Author Archives: Sahar Mourad

Jim Molan, Liberal senator and former Major-General, diagnosed with ‘aggressive form’ of cancer

  By: James Glenday NSW Liberal senator Jim Molan has announced he is going on sick leave leave after being diagnosed with “an aggressive form of cancer”. Over the next week, the 70-year-old will undergo a series of medical tests to confirm his prognosis and begin treatment. In a message to colleagues, Senator Molan said the diagnosis last week had come as ...

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Facebook data leak: Australians urged to check and secure social media accounts

By: Mostafa Rachwani Australians are being urged to secure their social media accounts after the details of more than 500 million global Facebook users were found online in a massive data breach. The details published freely online included names, phone numbers, email addresses, account IDs and bios. In a statement, Facebook said the leaked information was old, and came from a ...

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PM says he never criticised European Union over vaccine supply

By: Olivana Lathouris Prime Minister Scott Morrison has denied criticising the European Union over Australia’s shortfall of COVID-19 vaccines but maintained the government was expecting an extra 3.1 million doses it never received. “Any suggestion that I, in any way, made any criticism of the European Union yesterday would be completely incorrect,” Mr Morrison told reporters this morning. “I simply stated a fact – that 3.1 million ...

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Investigation into when Prime Minister’s office knew about Brittany Higgins rape allegations paused

By: Jade Macmillan and Nour Haydar The head of the Prime Minister’s department has paused his investigation into who within Scott Morrison’s office knew about a rape allegation at Parliament House, and when. Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleges she was raped by a male colleague inside a ministerial office in 2019. Mr Morrison asked the secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, ...

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Jacinda Ardern confirms plans for new trans-Tasman travel bubble but says details won’t be released until next month

Australians will have to wait until next month to find out when they can fly to New Zealand again without quarantining, after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said more time was needed to set up a new trans-Tasman travel bubble. Ms Ardern told a press conference in New Zealand today that she would reveal a date for the start of quarantine-free ...

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NSW Premier Gladys Berejikilian referred to ICAC again

By: Tiffanie Turnbull The NSW Upper House has again voted to refer premier Gladys Berejiklian to the state’s corruption watchdog over her former partner’s dealings. A motion moved by Labor and supported by the crossbench claimed the premier failed to declared a conflict of interest when dealing with road upgrades affecting former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire. Ms Berejiklian revealed ...

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Australia to give PNG 8000 vaccines to fight ‘major’ COVID-19 outbreak

By: Rachel Clun Australia is working to give one million doses of the internationally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines originally destined for Australia to Papua New Guinea, as the country battles a widespread outbreak of COVID-19. Prime Minister Scott Morrison also announced Australia will send 8000 locally-produced AstraZeneca vaccines to PNG to help immunise health workers, as the local health system struggles to contain the ...

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Christian Porter launches defamation action against the ABC

By: Michaela Whitbourn Attorney-General Christian Porter has launched Federal Court defamation proceedings against the ABC over an online article that he alleges portrays him as the perpetrator of a “brutal” rape that contributed to a woman taking her own life. The lawsuit is expected to put an end to calls for a public inquiry into his fitness to remain in ...

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