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Australian News Headlines: February 22, 2021

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Dollar falls as improving sentiment boosts riskier currencies

… will ease risks to Australia’s economy over the year, ratings agency Fitch… the yen, the dollar held steady at 105.45 Australia on Monday began its…

February 21, 2021 07:38pm EST

FOREX-Dollar falls as improving sentiment boosts riskier currencies

… to Australia’s economy over the year, ratings agency Fitch said on Monday when…, the dollar held steady at 105.45 Australia on Monday began its mass COVID…

February 21, 2021 07:37pm EST

Australia’s Bank of Queensland bulks up with $1.1 billion ME Bank purchase

… at the lead of Australia’s “Big Four” banks. The deal will double… of the four, Australia and New Zealand Banking Group, has over A$320 billion…

February 21, 2021 07:07pm EST

UPDATE 2-Australia’s Bank of Queensland bulks up with $1.1 bln ME Bank purchase

… of Australia’s “Big Four” banks. The deal will double the size of the Brisbane… of their international peers. The smallest of the four, Australia and New…

February 21, 2021 07:06pm EST

Australia begins mass COVID-19 vaccination programme

…SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia on Monday began its mass COVID-19… Fahrenheit). The vast majority of Australia’s 25 million population…

February 21, 2021 06:59pm EST

Australia begins mass COVID-19 vaccination programme

…SYDNEY, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Australia on Monday began its mass COVID… Fahrenheit). The vast majority of Australia’s 25 million population…

February 21, 2021 06:57pm EST

Australia‘s Ampol sees slow recovery in jet fuel demand

…MELBOURNE, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Ampol Ltd, Australia’s biggest fuel… to stop refining in Australia. Ampol said assuming a delayed recovery…

February 21, 2021 06:12pm EST

UPDATE 1-Australia‘s Macquarie expects 2021 profit to rise up to 10%

… (Reuters) – Australia’s Macquarie Group Ltd said on Monday it expected…

February 21, 2021 05:29pm EST

Australia shares set to dip at the open; NZ rises

… Feb 22 (Reuters) – Australian shares were poised to open lower on Monday, as investors take their cue from a relatively mixed session…

February 21, 2021 04:29pm EST

Djokovic on cloud nine in Australia after Medvedev mauling

…By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A very different Australian Open came to a familiar close on Sunday, with Novak Djokovic crowned…

February 21, 2021 11:28am EST

Djokovic goes from ‘persona non grata’ to nine-times champion

Australia’s strict quarantine protocols for players isolating for two weeks… with tennis players coming to Australia,” the 33-year-old said. “But I…

February 21, 2021 11:28am EST

Djokovic continues love affair with Rod Laver Arena

… ease strict quarantine protocols for players in Australia. He thanked… to Australia,” the 33-year-old said. “But I think when we draw a line…

February 21, 2021 11:27am EST

UPDATE 1-Tennis-Djokovic goes from “persona non grata” to nine-times champion

… organisers to ease Australia’s strict quarantine protocols for players… in the last month or so with tennis players coming to Australia,” the 33…

February 21, 2021 09:37am EST

Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook but vows publicity

…By Byron Kaye SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s government pledged… the world. Hours before Australia began inoculations with the Pfizer…

February 20, 2021 10:48pm EST

Australia won’t advertise COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook but vows publicity

…By Byron Kaye SYDNEY, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Australia’s government… around the world. Hours before Australia began inoculations with the Pfizer…

February 20, 2021 09:46pm EST

Australian PM Morrison gets COVID-19 vaccine as inoculation rollout starts

Australia in preparation for the broader rollout of the vaccines on Monday… to be mandatory vaccinations. Australia has reported just under 29,000…

February 20, 2021 08:10pm EST

Morning mail: vaccine rollout begins, Melbourne doctors under fire, what next for Facebook?

