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Qantas now accepts international flight bookings

Qantas now accepts international flight bookings

Qantas is preparing for international travel to recommence in a matter of months for the first time in almost two years. The national carrier is now accepting bookings on services to London, Vancouver and Singapore from December 18, and to destinations including Los Angeles, Tokyo, Hawaii and Fiji in the days following. Most services depart...

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Afterpay (ASX:APT) to be acquired by Square for $39bn

Afterpay (ASX:APT) to be acquired by Square for $39bn

The Afterpay Ltd (ASX: APT) share price is likely to rocket higher on Monday morning. This follows news that the buy now pay later (BNPL) provider has received a takeover approach from US payment giant Square Inc. This morning Afterpay announced that it has entered into a scheme implementation deed under which Square has agreed...

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Qantas eyes vaccines for overseas flights

Qantas eyes vaccines for overseas flights

Qantas is set to make coronavirus vaccinations mandatory for all international travellers when Australia’s borders reopen. The airline’s boss Alan Joyce has flagged mirroring requirements in Israel, Iceland and some European countries when overseas travel returns on a larger scale. “Internationally we absolutely will and that’s becoming a standard around the world,” he told ABC...

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Locked-down businesses distressed as COVID-19 JobSaver payment scheme cops scathing reviews

Locked-down businesses distressed as COVID-19 JobSaver payment scheme cops scathing reviews

Business owners in Sydney are among those hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak and there are claims government financial support payments are not keeping up. The COVID-19 JobSaver payment was designed to provide employers in the state with much-needed cash, to keep their businesses afloat. But some businesses complain they’re finding the application process clunky...

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Lorna Jane slapped with $5-M fine for ‘exploitative’ and ‘predatory’ advertising over COVID-19 claims

Lorna Jane slapped with $5-M fine for ‘exploitative’ and ‘predatory’ advertising over COVID-19 claims

Lorna Jane has been fined $5 million and labelled “predatory and exploitative” by the Federal Court after the popular activewear brand falsely claimed its clothes could eliminate COVID-19 and stop it spreading. During the deadly virus outbreak, the company claimed its anti-virus activewear had been sprayed with a substance called “LJ Shield”, which protected people...

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Australia joins international community in blaming China for large scale Microsoft hack

Australia joins international community in blaming China for large scale Microsoft hack

Australia has joined the United States and other allies in accusing China of engaging in “malicious cyber activities”, including a massive global hack on the Microsoft Exchange software that compromised tens of thousands of computers earlier this year. In a joint statement, the Ministers for Home Affairs Karen Andrews, Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Defence...

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COVID-19 Disaster Payment applications open to some Sydney residents from Thursday

COVID-19 Disaster Payment applications open to some Sydney residents from Thursday

New South Wales residents across seven local government areas will be able to apply for the increased COVID-19 Disaster Payment as early as Thursday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Tuesday announced a new, joint state-and federally-funded support package for residents and businesses impacted by Sydney’s coronavirus outbreak. Under the package, from week four of a...

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Credit card debt rising among Aussies as lockdowns bite

Credit card debt rising among Aussies as lockdowns bite

Having a wad of credit cards may be out of favour but they’re still handy during a lockdown. Data released by the Reserve Bank on Wednesday shows a sharp U-turn in personal credit growth this year, after plunging in 2020 when many people raided their savings to pay down debt. Australians in May added almost...