Australia

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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Melbourne’s COVID-19 lockdown to lift on Friday as Victorian businesses push for ’snapback’

Melbourne will take its first small steps out of lockdown on Friday, as the Victorian government resists calls from business for a “snapback” to an open economy sooner. The city’s lockdown will end at 11:59pm on Thursday and Melburnians will be able to leave their house more freely, but must remain within a 25-kilometre radius of their home. Outdoor gatherings ...

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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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ABC rejected Christian Porter offer to settle defamation court case

By: Amanda Meade and Michael McGowan   The ABC rejected an offer from Christian Porter to settle his defamation case weeks before the minister agreed to enter mediation, Guardian Australia can reveal. The former attorney general has claimed a victory in the high-profile case, but it is understood he originally made an offer for a relatively modest financial settlement without an apology or a ...

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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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