And that is a wrap for Sunday’s news. As always, it was an absolute pleasure going through the day’s news with you.
Let’s re-cap on the big ones:
We will of course be back tomorrow. For now, go well team Guardian.
Earlier we reported that under-12s won’t receive their first Covid vaccination jab until early next year.
Natalie Beak and Karen Armstrong from Covid Safe Schools have responded to the announcement saying it will: “result in thousands of children, under the age of 12, continuing to contract COVID-19 over the coming months.
“With cases in children continuing to climb, and by far the greatest number of outbreaks occurring in schools and early childhood centres, the government needs to do everything in its power to expedite the procurement of this vaccine, as well as to commit to a safe air program in Australian schools.”
More than 50,000 Australian children have contracted Covid since the start of the pandemic, they said. One in 20 of them have been hospitalised.
“We don’t yet know the long-term impacts of this disease but we do know that preventing an illness is far better than treating it. We owe our children the strongest protections we can give them.”
You can read Amy Remeikis’ story here:
Save the Children has also responded to Australia’s attorneys general agreeing on Friday to support developing a proposal to raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years old.
Matt Gardiner, executive director of Save the Children’s Australian Services said it was “a nothing decision”.
“Raising the age of criminal responsibility to 12 instead of 14 is not a practical solution. It goes against all expert advice and evidence.
“No child has ever left incarceration in this country better than they went into it.”
There will still be over 456 12 and 13-year-olds behind bars in Australia if the age of criminal responsibility is only raised to 12 rather than to 14, he said.
Most of these children are in prison in Queensland, Western Australia and NSW.
“Raising the age to 14 was never an ambit claim, this isn’t an industrial agreement where we can meet in the middle. This position is based on two decades of neuroscience that tells us that children, aged 11 to 13 cannot understand the consequences of their actions.”
There was a rally in Parramatta today to demand answers from NSW police over the shooting of Stanley Russell.
Last week, my colleague Lorena Allam wrote about the increasing pressure on the state government and state police to provide “quick and transparent” answers to the family of the aboriginal man.
You can read her story here:
We have been following the breaking news this afternoon that AFL footballer Liam Jones has announced his retirement.
It come just days after he refused to get the Covid vaccine.
My colleague Emma Kemp has the full story here …
This morning Climate Council put out a statement following the end of COP26 and it is damning on Australia’s performance at the conference.
Climate Council Head of Research Dr Simon Bradshaw said 140 countries lifted their game on climate action at COP26, while Australia cemented its reputation as a laggard.
“The federal government showed up empty-handed to a pivotal moment in the fight for our future. They’ve let down our Pacific neighbours, as well as Australians who do not deserve to endure more frequent and severe bushfires, floods, droughts and heatwaves,” Bradshaw said.
“As our allies and trading partners rise to the climate challenge, we’re stuck in a polluting past with a handful of countries including Russia and Saudi Arabia. The Government’s own Net Zero modelling, released two days ago, predicts Australia will still be a major coal and gas exporter in 2050.”
We’ve got more on Liam Jones here from AAP:
Carlton defender Liam Jones has chosen to end his AFL career just days after it was revealed he was reportedly unvaccinated for Covid-19.
The 30-year-old was contracted for 2022.
“I wish to announce my retirement from AFL football effective immediately,” Jones said in a statement on Sunday.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all who have supported me throughout my journey, both personally and professionally. I…
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