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Family a sticking point as 20-week hub stint looms

Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria remain the favourites to host hubs in the first stint. After the first block of eight weeks, players would be able to spend a week at home. If travel restrictions are still in place after this time, players have been told they will need …

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China presence key in push for pandemic inquiry

Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s call for global co-operation on an independent review of the COVID-19 outbreak comes at a time of confidence in Canberra that our handling of the virus has made us a world leader. Indeed, senior World Health Organisation official Margaret Harris told this newspaper that Australia is …

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Australia’s virus deaths have peaked, QUT modelling shows

“When we plotted that for different countries, what shocked us was that [the curve of deaths] is basically the same everywhere – it goes up for a few weeks, peaks and then goes down. “It doesn’t matter if its a poor country, a wealthy country, Western, Asian, a place where …

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No snapback: A post-virus economy is going to be different

Nothing is good if your comparison point is the Great Depression. Treasury secretary Steven Kennedy, fronting a Senate inquiry into how the hundreds of billions in government support is being shuffled out the front door, noted on Tuesday that while the jobless rate in the 1930s rose to unprecedented heights, …

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Coronavirus app data will stay here despite US security laws, Health Minister says

Mr Hunt issued an order under the emergency powers granted to him by the Biosecurity Act on Sunday that made it an offence for anyone other than a state health department official to access data collected by the app. Loading The COVIDSafe app, which has already been downloaded more than …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Australians download COVIDSafe app more than 2 million times, social distancing in NSW partially relaxed, nation’s death toll stands at 88

Private schools will be given a $13 billion incentive to restart classroom teaching within four weeks under a federal plan to use annual funding to demolish resistance to face-to-face learning. Prime Minister Scott Morrison will offer independent and Catholic schools a 25 per cent advance on next year’s federal funding …

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Coronavirus LIVE updates: Australians download COVIDSafe app more than 2 million times; Victorian schools could reopen this term; nation’s death toll stands at 88

Here’s an update on the big Victorian story from today regarding the Premier’s approach to school closures. Victoria’s parents should assume that the current remote learning regime will remain in place for the rest of term two, Premier Daniel Andrews has said, as he resists pressure to resume regular classes. …

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Lawyer’s concern at pay cut tactic as Cricket Australia rolls out player contracts

Those in danger of losing central contracts include Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who have fallen out of favour since last year’s World Cup, Usman Khawaja, Marcus Harris and Peter Handscomb, who have lost their spots in national teams, and Shaun Marsh, who is nearing 37 and at the end …

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AFL boss hopes teams escape from quarantine

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has flagging the possibility that the AFL season could finish with teams able to travel without the need for quarantine measures. McLachlan has told the 18 clubs that while the “hub model” gives the AFL competition the best chance of continuing the season, the league hoped …

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A shot with an app chaser to get Queenslanders out of virus lockdown

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk on Tuesday said the results were further good news for Queensland, and thanked people for adhering to social distancing restrictions. As the government moves to start relaxing those measures by this weekend, Ms Palaszczuk said the one-two combo of getting a flu shot and downloading the federal …

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