New Zealand finally has an opening date for its international borders.
In exciting news for Aussies and Kiwis alike, New Zealand will start to open its borders later this month, allowing vaccinated New Zealanders currently in Australia to bypass quarantine rules and self-isolate on return.
Australians are set to be allowed to enter the neighbouring country by July, with the borders opening to the rest of the world fully in October.
New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the changes to the border policy today.
All arrivals will also be given two rapid tests at the airport.
Why everyone is talking about Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee... again.
Whoopi Goldberg has been suspended for two weeks from US talk show The View, effective immediately following comments she made on Monday’s episode about the Holocaust not being “about race.”
And David and Victoria Beckham’s eldest son, despite a few unsavoury setbacks, is forging ahead with his celebrity cooking career, whether the world likes it or not. Now he’s pulled James Corden into the whole mess.
Plus, Pam & Tommy, the new series chronicling the wild marriage between actress Pamela Anderson and Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee, and the illegal release of their sex tape, has been released. Now we need to talk about why the series has faced criticism over its portrayal of Pamela and how a talking penis got involved.
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NSW Nazi symbols ban a “moment of truth”.
A parliamentary inquiry is hearing evidence from religious organisations and community groups about proposed legislation that would ban all public displays of Nazi symbols.
Exceptions would be made for educational or historical purposes as well as other legitimate uses.
Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich said the bill represented “a moment of truth”.
Antisemitism has risen in recent years, especially with the appropriation of Nazi symbols by anti-lockdown protesters throughout the country during the pandemic.
“Anti-Semitism in Australia is not history: it is news,” Abramovich said.
The 8 TV shows everyone will be watching in February.
Afternoon everybody! I mentioned this morning that I would come to you soon with a list of new and upcoming TV shows you're going to want to clear your schedule for throughout February.
And wow, it's going to be a banger month for TV.
From the explosive premiere of Pam & Tommy, to the con artist series I've been waiting a very long time for, here are the 8 TV shows everyone will be watching this month:
BREAKING: Brisbane Christian college revokes controversial enrolment contract.
Citipointe Christian College in Brisbane has revoked its controversial enrolment contract which labelled homosexuality a 'sin' and stated students must identify as their birth gender.
Principal Brian Mulherin announced families will no longer be asked to sign the contract, which was met with widespread outrage and saw over 155,000 people sign a petition against it.
"We deeply regret that some students feel that they would be discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity, and I apologise to them and their families on behalf of the College," Pastor Mulherin said in a statement on Thursday morning.
Citipointe Principal Brian Mulherin said he "deeply regrets" his school's enrolment contracts would make students feel discriminated against because of their sexuality or gender identity.— @MartySilk (@MartySilkHack) February 2, 2022
"I apologise to them and their families on behalf of the College." pic.twitter.com/gH2UnMKNpB
"As stated previously, the College does not and will not discriminate against any student because of their sexuality or gender identity.
"It is central to our faith that being gay or transgender in no way diminishes a person's humanity or dignity in God's eyes."
Read our explainer on the controversy below:
More to come.
What is Sunroom?
Hi! I'm Charlotte from the lifestyle team here at Mamamia. Just popping in to let you know that the much anticipated launch of Sunroom - the creator app where women and non-binary people make money - is finally here!
The co-founder, Michelle Battersby, has been keeping us up to date on her socials, and you can read all about this exciting new platform for women in our interview with her:
'I'm a nurse. The stories of domestic violence I hear about are abhorrent.'
We've already lost four women to violence in 2022 and we're only four weeks into the new year.
The latest is 19-year-old Arnima Hayat. She was allegedly murdered by her husband weeks after getting married.
Like the year before, and the year before that, we're on track to lose one woman a week to a former or current partner.
At Mamamia, we are determined to play a role in telling these women's stories, shining a light on the realities of domestic violence, and holding our pollies to account as they work towards creating a 10-year plan to address violence against women and kids.
Nurse Merowyn Olaver this week gave us an insight into the terror she witnesses in her daily life: 'I'm a nurse. The stories of domestic violence I hear about are abhorrent.'
And while I'm here, some videos we'd love you to watch, share and sit with.
Violence against women is endemic in this country.
Enough is enough.
Why everyone is talking about Adele.
Last night, I binge watched the first three episodes of the new biographical miniseries Pam & Tommy, which tells the tale of how Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee's infamous sex tape was leaked. It's been more than 12 hours since then, but I'm still reeling.
I won't say too much in case you haven't gotten around to it yet, but... holy sh*t. It is definitely going to be one of the most talked about shows of the year.
It's on Disney+, and I'll be back later with a full list of the shows on our radar this month.
But first, let's pivot from one of the world's most famous sex tapes to one of the world's most famous musicians.
I don't imagine there's very much that Adele and Pamela Anderson have in common, but in recent weeks the former media (and fan) darling has been experiencing a lot of negative publicity. Now that is something Pammy can probably relate to.
I'm sure you've heard murmurings about Adele's ill-fated Las Vegas residency, which was postponed just a day before it was supposed to kick off. Since then, there has been a never-ending stream of rumours and speculation about 'what's really going on'.
At its core, this is a pretty standard industry drama, so something has really struck me about how hard tabloids are pursuing the story, courting 'anonymous sources' and showing Adele in a critical light.
While most of Adele's peers have dealt with more than their fair share of media takedowns, Adele has mostly been able to avoid this... until now.
