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Facebook to reverse Australian news ban following agreement

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Social media giant Facebook will end its ban on Australian news after the government agreed to amendments to its media bargaining code. ...
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DNA database to prevent black market sales of Australian species

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Australian wildlife will be DNA tracked in an attempt to prevent the trafficking of exotic animals. Sussan Ley, the Minister for the Environment, on Monday...

Facebook blocks news in Australia

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Social media giant Facebook has blocked Australians from sharing or accessing news on the platform. As of Thursday the Facebook accounts of Australian publishers ranging...
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Australian government confirms digital vaccine certificate system

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The Australian government has revealed its plans for digital coronavirus vaccine certificates. Under the plan, Australians who are inoculated against COVID-19 will be able to...
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Australian PM reveals plan to vaccinate entire country by October

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has detailed his plan for all Australians to receive coronavirus vaccines by October. In his first speech at the National Press...
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Asian shares follow Wall Street lower

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dpa-AFX/GNA - Asian stocks tumbled on Thursday as investors reacted to a worsening Covid-19 health crisis and a downbeat economic outlook from the...
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Digital vaccine certificates could help return of international students

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Australian Education Minister Alan Tudge said a digital vaccine certification system could pave the way for the return of international students to the country. Under...
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Australia to go ahead with Pfizer vaccine despite elderly deaths – adviser

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A vaccine adviser to the Australian government said that the country will likely go ahead with the Pfizer vaccine despite recipients dying in Norway. Allen...
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Asian shares mixed as US-China tensions rise

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dpa/GNA Asian stocks ended mixed on Wednesday amid rising US-China tensions and ahead of the results of two key Senate runoffs in Georgia...
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Coronavirus detectable in sewage water weeks before symptoms develop: study

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Wastewater testing can detect coronavirus weeks before an infected person develops symptoms, an Australian study has found. The study, published by the Commonwealth Scientific and...
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Majority of Australians back international flights ban, COVID-19 patients tracking

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A majority of Australians support banning all international flights to the country and compulsory tracking for COVID-19 patients to prevent the spread of virus,...
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“Every single Australian” to receive free COVID-19 vaccine

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a deal to guarantee free access to a potential COVID-19 vaccine for all Australians. Morrison on Wednesday announced...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) and Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (L) arrive to speak to the media prior to a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 12 March 2020. Morrison announced an economic stimulus package, worth 17.6 billion Australian dollar (around 11.4 billion US dollar) for the fiscal year, to keep the Australian economy from entering into a recession due to the coronavirus epidemic. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australian PM says all options being considered to contain COVID-19

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Australia's prime minister called for patience and said "all of the options" were on the table to fight against coronavirus on Monday when the...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (R) and Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg (L) arrive to speak to the media prior to a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 12 March 2020. Morrison announced an economic stimulus package, worth 17.6 billion Australian dollar (around 11.4 billion US dollar) for the fiscal year, to keep the Australian economy from entering into a recession due to the coronavirus epidemic. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australian PM announces extension of coronavirus economic stimulus measures

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The Australian government announced an extension for its coronavirus economic stimulus measures on Tuesday as the country reported 388 new cases of COVID-19 in...
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Australia to grant international students visas to restart international education

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The Australian government will start granting international student visas in an attempt to restart international education, Minister for Population and Acting Minister for Immigration...
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Australia’s biodiversity in “unsustainable” decline

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A landmark review of Australia's environment laws has called for a major overhaul, warning of an "unsustainable" decline in biodiversity. The Independent...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy speak to the media about the COVID-19 Coronavirus during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 18 March 2020. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australian PM promises “targeted” economic support as COVID-19 cases surge to 12,069

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Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison flagged major changes to the government's coronavirus support packages on Monday. Morrison told reporters that the "Jobseeker"...
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Aussie government expands loan scheme to help SMEs through COVID-19 crisis

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The Australian government on Monday announced an expansion of the Coronavirus SME Guarantee Scheme to help small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) survive the...
Australia's Health Minister Greg Hunt speaks during a press conference in Melbourne, Australia, 08 March 2020. Hunt announced the country has secured an additional 54 million face masks to be provided to health professionals in their fight against the coronavirus outbreak EPA/ELLEN SMITH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australian health minister says coronavirus outbreaks “distressing,” supports mandatory mask wearing

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Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt supports the decision to make face mask wearing mandatory in Melbourne amid a spike in coronavirus cases. ...
Police patrols are seen outside public housing towers in North Melbourne, Australia, 05 July 2020. Police are enforcing a lockdown at public housing towers in Melbourne after Victoria recorded over 100 new coronavirus cases. EPA/DANIEL POCKETT AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Spike in Australian COVID-19 cases “deeply concerning”

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Australia has recorded almost 200 new cases of coronavirus in a single day. Authorities in Victoria on Tuesday announced that there had...
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Australian finance minister to quit politics

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Australia's Minister for Finance Mathias Cormann announced on Sunday that he will quit politics by the end of 2020. Cormann, one of...
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Majority of world’s healthcare workers go to work when sick: survey

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More than 95 percent of workers around the world still feel obliged to work when sick despite the COVID-19 pandemic, an Australian survey has...
Tourists are seen at a dock in Sydney, Australia, March 10, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia has reached 100, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Record number of Australians getting flu vaccine amid COVID-19 pandemic

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Australians have been urged to get the influenza vaccine to ease pressure on the public health system amid the coronavirus pandemic. Australia's...
Customers are seen at a shopping mall in Sydney, Australia, May 8, 2020. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday announced a three-stage plan to lift Australia's coronavirus restrictions. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Australian government’s debt will increase significantly

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Australia's Treasurer has declared that the nation is "at war" with the COVID-19. Josh Frydenberg on Tuesday fronted Parliament to deliver a...
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Australian PM announces plan to lift coronavirus restrictions

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a three-stage plan to lift Australia's coronavirus restrictions. Following a meeting of the national cabinet comprised of the...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy speak to the media about the COVID-19 Coronavirus during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 18 March 2020. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australian PM focuses on restarting economy following about 1 million job losses

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison has declared that restarting the economy is Australia's next challenge in the fight against coronavirus. The National Cabinet,...
Tourists are seen at a dock in Sydney, Australia, March 10, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia has reached 100, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

South Australia set to jumpstart economy in wake of COVID-19

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South Australian Premier Steven Marshall has flagged a "golden" opportunity for economic growth as the state began to ease its coronavirus restrictions. ...
Tourists are seen at a dock in Sydney, Australia, March 10, 2020. The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Australia has reached 100, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced on Tuesday. (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei)

Coronavirus restrictions eased in Australian capital

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) announced a slight easing of coronavirus social distancing restrictions from this weekend. Chief Minister of the ACT...
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) and Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy speak to the media about the COVID-19 Coronavirus during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, 18 March 2020. EPA/LUKAS COCH AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT

Australian PM flags imminent easing of coronavirus restrictions

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday that the country is "not too far away" from easing coronavirus restrictions. Morrison told reporters...
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Lifeline package announced for Australia’s locked-down zoos, aquariums

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The Australian government has announced a support package for the nation's zoos to help them feed and care for their animals during COVID-19 closures. ...