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Contact Tracing Inquiry As Melbourne Opens

Yahoo News

Victoria's oft-critiqued contact tracing regime will be put under the spotlight as the state seeks to remain open after a long COVID-19 lockdown. The upper house on Wednesday agreed to a motion, put forward by the opposition, to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the system.

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New Case Sparks Sydney Virus Alert

Yahoo News

A new COVID-19 case attended a number of venues across Sydney, including restaurants, Westfield Bondi Junction and a trampoline park, with people who also visited the sites told to be alert for possible symptoms. The venues included Flip Out Prestons Indoor Trampoline Park on October 25, between midday and 1.

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LNP Set To Reveal Qld Election Costings

Yahoo News

The Liberal National Party are set to finally reveal their full costings just two days out from the Queensland state election. The opposition have been cagey about their costings, despite almost 40 per cent of voters having already cast their ballots, according to the state's electoral commission on Wednesday night.

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Economic Recovery Demands Open Borders

The Border Mail

State governments need to wean themselves off border barriers or risk the economic recovery, business groups say. The demand comes as Health Minister Greg Hunt talks up the prospect of a vaccine being made available in the first three months of 2021. The federal government has pumped $1.

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Economists Adamant RBA About To Cut Rates

The Border Mail

The belief of Australia's authorities that the economic recovery out of recession is under way won't stand in the way of a cut in interest rates next week. In the past couple of days both Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the Reserve Bank of Australia have indicated the economy has begun pulling out of the deepest recession since the 1930s.

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Temple & Webster Keen On Life Outside The Bubble As E-commerce Lights Up

The Herald

Asked to sum up the last eight months, Temple & Webster's chief executive Mark Coulter laughs and delivers the understatement of the century. "It's been busy," he says. His digital furniture and homewares retailer has been at the forefront of the upheaval inflicted upon Australia's retail sector by....

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Oz Virus Measure Fauci Won’t Endorse

Herald Sun

But Dr Fauci also revealed that he wouldn’t dare publicly suggesting similar measures in the US, which has now had more than 9 million coronavirus cases: “If I were to use the words shutdown and lockdown, I’d be in serious trouble … they’d probably throw tomatoes at me,” he said.

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Oz Virus Measure Fauci Won’t Endorse

News Com Au

The medical experts compared Australia’s virus response – Australia currently has 201 active coronavirus cases – with that of the US, where almost three million people are currently living with coronavirus. “Australia’s one of the countries that’s done quite well, I believe.

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Battered By Pandemic, Boeing Cutting 30,000 Jobs In Two Years

Yahoo News

Pressured by a prolonged commercial travel downturn and the hit from 737 MAX, Boeing on Wednesday announced additional job cuts that will lower headcount by 30,000 positions over two years. The planemaker, which has been in belt-tightening mode throughout 2020 in the wake of the coronavirus on top....

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Converted Warehouse Smashes Sydney Record

News Com Au

The strong result for 111-113 Buckland Street was also $300,000 above the price guide The Agency’s Brad Gillespie had been quoting throughout the campaign. Mr Gillespie said it was strong campaign with more than 100 groups from across Sydney inspecting the warehouse.

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Largest Rent Hikes In Victoria Revealed

News Com Au

A Victorian Government rental snapshot released in October shows Benalla’s annual rent increased 15.4 per cent in 2019, closely followed by the Grampians, Moyne and Indigo. It’s well above the rent hikes in metropolitan Melbourne, which went as high as 5.6 per cent in the 12 months to September of last year.

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Bushfire Survivors Want More Water Bombers, Climate Change Action

Brisbane Times

Victorians who lost their homes in last summer's catastrophic bushfires are calling for a massive expansion of the state's fleet of aerial water bombers. As the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements handed down its final report to the federal government on Wednesday, survivors....

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First Doses 'likely To Be Imperfect': Vaccine Chief Offers Gloomy Reality Check

The Herald

London: Britain's coronavirus vaccination tsar says the first generation of COVID-19 vaccines are "likely to be imperfect" and might not prevent infection. Kate Bingham, the chair of the UK government's vaccine taskforce, said no vaccine in the history of medicine had been as eagerly anticipated but....

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This Country Needs A Strong National Integrity Commission

Brisbane Times

It is now obvious that Australia needs, and most of the community is demanding, a strong National Integrity Commission. Not, however, the Coalition. Christian Porter, the Attorney-General, was recently quoted as saying that although the government is committed to establishing the Commonwealth....

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A-League Players, Coaches Express Major Concerns Over ACL Trip To Qatar

Brisbane Times

Players and coaches from the three A-League teams due to play in the AFC Champions League next month have expressed serious concerns about potential health and safety risks they will be exposed to in Qatar. Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory are slated to resume their group stage fixtures....

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Premier's Popularity Won't Save Her This Time

The Herald

Recent surveys indicate that the public supports Gladys Berejiklian and does not want her resignation (“ Shredding of documents the ‘last straw’ for Premier ”, October 28). Despite her popularity, a premier can’t be someone who looks away from ethically grey areas.

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Converted Warehouse Smashes Sydney Record

The Courier Mail

The strong result for 111-113 Buckland Street was also $300,000 above the price guide The Agency’s Brad Gillespie had been quoting throughout the campaign. Mr Gillespie said it was strong campaign with more than 100 groups from across Sydney inspecting the warehouse.

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'Business As Usual': Sydney Cocaine Use Bounces Back After COVID-19 Dip

TheAge

Sydney's cocaine consumption took a hit when the initial COVID-19 lockdown was imposed earlier this year, but use of the prohibited party drug quickly recovered. The city has retained its reputation as the cocaine capital of Australia, consuming significantly more than other cities, the latest....

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Temple & Webster Keen On Life Outside The Bubble As E-commerce Lights Up

TheAge

Asked to sum up the last eight months, Temple & Webster's chief executive Mark Coulter laughs and delivers the understatement of the century. "It's been busy," he says. His digital furniture and homewares retailer has been at the forefront of the upheaval inflicted upon Australia's retail sector by....

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Psychologists Stretched To Limit As Virus Drives Spike In Referrals

TheAge

Ms Clarris, who is the principal psychologist at a practice in Bellfield, said her client numbers have doubled since March and staff are working an extra 10 hours a week to address the backlog. “It’s probably not great for our mental health but we have had to try to address the demand,” she said.

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Bushfire Survivors Want More Water Bombers, Climate Change Action

TheAge

Victorians who lost their homes in last summer's catastrophic bushfires are calling for a massive expansion of the state's fleet of aerial water bombers. As the Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements handed down its final report to the federal government on Wednesday, survivors....

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If Biden Wins, He Will Not Inherit A Foreign Policy Crisis From Trump Timothy Lynch Before Trump Came 30 Years Of US Foreign Policy Disorder And Aggression - From Democrat As Well As Republican Presidents.

TheAge

It has become an article of faith to his detractors: President Donald Trump is the cause of a global crisis that only his removal from office can begin to resolve. The United States is a laughing stock. China is rising. The European Union is collapsing. Climate change gathers at an uninterrupted pace.

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Boeing To Cut 20% Of Workforce By End Of 2021

Yahoo News

Boeing says it plans to make another 7,000 job cuts as its losses mount. The US planemaker, which had already announced deep cuts, said its staff would be down to just 130,000 by the end of next year, 20% down on the 160,000 it employed in April. The coronavirus crisis and safety concerns about....

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Elephants Take Smashing Pumpkins To Whole New (and Literal) Level

News Com Au

Asian elephants at Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon, got into the spooky spirit on Friday, October 23. Video shared by the zoo shows two elephants demolishing pumpkins during Oregon Zoo’s 22nd annual event Squishing of the Squash. The event is forerunner to the zoo’s annual Howloween celebration.

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Trump Campaign Website Hacked In 'cryptocurrency '

Yahoo News

The official website of US President Donald Trump has been hacked by an apparent cryptocurrency scam. His re-election campaign team is investigating the security breach. "The world has had enough of the fake news spreaded [sic] daily" by the US president, a message on www.donaldjtrump.com briefly displayed.

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This Isn’t Just About A Tree, It's About Indigenous Recognition

Brisbane Times

Police officers and roads workers move into the Djab Wurrung site on the Western Highway on Tuesday morning. The state Labor government took advantage of the last days of COVID-19 restrictions still being in place to desecrate this sacred DjabWurrung site, removing our spiritual ancestor tree.

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Moment ‘fresh Air’ Killed Law Student

The Courier Mail

The 20-year-old was among nine other Victorian men and women who suddenly lost their lives in 2016 to thunderstorm asthma. What some people may not realise is that the weather conditions in October to December can turn fatal for those living in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT.

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Pubs Call For ‘make Or Break’ Change To Restrictions

The Courier Mail

This coronavirus article is unlocked and free to read in the interest of community health and safety. Save and refresh this article page for updates all day. Get full digital access to trusted news from the Herald Sun and Leader for just $1 a week for the first 12 weeks.

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Chief Scientist Says Sutton 'not Incorrect' To Say Victoria's Contact Tracing System Is Australia's Best

Australia's Chief Scientist has commended Victoria for making "enormous" improvements to its contact tracing system during the coronavirus pandemic. Key points: Australia's Chief Scientist has indicated Victoria is now notifying close contacts within 48 hours; Dr Alan Finkel says improvements have....

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Kevin Rudd Warns Of ‘hot War’ Between China And The US

News Com Au

He writes that the pressures of domestic politics in the United States in the lead up to the election could now heighten tensions with China. “While Xi’s strategy has been clear, Trump’s has been as chaotic as the rest of his presidency,’’ he writes. “But the net effect is a relationship stripped of....

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How To Trick-or-treat Safely This Halloween

Knowridge

COVID-19 might have made this year extra scary, but it does not mean you have to give up on your favorite Halloween activities. An infectious diseases expert at Baylor College of Medicine said there are ways to celebrate Halloween this year while also preventing the spread of COVID-19.

