Tag Archives: Australia

Letter from Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Around 11 million doses of the COVID 19 vaccine have now been administered. We are now tracking at around 1 million doses a week. Sure, we’ve had our problems. Not all the calls we have made have turned out like we had hoped. In a pandemic no country gets everything right. But having saved more than 30,000 lives, having supported ...

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Greater Sydney lockdown extended for another week

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has extended Greater Sydney’s lockdown for seven days after the state recorded 27 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The lockdown will be extended until 12:01am on July 17 for anyone in Greater Sydney, the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, and the local government areas of Wollongong and Shellharbour. The social distancing restrictions imposed on all other parts of the ...

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Australia to slash traveller intake, PM announces pathway out of COVID-19

By: Nick Bonyhady National cabinet has agreed on a pathway for Australia to move from trying to suppress COVID-19 to living with the disease once enough of the population is vaccinated, but in the short term, there will be a 50 per cent reduction in passengers arriving in the country. Prime Minister Scott Morrison made the announcement on Friday morning, ...

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Australia Covid update: new cases jump to 35 in NSW as government weighs extending Sydney lockdown

By: Mostafa Rachwani New South Wales has recorded another 35 new locally acquired Covid cases, as premier Gladys Berejiklian warned that the next couple of days were “critical” in deciding if the lockdown will be extended or not. It comes after the premier confirmed two of the new cases were in a Sydney aged care facility, and also hit out at a ...

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Barnaby Joyce fined $200 for not wearing mask in breach of COVID-19 health orders

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been fined by NSW Police for failing to wear a mask, in breach of public health orders. Officers from New England Police District were called to a petrol station in Armidale after the tip-off that Mr Joyce was not wearing a mask. Police confirmed that Mr Joyce was issued with a $200 fine at 8:00am on ...

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Barnaby Joyce sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister

Barnaby Joyce has been sworn in as Deputy Prime Minister after Michael McCormack was ousted as leader of the National Party. The new Nationals leader has resumed the position he held from February 2016 to February 2018, when he resigned after revealing he was expecting a child with a former staffer. He said his three years on the backbench had led him to ...

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Victoria records two new local COVID cases, possible source for Delta cluster found

Victoria has recorded two new locally acquired cases of coronavirus, with around 83 active cases in the outbreak. Both new cases are linked to the current outbreak. One is a child linked to the West Melbourne outbreak, and the other is a close contact of a case at Arcare Maidstone. The child diagnosed yesterday is a student at North Melbourne ...

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Australian Federal Police and FBI nab criminal underworld figures in worldwide sting using encrypted app

More than 200 members of Australia’s mafia and bikie underworld have been charged in the nation’s largest-ever crime sting, police say. As part of a three-year collaboration between the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), authorities say underworld figures were tricked into communicating via an encrypted app that had been designed by police. The app, known as ...

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Friends of Biloela Tamil asylum seekers question time it took for authorities to evacuate sick Tharnicaa

By: Phoebe Hosier Family friends of a Tamil asylum seeker family in immigration detention on Christmas Island say they are concerned about how long it took authorities to address the suspected serious illness affecting the youngest child. Three-year-old Tharnicaa Murugappan was flown to Perth Children’s Hospital last night after being sick with vomiting, diarrhoea and dizziness for several days. Legal representatives said both parents, ...

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The ATO is going after crypto investors this financial year, after Australians dove into the market in record numbers

By: Bianca Healey Cryptocurrency profits are top of the ATO’s agenda this year, as the tax office takes a microscope to the millions of Australians who now own crypto. If cryptocurrency is sold at a profit it is subject to Capital Gains Tax, the ATO has warned. “Prices have rocketed and we have seen a lot more people investing in ...

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