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Australia PM announces new lockdown disaster payments – who’s eligible?

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Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced a new “temporary COVID-19 disaster payment”

The disaster payment will be made for people who live in declared COVID-19 hotspots and are unable to work because of a lockdown.

It comes as the nation’s second-biggest state of Victoria remains in an extended lockdown due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The payment will be made available to those unable to work due to imposed lockdowns.

The Federal Government however revealed there are terms and conditions of the payment which include that the area in lockdown must be recognised as a hotspot from the Federal Government.

The PM also stated that payments will not be made available unless an area is locked down for more than two weeks, meaning a one-week lockdown would see no payments to stood down workers.

The Commonwealth Government also stated they reserve the right to cease payments if they no longer designate an area as a hotspot.

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The breakdown

Only workers stood down from employment during a lockdown will be eligible for payments.

$500 PAYMENT PER WEEKFOR WORKERS WHO NORMALLY WORK 20+ HRS
$325 PAYMENT PER WEEKFOR WORKERS WHO NORMALLY WORK UNDER 20 HRS PER WEEK

The new payment is set to cost the Australian Government $50 million a week for every 100,000 applicants it pays.

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Australia’s Victoria remains in lockdown

Victorian Acting Premier James Merlino says vaccination was the only way out of the pandemic and that the locked down state was waiting on Federal support in relation to the federal vaccine rollout.

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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Russia defaults on foreign debt for the first time in a century

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Russia has failed to pay out its overseas debt for the first time in over 100 years

The country missed its Sunday deadline due to challenges in transferring the payments to international creditors.

Moscow has the funds to make the 100 million dollar payment but sanctions have complicated the process.

The country is unhappy with the situation with the finance minister calling the situation “a farce”.

The last time that Russia defaulted on its foreign debt was in 1918 when leader Vladimir Lenin did not pay out debts on behalf of the Russian Empire.

Russia has been hit with sanctions by a number of countries in response to its invasion of Ukraine.

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Instagram introduces new process to crack down on underage users

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The majority of social media platforms have an age limit of 13 years old, but how is this really being regulated?

Instagram is exploring new ways for teenagers to verify their age and comply with platform rules.

The gram is turning to video selfies to crack down on minors editing their date of birth to make them appear over 18.

The Meta-owned app is testing video selfies with facial analysis software as a new age-verification method.

For a U.S. teen who wants to join insta, they will need to upload ID, ask three adult users to vouch for them or take a video selfie.

Meta says it hopes the new methods will ensure teens have an “age-appropriate experience” on the content sharing app.

Video selfies have become a popular way for digital platforms – such as online banking apps – to verify users’ age or identity.

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U.S. firms to pay staff travel expenses for abortions

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Major companies have reassured staff that if they require an abortion, they will cover their travel expenses

Disney, JP Morgan, Amazon and Meta are among the companies to announce similar moves for women.

This comes as millions of US women face restricted access after a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court overturned the constitutional right to abortion.

A growing number of companies have confirmed they will cover travel costs through their health insurance plans for employees who leave their home state to get an abortion.

Disney employs around 80,000 people at its resort in Florida, where the governor has already signed into law a ban on abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, which is scheduled to take effect on 1 July.

Banking giant JP Morgan and another leading US investment bank, Goldman Sachs, also said it would cover travel expenses for employees.

Social media company Meta said it intended to reimburse travel expenses where permitted by law.

Other companies which have indicated they will take similar steps include Vogue publisher, jeans brand Levi and ride hailing companies Lyft and Uber.

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