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Aviation

Women from 10 flights taken for invasive medical examinations in Qatar, says Australia’s Foreign Affairs Minister

More troubling details have emerged over the Qatar airport incident involving a number of Australian women.

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Aviation

“Offensive, grossly inappropriate” vaginal examinations of female plane passengers reported to Australian Federal Police

The federal government is demanding answers from the relevant authorities, after 13 Australian women were forced to undergo invasive medical examinations at an international airport.

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Tourism

DFAT accidentally reveals email addresses of Aussies stranded overseas

by Christian Fleetwood

The embarrassing blunder by DFAT comes after it reportedly terminated as many as 100 contractors, with some of those having worked in IT and policy roles.

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Aviation

Federal government looks to increase Australia’s cap on international arrivals

by Christian Fleetwood

The federal government plans to increase the cap on international arrivals to 6,000 per week, but it needs the states and territories to play their part.

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Technology

Thousands of stranded Aussies map their stories on ‘Remove the Cap’ website

by Christian Fleetwood

A new website founded by an Australian citizen trapped overseas visually conveys the difficulties and delays Aussies are facing in their attempts to return home.

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Tourism

DFAT establishes hardship fund for Aussies trapped overseas

Are any of your clients still stuck overseas? This could help relieve some of their (and your) stress.

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Tourism

DFAT downsizes due to financial struggles

The government department has run the slasher through its ranks in an attempt to make up for a budget shortfall.

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Aviation

International arrivals capped at Sydney Airport due to “pressure” on city quarantine facilities

by Christian Fleetwood

Got a client who’s hoping to get back home to Sydney from overseas in the coming weeks? They may need to hit pause on those plans.

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Tourism

Australia’s international travel ban extended to mid-September

The federal government has ever so quietly extended the international travel ban for Aussies by a further three months, but an exemption will be made for the trans-Tasman ‘bubble’.

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Destinations

STUDY: World’s riskiest destinations top most Aussie travellers’ wish lists

Australians are prepared to accept the risk and bypass Smartraveller ratings, according to this alarming new research.

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Technology

DFAT to give Smartraveller a major facelift

by Christian Fleetwood

The federal government’s travel advice and consular information service is set to receive a major upgrade, including improvements to travel updates.

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Destinations

Four injured after multiple bombs explode across Bangkok

At least four people have been injured during multiple explosions across Bangkok’s Si Lom business district and Suan Luang region.

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