Dying British grandfather WILL be allowed to spend his final days with his family in Australia

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By Lauren Ferri and Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia

13:32 13 Oct 2020, updated 21:06 13 Oct 2020

  • British citizen Ronald Ward, 86, was initially denied entry into Australia
  • His bridging visa was cancelled and his doctor felt ‘anxiety would kill him’
  • Decision has since been reversed and Mr Ward will be reunited with daughter 

A vulnerable British grandfather initially denied the right to spend his final years with his family in Australia has been granted an exemption by the government.

Ronald Ward’s bridging visa was abruptly cancelled and he was left stranded in London after selling his home, car and belongings.  

Late on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Ward’s daughter Claire received an email stating her 86-year-old father was exempt from Australia’s current travel restrictions on compassionate grounds. 

Ronald Ward (pictured left with daughter Claire) has been granted an exemption from Australia’s travel restrictions on compassionate grounds


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Tourism Australia Launched Domestic Holiday Campaign

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Two of Australia’s most iconic homegrown personalities, Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake, are helping to inspire travellers to book their next domestic holiday as part of Tourism Australia’s latest campaign launched today. 

The latest iteration of Tourism Australia’s Holiday Here This Year campaign, which was first launched in January, aims to get Australians travelling safely across the country to provide a much-needed boost to tourism businesses and operators. 

Tourism Australia Managing Director Phillipa Harrison said that with domestic restrictions lifting and consumer confidence improving, now was the perfect time to inspire those Australians who are able to, to plan and book their next holiday. 

“Our Holiday Here This Year campaign is all about galvanizing Australians to support their fellow Australians by booking a holiday wherever they can around the country,” Ms Harrison said. 

“With the peak summer travel period just around the corner, it is crucial that we continue

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Tourism Australia spend $7MILLION on Hamish Blake, Zoe Foster-Blake ad

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Despite Victoria being fully open it is effectively closed off to the rest of Australia due to bans in every other state.

Residents returning to Victoria from other states do not have to quarantine at home.

There are also travel restrictions within the state preventing people living in metropolitan Melbourne from travelling into regional areas. 


The only border restrictions currently in place in NSW apply to Victorians, with residents of Victoria or anyone who has been in the state requiring a permit.

NSW residents will be able to travel to most states and territories, including Queensland from November 1. 


Queensland shifted its border zone, bringing in five NSW local government areas including Byron and Ballina from October 1.

This means Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley, and Glen Innes were added to the border zone and can travel into the state, while Queensland residents could also

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Post-Brexit trade talks should include cheaper mobile data in Japan, the US and Australia

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Travellers to some destinations around the world face fees of £30 to upload a single photograph, new research has revealed.

Plusnet Mobile customers would have to fork out £30 to post a single 5MB photo whilst BT, Tesco and Virgin Mobile customers could all have to pay £25 to upload a photo while travelling in Japan, according to data from Which?.

Those travelling outside of the EU – although, mostly on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic – face a range of rules, restrictions and enormous charges when using their phone.

Some also face having their phone suddenly blocked once they hit their monthly cap – preventing them from making or receiving important calls.

Japan is one of the countries the UK Government has prioritised for post-Brexit trade talks

Japan is one of the countries the UK Government has prioritised for post-Brexit trade talks

Which? is calling for trade deals to extend free mobile roaming beyond Europe, which would remove the extra cost and inconvenience

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Tourism Australia revives ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign with Hamish Blake and Zoe-Foster Blake

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Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake have fronted today’s relaunch of Tourism Australia’s ‘Holiday Here This Year’ campaign, aimed at reinvigorating a struggling domestic tourism market as COVID-19 restrictions continue to ease.

The M&C Saatchi-created campaign, filmed over Zoom, builds upon the ‘Holiday Here This Year’ platform launched in January, the first significant domestic marketing push since 2013 in response to the bushfires. Just a couple of weeks earlier, the $15m Matesong campaign starring Kylie Minogue was pulled; promoting Australia to Britain became unfeasible in the context of the bushfire crisis.

But a couple of months after Tourism Australia first asked locals to ‘Holiday Here This Year’, the pandemic’s impact closed not just international, but domestic, borders, and any kind of travel was rendered not only risky, but forbidden.

Blake and Foster-Blake are part of a new campaign which will roll out across the next year


Tourism Australia’s chief marketing

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Hamish, Zoe Foster Blake spruik Australia holidays in $7 million campaign

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Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake have been enlisted by Tourism Australia to front their new $7 million campaign, urging Australians to – you guessed it – take a holiday at home.

The new campaign, which hopes to claw back at the one billion dollars lost each and every month from the tourism sector as a result of the ongoing international and state border closures, features the popular duo deciding where in Oz they’d like to visit.

Appearing on Channel 9’s Today show, the pair – who are parents to Sonny, 6, and Rudy, 3, explained the one spot at the top of their travel list.

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“I need somewhere warm and sunny,” Foster-Blake told hosts Karl Stefanovic and Allison Langdon.

“And with turquoise water … so I’m thinking the Top End.

“I’m a big fan of anything rugged. Whether that’s coastal

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Tourism Australia splurge $7MILLION on campaign starring Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake

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By Lauren Ferri For Daily Mail Australia

23:21 12 Oct 2020, updated 23:51 12 Oct 2020

  • Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake are in brand new Tourism Australia campaign
  • The celebrity couple are in lockdown in Melbourne along with five million others
  • But they are now encouraging Australians to book their next domestic holiday  
  • The campaign, Holiday Here This Year, urges people to go to new destinations 

Tourism Australia has spent $7million on a brand new campaign starring Hamish Blake and Zoe Foster-Blake to push people to take regional holidays.

The homegrown power couple are in lockdown in Melbourne, but are still urging travellers to book their next domestic holiday.

Stage four restrictions have been in effect across metropolitan Melbourne since August 2, meaning five million people have been unable to leave their house, let alone take a vacation.  

The campaign, Holiday Here this Year, launched on Tuesday across print, social

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Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria reports 12 new Covid cases and NSW 13 | Australia news

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Morrison says Berejiklian has his ‘absolute support’

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Webjet reveals the best spots in Australia you’ve never heard of

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If there’s one, thin silver lining to the overseas travel bans, it’s that limits on holiday options mean more Australian destinations are being given their chance to shine.

No longer competing for our attention with the glittering cities, unique landmarks and spectacular beaches beyond our own shores, interest in domestic destinations and tourist sites is surging — in places where travel is allowed, from people who are able to travel — as we head into summer holiday season.

To provide inspiration to people who will be holidaying locally this year and into next, Webjet has asked its customers to share their favourite undiscovered destinations.

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About 2000 Aussies shared their favourites in Webjet’s “Show us your Australia” campaign, and it’s unearthed some true little-known gems that are worthy of more people’s attention.

If you’re

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How Australia Is Rethinking Tourism While Borders Are Closed

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This story is part of our New Standard series, examining where travel is headed. Read more about how we define the New Standard here.

From the news coverage of Australia’s apocalyptic bushfires early this year, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking the entire place had burned to the ground. I arrived in New South Wales, the country’s most blaze-ravaged state, in mid-March, expecting devastation. But barely a month after the last flames had been put out, there were already signs of renewal. Amanda Fry, founder of Wild Food Adventures, a travel outfitter that designs culinary-focused nature experiences, showed me around Kangaroo Valley, a wildlife haven 90 minutes south of Sydney, where rock wallabies, wombats, and echidna had started to return. In nearby Morton National Park, vibrant green shoots sprouted from trees charred to the color of obsidian, and emerald cycads, palmlike plants dating to Jurassic times, bloomed from singed trunks.

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