Coronavirus Australia live updates: states face pressure to lift restrictions after weekend BLM protests – latest news

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Health authorities to discuss allowing gatherings of up to 100 and interstate travel after Saturday’s Black Lives Matter rallies across Australia

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Scott Morrison has maintained his record high approval rating, the latest Newspoll published in the Australian this morning shows.

Morrison’s approval rating is at 66%, and his disapproval rating has fallen a point to 29%, the highest prolonged approval ratings for a prime minister since the early days of Kevin Rudd’s first prime ministership.

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Dodson was also asked about the destruction of a rock shelter in Juukan Gorge near Tom Price in the Pilbara, despite significant archeological evidence showing it had been occupied for at least 46,000 years.

He said that “some heads will have to roll” at Rio Tinto, for failing to properly implement its monitoring of and consultation about cultural heritage sties with traditional owners. Rio Tinto has apologised, but not said it was in the wrong.

The commonwealth could have issued an injunction for that activity to stop and they failed to do that.

The palming off by the minister of Aboriginal Australians to [Ley] … he’s a West Australian, he knows now draconian the Aboriginal Heritage Act is in Western Australia …

They have just failed in their duty. They have failed to act in a way that could give Aboriginal people any confidence that the federal crown and the state crown have any interest in their welfare and their cultural values.

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