Australia

NSW Covid update: Gladys Berejiklian opts for gradual reopening instead of ‘freedom day’

By: Mostafa Rachwani The New South Wales premier, Gladys Berejiklian, says the state won’t have a “freedom day” but will instead work “step by step” towards reopening. As the premier announced that the state has crossed the 84% mark in first Covid vaccine doses and 56% in second doses, she asked residents to be patient with the government’s reopening plan. ...

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Charges laid over hotel quarantine

The Department of Health, formerly the Department of Health and Human Services, has been charged with 17 breaches of Section 21(1) of the OHS Act, in that it failed to provide and maintain, as far as reasonably practicable, a working environment that was safe and without risks to health for its employees. The department has been charged with a further ...

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Lebanon Election 2022

With the elections in Lebanon scheduled to take place in early 2022, you have until November 20 to register your intention to vote in AustraliaThis webinar will provide surety that change is possible and that we can seek confidence in the actions of the Lebanese diaspora in sighting a democratic electoral process. In 2020, Lebanon endured multiple crises, including a ...

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Riot police end standoff at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance on third day of protests

By: Josh Taylor and Caitlin Cassidy Police have shut down an almost three-hour standoff with protesters at Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance, moving in and making a number of arrests as hundreds dispersed towards the city center. Officers had surrounded protesters at the war memorial, south of the city’s CBD, since about 3 pm on Wednesday on the third day of ...

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Chance of significant aftershocks’: Victoria hit by earthquake, warnings of more to come

By: Patrick Hatch, Simone Fox Koob and Dominic Powell Victoria will be rattled by potentially significant aftershocks in coming weeks and months after the largest earthquake recorded in the state damaged buildings in inner-Melbourne and was felt across south-eastern Australia. Authorities said it was fortunate the magnitude-5.9 earthquake hit a largely unpopulated area north-east of Melbourne at 9.15am on Wednesday, ...

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Taliban ask to address UN general assembly after Afghanistan takeover

The Taliban have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former United Nations ambassador and are asking to speak at the UN general assembly, a UN spokesperson has said. UN officials must now decide which representative to recognise, a month after the Taliban swept into power as the US prepared to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of August. UN spokesperson Stephane ...

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Malcolm Turnbull calls Christian Porter’s anonymous donation a ‘shocking affront to transparency’

By: Amy Remeikis, Paul Karp and Christopher Knaus Malcolm Turnbull says Christian Porter’s decision to accept money without knowing the source was an “extraordinary abrogation of responsibility”, after the former attorney general declared part of his legal fees were paid by unknown donors. Porter, the industry and science minister, updated his register of interests on Monday, to include the Legal ...

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