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gHello. Skilled workers face threats of residency in Australia, government advisers call for swift action against gender discrimination in parliament, and more countries are tightening their borders against Omicron.

Thousands of skilled workers and transitional visa holders plan to leave Australia permanently due to inconsistencies in the government’s response to the pandemic, which means that several categories of visas are not included for travel without exemption from mid-December. People holding visas of distinguished talent or awaiting confirmation of permanent residence are effectively barred from returning home, some, like Giorgia Di Girolamo, facing a difficult prospect of giving up the life she has built for herself in Australia. since 2017 to see his dying grandfather. A petition to extend free travel to these visa holders has garnered 9,000 signatories.

More than 50 countries, including the United States, have decided to introduce stricter border control measures in response to Omicron, with the highly virulent Covid-19 strain now identified in 24 countries around the world. The World Health Organization has reiterated its warning that a “toxic mix” of low vaccine coverage and low screening rates is creating fertile ground for new, more resistant variants. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has suggested that compulsory vaccination “requires discussion”, and the Greek Prime Minister has defended his government’s decision to impose fines on citizens over 60 who refuse the vaccination.

Morrison government urged to swiftly implement Jenkins review recommendations or face a violent reaction from women at the polls. Former Liberal Party adviser said women in parliament told her “attackers and bullies still believe they are untouchable” despite scrutiny, triggered by alleged rape of parliamentary staff member Brittany Higgins. Australian Gender Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has recommended a major overhaul of the work culture of the Federal Parliament.

Australia

Relatively low-grade Australian iron ore may be less attractive to steelmakers using green hydrogen, according to a report. Photograph: Bloomberg / Getty Images

Relatively low-grade Australian iron ore could be a big loser as the world turns to hydrogen-based steelmaking, an industry report suggested. Further refining of the ore to meet electric arc furnace needs could boost the profitability of Australia’s top export by $ 150 billion.

Regional publishers who have received multi-million dollar government support programs to protect jobs have laid off staff and closed newsrooms, JTF documents revealed. Over 80% of the $ 5 million set aside for the program went to major media players instead of small independent companies.

Scientists and researchers working on Covid-19 have become the target of unprecedented levels of disinformation, a study from the University of Sydney detailed. The researchers suggest that the decline in the rigor of academic standards is a factor in accelerating mistrust.

Australia has become a “guest worker state”, dependent on a subclass of exploitative temporary migration visa agreements, a report claimed. Interviews with 700 temporary visa holders revealed that 65% of them had suffered salary theft.

The world

Russian military maneuvers during a training exercise
Russian forces are conducting military exercises. The US Secretary of State has warned that Russia is planning a “full-scale” attack in Ukraine. Photograph: Vadim Savitskiy / AP

NATO is ready to impose “high costs for a new Russian aggression in Ukraine”, warned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying the US has evidence that the Kremlin has plans for a “full-scale” attack. Ukraine estimates that nearly 100,000 Russian troops have gathered near its borders.

The EU seeks to counter China’s global influence through a € 300 billion global infrastructure investment fund, with the President of the European Commission suggesting that many developing countries would prefer a “democratic, values-driven approach”.

An explosion near a The Munich train station left four people injured after the explosion of weapons dating from the Second World War. It is estimated that 15% of the 1.5 million tonnes of bombs dropped on Germany by Allied forces would not have exploded.

Prince Harry drew a parallel between the uneven distribution of Covid vaccines and the historic struggle of millions of people to access HIV drugs, declaring in a speech on World AIDS Day that the challenge of immunization was a test of the collective “moral character” of the world.

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“While many would suggest spending more time together, I think the reverse can help: try to rediscover the other. »Painting: the wife of Joseph and Potiphar by Guido Reni. Photograph: classicpaintings / Alamy

Love and desire are two very different emotions in a relationship. “These are almost photonegative emotions: love is gratitude that swells the rib cage for what we have, while desire is longing for what we have. not have. Love responds to reality; desire, to the imagination. That’s the dilemma that advice columnist Eleanor Gordon-Smith tries to resolve this week as she discusses re-inspiring fire in a relationship that has gotten a little lukewarm.

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but above all it was the strangest of times. You don’t have to be haruspicious to try to decipher the latest economic indicators, says Greg Jericho, but it could help. “Compared to 12 months ago the economy is around 3.9% larger which is well above the long term average and also an indicator of how weird things are right now – in one measure things are horrible, and in another they are booming. ” The drop in consumer spending due to the blockages is offset by a sharp drop in imports; household spending is offset by increased savings; then consider increased government support. It’s upside down, it’s upside down: no wonder the numbers are messy.

Michelle Law is not averse to diving deep into the darkest corners of the internet. And if you don’t have the time, the inclination, or frankly the skills to unearth some cyber-comedy sapphires, then don’t worry – our guest curator of This Week’s 10 Funniest Things On The Internet. has you covered. Don’t be a Debbie Downer. Climb on board.

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Mitochondrial disease affects thousands of families. But a push to allow IVF technology to help prevent the rare genetic disease is dividing Parliament. In this episode of Full Story, journalist Rafqa Touma shares her family’s experience.

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sport

The players at the launch of the A-League Women season
The players at the launch of the A-League Women season. Photograph: Mark Evans / Getty Images

The women’s A-League competition is back with a new name and a new team for its 14th season. And while expansion club Wellington Phoenix face an uphill battle to be competitive, in what could be another Covid-hit season, anything is possible. Joey Lynch has the preview for the season.

The January transfer window is often a strong indication of a club’s desperation. And with six Premier League teams already shedding their managers, there could be even more frenetic Christmas activity for teams looking for new hires to jumpstart their fortunes.

Media overview

Sydney’s cracked trams built in Spain that will be inoperative for up to 18 months are no longer under warranty, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, challenging Transport Minister Rob Stokes’ expectation that there will be “no cost to the taxpayer” in repairing the fleet. The worst could yet be in store in Queensland’s most severe flooding in decades, the Mail-Mail warns, with the rising flood waters that would have cost life. And human rights abusers, hackers and corrupt officials could be barred from traveling to Australia, according to the ABC, due to new legislation to be passed by the Federal Parliament today.

Future

The Federal Parliament sits for the last day in 2021.

The Victorian inquest into the deaths of residents of St Basil’s nursing home continues.

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