Australia

FEATURE: WHICH TOWNS WIN WITH AUSTRALIA’S BORDER SHUT?

In this cross-posting from The Conversation, Monash University’s Isaac Gross discusses which towns could benefit from an increase in domestic tourism caused by the closure of Australia’s borders. Christmas promises the gift of open travel within Australia, and possibly to New Zealand and even other Pacific Island nations. But it seems increasingly likely international borders will remain largely closed until ...

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Rooftop solar enters brave new world as South Australia leads shift to tighter rules

Queensland tourism destinations have featured in nine of 10 «hotspots» for mortgage deferrals as operators looked to recoup costs during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. New analysis from Equifax, which analysed repayment information from the big four banks, found that when broken down by region mortgage holders in the Whitsundays were the most likely to defer repayments. The Whitsundays ...

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Tribute to Nahme Taree Sukkar

Born 15 March 1930, Passed away 11 September 2020 Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Nahme Utrush Sukkar passed away at home surrounded by his family in Melbourne, Australia. Born in Sourgha, near the mountainous village of Becharre in Lebanon, he emigrated to Australia in 1956 and began his great adventure down under, being the only second person from the village ...

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Why COVID border closures were Australia’s biggest strategic mistake

Australia’s brutal border wars have dominated headlines as the coronavirus crises raged on, with the NSW and Queensland Premiers repeatedly locking horns over the controversial issue. Queensland’s Annastacia Palaszczuk and NSW’s Gladys Berejiklian have clashed again and again after the northern state barred NSW residents from entering for months on end, with similar divisive border closures also in place in ...

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In political turmoil and economic collapse, Lebanon could now be overwhelmed by Covid-19

Coronavirus cases have skyrocketed in Lebanon where the crisis-ridden state is now considering new lockdown measures, raising the specter of a deepening financial crunch. A combination of high infection rates, a floundering economy and renewed political turmoil could signal a new phase in the country’s slew of crises which began after a popular uprising last October. In addition to a ...

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Morrison stresses Australia will live with coronavirus ictions for at least six months

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stressed the coronavirus pandemic measures will be in place for at least six months. «It could be longer,» he told A Current Affair during a live interview with Tracy Grimshaw. The prime minister said that the government›s framework of six months was based off modelling done early in the pandemic, and that he continued to use ...

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AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: Huge setback for Australia’s hopes

The coronavirus vaccine Australia has invested in has been dealt a major setback after researchers uncovered a suspected serious adverse reaction in a trial participant. The vaccine, being developed by pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, is being tested at dozens of sites around the world. The stage 3 trial – the final stage before safety and efficacy ...

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Vegans rising: Australia second in the world for veganism as Gen Z snubs lab-grown meat

Veganism has soared in popularity around the world, and data shows that Australia is at the forefront of the shift towards plant-based eating. Interest in veganism around the world has doubled over the past five years, and shows no signs of slowing down, according to research by culinary website Chef’s Pencil. Australia is the second-most popular nation in the world ...

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Scott Morrison is yearning for a Donald Trump victory

The PM will be praying for a Republican win in the US to back up his inaction on climate and the Paris Agreement. A year out from Barack Obama›s election in 2008, John Howard made a stunning admission that he thought Americans should be praying for a Republican victory. Ideologically this was unremarkable. But the fact Howard said so publicly ...

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