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News from the ABC Australia

British PM Rishi Sunak calls snap UK general election for July 4
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Britain's Conservative Prime Minister Rishi Sunak calls a surprise general election, triggering a six-week campaign with his government trailing the opposition Labour Party in the polls.

Pro-Palestinian protesters end Melbourne university encampment after claiming 'major win'
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Pro-Palestinian protesters who occupied a Melbourne university building last week have decided to end their encampment after they say the institution agreed to an "important demand".

'Wasn't a difficult choice': Tully needed more than $50,000 to pay for his new teeth, so he drained his super balance
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Tully Denahy's diseased teeth were ruining his life. So, like thousands of Australians, he emptied his super account to pay for new ones. 

New payroll tax exemption will stop GP clinics from closing, peak medical body says
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

South Australian doctors in general practices would be permanently exempted from paying payroll tax on earnings from bulk-billed services.

Norway, Ireland and Spain to recognise Palestinian state, Blinken says he'll work with Congress on potential ICC sanctions
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The three European countries will recognise an independent Palestinian state in the hopes that a two-state solution would bring peace with Israel, the respective prime ministers say.

The financial toll of domestic violence can strip a person of their identity, so how do you rebuild it?
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Domestic violence comes at a great cost to victim-survivors, and it costs the nation billions. So, what can we do about it?

'Hard to describe in words': First plane carrying Australians on turbulent Singapore Airlines flight touches down in Sydney
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Uninjured Australians have begun their return to airports across the country, following "severe turbulence" that left 18 injured and one dead on Tuesday.

Police used mobile phone data to link former pilot with missing Victorian campers, murder trial hears
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Police have revealed how they used data from number plate recognition cameras and a mobile phone to connect alleged Victorian High Country killer Greg Lynn to the disappearances of two campers.

Inquest into poisoning death of farmer Douglas Thrift hears wife had no motive to kill him
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The barrister for a woman whose husband died by poisoning has vehemently rejected rumour and innuendo that her client killed him.

In the darkened forests of Indonesia, one of the nation's favourite pastimes is making a comeback
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Indonesia has one of the fastest-growing film markets in the world, and audiences can't get enough of one genre in particular. 

Shadow treasurer says Coalition would cut net migration by a quarter during first term
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Insisting it is consistent with migration targets announced last week, Shadow Treasurer Angus Taylor announces the Coalition would cut total migration by 25 per cent during its first term of government.

Analysts say Telstra's cost-cutting likely to flow through to the customer
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Telstra's share price has fallen since CEO Vicki Brady made the announcement on Tuesday morning.

Barbie to make a doll to honour Mary Fowler, gloves and bubble braid included
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The Matildas star and Manchester City forward is one of nine athletes set to be honoured in a new project announced by Mattel.

Driver dies after school bus crashes in Victorian town of Kilmore, north of Melbourne
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The driver of a bus carrying school students has died after a crash at Kilmore. The school says none of its students have been injured.

Closure is promised, so why is there a record-high number of children in Tasmanian youth detention?
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The number of children currently in youth detention in Tasmania is the highest it's been in a decade, and low staffing levels means those at the centre are increasingly being left in isolation. 

Humane animal traps? Pest controllers say toxic paste is a 'welfare positive' method for fox and wild dog control
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Foxes and wild dogs have long wreaked havoc on livestock and native wildlife, but a new control measure has hit the market to target feral pest populations.

Media lawyer resigns after ABC investigation reveals his links to plagiarism websites
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

James Raptis, the media lawyer identified by an ABC investigation as being linked to an AI plagiarism operation, has left his position at Australian Community Media.

'What a mess this place is': Australians stranded in New Caledonia desperate to get home
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Stranded Australian tourists in riot-stricken New Caledonia say they've been notified of French government flights back to Australia, but details are unclear.

For self-employed artist Nordacious, home ownership still feels like 'a lofty aspiration'. But this is his 'slow and steady' plan
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

It's Pay Day! Brisbane-based visual artist Nordacious, AKA James Hillier, shares the lesson of "delayed gratification" that he learned from his parents and the irresistible guilty splurge in his shopping trolley most weeks.

First ever human case of bird flu detected in Victorian child returning to Australia
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

A Victorian child has tested positive for H5N1 avian influenza after returning to the country from overseas earlier this year. The Department of Health says transmission to humans is rare.