Good morning – Covid-19 vaccines have started in Australia, Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka won the Australian Open, and a group of Melbourne doctors are …The Guardian4 hours ago

First Australian receives Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine | ABC News

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Third woman alleges she was sexually assaulted by the same man accused of raping Brittany Higgins

A third woman has alleged she was sexually assaulted by the same former federal government advisor accused of raping former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.ABC News4 hours ago

Lisa Wilkinson calls out Scott Morrison over Brittany Higgins alleged sex abuse scandal

Lisa Wilkinson has called out Scott Morrison over his handling of the Brittany Higgins alleged sexual abuse scandal in an emotional segment on The Sunday …NEWS.com.au20 minutes ago

Coronavirus updates LIVE: COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins throughout Australia; some in Australian Open Men’s Final crowd boo the vaccine rollout

The vaccine will be start being given to high-risk Australians and essential workers from today throughout the country.The Age3 hours ago

WA Liberal kicks own goals as Labor revs up for a landslide election win

A Liberal candidate for the West Australian state election is being dogged by comments her husband made about COVID-19 being part of God’s “reset” for …NEWS.com.au20 hours ago

Liberals hope for historic poll error to avoid complete disaster on election night

In order to avoid a complete disaster on election night, the Liberal Party will need the first public poll of the Western Australian election campaign to be incorrect …ABC News3 hours ago

Browns Plains townhouse destroyed in overnight fire, two people missing

Queensland police say a man and a woman are unaccounted for after a fire destroyed a townhouse in Browns Plains on Brisbane’s southside this morning.ABC News54 minutes ago

‘Terrifying scream’: Two missing after townhouse blaze

A man and a woman are missing after fire tore through a two-storey unit block south of Brisbane this morning. WATCH THE VIDEO. Elise Williams, Shiloh Payne …Courier Mail1 hour agoLocal coverage

COVID-19 nurse first Queenslander to get vaccine, 391 days after state’s first case

Gold Coast nurse Zoe Park has become the first person in Queensland to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, almost 400 days since the first case was recorded in …NEWS.com.au1 hour ago

COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins in Queensland, as nurses, police inspector receive first jabs on the Gold Coast

A nurse who works in the Gold Coast University Hospital COVID-19 ward, is the first person in Queensland to receive the coronavirus vaccine with thousands …ABC News2 hours ago

Victoria records zero coronavirus cases as Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine rollout begins

A Monash Health professor who was part of the team which treated Australia’s first coronavirus patient is the first in the state to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 …ABC News4 hours ago

French: Australia’s COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan | Information Video | Portal Available Online

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Out of work in Victoria: Travelling musician Wylie Miller’s life changed in an instant when the cruise ships, crowds and stages fell silent

As the coronavirus upended life across the globe, jobs evaporated on a scale not seen in Australia for almost a century. Close to 900000 jobs were lost between …The Age4 hours ago

Boycott to stop Facebook’s $2.5m a day ad profit

A leading tech body is calling on government and companies to stop their Facebook ad spend, as it rakes in $2.5m a day after blocking news sites.Herald SunYesterday

Facebook is gambling Australia can’t live without it. Imagine if we prove it wrong

With its ban on Australian news, Facebook has so far only succeeded in strengthening the government’s resolve.The Guardian2 days agoOpinion

In refusing to play ball, Facebook takes itself out of the game

The problem with being a frog that’s boiled slowly over 15 years is that it can be hard to remember how you got into the pot in the first place, writes the boss of …Sydney Morning Herald6 hours ago

Not on my watch: Minister bans Health Department advertising on Facebook

Health Minister Greg Hunt says neither his office nor his department will advertise on Facebook after the tech giant blocked Australians from accessing news on …The AustralianYesterday

Melbourne’s eastern suburbs on alert after shock COVID find

Residents in Melbourne’s east have been put on notice after health officials detected traces of the virus in wastewater across the area. Kieran Rooney, John …Herald Sun2 days ago