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New Study Shows How COVID-19 Affects The Brain

Knowridge

Throughout the pandemic, healthcare workers have seen more than just the lungs affected by COVID-19. Doctors have reported neurological complications including stroke, headache and seizures, but the information is limited to a number of individual reports that are not reflective of a larger population.

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Bali Nine Member Infected With COVID-19

Queensland Times

Ringleaders of the group Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran were sentenced to death and executed on April 29, 2015, while six other members including Chen were given life sentences. The ninth member of the group, Renae Lawrence, was given a 20-year sentence, which was commuted in 2018, leading to her early release.

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Trump In Arizona, Biden Gives Virus Speech

President Donald Trump will hold two campaign rallies in the battleground state of Arizona where polls show him narrowly trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, as the White House race heads into its final six-day stretch. Biden will receive a briefing from public health experts and deliver a speech....

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Oregon Official Dressed As Clown Provides Updates On COVID-19 Cases And Deaths

News Com Au

An official from the Oregon Public Health Division provided updates on cases of and deaths related to COVID-19 while dressed as a clown in a clip that aimed to hilghlight how people could celebrate Halloween safely during amid the pandemic. The footage was posted on October 14 and featured Claire....

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Big Boxing Day Deal Done With 25,000 To Attend

Herald Sun

After Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed the summer schedule against India would include the traditional Test in Melbourne, with a capped crowd of 25,000 set to attend, a new deal between the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Victorian government was locked in.

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Bali Nine Member Infected With COVID-19

Herald Sun

A member of the infamous Bali Nine drug smuggling ring has contracted coronavirus inside the notorious Kerobokan prison on the Indonesian island. Si Yi Chen, now 35, is one of three Australian prisoners who have been infected with the virus and have been moved into an isolation wing, reported.

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Government Rejected Requests For PPE From Hundreds Of Aged Care Homes At Peak Of Pandemic

The Herald

More than 1500 aged care homes had their requests for masks, gloves and gowns from the National Medical Stockpile knocked back as as the pandemic spread around the country and into homes where it killed hundreds of residents. All facilities that had COVID-19 outbreaks received personal protective equipment from the stockpile when requested.

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Audience Delivers Verdict In First Qld Debate As Leaders Clash On Jobs, Border

Storm clouds parted as the leaders took to the stage at the Broncos Leagues Club for the Sky News-hosted "people’s forum", the first of two leaders’ ahead of election day. With at least 20 per cent of Queensland’s 3.4 million registered voters having already cast their ballots in person, and 27 per....

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Trump In Arizona, Biden Gives Virus Speech

The Border Mail

President Donald Trump will hold two campaign rallies in the battleground state of Arizona where polls show him narrowly trailing Democratic rival Joe Biden, as the White House race heads into its final six-day stretch. Biden will receive a briefing from public health experts and deliver a speech....

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Vic Trains Exec Admits To Corrupt Payments

Illawarra Mercury

An executive of Melbourne's train network has admitted to accepting about $150,000 in cash from a cleaning company director before Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog. Peter Bollas, the suspended manager of Metro Trains' fleet, told Wednesday's Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission....

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Unclear On 'root Cause' Of $89m Debt, 'super Council' Faces Oblivion

The Central Coast Council has submitted its final plea for survival to the New South Wales Government following Key points: Residents and local businesspeople say they fear the Central Coast could take years to recover from a debt racked up by the council; Central Coast Council Mayor Lisa Matthews....

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Border And Economy Dominates Queensland Leaders Debate

9 News

's border policy and the state's economy have dominated a debate between Anastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington just days out from the state election. The Labor and LNP QLD party leaders took questions from undecided voters at the Sky News and The Courier-Mail People's Forum this afternoon.

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Boom And Bust: Is China Bowing Out Of Australian Agriculture?

Beef Central

One of the authors is KPMG’s Doug Ferguson , who is also the chairman and New South Wales head of Asia and international markets for the company. He said there was limited activity or interest in primary agricultural investment from Chinese inbound investors this year. “Apart from acquisitions of some boutique wineries, it is quiet.

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Shocking Number Of Kids Enduring Violent Bullying At School

Queensland Times

One in three kids in years three to eight are subject to frequent violent bullying at school, a new study has found. While boys bully less as they age, bullying among girls can persist at high levels into secondary school, according to new research from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.

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Footy Star The Victim Of Catfisher On A Dating App

Queensland Times

ONE of the city's best NRL sport stars has claimed he was the victim of a catfish who used his identity on a dating app. A profile of Gold Coast Titans star Jai Arrow was found on Bumble on Tuesday night. It stated he was 25-years-old, six ft one, likes to drink socially and is looking for a relationship.

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State Of Pay: Origin Stars Agree To Give Up $1.5m In Match Fees

Watoday

Rugby league's biggest names have agreed to sacrifice a mammoth $1.5m in payments this Origin series by having their match fees slashed from $30,000 to just $10,000. And those players in the NSW and Queensland extended squads who do not feature in the three interstate games will receive $2000 for....

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Vic Trains Exec Admits To Corrupt Payments

An executive of Melbourne's train network has admitted to accepting about $150,000 in cash from a cleaning company director before Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog. Peter Bollas, the suspended manager of Metro Trains' fleet, told Wednesday's Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission....

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'The Virus Was Flying, The Sparks Were Flying Too': Love In The Air As City Toasts New Beginnings

TheAge

As first dates go, they don’t get more Melbourne 2020 than this. On reopening day after lockdown two, nurse Georgie Loftus and doctor Pieter Neef are eating oysters and drinking pints on the sunny footpath outside Fitzroy’s Builders Arms Hotel. “We met during peak COVID times at Royal Melbourne Hospital,” says Dr Neef.

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Film Goes Inside The Mind Of An Australian Jihadist Returned From Syria

TheAge

In the new film, A Lion Returns, writer-director Serhat Caradee probes the motivations of radicalised Arab Australians who go to fight in Syria. The Turkish-born filmmaker, best known for 2009 drama Cedar Boys , tells the story of Jamal (Tyler De Nawi), a young tiler married with a child who has....

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Australians Have Spoken On Climate, So There's No Excuse To Look Backwards

The Herald

The release of the Australia Institute’s Climate of the Nation Report 2020 should put an end to the pointless, backward-looking arguments about taking action on climate change. Eighty per cent of Australians think we are already experiencing the impact of climate change, and they are right.

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New COVID Inquiry For Victoria

News Com Au

A motion by the Victorian Coalition to establish an inquiry into the system was given the go ahead in parliament on Wednesday. It will be carried out by parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee, headed by Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten. The rest of the committee consists of three Labor MPs, two Coalition MPs and two crossbenchers.

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Palaszczuk Clear Winner In Election Debate

The Border Mail

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has won the first leaders' debate after defending her state border closures and attacking the Liberal National Party over election costings. Undecided voters in the audience said Ms Palaszczuk was the "clear winner" at Wednesday's People's Forum, according to the Courier Mail.

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Boxing Day Test Locked In But Doubt Over Australian Open

Watoday

Melbourne is ready to host the Boxing Day Test against India but the Australian Open has emerged as more problematic, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to play havoc with major sporting events. Victorian sports fans were given a mixed bag of responses on Wednesday, which included a decision to ban....

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Bali Nine Member Diagnosed With COVID-19 In Indonesian Prison

9 News

A Bali Nine member is among three Australian prisoners who have been diagnosed with coronavirus inside Indonesia's notorious Kerobokan jail. Si Yi Chen, 35, who's serving a life sentence for heroin smuggling, was moved into an isolation wing on Wednesday morning.

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Vic Trains Exec Admits To Corrupt Payments

Yahoo News

An executive of Melbourne's train network has admitted to accepting about $150,000 in cash from a cleaning company director before Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog. Peter Bollas, the suspended manager of Metro Trains' fleet, told Wednesday's Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission....

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Government Rejected Requests For PPE From Hundreds Of Aged Care Homes At Peak Of Pandemic

More than 1500 aged care homes had their requests for masks, gloves and gowns from the National Medical Stockpile knocked back as as the pandemic spread around the country and into homes where it killed hundreds of residents. All facilities that had COVID-19 outbreaks received personal protective equipment from the stockpile when requested.

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NSW Needs More Quarantine Hotels To Deal With COVID-19 Infected Overseas Arrivals

The Herald

NSW is considering increasing the number of quarantine "health hotels" after a sharp increase in the number of overseas travellers arriving with COVID-19. This comes as the NSW government threatened to send states and territories a bill to cover quarantine costs, which is expected to hit $140 million by the end of the year.

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A Fair News Bargaining Code Matters For Regional Australia

The Border Mail

This year, across Australia, more than 50 newsrooms have either started operating or expanded their coverage, according to the Public Interest Journalism Initiative - many of them in regional communities. Newsrooms are increasingly finding their readers on the web.

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Vic Trains Exec Admits To Corrupt Payments

The Border Mail

An executive of Melbourne's train network has admitted to accepting about $150,000 in cash from a cleaning company director before Victoria's anti-corruption watchdog. Peter Bollas, the suspended manager of Metro Trains' fleet, told Wednesday's Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission....

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Mould And Damp Health Costs Are About 3 Times Those Of Sugary Drinks. We Need A Healthy Housing Agenda

Simple housing-focused interventions could reduce the sizeable health burden from housing-related problems. As the WHO advocates, this requires policy and research that have an eye on both health and housing. In practical terms, a preventive health strategy would include: minimum rental housing....

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We Can't Let The Medical Fund Bubble Burst

The Border Mail

It has been a year of constant reminders about what's missing, but 2020 has had no shortage of bubbles. They are suddenly everywhere; some reminders of what we refuse to go without, others by necessity. Sports bubbles, crafted with military precision so that we may continue to watch, and so that names may be etched onto trophies.

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New COVID Inquiry For Victoria

Herald Sun

A motion by the Victorian Coalition to establish an inquiry into the system was given the go ahead in parliament on Wednesday. It will be carried out by parliament’s Legal and Social Issues Committee, headed by Reason Party Leader Fiona Patten. The rest of the committee consists of three Labor MPs, two Coalition MPs and two crossbenchers.

