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Senin, 15 Maret 2021

Live breaking news: AstraZeneca covid vaccine suspended, Peter Dutton shuts down Anthony Albanese, virus warning for Qld suburbs - NEWS.com.au

Queensland Senator Matt Canavan has called on the government to suspend the vaccine program, following the lead of France, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Iceland.

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison is being urged to pause the rollout of the COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine, after multiple countries stopped administering the jab over fears it could lead to blood clots.

Queensland Senator Matt Canavan has called on the government to suspend the vaccine program until the health concerns can be investigated by Australian authorities.

Speaking to Sky News, Mr Canavan said he didn't understand how the rollout of the vaccine could continue when "basically the whole of Europe is worried" about it.

"I don’t think all the capitals in Europe have been taken over by anti-vaccine zealots, there is obviously legitimate concerns here," he said.

Picture: Mick Tsikas/AAP

It comes as a growing list of countries have stopped administering the vaccine, including France, Ireland, Spain, Germany, Italy, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway and Iceland.

A group of Australian health experts have agreed that the claims of an increased risk of blood clots should be investigated, but warned against pausing the rollout.

"We would urge extreme caution in pausing rollouts while investigations are underway, because once a vaccine rollout is paused, it can sometimes dent vaccine confidence so much that it struggles to recover, as seen in Japan with the Human Papillomavirus vaccine," Monash University Professor of Paediatric Epidemiology Jim Buttery and Murdoch Children's Research Institute's Associate Professor Nigel William Crawford and Epidemiologist Hazel Clothier and wrote for The Conversation.

"We agree Australia should continue its rollout while these investigations are taking place."

A renowned skydiver who died in an accident at a popular West Australian tourist spot on Sunday has been remembered by “heartbroken” friends as an “absolute legend”.

Dimitri Didenko was competing in the Virtual Nationals Skydiving Championships with friends in the coastal town of Jurien Bay, north of Perth, just after 1pm on Sunday when the tragedy happened.

Police believe the 30-year-old’s parachute failed to deploy correctly, sending him plunging to the ground as around 20 close friends watched in horror.

Skydivers tried desperately to save their friend but it was too late.

“The man received critical injuries and sadly died at the scene,” WA Police said in a statement on Monday.

NSW has still recorded no new cases of coronavirus within the community since a hotel quarantine security guard tested positive for the virus late on Saturday.

The NSW Premier confirmed the news but confessed health officials may “never find the link” between a hotel quarantine worker and how he became infected with COVID-19, though it is likely from a returned traveller.

“We have to accept we may never find the link … similar to the Avalon cluster: we still don’t know,” Gladys Berejiklian told reporters.

“What I’m (feeling) very positive about is that until a few hours before this press conference there had been no cases of community transmission since that time.”

The state recorded its first coronavirus case in 55 days after the security guard, who had received one dose of the Pfizer vaccine earlier this month, tested positive late on Saturday night.

– Additional reporting NCA NewsWire

The family of a woman bashed and left bleeding on the steps of a Melbourne church on Saturday morning sat they are not angry but “in shock” at what happened.

Penelope Katsavos was opening the St Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church in South Yarra about 6.15am on Saturday when she was punched in the face, pushed to the ground and kicked.

Pictures of the 78-year-old sitting on the church steps with a bloodied and bruised face have been met with outrage by Victorians while police try to hunt down her attackers.

Picture: 3AW

Her son Evri told Sunrise on Tuesday that those responsible should “turn yourself in”.

His message for her attackers? “It’s going to take more than a punch in the head to get down. She’ll push through.”

The 78-year-old lay alone on the ground on Barry Street for half an hour before she was found by a worker cleaning the street on Saturday.
– Rohan Smith

Queensland Senator Matt Canavan further explained his call for the PM to stop the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, saying "legitimate concerns" about the jab shouldn't be ignored.

"I have great respect for our own health authorities but I don’t think they are infallible. I just don’t think we can close our eyes to this evidence," he told Sky News.

"I am worried we are encouraging a culture of suppression of any concerns about vaccines."

Mr Canavan said he understood the need to fight back against misinformation and conspiracy theories but said legitimate issues shouldn't be swept under the rug.

"We shouldn’t suppress legitimate issues and legitimate concerns and clearly there are legitimate concerns and issues given the decisions that have been made by almost every European country," he said.

We should pause the rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine because almost every European country now has concerns over its safety. There is no imminent threat of coronavirus here so why would we blindly rush on when others are concerned?

