Australia

  • Scott Morrison defends Australia’s action on climate change as he meets Joe Biden

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison has insisted Australia is doing enough to reduce emissions as he met US President Joe Biden ahead of climate talks between world leaders. Australia is under increasing global pressure to update its emissions reduction targets and commit to achieving net zero by 2050. The US has been among nations publicly urging…

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  • NSW records 1,063 new local cases of COVID-19 and six deaths

    New South Wales has recorded 1,063 new community COVID-19 cases and six deaths. There are 1,244 COVID-19 patients in hospital in NSW, with 223 in intensive care units. Of the deaths, three people were from western Sydney, two people were from southwestern Sydney and one person was from Dubbo. It’s also been announced the lockdowns…

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  • Victoria shatters coronavirus case record, reporting 766 new infections and four deaths

    Victoria has reported a record 766 new locally acquired COVID-19 cases and four deaths. Wednesday’s caseload marks the highest daily increase in cases for the state since the start of the pandemic, surpassing the 725 recorded in August 2020. Close to 41,000 vaccines were also administered in state-run hubs on Wednesday. There are now 6,670…

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  • Updated mapping shows Aussie beaches and homes at risk from sea level rise

    Some of Australia’s most pristine coastlines and iconic beaches could be washed away if action on climate change is not taken. Updated interactive mapping from Coastal Risk Australia reveals the damage that beaches like Byron Bay and Manly in NSW, as well as Bells Beach and Brighton in Victoria could experience if the world follows…

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  • Australia: State accelerates app to keep up with surging vaccination rate

    The NSW government has been forced to accelerate critical updates to the Service NSW app, including its dual check-in and vaccine passport feature, to keep up with the state’s surging vaccination rate. Service NSW had planned to introduce updates to the app in November but will bring them forward for use next month, with a…

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  • Australia: International travel will be back ‘by Christmas at the latest’, government says

    Federal Tourism Minister Dan Tehan says he believes international borders will be open “by Christmas at the latest”. With COVID-19 vaccination rates rising, Mr Tehan said on Wednesday the government was getting its systems ready, including vaccine passports, to allow people to leave Australia and return without having to go through hotel quarantine. Under the…

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  • Greek Community of Melbourne welcomes talks on double taxation treaty

    The Greek Community of Melbourne (GCM) has welcomed planned talks between Australia and Greece on a double tax agreement (DTA) between the two countries. In a statement Wednesday, the organization said it had received confirmation from Australia’s Assistant Treasury Minister Michael Sukkar that Australia and Greece will enter into bilateral tax treaty negotiations next year.…

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  • No-fly zone over Melbourne as tense Shrine of Rememberance standoff continues

    The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has grounded aircraft flying above Melbourne’s inner city without police approval, in a move that will prevent media from using helicopters to cover anti-lockdown protests from the sky. The CASA notification, which is effective for the next five days and extends to 2500 above the city, came before police fired…

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  • NSW reports 1,035 new local COVID-19 cases and five deaths

    New South Wales has reported 1,035 new locally acquired cases of COVID-19 and five deaths, including one woman who died at home in Western Sydney. Of the five deaths in the 24 hours to 8pm on Tuesday, two people were in their 50s, one was in their 60s, one was in their 70s and one…

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  • Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Victoria, with tremors also reported interstate

    A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has been reported in Victoria, with tremors reportedly felt across Melbourne and as far away as Sydney and Canberra. The epicentre of the quake, which hit at around 9.15 AM AEST on Wednesday, was in Mansfield, about 180 kilometres northeast of Melbourne, Geoscience Australia says. Geoscience Australia has also recorded a…

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