Australia news live: Covid-19 restrictions in Sydney ease as plans for vaccine rollout detailed

Posted by on January 28, 2021 3:45 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Limits on gatherings lift and masks no longer required while shopping in Sydney as Victoria set to ease travel restrictions with NSW

8.45pm GMT

A once-in-a-decade review into Australia’s environmental laws has described two decades of failures by successive governments to improve protection systems meant to ensure the survival of Australian wildlife.

The review by former competition watchdog head Graeme Samuel, made 38 recommendations to transform the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

They include short-term reforms, including the immediate introduction of legally-binding national environmental standards to boost protection, and longer-term changes needed to address the “trajectory of environmental decline”.

In a major shift, Samuel also called on the government to abolish the effective exemption from environment laws granted to all native forest logging covered by regional forestry agreements between the federal and state governments.

Related: Australia urged to overhaul environment laws and reverse ‘decline of our iconic places’

8.30pm GMT

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Tennis players including Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have been released from hotel quarantine in Adelaide. Another group were released from quarantine in Melbourne last night. The Adelaide players, including Australian number one Ash Barty, will take part in an exhibition match at Memorial Drive today.

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