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Australia commits to net zero by 2050 but says it will not pass legislation over target

Australia will aim for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 but will not pass legislation about the goal. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the government would instead rely on consumers and companies to push towards emission reductions. Australia had so far refused to join countries such as the UK and US in pledging to achieve […]

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Covid 19 Australia: NSW records 1351 cases, 12 deaths; Victoria records 514 cases

New South Wales has recorded 1351 new local cases of Covid-19. Twelve Covid-related deaths were also reported by NSW Health. The deaths include a man in his 40s, a man in his 50s, two men in their 60s, two women in their 60s, a man in his 70s, a woman in her 70s, three women […]

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NZ out in the cold as US, UK and Australia sign landmark security pact AUKUS

Britain, the United States and Australia have agreed a landmark security pact to share military technologies, starting with a plan to help Canberra build nuclear-powered submarines. The trilateral partnership, unveiled today, will also see the nations swap knowledge on cyber, artificial intelligence, quantum computing, undersea technology and other cutting-edge sciences. It marks a thinly veiled […]

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Covid 19 Australia: NSW records 1288 cases and seven deaths, Victoria gives up on elimination

New South Wales has recorded 1288 new local cases of Covid-19 and seven deaths. There have been 107 Covid-related deaths since the Sydney outbreak began in mid-June, and there are currently 957 people hospitalised with Covid-19 in NSW, 160 of whom are in ICU. NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said yesterday the state was getting ready […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus Australia: 345 cases in NSW, 21 cases in Victoria, 10 in Queensland

New South Wales has recorded 345 local cases of Covid-19, with at least 60 of those cases infectious while in the community. Two Covid-related deaths have also been reported by NSW Health, taking the death toll in the current outbreak to 36. Both were of men in their 90s. Of the new cases, 128 are […]

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Covid-19 coronavirus: Australia update – Victoria bracing for lockdown extension; anger in NSW over travel ‘loophole’

An extension to Melbourne’s lockdown is likely to be announced this morning after Victoria health officials reported 20 new locally acquired Covid cases. Of today’s new cases, 15 have been linked to current outbreaks and five are still under investigation. Fourteen have been in quarantine throughout their infectious periods. Six cases were infectious in the […]

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COVID-19: Australia and New Zealand withdraw from Rugby League World Cup in England over coronavirus concerns

Australia and New Zealand will not compete in the Rugby League World Cup at the end of the year due to coronavirus concerns. The tournament is set to be held in England between 23 October and 27 November. The news will come as a blow for organisers who thought they had fended off fears from […]

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Australia hits back at ‘flawed’ decision to put Great Barrier Reef on ‘in danger’ list

Australia has reacted angrily to a UN committee recommendation that the Great Barrier Reef should be added to a list of world heritage sites that are in danger. The UN Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation committee said the reef should be added to the list due to the effects of climate change. Australia has been […]


Australia May retail sales edge up 0.1 per cent from month earlier, lag expectations

SYDNEY (REUTERS) – Australian retail sales rose less than expected last month, with a snap coronavirus lockdown in the country’s second most populous state of Victoria hurting demand, preliminary data showed on Monday (June 21). Retail turnover gained 0.1 per cent in May from a month earlier after jumping 1.1 per cent in April, according […]

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Australia bans flights to and from India until May 15

Flights to and from India into Australia have been suspended until May 15 amid increasing concerns over the nation’s escalating Covid-19 situation. “We recognise that this has been a very significant outbreak in India,” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters after a national security committee meeting this afternoon. “Today we agreed, in addition to […]