— Matthew Canavan (@mattjcan) March 15, 2021
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A bid to topple Victorian Liberal leader Michael O'Brien has fallen flat after the plan failed to secure enough support overnight.

Frontbencher Brad Battin was expected to mount a party room challenge against Mr O'Brien this morning.

He reportedly held a series of late-night meetings but was unable to gain enough support from other party members to go through with the challenge, the Herald Sun reported.

MP's told the publication while there was no plan to change leadership yet, the move form Mr Battin has put Mr O'Brien "very firmly on notice".

This comes after months of speculation of a leadership challenge, with rumblings some MPs were unhappy with the party’s prospects under Mr O’Brien’s leadership.

A rescue operation is underway in the NSW Blue Mountains after a person reportedly became trapped inside a canyon.

The incident occurred at the Claustral Canyon in Mount Tomah, according to Nine.

An emergency alert was sent out in the early hours of the morning, with the rescue operation planned to begin at first light.

Claustral Canyon is labelled one of the "most impressive" canyons in the area, but those wishing to explore it are warned by multiple websites not to underestimate its difficulty.

Queensland health authorities revealed yesterday that COVID-19 has been detected in multiple wastewater treatment plants across Queensland.

Anyone living in any of the following suburbs have been urged to get tested if they experience even the mildest of symptoms.

LUGGAGE POINT: Albion, Alderley, Annerley, Ascot, Ashgrove, Aspley, Auchenflower, Balmoral, Banyo, Bardon, Boondall, Bowen Hills, Brisbane Airport, Brisbane City, Bulimba, Camp Hill, Cannon Hill, Chermside, Chermside West, Clayfield, Coorparoo, Dutton Park, Eagle Farm, East Brisbane, Enoggera, Enoggera Reservoir, Everton Park, Ferny Grove, Fortitude Valley, Gaythorne, Geebung, Gordon Park, Grange, Greenslopes, Hamilton, Hawthorne, Hemmant, Hendra, Herston, Highgate Hill, Holland Park, Holland Park West, Kalinga, Kangaroo Point, Kedron, Kelvin Grove, Keperra, Lutwyche, Lytton, McDowall, Milton, Mitchelton, Moorooka, Morningside, Mount Coot-tha, Mount Gravatt, Mount Gravatt East, Murarrie, Nathan, New Farm, Newmarket, Newstead, Norman Park, Northgate, Nudgee, Nudgee Beach, Nundah, Paddington, Petrie Terrace, Pinkenba, Port Of Brisbane, Red Hill, Seven Hills, South Brisbane, Spring Hill, St Lucia, Stafford, Stafford Heights, Stones Corner, Taigum, Taringa, Tarragindi, Teneriffe, The Gap, Toowong, Upper Kedron, Virginia, Wavell Heights, West End, Wilston, Windsor, Woolloongabba, Wooloowin, Wynnum, Wynnum West, Zillmere.

CAIRNS NORTH: Aeroglen, Barron, Brinsmead, Cairns City, Cairns North, Edge Hill, Freshwater, Holloways Beach, Kamerunga, Machans Beach, Manoora, Manunda, Parramatta Park, Portsmith, Redlynch, Stratford, Whitfield.

What appeared to be a regular suburban Aussie home has been busted by police as a front for an illegal brothel.

Police shut down the x-rated Victorian business after Geelong Magistrates’ Court declared it a prescribed brothel, according to the Geelong Advertiser.

Anyone caught entering the three bedroom home on High St, Belmont without a lawful reason over the next 18 months risks being slapped with a hefty fine and jail time.

Neighbours told the publication there had been a stream of suspicious-looking visitors to the home, with some even mistaking other homes on the street for the brothel.

“It was really scary. They would come, I’d open the door and say ‘hi’ and they’d just try to walk in the door," one neighbour said.

Notices have now been plastered across the home warning people against entering the premises.

A 15-year-old boy has reportedly been deported from Australia to New Zealand, sparking concern from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Ms Ardern has reportedly asked for a briefing after she became aware that a minor was among a group of people deported from Australia.

She told reporters at a post-Cabinet news conference on Monday that she was unaware of the deportation until calls from Stuff.co.nz earlier that day.

Picture: Phil Walter/Getty Images

According to the news website, it’s understood to be the first minor deported to New Zealand from Australia.

Ms Ardern does not agree with Australia’s deportation policy, which New Zealand does not reciprocate, and questioned whether it was appropriate if a minor was involved, the NZ Herald reported.

Last week, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton told Nine News that the deportation process was Australia’s way of “taking the trash out” and involved the most serious offenders.

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