Good morning. It’s Wednesday 13 July, and here’s a round-up of the latest news.
Concerns over end to free rapid antigen test scheme
This follows the government’s announcement that the COVID-19 rapid test Concessional Access Program, which offers 10 free tests each month to concession card members, will not be extended past July 2022.
The NSW and ACT representative of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) Charlotte Hespe says the decision should be reversed to ensure everyone, especially low-income earners, can access the tests.
Anthony Albanese prepares for Pacific leaders’ meeting
Climate change is a major focus of the Forum despite the shock withdrawal of Kiribati from the group.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong says the gathering aims to bring unity to the region,
Poverty hampering access to disability services, advocates say
The Women’s Council says many families live in overcrowded housing and rely on social security for their income.
Advocates also say people with disability living in a remote area that straddles the Western Australian, South Australian and Northern Territory borders often do not understand their NDIS plan.
Syria aid extended to January 2023
The aid will continue for another six months until January 2023.
Ireland’s UN representative Geraldine Byrne Nason says the draft resolution will make it easier to continue early recovery efforts and promote routine follow-up sessions on implementation.
Committee highlights Donald Trump Capitol riot ‘siren call’
The panel investigating the Capitol siege is meeting to examine the final phase of Mr Trump’s effort to halt Joe Biden’s election victory.
Florida Representative Stephanie Murphy says Mr Trump aimed to remain in power and used the crowd as a tool to do so.