Australia

Shaoquett Moselmane: Warrant on NSW Labor MP mentioned a wheelchair charity helper as part of covert Wechat group

A Chinese-Australian man has been named as a member of a suspicious WeChat group in the warrant used by the AFP on NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane. Natalie O’Brien, Senior Reporter, News Corp Australia Network. A Chinese Australian man named as a member of a suspicious WeChat group in the warrant used by the Australian Federal Police to raid the ...

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Beirut explosion.

Beirut: Explosion The Hon.Jason Clare MP Anyone with Lebanese blood in their veins lives with the heartache of what’s happened to Lebanon over the last few decades—the civil war, the bombings, the violence, the assassinations, the interference of foreign powers, the influx of refugees, the corruption, the virus and now this. Anyone with Lebanese blood in their veins won’t forget ...

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Australia sides with U.S. in South China Sea dispute

FOREIGN MINISTER Marise Payne has been lauded for showing Australia’s independent spirit. We have apparently shown the U.S. that we will not be drawn into any new “coalition of the willing” as America begins to shift its China policy from “containment” to something akin to “roll-back”. It would be nice if it were the case but is it really so? On the one hand, Australia ...

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Australia’s economy was weak before coronavirus. Could a ‘job guarantee’ help repair the economy?

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg hates it when it’s pointed out, but Australia’s economy was in poor health well before COVID-19 hit our shores. A former federal Treasury secretary, Martin Parkinson, said it himself last week. “Going into COVID, we’d had very weak productivity growth, very weak income growth, economic growth was quite anaemic,” he said. “If you look at our productivity ...

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Breaking News and Live Updates: Victoria records 394 new cases, 17 more deaths; Pledge of extra mental health support; Hundreds of Sydney schoolkids in isolation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the government has a moral duty to ensure children return to school next month. Most pupils have been out of the classroom since the UK went into lockdown in March, though some primary-age children have returned. Writing in the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Johnson said “keeping our schools closed a moment longer than absolutely ...

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Victoria records 17 coronavirus deaths on Australia’s deadliest day of pandemic so far

Australia has recorded its deadliest day of the coronavirus pandemic so far, after 17 people died in Victoria in the 24 hours between Saturday and Sunday. Ten of the 17 deaths were linked to aged care homes, and the state also recorded 394 new cases of Covid-19, premier Daniel Andrews announced. Sunday’s figures surpass the previous deadliest day – Wednesday – when Victoria reported 15 deaths, ...

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Australian victim of Beirut explosion identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers

Australia’s vibrant Lebanese community is in grieving after the nation’s only victim of the horror explosion in Beirut was identified as two-year-old Isaac Oehlers. The toddler’s exact cause of death remains unknown, but his devastated family today issued a statement to say they are “heartbroken by the sudden and tragic loss of our beautiful boy following the disaster in Beirut.” “Isaac was two ...

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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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