Tuesday, February 20

Australia

Australian Ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison Admits He Secretly Assigned Himself Ministerial Posts
Australia, News

Australian Ex-Prime Minister Scott Morrison Admits He Secretly Assigned Himself Ministerial Posts

Former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted on Wednesday that he secretly awarded himself five ministerial portfolios during the coronavirus pandemic but, at a press conference, rejected calls to resign from parliament. Morrison was thrown into an avalanche of questions about why he failed to inform the public and many of his fellow ministers of the additional powers he had usurped. "We had to take extraordinary measures" to ensure the continuity of the government in case a minister was not available, and the ex-prime minister tried to explain in a confused way. He said he had used the powers only once, outside his raw materials minister, to block a controversial offshore gas extraction project. However, he acknowledged that this decision was unrelated to the Covid ...
Not Paying Alimony Will Cost Australians Dearly: Man Will Not Be Allowed to Leave Israel for the Next 8,000 Years
Australia, Israel, News

Not Paying Alimony Will Cost Australians Dearly: Man Will Not Be Allowed to Leave Israel for the Next 8,000 Years

An Australian man is imprisoned in Israel until the year 9999. The Middle Eastern state banned him from leaving the country because he owes his ex-wife and two children more than two million euros in alimony.   It is not immediately clear whether the man has not paid anything to date or whether he has to repay the full amount in one go in order for the travel ban to be lifted. The 44-year-old Australian Noam Huppert was married to an Israeli woman. The couple lived "Down Under", but in 2011, his then-wife decided to return to her native country. Their two children, then three months and five years old respectively, came with her. A year later, Huppert also made the crossing to Israel. But that ended in a fizzle: the couple broke up, and the Australian was not allowed to leave the c...
Australia No Longer Wants to Eradicate Coronavirus
Australia, News

Australia No Longer Wants to Eradicate Coronavirus

Australian authorities extended the lockdown in the city of Melbourne for a further three weeks on Wednesday.   Until now, Australia has always aimed to eradicate Covid-19 with strict measures completely, but the authorities have now realised that the country will have to learn to live with the virus. From now on, the focus will therefore be shifted to vaccinating as many people as possible. Victoria Prime Minister Daniel Andrews hopes that by September 23, 70 percent of adults in his state will have had at least one shot. At that time, he says, the measures can be relaxed considerably. "We've tried everything, but it's clear to us now that we're not going to get the number of infections down; they're just going to go up," Andrews told media. "With the lockdown, we buy time to vac...
Australian Government No Longer Advertises on Facebook
Australia, News, Tech

Australian Government No Longer Advertises on Facebook

The vaccination campaign against the coronavirus has started in Australia. However, vaccination is not advertised on Facebook.   In the dispute over usage fees for publishing content, the government wants to put pressure on the company. The confrontation between the Australian government and Facebook has intensified. The Canberra government announced on Sunday that it would no longer post ads on Facebook. The announcement came at the start of the Australian vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. Health Secretary Greg Hunt said the government would advertise the vaccinations online but not on Facebook. The trigger of the dispute is a planned law to regulate the digital news market. The bill was passed by the Australian House of Commons last week. The vote in the Senate is sc...