Melbourne welcomes vaccinated Sydney residents without quarantine

Travel restrictions between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia’s largest cities, eased on Wednesday as Victoria opened its borders to fully vaccinated residents from New South Wales amid a rapid rise in immunisation levels. With cases trending lower in New South Wales, including Sydney, residents will be allowed quarantine-free entry into Victoria for the first time …

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What to expect at COP26

COP26 – the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change – is coming up from 31 October to 12 November in Glasgow. The meeting convenes world leaders to discuss what’s needed to implement the Paris Agreement and keep global warming within safe bounds. COP26 convenes world leaders to …

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How a shrinking population could be a good thing for Melbourne

Melbourne’s population is expected to continue to shrink until late 2022, according to the latest City of Melbourne predictions. It comes as the city struggles with the effects of the pandemic, with international travel halted and some Melburnians moving interstate after enduring the world’s longest lockdowns. But emeritus professor of public policy and the social …

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Victoria COVID cases grow, Melbourne lockdown to end, NSW COVID cases grow, Mike Baird to appear at Gladys Berejiklian ICAC inquiry, Cleo Smith search continues, Daniel Andrews warns unvaccinated over freedoms,

Bars and restaurant owners have been left puzzled and angry after the Victorian government issued a last-minute clarification that all hospitality staff must be fully vaccinated before venues can reopen from Friday. Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday confirmed that cooks, waiters and all other staff in places where one sits down for a meal would need …

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Short-term pain but economists predict long-term gain for Melbourne CBD

Melbourne’s population will keep shrinking until late 2022 as the city continues to suffer from the after-effects of the pandemic while sectors of the economy that rely on large gatherings or international travel will struggle until 2024, according to the latest official forecast by the City of Melbourne. But the council’s latest 20-year-forecast for jobs, …

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Melbourne to ease world’s longest COVID-19 lockdown

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne, which has spent more time under COVID-19 lockdowns than any other city in the world, is set to lift its stay-at-home orders this week, officials said on Sunday. The Australian city of 5 million people will have been under six lockdowns totalling 262 days, or nearly nine months, since March 2020. Australian and …

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Victoria COVID cases grow, Melbourne lockdown to end, NSW COVID cases grow, Qld-NSW border to be closed for two months; ICAC inquiry resumes, IBAC Labor inquiry resumes

Queensland has become the latest state to drop its COVID-zero approach to the pandemic with a long-awaited reopening plan. Under the road map, once Queensland reaches 70 per cent double-dose – expected by November 19 – people from hotspot locations can travel to Queensland by air only, provided they are fully vaccinated and have a …

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