Australian Olympic Committee chairman John Coates has insisted that Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk attend the Tokyo 2020 opening ceremony, in an uneasy exchange, just hours after Queensland won hosting rights to the 2032 Games.
Palaszczuk had previously said she would not attend the ceremony, given growing domestic concerns over her international trip.
But at a press conference on Wednesday night, Coates – also vice president of the International Olympic Committee – issued a stern reprimand with Palaszczuk sitting next to him.
“You’re going to the opening ceremony,” Coates said. “I am still the deputy chairman of the candidacy leadership group [for the 2032 bid]. As far as I understand, there will be an opening and a closing ceremonies in 2032, and you all need to get along and understand the traditional parts of that, what goes into an opening ceremonies.
“None of you stay in your rooms, okay?”
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A private boys’ school in Perth that charges up to $27,000 a year in fees received more than $7 million in labor grants in 2020, while reporting an operating surplus of more than $8 million.
The Hale School in Perth counts Cabinet Minister Christian Porter and Victoria Cross recipient Ben Roberts-Smith as alumni.
According to the school’s annual report, the school received $7.45 million in job payments last year. At the same time, the school reported an operating surplus of $8.31 million in 2020 and also offered discounts to parents.
Jobseeker grants were the second largest source of private school revenue in 2020, contributing more than government funding, government funding, and living expenses.
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‘Undoubtedly’ vaccine rollout would have been more successful without Atagi’s AZ warning, Morrison says
Scott Morrison has hit the radio waves in Brisbane to say different formulations of “how good are the Olympics”, but he has also been asked about Atagi’s advice on AstraZeneca, and what Australians should do now that he’s publicly barracks asking for the advice to change.
On 4BC Radio, Morrison said Australia would undoubtedly have been in a better position if the Atagi warning had not been applied to the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Morrison said he respects Atagi, and the government has “acted consistently with their recommendations”, but given the greater risk of Covid-19 now, he wondered how the Delta outbreaks would affect their advice.
Asked about the Chief Health Officer of Queensland Jeannette Young and her warning to AstraZeneca, Morrison said:
Rather than talk about that specifically, I would rather say that the impact of this advice over time has been that people have had some hesitation, [AstraZeneca] is an approved drug by TGA. This is the vaccine that has largely vaccinated the UK and is approved for use in Australia.
Morrison said Atagi had made “some suggestions” (that Pfizer is preferred for those over 59) and others should consider whether the benefits outweigh the costs. That’s why the government had encouraged people to talk to their GP and practice ‘informed consent’, which means ‘we don’t force’ people to take vaccines, but ‘we don’t prevent you from taking them too’.
The prime minister revealed that 60,000 people under 40 had received the AstraZeneca vaccine since he encouraged them to talk to their GP in late June.
He then appealed wholeheartedly to the Queenslanders:
Don’t wait for what happens in another state may happen in your state…
This is the thing with the Delta variant – it can move very fast and no system is 100% foolproof, the whole world knows that.
Please Queensland, especially if you’re in the elderly population – please go get that AstraZeneca, it’s a completely safe vaccine for you. The Therapeutic Goods Administration wouldn’t have approved it if it didn’t.
Victoria records 26 local Covid-19 cases overnight