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Morning mail: Covid patient payment ‘unethical’, testing clinic chaos, five of the best
Thursday: Doctors condemn NSW government for considering charging unvaccinated patients for care. Plus: sign up now for Guardian Australia’s Five Great Reads

Richard Parkin

22, Dec, 2021 @8:08 PM

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Life on the ward: ‘It’s difficult separating family members from loved ones’
Sydney’s Delta outbreak has been ‘extremely stressful’ for health workers, nurse India Wells says

Caitlin Cassidy. Photography: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images

22, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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‘It’s a ghost town’: Covid has left NSW’s second-largest city reeling
After an Omicron outbreak at popular nightclub Argyle House, Newcastle’s pubs are closing their doors and ‘everyone’s staying away’

Michael McGowan

22, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Covid testing sites cut hours over Australia’s Christmas period despite ‘unprecedented demand’
Decision to close or reduce operating hours comes as infections soar to record numbers

Donna Lu

22, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Federal government to pay out $2m to settle class action over ‘racist’ work for the dole program
Indigenous leaders argued participants faced tougher welfare penalties than those in other parts of Australia

Luke Henriques-Gomes

22, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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‘Unethical’: doctors condemn NSW government for considering charging unvaccinated patients for Covid care
Healthcare should not be limited by past decisions and most Australians would not be able to afford ‘astronomical’ cost of ICU, AMA says

Lane Sainty and Michael McGowan

22, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Pandemic Scott wants to shapeshift into Post Pandemic Personal Responsibility Scott | Katharine Murphy
But while Morrison lectures Australians about personal responsibility he’s opting out of his duty, as leader, to back health advisers on mask mandates

Katharine Murphy

22, Dec, 2021 @9:02 AM

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WA to close to NT and Tasmania; NSW records 3,763 new cases – as it happened
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Cait Kelly (now) and Stephanie Convery (earlier) and Caitlin Cassidy (earlier)

22, Dec, 2021 @8:08 AM

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Scott Morrison insists mask mandates not needed despite health advice to make them compulsory indoors
Prime minister says wearing masks indoors ‘highly recommended’ after national cabinet considers response to surge in Australia’s Covid cases

Daniel Hurst

22, Dec, 2021 @7:02 AM

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Victorian worker emailed employer to prove vaccination status – but linked to fake certificate website
Fair Work Commission discontinues man’s claim of being stood down unlawfully

Lane Sainty

22, Dec, 2021 @6:22 AM

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‘Heartbroken’ travellers locked out of Queensland for Christmas due to Covid testing delays
Many forced to cancel family reunions and holidays amid requirement to return a negative test 72 hours before arrival

Mostafa Rachwani

22, Dec, 2021 @4:42 AM

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‘Everything is postponed’: Australians facing Covid isolation over Christmas
Leaders insist festivities will go on but many who had planned family get-togethers could now find themselves home alone

Royce Kurmelovs

22, Dec, 2021 @4:19 AM

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