Scam alert: Australia warns of self-managed superannuation funds investing in crypto

Scam alert: Australia warns of self-managed superannuation funds investing in crypto

As a consequence of the spike in scams, ASIC has recently shut down unlicensed financial services business A One Multi Services Pty Ltd, which seems to have received $2.4 million from investors. The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has warned investors of marketing efforts pushing Australians to switch from retail and industry superannuation funds … Read more

Australia treasurer calls for easing Covid curbs despite rising cases

Australia treasurer calls for easing Covid curbs despite rising cases

Patrons dine-in at a bar by the harbour in the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) regulations easing, following an extended lockdown to curb an outbreak, in Sydney, Australia, October 22, 2021. REUTERS/Jaimi Joy/File PhotoRegister now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterCANBERRA, Dec 11 (Reuters) – Australia must loosen COVID-19 restrictions to bolster its economic recovery, … Read more

Australia live news updates: Omicron Covid cases climb; Victoria records 13 deaths and NSW three; Sydney pub and club at centre of scare | Australia news

7.20pm EST 19:20 Frydenberg is talking about government advice they’ve got on Omicron. “The medical advice is still coming in, in terms of the Omicron variant but we have heard from the medical professionals and the Chief medical officer that it looks encouraging and that some of the early signs are more positive than initially … Read more

Australia news live update: eight new Omicron infections in NSW as Covid cases rise; Qld and NT pass 80% vaccine milestone | Australia news

9.28pm EST 21:28 Gunner has also added that people arriving into the Northern Territory will need to get three tests to get into the territory. Travellers will need one test before arrival, and two after you arrive. Gunner explained the process for domestic arrivals, who will be able to enter the territory next week: They … Read more

Australia proposes new laws to regulate crypto, BNPL

Australia proposes new laws to regulate crypto, BNPL

SYDNEY, Dec 8 (Reuters) – Australia will create a licencing framework for cryptocurrency exchanges and consider launching a retail central bank digital currency as part of the biggest overhaul of its A$650 billion-a-day ($463 billion) payments industry in a quarter of a century.The country will also broaden its payment laws to cover online transaction providers … Read more

Crypto Users in Australia Up By Over 10 Percent, Bitcoin Most Popular: Report

Crypto Users in Australia Up By Over 10 Percent, Bitcoin Most Popular: Report

The number of crypto investors in Australia has risen to 28.8 percent this year – registering a ten percent increase in the 18.4 percent that was recorded last year, according to a recently released report. This report is called the 2021 Independent Reserve’s Cryptocurrency Index (IRCI). The results of this study also reveal that Bitcoin is … Read more

COVID-19 vaccines have been provisionally approved in Australia for children aged five to 11. Here is what we know

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From early next year, children as young as five will likely begin being vaccinated against COVID-19.Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been provisionally approved by Australia’s medical regulator and only has a few small hurdles left before it is given the all-clear.It’s the latest significant expansion in the national vaccine rollout and may come as a relief to plenty of … Read more

Covid vaccine protests in Melbourne as Kerry Chant warns of ‘uptick’ in Sydney Omicron cases | Australia news

The Australian government says Covid vaccines could soon be rolled out for children as young as five as Victoria reported nine deaths and the NSW chief health officer, Kerry Chant, warned of “an uptick” in Omicron cases in metropolitan Sydney.The federal health minister, Greg Hunt, said on Saturday that the regulators – the Therapeutic Goods … Read more

Tennis Australia annual report shows $100 million loss due to COVID-19 restrictions, player quarantine for Australian Open

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Tennis Australia sustained a net loss of more than $100 million in the 15 months around this year’s delayed — and COVID-19-affected — Australian Open, the body’s 2020-21 annual report showed.Key points:Tennis Australia emptied its cash reserves of $80 million and took a loan of $40 million due to the impact of COVID-19 on the … Read more

South Australia records three new cases of COVID-19, including two cases of local transmission

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South Australia has recorded three new COVID cases, including the first instances of local transmission since the state opened its borders to New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT last week.Key points:Two men aged in their 50s are believed to have caught the virus from an interstate traveller at an eventA child in quarantine has also … Read more

COVID-19 vaccine booster time frame to be reviewed after Omicron variant detected in Australia

