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PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.

PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.


Melbourne, VIC


PM covers stories across Australia and the world, explaining and analysing the most important events and issues of the day.




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Vaccine plan for supermarket staff

Sydney's vaccine strategy shake-up to deal with the persistent COVID emergency in the city's south-west – it'll start with priority access for supermarket workers in COVID hotspots; and amid the current Pfizer vaccine shortage, the Prime Minister announces 85-Million doses will arrive .. for next year and the year after, as boosters. But do we know we need boosters yet? Vaccine expert Dr Kylie Quinn joins us.


NSW appeal for extra Pfizer rebuffed

New South Wales declares it's in an emergency situation requiring “urgent additional measures”, with more than 130 new COVID cases; NSW hopes a vaccination surge can lift it out of the COVID hole, but National Cabinet has knocked back a request that Pfizer doses be redirected to the outbreak hot spots; And we'll go to COVID-hit Tokyo, with just hours to go before the Olympics Opening Ceremony.


NSW very close to ‘tipping point’

The worst day of the New South Wales COVID outbreak, more than 120 new cases and at least 70 COVID positive people reported to have been in the community for some time while infectious, has the state lost control of the outbreak? Professor Raina MacIntyre joins PM; And we hear from a Tokyo resident who's seen the International Olympic Committee throw its weight around to make sure the COVID-plagued games actually happen.


Prime Minister’s ‘constant appeal’ on AstraZeneca

The Prime Minister admits repeatedly lobbying vaccine experts to change their advice about AstraZeneca; There's also little hope of the lockdown across Greater Sydney lifting by the end of the month. Is it time to go harder against Delta? And devastating floods follow a record smashing heatwave in the Northern Hemisphere, is climate change at work?


Three states impose COVID lockdowns

More than half the population is in COVID lockdown as the Delta strain tests Australia's resolve; Australia's preparing to rush vaccines into arms before the end of the year in the race against Delta, we'll ask, when should teenagers get their shots? And Australia joins allies in calling out China for cyber hacking, Labor's cyber spokesman Tim Watts joins PM, saying there's more to be done.


COVID death at home

COVID claims another Australian, a woman found dead at her home in South-West Sydney; Victoria's lockdown won't be ending on Tuesday as planned and the New South Wales case count remains high. Can Delta outbreaks be stopped? Infectious diseases expert Professor Greg Dore joins PM; And after British media figure Katie Hopkins is booted from Australia – we'll look at why a local reality television show felt it needed her.


Sydney’s challenging outbreak

The tide turns for the worse in New South Wales, with its COVID outbreak proving hard to conquer, are tougher restrictions on the way? On the first day of Victoria's fifth lockdown, health care workers are burning out – hoping for a reprieve; And Indonesia's COVID catastrophe – more than 50 thousand known infections each day and too many families touched by death.


Victoria’s fifth lockdown

Victoria will plunge into its fifth lockdown from midnight tonight with dire warnings about how infectious and fast spreading the current outbreak is; Economic hell for those missing out on COVID disaster payments, we'll meet those in the arts struggling to get by; And should we delay second COVID vaccine doses, to get more first doses into more arms? A look at vaccination strategy with Immunologist Cassandra Berry.


NSW lockdown extended

A longer lockdown in New South Wales, and now alarm in Victoria with several new COVID cases; What constitutes essential work during a COVID outbreak? The New South Wales Government says use common sense, but a behavioural expert says that's bad policy; And after a prison riot on Monday, we hear from inside Sydney's Parklea Prison, claiming conditions are terrible.


‘Four to six weeks’ longer lockdown predicted

Despite fewer new COVID cases reported, a leading expert tells us Sydney's lockdown still has at least four to six weeks to run, if all goes to plan; So, with more COVID cases expected, we'll revisit what to expect if you catch it and it's better news than it was 18 months ago, when the pandemic began; And all the details of new financial help announced for individuals and businesses struggling with Sydney's lockdown.


Sydney outbreak unabated

Sydney's Covid outbreak tops 100 daily cases, is the lockdown working and can authorities do more to stop the spread? Kevin Rudd's big meeting with the global head of Pfizer. The government won't even speak the name of the Former Prime Minister now, while defending its role in vaccine negotiations; And we'll look at Italy's big win, and England's devastating loss in the European Championship soccer tournament, ending in the ultimate in sporting pressure, the penalty shootout.


Sydney COVID cases stubbornly high

The worst day of Sydney's COVID outbreak, with authorities desperate to stop the spread; As NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian fears an extended lockdown, we'll hear how some faith leaders are also pushing the health guidelines; And Australia's Olympians prepare to compete in barren arenas, with spectators banished from Tokyo events.


Alarm over Sydney family visits

Sydney-siders are urged to redefine who you think of as family, it’s the latest appeal as authorities try to cut visits across homes, to stop the spread of COVID; Ahead of a crucial meeting on government plans to rein in costs, we'll speak to National Disability Insurance Scheme architect, Bruce Bonyhady; And special visas for prominent women at risk from the Taliban considered by the US government, we'll get a view from the Afghan capital Kabul.


Could NSW give up on ridding Delta?

A surprising suggestion today that New South Wales give up on getting to zero COVID in the community, the state's Health Minister sparks controversy with the remark, as a longer lockdown is imposed; Authorities are now targeting Sydney's south-west, as cases there keep growing, what's the community's view of what's gone wrong? In an echo of the aged care sector, there's caution in parts of the disability sector about calls for mandatory vaccination for workers.


Swimming pool funding questioned

Alarm bells over pre-election government funding for a swimming pool in federal Minister Christian Porter's electorate; There’s growing corporate involvement in NAIDOC week, marking Indigenous culture, but is it all any more than just lip service and good advertising? And parents and teachers facing the prospect of a longer COVID lockdown in Greater Sydney.


Dozens more COVID cases in Sydney

Coronavirus is in a Sydney Aged Care home, as staff are praised for working during the outbreak, some are still not vaccinated; Another huge global ransomware attack is unfolding, with a $70 million US price tag to unlock thousands of companies data, cybersecurity expert Suelette Dreyfus joins PM; And the controversial proposals to shake up the mathematics curriculum.. But what's best for students?


Australia dreams of normality

A plan from National Cabinet lacks detail and timelines, but sets out Australia's return to normal; The Health Minister Greg Hunt joins PM, saying the government’s working on getting Pfizer vaccine doses delivered earlier than expected; And a record number of cases for this New South Wales outbreak, are too many people still hanging out for too long at the shops?


Sydney COVID cases in public, despite lockdown

A warning in New South Wales as people are caught going about their business while sick with COVID; More bickering and point scoring around the vaccine roll out; And a hundred years of the Communist party in China, correspondent Bill Birtles looks at the big celebrations centred around Xi Jinping.


AstraZeneca conundrum for under 40s

The tough choice for younger Australians and their GPs. As health authorities and politicians weigh in - is AstraZeneca right for them? In New South Wales, the Premier's hinting the two-week lockdown could do the job, despite more than 20 new COVID cases; And a voice of gratitude, Afghan translator Nawid Aaman joins PM, he arrived in Australia last weekend, saved from the Taliban.


Infectious hospital worker sparks Qld lockdown

Parts of Queensland's in a COVID lockdown after an unvaccinated Brisbane hospital worker caught the disease and took a trip north; A rush of interest in AstraZeneca vaccinations at some GP clinics, now that doctors are indemnified from legal action if patients experience ill effects; And an urgent plea for resettlement on behalf of a senior Afghan government official who helped Australians during the war and reconstruction.