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Physicists Awarded Top Aussie Science Gong

Illawarra Mercury

When a young David Blair arrived in the United States in the 1970s to help build a gravitational wave detector, he figured it would be a short-term project. "I thought I'd go there, spend a year or two, detect these waves then go on and do something else," the University of Western Australia physicist says wryly.

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Anxiety, Depression, Payday Loans: How A Young Wollongong Woman Dealt With Cuts To Job Hours Due To COVID

Illawarra Mercury

When Kayla Johnson, 21, found her work hours slashed almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she experienced a familiar, unpleasant feeling. "I was homeless straight out of high school, when I was 18," she said. "Being homeless previously, it was almost the same anxiety level... Not having the stability that I was used to.

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Qld Border Call In Just Over 24 Hours

News Com Au

Pressure on Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has been mounting all week to reveal whether her state would go ahead with its plan to open up to NSW on November 1. Ms Palaszczuk promised on Tuesday that “everyone will know by Friday” if the border reopening will go ahead.

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Next Sees Online Lift But Store Sales Drop By Half

Yahoo News

Retailer Next says its sales were higher in the past three months than they were for the same period last year, thanks to strong sales online. Full-price sales were up nearly 3%, while total sales were up 1.4% compared with the same three months last year. The company has raised its profit forecast for the year to £365m.

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Confused About Where You Can Travel Interstate At The Moment? Here's The Lowdown

Australian states and territories have responded to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by announcing unprecedented border closures. The closures have kept people from visiting family and friends interstate, divided border communities and heavily affected the tourism industry.

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White House Coronavirus Advisor Anthony Fauci Praises Victorian Attitude To Mask Wearing

Top White House coronavirus adviser Anthony Fauci has praised Victoria's attitude towards mask-wearing, saying it has been "painful" to see the issue become politicised in the United States. Key points: Dr Fauci said the vitriol towards mask-wearing in the United States in some cases was....

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MP-led Inquiry To Investigate Contact Tracing 'failures'

A parliamentary inquiry chaired by Reason Party MP Fiona Patten will investigate Victoria's COVID-19 contact tracing system and how it performed during the deadly second wave. Upper house MPs passed a motion on Wednesday afternoon to establish the inquiry, with a report due by December 14.

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Australians Have Spoken On Climate, So There's No Excuse To Look Backwards: Matt Kean

The release of the Australia Institute’s Climate of the Nation Report 2020 should put an end to the pointless, backward-looking arguments about taking action on climate change. Eighty per cent of Australians think we are already experiencing the impact of climate change, and they are right.

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India's Virus Cases Set To Pass 8 Million

India's tally of coronavirus cases stands less than 10,000 away from the grim milestone of 8 million, as 43,893 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, data from the federal health ministry shows. Totalling 7.99 million, India has the second-most number of confirmed cases after the United States, which has a tally of 8.

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Backlash Factor In Cup Crowd Call: Pakula

Victoria's racing minister concedes the backlash to his initial Cox Plate call factored into the decision to deprive the Melbourne Cup of a crowd. The entire four-day racing carnival will be crowd-free, with connections unable to attend Flemington for Tuesday's race that stops the nation.

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Economic Recovery Has Begun: Morrison

Scott Morrison agrees with the Reserve Bank that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession is under way. Even so, the prime minister also believes Australians and businesses are still hurting from the first recession in nearly 30 years. "The recovery in Australia has begun and will continue....

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One New Local Case, NSW Warned About Xmas

Health authorities say NSW has entered a critical period in its fight against coronavirus, with concerns about low COVID-19 testing rates, undetected cases and people dropping their guard as the festive season approaches. "As we go into Christmas we know that people are going to be welcoming people into their homes .

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Inquiry To Probe Vic Virus Contact Tracing

The Maitland Mercury

A Victorian parliamentary committee will hold an inquiry into the state's contact tracing system, which struggled to keep up when the second wave of COVID-19 took hold. The upper house on Wednesday agreed to a motion put forward by the opposition to establish an inquiry into the system, to be carried out by its Legal and Social Issues Committee.

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'I Haven't Changed My Mind': GI Committed To Wolves Despite NRL Interest

Watoday

Greg Inglis has vowed he will honour his Warrington deal, turning his back on several big-money offers on the table from NRL clubs. As Inglis admitted he had given serious thought to answering a Queensland Origin SOS earlier this year - only to decide a comeback would ''tarnish the Maroons jersey''....

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Queenslanders Made To Wait

The Courier Mail

Queensland Cricket boss Terry Svenson sympathised with fans after the Gabba and Metricon Stadium were overlooked for one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches between Australia and India due to the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed Australia’s three ODIs and....

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MP-led Inquiry To Investigate Contact Tracing 'failures'

TheAge

A parliamentary inquiry chaired by Reason Party MP Fiona Patten will investigate Victoria's COVID-19 contact tracing system and how it performed during the deadly second wave. Upper house MPs passed a motion on Wednesday afternoon to establish the inquiry, with a report due by December 14.

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'The First Tables I Served Wanted Champagne': Optimism As CBD Reopens

TheAge

Pellegrini's Espresso Bar was slinging watermelon granitas on Wednesday as Melbourne defrosted from 15 weeks of strict lockdown. But the view down Bourke Street was not quite normal, with no clear deadline for office workers to return to the CBD. Still, shoppers were back and small business owners were optimistic about the sunny months ahead.

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REPLAY: Leaders In Fiery Clash In People’s Forum

Queensland Times

Annastacia Palaszczuk and Deb Frecklington have had a fiery clash over reopening Queensland's international borders with Ms Frecklington accusing the Premier of 'verballing her' and Ms Palaszczuk accusing the opposition leader of 'misquoting' her and firing back saying 'I stood strong'.

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Venues On Alert After COVID Case Travelled To Shopping Mall

Queensland Times

Anyone who visited Flip Out on Sunday 25 October, between 12pm - 1.50pm or Jasmins on Sunday 25 October, between 2pm - 3.30pm is considered a close contact and must get tested immediately and isolate for a full 14 days from exposure regardless of the result.

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Vaccine Is Imminent, But Virus Fight Has Long Way To Go: Fauci

The Herald

America's top infectious disease expert predicts the world will have a coronavirus vaccine "in the next few months", but says people are unlikely to be able to go about their normal lives until at least the end of next year. "I think it will be easily by the end of 2021 and perhaps into the next....

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Melbourne Shoppers Arrive In Droves

News Com Au

Customers lined up in perfect sunshine as the doors flung open on Wednesday for the first time in months, ushered in by COVID-19 marshalls as lockdown rules eased overnight. However, for the Bunnings crowd, the traditional sausage sizzle remains on hold, with no word yet on when the community group fundraiser can resume barbecuing.

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Victoria's COVID-19 Crisis By The Numbers

The Border Mail

VICTORIA'S COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 28 * Victoria has reported two coronavirus deaths, taking the state toll to 819 and the national figure to 907 * Both deaths, a man in his 70s and man in his 80s, occurred some weeks ago and were linked to residential aged care * Two new cases, breaking two....

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Inquiry To Probe Vic Virus Contact Tracing

The Border Mail

A Victorian parliamentary committee will hold an inquiry into the state's contact tracing system, which struggled to keep up when the second wave of COVID-19 took hold. The upper house on Wednesday agreed to a motion put forward by the opposition to establish an inquiry into the system, to be carried out by its Legal and Social Issues Committee.

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Latest Snapshot Of The Coronavirus Impact

The Border Mail

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS * Victoria has recorded two new coronavirus cases as some 180,000 people returned to work across Melbourne after the latest easing of restrictions.. * Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said more than 16,000 retail stores, 5800 cafes and restaurants and 1000 beauty salons reopened....

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Backlash Factor In Cup Crowd Call: Pakula

The Maitland Mercury

Victoria's racing minister concedes the backlash to his initial Cox Plate call factored into the decision to deprive the Melbourne Cup of a crowd. The entire four-day racing carnival will be crowd-free, with connections unable to attend Flemington for Tuesday's race that stops the nation.

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You Know It's Reopening When Flights Are Relaunching

The Maitland Mercury

Hang on, here are two words you mightn't have heard used in a sentence for a little while: domestic flights. They're back, baby. As state borders begin to open, so too are domestic flights. On December 4, Qantas will launch a Sydney-Launceston route, flying three times a week and increasing to four flights the following week.

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COVID Weight Gain Memes Aren't Harmless. I Had Anorexia, I'd Know

I walked past my local GP clinic and stopped cold. Did I imagine it? Stepping back a few paces, I could see it clearly, written in bold letters, positioned on the highway for all to see: “Lockdown bulge? Call now!” I might have expected this from my local gym trying to score new members upon reopening.

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Our Grandparents Were Called To War; We Must Go On Holiday

In the COVID age, this free exchange of goods remains under way. Hulking vessels, laden with shipping containers, continue to sail the high seas. It is the services part of the trade equation that has been dealt a body blow by COVID-19, because the sale of services generally – but not always – involves a face-to-face performance.

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Our Local News Is Crucial: Haines

Port Stephens Examiner

Independent MP Helen Haines has urged the federal government to take regional media's Save Our Voices campaign "very seriously". The Member for Indi has supported the campaign, which calls for media ownership laws to be updated to reflect the current landscape where regional outlets must compete....

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Victorians Still Can't Go To The Movies And Cinemas Haven't Been Given A Reopening Date

Melburnians are returning to cafes, restaurants and even gyms but no-one is going to the movies. Key points: Cinemas in Victoria are still closed and do not have a date for when they can reopen; Premier Daniel Andrews says it is not the right time to open cinemas but the Government will allow it as....

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Melbourne Shoppers Arrive In Droves

Herald Sun

Customers lined up in perfect sunshine as the doors flung open on Wednesday for the first time in months, ushered in by COVID-19 marshalls as lockdown rules eased overnight. However, for the Bunnings crowd, the traditional sausage sizzle remains on hold, with no word yet on when the community group fundraiser can resume barbecuing.

