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Australia hits vaccine milestone as 13 million remain in lockdown

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Australia has hit a key target in its fight against the pandemic

The nation’s Prime Minister announced that one million vaccinations were administered in the past week, but the rollout remains two months behind its original schedule.

Scott Morrison revealed the milestone at a press conference from the Lodge this afternoon.

“Today, with the most recent seven days’ data, we finally hit that mark of a million doses in arms in a week,”

The latest figures put yesterday’s vaccination doses at close to record numbers, with 174,589 vaccines given.

Extra Pfizer lands on shore

One million extra doses of the Pfizer vaccine have landed into the nation and is hoped to speed up the rollout.

“I take responsibility for the problems that we have had but I am also taking responsibility for the solutions

The Prime Minister acknowledged “significant challenges” in the early stages of the nation’s vaccination program, but refused to apologise for his failure to meet his own government’s vaccination targets.

He addressed the government’s decision to use AstraZeneca as its primary vaccine, pointing to anticipated difficulties in distributing Pfizer at sub minus-70 degree temperatures across remote Australia.

Politicians are calling for the return of JobKeeper

With lockdowns continuing into the foreseeable future, Politicians are urging for JobKeeper payments to return for those in need.

“A wide range of people are calling the Government to revisit JobKeeper.”

Stephen jones, Australian shadow minister finance

What is JobKeeper and can Australia afford to bring it back?

JobKeeper is a support payment to those affected or out of work during the lockdown. The JobKeeper Payment assists the employer to continue operating by subsidising all or part of the income of their employee.

If an employee would otherwise receive less than $1,500 in income per fortnight before tax, their employer must pay their employee, at a minimum, $1,500 per fortnight before tax.

With the Australian economy already devastated by the pandemic, questions remain whether the Government can afford to bring JobKeeper back.

Jones says it will cost more not to.

A message to the Morrison Government

The vaccination rollout is key to Australia moving through its four-phase recovery plan. The Government has given no exact details on when the transition between the phases is going to happen.

Jones is urging the Morrison Government to put politics aside and help the Australian people.

Anthony Lucas is reporter, presenter and social media producer with ticker News. Anthony holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication, with a major in Journalism from RMIT University as well as a Diploma of Arts and Entertainment journalism from Collarts. He’s previously worked for 9 News, ONE FM Radio and Southern Cross Austerio’s Hit Radio Network. 

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North Korea condemns AUKUS security alliance

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North Korea has condemned a new security pact between the US, UK and Australia, saying it could trigger a “nuclear arms race”

A North Korea Foreign Ministry official stated that the Aukus deal would “upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region”.

The deal will see the US and UK give Australia the technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.

The AUKUS agreement is being widely viewed as an effort to counter China’s influence in the contested South China Sea.

The security pact was announced last week by the leaders of the US, UK and Australia and will cover cruise missiles, A.I technologies and others including the nuclear subs.

“These are extremely undesirable and dangerous acts which will upset the strategic balance in the Asia-Pacific region and trigger off a chain of nuclear arms race,”

said a DPRK Foreign Ministry official referring to the security agreement.

Last week, North Korea carried out two major weapons tests concerning surrounding nations such as Japan.

Those tests included that of a long-range cruise missile and a ballistic missile.

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Hong Kong leaders select powerful ‘patriots only’ committee

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Hong Kong’s political elite have begun the process to select the powerful committee that will ultimately choose the city-state’s next leader

5,000 Hong Kong residents are part of the group who began voting on Sunday for the election committee candidates.

The city’s ruling class is voting for a 1,500 seat Election Committee and in December, this committee will appoint 40 of the city’s 90 legislators

In 2021, the group will then pick Hong Kong’s next Beijing-approved leader. 

This election is the first since Beijing implemented major changes to the city’s electoral system , ensuring only Chinese patriots would be eligible to gain a position of power.

Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam says “the whole objective of improving the electoral system is to ensure patriots administer Hong Kong”.

Lam continued saying: “I doubt very much that another government or country will allow the public election of people whose mission is to undermine the national interest.”

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Does an apology make it acceptable to kill innocent children? | ticker VIEWS

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The United States Military apologises for mistakeningly killing innocent Afghan civilians, including children, in its recent drone strike

U.S. Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, head of United States Central Command, is calling the drone strike a “tragic mistake” and says innocent civilians were the victims.

The U.S. military thought it had targeted an Islamic State group’s “facilitator” and diminished an imminent terror threat as it withdrew from Afghanistan.

The US military got it devastatingly wrong, killing ten innocent members of a family, including seven children.

“I offer my profound condolences, It was a mistake and I offer my sincere apology.”

FRAnk mckenzie- head of u.s central command
Frank McKenzie, Head of U.S Central Command apologises

Is an apology enough?

The head of the U.S Central Command has issued an apology. Although, questions immediately emerge on how an apology can ever be sufficient for taking the lives of innocent people.

The world of terror changed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The members of the extremist group responsible were immediately labelled terrorists. The leaders of the group were hunted down, as they should be.

However, it seems ironic when America “accidentally” takes the lives of innocent civilians, that an apology is supposed to make the chilling miscalculation acceptable.

“America has suffered a black mark on its reputation. This will have affects for a long time to come.”

Bruce wolpe- u.s studies centre
Holly STEARNES ASKS BRUCE WOLPE FROM THE U.S STUDIES CENTRE IF THE U.S WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE

Accountablity for killing innocent civilians

The drone strike killed a longtime aid worker for a U.S group, including two other adults and seven children.

The U.S intelligence was wrong by assuming the aid worker was an imminent terror threat. They decimated the car in front of loved ones and onlookers.

Reports suggest the military is exploring compensation payments for the families of the victims. However, compensation will never bring back their loved ones.

The latest grim miscalculation calls into question the reliability of U.S. intelligence and the safeguards in the controls over the use of lethal drones by the U.S. worldwide.

It casts doubt on the Biden administration’s ability to target threats without a U.S. footprint. There have been no talks if any individuals will be held to account.

This horrible mistake killed innocent people who supported America. Protocols must change to prevent this from ever happening again.

A lasting thought, does this make America terrorists too? According to definition, no.

“Terrorism is defined as trying to change the way of life in a country, and unfortunately the drone attack doesn’t fit that definition.”

oz sultan- counterterrorism analyst

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