Category: mark butler

Qantas to Lift COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for International Flights

Australia’s major airline Qantas is lifting the COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all international flights. Qantas will no longer require passengers on international flights to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from 12.01 a.m. Australian (EST) on July 19, the airline said in an update on July 13. The move comes after the Australian government announced it…


Australia to Lift COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates for Overseas Travellers

Australia will remove COVID-19 vaccine mandates for international travellers and tourists on July 6. Following advice from Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly, the Australian government has made changes to the Biosecurity Act, allowing overseas passengers to enter the country without declaring their vaccination status. Apart from flight passengers, the changes will also apply to travellers…


Australian Government Stops Pandemic Leave Payment Citing Ongoing Costs

Australia’s Health Minister Mark Butler says the government has no plans to continue pandemic leave payments for individuals that must take time off work after contracting COVID-19. Butler told ABC Radio National on Friday that the federal government did not have the financial capability to continue funding the emergency payments, which came to an end…


Major Australian Political Parties to Increase Funding for Northern Territory

The Coalition and the Labor party have pledged to provide the Northern Territory with millions of dollars to help it deal with rising crimes, generate more jobs and improve health care for Indigenous people. Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised on April 24 that the federal government would spend $14 million (US$10 million) on a community-led…


Claims That Govt Redirected RAT Tests Are ‘Categorically Untrue’: PM

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described allegations that the Commonwealth was requisitioning rapid antigen tests (RATs) as “categorically untrue,” saying the government “would never do that” and that the tests are being prioritised for vulnerable Australians. The prime minister’s comments come after suppliers Werko, Star Hygiene, and HiCraft accused the federal government of diverting…