Australia lifts all Covid border restrictions - open access to Australia for unvaccinated

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People travelling to Australia will no longer have to complete a Digital Passenger Declaration (DPD) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status, following changes to the Biosecurity Act, which come into effect from midnight AEST on Wednesday 6 July 2022.

“This is great news for families coming home from school holidays who now don’t need to use the DPD,” Minister for Home Affairs, Clare O’Neil, said.

The Biosecurity Act changes, which were made following health advice from the Chief Medical Officer, also mean that all visa holders can travel to Australia without needing a travel exemption.

“As more and more of us travel internationally and we get more confident in managing our risk of COVID, our airports are getting busier,” Minister O’Neil said.

“Removing these requirements will not only reduce delays in our airports but will encourage more visitors and skilled workers to choose Australia as a destination.

“And for Australian citizens, with the removal of these requirements, returning home will be much easier.

“I know anyone who has travelled internationally since the borders have opened will find this as one less thing to worry about – especially as more Australians get back to travelling overseas.

“We’ve also listened to feedback about the DPD. While in time it will replace the paper based incoming passenger card, it needs a lot more work to make it user friendly”

Those arriving by sea will also benefit, and no longer need to complete a Maritime Travel Declaration. Airlines, cruise ship operators and other countries may still have specific requirements that travellers need to comply with.

Australians planning to travel overseas are encouraged to check current travel advice by visiting Smartraveller.

For more information on the changes to international travel requirements visit: www.homeaffairs.gov.au/covid19.


Albanese gives another $100M to Ukraine - gets the handshake photo with Zelensky

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Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese announced the provision of additional military and technical assistance to Ukraine in the amount of 100 million dollars.
He said this at a briefing in Kyiv after a meeting with the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi, writes "Europeyska Pravda" with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.
"Today we are announcing an additional $100 million in military-technical assistance. In total, we have already provided $390 million," Albanese said.
"We are also additionally providing 14 armored personnel carriers and 20 "Bushmaster" - armored vehicles. Thus, the total number of "Bushmasters" was 60," the Australian prime minister added.
According to him, Australia will also provide additional military equipment, drones.
"We will also provide additional assistance to the border troops of Ukraine," he said.
Australia has previously provided Ukraine with six light towed M777 howitzers and ammunition for 155mm howitzers, as well as 20 protected Bushmaster mobile vehicles, 14 protected weapons systems, and military equipment.


A cable from our man in the US Bill Thompson - tragic police shootings the ABC won't talk about

Michael,
 
I checked the web for overnight news when I woke this morning & spotted this story:
 

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I decided to check their ABC News Online, to see if they had reported it yet - NUP - so I checked their online news search function for "Kentucky police shooting" & all the "hits" which came up were related to the death of Breonna Taylor in 2020 (or Trump...). If it ain't a white cop shooting a black victim, it just ain't news to their ABC...
 
Bill T