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Sharemarket Overturns Early Losses

Herald Sun

The Australian sharemarket managed to climb higher on Wednesday after a bumpy start triggered by overseas COVID-19 fears was overcome by a string of positive company trading updates. The benchmark S&P/ASX200 index closed 0.1 per cent firmer at 6058 while the All Ordinaries Index rose 0.2 per cent to 6262.

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Regional Vic Smashes City In Tests Per Case, 0 Cases In Regions

The Border Mail

Regional Victorians have been applauded for their continued efforts in getting tested for COVID-19. With the two remaining cases in regional areas, in Shepparton, recovering, there are no active cases outside of metropolitan Melbourne. DHHS commander of testing and community engagement Jeroen Weimar said testing rates remained good in the regions.

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WA Dads' Heartbreak As Human Suffering Caused By West's Hard Border Unveiled

Watoday

A West Australian father has spoken of the heartache being separated from his three young children for almost a year as the human cost of by WA’s hard border has been brought to light by a human rights organisation. Non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch has sounded the alarm over the....

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Pucovski Declares Himself Available For Australia

TheAge

Will Pucovski has declared himself available to play Test cricket for Australia this summer as the Victorian young gun looks to put a turbulent few years behind him. Pucovski, 22, has signed a deal to play with the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League this summer but it is the baggy green, rather....

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Boxing Day Test Locked In But Doubt Over Australian Open

TheAge

Melbourne is ready to host the Boxing Day Test against India but the Australian Open has emerged as more problematic, as COVID-19 restrictions continue to play havoc with major sporting events. Victorian sports fans were given a mixed bag of responses on Wednesday, which included a decision to ban....

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Five Boys Charged With Murder Apply For Bail

TheAge

A murder trial for 11 accused people might require a newly built courtroom, a Supreme Court judge suggested during a bail application for five boys charged over the death of Melbourne teenager Solomone Taufeulungaki. , 15, was stabbed to death on June 16 outside the Brimbank Shopping Centre in Deer....

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WA’s Top 20 Insta-worthy Travel Spots

News Com Au

Riding the wave of its Wander out Yonder campaign encouraging locals to explore their outback backyard, Tourism WA has nominated the state’s Top 20 selfie spots. With our borders locked down to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, thousands of West Aussies are taking the opportunity to explore....

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Aust Shares' Slim Gain Ends Run Of Losses

Yahoo News

Investors have helped the share market to its first gain in five sessions after shrugging off a poor US lead, as their peers worried about coronavirus infections and next week's presidential election. The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index finished up 6.7 points, or 0.11 per cent, to 6057.7 on Wednesday. The All Ordinaries closed higher by 15.

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Coles Reveals Truth About 'unnecessary' Plastic Bag Policy

Yahoo News

An ongoing gripe over a has once again escalated. A shopper this week reported receiving his small online order in 13 bags, with some non-fragile items arriving with an entire 15-cent bag to themselves. The customer, from Victoria, shared his frustration in a post to the supermarket’s Facebook page,....

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Inquiry To Probe Vic Virus Contact Tracing

Yahoo News

A Victorian parliamentary committee will hold an inquiry into the state's contact tracing system, which struggled to keep up when the second wave of COVID-19 took hold. The upper house on Wednesday agreed to a motion put forward by the opposition to establish an inquiry into the system, to be carried out by its Legal and Social Issues Committee.

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Poll Call: Leaders Face Voters' Questions In First Debate Of Campaign

Brisbane Times

Frecklington says she has spoken with Vice-Chancellors about their plight and would work with the Prime Minister to see how Queensland could start to accept students again. Palaszczuk says she fears reopening international borders and the state should not “rush” to allow international residents back into the Queensland.

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Five Boys Charged With Murder Apply For Bail

A murder trial for 11 accused people might require a newly built courtroom, a Supreme Court judge suggested during a bail application for five boys charged over the death of Melbourne teenager Solomone Taufeulungaki. , 15, was stabbed to death on June 16 outside the Brimbank Shopping Centre in Deer....

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Poll Call: Leaders Face Voters' Questions In First Debate Of Campaign

Lisa from Newmarket has the first question to both leaders about the closure of the state borders and businesses despite only six deaths. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk points to her initial information from chief health officer Jeannette Young had predicted a large number of deaths. “You lose sleep on that,” she says.

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When Elizabeth Live-streams Her Concert, She'll Be Crying

ARTISTS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 - Elizabeth. “I have some special things planned for this concert including crying because I’ll be emotional,” says Elizabeth, Melbourne’s premier purveyor of Sad Girl Pop™, ahead of a live-streamed show this Friday. Elizabeth aka Elizabeth Mitchell put out her debut....

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Owners Not Allowed At Melbourne Cup, As Australian Open Faces 'significant' Logistical Challenges

Racing Minister Martin Pakula has announced owners and connections of horses racing at the Melbourne Cup Carnival will not be allowed to attend the event at Flemington next week, despite the Government easing many coronavirus restrictions. Key points: Mr Pakula said next week was "not a suitable....

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Metro Trains Fleet Manager Admits To Receiving Corrupt Payments During IBAC Hearing

The fleet manager at Metro Trains has admitted to accepting roughly $150,000 in corrupt cash payments from the director of a cleaning company, during today's hearing of the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC). Key points: Fleet manager Peter Bollas admitted the monthly payments....

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Simple Fix Could Save Homeowners $8900

The Courier Mail

Another rate cut may be on the cards in the coming months but record low interest rates have already got Aussie homeowners fired up – and nearly one in three are exploring their refinancing options. The push for better rates comes as new modelling showed a homeowner paying down the country’s average....

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Celebrity Labor Candidate Hopes To Ride The Wave To Gold Coast Success

TheAge

They still call him "Rabbit" Bartholomew, or "Bugs". Mainly it is older men, but they all stop him for a chat. Retired pro surfer Wayne Bartholomew reckons he can win the seat of Burleigh from the LNP’s three-term incumbent, Michael Hart, at his first try. Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew says it is time to give back to the Gold Coast.

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Disturbing Reason 15yo Murdered: Court

Herald Sun

Gang activity is “at the heart” of a stabbing death of a Melbourne teenager outside a suburban shopping centre, a court has been told. Five teen boys, aged between 13 and 15, applied for bail in the Supreme Court of Victoria on Wednesday after their charges were upgraded to murder last week.

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Boxing Day Test In Melbourne As India Tour Dates Confirmed

Yahoo News

Cricket Australia confirmed Wednesday that India will play a four-Test series on their upcoming tour Down Under, including the traditional Boxing Day Test in Melbourne, which had been under threat due to a coronavirus outbreak. The announcement came hours after Australia's second-largest city exited....

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Victoria's COVID-19 Crisis By The Numbers

Yahoo News

VICTORIA'S COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 28. * Victoria has reported two coronavirus deaths, taking the state toll to 819 and the national figure to 907. * Both deaths, a man in his 70s and man in his 80s, occurred some weeks ago and were linked to residential aged care. * Two new cases, breaking two days of no fresh infections.

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Latest Snapshot Of The Coronavirus Impact

Yahoo News

LATEST DEVELOPMENTS. * Victoria has recorded two new coronavirus cases as some 180,000 people returned to work across Melbourne after the latest easing of restrictions.. * Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said more than 16,000 retail stores, 5800 cafes and restaurants and 1000 beauty salons reopened....

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JobSeeker Decision Due In Early December

Yahoo News

Unemployed Australians should know by December what the rate of JobSeeker will be next year, with elevated payments likely to continue temporarily. It's unlikely the government's decision will relate to the permanent rate of the payment. Instead, it will probably extend the coronavirus supplement.

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Great News For The Border Bullets With A Gun Set To Play

The Border Mail

Cricket Albury-Wodonga's representative outfit has received a massive boost with James McNeil's availability. The Melbourne University captain is playing with Albury in CAW, while awaiting the start of Victorian Premier Cricket. Border Bullets start their season against home outfit Wagga Sloggers in the Regional Bash on November 8.

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Don't Put Up The End Of Recession Balloons Just Yet

The Herald

After the 0.3 per cent contraction of GDP in the March quarter, and the record-breaking 7 per cent contraction the June quarter, a return to growth is a positive development. For those who live or die on the definition of a recession as two quarters of negative growth, it appeared the RBA's number....

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Cinemas 'left In The Dark' About Reopening In Victoria

9 News

The CEO of Village Entertainment says the cinema industry faces an uncertain future in Victoria after being left out of the state's reopening roadmap. Village Entertainment CEO Kirk Edwards said he was yet to hear from the Victorian Government on when cinemas could reopen, with the arts and....

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Super Retail Flags Multi-million Online Investment As Sales Skyrocket

Watoday

Super Retail Group is pumping more money into beefing up its online capabilities as the retailing collective prepares to better tackle the rising tide of digital-only sales. In a trading update ahead of its annual general meeting on Wednesday, Super Retail said online sales had grown 132 per cent....

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Privacy Concerns Raised As Customers Giving Contract Tracing Details To Small Businesses Receive Spam

Questions are being raised over the privacy of coronavirus contact tracing at Tasmanian hospitality venues, amid allegations personal information is being used for promotional purposes. Key points: Customers have complained of receiving spam emails and text messages after leaving details for contact....

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Photos, Footage Capture Secret Meetings Between Bosses Of V/Line And Cleaning Company

TheAge

The boss of V/Line's cleaning contractor withdrew thousands of dollars in cash before meetings with the train operator's former chief executive, James Pinder, in locations around Melbourne. Surveillance footage and photos revealed to an inquiry on Wednesday show Transclean boss George Haritos and Mr....

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Childcare Centres Don't Have To Publish Fees On Government Transparency Site

TheAge

Childcare centres are not required to publish their fees on a website the government says is the key transparency measure for parents to understand if they're paying too much. But work towards naming and shaming childcare centres that charge excessive fees has been put on ice with fees across the....

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Spike In US Citizens Looking To Move To Australia

The Courier Mail

The US election will take place on 3 November and although a Democratic win is looking increasingly likely, the last election shows that anything could happen. For people in the US, the two candidates are seen as highly divisive at a time when conditions are particularly challenging.

