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More than 170 unaccompanied children among Australians stranded in India

Repatriation flights will resume once the travel ban lifts on 15 May, but the government has not set a deadline for rescuing vulnerable AustraliansMore than 170 unaccompanied children are among the Australians seeking to return from India as it struggles to contain a deadly second wave of Covid-19, officials in Canberra have revealed.With the Senate’s Covid-19 committee turning its attention to the government’s controversial temporary ban on travellers from India, officials reported there were n...
Tags: Health, Senate, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Canberra, Coronavirus


Australians approved for international travel to jump vaccine rollout queue

Morrison government has also bowed to pressure from Mark McGowan to crack down on departure exemptions Australians who are approved to travel overseas will be granted priority access to Covid vaccinations under a plan agreed to by the prime minister with state and territory leaders.The proposal, which would reduce the vulnerability of Australians heading overseas during the pandemic, may prove controversial given the vaccine rollout is not yet completed even for the highest priority groups inclu...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Australian politics, Morrison, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus


Australia news live update: repatriation flights from India to double in May; NSW reports no new local Covid cases

Prime minister says India travel ban will not be extended and this month. Follow latest updatesNSW has no new local coronavirus casesAustralia to start repatriating citizens stuck in India when flight ban endsNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney and NSW Covid restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend 5.20am BST I can also recommend to you this feature about converting office buildings into housing. Related: Turning work into homes 5.15am BST This is a ...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Canberra, Scott Morrison, NSW, Coronavirus, NSW Covid


Australia news live: Scott Morrison gives update from national cabinet; NSW reports no new local Covid cases

Prime minister says India travel ban will not be extended and has committed to three repatriation flights before the end of May. Follow latest updatesNSW has no new local coronavirus casesAustralia to start repatriating citizens stuck in India when flight ban endsNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney and NSW Covid restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend 4.24am BST Prof Kelly is pumped that we’re now at 2.5m doses delivered:The vaccines, I think, PM, you have t...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Scott Morrison, Kelly, NSW, Coronavirus, NSW Covid


Australia news live: NSW reports no new local Covid cases; part of ABC’s Christian Porter defamation defence to be suppressed for now

Scott Morrison says India travel ban will not be extended and has committed to three repatriation flights before the end of May. Follow latest updatesNSW has no new local coronavirus casesAustralia to start repatriating citizens stuck in India when flight ban endsNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney and NSW Covid restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend 3.23am BST Psychologists are calling for Medicare to be expanded so new parents receive better mental health...
Tags: Health, Abc, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Medicare, Vaccines and immunisation, Scott Morrison, Independent Commission Against Corruption, NSW, Christian Porter, Coronavirus, NSW Covid, Meridolum


Australia news live update: NSW reports no new local Covid cases; PM confirms India travel ban to end 15 May

Scott Morrison says India travel ban will not be extended and has committed to three repatriation flights before the end of May. Follow latest updatesAustralia to start repatriating citizens stuck in India when flight ban endsNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney and NSW Covid restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend 2.17am BST Police have begun their inspection of the tanker truck that crashed into a traffic light at a busy Southbank intersection in Melbourne,...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, NSW, Southbank, Coronavirus, COVID, NSW Covid, Truganina, K S Freighters


Australia news live: Morrison confirms India travel ban to end 15 May; NSW premier ‘very pleased’ with state’s handling of Covid outbreak

Scott Morrison says India travel ban will not be extended. Follow latest updatesAustralia to start repatriating citizens stuck in India when flight ban endsNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney and NSW Covid restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend 12.21am BST Morrison:I will consult with the premiers and chief ministers today as part of that National Cabinet meeting, and the National Security Committee of Cabinet will consider those matters further next week a...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Scott Morrison, Northern Territory, Morrison, Coronavirus, National Cabinet, NSW Covid, National Security Committee of Cabinet


Australia news live: five injured after truck ploughs into pedestrians in Melbourne; national cabinet to discuss India repatriation

Scott Morrison is expected to announce the restart of Australian repatriation flights from India. Follow latest updatesAustralia to start repatriating citizens stuck in India when flight ban endsNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney and NSW Covid restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend 11.24pm BST Host Madeline Morris is asking the trade minister the question that’s on a lot of people’s minds - “If we want to continue the economic relationship [with China], wh...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, ABC News Breakfast, Dan Tehan, Tehan, Coronavirus, NSW Covid


Australia news live update: new Covid rules in NSW as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in cases still unknown

Mask-wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more coronavirus cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesFull report: authorities search for ‘missing link’ between traveller from US and positive Sydney manSydney restrictions: new rules for Mother’s Day weekend explainedSydney Covid hotspots: list of coronavirus exposure sites Sydney Roosters caught up in Covid scare 5.24am BS...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, India, US, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia


