Australia

Australia Post names Woolies exec as new CEO

By: Jessica Yun Australia Post has appointed Woolworths’ chief supply chain officer Paul Graham as its next CEO, the postal service revealed today. Graham will replace Christine Holgate, who was controversially ousted from her position after it was revealed that the business spent thousands on Cartier watches for executive staff members. Holgate, who publicly said she had been “unlawfully” stood down, ...

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No Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for Australia as sector calls for compensation scheme

By: Rachel Clun Australia will not buy the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine to boost the nation’s immunisation arsenal because it is too similar to the AstraZeneca drug, but Prime Minister Scott Morrison says he hopes the majority of the population will be immunised by the end of the year. Health Minister Greg Hunt’s office confirmed on Monday the federal ...

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No approval for NSW detectives travelling to SA to interview Christian Porter accuser

By: Elizabeth Daoud NSW Police detectives investigating the alleged rape of a South Australian woman by former attorney-general Christian Porter in Sydney were blocked from travelling to Adelaide to interview her. Sex crimes investigators had requested approval for travel to Adelaide during COVID border closures in March 2020 so the woman could make a statement, a 69-page dossier released by ...

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New Zealand records COVID-19 case linked to Auckland hotel quarantine outbreak

By: Summer Wooley New Zealand has recorded another case of COVID-19 linked to an outbreak at an Auckland hotel quarantine facility. The Ministry of Health confirmed the case is a worker at the Grand Millennium and had previously been identified as a close contact of the case reported on Thursday. The new case has been in self-isolation at home since being identified as ...

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Brittany Higgins response to veteran radio host sacking

By: Richard Wood Brittany Higgins has spoken out following the sacking of an Adelaide radio broadcaster who labelled her a “silly little girl” and questioned her sexual assault allegations. FiveAA breakfast host David Penberthy today announced that 75-year-old Jeremy Cordeaux’s employment had been “terminated”. Ms Higgins alleges she was raped by a fellow staffer inside the office of Defence Minister ...

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TGA approves domestic production of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

Australia’s medical regulator has approved the domestic production of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, with the first batches expected to be released “in the next few days.” In a statement, the Therapeutic Goods Administration said the approval was granted “earlier today” and that it was a “critical and very exciting milestone” in Australia’s response to the pandemic. “Specific approval of Australian ...

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Chinese ‘research’ ship is spotted off the coast of Australia

A Chinese research ship has been spotted off the coast of Australia. Ryan Martinson, an assistant professor in Chinese Maritime Studies shared the movements of a vessel called Shiyan 3 off the coast of Western Australia on Twitter this week. He posted a photo of the ship as well as a graphic that monitored its route along the coast since March 6. ‘Chinese research ...

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Detailed new plans for the Covid vaccine rollout reveal when YOU will actually get the jab as the program lags behind schedule

By: Sahar Mourad Australians over the age of 50 will be able to get the vaccine against Covid-19 from June, the federal government has finally revealed. The 678,000 Australians included in the phase 1a rollout of the vaccine would have received their second dose by June. From March 22, the rollout for the 6.1 million Australians under the phase 1b will begin ...

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Mountain climber dies after falling from a ‘significant height’ in Tasmania

A mountain climber has died after falling from a significant height in Tasmania. The man was climbing Mt Geryon, 150km north-west of Hobart, with three others when he fell about 9.30am on Friday, police said. Access to the terrain was ‘extremely difficult’ and the man was unable to be saved. The man was climbing Mt Geryon, 150km north-west of Hobart, with ...

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Sydney’s Warragamba Dam spills over

By: Andi Yu Residents in the Warragamba Dam catchment are on high alert and may have to evacuate as the primary reservoir of water supply for Sydney overflows. The heritage-listed Warragamba Dam, located about 70km from central Sydney, started spilling mid-afternoon on Saturday, as rain continues to batter parts of NSW. The volume of water is expected to increase into ...

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