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Health Minister Greg Hunt has asked the government’s expert immunisation panel to review the time frame for COVID-19 booster shots, after the detection of the Omicron “variant of concern” in Australia.Key points:The government’s expert immunisation panel will review its advice on the timing for booster shotsThe Health Minister says the country has enough vaccine stocks to … Read more

Covid update: Australia confirms first Omicron cases | Australia news

Two international travellers in NSW quarantine have tested positive to the new Omicron Covid variant, becoming the first cases in Australia.The results came following urgent genomic testing undertaken by NSW Health on Sunday, after the two travellers arrived in Sydney on Saturday night.The two cases, who had travelled from southern Africa and landed in Australia … Read more

Western Australia tightens border with South Australia after new COVID cases amid Omicron fears

Western Australia tightens border with South Australia after new COVID cases amid Omicron fears

Western Australia will force all arrivals from South Australia to isolate for 14 days under tightened border rules.Key points:WA Premier Mark McGowan says his state must act with an “abundance of caution” due to fears about the Omicron variantThe “low-risk” designation means arrivals from South Australia must be tested and self-isolateExisting approvals for people due to … Read more

South Australia opened its borders to COVID-19. So, what have we learned?

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South Australia this week went where no other state — possibly no other jurisdiction — has gone before.Key points:SA opened its borders to NSW, ACT and Victoria last TuesdayAs of Saturday, 10 positive cases had been recorded in interstate travellersClose contacts of positive cases still need to quarantineAfter enjoying months without a single case of … Read more

South Australia records two new cases of COVID-19, state reaches 80 per cent double vaccination

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South Australia has recorded another two new cases of COVID-19 — a man and a woman in their 20s who both acquired their infection interstate.Key points:The Premier says South Australia has reached 80 per cent double vaccination for people aged 16 and overThe state has also recorded two new cases of COVID-19Both were acquired interstateSeven people … Read more

Victorian child tests positive for COVID-19 after travelling to South Australia

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South Australia has recorded its first official COVID-19 case since yesterday’s opening of borders to Victoria, NSW and the ACT.Key points:SA opened its borders to NSW, Victoria and the ACT yesterdayA Victorian girl has returned home after testing positive in SAAnother Victorian tested positive for COVID-19, but it is deemed an old infectionThe case – … Read more

COVID-19 home care to include remote symptom tracking when South Australia reopens borders

SA Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Emily Kirkpatrick addresses the media.

SA Health has detailed how medical staff will be able to remotely check the symptoms of COVID-positive patients who are isolating at home once the state relaxes border restrictions in less than 48 hours. Key points:SA Health says it has 1,500 of the home care kits but can access moreInformation from oximeters and temperature probes will be provided to health staffA … Read more

COVID live updates: All the latest coronavirus news from Australia and overseas

COVID live updates: All the latest coronavirus news from Australia and overseas

Live updates1m ago1 minutes agoSat 13 Nov 2021 at 9:56pmBy Daniel SmithQueensland’s coming milestoneWill qld hit 70% today and when will we know? Does this mean people coming in can hug their loved ones? I’m sad for people who haven’t been able to come home, it feels a little long in the tooth now …-Get … Read more

Australia news updates live: ACT Covid restrictions to ease Friday; masks to come off in Queensland this week; NSW students to sit HSC exams | Australia news

I have been working closely with colleagues in New South Wales, ACT and Victoria over the last few weeks to prepare for exactly the issues that have been faced and that is a rapidly moving space, in terms of how rapid antigen tests can be used in those circumstances, what is the minimum amount of … Read more

Covid booster shots: who is eligible and how will it affect your vaccination status in Australia? | Australia news

Vaccine clinics and general practitioners have begun administering Covid-19 booster shots to the general population, with almost two million Australians set to be eligible for their third dose by Christmas.More than 170,000 severely immunocompromised Australians had already received third doses as a part of a limited early phase of eligibility, however from Monday, any Australian … Read more

Western Australia nurse who allegedly faked giving Covid vaccine to teenager charged | Western Australia

A nurse in Western Australia has been charged after allegedly faking the Covid-19 vaccination of the teenage child of someone she knows.The 51-year-old registered nurse was arrested and charged with gains benefit by fraud on Sunday after the Perth medical centre where she worked reported her to WA police.Police say the nurse was approved by … Read more