Australia news live update: Covid restrictions for greater Sydney as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in NSW cases still unknown

Mask wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney Roosters caught up in Covid-19 scare as NRL players sent for testingTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’NDIS on track to be more expensive than Medicare, Lin...
Tags: Health, Australia, US, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics, Assisted dying


‘Rejected and betrayed’: Australians stranded in India speak of heartbreak

More than 9,000 Australians remain trapped in India by the Coalition’s Covid travel ban. Many travelled before the crisis to visit sick and dying relatives, and say they are angry at their treatment. Here are six of their storiesThe backlash has been fierce in the days since the Australian government moved to make it a criminal offence for its citizens to return from Covid-ravaged India.Members of the Morrison government have denounced their own policy, while medical experts and international hu...
Tags: Health, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, United Nations, Morrison, Australian foreign policy, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: NSW contact tracers scramble to contain spread following local Covid case in Sydney’s east

Health authorities are expecting more cases due to the level of activity of the man while potentially infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’ 11.16pm BST The Queensland police service blocked academic research seeking to scrutinise its response to domestic violence cases and the attitudes of officers – sending rejection letters that denied ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, World Health Organization, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics


‘Costs are going up’: Linda Reynolds warns of hard discussions on NDIS funding

Exclusive: Morrison government’s new minister in charge of disability scheme says it’s on track to be ‘more expensive than Medicare’Linda Reynolds has signalled the Morrison government will top up funding for the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Tuesday’s budget but she warns there are “hard discussions” ahead regarding the sustainability of the current funding model.In Reynolds’ first significant interview in the portfolio she gained following the Brittany Higgins furore, the minister in...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Welfare, Morrison, Reynolds, National disability insurance scheme, NDIS, Linda Reynolds, Brittany Higgins, Australian budget 2021, Medicare'Linda Reynolds


Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW records new local Covid case in Sydney; Australian cricketers to leave India

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; Cricket Australia to fly players to Sri Lanka or the Maldives to await lifting of India travel ban. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsCovid check-ins fall 25% in NSW as Sydney records mystery caseUN raises concerns over Australia’s India travel ban 8.27am BST Just a bit more on the NSW Labor cyberattack.A spokesperson for the party said:This is a matter of seri...
Tags: Health, Business, Labor, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Maldives, Sri Lanka


Coronavirus Australia live update: NSW records new local Covid case in Sydney; India travel ban challenged in federal court

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; hearing to take place in federal court to challenge India travel ban. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional Covid case locationsFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 6.29am BST Earli...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live: NSW records new local Covid case in Sydney’s east; PM says India ban is lowering quarantine cases

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; PM says case numbers in the Howard Springs quarantine facility are falling. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional Covid case locationsFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 5.29am BST ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, US, America, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy


Australia news live: new local Covid case in Sydney’s east; PM says India ban is lowering quarantine cases

Man in his 50s tests positive for Covid in NSW; PM says case numbers in the Howard Springs quarantine facility are falling. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional Covid case locationsFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 4.27am BST ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live: Biloela family may be released on Christmas Island; minister to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders

Home affairs minister flags possible reprieve for Tamil family held in detention; Coalition under increasing pressure to lift the ban blocking 9,000 Australians in India from returning home. Follow latest updatesFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with AstraZeneca shortfalls as pleas for more doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 1.28am...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Myanmar, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Morrison


Australia news live: minister to hold urgent roundtable with Indian-Australian community leaders

Coalition under increasing pressure to lift the ban blocking 9,000 Australians, including 650 who are considered vulnerable, from returning home. Follow latest updatesFull report: Coalition to hold talks with Indian-Australian community leaders as anger mounts over travel banGPs grapple with vaccine shortfalls as pleas for more AstraZeneca doses are rejectedAlmost two-thirds of Australians think Covid vaccine rollout is not going well, survey suggests 11.22pm BST Sorry to dive straight into ...
Tags: Health, Business, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Biloela, Karen Andrews, Coronavirus, Karen Andrew


Australia news live: IPL cricket competition suspended; crossbench MPs call on PM to undo India travel ban

Significant number of Australian cricketers and commentators in India are living in competition’s bubble; Scott Morrison all but rules out lifting the ban. Follow live 9.22am BST And here’s our report on the Indian Premier League news. The IPL Twenty20 cricket tournament has been indefinitely suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis in the country, IPL chairman btold Reuters on Tuesday. Related: IPL cricket tournament suspended amid worsening Covid crisis in India 9.18am BST Further to t...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Ipl, Scott Morrison, Reuters, Indian Premier League, Australian Cricketers Association, Coronavirus


