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Regional airlines get additional support

The Morrison government is providing $198 million in support to regional airlines struggling through the coronavirus crisis, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack has announced.A further $100 million will also be available to smaller…

Businesses set for ‘hibernation’: PM

Australian businesses are set for a possible six month period of "hibernation" in a further attempt to shield the economy from the devastating impact from the coronavirus.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said details of the plan to…

Outback airlines warn of imminent collapse

At least eight regional airlines could collapse within days because of the crippling coronavirus pandemic, putting life-saving flights at risk.Regional Express Airlines (Rex) has also warned it could shut down without immediate support…

Australian man anxious about rescue flight

A Sydney man stuck in Peru is anxious about rescue flights and furious at the Australian government for not doing more to help travellers stranded because of coronavirus.Thomas Curnow is among hundreds of Australians stuck in Peru who…

Hairdressing time limit backflip ‘bonkers’

The backflip on a 30-minute time limit on haircuts during the coronavirus outbreak has been labelled "bonkers" by the boss of the largest hairdressing chain in the country.Just Cuts chief executive Denis McFadden said it was physically…

Major cull of Virgin, Flight Centre staff

The head of Virgin Australia says more than 1000 of 8000 workers asked to take leave in the face of the coronavirus will probably be made redundant.The airline has asked 80 per cent of its 10,000 staff to take a mixture of holiday, long…

More Aussies can be tested for coronavirus

More Australians can now be tested for coronavirus as even tighter restrictions come into place to slow the spread of the illness.Anyone with a fever or acute respiratory infection who works in health care or aged care can now be tested…

Elective surgeries cut during virus crisis

The national cabinet has announced changes to the current coronavirus testing criteria while the deadline to suspend all elective surgery other than the most urgent procedures has been extended until April.The testing will now include…

Morrison rules out UK-style wage subsidy

Business groups, Labor and unions want the Morrison government to follow the UK and introduce a wage subsidy rather than let jobless people queue for days for benefits during the coronavirus crisis.But Prime Minister Scott Morrison isn't…

School ‘open-shut them’ game a mess: Labor

Parents have no more clarity about who they should listen to over whether to send their children to school after the prime minister met with teachers.Labor has described the whole situation as a mess.Victoria and the ACT have moved to…

Telehealth to open up to all Australians

Australians will be able to bulk-bill phone or video hook ups with their doctors from next week as health authorities work to contain the rapid spread of coronavirus.Telehealth services will be available to the entire population,…

Non-citizens could receive virus payments

Foreign workers and non-citizens could soon be extended welfare benefits after students and apprentices were given an extra $550 a fortnight to help them deal with the economic fallout of the coronavirus.Social Services Minister Anne…

Virus-hit tenants could get housing relief

Laws to ensure home and office renters aren't kicked out as the coronavirus hits the economy will be discussed at a leaders' meeting.Prime Minister Scott Morrison will discuss the model rules with state and territory leaders as part of a…
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