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Australia news live update: Scott Morrison gives press conference amid concerns over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots Australia news live update: Scott Morrison gives press conference amid concerns over AstraZeneca Covid vaccine and blood clots
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By the sounds of it, there might be a Covid-19 case in New Zealand.
Guardian Australia hasn’t independently confirmed but the New Zealand Herald is reporting that a border worker has been diagnosed with the virus, but there has been no community spread so far.
New Zealand’s director-general of health, Ashley Bloomfield, is holding an unscheduled press conference at 1pm (11am Sydney and Melbourne time) where we should learn more.
Scott Morrison has been asked about this at the press conference.
Reporter:
Morrison:
OK did Scott Morrison just PLAGIARIZE my birth control side effects comparison in his press conference! (I mean no, it’s a fairly obvious idea, but still how funny).
The prime minister is still discussing the EU’s new advice that blood clotting is a rare side effect of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Morrison says there are currently no plans to pause the AstraZeneca vaccine rollout:
The prime minister has been asked what he would say to someone who feels the government’s response is “actually just trying to ban flirting in the workplace?”The prime minister has been asked what he would say to someone who feels the government’s response is “actually just trying to ban flirting in the workplace?”
And sure Morrison’s response does involve yet another story about the bloody footy, but overall quite worth reading.And sure Morrison’s response does involve yet another story about the bloody footy, but overall quite worth reading.
Morrison:Morrison:
I mean the sentiment would carry more weight if his government hadn’t repeatedly dealt with sexual assault and harassment accusations so terribly though.I mean the sentiment would carry more weight if his government hadn’t repeatedly dealt with sexual assault and harassment accusations so terribly though.
Morrison has been asked when we can expect to see these changes come into effect:Morrison has been asked when we can expect to see these changes come into effect:
It’s worth remembering that it has taken the government more than a year to respond to this report, with the avalanche of alleged sexual harassment scandals in parliament in recent weeks finally pushing this to the top of the agenda.It’s worth remembering that it has taken the government more than a year to respond to this report, with the avalanche of alleged sexual harassment scandals in parliament in recent weeks finally pushing this to the top of the agenda.
Reporter:Reporter:
Morrison:Morrison:
Michaelia Cash has laid out some specific legal changes that will be made, including extending the period a victim can come forward to two years, and clarifying that sexually harassing someone is a valid grounds for dismissal:Michaelia Cash has laid out some specific legal changes that will be made, including extending the period a victim can come forward to two years, and clarifying that sexually harassing someone is a valid grounds for dismissal:
Attorney general Michaelia Cash is unveiling the government’s response to the respect at work campaign now:Attorney general Michaelia Cash is unveiling the government’s response to the respect at work campaign now:
Morrison appears fairly sombre and serious today about the need for cultural change in regards to sexual harassment.Morrison appears fairly sombre and serious today about the need for cultural change in regards to sexual harassment.
It’s worth remember last time he took this tone in a press conference he accidentally outed a false harassment scandal at News Corp in an attempt to strongarm journalists into not asking hard-hitting questions about the government’s track record in this area.It’s worth remember last time he took this tone in a press conference he accidentally outed a false harassment scandal at News Corp in an attempt to strongarm journalists into not asking hard-hitting questions about the government’s track record in this area.
Fingers crossed it goes better this time.Fingers crossed it goes better this time.
Morrison says:Morrison says:
Morrison is now discussing the Respect at Work report from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins:Morrison is now discussing the Respect at Work report from Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins:
The prime minister is speaking today following the first meeting from the new women’s cabinet taskforce, and his announcement yesterday that a National Women’s Safety Summit will be held in July.The prime minister is speaking today following the first meeting from the new women’s cabinet taskforce, and his announcement yesterday that a National Women’s Safety Summit will be held in July.
Scott Morrison is speaking now.Scott Morrison is speaking now.
Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk has just spoken and confirmed there were no new local Covid-19 cases recorded in the state overnight.Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk has just spoken and confirmed there were no new local Covid-19 cases recorded in the state overnight.