PM confirms extra doses of Pfizer vaccine – as it happened

By Matilda Boseley (now) and Justine Landis-Hanley (earlier)

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Scott Morrison has sought to defend government MP George Christensen for anti-lockdown activism in Queensland, stating Australians have “free speech” and can attend rallies where public health orders allow, while condemning rally-goers in Sydney as “selfish”.

In addition to attending a lawful rally in Mackay, Christensen has appeared to endorse the rally in locked-down Melbourne, arguing on social media that civil disobedience was “moral” and “the only response to laws that restrict freedom”.

Christensen is one of a number of rightwing politicians seeking to capitalise on social unrest generated by lockdowns responding to the Delta strain outbreak 18 months into the global Covid-19 pandemic and months before the entire Australian population will be offered a vaccine by the end of 2021.

Former Liberal MP turned independent, Craig Kelly, addressed the Brisbane protest, which did not breach health orders, by telephone while One Nation senator Malcolm Roberts recorded a video message blasting the social impacts of lockdowns.

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Chelsea Hetherington (@chelsea_hetho)

'TikTok guy' Jon-Bernard Kairouz has been issued with a penalty infringement notice for illegally attending yesterday's anti-lockdown protest in Sydney. Over 5,500 reports have been made to police and so far, 200 people have been identified. @abcnews #sydneyprotest #COVID19nsw pic.twitter.com/IoQEkONnmK

July 25, 2021

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'TikTok guy' Jon-Bernard Kairouz issued penalty infringement notice over protest appearance

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Key stats from today's NSW press conference

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Queensland Health (@qldhealthnews)

⚠️ Public Health Alert ⚠️New contact tracing locations:📍Chermside 📍Nundah

Full details can be found at: https://t.co/rujm8F3qL4 pic.twitter.com/Ass3d56AJ3

July 25, 2021

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