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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...

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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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Sydney lockdown end ‘almost impossible’

Sydney lockdown end ‘almost impossible’

The NSW premier says Sydney’s lockdown ending as scheduled on Friday is “almost impossible”, with the state recording its highest number of daily COVID-19 infections of the current outbreak. NSW recorded 112 new local COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours to 8pm on Sunday, at least 46 of which were out in the community for...

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Former PM Malcolm Turnbull labels Australia’s vaccine rollout ‘biggest failure’ he can recall

Former PM Malcolm Turnbull labels Australia’s vaccine rollout ‘biggest failure’ he can recall

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has strongly condemned Australia’s response to the COVID crisis when speaking on The Morning Show. Responding to negative overseas commentary around ‘Fortress Australia’, Turnbull said the country has had “one of the slowest vaccine rollouts in the world, it’s the biggest failure in public administration that I can recall”....

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PM tried to ‘silence me’: ex-Liberal MP

PM tried to ‘silence me’: ex-Liberal MP

A former Liberal MP says she would have exited parliament quietly if not for Scott Morrison’s attempts to “silence” her. Julia Banks quit the Liberal Party after the leadership coup against Malcolm Turnbull in late 2018, sitting as an independent until an election the following year. Ms Banks has blamed the prime minister’s behaviour –...

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Steady support for coalition in Newspoll

Steady support for coalition in Newspoll

Voter support for the federal coalition does not seem to have wavered despite COVID-19 vaccine rollout problems, lockdowns in two states and a nationals spill. The coalition’s primary vote was unchanged at 41 per cent, and satisfaction with Prime Minister Scott Morrison has lifted a point, according to the latest Newspoll published in Monday’s edition...