Commonwealth Bank of Australia now provides crypto trading services

Commonwealth Bank of Australia now provides crypto trading services

Crypto trading in many countries is still in its infancy stages or awaiting regulatory approvals. In the financial sector, most banks had refused to do business with cryptocurrency providers in the past, with only a handful of banks in Europe and the US offering crypto trading services.In China,  the government has ordered a halt to … Read more

Australia news live update: Joyce slams former PMs’ criticisms of Morrison; Covid booster shots available from today; more freedoms for NSW | Australia news

Look, in politics … sometimes it’s not so much how you ride the horse, but how you get off it. Some people get off it with grace and walk to the rail and sit on the rail and people go up and talk to them, but some people just can’t help themselves and they keep … Read more

COVID live updates: All the COVID news you need from across Australia

COVID live updates: All the COVID news you need from across Australia

WORLD NEWS: Netherlands reissues order to wear face masksFaced with sharply rising coronavirus cases, the caretaker prime minister of the Netherlands says the Dutch government is reinstituting an order to wear face masks in public places like stores and libraries and mandating an extension for the use of COVID-19 passes.COVID-19 cases have increased rapidly in … Read more

Melbourne Cup to begin, NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow, Australia vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, G20 summit ends, COP26 Glasgow summit to begin

Melbourne Cup to begin, NSW COVID cases grow, Victoria COVID cases grow, Australia vaccination rate nears 80 per cent, G20 summit ends, COP26 Glasgow summit to begin

Senior Victorian state government minister Martin Pakula has refuted reports the Victorian branch of the Australian Labor Party was refusing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation.The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission today resumes its public hearings as part of an investigation into allegations of corrupt conduct involving Victorian public officers, including members of Parliament.The probe centres … Read more

South Korea Eases Covid Restrictions As Australia, Thailand Reopen Borders

South Korea Eases Covid Restrictions As Australia, Thailand Reopen Borders

Topline Several countries began lifting pandemic-related restrictions Monday, with Australia, Thailand and Israel allowing some forms of international travel and South Korea reopening certain public spaces even as other parts of the world remain steadfastly closed because of the pandemic. A woman embraces her brother after arriving on a flight from Los Angeles at Sydney … Read more

South Australia’s ‘freedom day’ to bring tourists, loved ones and Covid cases | South Australia

On 23 November, South Australia will open its doors to tourists, to loved ones, to residents finally returning home – and to Covid.Other states and countries have called it “freedom day” when they emerge blinking into the light from lockdowns. But in Covid-free SA, lifting border restrictions means letting the pandemic in. Deliberately, almost. Authorities … Read more

Victoria AMA says Covid-deniers and anti-vaxxers should opt out of public health system and ‘let nature run its course’ | Australia news

“Covid-deniers” and “anti-vaxxers” should opt out of care in the public health system if they catch the virus as Victoria reopens, says the Victorian branch of the Australian Medical Association.The AMA Victoria president, Dr Roderick McRae, said those who do not believe Covid-19 is real or a threat should update their advanced care directives and … Read more

COVID live updates: All the COVID-19 news you need from across Australia

COVID live updates: All the COVID-19 news you need from across Australia

Experts warn NSW residents it won’t be possible to maintain drop COVID case numbersABC NewsCOVID-positive case numbers have taken a tumble in New South Wales, but experts say maintaining the fall is “not possible”.Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett, from Deakin University, said the drop in transmission numbers was a good sign but cases were likely to start … Read more

Australia could see Covid surge from new variants even after 80% vaccination when border reopens | Australia news

If the Australian international border is reopened while highly transmissible Covid-19 variants are circulating overseas or locally, large and disruptive outbreaks will still be possible after 80% of people aged 16 years are fully vaccinated, modelling published in the Medical Journal of Australia on Monday says.It comes after the New South Wales premier, Dominic Perrottet, … Read more

What are Ronapreve and PF-07321332, the two new COVID-19 treatments Australia has gained access to?

What are Ronapreve and PF-07321332, the two new COVID-19 treatments Australia has gained access to?