For a full run-down on the residency drama, you can read my explainer here: A postponed show and 'relationship issues': Why everyone is talking about Adele.
A $2m Cleo Smith interview, and all the news you need to know this morning.
G'day, we're nearing the end of the first week of February, and I don't know about you - but I am already tired.
My colleague Rebecca put it perfectly in her piece; Are you feeling beyond burnt out? Welcome to 'The Great Exhaustion'.
"So, here we are. 'Tired' doesn't do it justice. We are depleted, fatigued, apathetic vessels in autopilot, just moving from one day into the next. No zest. No passion. Stale," she wrote.
"Because it's hard to muster enthusiasm when we've all been swimming in wild seas for so long. When the familiar shore is long behind us, and we're just trying to keep our heads above the water deep to get to the other side... And we're not meant to stay still for this long, in limbo. We're programmed to plan and move and do and achieve, sentiments exploited by our relentless hustle culture."
Nail. On. Head. For me anyway, as we 'get on with' year three of this pandemic.
But enough of that, here's the top five news stories of the morning:
1. 60 Minutes' $2 million interview with Cleo Smith's family.
The ads have already begun if you've been watching Channel Nine, with the parents of Cleo Smith sitting down with Tara Brown on Sunday for a (reportedly) $2 million dollar 60 Minutes interview.
Cleo was abducted from a campsite in WA last October, and rescued 18 days later in a house 75km from where she was taken. The man accused of kidnapping her, is behind bars.
On Sunday the family will share details from the morning she was taken, their agonising wait and what Cleo said when she was reunited.
Tara was unable to get into the state to interview the family face-to-face, so the expensive chat was done via Zoom.
In a world exclusive interview with #60Mins, Cleo Smith's parents Ellie and Jake speak about what really happened that fateful morning as well as revealing never-before-heard details of the family's ordeal. https://t.co/SUsU5Nr5eK— 60 Minutes Australia (@60Mins) February 2, 2022
2. 200 firefighters battle WA bushfires.
Hundreds of firefighters have been working to contain two bushfires in Western Australia amid hot and windy conditions.
Residents in Nambeelup in the Shire of Murray were told to act immediately to survive as a blaze that'd already torn through 100ha of land moved towards them in a westerly direction.
The warning downgraded from emergency to watch and act this morning, with another watch and act in place in the Shire of Manjimup, just south of the Topanup State Forest.
A bushfire WATCH AND ACT is in place for parts of Nambeelup and Stake Hill in the Shire of Murray.— 9News Perth (@9NewsPerth) February 2, 2022
The bushfire is moving fast in a westerly direction.
There is a possible threat to lives and homes. #9News pic.twitter.com/GDvCDbNb3e
3. COVID-19 booster rates lag in aged care.
One-third of fully vaccinated aged care residents are still yet to get their COVID-19 booster dose.
Aged Care Minister Richard Colbeck told a parliamentary committee into COVID-19 that while vaccination teams had visited 99 per cent of residential aged care facilities, not everyone had received their third dose.
Of all aged care residents, 89 per cent are fully vaccinated with two doses. However, the inquiry heard that of those fully vaccinated, only 66 per cent had had their booster.
Lt Gen Frewen told the committee some aged care facilities had a high turnover rate and some people had only just had their primary course and were not eligible for boosters.
“The bigger picture issue here is the decision…to open up the general community at a time when aged care did not have access to boosters, to rapid antigen tests to test residents and families, and access to enough protective equipment.”https://t.co/9zIE5DEp9O— Dr Brad McKay (@DrBradMcKay) February 1, 2022
While we're on the topic, teenagers aged 16 and 17 are now eligible for a COVID-19 booster shot after the Pfizer jab was given the final tick of approval.
4. Calls for toxic text message minister to be revealed.
Barnaby Joyce has demanded that the serving cabinet minister alleged to have called Scott Morrison "a complete psycho" in text messages "out themselves".
During a press conference on Wednesday he speculated that "3000 people know who this is."
On Tuesday, Ten journalist Peter van Onselen told Morrison at the National Press Club about alleged text messages sent between former premier Gladys Berejiklian and an unnamed federal cabinet minister. She reportedly called ScoMo a "horrible, horrible person" while the other person in the exchange called him a "psycho."
Health Minister Greg Hunt is putting the onus on Onselen telling reporters, "if the journalist is confident in his sources, he should release them – and release all of it."
Here's some content on this unfolding story we prepared earlier....
- Peter van Onselen: If you were going to be rude to the PM at the National Press Club, why go at all?
- 4 moments you missed from Scott Morrison's explosive National Press Club grilling.
5. Australia helping to put first woman on the moon.
And lastly in exciting news, a South Australian satellite company is partnering with NASA to put the first woman on the moon.
Fleet Space Technologies is opening its first US office in Houston – with their landing mission to put the first woman and man of colour on the moon by 2024.
Fleet's involvement is selling hi-tech satellite services, which can detect critical minerals beneath the Earth’s surface during NASA’s Artemis mission.
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Is Russia really about to declare war with Ukraine?
Over the past couple of weeks, speculation and fear has been growing that Russia could be about to invade Ukraine once again, especially after more than 100,000 Russian troops were seen amassing with a hefty arsenal at the border, but why now?
The Quicky looks at the long history of tensions between Russia and Ukraine and speaks to an international security expert to find out what Vladimir Putin is up to, and whether Australia could be dragged into the conflict.
Feature image: WA Police/Jenny Evans/Getty/Rohan Thomson.