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This is Elias Visontay bringing you this morning’s main stories: some Covid vaccine developments, a growing political feud, and misogyny culture in the spotlight across the globe.
The AstraZeneca vaccine is “safe and effective”, Europe’s medicines regulator has said, but it will continue to study possible links between the shot and a rare blood clotting disorder. Australian doctors have complained about vaccine supply issues but, from Monday, an additional 6.14 million Australians will be eligible to receive the jab – here’s how to to find out if you’re one of them, and how to book. Australia’s economic performance is also under scrutiny, as the worst performer on a list of the world’s 50 largest economies for “green recovery” spending to kickstart economic growth after the pandemic.
The ABC has secured the former solicitor general to lead the national broadcaster’s defence in a high-stakes defamation action launched by the federal attorney general, Christian Porter – who began proceedings in the federal court this week to counter “false allegations against him in relation to a person who he met when he was a teenager”.
As a national outcry over the treatment of women both outside and within parliament continues, as Thérèse Rein and Lucy Turnbull say nothing has changed in Canberra in regard to rape and sexual harassment for years. The two prime ministerial spouses made a joint television appearance last night to encourage women to come forward to speak to the Jenkins inquiry into parliamentary culture. Overseas: female reporters have said sexual harassment is “as pervasive as air” in the New York state capitol; and devastating new figures from the UK reveal that one in four women in England and Wales have experienced sexual assault or attempted sexual assault, since the age of 16.
The Labor MP Ed Husic yesterday accused the Coalition of only taking national security threats seriously when it’s “politically convenient” after the Australian spy agency Asio changed the language used to describe the rising threat of rightwing extremism. (The new umbrella categories are “ideologically motivated violent extremism” and “religiously motivated violent extremism”.) Husic said the decision to change the language followed “hectoring” from government senators now “being asked to confront an errant, ugly streak within conservatism”.
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Source: The Guardian
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