Australia

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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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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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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