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Barrier Reef stays off UN ‘in danger’ list

Barrier Reef stays off UN ‘in danger’ list

The Great Barrier Reef will not be listed as a World Heritage site “in danger” after a UNESCO committee agreed to delay any decision until 2023. The UNESCO World Heritage Committee met both virtually and in the Chinese city of Fuzhou to vote on the draft decision on Friday night. Federal politicians have lobbied against...

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Sydney Airport rejects $22bln takeover bid

Sydney Airport rejects $22bln takeover bid

Sydney Airport has rejected a $22.3 billion takeover offer because it undervalues the business, which runs the nation’s biggest aviation hub. The airport was earlier this month approached by a consortium of infrastructure investors with an offer of $8.25 per stapled security. “The boards have concluded that the indicative proposal undervalues Sydney Airport and is...

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Waiting for vaccine slows virus response

Waiting for vaccine slows virus response

Health experts warn Australia’s vaccine coverage is so low that more lockdowns are inevitable. Many older Australians are waiting for an alternative to AstraZeneca before getting a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a government survey. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reported 35 per cent of 50 to 69 year olds and 26 per cent of people...

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Indoor masks back in Victoria as virus spreads

Indoor masks back in Victoria as virus spreads

Masks are again compulsory indoors in Victoria, as the state’s number of new COVID-19 infections continues to grow. From Thursday, anyone aged over 12 will be required to wear a mask in all indoor settings, including schools and workplaces, unless an exception applies. Masks must also be worn outdoors when social distancing isn’t possible. AAP...

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Tropical Cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc along WA’s mid north coast, rips apart historic One Mile Jetty

Tropical Cyclone Seroja wreaks havoc along WA’s mid north coast, rips apart historic One Mile Jetty

Tropical Cyclone Seroja has now weakened after leaving a trail of destruction and thousands of residents without power as it hit Western Australia’s coast overnight. Seroja made landfall south of Kalbarri at 8pm on Sunday as a category three storm, bringing wind gusts of up to 170 kilometres per hour. The fast-moving storm tore roofs...

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Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses arrive in Australia, ahead of first jabs next week

Pfizer coronavirus vaccine doses arrive in Australia, ahead of first jabs next week

The first doses of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine have touched down in Australia as preparations continue for the first stage of the national rollout, Health Minister Greg Hunt says. People will begin receiving the vaccine from Monday, February 22, with more than 142,000 doses arriving in Sydney from Europe just after midday today. “They will...

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2021 Australian of the Year awardees named

2021 Australian of the Year awardees named

A woman who survived sexual assault to fight for others, a Kenyan refugee who became a multicultural liaison officer, a young advocate hoping to end period poverty, and a renowned Aboriginal educator are the recipients of the 2021 Australian of the Year awards. After an extraordinary year, the awards are celebrating four equally extraordinary Australians,...