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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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Medicare rebate changes for surgeries kick in next month, but doctors say more time is needed

By: Sophie Scott, Mary Lloyd and Leonie Thorne One of the biggest overhauls of the Medicare rebate system in decades is set to kick in next month, but doctors say more time is needed to figure out whether some patients will have to pay out-of-pocket costs. More than 900 items on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) will be amended, with changes applying to ...

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Biloela Tamil family’s resettlement in US or New Zealand could take two years, lawyer says

By: Calla Wahlquist and AAP If any resettlement was offered for the Tamil family from Biloela in either the United States or New Zealand it could take up to two years to resolve, during which time they could remain held in detention on Christmas Island, according to the family’s lawyer. While government ministers have canvassed both these options publicly, the Murugappan ...

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Victoria to receive 130,000 additional vaccine doses

By: Tom McIlroy Melbourne’s spike in new COVID-19 cases is already driving bigger uptake of vaccines, with a record 15,816 doses delivered across Victoria in the 24 hours to Wednesday afternoon. A record for doses administered around the country – 104,658 jabs in 24 hours – was also achieved, as data collected by The Australian Financial Review showed about 2 per cent of ...

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Israel’s divide, rule and erase strategy is failing

By: Ahmed Abu Artema On May 21, after bombarding Gaza for 11 days and killing 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, Israel announced a ceasefire. Among the victims were entire families torn to pieces by Israeli fighter jets while sleeping in their homes. The Abu Hatab family was killed in their home in the Shati refugee camp on May 14. A ...

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Report into Australia Post’s handling of Christine Holgate’s resignation calls for Scott Morrison to apologise

By: Jade Macmillan A parliamentary inquiry into Christine Holgate’s departure from Australia Post has recommended the resignation of the organisation’s chair and an apology from the Prime Minister. The Senate committee chaired by Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young made 25 recommendations, many of which were not supported by Coalition members of the inquiry. It called for Australia Post chair Lucio Di ...

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Morrison’s staff not cleared over Brittany Higgins backgrounding allegations, Penny Wong says

By: Paul Karp Scott Morrison has controversially claimed his chief of staff had found his office did not brief against Brittany Higgins’ partner in the weeks after she publicly alleged she was raped in Parliament House. In a report, tabled in parliament on Tuesday, John Kunkel declined to make a finding that the prime minister’s office did brief against David Sharaz, citing ...

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Doctors call for better COVID-19 vaccination promotion, warning Australians are ‘sitting ducks’ until they’re vaccinated

By: Jade McMillan Doctors are calling for a more effective communications strategy to convince people to get COVID-19 vaccines, warning Australians are “sitting ducks” until a much larger portion of the population is protected. Vice-president of the Australian Medical Association, Chris Moy, said he was worried too many Australians felt safe from the virus to the point where they were ...

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