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COVID-19 booster shots are coming, but your online parcel might not be as StarTrack staff strike

Expecting a parcel today?

It might be delayed.

Delivery workers from StarTrack are striking for the second time in a month, in a bid to force their employers back to negotiations over a pay and conditions dispute.

An industry-wide strike endorsed by union members last week has been avoided after Linfox, Global Express, Toll and BevChain reached in-principle agreements with staff.

But up to 2000 workers at StarTrack walked off the job at midnight, a week after the company was given an ultimatum to wrap up negotiations.

Booster shots are coming

Aged care residents will likely receive COVID-19 booster shots as early as next month, with the broader population to have access to a third jab in the coming months.

Third vaccine doses have been offered to immunocompromised Australians since October, but will be made made widely available in the lead-up to Christmas if given the green light by medical authorities.

The news came as Australia edged past 70 per cent full-vaccination of its 16 and over population, a key milestone in its path out of the pandemic.

NSW govt to unveil even more business support

More support for businesses ravaged by NSW's recent lockdown is on the way, with newly-minted treasurer Matt Kean to unveil his economic recovery plan.

The government on Wednesday announced a $530 million financial aid plan for the tourism and events sector, after earlier this week outlining a mental health care package.

But premier Dominic Perrottet in parliament teased more announcements would come on Thursday.

Net zero debate goes on

Nationals MPs will deliver Scott Morrison a list of demands required to secure the junior coalition partner's support for a 2050 net zero emissions target.

The prime minister insists federal cabinet will decide what position Australia takes to COP26 climate talks in Glasgow starting on October 31.

It comes as a new Climate Council report has found Australia is the worst climate performer in the developed world and will remain last even if it promises to get to net zero emissions by 2050.

Not sure what net zero is? Check this out.

Obeids, Macdonald set to be sentenced

Eddie Obeid is facing the prospect of a second jail stint as he, his son and his erstwhile ministerial colleague are sentenced over a rigged tender for an exploration licence.

The 77-year-old former NSW Labor powerbroker, 52-year-old Moses Obeid and 72-year-old Ian Macdonald were found guilty in July of conspiring for Macdonald to engage in misconduct as a minister between 2007 and 2009.

The three men have been on bail since their arrest in 2015.

Justice Fullerton, who conducted their marathon Supreme Court trial without a jury, is due to sentence them on Thursday afternoon.

- with Australian Associated Press

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