Health Minister Greg Hunt says Australia has procured two new drugs for the treatment of COVID-19.Australia is expecting to be supplied with 15,000 of the antibody-based treatment Ronapreve, as well as 500,000 courses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 oral antiviral drug PF-07321332.Catch up on the main COVID-19 news from Sunday, October 17 with a look back at our … Read more

Ronapreve COVID-19 drug purchased by Australia for use in hospitals

Ronapreve COVID-19 drug purchased by Australia for use in hospitals

Australia has purchased 15,000 doses of a breakthrough new COVID-19 treatment.Early results indicate Ronapreve has a 70 per cent reduction in the likelihood of hospitalisation or loss of life for people who contract the virus.It will be available this month to patients in hospital, where it will be given as an intravenous treatment.In announcing the … Read more

Australia cancels men’s and women’s Opens due to COVID-19

Australia cancels men's and women's Opens due to COVID-19

MELBOURNE, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Australia has cancelled its men’s and women’s Open tournaments in a hammer blow for the struggling domestic game as COVID-19 and travel restrictions continue to bite.Organisers had planned a late-January, early-February window for the men’s Australian Open in Sydney after its original November schedule proved untenable.But Golf Australia boss James … Read more

Australian scientists fear job insecurity as morale plummets amid Covid, survey finds | Australia news

The coronavirus pandemic has had a stark impact on scientists, with widespread job insecurity, worker fatigue and plummeting morale prompting warnings many may leave the profession without more government support.An annual survey conducted by Science & Technology Australia and Professional Scientists Australia found an increase in staff fatigue in 71% of respondents – up from … Read more

‘Freedom Day’: Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

'Freedom Day': Sydney reopens as Australia looks to live with COVID-19

A person in protective face mask walks along the harbour waterfront across from the Sydney Opera House during a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sydney, Australia, October 6, 2021. REUTERS/Loren Elliott’Enjoy the moment’, PM wishes Sydney residentsBusinesses can open with reduced capacityUnvaccinated to remain in lockdown until Dec 1SYDNEY, … Read more

Victorian COVID-19 positive truck driver entered Western Australia, exposure sites identified

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Three Western Australian service stations are potential COVID-19 exposure sites after a Victorian truck driver who tested positive to the virus entered the state.Key points:A man in his 20s who visited WA recently has tested positive to COVID-19The truck driver was in the state for five daysService stations in Kewdale and the Goldfields are potential exposure sitesThe … Read more

Boy tests positive to COVID-19 in Adelaide after flight connected with Virgin Australia case

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A boy has tested positive for COVID-19 after being on the same flight as a Virgin Australia flight attendant who tested positive for the virus. Key points:A Virgin flight attendant tested positive for COVID-19 last weekSince then, a teenage boy on one of the same flights with the attendant has also contracted the virusMeanwhile, a truck driver with COVID-19 … Read more

Australia braces for more COVID-19 infections

MELBOURNE:  Australia was bracing for more COVID-19 infections and hospitalisations, officials said on Saturday, even as it moves toward gradually easing pandemic restrictions with the vast majority of its people getting vaccinated against the virus. Sydney, in a lockdown for more than 100 days, is to ease some key restrictions for the fully vaccinated from … Read more

South Australia records two new cases of COVID-19, including a woman who flew from Victoria to Adelaide

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South Australia has recorded two new cases of COVID-19.Key points:One case is a historical case in an Adelaide medi-hotelThe second case is a woman who flew home to South Australia from Victoria on FridaySA Health is working to contact eight passengers on board her Jetstar flightOne is a historical case from a man in his … Read more

Second truck driver in two days tests positive for COVID-19 after being in South Australia

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A second truck driver in two days has tested positive for COVID-19 after being in South Australia.Key points:A truck driver tested positive for COVID-19 while in SA on WednesdayAnother driver with the virus was in the state todayTruck drivers are meant to have had at least one vaccine doseThe truck driver in his 30s visited … Read more

The great Australian holiday gamble: can we Covid-proof our travel plans? | Australia holidays

Travel is on the mind for many Australians at the moment, whether as a form of lockdown escapism, or an actual escape for those who aren’t currently stuck at home.But given how suddenly states can impose travel restrictions, and fluctuating caps on international arrivals, booking an interstate or overseas trip in the next year carries … Read more