Morning mail: warning from Dfat before visit to Afghanistan, international vaccination passport plan, woolly mammoths | Taliban

gHello. There is light at the end of the tunnel for families waiting to reunite across international borders, with digital reporting plans that include vaccination status set to facilitate international travel. The future of Afghanistan and its relations with the Gulf countries are of constant concern. And there could be an unexpected future for the woolly mammoth.

Immunization passports for international travel go one step further after the federal government awarded a contract to international IT company Accenture for new digital passenger declarations. The system will allow Australians to use MyGov to upload proof of vaccination to a QR code linked to their passport. Home Secretary Karen Andrews said the declaration “will support the safe reopening of Australia’s international borders … This will help us welcome growing numbers of Australians and welcome tourists, travelers, international students, skilled workers and foreign friends and family who we all missed during the pandemic ”. While the governments of New South Wales and the Victorian era have indicated that vaccine passports would likely be required for pubs, clubs and major events, the Australian Capital Territory has indicated that it does not probably wouldn’t need it.

Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne was warned to close the embassy in Afghanistan before meeting with then President Ashraf Ghani.. The Australian government was repeatedly warned in April that the situation in Afghanistan could become dangerous enough to force the embassy to close. Payne received a formal recommendation from the Dfat to close the embassy five days before his arrival in Kabul on May 9 for meetings with Ghani. The embassy was closed at the end of May. The new schedule prompted new claims that the government should have acted faster to remove the country’s former interpreters and guards who fell to the Taliban in August.

The The Taliban takeover will reshape the Middle East, a senior Gulf official said, warning that the militant group is “essentially the same” as when it was last in power. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official also said the Gulf states need to reconsider their alliances and whether they can still trust the United States. “Can we really count on an American security umbrella for the next 20 years? I think it’s very problematic right now – really very problematic, ”he said. Meanwhile, the Taliban, faced with the impending collapse of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan, gave the UN written assurances on the safe passage and freedom of movement of aid workers. Written assurances indicated that aid agencies would be able to operate at arm’s length from government and would be free to employ women. But United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet noted that their stated commitments did not match the realities on the ground.


Queensland Police are set to begin testing an artificial intelligence system designed to stop potential incidents of domestic violence before they escalate. Photograph: Klaus Ohlenschlaeger / Alamy Stock Photo

Queensland Police to test artificial intelligence system to identify high-risk domestic violence perpetrators. Agents intend to use the data to “knock on doors” before a serious escalation, but some experts are concerned about its potentially serious pitfalls.

A majority of Australians would be comfortable with immunization mandates in a range of entertainment, employment and leisure settings, but are divided over who should implement and enforce them, according to the latest Guardian Essential survey.

Australia has its ‘head in the sand’ over the implications of climate change for national security, according to Cheryl Durrant, former head of preparation at the Ministry of Defense. She says the country’s “strategic weakness” in climate policy makes it more difficult to be seen as a preferred partner by Pacific island countries.

Federal government should show compassion to welfare recipients it sues for $ 33 million in overpayments to job guards for ‘honest mistakes’ and consider writing off debts, said former Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell.

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The remains of a well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, on display in Hong Kong in 2012.
The remains of a well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, on display in Hong Kong in 2012. Photograph: Aaron Tam / AFP / Getty Images

A company has raised $ 15 million to relaunch the ambitious goal of bringing the woolly mammoth back from extinction. Scientists have set themselves the goal of creating an elephant-mammoth hybrid.

Alanis Morissette said in a new documentary that she was the victim of several statutory rapes as a teenager.

A fisherman in Greece has been arrested after he allegedly caught a dead man in his net and threw the body into the sea. The the man allegedly caught a 74-year-old man who had died while fishing underwater but did not report it.

Meat has been shown to be the source of 60% of greenhouse gases from food production. Global meat production emits 28 times more than growing plants, and most crops are grown to feed animals for slaughter.

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Alliance of Australian fashion brands called on federal government to increase humanitarian quota of refugees from Afghanistan, with promises that the industry will help support, train and employ new migrants. Social Outfit chief executive Camilla Schippa said the open letter to the prime minister was “obvious” because the option of rallying the fashion industry for fundraising was impractical. “We thought that the message to the government to increase its reception of Afghan refugees would be a much stronger appeal if, at the same time, the industry declared that we are committed to doing what we can to employ them when they arrive.

Outside ! If you act quickly, many stains can be removed without leaving a trace. But for those who don’t make it out, a creative approach might be your best bet. If you have a light-colored garment with an indelible mark, hiding the stain with a dye job might be a good option. Kate Wilkins is the founder of Studio Tinta and specializes in dyeing textiles using plant materials such as onion peels, avocado pits, black tea and eucalyptus leaves. If that’s not an option, recycling a garment can give it a trendy look.

Conal Hanna has always dealt with her son’s resistance to swimming lessons with hugs, comfort and rewards. Then one day he tried something drastic: listen to her and empathize. “Why don’t you like swimming companion?” ” I asked. “I just don’t like it,” he said. And so we set there on the living room floor, where I tried to cuddle him in his leggings, and instead I spoke. For once, I managed to resist the urge to hit my standard chorus (“you’re okay, mate”) and instead, I just empathized. We talked about what it means to feel nervous. About situations that make dad nervous. And it’s good to be nervous, but that doesn’t have to stop you from doing something. It was her best swimming week in months.


Authorities are battling several outbreaks of Covid in NSW prisons, with most cases emerging at Parklea Correctional Center in northwest Sydney. In today’s full article, Laura Murphy-Oates speaks with journalist Michael McGowan about efforts to contain the epidemic and the reasons for the variation in vaccination rates in prisons across the country.

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Lewis Hamilton said he remembers his own mortality and the risks he takes in Formula 1 competition after escaping an accident with Max Verstappen at the Italian Grand Prix without serious injury. “It’s only when you go through something like this that you get that real shock and look at life and realize how fragile we are,” he said.

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Agriculture industry calls for more flexible quarantine measures for foreign workers, with quarantine caps in hotels locking out more than 30,000 foreign workers, reports the Australian. The Australian government will undertake an indigenous vaccination blitz with vaccine liaison officers and culturally safe health messages to roll out in areas with low vaccination rates, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.


Public hearings will be held in Canberra for inquiries into housing affordability and supply and job security.

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