WA closes border to Victorians, COVID case in ICU

WA has shut the door on Victorians – again – as a COVID case linked to the Holiday Inn cluster was admitted into intensive care. Sue Dunlevy, Maria Bervanakis, …Daily Telegraph3 days ago

Government to escalate Facebook feud by pulling advertising spend potentially worth millions of dollars

The government seeks to punish Facebook for “seeking to exert power or influence over our democratic systems”, pulling ad spending which is potentially worth …ABC News1 hour ago

Oliver Dowden expresses alarm over Facebook ban on news in Australia

Culture Secretary expresses concern after social media giant blocked publishers from Australian platform.Telegraph.co.uk2 hours ago

Scott Morrison among small group to receive first coronavirus vaccines administered in Australia

The first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine are administered to a small group Australians ahead of a broader rollout tomorrow.ABC NewsYesterday

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian reveals COVID vaccines could be rolled out faster

Premier Gladys Berejiklian made the surprising claim as the first jabs were administered at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital’s vaccination hub on Monday.NEWS.com.au2 hours ago

COVID vaccination rollout could be faster than expected, Berejiklian says

The NSW government is hopeful of a more rapid introduction of the COVID-19 vaccination across the wider community, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says.Sydney Morning Herald1 hour ago

Craig Kelly in trouble in Hughes over support for unproven Covid therapies, poll finds

Most voters in Liberal MP’s electorate believe his social media posts are irresponsible, with his climate denialism further eroding his popularity.The Guardian2 hours ago

Coronavirus vaccine rollout begins in SA as Premier rolls up sleeve for first jab

South Australia’s Premier, a health worker, a hotel guard and a police officer are among the first in the state to receive the coronavirus vaccine.ABC News2 hours ago

The towns that won big from travel voucher scheme

About 52,000 vouchers from the first tranche of the travel vouchers scheme have been redeemed, with these towns reaping the biggest benefits. Wes Hosking …Herald Sun3 hours ago

Victorian Government announces support package for businesses hit by coronavirus lockdown

More than 50000 Victorian businesses will be eligible for cash payments as part of a new package targeting industries that were hit by the recent “circuit breaker” …ABC News21 hours ago

COVID-19 vaccines begin as Prime Minister receives Pfizer immunisation

Australia’s vaccination rollout began on Sunday with Prime Minister Scott Morrison sitting alongside aged-care resident Jane as she became the first person to …The Age23 hours ago

Forensic officers stayed overnight at Page death crime scene, investigation continues

Forensics officers spent the night at a quiet suburban street in Page in the aftermath of a violent incident where police found one man dead, others badly injured …The Canberra TimesYesterday

‘When and if’: AHPPC to review mandatory vaccines in aged care

COVID-19 vaccines could be made compulsory in aged care centres once Australia learns more about their long-term effectiveness.NEWS.com.au1 hour ago

Brittany Higgins: Scott Morrison ‘very distressed’ at second rape claims

Scott Morrison says he welcomes the police investigation into an alleged Parliament House rape, as a second woman claims she was assaulted.Daily Telegraph2 days ago

‘We’ve had a gutful’: Traditional owners threaten to close parts of Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is supposed to be a jewel in Australia’s tourism crown, yet our biggest national park is falling into disrepair amid accusations of mismanagement and …ABC News1 hour ago

Traditional owners threaten to close Kakadu National Park, key tourism sites

TRADITIONAL owners of Kakadu National Park are warning that they may close the World Heritage site over a management dispute.NT News1 hour ago

Coercive control inquiry hears harrowing accounts of shame, humiliation and abuse

The insidious forms of coercive control that have left victims like Queensland’s Hannah Clarke dead are under the spotlight in NSW as a government inquiry …ABC News6 hours ago

Sydney news: Man stabbed in Merrylands, coercive control inquiry begins

MORNING BRIEFING: A man is in hospital after being stabbed in the neck, chest and back in Western Sydney overnight, while NSW Parliament hears personal …ABC News4 hours ago

