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Australia news live: accused cabinet minister set to address rape allegation; international borders closed until June

Minister expected to declare his innocence and is not planning on stepping down. Follow latest updates• Full report: cabinet minister to make statement addressing historical rape allegation against him• Australia’s Covid vaccine tracker: when will you get your jab? • Follow the global coronavirus liveblog 2.46am GMT Obviously, there was

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ADF chief criticised for advising cadets against going out alone while ‘attractive’ to avoid sexual predators

General Angus Campbell’s comments to first-year trainees on how to keep themselves safe are being labelled as ‘clumsy’Australia’s defence force chief, General Angus Campbell, has told first-year cadets they should avoid alcohol and going out alone while being “attractive” in order to avoid becoming prey for sexual predators.The Defence Force

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‘Very sad year’: Qantas’ plea on border closures

Qantas wants further “ad hoc” border closures ruled out as Australia’s vaccine program rolls out, warning of further redundancies if uncertainty continues. “It’s been a very sad year,” Qantas domestic and international chief executive Andrew David told a parliamentary inquiry into the future of Australia’s aviation sector post-COVID-19. Qantas took

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Australia extends strong economic recovery

The Australian economy grew by 3.1 per cent in the December quarter, continuing the strong rebound from last year’s recession. The result was much stronger than the expected gross domestic product gain of 2.5 per cent and followed an upwardly revised 3.4 per cent in the September quarter. However, the

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