Prime Minister Scott Morrison has had face-to-face talks with US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson following last week's announcement of a new AUKUS security alliance between Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Prime Minister Morrison also joined the first in-person meeting of leaders from Australia, the United States, Japan and India, where a range of issues were discussed including clean energy technology, delivering the COVID-19 vaccine to our region and peace and stability across the Indo-Pacific region.
First million doses of Moderna arrive
The first doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine doses have arrived in Australia and are starting to be administered to those aged over 12 by more than 3000 community pharmacies around the country.
There have now been more than 26 million doses administered in Australia, 75 per cent of Australians have had a single dose of the vaccine and more than 50 per cent of Australians are fully vaccinated.
Over the last week, Australia has been vaccinating at a per capita rate that is faster than the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy and Sweden ever achieved.
Future hydrogen industry to create jobs, lower emissions and boost regional Australia
The federal Coalition's $1.2 billion hydrogen investment is set to increase, boosting economic activity and jobs in regional Australia.
An additional $150 million for a further two locations under the Clean Hydrogen Industrial Hubs program will enable the rollout of hydrogen hubs across seven priority regional sites: Bell Bay (TAS), Darwin (NT), Eyre Peninsula (SA), Gladstone (QLD), Latrobe Valley (VIC), Hunter Valley (NSW), and Pilbara (WA).
These hydrogen hubs would create jobs across Australia and fast-track Australia's push to be a global leader in the new energy economy.
Medicare bulk-billing at an all time high
More Australians than ever are receiving their medical care at no cost to themselves, with the latest Medicare data showing almost nine out of 10 visits to the GP in 2020-21 were bulk-billed.