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Kim Kardashian 'humbly' Has 40th Birthday Party On Private Island

Yahoo News

Kim Kardashian West has spent her 40th birthday on a private island with a large group of family and friends. The reality star is facing criticism for hosting a lavish party abroad, without social distancing or masks, in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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One More COVID-19 Case In South Australia

Yahoo News

South Australia has reported one new case of COVID-19 in a returned overseas traveller. SA Health says the woman in her 60s has been in hotel quarantine since her arrival in Adelaide and presents no risk to the wider community. She takes the total number of coronavirus cases in SA since the start of the pandemic to 495.

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'What Have You Got To Hide?': Former AFP Officer Says Federal Watchdog Must Have Power To Tap Ministers' Phones

A former Australian Federal Police corruption buster has compared the Federal Government's proposed new anti-corruption body to the toothless models set up by developing countries. Key points: The Federal Government announced plans for a commission overseeing law enforcement agencies and the public....

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No Asterisk Needed, Tigers Among AFL's Very Best

Illawarra Mercury

Make no mistake - after it's all said and done, the best thing about AFL season 2020 was the fact that we had one at all. Given the scale of the coronavirus pandemic and the fact an entire competition was put on hold for nearly three months, to have completed a relatively full schedule was an....

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Why Lockyer Renters Are Finding It Impossible To Get A Home

Queensland Times

THE Lockyer Valley rental market is experiencing a shock to supply and demand, with property availabilities falling below one per cent. Despite a lull during the coronavirus outbreak, real estate agencies are reporting a dramatic increase in people searching for rental properties in the region.

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Trump’s Site Hacked With Explosive Claims

Queensland Times

Donald Trump's campaign website was taken over by hackers who claimed to have evidence that "completely discredits" him as a president. In a message on the site, the hackers claimed to have proof of his "criminal involvement" in the manipulation of the 2020 election.

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Cancelling Tour Down Under 'probably Logical', Past Winner Says

A former winner of the Tour Down Under says organisers should consider cancelling next year's event, amid fresh doubt over whether the cycling race will go ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic. Key points: The 2021 Tour Down Under is scheduled to start in January; Organisers say they are....

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Coles Boss Crosses Fingers For Speedy Recession Recovery

TheAge

Coles boss Steven Cain remains hopeful of a quick return to economic growth as the supermarket giant unwrapped one of its highest-ever quarterly sales figures, buoyed by COVID-19 lockdowns. Sales across the company shot up 10.4 per cent for the three months to the end of September, helped along by....

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ASX Set To Close Higher; Info Tech Gains 2.7%

TheAge

Tassal shares dropped today after the company announced the purchase of a 1,300 hectare property next to its prawn farm at Proserpine, in north-east Queensland, and outlined a very challenging environment for food producers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Shares are down 1.3 per cent to $3.71 in afternoon trading.

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Workers Left Waiting For Wages Due To ANZ Payment Issue; ASX Recovers

Workers have been reporting delays with receiving their salaries — if their employer banks with ANZ and they use a different bank. Key points: ANZ has flagged its half-year profit will be impacted by $528m worth of "significant items" Workers have complained of getting paid up to 48 hours late, if....

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Coles' 10pc Bump In Q1 Sales From Lockdown

Yahoo News

Coles has reported sales revenue rose 10.5 per cent in its first quarter, driven by Victorians stockpiling goods amid coronavirus lockdowns. The retail giant on Wednesday said its supermarkets, liquor and convenience stores reaped $9.6 billion for the 13 weeks to September 27, a marked improvement on the first quarter of fiscal 2020.

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Economic Recovery Has Begun: Morrison

Yahoo News

Scott Morrison agrees with the Reserve Bank that the economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession is under way. Even so, the prime minister also believes Australians and businesses are still hurting from the first recession in nearly 30 years. "The recovery in Australia has begun and will continue....

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Liberal MPs Want Focus On Access To Childcare Over Fee Subsidies

Women Coalition MPs want to rethink the $9 billion spent on childcare subsidies each year to make sure it helps parents who work irregular hours, but they say constituents are not flagging high fees as a problem. The government has come under fire from economists and childcare advocates for not....

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Don't Put Up The End Of Recession Balloons Just Yet

After the 0.3 per cent contraction of GDP in the March quarter, and the record-breaking 7 per cent contraction the June quarter, a return to growth is a positive development. For those who live or die on the definition of a recession as two quarters of negative growth, it appeared the RBA's number....

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Return Of The Expatriates To The Greek Neighborhood Of Oakleigh

Neoskosmos

You can see that the turbulent weather in Melbourne was waiting for October 28, to give a completely spring day to the residents of the city and to help strengthen their positive mood after the end of the lockdown.

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Deb Frecklington Backs Away From NSW Premier's Comments About Opening Borders

Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington has sought to distance herself from comments made by NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian that she would "definitely open the border" if elected and would have done so "months ago". Campaigning on the Gold Coast ahead of Saturday's election, Ms Frecklington....

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'The Energy Is High': Regional Victorians Hit The Gym In The Dead Of Night As Restrictions Ease

Regional Victorians are heading to their local fitness gyms, yoga studios and indoor religious services as active cases in regional areas fall to zero for the first time since March. Key points: Regional Victorians are returning to yoga studios and indoor religious services after the further easing....

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Dumbest Excuses For Lockdown Fines

Herald Sun

Millions of Melburnians have finally tasted freedom after being confined to their homes for 112 days, but not everyone played by the rules during the city’s strict second lockdown. At least 13,900 fines worth a whopping $20.15 million were dished out to Victorians for breaching the chief health....

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Please Explain Podcast: Low- And Middle-income Australians Lose In Personal Tax Overhaul

TheAge

Millions of low- and middle-income Australians face being $1080 worse off each year unless the government revisits its recent overhaul of the personal tax system. As it stands, the end of the low- and middle-income tax offset for the 2021-2022 financial year means people earning between $48,000 and....

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UK Pushes Australian PM On Climate Targets

Yahoo News

Scott Morrison has been forced to defend his record on climate change after being challenged by the British prime minister. Boris Johnson urged the prime minister to take bold action on climate change during a phone call in which he stressed the need for ambitious targets to reach net zero emissions.

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COVID Infected Traveller Diagnosed In NT

The Maitland Mercury

A returned overseas traveller has tested positive for COVID-19 while quarantining in the Northern Territory. The woman, 31, arrived on the Commonwealth repatriation flight from India on Tuesday and was isolated at a re-purposed mining camp near Darwin.

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Film Goes Inside The Mind Of An Australian Jihadist Returned From Syria

Writer-director Serhat Caradee has probed the motivations of radicalised Arab-Australians who go to fight in Syria for the new film A Lion Returns. The Turkish-born filmmaker, best known for the 2009 drama Cedar Boys , tells the story of Jamal (Tyler De Nawi), a young tiler married with a child who....

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Real Salvage Late Champions League Draw, Ronaldo To Miss Barca Clash

Watoday

Moscow: Real Madrid scored two goals in the final minutes with Karim Benzema and Casemiro to rescue a 2-2 draw at Borussia Moenchengladbach in their Champions League Group B match on Tuesday and snap a three-game losing run in the competition. Marcus Thuram fired in for the lead in the 33rd minute....

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Boris Johnson Asks Scott Morrison To Take 'bold Action' On Climate Change

TheAge

London: Boris Johnson has encouraged Prime Minister Scott Morrison to take "bold action" on climate change during a phone call in which the British leader stressed the need for "ambitious targets" to reach net-zero emissions. The pair also discussed how to best respond to the rise of China, and the....

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'Everyone Had Missed Out': Herald Photographer's Global Award For Class Of 2020 Portraits

The Herald

Herald photographer Louise Kennerley has been recognised with a prestigious international prize for a photo essay inspired by the experiences of her own daughter Ava - and other year 12 students - when NSW schools closed earlier this year. Kennerley was thrilled and surprised to hear she had won....

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COVID Infected Traveller Diagnosed In NT

Port Stephens Examiner

A returned overseas traveller has tested positive for COVID-19 while quarantining in the Northern Territory. The woman, 31, arrived on the Commonwealth repatriation flight from India on Tuesday and was isolated at a re-purposed mining camp near Darwin.

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What Restrictions Are Being Lifted In Melbourne Today? Your Questions Answered

All the hard work of the long lockdown has finally paid off and the restrictions in Melbourne are being eased again from today and more changes are expected from November 9. Here are some of the questions you asked that we can answer. What are the main changes? From today , the four reasons for....

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Engineers Face A Changing Landscape In 2020 From Australia’s Bushfire Crisis To The COVID-19 Pandemic, The Engineering Profession Has Worked Through A Number Of Challenges Since Melbourne Hosted The World Engineers Convention (WEC) Last November. Read More

Architectureand Design

From Australia’s bushfire crisis to the COVID-19 pandemic, the engineering profession has worked through a number of challenges since Melbourne hosted the World Engineers Convention (WEC) last November. Now, selected experts are back to discuss how the engineering landscape has altered, and what the future might have in store.

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Aussie Property Rebounds From COVID Slump

Herald Sun

Buyers are turning to large blocks of land and properties close to the coast, which are the areas with typically the highest profits, while they’re turning away from high-rises and properties close to the city. Coastal suburbs in Sydney’s northern beaches and lower north shore have shown profit....

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Big Boxing Day Deal Done With 25,000 To Attend

Herald Sun

After Cricket Australia on Wednesday confirmed the summer schedule against India would include the traditional Test in Melbourne, with a capped crowd of 25,000 set to attend, a new deal between the Melbourne Cricket Club and the Victorian government was locked in.

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COVID-safe Santa Fest Plan To Allow World's Longest-running Pub Crawl To Continue

Illawarra Mercury

It won't look the same as last year but Santa Fest will proceed on December 12 with a new innovative COVID-safe format. Founder Neil Webster said the 2020 instalment is going to be largely done online as festival goers won't be able to gather in large numbers at pubs and bars because of COVID-19 restrictions.

