Victoria the first Australian state to bar unvaccinated MPs from its parliament

Victoria has become the first Australian state to require all MPs to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be barred from parliament. The Victorian parliament’s Upper House last night voted to pass a bill requiring MPs and their staff to show proof of their vaccination status or be excluded from the building. That move came as the deadlineContinue reading “Victoria the first Australian state to bar unvaccinated MPs from its parliament”

Police arrest 94 anti-lockdown protesters in St Kilda and Melbourne CBD

Police have arrested 94 people, mainly in St Kilda and the Melbourne CBD, after small groups of protesters gathered around the city for another day of anti-lockdown rallies.   The majority of the arrests were made after about 50 protesters congregated on St Kilda Esplanade in inner Melbourne early on Saturday afternoon.  By the time a fewContinue reading “Police arrest 94 anti-lockdown protesters in St Kilda and Melbourne CBD”

Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270

Australia’s police arrested 235 people in Melbourne and 32 in Sydney on Saturday at unsanctioned anti-lockdown rallies and several police officers were injured in clashes with protesters. Victoria police said six officers required hospitalisation. Several officers were knocked to the ground and trampled, the police said and television footage showed. About 700 people managed toContinue reading “Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters, arrest nearly 270”

Australia: Victoria is making the public display of Nazi symbols illegal

The Victorian government is working on new laws to ban the public display of Nazi symbols, including the swastika, in what would be a national first. Victoria is set to make the public display of Nazi symbols illegal “in recognition of the rise in neo-Nazi activity and its role in inciting hate behaviour”. Australian state andContinue reading “Australia: Victoria is making the public display of Nazi symbols illegal”

Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters

Police in the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney have clashed with thousands of people protesting against Covid lockdowns. In Melbourne, mounted officers used pepper spray when elements of a 4,000-strong rally broke through police lines. Police arrested 218 people, and at least seven officers were injured. In Sydney, where lockdown measures have been extendedContinue reading “Covid: Australian police clash with anti-lockdown protesters”

Severe weather warnings for Victoria and WA as cold fronts slam opposite sides of Australia

The wild weather continues for Western Australia today as a pair of cold fronts trigger damaging winds, hail and snow in the south west of the state. As the first front, which swept across the state over the weekend weakens, another system is approaching from the west. The second and stronger cold front began to charge across the southwestContinue reading “Severe weather warnings for Victoria and WA as cold fronts slam opposite sides of Australia”

Australians may face longer lockdown after “reckless” mass protests

New South Wales reports 141 new local cases, 2 deaths Victoria on track to ease curbs Australia secures 85 mln Pfizer booster shots Australia’s New South Wales logged its second-highest daily increase of the year in locally acquired COVID-19 cases on Sunday amid fears of a wave of new infections after thousands of people joinedContinue reading “Australians may face longer lockdown after “reckless” mass protests”

New Zealand shuts Australia travel bubble as Sydney’s Covid outbreak worsens

Jacinda Ardern pauses flights for eight weeks as her health chief says the spread in NSW was ‘clearly not under control’ New Zealand is shutting down the quarantine-free travel bubble with Australia for two months, as the country grapples with a number of serious outbreaks of Covid-19. The country had already paused travel with the states ofContinue reading “New Zealand shuts Australia travel bubble as Sydney’s Covid outbreak worsens”

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