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Australia Covid live news update: Morrison says sorry for slow vaccine rollout; NSW records 124 new cases and Victoria 26 Australia Covid live news update: Morrison says sorry for slow vaccine rollout; NSW records 124 new cases and Victoria 26
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To help boost vaccination capacity, the allied health workforce in New South Wales is being given intensive training to give vaccinations, and will also help staff the special health hotels. In a statement to Guardian Australia, NSW Health confirmed to Guardian Australia.
“NSW Health is constantly expanding our workforce as we continue to safely deliver record numbers of vaccinations to people across NSW.
By using well trained, medical practitioners and senior students and allied health staff who have been through a range of vaccination administration training, we are bolstering our clinical numbers as we continue to expand vaccination access across the state.”
In NSW, allied health professionals are diverse and include audiologists, genetic counsellors, art therapists, psychologists, pharmacists, radiation therapists and others.
Australia and New Zealand have withdrawn from the rugby league World Cup due to be held at the end of the year in England, citing player welfare and safety concerns, AAP reports.
In a joint statement on Thursday afternoon, the Australian Rugby League Commission and NZRL urged the tournament to be postponed until 2022 to avoid the risk of a player catching Covid-19.
It comes just a week after tournament officials confirmed the event would go ahead with or without defending champions Australia.
A Northern Territory policeman’s long-awaited trial for allegedly murdering an Indigenous man during an outback arrest has been postponed due to Covid-19.
AAP reports:
Const Zachary Rolfe, 29, is accused of murdering Kumanjayi Walker, 19, who was shot three times during an arrest in the remote community of Yuendumu in November 2019.
Rolfe was supposed to stand trial in the NT supreme court from Monday but the crown’s interstate prosecution team hasn’t been able to travel to the Top End.
Philip Strickland SC and Sophie Callan SC are stuck in NSW where 124 new local Delta variant cases were reported on Thursday and a lockdown in greater Sydney continues.
Acting justice Dean Mildren adjourned the trial to a future date yet to be fixed, presumably when the NSW outbreak is contained.
“This is because prosecuting counsel has been affected by Covid-19 travel restrictions and are presently unable to make their way to Darwin,” a court spokesman said on Thursday.
The trial was expected to run for four weeks in Darwin which is about 1,500km from Yuendumu.
Australian shares have closed at a record-high level today.
The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed higher by 77.7 points, or 1.06%, to 7386.4 on Thursday.
The previous record was 7386.1.
The Australian dollar was buying 73.65 US cents at 1622 AEST, up from 72.98 US cents at Wednesday’s close.
Barnaby Joyce has commented on the AOC president John Coates’s behaviour towards Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, saying it was “a bad look”.Barnaby Joyce has commented on the AOC president John Coates’s behaviour towards Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, saying it was “a bad look”.
Coates issued a statement earlier today saying it had been misinterpreted.Coates issued a statement earlier today saying it had been misinterpreted.
Asked to comment, Joyce told the ABC: “Good luck with that one Mr Coates. I don’t think premier Palaszczuk is going to take it.Asked to comment, Joyce told the ABC: “Good luck with that one Mr Coates. I don’t think premier Palaszczuk is going to take it.
“You got yourself into this trouble, you can talk your way out.”“You got yourself into this trouble, you can talk your way out.”
The ABC’s Patricia Karvelas asked him, “Was it a bad look?”The ABC’s Patricia Karvelas asked him, “Was it a bad look?”
“It was,” Joyce said.“It was,” Joyce said.
“Human beings make mistakes. If he needs to give an apology, give an apology.”“Human beings make mistakes. If he needs to give an apology, give an apology.”
Earlier, Joyce was asked about Scott Morrison’s apology today for the speed of the vaccine rollout. The ABC’s Patricia Karvelas asked whether Morrison should have apologised earlier.Earlier, Joyce was asked about Scott Morrison’s apology today for the speed of the vaccine rollout. The ABC’s Patricia Karvelas asked whether Morrison should have apologised earlier.
Joyce:Joyce:
Barnaby Joyce is asked whether the vaccines should have arrived sooner, given that regional areas are now in lockdown in NSW.Barnaby Joyce is asked whether the vaccines should have arrived sooner, given that regional areas are now in lockdown in NSW.
“There is vaccine there if you want to sign the waiver,” he says.“There is vaccine there if you want to sign the waiver,” he says.
“As I said, there’s only one place you live and that’s the future.”“As I said, there’s only one place you live and that’s the future.”
Eariler, he said that half the population will “definitely have had one shot” of a vaccine by the end of 2021. He says that vaccine supply by the end of the year will be “abundant”.Eariler, he said that half the population will “definitely have had one shot” of a vaccine by the end of 2021. He says that vaccine supply by the end of the year will be “abundant”.
The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has denied that the federal government has “failed in its communication job in relation to the vaccines”.The deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce, has denied that the federal government has “failed in its communication job in relation to the vaccines”.
Joyce tells the ABC’s Afternoon Briefing, that in fact, there has been more messaging and information “than we’ve ever seen in the history of Australia”.Joyce tells the ABC’s Afternoon Briefing, that in fact, there has been more messaging and information “than we’ve ever seen in the history of Australia”.
