Tag Archives: Australia

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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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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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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COVID-19 and Real Estate Markets in Australia – A Review of 2020

  By Mohamad Mourad The onset of COVID-19 in 2020 has produced a number of interesting effects on dynamics in the traditional real estate sectors and real estate markets across Australia in terms of leasing activity and investment activity. This paper is designed to be a summary of the key events and themes surrounding the commercial real estate sector over ...

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World leaders deserve to know about Australia’s abysmal climate change policy, so I wrote to them

By: Bob Carr Australia ends the year as one of the only developed countries not committed to net zero emissions by 2050. To this, prime minister Scott Morrison is adding another distinction. Australia is about to become the only developed country with a parliamentary committee charged with persuading corporates not to move beyond carbon. The work will be steady, not to say ...

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Australia’s economy has moved out of its first recession in almost 30 years, new figures show

  The Australian economy has bounced back from its first recession in almost 30 years, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says. Australia’s GDP increased by 3.3 per cent in the September quarter, figures released on Wednesday showed. “The Australian economy is coming back,” Mr Frydenberg told reporters. “Facing a once-in-a-century pandemic that has caused the greatest economic shock since the Great Depression, ...

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NSW eases restrictions for pubs and weddings ahead of holidays

By: Josh Dye and Mary Ward NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has announced a major easing of restrictions ahead of the summer holidays, including allowing people to drink while standing up outdoors in pubs. From Monday the one person per two-square-metres rule will prevail at all indoor venues including for hospitality, retail and places of worship. The one person per four-square-metres will still apply ...

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Australians lost nearly $7 million on online shopping scams this year

By: Sharon Masige It’s getting closer to the silly season and as shoppers get stuck in to Christmas shopping, they’re being warned to keep an eye out for online scams. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) revealed the amount of money lost through online shopping scams has spiked 42% this year. More than 12,000 online shopping scams were reported to ...

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