In case you missed it, the corporation representing Byron Bay’s traditional owners has rejected an offer of a donation from Netflix as the streamer continues to battle with local opposition to its controversial reality TV series Byron Baes.
On Thursday, The Arakwal Corporation, representing the Bundjalung people of Byron Bay, issued a short statement following a meeting of its board of directors in which it refuted suggestions that Netflix or its production company Eureka had consulted with the traditional owners of the region prior to commencing work on the docusoap about social media influencers in the area.
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Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the tragic death of a 52-year-old woman, likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine, needs to be put into perspective.
“As tragic as clearly it is for that family, we have seen circumstances where in Canada 23,000 people have died from COVID and there have been some devastating numbers right around the world,” he said a short while ago on the Today show.
“We haven’t had that here and we don’t want it, which is why the vaccine rollout is important. I think as you have seen in Victoria people have lined up in huge numbers to get the vaccine because they know this is our only pathway out of COVID.
“If people have a hesitancy, speak to [your] GP, but every doctor in the country is saying get vaccinated as soon as you’re eligible.”
The NSW woman had a severe form of a rare blood clotting disorder. Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly says she died two weeks after receiving her first dose.
It is the second death in Australia believed to be linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
To sport and double Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves has pulled out of Australia’s swimming trials for the Tokyo Olympics, blaming “misogynistic perverts”.
“Let this be a lesson to all misogynistic perverts in sport and their bootlickers: you can no longer exploit young women and girls, body shame or medically gaslight them and then expect them to represent you so you can earn your annual bonus,” the athlete wrote on social media.
Australia’s Olympic trials kick-off this weekend in Adelaide and Groves has previously flagged inappropriate behaviour in sport. Read our full coverage here.
To overseas news briefly and Queen Elizabeth II will make a rare public appearance at the G7 summit before meeting privately with Prime Minister Scott Morrison at Windsor Castle next week.
The 95-year-old monarch, who on Thursday marked what would have been the 100th birthday of her late husband Prince Philip, will travel to the seaside town of Carbis Bay in Cornwall on Friday to headline a diplomatic offensive with the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and European Union.
More on this story here.
International students are celebrating after NSW revealed its plan to bring 250 students into the country each fortnight on chartered flights and quarantine them in special accommodation.
The proposal, which has the tick of approval from NSW authorities, would see universities foot the bill for bringing the students into Australia.
Belle Lim, the president of the Council of International Students, was speaking on radio station 2GB a short while ago. She urged the Commonwealth to sign-off on the proposal in the coming days.
“Many international students have developed serious mental health problems from that uncertainty,” she said. “We are very happy to see this plan. And from what we’ve seen … [it] has been planned meticulously.
“We are quite confident at this point that the plan will keep our community, as well as the students, safe.”
It could take Australian universities decades to recover financially from the loss of international students due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Southerners crossing the border for a new life in Queensland will have to pay for the privilege, with a new charge expected to raise $17 million.
Treasurer Cameron Dick will announce a new driver’s licence transfer fee of $78.75 in next week’s budget, aimed at people who move to Queensland from interstate.
It comes after a woman in her 40s travelled from Victoria to Queensland with her husband before the pair tested positive for COVID-19.
The sunshine state recorded its biggest influx of new residents in almost two decades in 2020, with more than 12,000 people from Victoria and 18,000 people from NSW flocking to sunny Queensland.
Thousands of people could die of COVID-19 in Victoria in the event of a highly infectious outbreak if there were no restrictions on movement and gatherings even if 70 per cent of the population were vaccinated.
These are the findings of new mathematical modelling developed by Melbourne’s Burnet Institute, which suggests Australia is unlikely to ever reach herd immunity against COVID-19 at the current level of vaccine uptake because more highly contagious variants could undermine immunity.
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Brisbane is one step closer to hosting the 2032 Olympic Games.
The city’s bid has been unanimously supporting by the International Olympic Committee’s executive board and is expected to be ratified as soon as next month.
My colleague Chip Le Grand has the full story.
Good morning and thanks for joining us. It’s Friday, June 11. I’m Broede Carmody.
It’s almost the weekend so let’s jump straight into today’s headlines.
- Melburnians are now free to travel up to 25kms from their homes after the city’s lockdown ended last night. But some restrictions – such as wearing masks outdoors – remain. Small businesses are fuming, saying density limits are crippling the chance for them to get back on their feet.
- Ben Roberts-Smith will continue giving evidence today in his high-risk defamation case against The Age and Sydney Morning Herald. He appeared to wipe away tears during yesterday’s proceedings.
- A massive clean-up continues in Melbourne after damaging winds brought down thousands of trees and left homes without power. Wild weather has also affected those north of the Murray, with snow dumped across parts of NSW yesterday and Sydney shivering through its coldest day in almost 40 years.
- And Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met with his counterpart in Singapore. The two leaders say they are working on a mutually recognised digital vaccine certificate as part of a future travel bubble between the two countries.