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Former Australian PM slams vaccine disaster as nation’s”biggest failure”

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Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that Australia’s disaster vaccine rollout is the “biggest failure of public administration” in his experience

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says that although Australia has gotten “a lot of things right,” the federal government must answer for Australia’s disastrous vaccine rollout.

Turnbull criticised the Morrison government, saying it hadn’t bought enough vaccines, particularly Pfizer and Moderna. If it had, “we’d be in much better shape today”. He says this is why Australia is ranked last place for vaccination rates in the OECD.

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He says that the Morrison government’s other big failure in tackling Covid-19 was not creating a more effective quarantine system. The hotel quarantine system has got “real weaknesses,” he said, one being its inability to contain the virus “spreading through aerosols”

“As Jane Holton recommended last year, we should have a number of quarantine centres which are cabin based,” he said, where people are staying in an enclosed cabin that “is not sharing air conditioning with the people in the room next door” and “not sharing corridors in enclosed spaces and so forth”.

“We wouldn’t be locked down in Sydney if we had a higher level of vaccination. That’s a fact.”

Turnbull says that the bungled vaccine rollout has caused the nation to lock down when many other countries are reopening. Many people in Australia are unable to be vaccinated because there are not enough doses to go around.

“This is where it really gets terribly serious,” he says. ” There are people today in Sydney who are not vaccinated, because the Commonwealth government did not buy the vaccines we needed”.

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“We’re talking about very momentous responsibilities here,” he said. “The first duty of government is to keep people safe”.

“Why wouldn’t you have just bought as many vaccines from as many suppliers as you could, and if you ended up with too many vaccines, you know, give them to other countries?”

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Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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Franchising vs. Independent: key differences to choosing the right SMB model

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With latest Australian Federal budget, many SMB’s are weighing their options when selecting a suitable business model.

Franchising provides brand recognition, operational support, and economies of scale but involves ongoing fees.

Independent businesses offer full control and profit retention but face higher costs and regulatory challenges.

For risk and reward, the franchising model reduces risk through established practices and support but involves ongoing fees and profit-sharing with the franchisor.

On the alternative, independent businesses retain full control of profits but face higher risks and responsibilities in managing the business.

Sonia Shwabsky, CEO at Kwik Kopy Australia, joins to share her key insights on SMB’s. #featured

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Boeing face delivery delays following guilty criminal charge plea

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Boeing’s deliveries are down after months of controversy, is it because they can’t make the planes, or because airlines right now don’t want them?

Boeing has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to defraud the United States in connection with the investigation into two fatal crashes involving its 737 MAX aircraft.

Boeing reported a significant 27% decrease in deliveries for June compared to the same month last year, possibly attributing the decrease to the companies ongoing controversies.

Aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas joins to discuss. #featured

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