a “containment and suppression” COVID-19 strategy — with the way out to the “other side” determined ...

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Australian PM pushes for WHO overhaul including power to send in investigators

Australia is urging top allies to back an overhaul of the World Health Organization including recruitment of investigators akin to “weapons inspectors” to determine the source of major disease outbreaks. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has been raising the three-point plan in a series of telephone calls with the leaders of the US, France, Germany and New Zealand. It is understood from an ...

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Australia’s best performing property suburb over the past five years

A Tasmanian suburb with a population of just over 4000 has been named the smartest property investment over the past five years. Located approximately 27 kilometres north of Hobart, the quiet suburb of Brighton has had its median house price increase a staggering 75 per cent over the past five years. New data by buyer’s agency Propertyology has compared population ...

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Australian universities warn Covid-19 relief package not enough to stop 21,000 job losses

Universities have warned a federal government guarantee of existing funding levels won’t be enough to prevent 21,000 job cuts in the next six months, as crashing international student revenue hits Australia’s third-largest export sector. On Sunday the education minister, Dan Tehan, announced the federal government will guarantee $18bn of funding to universities this year, even if their domestic enrolments drop, ...

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Beyond the church: How Australia’s sacred spaces are evolving

What is church? Most people would identify stone walls, crosses, stained-glass windows, a place of worship and refuge or obligatory Sunday services. Churches hold a long-lasting life and place in Australia’s culture, but increasing numbers of them are no longer used for their original purpose. If Australians are not worshipping in them, they are eating in them, marrying in them, ...

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Australian children remain trapped in al-Hawl camp as region braces for coronavirus

Forty-seven Australian children remain trapped in the abject al-Hawl camp in north-east Syria, as the region braces for a potential Covid-19 outbreak. Syria has reported only a handful of cases, and there are none confirmed in the camp housing 68,000 women and children, most of them family of Islamic State fighters, but there has been little Covid-19 testing across the war-torn country. ...

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Bondi Beach: how the Australian icon became a coronavirus hotspot

Bondi is one of NSW’s most famous destinations, drawing 2.6 million visitors a year. Has its popularity made it vulnerable to Covid-19? A block from Bondi Beach six female travellers, all aged between 22 and 31, share a two-bedroom flat, each paying $200 a week in rent. They came to Australia, and settled in Bondi, for the work opportunities, the sun and ...

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Australia’s Latest Travel Restrictions: What They Mean For Visitors

On the heels of New Zealand’s historic four-week lockdown, Australia has been upping its game in terms of COVID-19 prevention measures, officially closing its borders to international visitors on March 20 and implementing mandatory 14-day quarantine for Australian citizens and residents returning to the country after March 28. On April 3, Prime Minister Scott Morrison emphasized the need for Australia to focus on ...

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‘Like preparing for war’: Australia’s hospitals brace for coronavirus peak

“It’s a bit strange. I’ve been here 25 years, 10 of them in intensive care. This is like nothing I’ve ever seen before,” Michelle Spence says. “I’ve described it as like preparing for a war. There’s no doubt about it.” Spence is the nurse unit manager of Royal Melbourne Hospital’s intensive care unit, a 32-bed operation staffed by teams of ...

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