News from the BBC World Service

Rishi Sunak announces 4 July general election
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Sunak revealed the date in a rain-soaked Downing Street speech, as Labour's 1997 election anthem blared from a nearby street.

Watch: Rishi Sunak's election announcement in full
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The prime minister had to contend with pouring rain while announcing the General Election outside No 10.

Election is 'chance to change for the better', says Starmer
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The Labour leader reacts to the prime minister calling a general election on July 4.

People are crying out for change - Ed Davey
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The Lib Dem leader says the Conservatives have taken people "for granted for so long".

A simple guide to the 4 July general election
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced the next UK general election will take place on 4 July.

Chris Mason: Why did Sunak call an election now?
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

An election has been called by Rishi Sunak sooner than many commentators and politicians had expected.

Ex-Post Office boss cries as admits incorrect evidence
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Paula Vennells broke down several times during her evidence to the Horizon IT scandal inquiry.

One person dies in North Yorkshire mudslide
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Emergency services are at the scene on the edge of the North York Moors National Park.

Nursery worker jailed for 14 years over baby death
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Kate Roughley is sentenced to 14 years for the manslaughter of nine-month-old Genevieve Meehan.

UK breakthrough could slash emissions from cement
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Scientists from Cambridge University find an ingenious way to decarbonise one of the world's most polluting materials.

Second boy dies in river tragedy
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Aras Rudzianskas, 13, and David Radut, 14, got into difficulty in the River Tyne on Saturday.

Kate Tatler portrait prompts strong reaction online
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

A painting of the Princess of Wales prompts a sceptical response on social media.

Commons ovation for MP who lost limbs to sepsis
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Conservative MP Craig Mackinlay arrives in the Commons after losing his hands and feet to sepsis.

Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognise Palestinian state
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Israel says the move will not create peace in the region and is playing into Hamas's hands.

Sensitive files found in Trump bedroom after FBI search
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Prosecutors allege a “scramble" to ensure boxes containing sensitive material were moved “off-camera" at Mar-a-Lago.

Jersey approves assisted dying plans for terminally ill
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Jersey politicians approve assisted dying plans for terminally ill by 32 votes to 14.

Steve Wright charged with 1999 murder of Victoria Hall
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Seventeen-year-old Victoria was last seen alive in the early hours of 19 September 1999 in Suffolk.

Olympic champion swimmer Wilkie dies aged 70
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

British Olympic swimming champion David Wilkie dies at the age of 70.

Watch: How chaos onboard flight SQ321 unfolded
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

Video shows a wrecked cabin after "passengers did somersaults" when severe turbulence hit the plane.

Sunak announces UK general election for 4 July
Posted on Wednesday May 22, 2024

The PM calls an early summer poll - having been widely expected to wait until the autumn to do so.

Warnings ::
With the extension of the lockdown until Sunday, August 8, Moreton Police would like to urge residents not to become complacent and to adhere to the restrictions.

If you are heading out and know you are not complying, then ask yourself these two questions:

“Can I afford a $1,378 fine right now?” And more importantly, “Am I willing to put other people and my family/ friends at risk of what could be a life threatening illness for them?”

Please stay home, help save lives and don’t abuse the restrictions – they are there for a reason.

If you need to familiarise yourself with the restrictions again, you can find the Chief Health Officers directions here. http://health.qld.gov.au

Covid-19 jabs are available across Queensland at QLD Health vaccine clinics, Commonwealth jab hubs, GPs, and pharmacies.

You can find a full list here https://www.couriermail.com.au/coronavirus/interactive-search-where-to-get-covid-vaccine-in-queensland/news-story/ce381b8c62ee5f0d191eb75d1aedf01c

For a QLD Health clinic, you must register and book online at https://www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au

For GPs and Commonwealth jab hubs, look for an appointment near you using the government’s Eligibility Checker website, http://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au

You can also give your usual GP a call to see if they are providing jabs.

If you feel you need more information about the jab, or are under 40 and looking to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, speaking to a GP is the most sensible option.

For pharmacies, use the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Find a Pharmacy tool to find one near you.

This may be your go to jab spot if you are in a rural or regional area. http://findapharmacy.com.au






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