CMO: No plan to make Australia free of the Omicron variant

CMO: No plan to make Australia free of the Omicron variant

Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly insists authorities are not interested in making Australia Omicron-free, saying government border restrictions were imposed to curb proliferation. It comes as Professor Kelly says the new tribe most likely spent weeks circulating in southern Africa before officials sounded the alarm. “The measures imposed early at our international border deal … Read more

Omicron shows that we have a ‘long journey back’ in a pandemic: Dominic Perrottet

Omicron shows that we have a ‘long journey back’ in a pandemic: Dominic Perrottet

The emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 is a reminder that there is a “long journey left” in the pandemic, according to NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet. “We have had 15 people from South Africa or one of the related countries flying in last night, on these flights two have been tested positive for COVID,” … Read more

Scott Morrison seeks special power to pre-select Liberal Party candidates

Scott Morrison seeks special power to pre-select Liberal Party candidates

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will seek to override the pre-selection process in New South Wales by requesting special powers to select his own candidates ahead of the upcoming federal election. The Australian newspaper reports that Mr Morrison informed the Liberal Party’s federal leader on Thursday. However, former Howard minister Nick Minchin has expressed reservations about … Read more

Loophole found in Queensland’s COVID check-in app

Loophole found in Queensland’s COVID check-in app

A loophole in Queensland’s COVID check-in app could allow unvaccinated people to cheat the system. The app is designed to let people upload someone else’s vaccine certificate as a relative’s. However, it can be abused to let unvaccinated people fraudulently claim to be fully vaccinated. A number of restrictions will remain in place for the … Read more

‘Now’ B.1.1529 stems from the ‘worst’ COVID-19 variant to date

‘Now’ B.1.1529 stems from the ‘worst’ COVID-19 variant to date

The advent of the “Now” variant has caused health and government officials to worry that COVID-19’s latest iteration may be the “worst seen so far”. Sky News reporter Ivor Bennett says preliminary studies suggest the new variant – which has about 30 different mutations – could potentially evade immunity gained through infection or vaccination. “The … Read more

New Zealand’s cash rates rise again – Sky News Australia

New Zealand’s cash rates rise again – Sky News Australia

New Zealand’s cash rates are rising againSky News Australia New Zealand’s rate hike increases pressure on central banks over inflationThe Guardian When is RBNZ and How Can It Affect NZD / USD?FXStreet Dollar rests after rising over Powell’s reappointment, kiwi weakensFX Empire New Zealand raises prices again as price pressures riseYahoo Finance See full coverage … Read more

Christine Forster: Sydney CBD gender quota planning is ‘shitty’

Christine Forster: Sydney CBD gender quota planning is ‘shitty’

Sydney City Councilwoman Christine Forster has mocked Mayor Clover Moore’s “clever” move to enforce gender quotas for new CBD developments. In December, Sydney City Council passed amendments which meant a gender ratio of 40 per cent men, 40 per cent women and 20 per cent of any gender would be required for any architectural firm … Read more

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