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The cruise ship industry is, remarkably, still going strong.

Oceania cruises has just announced it has recorded the most bookings ever taken in a single day in its 18-year history, after announcing its new winter 2022-2023 itineraries.

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The Australian Greens have called on the federal government to support a World Trade Organisation proposal to waive intellectual property provisions on Covid-19 vaccines to allow it to be made available and affordable to all nations.

Senator Mehreen Faruqi said:

This is a matter of global justice, and putting people before the profits of enormous pharmaceutical companies.

The Covid-19 vaccine is a public good, not a commodity, and access to healthcare is a human right.

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