Auslan Update - 22 February, 2021


  • After Brittany Higgins came forward stating that a she was raped by a colleague in a minister's office, more women have come forward about the same man.
  • On Saturday a second woman told the Weekend Australian newspaper that she too was a Liberals staffer when the same man raped her last year, after the pair had dinner and drinks.
  • Today a third woman spoke to The Australian newspaper saying the same man raped her after a night of drinking when she volunteering for the Coalition's 2016 election campaign.
  • Yesterday the first COVID-19 vaccines in Australia were given to 11 people, including Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
  • The very first recipient was Jane Malysiak, an 84-year-old World War II survivor.
  • People receiving the vaccine in the first stage of the roll out will be residents and staff in aged and disability care, border and hotel quarantine workers and people in frontline healthcare roles.
  • The Auslan Interpreted ABC NEWS is back as of last night.
  • Please note that the time has changed to 5pm AEDT.
  • This means that it will be shown at the following times in each state:
    • WA - 2pm
    • NT - 3:30pm
    • QLD - 4pm
    • SA - 4:30pm
    • VIC, NSW, ACT and TAS - 5pm
  • If you missed last night’s bulletin, you can watch on ABC iView.


  • Victoria has recorded no new COVID-19 cases for the 3rd day in a row after over 8000 tests were done yesterday.
  • There are still 25 active cases across the state.
  • Around 7.30 this morning, Monash Health medical director for infection prevention Rhonda Stuart was the first person in Melbourne to receive the vaccine.
  • Her team at Monash Health treated the first case of COVID-19 in Australian back in January 2020.
  • About 12,000 doses of the vaccine are ready to be distributed across Victoria this week.
  • Victoria has 9 vaccination hubs set up, with Monash Medical Centre, Sunshine Hospital, Austin Health and University Hospital Geelong ready for the first stage of vaccinations, with others to be opened later in the roll out.


  • On Saturday the Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced that as of midnight that night, Victorians no longer have to quarantine when they arrive in Tasmania
  • Tasmania’s doses of COVID-19 vaccine are set to arrive in Tasmania today.
  • The Royal Hobart Hospital will receive the doses today and begin the first vaccinations tomorrow.
  • Vaccination hubs at the Launceston General Hospital and North West Regional Hospital will be opened next month.
  • Health Minister Sarah Courtney said the goal is to have the 14,000 people in the first priority group vaccinated by the end of April.


  • Today marks the 10 year anniversary of the 2011 6.3 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch.
  • Hundreds of people attended an outdoor service in the city to remember 185 people who where killed.
  • Flags were lowered to half mast as a sign of grief and pay respect.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said it was important to remember that 87 of the victims were from overseas.
  • She said that for those family members who could not travel to New Zealand due to COVID-19 restrictions “Our flags fly at half-mast for them today too”.
  • Today USA’s top infectious disease expert, Dr Anthony Fauc said that the US may still have to wear masks in 2022.
  • The US COVID-19 death toll is near to reaching 500 000.