Author Archives: Sahar Mourad

‘Don’t take advice from Scott Morrison’: Queenslanders under 60 urged away from AstraZeneca vaccine

  Queenslanders under 60 are being discouraged from getting an AstraZeneca vaccine through a federal government-announced initiative, with authorities saying people should listen to state officials and “not the advice of Scott Morrison”. It comes as the state records three new local COVID-19 cases and the government says the unvaccinated hospital worker who sparked the state’s current lockdown caught the ...

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AstraZenenca can now be requested by anyone under 40 in major change to vaccine program

By: Matthew Doran Prime Minister Scott Morrison has revealed a massive change to Australia’s coronavirus vaccination program, announcing anyone under the age of 40 can now approach their GP and request the AstraZeneca vaccine. Pfizer is the recommended vaccine for Australians under the age of 60, with states and territories now allowing people aged between 40 and 59 to book ...

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Some of Australia’s most vulnerable workers have been overlooked by government support as capital cities head back into lockdown

By: Jack Derwin As lockdowns sweep four of Australia’s capital cities, government support is leaving some of Australia’s smallest and most vulnerable sole traders out in the cold. This week, the New South Wales government announced grants of $5,000 and $10,000 for small businesses and sole traders hurt by two week of stay-at-home orders in Sydney and wider restrictions applied more broadly ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Coca-Cola snub at Euro 2020 wipes billions off soft drink company’s market value

Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s decision remove two Coca-Cola bottles from his Euro 2020 press conference table and drink water instead has wiped billions of dollars off the beverage company’s value. The company’s stock price dropped from $US56.10 ($73) to $US55.22 ($71.86) almost immediately after the Portuguese superstar’s perceived slight. That’s the equivalent of wiping $5.2 billion off the company’s market value. The drop stemmed ...

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Friendlyjordies producer charged with stalking John Barilaro

  By: Christoper Knaus A 21-year-old producer for YouTube comedian Friendlyjordies has been charged with allegedly stalking and intimidating the New South Wales deputy premier, John Barilaro. Acting on a complaint from Barilaro, detectives from NSW police’s fixated persons unit arrested Kristo Langker at his family home in Dulwich Hill on 4 June and charged him with two offences of “stalk or ...

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Australia’s minimum wage to increase by almost $20 a week

Australia’s minimum wage will go up by almost $20 a week after the independent umpire decided that the economy had improved dramatically. About 2.5 million workers will get a raise because of the decision, which treads a middle line between the divergent requests of unions that had wanted a bigger rise and business groups that had demanded less. Iain Ross, ...

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Biloela family released and allowed to live in Perth community

  By: Katina Curtis The Tamil asylum seeker family from Biloela that has been on Christmas Island for two years has now reunited in Perth, where they will live in the community while the youngest daughter is being treated in hospital and their legal appeals play out. Immigration Minister Alex Hawke made the decision on compassionate grounds to allow the ...

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Melbourne woman tests positive for COVID-19 on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Health Minister says

A woman who travelled from Melbourne to the Sunshine Coast while the Victorian capital was in lockdown has tested positive for COVID-19, Queensland’s Health Minister Yvette D’Ath has confirmed. Ms D’Ath said a 44-year-old woman left Victoria on June 1, travelled through New South Wales and crossed the Queensland border on June 5. Victoria’s lockdown had already started by the time the woman ...

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