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New Covid subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are the most contagious yet – and driving Australia’s third Omicron wave

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Australia is heading for its third Omicron wave in the coming weeks, as BA.4 and BA.5 become the dominant Covid strains. BA.4 and BA.5 are more infectious than previous Covid variants and subvariants, and are better a...

‘Industrial revolution’: Australia’s decarbonisation needs rigorous management, thinktank warns

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Australia’s biggest polluters need a rigorous emissions reduction regime that avoids exemptions for trade-exposed industries, according to the Grattan Institute, which says decarbonising Australian industry is an “Ind...

Australia’s 10,000 deaths and the paradox of ‘Covid normal’

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In August 2020, staff at the Menarock Rosehill aged care facility in Melbourne told Kam Atkins that his 92-year-old mother had contracted Covid and was very unwell. But they could not tell him where she was. After pho...

Australia’s bushfire season has grown by almost a month in 40 years, study finds

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Australia’s bushfire season now lasts for 130 days a year and has lengthened by almost a month in the past four decades, according to new research. In the south-east of the country, where forests and communities are s...

Australia’s 35 newly elected MPs head to ‘parliament school’

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Australia’s 35 newly elected MPs have gone back to “school” in Canberra to learn about the inner workings of Parliament House before they officially take their seats in the chamber next month. In a two-day session of ...

Australia’s emissions climbed in Coalition’s final year as transport and fossil fuels wiped out gains during Covid

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Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions increased in 2021 as the country wound back Covid-19 lockdowns without taking significant steps to maintain a fall in carbon pollution recorded during the pandemic. National emissi...

Australia’s doctor deserts: city fringes lag behind centres in healthcare

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The average distance to the nearest doctor is more than 9km in some metropolitan areas, according to new data from the Australian Urban Observatory. Often found on city fringes, these areas also tend to have worse acc...

Australia’s first fixed pill testing site to launch in Canberra with hopes of sparking a national initiative

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Australia’s first fixed pill testing site will be up and running within weeks, and the organisers hope it could be the start of a national program. A pill testing trial at Canberra’s Groovin the Moo festival in 2019 p...

Australia’s borders were closed and population growth stalled – so why are houses so expensive?

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House prices in some areas of Australia are more than 20% above pre-pandemic levels, and several cities have seen greater than 8% annual rent rises, even as the nation’s population growth stalled amid two years of bor...

Australia’s powers to detain terrorist offenders after jail term without rehabilitation under review

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Australia’s national security monitor has said it is “odd” that powers to detain terrorist offenders after their sentence expires do not include consideration of rehabilitation. Grant Donaldson, the national security ...

Testing rates, Covid and the lockdown effect: what’s driving Australia’s big flu season?

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Australia is experiencing some of the highest levels of confirmed influenza cases, fever and cough in the last five years, but this hasn’t translated to an “unprecedented” number of hospitalisations. Experts say one r...

Russian billionaire launches legal action against Australia’s foreign minister over sanctions

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Russian billionaire Alexander Abramov has launched legal action against Australia’s minister for foreign affairs, seeking to be removed from the list of people the government has hit with sanctions over the invasion o...

Cost of Australia’s aged care system to taxpayers could double, experts warn

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Australia’s aged care system is fast becoming unsustainable due to financial losses faced by aged care providers, the worsening workforce crisis and an ageing population that will double the cost to taxpayers within 4...

Australia’s minimum wage earners to get $40 a week pay rise, Fair Work Commission rules

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Minimum wages will increase by at least $40 a week, with the hourly pay rate lifting from $20.33 to $21.38, the Fair Work Commission has ruled. The commission handed down its decision in the annual wage review on Wedn...

Hikers rescued with hypothermia in Tasmania as extreme cold front sweeps Australia’s east

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Eight people have been rescued from blizzards and extreme winds on the summit of Tasmania’s kunanyi/Mt Wellington on Saturday night, as winds, rain and below-average temperatures moved across Australia’s eastern state...

Australia’s aged care homes urged to speed up fourth-dose Covid boosters as outbreaks and deaths rise

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Ministers Mark Butler and Anika Wells have told aged care providers to act “with a sense of urgency” and speed up their fourth-dose Covid vaccinations as the sector continues to grapple with almost 700 outbreaks and a...

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