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Urgent National Cabinet meeting called as PM responds to the UK Covid strain

Urgent National Cabinet meeting called as PM responds to the UK Covid strain

The prime minister has called a special meeting of National Cabinet on Friday morning after three further cases of the more transmissible UK variant of COVID-19 were detected in Australia. Scott Morrison said Premiers and Chief Ministers would convene to consider a proposal from the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee “to further strengthen the COVID...

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Cardinal Pell says his conservative views drove public against him

Cardinal Pell says his conservative views drove public against him

George Pell, the Australian cardinal whose conviction for child abuse was overturned this year, has said his conservative Christian views drove public opinion against him. Speaking to the BBC, the 79-year-old said there was “no doubt” that his direct style and traditional approach to issues such as abortion had contributed to a hostile atmosphere. The...

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New restrictions announced in Sydney as outbreak grows

New restrictions announced in Sydney as outbreak grows

Australia’s most populous state has announced new restrictions for the Greater Sydney area in an attempt to contain a growing outbreak of Covid-19. Household gatherings will be capped at 10 people and hospitality venues at 300 until Wednesday. Residents had already been told to stay at home. The cases were found in the city’s Northern...

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Australia’s Fraser Island residents told to leave immediately due to bushfire

Australia’s Fraser Island residents told to leave immediately due to bushfire

Residents of a coastal resort town on a popular Australian holiday island have been told to leave immediately by authorities as a bushfire worsens. Firefighters are struggling to control the huge bushfire on Fraser Island, off the east coast of Queensland. The bushfire was sparked by an illegal campfire in mid-October and has destroyed at...

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Western Australia Premier warns COVID-19 police bungle at Sydney airport threatens border reopening

Western Australia Premier warns COVID-19 police bungle at Sydney airport threatens border reopening

A New South Wales police bungle that let two international travelers skip hotel quarantine could now threaten the future of Western Australia’s border reopening. WA Premier Mark McGowan has indicated the COVID-19 quarantine breach will be taken into account in his update on the state’s hard border tomorrow. NSW police have admitted they wrongly allowed...

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Western Australia to reopen to NSW and Victorian travellers

Western Australia to reopen to NSW and Victorian travellers

Western Australia’s border will officially reopen to New South Wales and Victoria in time for Christmas, more than eight months after it was slammed shut. Premier Mark McGowan announced on Tuesday that residents in the two states will be allowed into WA – quarantine free – from 12.01am on Tuesday, December 8. Travellers will, however,...