Secret figures show full fibre NBN may have cost $10 billion less than claimed

A gold-plated National Broadband Network may have cost $10 billion less than previously estimated by the Coalition government, with secret figures from a …Sydney Morning Herald6 hours ago

Police resume search for missing Melbourne mother Ju ‘Kelly’ Zhang following anonymous call

Detectives urge an anonymous caller to phone in again as they search bushland in Heidelberg West for the missing Melbourne mother.ABC News39 minutes ago

Police return to Darebin Creek in search for missing mother Ju Zhang

Police have returned to bushland in Melbourne’s north-east to search for missing Epping mother Ju Zhang.The Age55 minutes agoLocal coverage

NT Police issue flood alert as Katherine River approaches 15 metres

Widespread rains in the Top End have filled the Katherine River to near its minor flooding point of 15 metres. Local residents are preparing for potential flooding.ABC NewsYesterday

Boys set Goulburn house on fire with people inside: police

Two teenage boys poured accelerant around a house, set it on fire and threw a table through a window while two people were inside, police allege.The Canberra Times4 hours ago

Goulburn police arrest juveniles over Chisholm Street fire

Police allege two teenage boys set fire to a Goulburn house while the occupants were asleep.Goulburn Post14 hours ago

Temperatures to climb above 40C in parts of Qld, WA as heatwave peaks

Residents in Queensland and Western Australia are bracing for scorching temperatures with heatwaves set to peak in both states on Monday. Record …NEWS.com.au2 hours ago

Queensland heatwave to peak today with temperatures likely to break records

A severe heat wave sweeping Queensland will peak today as record breaking temperatures grip parts of the st…9News5 hours ago

Regional Australia cannot carry all the quarantine risk

The first people to receive a COVID-19 vaccination in Australia will roll up their sleeves tomorrow, but the start of the rollout does not mark the end of hotel …The Age2 days ago

Sunshine Coast league player, 34, dies during game

The Sunshine Coast rugby league community is mourning after the death of a beloved player during a game on Saturday afternoon.Sunshine Coast Daily20 hours ago

Rugby league in mourning after player dies during trial

The Sunshine Coast rugby league community is mourning after the sudden death of a beloved player during a game on Saturday afternoon.Fox Sports3 hours ago

Teenager rides 20km with broken leg to save unconscious mate after motocross crash

A teenager has gone to extraordinary lengths to save the life of his injured mate, riding 20km with a broken leg to get help.NEWS.com.au1 hour ago

Blind luck and Nullarbor cavers help WA Museum bring four new trapdoor spider species into the light

Handy scientific detective work has led to the discovery of four new species of trapdoor spiders in caves on the Nullarbor plain, despite having no live specimens …ABC News52 minutes ago

New ASIC chief must enforce rules, not ‘fantasise’ about setting them: Hartnell

Tony Hartnell, the inaugural chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), says the next leader of the organisation must be a …Sydney Morning Herald6 hours ago

The government’s ‘war on kids’ won’t stop the youth crime problem in Queensland, experts say

Former repeat offender Georgia* says she pleaded with schools to enrol her, and felt safest behind the walls of detention during her years in and out of …ABC News5 hours ago

Kevin Rudd fails in bid for royal commission into media diversity

Former prime minister Kevin Rudds campaign for a royal commission into media diversity has failed, with the federal government formally recommending that …The Australian3 hours ago

NT Chief Minister ‘extremely angry’ at exiled Labor colleagues in wake of Labor scandal

Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner has said dishonesty from former members of his Labor team stopped him from “acting early and publicly” to …ABC News16 hours ago

‘Hero to everyone’: Rising baseball star killed in crash

A talented young baseball player who tragically died after a crash in Logan on Sunday morning is being remembered as a beloved son and friend.Courier Mail5 hours ago

Farmers in Western Australia’s south-west corner are adapting to a life with less water