Australia news live: crossbench MPs call on PM to undo India travel ban; RBA keeps interest rates at record low

Scott Morrison all but rules out lifting the ban early as cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning the decision. Follow live 8.12am BST Scott Morrison claims it is “highly unlikely” that anyone will be jailed for returning to Australia from India under the country’s harsh biosecurity laws, as he resists calls from the peak medical association for the penalties to be dropped.Facing a backlash from within Coalition ranks and mounting community anger over the government’s decision to ...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, RBA, Michael Slater, Mostafa, Coronavirus, COVID, Elias Visontay


Scott Morrison lectured the states against snap border closures – now he's done exactly that | Katharine Murphy

The prime minister is intent on masking the government’s lack of preparation by presenting the India travel ban as an inspired plan to prevent a third Covid waveScott Morrison claims it is ‘highly unlikely’ Australians returning from India will be jailedIndia travel ban: does the health justification stack up and is the move legal?Karl Stefanovic, the breakfast television host, opened Tuesday morning with a bouncer. “Prime minister, good morning to you. Do you have blood on your hands?” With cow...
Tags: Health, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Morrison, Slater, Rockhampton, Michael Slater, Stefanovic, Katharine Murphy, Australian foreign policy, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: AMA demands Scott Morrison reverse India travel ban

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 3.31am BST With that, I shall pass the blog over to the amazing Mostafa Rachwani to take you through the rest of the day. 3.30am BST Here is the full exchange between Cameroonian woman Lillian and Scott Morrison. She is has begged the prime minister to provide support to her family in the African nation. "My people are being k...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Africa, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Paul Kelly, Ama, Lillian, Michael Slater, Coronavirus, Mostafa Rachwani


Australia news live: Penny Wong says she understands why people think government’s India policy is racist

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 11.16pm BST Scott Morrison has been asked why Australia didn’t ban travellers from the US or UK despite similar rates of infection during their respective spikes, and if the characterisation of the Indian policy as “racist” is fair. Morrison’s tactic when asked this is to talk about China, which by the most generous of characterisa...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, China, India, US, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Penny Wong, Paul Kelly, Morrison, Michael Slater, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Penny Wong says she understands why people think government’s India travel ban is racist

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 12.33am BST Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is speaking now from MacKay in Queensland. 12.33am BST While we have a second why don’t we jump back to the prime minister’s comments this morning. Scott Morrison has told Seven’s Sunrise that the government will not jump to conclusions as the defence department reviews a Chinese’...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Scott Morrison, Darwin, Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong, Paul Kelly, Mackay, Seven, Michael Slater, Coronavirus


Australia’s India travel ban: does the health justification stack up and is the move legal?

The extreme use of a power most people didn’t know existed has generated a storm of criticism. We look at how it came about – and what happens nextAustralians could die from Covid under India travel banAt the weekend, the federal health minister, Greg Hunt, announced the government would bar people – including citizens and permanent residents – from coming to Australia from India.The decision prompted a storm of criticism, including from the Australian Human Rights Commission, as Australians cam...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, Australian Human Rights Commission, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: Greg Hunt has ‘absolute belief’ that banning returns from India is legal

Health minister joins Scott Morrison in defending ban; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s medical chief Paul Kelly says he gave no health advice to jail India arrivalsWA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid casesA third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseasAustralia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 6.19am BST At the Australia Post inquiry, Tony Nutt, an Austra...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Senate, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia


Australia news live: ban on citizens returning from India could lead to deaths, chief medical officer warns

Scott Morrison has defended criminalising people who return from India; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s medical chief Paul Kelly says he gave no health advice to jail India arrivalsWA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid casesA third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseasAustralia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 5.22am BST Greg Hunt has sought to reassure A...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Australian economy


Australia news live: ban on citizens returning from India could lead to deaths, chief medical officer warned

Scott Morrison has defended criminalising people who return from India; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine. Follow latest updatesAustralia’s medical chief Paul Kelly says he gave no health advice to jail India arrivalsWA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid casesA third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseasAustralia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 4.14am BST The National Covid-19 Commission A...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Australian economy


Australia news live: Scott Morrison defends criminalising people who return from India; over-50s eligible for Covid vaccine

WA considers longer-term mask measures as contact tracers work through the movements of three men who tested positive for coronavirus in Perth on Saturday. Follow latest updates• WA premier says Perth lockdown remains ‘a prospect’ after Covid cases• A third of Australians believe Coalition must do more to help 36,000 citizens stranded overseas • Australia’s vaccine rollout: what you should know about the changes 2.24am BST Gosh, this press conference is confusing, but the crux of it is that ...
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