Tasmania bid to host 2026 Commonwealth Games; More restrictions eased in South Australia; Senate won’t vote on religious freedom bill today

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ATAGI is expected to deliver its verdict on the definition of ‘fully vaccinated’ today, as premiers and the federal government remain at odds over entry requirements for tourists.

With the international border set to reopen from February 21, the federal government has said fully vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry.

But Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews has indicated he may seek to impose restrictions on visitors who have not received a reminder.

The bills for the Religious Discrimination Bill were removed from the Senate agenda. It comes after the bill passed the House of Representatives in the early hours of the morning.

South Australia is easing COVID-19 restrictions from tonight. Home gatherings can increase from 10 to 50 and fitness classes increase to one person per four square meters. Hospitality venues can increase capacity to 75% outdoors and people will be allowed to stand, and from Monday workplaces can return to 50%.

And new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has revealed that police recorded 29,218 people as having committed COVID-19 related offenses in Australia between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

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