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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. ...
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

Australia moves to “community phase” of COVID-19 response

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Australia has moved to the third phase, or the "community phase" of the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Friday. ...
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Australia makes progress in COVID-19 control

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Australia continues to make progress in the fight against COVID-19, Health Minister Greg Hunt said Wednesday. As of Wednesday morning there have...
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Government report dismisses fears of Australian food shortages due to COVID-19

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Australia's top agricultural research body has debunked claims that the country is going to run out of food because of COVID-19. In...
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Support package for Australian universities targeted at domestic students

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The Australian government has announced a higher education relief package focused on domestic students. The package, announced by Minister for Education Dan...
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Australian Treasurer rules out early lifting of COVID-19 restrictions

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Australia's Treasurer has shot down calls from business leaders for the government to lift social distancing measures. Josh Frydenberg said on Thursday...
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Australian parliament passes “biggest economic lifeline” in history

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The Australian parliament has passed the government's wage subsidy scheme in a late night sitting. Members of Parliament (MPs) and Senators re-convened...
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Australian Football Federation committed to send teams to Tokyo Olympics in 2021

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Football Federation Australia (FFA) on Thursday reaffirmed its commitment to send teams to the Tokyo Olympics next year and also suggested that the entry...
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24 hour shopping legalized in South Australia to counter coronavirus panic

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South Australia (SA) has deregulated its retail sector to allow 24-hour trading to counter the coronavirus panic. Under new trading rules announced by the state...
Experts of people’s hospital of Zigui county, Yichang, Hubei province, hold a teleconsultation to discuss the situation of a suspected case of novel coronavirus pneumonia in a health center of Lianghekou town, Zigui, Feb.7, 2020. (Photo by Wang Jiaman/People’s Daily Online)

Suspected coronavirus patients could face detainment under South Australian laws

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South Australians diagnosed with coronavirus could be detained for failing to comply with mandatory quarantine under new laws. The South Australia (SA) government on Monday...
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Australian summers growing longer due to climate change

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Australian summers have grown 31 days longer compared to the mid-twentieth century benchmark, a new analysis has found. Research published by the...
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Australian military reviews offshore exercises amid COVID-19 outbreak

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has begun reviewing its offshore operations amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Hundreds of ADF troops are currently...
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Australia’s Chef de Mission tells athletes to focus on training for Tokyo Olympics

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Australian Chef de Mission for Tokyo 2020 Ian Chesterman on Wednesday told athletes to stay calm and keep preparing for the Olympics. ...