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The Informer: Good news amid gloomy skies as 80 per cent COVID-19 vaccination milestone marked

Four out of five eligible Australians have now had two injections to protect them against COVID-19. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos
Four out of five eligible Australians have now had two injections to protect them against COVID-19. Picture: Dion Georgopoulos

In the midst of what is shaping up to be a dull weekend, with rain and other wild weather set to hit many parts of Australia, there is still some light to be found.

The country has reached a key point on the road to getting rid of the harsher sorts of COVID-19 restrictions for good, with 80 per cent of the population over 16 now fully vaccinated against the illness.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison called this "another magnificent milestone".

The mark was a significant one set by the federal government at the start of the push to get Australians vaccinated against the coronavirus disease.

But vaccination rates are still quite uneven across different jurisdictions, with the achievement of Saturday's milestone unlikely to immediately change much, if anything, in the places with the lower rates of protection.

Long-running lockdowns have already ended and border restrictions have been relaxed in some of the states and territories that have individually surpassed 80 per cent, giving the others a glimpse into what their futures will look like once they catch up.

The warning follows nine deaths on the state's roads this week.

"Please think of others on the road by driving safely," acting Superintendent Ben Macfarlane, the NSW Police Traffic and Highway Patrol Command operations commander, said.

"There is no excuse for behaviour that endangers lives, and those ignoring road safety messages and disobeying road rules can expect swift police action.

"With a wet weekend forecast in some areas, we're also continuing to urge motorists to slow down, be patient, plan ahead, drive to the conditions and keep your eyes on the road."

The same warning would not go astray in other places.

With the wet weather in mind, those looking to curl up with a warm drink and a good long read should look no further than a look at one of the country's most enterprising entrepreneurs.

Dick Smith, now 77, has published an autobiography called My Adventurous Life - an appropriate title for a man whose many aviation world records represent only a small portion of his achievements.

In this story, coinciding with the launch of his book, he speaks about free-range kids, hating Aldi and stingy billionaires.

Mr Smith predictably has quite an impressive property, just outside Canberra in Gundaroo.

Those wondering whether it is a good time to get into the market and snap themselves up a gem might find some answers courtesy of this round-up.

With not a lot of sunshine to be missed in the great outdoors at the moment, this grey weekend might be the optimal time to do your research.

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