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COVID Infected Traveller Diagnosed In NT

Illawarra Mercury

A returned overseas traveller has tested positive for COVID-19 while quarantining in the Northern Territory. The woman, 31, arrived on the Commonwealth repatriation flight from India on Tuesday and was isolated at a re-purposed mining camp near Darwin.

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Aust Summer Antarctic Program Scaled Back

Illawarra Mercury

Australia's Antarctic expeditioners are preparing for a scaled-back summer research season like no other due to COVID-19. The frozen continent is virus-free, something the Australian Antarctic Division is determined to maintain. Thirty-three expeditioners, the first wave to head south, are....

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Canada Tops 10,000 Virus Deaths

Illawarra Mercury

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicts a "tough winter" in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 infections engulfing the country and says 10,000 deaths already are a national tragedy. Canada's case numbers have been rising, triggering new restrictions on public gatherings and indoor activities in several provinces.

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Engineering Firm Invests $1 Million To Increase Manufacturing Capacity

Illawarra Mercury

Unanderra firm Leussink has invested $1 million to future-proof its state-of-the-art workshop with an additional CNC lathe. Managing director Jason Leussink said the new Okuma CNC Lathe will double the turning capacity in the workshop, eliminate bottlenecks and allow Leussink to increase the size of items it machines.

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Tszyu, Gallen And UFC Star Headline Boxing Blockbuster

Illawarra Mercury

Tim Tszyu will headline the first Sydney stadium fight since 2006 in a card that also features ex-NRL star Paul Gallen against UFC legend Mark Hunt. The undefeated Tszyu will take on New Zealand fighter Bowyn Morgan at Bankwest Stadium on December 16. Dubbed 'The Sydney Supershow', the co-main event....

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The Case For Australia To Step Up In Southeast Asia

Australia shares significant overlap of geographically-derived interests with the emerging middle powers of Southeast Asia. The resilience of developing Southeast Asia functions as the protective membrane for Australia’s own prosperity and security. Navigating a path through U.S.

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US Election: Trump's China Policy Is Here To Stay, No Matter Who Wins

In mid-2018, just as Donald Trump was launching his first broadsides in a trade war against China, I arrived in Beijing on a semiregular trip to try to grasp how the country's political establishment saw the U.S. president. That May, Trump had announced tens of billions of dollars of tariffs on Chinese goods.

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Victoria's Supreme Court Issues Halt On Western Highway Works

The Maitland Mercury

An order for work to stop on the Western Highway has been issued from the Supreme Court of Victoria. Marjorie Thorpe filed the opposition to the works along the stretch of road between Ararat and Buangor, west of Ballarat, on October 27. The order states the prevention of works would remain in effect until 2pm Thursday.

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The Promising Coronavirus Drug About To Start Trials In Australia

9 News

A Brisbane clinic is set to begin human trials on a drug that's exhibited a strong anti-viral effect against Niclosamide has been used as an anti-parasitic treatment since it was developed in 1958 and sold worldwide under the name Yomesan. The drug works by preventing a virus from invading host cells, and thereby suppresses its proliferation.

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Cash Bonus Aussies Could Miss Out On

Queensland Times

Tens of thousands of Australians may be missing out on a $500 cash payout from the government. There are two $250 government payments for aged and disability pensioners, veterans, people on carer payments and family tax benefit recipients as part of the The first $250 is expected in December while another will come in March 2021.

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Victoria's Supreme Court Issues Halt On Western Highway Works

The Border Mail

An order for work to stop on the Western Highway has been issued from the Supreme Court of Victoria. Marjorie Thorpe filed the opposition to the works along the stretch of road between Ararat and Buangor, west of Ballarat, on October 27. The order states the prevention of works would remain in effect until 2pm Thursday.

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Canada Tops 10,000 Virus Deaths

The Border Mail

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau predicts a "tough winter" in the face of a second wave of COVID-19 infections engulfing the country and says 10,000 deaths already are a national tragedy. Canada's case numbers have been rising, triggering new restrictions on public gatherings and indoor activities in several provinces.

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Nick Murray Puts A Time Frame On How Long He Will Keep Chasing AFL Dream

The Border Mail

Nick Murray has confirmed Wangaratta Rovers as his second club next year. The key position player will again link with VFL outfit Williamstown Seagulls as his primary club, but will be eligible for the Hawks in the O and M, if required. "It's not that far from Melbourne, it's only two and a half....

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Recession Likely Over, The Reserve Bank Says, But Recovery Looks Rocky

The Herald

The Australian economy has emerged from its first recession in 30 years, the Reserve Bank believes but is warning the recovery will be marred by growing business failures and cash-strapped households struggling to pay off their mortgages. Deputy governor Guy Debelle on Tuesday told a Senate....

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Centrelink To Resume Debt Recovery Program After Coronavirus Freeze An Hour Ago

9 News

Centrelink's debt recovery program is set to resume on Monday after it was put on hold for seven months due to the coronavirus. Services Australia will begin contacting welfare recipients from next week if they think they have been overpaid on their welfare benefits.

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Regional Victoria COVID Free, But Premier Says Restrictions Won't Ease

The Border Mail

There will be no further restrictions lifted in regional Victoria for the moment despite zero active cases, Victoria's premier has confirmed. When asked at the daily press conference if the zero active cases meant further freedom coming soon, Premier Daniel Andrews said it would not be ruled out but....

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Breath Test Diagnoses Virus In One Minute

The Border Mail

A non-invasive coronavirus breath test that could deliver results within one minute is being developed by UK scientists. The technology, originally designed as part of a project known as TOXI-Triage, would use "breath signatures" to "rapidly distinguish COVID-19 from other respiratory conditions".

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Neighbours Of Australia's Busiest Airport Have Had Enough

Adelaide's training airport has become Australia's busiest because of a fall in the number of flights at the nation's biggest hubs amid the coronavirus pandemic — and local residents say the noise has become "relentless". Key points: Parafield Airport now has more flights than Sydney Airport; Locals....

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Unemployed Tradie Launches $350k Brand

News Com Au

Felix Dimitrakis, 22, told news.com.au he and his partner, Victoria Mangonis, 23, decided to focus on their hair care brand Malia Hair after he lost his job as a landscaper’s apprentice earlier this year. “We were working and studying. We were hating life,” Mr Dimitrakis said. “I was going to work and I couldn’t do it to be honest.

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NSW Hotel Quarantine Cost To Hit $140 Million, Premier Calls On Other States To Pay Up

Brisbane Times

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said she will be issuing invoices next week to all states and territories for the cost of processing their citizens in NSW hotel quarantine, the cost of which is expected to hit $140 million by the end of the year. Ms Berejiklian said the recent spike in the number of....

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Pitch Perfect: Boxing Day Test To Remain In Melbourne For Three Years

CA has repeatedly said it wants the government to deliver more in terms of events and promotion leading into the Test, so it becomes more of a festival of cricket rather than simply being about a cricket match, or provide greater financial incentive for the Test to remain in Melbourne.

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Queensland Premier Says Berejiklian's Border Comments 'simply A Diversion'

The Herald

"Governments can restrict people's movement for compelling public health purposes, but any restrictions on these rights should be strictly necessary and proportionate. "Other regions in the country have successfully cut transmission without adopting such harsh restrictions, showing that Western....

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Ten More NSW Schools Evacuated After Email Threats

The Herald

Ten regional NSW schools have been targeted by threatening emails, similar to those that caused 20 Sydney high schools to be evacuated , while some students were completing their HSC exams. Schools, including Bomaderry High, Yass High and Bowral High, evacuated staff and students, including year 12....

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Human Rights Body Slams WA Border Rules

Advocacy organisation Human Rights Watch (HRW) has joined growing calls for Western Australia's hard border to be softened, suggesting the current system prioritises people returning for work over those with mental health concerns. Key points: Only people who meet strict criteria are allowed to....

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Australians Overestimate Oil And Gas' Role In Our Economy

Watoday

Australians overestimate the number of jobs created by the gas industry by 40 times and 80 per cent believe climate change impacts are already being experienced. New research to be launched by NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean today demonstrates that the gas industry has an outsized influence in....

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Keeley Davis Leads Dragons NSW Origin Selections

Illawarra Mercury

Emerging St George Illawarra talent Keeley Davis is in line to make her State of Origin debut after being named in the NSW squad. The Corrimal talent is one of six Dragons players to be selected in the 20-woman team. Davis has long been touted a future star, however her path to the Origin arena has been lengthy.

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More Stranded Australians Seeking Return

Illawarra Mercury

The number of Australians trying to return home has continued to rise with 34,000 people now stranded overseas. New figures provided to Senate estimates on Wednesday represent a rise of about 2000 since last week, with concerns some vulnerable people won't be home for Christmas.

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Two Month Spike In China Virus Cases

Illawarra Mercury

Mainland China has reported 42 new COVID-19 cases, the highest daily toll in more than two months due to a rise in infections in the northwestern Xinjiang region. Of the new cases, 22 in the city of Kashgar in Xinjiang were previously asymptomatic patients, the country's health authorities said on Wednesday.

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'Don't Let NSW Do All The Heavy Lifting' Berejiklian Urges Other State Premiers

Illawarra Mercury

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian had a strong message to other state premiers on Wednesday, urging them to take their share of returned overseas travellers. Ms Berejiklian said her "sense of frustration" was growing with Queensland and Western Australia in particular, which were keeping their borders....

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Local Agricultural Shows May Be Off, But The Show Bags Must Go On

For many small country towns the annual agricultural show is a highlight of the calendar, but with show societies abandoning their 2020 events the sugar-driven jag of the show bag has been hard to come by. Key points: A family-owned show bag business hits the road to deliver a touch of local shows....

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Twitter Is Divided As Crowds Flock To Melbourne Kmarts After COVID-19 Rules Ease

Yahoo News

After more than three months of being in a hard lockdown, many Melbourne residents embraced the easing of COVID-19 restrictions on Tuesday night with their shopping bags at the ready for some solid retail therapy. Once the rules relaxed at 11:59pm, people were already lined up outside their local....

