Australia

Court bans Australian Black Lives Matter rally over coronavirus

New South Wales (NSW) Police had sought a court order to halt it. Thousands were expected to attend the rally in solidarity with US protests over the killing of George Floyd and to express anger over indigenous deaths in Australian custody. Organisers say they are determined to go ahead with the protest. Since the killing of African-American man George Floyd ...

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Coronavirus Australia latest: at a glance

Good evening, here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This is Luke Henriques-Gomes and it’s Friday 5 June. NSW police take court action to stop Black Lives Matter protest As the prime minister, Scott Morrison, urged people to stay away from Black Lives Matter protests planned for capital cities on Saturday due to social distancing rules, ...

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Australia must work to avoid ‘vaccine nationalism’, former top bureaucrat warns

A former top bureaucrat has warned the international race to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus could pit nations against each other if politicians bow to domestic pressures to put their own citizens at the front of the queue for a jab. Jane Halton, a former secretary of the health and finance departments who now chairs the Coalition for ...

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‘Greed and exploitation’: Judge slams Hero Sushi for underpayments

Three outlets of food court staple Hero Sushi and five staff members have been fined a record $891,000 for underpaying workers and attempting to cover up the wrongdoing. An audit in 2016 by the Fair Work Ombudsman found 94 Hero Sushi employees at stores in the Canberra Centre, Westfield Kotara and Australia Fair on the Gold Coast, many of whom ...

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Top economist says Australia should turn to its GFC playbook on wages

The economist who chaired Australia’s minimum wage panel the last time it decided to freeze the pay of Australia’s poorest workers has warned any increase this year risks higher unemployment and lower spending. Professor Ian Harper, now dean of the Melbourne Business School and a board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, faced down the global financial crisis in ...

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Top Sydney barrister to oversee war crimes probe against Ben Roberts-Smith

The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions has appointed top Sydney barrister David McLure SC to lead efforts to prosecute decorated Afghan veteran Ben Roberts-Smith for alleged war crimes. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald has confirmed Mr McLure, a former legal officer attached to the special forces turned rising star of the Sydney bar, was appointed recently by the CDPP to handle ...

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Australia hails global support for independent coronavirus investigation

Australia’s foreign minister insists a motion that has won support from more than 120 countries will pave the way for an impartial, independent and comprehensive investigation into the handling of the Covid-19 outbreak. Facing criticism from some hawkish Coalition backbenchers that the motion to go to the World Health Assembly on Monday night had been “watered down”, Marise Payne described the growing ...

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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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