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Prime Minister Scott Morrison touches down in New York ahead of Quad leaders’ summit

Prime Minister Scott Morrison touches down in New York ahead of Quad leaders’ summit

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has touched down in New York ahead of high-level talks with several world leaders. The PM landed shortly after 8am AEST, with his first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden first on the agenda. Also on Morrison’s radar will be cooling tensions between Australia and France, after the submarine deal with...

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Labor to lock in federal candidates in NSW

Labor to lock in federal candidates in NSW

Labor will aim to finalise pre-selections for key NSW federal seats after controversy over parachuting Kristina Keneally into a safe southwest Sydney electorate. Senator Keneally has the backing of the party to switch to the lower house seat of Fowler despite local lawyer Tu Le putting her hand up. Daniel Repacholi, who represented Australia at...

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Compensation and trauma support on way for Stolen Generations survivors and families as part of $1.1 billion to ‘close the gap’

Compensation and trauma support on way for Stolen Generations survivors and families as part of $1.1 billion to ‘close the gap’

Pat Turner’s mum died waiting on recognition and redress for Stolen Generations forcibly taken from Australia’s territories. But the Indigenous health leader has been buoyed by a plan to provide survivors removed from their families across the Northern Territory, ACT and Jervis Bay Territory with one-off $75,000 payments. They are part of a $378.6 million...

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PM confident on coronavirus vaccine target

PM confident on coronavirus vaccine target

Scott Morrison has flagged smaller-scale lockdowns when coronavirus vaccination coverage hits a major milestone he is confident of achieving this year. Federal and state governments are gunning for 70 per cent of people being fully vaccinated to shift phases in the fight against the pandemic. Under that stage, lockdowns will be less likely while 80...

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Military deployed to help enforce lockdown in Sydney

Military deployed to help enforce lockdown in Sydney

Australia has deployed hundreds of soldiers to Sydney to help enforce a Covid lockdown. A Delta outbreak which began in June has produced nearly 3,000 infections and led to nine deaths. Despite five weeks of lockdown, infections in the nation’s largest city continue to spread. Officials recorded 170 new cases on Friday. But many have...

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PM won’t disrupt national rollout for NSW

PM won’t disrupt national rollout for NSW

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will not disrupt the vaccination program across the nation to redirect Pfizer vaccines to COVID-19-ravaged Sydney. However, the prime minister has backed lengthening the time between precious Pfizer doses to ensure younger people in the city’s worst-affected suburbs at least get one dose. “Where there is potential to put more vaccines...

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Qld Labor faces LNP challenge in Stretton

Qld Labor faces LNP challenge in Stretton

Voters will choose popular Labor MP Duncan Pegg’s successor when they head to polls in the south Brisbane electorate of Stretton. Mr Pegg died of cancer just shy of 41st birthday on June 10, ending his six-year stint as an MP. The Labor MP enjoyed a 14.8 per cent margin in the multicultural electorate covering...

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Morrison’s approval rating slips amid criticism of COVID-19 response, according to latest Newspoll

Morrison’s approval rating slips amid criticism of COVID-19 response, according to latest Newspoll

The coalition and Labor are neck-and-neck in popular support but Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s approval rating has slipped amid new state lockdowns and criticism of the government’s pandemic response. The federal government and Labor opposition both recorded 39 per cent of voter support in the latest Newspoll, published in The Australian. Satisfaction with Morrison has...

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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...