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Australian Pub Cluster Used by Freight Drivers Adds to Fears of a Second National Coronavirus Wave

Australia's most populous state reported 14 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, with a growing cluster at a pub used by freight drivers travelling the country adding to fears of a second national wave of the virus.

The new cases in New South Wales come after neighbouring Victoria state last week for…

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A global report has ranked Australia third among OECD countries for its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The global Sustainable Development Report 2020, released this week in New York, ranks Australia third among OECD countries for the effectiveness of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic, beaten by only South Korea and Latvia.

Yet Australia trundled in at 37th in the world on its overall progress …

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Australian travel ban exemptions: easy for some, hard for too many

The ongoing closure of Australia’s borders means that most Australian residents require government permission to travel overseas – and for many applicants, getting that authorisation hasn’t proven an easy task.

While some requests have been processed promptly, others applicants say they've …

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Australia retail sales see record surge in May as economy reopens

The Northern Territory and Western Australia will each lose a seat in the House of Representatives, while Victoria is set to gain one, in a reshuffle by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
Australian retail sales saw a record surge in May, official data showed on Friday, as a wide scale easi…

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Northern Territory and Western Australia to lose a federal seat after House of Representatives reshuffle

The Northern Territory and Western Australia will each lose a seat in the House of Representatives, while Victoria is set to gain one, in a reshuffle by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).

Key points:
The NT will now have one seat, WA will have 15, and Vic will have 39
Changing populatio…

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When Will Australia’s Borders Re-open Post COVID?

Around the world, many countries slammed their borders shut when COVID-19 tightened its grip. Australia was no exception. Australia went in early and went in hard when it came to border closures. But some countries are starting to crack their borders open. The EU is allowing travelers in from 14 cou…

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Australia seeks long-range missiles in Indo-Pacific defence shift

Australia says it will significantly increase military spending and focus on the Indo-Pacific region amid rising tensions between the US and China.

PM Scott Morrison pledged A$270bn (£150bn; $186bn) to Australia's arms budget over 10 years - a 40% boost.

He said Australia would acquire long-r…

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Australian journalist Amelia Brace testifies about US police assault outside White House

A US congressional committee investigating police actions in a park near the White House has been told the "attack" on an Australian TV news crew was unlawful.

Seven Network correspondent Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers were in Washington DC's Lafayette Square on June 1 covering protests whe…

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German Infection Rate Drops; Australia Cases Spike: Virus Update

Germany’s coronavirus infection rate fell to the lowest in almost three weeks. Australia recorded its largest spike in Covid-19 cases since April, raising concerns about a second wave of infections.

Signs of a worsening outbreak across the U.S. rattled global markets. Health leaders called on t…

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Australia's coronavirus death toll rises after 'reclassification' as Sydney school closes due to positive test

The number of coronavirus fatalities in NSW has climbed to 51, after an 85-year-old man's cause of death was reclassified to be due to COVID-19.

Key points:
It is not known how the student contracted the virus
It is the fourth COVID-19 case at a school in Sydney in the past month
Students retu…

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The next week will be 'critical' in Australia's fight against a virus second wave says AMA head

The coming week will be "critical" in Australia's fight against a potential second wave of coronavirus as more restrictions are eased.
It comes as a third protester from the Black Lives Matter rally in Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19, one of 18 new cases in Victoria yesterday.
Twelve of the…

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Cyber-attack Australia: sophisticated attacks from ‘state-based actor’, PM says

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called a press conference on Friday morning to "raise awareness" of the state-based cyber attacks Australia is currently facing across all levels of government, as well as the private sector.

"Based on advice provided to me by our cyber experts, Australian organisati…

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The Must-See Places in Australia Tourists Love but Many of Us Forget

If you haven’t heard, coronavirus is cancelling international travel for 2020. That means any holidays you were planning now need a domestic refocus. Thankfully, Australia is such a huge country full of must-see places, there’s a bit for everyone.

It’s not yet known when international travel …

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Australia’s State Borders Slowly Begin to Reopen After COVID-19

SYDNEY - South Australia has become the first state in the country to relax its border controls imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.  From Wednesday, travellers from Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania are allowed to enter South Australia without going into quarantine.  Austr…

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Karm Gilespie: Australian actor sentenced to death in China was set up, say friends

An Australian actor turned financial investor has been sentenced to death in China for drug smuggling, with friends claiming he has been set up.

Karm Gilespie, 56, was sentenced to death in the Guangzhou intermediate people’s court on Saturday and has just 10 days to appeal the verdict.

He w…

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Australia is being urged to see the world's 70 million displaced people as a 'talent pool'

As Australia slowly begins its recovery from COVID-19, Nirary Dacho is urging the country not to forget about what he calls a "talent pool" of roughly 70 million displaced people.

Mr Dacho, who fled Syria and came to Sydney in 2015, said Australia should not shirk its responsibility for the world…

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Second coronavirus wave may cost Australia $80 billion

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has warned a second wave of coronavirus could cost the Australian economy $80 billion over the next two years.
His calculation came as global share markets erupted into a sea of selling on fears of a pandemic resurgence, killing off optimism for a quick recovery.
T…

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Australia prepares to open doors for international students

International students will soon be able to come to Australia under an initial pilot program.
The Prime Minister Scott Morrison said international students will be able to come "in a very controlled setting", but only for pre-approved plans for particular institutions.
He added it the program coul…

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Four Chris Lilley shows removed from Netflix Australia library

Four of Chris Lilley’s most famous shows have been quietly removed from Australian and New Zealand Netflix after a widespread debate over streaming platforms hosting work featuring blackface.

Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, We Can be Heroes, and Jonah from Tonga have disappeared from the platf…

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There will be another pandemic, so let's be ready, say GPs

GPs are demanding a permanent seat at the table of national advisers guiding Australia's COVID-19 response, and full access to government modelling, in preparation for a potential second wave or the next pandemic.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners has warned Australia must lea…

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