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Vaccinated Australians could be the first to travel overseas, Morrison says

Vaccinated Australians could be the first to travel overseas, Morrison says

Australians vaccinated against COVID-19 could be the first group allowed to travel overseas for important work or personal purposes, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said, as governments, the tourism industry, and would-be travellers adjust to the nation’s delayed vaccine rollout. Speaking to Perth radio station 6PR on Thursday, Morrison said the “first goal” would be permitting those who’ve been immunised to venture overseas “for important purposes”, including vital business, medical treatment, or funerals. Australians overseas who have also been “properly vaccinated” could also be permitted reentry into the country, with both cohorts ushered into home quarantine upon arrival – providing some...

Business

NAB predicts Australian house prices will rise more than 10% by the end of the year

NAB predicts Australian house prices will rise more than 10% by the end of the year

NAB has again upgraded its expectations for price growth in Australia’s booming housing market, with CEO Ross McEwan reportedly declaring prices could spike “in excess” of 10% nationwide by the end of 2021. The Australian reports McEwan delivered that forecast to the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics on Friday, surpassing the bank’s February estimates of “around 8%” growth in 2021, and a revised claim of up to 10% growth by year’s end. McEwan’s declaration is backlit by the sharpest uptick in housing prices recorded in three decades, with median house prices in Melbourne and Sydney jumping by tens...

Technology

Google misled customers about use of location data, court rules

Google misled customers about use of location data, court rules

Google misled some consumers about the digital giant’s collection and use of their location data, the Federal Court has ruled in a decision touted as a world-first by the consumer watchdog. In a decision on Friday, Justice Thomas Thawley said the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) had established Google misled some users of Android devices about how their location data could be obtained, retained and used when a customer used various Google apps including Google Maps. The company is considering an appeal. The ACCC alleged Google gave users the impression they could opt out of having location data collected...