Excellent morning, early risers. Australia’s eastern states have enforced new quarantine restrictions on New Zealand tourists, and former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has made a protest to the Australian Federal Police over her alleged rape in March2019 It’s the news you require to understand, with Chris Woods
BRAND-NEW RULES FOR NEW ZEALAND
According to the ABC, Australia’s eastern states have enforced new quarantine limitations on New Zealand tourists after the variety of COVID-19 cases connected to an Auckland high school grew to eight.
While NZ authorities think the outbreak, which triggered a lockdown on Sunday February 14, is under control, NSW Health has actually likewise revealed it is getting in touch with visitors who have actually gotten here from the nation given that Saturday and advised that, as a precaution, they need to get checked and separate till they get an unfavorable outcome.
The news follows personal aged care company HealthCare Australia revealed that a physician who improperly provided two senior Queenslanders a ” greater than the recommended dosage” of the Pfizer vaccine had not finished the needed immunisation training.
Furthermore, NSW will additional ease constraints from 12.01 am tomorrow, with up to 50 guests to be permitted per home and 30 individuals on wedding dancefloors– but, strangely enough, not modifications to protest limitations of 500 people.
And over in America, NBC reports that files launched by the United States Food and Drug Administration recommend Johnson & Johnson’s one-shot vaccine is overall safe and extremely effective– 86%– against COVID-19’s most serious results.
PS: In other travel news, The Age reports the Australian Competitors and Customer Commission has actually received almost 28,000 complaints over journeys that never ever occurred due to the pandemic, with around 30%still looking for refunds.
HIGGINS MAKES FORMAL COMPLAINT
Previous Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins has made a formal complaint to the Australian Federal Authorities over her supposed rape in March 2019, the ABC reports, while Peter Dutton has actually exposed he was told of the accusations by the AFP days before Higgins went public.
This is since Higgins called cops six days earlier to signify she was considering resuming the examination, unintentionally triggering rules the AFP presented post-media-raids to notify the Home Affairs minister of politically-sensitive investigations.
Below are some other updates from another proud day for the Australian Parliament:
- One Country rehired founded guilty rapist Sean Black to operate in its Queensland head office in December 2020, just months after he finished a 2018 prison sentence for rape and attack( Guardian Australia)
- Former Labor MP Emma Husar has written an open letter to Anthony Albanese over the celebration’s “lethal” silence after allegations of since-dismissed sexual accusations were dripped to BuzzFeed in 2018, prior to speaking even more on the matter to both Sky News and 7.30
- Unnamed Union MPs and industry figures have spoken with The Australian ($) questioning the return of Linda Reynolds to the Defence portfolio, after she was confessed to medical facility following increase examination over her handling of Higgins’ alleged rape
- Scott Morrison has actually claimed it has “long” been his view that Craig Kelly should not have actually employed long time consultant Frank Zumbo, who is currently based on a nabbed violence order and allegations of improper behaviour by young interns ( Guardian Australia).
A MINE STATE OF AFFAIRS
The news comes as Australia’s Fortescue Metals Group apologises to Wintawari Guruma individuals for clearing arrive on a heritage website in Western Australia, The New Daily reports, after an “administrative error” saw the business start works earlier than scheduled and without a neighborhood representative as needed by a government direction.
It is the 2nd occurrence of its kind today, after BHP reported damage to a culturally considerable site in the Pilbara, in spite of increased pressure on iron ore giants after Rio Tinto’s destroyed 2 spiritual shelters in 2015.
FRUITS OF LABOR
Finally, Labor has actually voted in assistance of a Greens movement to bring JobSeeker above poverty rates– which, as Crikey has described previously, can range from in between $816-$1100 a fortnight depending on the meaning– although Corangamite MP Libby Coker later explained the party has still not picked a concrete figure
This comes after policy professionals at The Conversation found the Morrison government’s plan for a $614 fortnightly rate bring Australia’s welfare payment from the worst in the OECD to the second-worst after Greece.
THEY REALLY STATED THAT?
This is not ‘kids being kept in cages’, this is– this is ‘kids …’ this is a center that was opened that’s going to follow the very same standards as other HHS centers.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki
In another trick right out of Australia’s playbook, the Biden administration rebrands Donald Trump’s dreadful “kids in cages” immigration policy with the totally fine “kids in a slightly-nicer Trump-era detention center they just can not leave”.
” Old media got what they desired: totally free cash, with nearly 90%of the cash destined to line the pockets of News Corp, Seven West Media and 9.
” Based on released figures, these three stand to get about $110 countless the $125 million available to personal media from Google. Anticipate a similar split in the Facebook deals.
” This complimentary money will weaken media variety by subsidising old media and by prioritising their content online, making nearly uncrossable the space in between their resources and the resources of start-ups. It threatens to rush on the death of printed documents.”
” The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Office for Women is supposed to ‘provide policies and programs to advance gender equality and improve the lives of Australian women’.
” It’s a big job. Yet it has simply a handful of personnel, provides meagre grants, and is seldom sought advice from about topics within its jurisdiction.
” The office hasn’t responded to Australia’s landmark report on work environment sexual violence, and has yet to talk about the several allegations of rape and assault in Parliament Home.”
READ EVERYTHING ABOUT IT
Facebook got whatever it wanted out of Australia by being willing to do what the other person wouldn’t— Joshua Benton( niemanlab): “Australian regulators have been arguing for months that Facebook obtains huge value from the news stories shared on its platform– and that, as a result, Facebook needs to be required to compensate the Australian publishers who create them.
Leadership can’t take a vacation, we need PM out in front($)– Niki Savva( The Australian): “Three standout events up until now this year have seen the ‘bad Scotty‘, the one who removed for Hawaii during the bushfires, the one who doesn’t get it, the one the ‘excellent Scotty’ is helpless to manage, take charge. They were the insurrection at the Capitol in Washington; enabling Craig Kelly’s harmful rogue behaviour to continue untreated for so long; and the handling of rape claims by previous staffer Brittany Higgins“
” An affront to anyone who believes in democracy”— Benjamin Reilly, John Phillimore, Sarah Murray, and Martin Drum( Inside Story): “But in spite of the federal government’s supremacy in the lower home, its efforts to upgrade the electoral system– explained by previous WA Labor leader Jim McGinty as ‘an outright affront to anyone who thinks in democracy’– continue to fall victim to the non-government bulk in the state’s upper house, the Legislative Council, and its own absence of aspiration. Modest modifications to the political contribution and campaign expense rules stopped working to pass the Legal Council in December 2020, prior to parliament was prorogued.”
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