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Your questions about work and vaccinations, answered

  Can my employer force me to get vaccinated? The simple answer is no. The more realistic answer is, it depends.  An employer cannot force...
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Children are losing caregivers to COVID: they need support

  Children have a very low risk of death or severe disease from COVID-19. As a result, they have not been a core focus in the pandemic...

Australia finally backed a plan to let developing countries make cheap COVID-19 vaccines

  After months of holding out, Australia has at last joined other members of the World Trade Organisation in backing a waiver of patents and...

Home vaccination program for people who are housebound

  The Central and Eastern Sydney Primary Health Networks (CESPHN) have developed the Vax at Home program which is being coordinating across South Eastern Sydney...

#MissionJab: Pawan Luthra on ABC Radio

  This morning, Indian Link CEO Pawan Luthra was invited on ABC Radio to introduce our new vaccination campaign #MissionJAB! Pawan revealed to ABC Radio the...

India’s vaccine rollout is ignoring many inequities in its society

  Some 6 months after India began what is said to be the largest COVID-19 vaccination drive in the world, equitable distribution has been a...
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Vaccine selfies show people doing civic duty and encouraging the community

  Have you been vaccinated yet? And if you have, are you one of a growing number of people who posted a selfie on social...
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209 Australian kids stranded in India, with special legal rights we must not ignore

  The latest Senate estimates hearings revealed there were more than 200 Australian children stuck in India without their parents, up from 173 last month. Department of Foreign...
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It’s not the ‘Indian variant’, it’s the Kappa variant

  In an attempt to avoid further stigmatisation of countries and communities due to COVID-19 variant names, a new naming convention was announced by Maria...
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Returning from India, emotionally and physically shattered

  An army of PPE-clad officials greets us as we come off the flight bridge at Melbourne airport. They’re directing us to sanitise our hands,...

5 things you didn’t know about pandemics

  Here's a list of things you probably didn't know about global pandemics throughout history. Let's jump right into it. 1. The first recorded pandemic happened...

After COVID-19 and the latest violence, what now for the school children of Palestine?

  Schools in Gaza had only recently begun reopening after COVID-19 when the recent escalation in violence shut them down again. For students, it was...

Four cases in Melb as vaccine push rolls on… what if I’ve already been...

News of four new positive cases of COVID-19 in Melbourne’s northern suburbs has prompted renewed discussion about the vaccine rollout. The Victorian department of health is urging people to...
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From faith leaders to office workers: 5 ways we can all be COVID vaccine...

  Yesterday, we heard from a nurse at one of Victoria’s mass vaccination clinics who said she’d administered just one vaccine in an eight-hour shift. She...
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What is mucormycosis, the fungal infection affecting patients in India?

  This week we’ve seen reports of an infection called mucormycosis, often termed “black fungus”, in patients with COVID, or who are recovering from COVID,...
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70 of 150 Australians in repatriation flight from India denied seats

  The first repatriation flight from India since the travel ban might arrive at less than half capacity after nearly 40 Australians have tested positive...

Celebrity fundraiser aims to raise $1M for COVID relief in India

  A fundraiser hosted by Lara Dutta and Shayamal Vallabhjee is hoping to raise $1 million for COVID crisis relief in India. Across two hours, prominent...
Resumption of Indian repatriation flights to Howard Springs.

Repatriation flights from India to resume from May 15

  Government chartered repatriation flights to the Centre for National Resilience at Howard Springs for Australians returning from India will resume from May 15, after...
#bringthemback #strandedaussies Pawan Luthra on ABC The Drum

‘Bring them back’: Pawan Luthra discusses #StrandedAussies on The Drum

  As the harsh second wave of COVID-19 sweeps through India, its drastic effects on the Indian healthcare system and the sharp rise in infections...
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Australia dispatches medical supplies to India

  Australia will deliver essential medical supplies to India today as part of the initial package of support to the Indian government for combatting the...
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India COVID crisis: ‘Lost 6 family members in 7 days’

  Three Indian-Australians share personal accounts of losing their loved ones in India during the devastating second wave of COVID. Nidhi Upadhyay This year marks a solemn...
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‘I watched on Facetime as a stranger cremated my Dad’

  My application for travel exemption, rejected on two occasions, finally came through on the third attempt. It was too late. As I scurried to make travel...

How Indian medical graduates in Australia can help COVID-affected India

  India is experiencing an overwhelming second wave of COVID-19, with over 19 million reported cases and over 219,000 deaths. In the past week alone,...
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India COVID crisis: 4 reasons it will derail the world economy

  The second wave of the pandemic has struck India with a devastating impact. With over 300,000 new cases and 3,000 deaths across the country each day...
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Where to donate for COVID relief in India

  COVID news from India has continued to shock us in Australia all this week. Many friendly nations including Australia have lent a helping hand with...
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Triple J Hack: On India’s COVID crisis

  News of India's deadly second wave has rocked the globe. COVID infections continue to spread rapidly despite lockdowns in many parts of India. More than...

Why suspending flights from India should not have been necessary

India is in the grip of the worst effects of the COVID pandemic since the first outbreak began about 17 months ago. In a...
Australian PM Scott Morrison announced travel restrictions and COVID aid for India.

PM bans flights from India and announces medical aid

  Australia has joined Canada, UK, France, and other EU countries in restricting arrivals from India. After the National Cabinet meeting today, Prime Minister Scott...
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Pawan Luthra discusses India’s COVID crisis on ABC’s The Drum

  As India fights a massive wave of new COVID cases, alongside a severe shortage in oxygen cylinders, hospital beds, and necessary medicines, it's a...
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India’s staggering COVID crisis could have been avoided

  India reported 314,000 new cases of COVID-19 on April 22, the highest-ever infection tally recorded by any country on a single day. Many hospitals across the country...


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

  Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

  To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic death...
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Your questions about work and vaccinations, answered

  Can my employer force me to get vaccinated? The simple answer is no. The more realistic answer is, it depends.  An employer cannot force...