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NSW industry leaders have praised the new flood of emergency government funding – but critics say it’s no JobKeeper 2.0

Industry groups have welcomed the new emergency funding for businesses and workers impacted by the Greater Sydney coronavirus lockdown, which has been lengthened another two weeks. Grants, cash flow support, elevated emergency payments, and industry-specific financial infusions were announced on Tuesday, delighting the business sector. But unions and social services […]
NSW industry leaders have praised the new flood of emergency government funding – but critics say it’s no JobKeeper 2.0
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The federal government will waive the COVID-19 disaster payment’s $10,000 savings limit – but only from week 3 of Sydney’s latest lockdown

The eligibility criteria for the federal COVID-19 disaster payment have been slightly eased in response to the Greater Sydney COVID-19 lockdown. Speaking in Sydney on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the liquid asset test, which barred those with more than $10,000 in savings from accessing the payment, will be […]
The federal government will waive the COVID-19 disaster payment’s $10,000 savings limit – but only from week 3 of Sydney’s latest lockdown
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Barnaby Joyce is once again set to be Deputy Prime Minister. Here’s how the Nationals leader could influence climate policy and budget decisions.

Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce has reclaimed the positions of party leader and Deputy Prime Minister after a Monday spill. In defeating Michael McCormack, Joyce returns to the role three years after stepping down. Recent history suggests Joyce will rock the Coalition’s boat, with unorthodox views on climate policy, debt and […]
Barnaby Joyce is once again set to be Deputy Prime Minister. Here’s how the Nationals leader could influence climate policy and budget decisions.
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4 out of 5 office building owners aren’t expecting occupancy levels to rise any time soon, as Melbourne’s white-collar workplaces sit largely empty

Four out of five office building owners and managers don’t believe occupancy levels will rise significantly in the coming months, the Property Council of Australia says. In May, Melbourne’s white-collar workplace occupancy was just 45% of pre-pandemic levels, while occupancy rates were stagnant around much of the country. Sydney marked […]
4 out of 5 office building owners aren’t expecting occupancy levels to rise any time soon, as Melbourne’s white-collar workplaces sit largely empty
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Scott Morrison says there’s ‘pretty much zero’ chance of jail time for breaching the India travel ban, in a softening of the government’s stance

Prime Minister Scott Morrison appeared to soften the government’s stance on the harsh prison sentences and fines applicable to those who breach Australia’s new travel ban. “I think the likelihood of anything like that occurring is pretty much zero,” Morrison told “Today”. His statement comes as the travel ban, enacted […]
Scott Morrison says there’s ‘pretty much zero’ chance of jail time for breaching the India travel ban, in a softening of the government’s stance
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10 things you need to know this morning in Australia

Good morning. 1. Set your watches, team – the backpedaling on the India travel ban penalties has begun. Following strident criticism from across the political spectrum, Scott Morrison has said that the risk of fines and jail time for those who manage to get back to Australia from India during […]
10 things you need to know this morning in Australia
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As world leaders unveil strong plans to halve carbon emissions by 2030, Scott Morrison says Australia will stick to a 28% target

Australia will stick to its goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 26-28% by 2030, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison dodged setting ambitious new targets. Speaking at a global climate conference on Thursday, Morrison said Australia’s long-criticised goals are “bankable”. But the US, Canada, the UK, and Japan used the summit […]
As world leaders unveil strong plans to halve carbon emissions by 2030, Scott Morrison says Australia will stick to a 28% target
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Vaccinated Australians could be the first to travel overseas, Morrison says, while warning of a thousand COVID-19 cases a week if borders reopen

Vaccinated Australians could be the first group permitted to travel overseas for vital business, medical, or personal purposes, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Allowing immunised Australians to travel and undertake home quarantine upon their return would be the “first goal” in Australia’s border reopening, Morrison told a Perth radio station. […]
Vaccinated Australians could be the first to travel overseas, Morrison says, while warning of a thousand COVID-19 cases a week if borders reopen
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Australia has ditched its COVID-19 vaccine targets, with Scott Morrison conceding not everyone will have their first jab by the end of the year

The Federal Government has abandoned its target of offering every eligible Australian their first COVID-19 vaccine dose by October 31. In a Sunday night statement, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “it is not possible” to provide new timelines given “uncertainties” in the rollout. The confirmation comes days after Australian health […]
Australia has ditched its COVID-19 vaccine targets, with Scott Morrison conceding not everyone will have their first jab by the end of the year
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Morrison calls for ‘perspective’ on the AstraZeneca vaccine’s potential link to rare blood clots, comparing the risk of the jab to oral contraceptives

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for “perspective” on the potential links between the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and rare blood clotting behaviours. Australian health authorities are rushing to assess reports from their European counterparts, which suggest a link between the jab and blood clots. Morrison did not announce an immediate […]
Morrison calls for ‘perspective’ on the AstraZeneca vaccine’s potential link to rare blood clots, comparing the risk of the jab to oral contraceptives