He adds:He adds:
World number one and recent Wimbledon champion Ash Barty has been drawn against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in her first match at the Olympics.World number one and recent Wimbledon champion Ash Barty has been drawn against Spain’s Sara Sorribes Tormo in her first match at the Olympics.
Sorribes Tormo is the current world number 48, and the pair have never played each other.Sorribes Tormo is the current world number 48, and the pair have never played each other.
Second-seeded Naomi Osaka is set to take on 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China.Second-seeded Naomi Osaka is set to take on 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China.
An important story here.An important story here.
The Green Valley community in Sydney’s south-west is mourning the death of Saeeda Akobi Jjou Stu – the 57-year old mother of two Sydney removalists – who died in her home of Covid-19.The Green Valley community in Sydney’s south-west is mourning the death of Saeeda Akobi Jjou Stu – the 57-year old mother of two Sydney removalists – who died in her home of Covid-19.
Her two sons allegedly travelled to regional NSW for work after contracting Covid-19, but they have previously said there was a miscommunication between them and NSW Health.Her two sons allegedly travelled to regional NSW for work after contracting Covid-19, but they have previously said there was a miscommunication between them and NSW Health.
While they were away, and charged by NSW Police, their mother’s condition worsened.While they were away, and charged by NSW Police, their mother’s condition worsened.
Saeeda Akobi Jjou Stu immigrated with her family from Iraq in 2016, and was a member of the Batnaya Chaldean Association, a branch of the Catholic church that originated in northern Iraq.Saeeda Akobi Jjou Stu immigrated with her family from Iraq in 2016, and was a member of the Batnaya Chaldean Association, a branch of the Catholic church that originated in northern Iraq.
A former dean of science at the University of Technology Sydney has been found guilty of sending fake threatening letters to herself, AAP reports.A former dean of science at the University of Technology Sydney has been found guilty of sending fake threatening letters to herself, AAP reports.
Dianne Jolley was found guilty of 10 charges of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety, knowing that it was misleading, over the material sent to UTS and her home between May and November 2019.Dianne Jolley was found guilty of 10 charges of conveying information likely to make a person fear for their safety, knowing that it was misleading, over the material sent to UTS and her home between May and November 2019.
The academic was also found guilty of one charge of causing financial disadvantage by deception to her work, after UTS spent more than $127,000 in security measures protecting her.The academic was also found guilty of one charge of causing financial disadvantage by deception to her work, after UTS spent more than $127,000 in security measures protecting her.
Judge Ian Bourke had previously ordered the jury to find Jolley not guilty of nine other charges following a lack of evidence.Judge Ian Bourke had previously ordered the jury to find Jolley not guilty of nine other charges following a lack of evidence.
And here is the video of Scott Morrison apologising for the speed of the vaccine rollout.And here is the video of Scott Morrison apologising for the speed of the vaccine rollout.
The president of the AOC, John Coates, has issued a statement saying his comments to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, when he ordered her to attend the opening ceremony, have been “completely misinterpreted”.The president of the AOC, John Coates, has issued a statement saying his comments to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, when he ordered her to attend the opening ceremony, have been “completely misinterpreted”.
Coates has been criticised for the comments, made at a public press conference, where he told Palaszczuk: “You are going to the opening ceremony...You’ve never been to the opening ceremony of an Olympic Games have you? You don’t know the protocols.”Coates has been criticised for the comments, made at a public press conference, where he told Palaszczuk: “You are going to the opening ceremony...You’ve never been to the opening ceremony of an Olympic Games have you? You don’t know the protocols.”
Coates has since said:Coates has since said:
A man has been shot dead in Newcastle, AAP reports.A man has been shot dead in Newcastle, AAP reports.
Emergency services were called to a unit on Darby St, at Cooks Hill, at 12:45 on Thursday, following reports of shots being fired.Emergency services were called to a unit on Darby St, at Cooks Hill, at 12:45 on Thursday, following reports of shots being fired.
Police found a man inside the unit with a gunshot wound to the chest.Police found a man inside the unit with a gunshot wound to the chest.
He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.He was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics but died at the scene.
The man is yet to be formally identified, police say.The man is yet to be formally identified, police say.
Some news you may have missed during that lunchtime presser.Some news you may have missed during that lunchtime presser.
Eddie Obeid, his son Moses, and Ian Macdonald, have been permitted to remain on bail at their homes until they are sentenced later this year after being convicted on conspiracy charges earlier this week.Eddie Obeid, his son Moses, and Ian Macdonald, have been permitted to remain on bail at their homes until they are sentenced later this year after being convicted on conspiracy charges earlier this week.
Hi all, it is Naaman Zhou here. Thanks again to Nino Bucci for that stellar innings.Hi all, it is Naaman Zhou here. Thanks again to Nino Bucci for that stellar innings.
Prime minister Scott Morrison is finished in Canberra ... and so am I. Here is Naaman Zhou, back, back again, (just like Marshall Mathers) to take you through the afternoon.Prime minister Scott Morrison is finished in Canberra ... and so am I. Here is Naaman Zhou, back, back again, (just like Marshall Mathers) to take you through the afternoon.