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Do Not Let COVID-19 Burst Your Holiday Bubble

Knowridge

The holiday season is upon us and this year should look a little different as we continue to take precautions during the pandemic. A Baylor College of Medicine expert says a small gathering can still take place, you just need to establish your holiday bubble.

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It's The Last Thing Any Opponent Of Panther Aidan Johnson Wants To Hear

The Border Mail

Lavington's opponents will receive a nasty surprise next year with star forward Aidan Johnson growing even bigger. It's the last thing any defender will want to hear after the youngster starred at full-forward in the Panthers' charge to the title. "I'm up to 194cms now, I think I grew a couple of cms over the COVID, I reckon I did anyway," he said.

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Australian Flown Home From India Tests Positive To COVID-19

A 31-year-old woman who was repatriated from New Delhi to Australia yesterday has tested positive to COVID-19 while in quarantine in Darwin. Key points: Health authorities say the woman is asymptomatic; She was travelling with two children; The children are awaiting further test results.

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Tired Young Doctors Fear Making Mistakes In Brisbane Hospitals

TheAge

Nearly half of Queensland's junior doctors are afraid of making fatigue-related mistakes during the coronavirus pandemic. The findings come from the Australian Medical Association Queensland's latest Resident Hospital Health Check, an annual report that surveys junior doctors on their experiences at hospitals statewide.

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Trump Doubts Counting, Biden Urges Unity

Port Stephens Examiner

Donald Trump has questioned the integrity of the US election again, saying it would be inappropriate to take extra time to count the tens of millions of ballots cast by mail. While the president, who trails in national opinion polls, cast doubt on mail-in votes, Democratic challenger Joe Biden....

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LNP Leader Talks Up Bonds With All Qld MPs

Port Stephens Examiner

Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington says she has great relationships with all MPs including key crossbenchers ahead of the knife-edge Queensland election. She again avoided a question about the prospect of minority government while announcing $35 million in funding for a roundabout at Carrara on the Gold Coast on Wednesday.

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PM Congratulates Melbourne On Reopening

9 News

Retail, hospitality and beauty industries reopened in the city today, with the four reasons to leave home also scrapped. The state has also loosened its strict home visitation rules with one household consisting of two adults and dependants allowed to visit another household within the 25 kilometre limit.

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CPI Up 1.6 Per Cent In September Quarter

Port Stephens Examiner

CHANGES TO CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IN SEPTEMBER QUARTER (Note: Quarterly change, followed by annual change) CPI - up 1.6 per cent in quarter, up 0.7 per cent annually Food and non-alcoholic beverages - down 0.4 per cent, up 3.4 per cent Alcohol and tobacco - up 1.6 per cent, up 8.1 per cent Clothing and footwear - up 0.

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Tears, Joy And Celebrations As Melbourne Reopens

9 News

Melburnians have flocked to bars and restaurants in a celebration of the four-month coronavirus lockdown lifting at midnight. "I now officially declare Melbourne restaurants open for business," Angus and Bon steakhouse owner Liam Ganley said as he cut a ribbon to cheers, confetti and applause.

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Pitch Perfect: Boxing Day Test To Remain In Melbourne For Three Years

Watoday

CA has repeatedly said it wants the government to deliver more in terms of events and promotion leading into the Test, so it becomes more of a festival of cricket rather than simply being about a cricket match, or provide greater financial incentive for the Test to remain in Melbourne.

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MCG Locked In To Host India In Boxing Day Test

Watoday

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has dismissed her NSW counterpart’s comments on borders as a political diversion. “I have the courage to stand up for what is right, I have the courage to keep Queensland safe,” she said while campaigning in south-east Queensland.

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Qld Election 2020: Annastacia Palaszczuk Tells Gladys Bereji...

News Com Au

Ms Palaszczuk is expected to receive advice from the Queensland chief health officer this week as to whether Queensland will open its borders to NSW from next Monday. Queensland’s chief health officer is this week deciding whether the border to NSW will open from November 1, with a decision set to....

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Grim New Date For Overseas Travel

News Com Au

The World Tourism Organisation (WTO) revealed on Tuesday that international tourist arrivals unsurprisingly plunged by 70 per cent during the first eight months of 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic. But it is its prediction for when that number is set to rebound that will have you putting away your passport.

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RBA’s Claims Recession Is Over Slammed As ‘garbage’

News Com Au

“The growth elsewhere in the country was more than the drag from Victoria and the drag from Victoria was possibly a little less than what we guessed back in August.” So why would the Reserve Bank make such a call? Technically, a quarter of growth does mean Australia is no longer in recession.

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Flights To UK, US Unlikely For Another Year

The Courier Mail

At its annual general meeting, chief executive Alan Joyce said the airline was looking for safe international travel routes to Japan, parts of South East Asia and the South. Pacific. Mr Joyce said regular UK and US services remained impossible while both regions struggled to contain the virus and there was no vaccine readily available.

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Tired Young Doctors Fear Making Mistakes In Brisbane Hospitals

Nearly half of Queensland's junior doctors are afraid of making fatigue-related mistakes during the coronavirus pandemic. The findings come from the Australian Medical Association Queensland's latest Resident Hospital Health Check, an annual report that surveys junior doctors on their experiences at hospitals statewide.

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More Stranded Australians Seeking Return

The Border Mail

The number of Australians trying to return home has continued to rise with 34,000 people now stranded overseas. New figures provided to Senate estimates on Wednesday represent a rise of about 2000 since last week, with concerns some vulnerable people won't be home for Christmas.

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US Judge Allows Guns At Polling Stations

The Border Mail

A Michigan judge has sided with gun-rights advocates in allowing the open carrying of firearms at election day polling sites, blocking enforcement of a state order barring such displays to prevent voter intimidation. State Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, vowed to immediately appeal....

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CPI Up 1.6 Per Cent In September Quarter

Yahoo News

CHANGES TO CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IN SEPTEMBER QUARTER. (Note: Quarterly change, followed by annual change) CPI - up 1.6 per cent in quarter, up 0.7 per cent annually. Food and non-alcoholic beverages - down 0.4 per cent, up 3.4 per cent. Alcohol and tobacco - up 1.6 per cent, up 8.1 per cent. Clothing and footwear - up 0.

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Stay Safe From COVID-19 This Halloween

As Halloween creeps closer, NSW Health is offering trick or treaters some advice on staying safe from COVID-19, which is still lurking in the shadows. Executive Director of NSW Health Protection, Dr Jeremy McAnulty, said as long as levels of community transmission remain low, NSW Health is supportive of Halloween celebrations going ahead.

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Victoria's Two New Virus Cases Linked To Northern Outbreak

9 News

While regional Victoria's average has finally reached zero and the number of mystery cases has halved from six to three today. The state's two new cases were close contacts of existing infections linked to the outbreak in Melbourne's northern suburbs.

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CPI Up 1.6 Per Cent In September Quarter

The Maitland Mercury

CHANGES TO CONSUMER PRICE INDEX IN SEPTEMBER QUARTER (Note: Quarterly change, followed by annual change) CPI - up 1.6 per cent in quarter, up 0.7 per cent annually Food and non-alcoholic beverages - down 0.4 per cent, up 3.4 per cent Alcohol and tobacco - up 1.6 per cent, up 8.1 per cent Clothing and footwear - up 0.

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‘Not Rational’: Gladys Slams Qld Over Border

Queensland Times

Gladys Berejiklian says she's becoming increasingly frustrated by being "lumped in" with Victoria when it comes to Queensland's perception of her state's COVID-19 risk, and the state's opposition leader Deb Frecklington would have opened the borders "months ago".

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COVID Border Breach Accused Pair Face Court

Queensland Times

Lawyers for three women accused of lying about travelling to Melbourne during the peak of the coronavirus crisis have asked for their cases to be adjourned to allow them time to negotiate with prosecutors. The women, Olivia Winnie Muranga, 20, Haja Uma Timbo, 21, and Diana Lasu, 21, are each charged....

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NSW Jewish Board Of Deputies Chief Executive Vic Alhadeff Resigns

The Herald

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff has resigned from his position. Members received an update late last week from Board of Deputies president Lesli Berger advising that Alhadeff would hand over his full-time duties in the “first half of 2021” and “assume the role of part-time consultant” from there on after.

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Cambage's Flyers To Face Boomers In WNBL's Season-opening Flurry

The Herald

Southside Flyers' superstar recruit Liz Cambage will face off with her former club Melbourne Boomers in the opening round of the WNBL. The Flyers and Boomers will play on November 14 in Townsville in a jam-packed opening round which will see Southside play four games within five days.

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COVID Duo Back To Court Over Alleged False Border Declarations

The Herald

Two of the three Queensland women at the centre of a COVID-19 outbreak scare in July have had their cases adjourned until next month. Olivia Winnie Muranga, 20, and Diana Lasu, 21, did not appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday when their cases were mentioned. The third woman, Haja Umu Timbo, 21, was not mentioned in court.

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Tszyu, Gallen And UFC Star Headline Boxing Blockbuster

The Border Mail

Tim Tszyu will headline the first Sydney stadium fight since 2006 in a card that also features ex-NRL star Paul Gallen against UFC legend Mark Hunt. The undefeated Tszyu will take on New Zealand fighter Bowyn Morgan at Bankwest Stadium on December 16. Dubbed 'The Sydney Supershow', the co-main event....

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The COVID Defence Still To Be Rolled Out

Herald Sun

He said the tool, which would allow users to scan a barcode at venues to register their attendance, would not be based on the same technology as the ACT and NSW systems that had worked seamlessly throughout the pandemic. It comes as major industries such as retail, hospitality and beauty services....

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‘Garbage’: Claims Recession Is Over Slammed

Herald Sun

Deputy governor Guy Debelle declared Australia had “probably recorded positive growth” in the September quarter, the headlines quickly followed. After all, a quarter with positive growth means Australia is most likely – technically – out of recession. So why did many respected economists, including....

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Premier Fires Up: ‘Nothing To Do With NSW’

Herald Sun

Ms Palaszczuk said it had “nothing to do with NSW”, and it clearly showed the two LNP leaders were running their “own personal campaign at the expense of the health and livelihoods of the people of this (Queensland) state”. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a border decision would be made the day before the state election.

