Morning mail: vaccine tensions rise, Invoice Cosby launched, Donald Rumsfeld lifeless |

Ggood Morning. Vaccines are making the headlines again local after several state governments directly criticized the Commonwealth’s new position on the AstraZeneca vaccine, with Queensland saying it would “not want to get AstraZeneca under 40” and Victoria accusing Scott Morrison of creating unnecessary confusion. There was No national cabinet dispute over Morrison’s AstraZeneca advice for not flagging it – State and Territory Leaders learned of expanded access for under 40s when they saw the Prime Minister’s press conference.

The advice of the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunization remains that Pfizer is the vaccine of choice for those under 60 due to an increased risk of rare coagulation events. Many Australians under 40 are confused as to whether they can get a Covid-19 vaccine. Here is a practical explanation with everything you need to know.

Fewer than one in five Australians in disability care is fully vaccinated – more than four months after the vaccine was introduced, new data have shown. The industry association has reported that many have “returned” to seek vaccination through local clinics rather than continuing to “wait for the Commonwealth to operate”, which has been described as “spotty” and “hit and miss”.

Joe Biden has blamed the climate crisis for the heat wave that caused hundreds of deaths in the US and Canada. Rounding to climate deniers, as temperatures rose to almost 50 ° C. Vancouver police recorded at least 134 deaths in the coastal city, and Environment Canada also reported 103 new heat records in four states on Monday. In the US city of Portland, temperatures have risen to 25 ° C above the historical average, raising concerns about forest fires and reports of crooked roads.

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned Bill Cosby’s conviction of sexual assault after reaching an agreement with a former prosecutor, he prevented his indictment on the case. Cosby has served over two years of a three to ten year prison term in a state prison near Philadelphia. He had vowed to serve out every 10 years instead of recognizing remorse over meeting prosecutor Andrea Constand in 2004.

And former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld died at the age of 88. Rumsfeld, a prominent voice in the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, also served under Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s and was praised for “six decades of public service”.


Ben Roberts-Smith in court in Sydney. Photo: Joel Carrett / AAP

The Australian Federal Police remain silent as to whether they will bring criminal charges against Ben Roberts-Smith after it was revealed during the defamation hearing of the recipient of the Victorian Cross that he was knowingly holding classified and classified material without permission. He said he understood that he did not have the authority to keep classified information in his home, but he did not know it was a crime.

The Australian Commission on Human Rights has called for the immediate termination of a controversial facial recognition process from the NSW police. Police across the country have searched for access to millions of photos collected by regional authorities, but laws allowing access to the pictures were previously dismissed in 2019 for failing to adequately protect citizens’ rights.

Lawyers for an Australian detained without charge in Iraq have brought a case to the UN. Robert Pether has been in jail for almost three months without proper legal access, an act his officials describe as a “blatant violation of international law”.

Federal Labor calls for a sports-style parliamentary inquiry into the $ 4.8 billion After a damning report from the Australian Court of Auditors found that 47 projects – valued at $ 660 million in total – were selected by Morrison MPs, not the Department of Infrastructure.

Australian universities can allow students to submit papers using a pseudonym after an increase in harassment against those who criticize the Chinese Communist Party.

The world

Lights and flags mark indigenous gravesSolar lights and flags mark the locations where 751 human remains were discovered on the site of a former Cowesss First Nation dormitory in Saskatchewan. Photo: Geoff Robins / AFP / Getty Images

The remains of 182 other indigenous people have been discovered under a former school in western Canada. More than 1,000 unmarked graves have been discovered, highlighting the nation’s history of forced assimilation, neglect, and disease.

The EU and the UK temporarily prevented a major trouble spot after Brexit. agreed with Brussels on a three-month delay in border controls for chilled meat products entering Northern Ireland.

Myanmar’s ruling military junta has released more than 2,000 anti-coup protesters from prison but thousands more remain under brutal conditions and widespread allegations of torture. An estimated 883 protesters have been killed by the junta since the February coup.

A global shortage of semiconductor chips is affecting auto production in China and Japan, with the latter reporting a 19% decline in the industry. It is believed that $ 20 billion in operating profit from the automotive industry will be wiped away in 2021.

Recommended reading

Guardian Australia staff recommended books for lockdownGuardian Australia staff recommended books for lockdown

Grueling Glasgow poverty, surviving a post-apocalyptic nightmare, short stories so compelling you can’t go to bed. We asked the Guardian Australia staff about the books they just couldn’t put down and they answered us eagerly. Here are 22 must-reads whether you’re stuck in lockdown or just haven’t found a good tome in a while. And tell us in the comments which book caught you last.

It’s a chronic pain condition that we don’t know nearly as much about as we should. But for Nikki Marshall, fibromyalgia can be debilitating, and attacks can strike at the most inopportune moments. “For me, a flare up begins with a wave of exhaustion that can overwhelm me in seconds, accompanied by a brain fog so dense that I have difficulty speaking. Then the pain begins. ”But if you’ve lived with even mild chronic pain, you know there are things that can help you. Nikki shares some of hers in this piece from The Pain That Cannot Be Seen series.

Say what you like about Australian life and culture – sometimes it just makes you flinch. Guest Curator of the 10 Funniest Things on the Internet Andrew Sholl did a half-digital search for such online gems this week. Come for the Alan Jones love songs, stay for the Queen of the Peanut Mobile.


What do we know about them? Delta variant? For starters, that it is far more contagious than previous tribes and that even “fleeting” contact is enough for it to spread. In this episode of Full Story, medical editor Melissa Davey examines the challenges.

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Andy Murray grimaces during his second round matchAndy Murray grimaces during his round of 16 game against Germany’s Oscar Otte. Photo: Mike Hewitt / Getty Images

Local hero Andy Murray faces a fight for his hands at Wimbledon after losing two sets to German challenger Oscar Otte. Follow all the news from the championship on our live blog.

One of the oldest rivalries in English football is set to heat up again. Everton announce the signing of former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez on a three-year contract.

Media summary

Essential workers in NSW have been urged by the state’s transportation minister to avoid public transport over concerns about the virulence of the Covid-19 Delta variant Sydney Morning Herald reported. Public transportation use in the state has dropped to around 20% of pre-pandemic levels. Relations between the state and the federal government have reached “a new low,” according to the Review of financeswith the federal government accusing the Queensland government of failures that resulted in local lockdowns. And WA is expected to receive a record amount of mining licenses, the claims Western Australia, with the soaring price of iron ore expected to add another $ 1.2 billion to the treasury.


Today an export ban comes into effect preventing Australian mixed plastics from being shipped overseas.

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