The people of south-west Western Australia have no choice but to adapt to one of the world’s greatest declines in rainfall. This is what they’re doing about it.ABC News5 hours ago

Charges laid over apprentice jockey Mikaela Claridge’s death at Victorian track

A Victorian turf club and trainer have been charged with breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act after an apprentice jockey was thrown from a horse …NEWS.com.au39 minutes ago

Adelaide Hills: Man killed after cashing all-terrain utility vehicle on private property

A South Australian man has died after a crash involving an all-terrain utility vehicle on a private property.NEWS.com.au1 hour ago

Man dies in crash on Hills farm

A 56-year-old man has died in a crash involving a four-wheel utility vehicle on an Adelaide Hills property overnight. Dixie Sulda · @dixie_sulda. less than 2 min …The Advertiser2 hours agoLocal coverage

‘Ignore the anti-vaxxers’, authorities urge following nationwide rallies

Australians have been urged to ignore the conspiracy theories and misinformation spread by anti-vaxxers who gathered across the country yesterday to protest …The Australian2 days ago

Hobart bigamous marriage dissolved after Family Court finds husband already had a wife

A bigamous marriage in Hobart has been dissolved after a Family Court judge found the husband already had an overseas wife.The Mercury23 hours ago

Dramatic footage shows Gold Coast grandma fight off alleged thief in carpark tussle

An alleged thief has met his match in a Gold Coast grandmother after he tried to take her handbag from a busy pub. In dramatic footage obtained by Sunrise, the …NEWS.com.au3 hours ago

Incredible moment gutsy Gold Coast grandmother chases down and tackles alleged handbag thief

After a short tussle on the carpark concrete, the elderly woman is seen putting the robber into a headlock before proudly walking away with her bag.7NEWS.com.au5 hours ago

Disabled young people living on poverty-level benefits rises 300%

Exclusive: government urged to address ‘intractable problems’ as tightened rules on disability pensions blamed for fueling increase.The Guardian5 hours ago

The prize for Australia’s post-Covid restoration is large. But fairness must be integral

Our pre-pandemic dog days are our destination once more unless we break sharply with the policies and political culture of the early 21st century.The Guardian8 hours ago

Australia’s recovery appears to be going well, but it’s still very weird out there | Greg Jericho

We will only know how Australia’s economy is really is faring once the government removes all Covid subsidies.The GuardianYesterdayOpinion

‘Biggest heart’: Young dad killed in motorcycle crash

The motorcyclist killed in a horror crash north west of Brisbane last night has been revealed as a young father. Kara Sonter · @KaraSonter. less than 2 min read.Courier Mail21 hours ago

Motorcycle rider dies in tragic overnight crash in Douglas

A young rider had another person riding pillion when they lost control and crashed into a tree, with the driver losing his life.Townsville Bulletin23 hours ago

Melbourne train delays as South Yarra incident suspends Sandringham line after person hit by train

Melbourne’s morning commute has been thrown into chaos after a station was closed and a train line completely suspended.NEWS.com.au2 hours ago

Commuter is hit by a train in Melbourne plunging the city into peak-hour chaos

The person was hit near South Yarra station, prompting the Sandringham train line between Ripponlea and Prahran stations to be suspended.Daily Mail1 hour ago

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Australia prepares for vaccine rollout; Victorian government yet to send hotel quarantine bills; Inside Sydney’s biggest vaccination station

The federal government has revealed the who, what and where of Australia’s initial vaccine rollout, but there are fears the nation’s supply is at risk due to a …The Age2 days ago

Latest snapshot of the coronavirus impact

LATEST COVID-19 DEVELOPMENTS * Victoria has recorded no new local COVID-19 cases with the state’s health minister saying the numbers give “increasing …Warrnambool Standard2 days agoLocal coverage

Woman charged with murder after alleged stabbing in Cairns

Police charge a 21-year-old woman with murder following the death of a 25-year-old man at a unit complex in Cairns in Far North Queensland.ABC News2 days ago

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