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'I Love You Daddy': Sad Story Behind Wedding Photo Post

Yahoo News

When it comes to human loss, there’s an often quoted quirk of the emotional response: One death is a tragedy, while a million deaths is a statistic. The global death toll from Covid-19 recently ticked over 1 million but young mother Jamie Waggoner is determined that her dad isn’t just a faceless statistic of the pandemic.

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Australians Massively Overestimate Role Of Oil And Gas In Economy

TheAge

Australians overestimate the number of jobs created by the gas industry by 40 times and 80 per cent believe climate change impacts are already being experienced. New research to be launched by NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean today demonstrates that the gas industry has an outsized influence in....

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Bianca Wanted To Open Her New Store In July. Finally She Can

Bianca Cuzzupi filled the shopfront of her children's clothing store with balloons as she prepared to finally welcome customers on Wednesday after months of COVID-19 restrictions on business. But, unlike many other retail outlets, her shop in Essendon in Melbourne's north-west isn't reopening.

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Holiday Letting Code Delays Betray Long-suffering Residents

It’s been more than two years since the NSW government first announced laws to regulate the short-term holiday letting industry. They included a proposed mandatory code of conduct to moderate the behaviour of hosts and guests. While the laws covering Airbnb and its ilk came in, somewhat belatedly,....

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Cash Bonus Aussies Could Miss Out On

News Com Au

There are two $250 government payments for aged and disability pensioners, veterans, people on carer payments and family tax benefit recipients as part of the The first $250 is expected in December while another will come in March 2021. Australians have until November 27 to check if they are eligible to receive the first payment.

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Trump Concedes No Virus Deal Before Vote

Illawarra Mercury

President Donald Trump has acknowledged a coronavirus economic relief deal will likely come after the November 3 US election. "After the election we'll get the best stimulus package you've ever seen," Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving on a campaign trip on Tuesday.

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One New Local COVID Case In NSW

Illawarra Mercury

There's one new case of locally acquired COVID-19 in NSW and seven cases in returned travellers in hotel quarantine. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said there had been 14,382 tests in the 24 hours until 8pm on Tuesday, but urged more people to get tested. The new local case was a household contact of....

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The US Election Could Shake Up Currencies And Pressure The RBA

Watoday

The pandemic, the Trump administration’s bungled response to it, the cratering of the economy and the inability of Congress to agree a second stimulus package to blunt its continuing economic effects have seen the dollar tumble nearly 10 per cent from its pre-pandemic levels.

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Cricket Australia Confirms Boxing Day Test At MCG

Cricket Australia (CA) has announced the summer schedule for the eagerly awaited Border-Gavaskar trophy between India and Australia. Key points: India's tour of Australia will open with two limited overs series, played in Sydney and Canberrra; The four-Test series will open with a day-night Test in....

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'You Can't Have It Both Ways': NSW To Invoice States For Hotel Quarantine Bill

The Herald

Premier Gladys Berejiklian says Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has been tasked with invoicing other states for processing their returned travellers through NSW's hotel quarantine program. A fed up Ms Berejiklian urged on Wednesday for Queensland and Western Australia to open their borders to NSW residents.

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One New Local COVID Case In NSW

The Border Mail

Gladys Berejiklian says she'll be watching how Victoria goes controlling the spread of COVID-19 over the next two weeks before she considers opening the border with the southern state. The NSW premier was speaking as Melbourne's 15-week COVID-19 lockdown ended on Wednesday with restaurants, cafes,....

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Disaster Report To Be Handed Over

Yahoo News

A royal commission report into last summer's catastrophic bushfires is being handed to the governor-general as bushfire survivors call for urgent action on climate change to address the root cause of the natural disaster. The commission received more than 1700 submissions with public hearings....

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Coronavirus: NSW Health Minister Comments On COVIDSafe App

TheAge

. Coronavirus: NSW Health Minister comments on COVIDSafe app. Save videos for later. Add videos to your saved list and come back to them any time.

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Holiday Letting Code Delays Betray Long-suffering Residents

TheAge

It’s been more than two years since the NSW government first announced laws to regulate the short-term holiday letting industry. They included a proposed mandatory code of conduct to moderate the behaviour of hosts and guests. While the laws covering Airbnb and its ilk came in, somewhat belatedly,....

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Lockdown Restrictions Lift In Melbourne

TheAge

15 Images Lockdown restrictions in Melbourne lifted as of midnight last night with people able to leave their home for any reason. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars can reopen subject to patron limits while beauty services, tattoo parlours and any other service where you can wear a mask will be able to resume.

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The COVID-normal City: Will We Ever Return To Our CBD Offices?

TheAge

Not so long ago working from home was a novelty – it felt a bit like wagging school. Workers felt guilty about not being in the office and employers could never be sure if their charges were skiving off. But in Melbourne, with its lockdown which ran twice as long as anywhere else in Australia, home working now feels normal.

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Extra Support For Workers On The Dole Likely In 2021, But JobSeeker Hike 'temporary'

TheAge

A permanent increase to the JobSeeker rate in January is unlikely with extra income for out-of-work Australians expected to be in the form of "temporary" help as the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession continues to unfold. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said on Wednesday she could not rule....

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One Community Case In NSW Comes With A Warning

9 News

NSW has recorded eight new cases of coronavirus , with seven of those in hotel quarantine. There was just one case of community transmission, and the person was already in isolation as they were a household contact of a previous case. Dr Kerry Chant said NSW Health is currently dealing with three clusters in Sydney.

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Victoria's COVID-19 Crisis By The Numbers

Port Stephens Examiner

VICTORIA'S COVID-19 NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER 28 * Victoria has reported two coronavirus deaths, taking the state toll to 819 and the national figure to 907 * Both deaths, a man in his 70s and man in his 80s, occurred some weeks ago and were linked to residential aged care * Two new cases, breaking two....

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Coronavirus ADF Personnel Step Down From Chaffey Bridge THE Last Members Of The Australian Defence Force (ADF) Stepped Off The George Chaffey Bridge At 6am On Wednesday As Part Of The Federal Government’s Withdrawal Of ADF Personnel From State Borders. 38 Minutes Ago

Sunraysia Daily

ADF personnel left George Chaffey Bridge on Wednesday and were replaced by NSW police. Picture: Ben Gross. THE last members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) stepped off the George Chaffey Bridge at 6am on Wednesday as part of the Federal Government's withdrawal of ADF personnel from state borders.

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Catching COVID Could Lower Your IQ

Herald Sun

A study of more than 84,000 people in the UK found that coronavirus left even those deemed recovered with “chronic cognitive consequences” that it compared to dropping 8.5 IQ points. “People who had recovered, including those no longer reporting symptoms, exhibited significant cognitive deficits,”....

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NSW Records One New Local Case

Herald Sun

The local infection is linked to the Lakemba GP cluster, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed during Wednesday’s media briefing. But she highlighted concerns about potentially undetected cases in southwestern Sydney. More than 14,000 tests were conducted in the 24 hours to 8pm Tuesday. Gladys Berejiklian confirmed one new local case.

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Football Greats Want Refugees Sent To NZ

The Maitland Mercury

Football greats Craig Foster and Sonny Bill Williams have joined forces to urge the prime minister to send hundreds of refugees to New Zealand. The pair descended on Parliament House in Canberra to ask Scott Morrison to accept New Zealand's longstanding resettlement offer. They were joined by a gaggle of Labor and crossbench politicians.

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Victoria Records Two New Cases And Two Deaths As Thousands Of Melburnians Get Back To Work

Victoria has recorded two new coronavirus cases and two deaths in the past 24 hours, as thousands of Melburnians return to work in retail, hospitality and beauty services. Key points: Melbourne's rolling 14-day average of new cases per day has fallen to 2.

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NSW Records One New Local Coronavirus Infection, Seven In Hotel Quarantine

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has fired a broadside at her counterparts around Australia, accusing them of "lumping" her state in with Victoria during the coronavirus pandemic. Ms Berejiklian made the comment as health authorities in NSW confirmed one new locally acquired COVID-19 infection in the 24 hours to 8.

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Extra Support For Workers On The Dole Likely In 2021, But JobSeeker Hike 'temporary'

A permanent increase to the JobSeeker rate in January is unlikely with extra income for out-of-work Australians expected to be in the form of "temporary" help as the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession continues to unfold. Social Services Minister Anne Ruston said on Wednesday she could not rule....

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Epidemiologist Helped Eradicate Smallpox

TheAge

J. MICHAEL LANE: 1936-2020. J. Michael Lane, an epidemiologist who helped see to its end the global campaign to eradicate smallpox, a disease that killed hundreds of millions of people over centuries before it was vanquished in one of the most celebrated feats in the history of medicine, died on October 21 at his home in Atlanta in the US.

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Microsoft Rides Cloud To Higher Earnings

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Microsoft on Tuesday said its profit in the recently ended quarter continued to soar as the pandemic boosted a trend toward business being taken care of in the internet cloud. The US technology titan's profit rose to $13.9 billion, up 30 percent from the same quarter last year, according to earnings figures.

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400k-plus Australians Have Returned Home

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More than 400,000 Australians have returned home since the start of the coronavirus pandemic but there's still a large number stranded overseas. Since March, the government has supported 30,000 Australians to return home on 357 flights, including 10,000 people on 66 flights facilitated by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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COVID-19 Cluster Women Face Court

News Com Au

Diana Lasu, 21, Olivia Muranga, 20, and Haja Timbo, 21, face up to five years’ jail and a $13,000 fine after they allegedly deceived authorities about where they had been when they returned to the Sunshine State in July. Ms Lasu and Ms Muranga’s matters were briefly heard in the Brisbane Magistrates....

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Millions Owed: Qld’s Biggest Construction Company Collapses

Queensland Times

Subcontractors were short-changed millions of dollars following the collapse of several major Queensland construction companies. The state's building sector sailed into uncertainty at the start of the year with building approvals at year-long lows. The arrival of COVID-19 resulted in display home....

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