Australia to vote on Indigenous Voice to Parliament within 12 months: PM
Addressing the annual Woodford Folk Festival on Wednesday, Albanese told the crowd that the referendum will have been held by this time next year. The referendum will ask Australians if they support an alteration to the Constitution that would establish an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice to act as an advisory body to Parliament, Xinhua news agency reported.
Australia names ex-PM Kevin Rudd as new US envoy
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday confirmed months of speculation that Rudd, who was in office between 2007 and 2010 and again in 2013, will become the 23rd ambassador to the US, reports Xinhua news agency.Rudd, a former leader of Albanese's Labor Party, will head to Washington early in 2023, replacing Arthur Sinodinos after three years.
Australian PM tests positive for Covid
Taking to Twitter, Albanese said: "This afternoon I had a routine PCR test which has returned a positive result for Covid-19. I will be isolating and will continue to work from home. "I encourage anyone who is unwell to test and to take any extra precautions to keep their families and neighbours well."
Ex-Australian PM censured in Parliament over secret portfolios
Censure motions are Parliament's way of formally expressing disapproval in an MP, and are decided by a vote in the chamber. They can be used to condemn a party as a whole, usually the opposition, or an individual sitting in either house. Before the censure vote, Morrison refused to apologise for his "entirely necessary" actions, saying criticism is being made in the "calm of hindsight", SBS News reported.
Ahead of polls, Australian MP woos Indians, Sikhs
Led by Andrews, the incumbent Labor government is seeking a third successive four-year term in the November 26 elections in Victoria, which boasts of nearly 276,770 people of Indian origin. On his recent visit to the New Sri Durga Temple in Melbourne last week, Andrews promised that his government will invest A$10 million in Indian projects, if the party is re-elected at the state election.
Australia reports 38% spike in new Covid cases
According to the data published by the Department of Health, an average of 10,799 new infections were reported nationally every day in the week to Friday, reports Xinhua news agency. It represented an increase of 38.2 per cent from the previous week (7,809 per day on average) and a 103 per cent increase from 5,300 cases per day in the first week of November.
Indian-origin paediatrician is Victoria's Australian of the Year
Khillan, 56, is the co-founder of Health Awareness Society of Australia (HASA), which dispels myths, taboos and misinformation about health through forums in a range of languages. HASA delivers forums and virtual sessions in English, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu and Arabic on topics from mental health to Covid-19 vaccinations.
Indian-origin Sikh wins 2023 NSW Australian of the Year award
Singh, 41, is the founder and President of 'Turbans 4 Australia' -- a charity organisation that assists people facing financial hardship, food insecurity, homelessness and those impacted by natural calamities.
Australia amidst new Covid wave: Chief Medical Officer
Kelly urged Australians to take additional precautions against Covid-19 infection, including wearing masks, staying at home if experiencing symptoms and staying up to date on vaccinations, reports Xinhua news agency.In a statement, the CMO said the government was closely monitoring the spread of Omicron variants XBB and BQ.1.
Two-thirds of Australians have had Covid: Surveys
The national paediatric serosurvey, led by the Paediatric Active Enhanced Diseases Surveillance (PAEDS) network and the National Center for Immunisation Research and Surveillance (NCIRS), tested two types of antibodies in the blood samples of children aged 0-19, collected between June and August 2022, reports Xinhua news agency.