Protests against COVID-19 vaccine mandates, pandemic restrictions take place in Melbourne, Sydney, Gold Coast

Thousands of people have again marched in Australian cities to protest against vaccine mandates and government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Key points: The protests contain a range of views and demands, but many participants are against vaccine mandates In Melbourne and Sydney, crowds of thousands marched through the streets A demonstration on the Gold …

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‘Dangerous’ driving trend a consequence of Melbourne’s lockdown

Drivers across Melbourne have been warned about a worrying post-lockdown trend that’s causing danger on the city’s roads. Melbourne road users have been warned of a worrying post-lockdown trend in full force across the city’s roads. The issue involves both heavy vehicle motorists and car drivers, with many seemingly ignorant of each other on the …

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The Melbourne suburbs where house prices rose most amid lockdown

Melbourne’s outer suburbs have come into their own in the pandemic, with house prices rising by more than 20 per cent in some pockets as buyers leave the inner city for more space. Sellers are taking the opportunity to move locally, into regional Victoria or interstate, looking for their own change of scene after the …

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COVID live updates: Melbourne shoppers queued outside retailers as city further eases coronavirus restrictions

China records highest number of daily infections in more than six weeks Mainland China recorded its highest number of daily local new COVID-19 infections in more than six weeks on Friday, as the country battles an outbreak concentrated mainly in its northern provinces. China reported 59 new locally transmitted infections for October 29, the National Health …

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Saying Goodbye to Melbourne’s Long Lockdown (Again)

The Australia Letter is a weekly newsletter from our Australia bureau. Sign up to get it by email. One year and one day ago, as the clock ticked past midnight, I was in Melbourne’s central business district to report on the end of the city’s 111-day coronavirus lockdown. The mood was electric. Bars threw midnight …

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Regional travel goes ‘crazy’ as Sydney and Melbourne leave lockdown

Deb and Rob Kane at Mabi Dome in Taralga, NSW. Supplied Bookings started trickling in before Sydney’s lockdown even ended, with holiday-deprived city-dwellers taking a punt on when they would be allowed to travel to the regions. “It’s been a bit arduous keeping track of all the bookings and cancellations,” Mr Kane said. Visitors to the …

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