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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...

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Nationals with a new leader aiming to push Liberals on climate

Nationals with a new leader aiming to push Liberals on climate

Compensation for farmers and other rural industries will be crucial to a potential deal between the Nationals and Liberals on contentious climate targets. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is expected to continue negotiations with Scott Morrison with a long-term move towards a net zero carbon emissions target a sticking point. Deputy leader and Agriculture Minister...

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Barnaby Joyce is the new leader of Nationals after defeating Michael McCormack in spill

Barnaby Joyce is the new leader of Nationals after defeating Michael McCormack in spill

Barnaby Joyce will return to the nation’s second highest office, marking a political comeback three years after losing the deputy prime ministership to scandal. Mr Joyce defeated former leader Michael McCormack in a very close contest this morning after years of seeking a return to his party’s leadership. Queensland Senator Matt Canavan moved a spill...

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Australian farmers back UK trade agreement

Australian farmers back UK trade agreement

More Australian beef and lamb will be exported to the UK as import taxes are phased out over a decade under a free trade deal between the two nations. People up to the age of 35 will be eligible for working holiday visas in both countries, while UK backpackers will no longer have to work...