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Trans-Tasman travel bubble restarts with limitations

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The travel bubble between New Zealand and Australia is set to resume – but only to some states

Quarantine-free travel between the two nations will reopen to parts of Australia, as states lockdown around the country in an effort to contain a wave of new COVID-19 outbreaks.

Travel through the trans-Tasman will again be available for residents of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, and the ACT from 11.59 pm on July 4. However, passengers will need to provide a negative COVID-19 result before their departure.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s and the Kiwi Government agreed in principle to lift the pause partially, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins confirmed.

Another review next week

The government plans to review the travel pause with Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory next week.

All four jurisdictions are undergoing regional lockdowns following a spread of new infections.

New Zealand has reported no new community cases of COVID-19.

The city of Wellington has now dropped to an alert level one.

A Sydney traveler to the city sparked a scare earlier this month after testing positive for the virus. There are currently 30 active COVID-19 cases in New Zealand, with the four new cases recorded in hotel quarantine.

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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Time is running out for Biden’s death penalty abolition

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President Joe Biden is facing increasing pressure as his administration grapples with the challenge of fulfilling a key 2020 campaign promise – the abolition of the federal death penalty.

The issue has gained renewed attention as the Department of Justice reviews its policies on capital punishment.

Despite initial steps like imposing a moratorium on federal executions, the President’s commitment to a complete abolition faces hurdles in Congress and legal complexities.

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What can be learned from the AT&T outage?

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The outage lasted for several hours and impacted thousands of customers across the United States.

White House national security spokesperson John Kirby said the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security were looking into an AT&T outage that lasted for several hours and impacted thousands of customers across the United States.

AT&T said the hour-long outage to its U.S. cellphone network appeared to be the result of a technical error, not a malicious attack and that the Federal Communications Commission was in touch with the company.

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Extremism top concern for U.S. voters ahead of election

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Worries over political extremism and threats to democracy have surged to the forefront as the primary concern for U.S. voters, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown in the upcoming November election.

The three-day Reuters Ipsos poll, which concluded on Sunday, found that 21% of respondents identified “political extremism or threats to democracy” as the nation’s most pressing issue, narrowly edging out concerns about the economy and immigration.

President Joe Biden appears to hold a slight advantage over his predecessor, Donald Trump, in addressing this issue, with 34% of respondents believing Biden has a better approach compared to 31% for Trump.

The findings underscore the deeply polarized political landscape in America, with Democrats prioritizing extremism as the top issue, while Republicans overwhelmingly focus on immigration.

Independent voters

The poll also highlights the pivotal role of independent voters, with nearly a third citing extremism as their primary concern, followed closely by immigration and the economy.

This suggests that the handling of extremism could significantly influence voter behavior in the upcoming election.

The rise of extremism as a top concern comes amid ongoing political turmoil, with Trump continuing to challenge the legitimacy of U.S. institutions and perpetuate false claims of election fraud.

His rhetoric has not only fueled division but also incited violence, as seen in the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol.

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