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Australian prime minister apologizes for 'no slavery' claim

Australian prime minister apologizes for 'no slavery' claimAustralia’s prime minister apologized on Friday to critics who accuse him of denying the country’s history of slavery, as a state government announced it will remove a former Belgian king’s name from a mountain range as part of a global re-examination of racial injustice. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has defended the legacy of British explorer James Cook, who in 1770 charted the site of the first British penal colony in Australia, which became present-day Sydney. Morrison, who represents the Sydney electoral district of Cook in Parliament, described the British naval hero on Thursday as “very much ahead of his time,” and urged people calling for the district to be renamed to “get a bit of a grip on this.”



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'Get off the grass!' Australian PM told to move on during stimulus announcement

'Get off the grass!' Australian PM told to move on during stimulus announcementA media conference by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison to announce a new stimulus package briefly turned comical on Thursday when he and reporters were told by a homeowner to get off a newly reseeded lawn. Morrison travelled to a housing construction site in Googong, 28km (17 miles) south of Canberra to announce his government would spend nearly A$ 700 million ($ 480 million) to support an Australian construction sector hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. “Can everyone get off the grass please,” an unnamed local shouted at Morrison and the travelling press contingent.



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