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Your germs are isolated at home with you too

Usually that would be evenly distributed between your office, public transport and home, but now it’s all concentrated in your mattress, carpet and couch. To deal with that horrifying knowledge — and the extra discarded skin and hair now that my wife is also working from home — I’ve been …

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Like a fiord: Ancient Murray River lake reveals our changing climate

The lower Murray River was once a long, mostly still lake that snaked hundreds of kilometres upstream, supporting a large Indigenous population with abundant fresh water, fish and birdlife. Scientists have identified the previously unknown body of water, dubbed Lake Mannum, from cores of clay and mud sediment laid down …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Global death toll nears 251,000; 4.5 million download COVIDSafe app; Trump administration forecasts higher death rate

Indonesia has recorded its largest single-day rise in coronavirus cases, with the national government announcing 484 new infections on Tuesday. The previous high was 436 new infections in a single day on April 24.In total, the country has now reported 12,071 positive cases and 872 deaths. The death toll rise …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Scott Morrison to focus on kickstarting Australian economy as COVID-19 suppressed, COVIDSafe downloads to top 5 million as nation’s death toll stands at 97

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro has seemingly reignited the Storm’s hopes of training out at regional NSW. Well, it looks like the May 28 restart date is once again looking safe…for now. Car dealers want government incentives for drivers to upgrade to new vehicles and vehicle taxes abolished or reformed, …

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Victoria Police faces lawsuit from acquitted man Faruk Orman

The lawsuit, first flagged in the days after his release, claims he was the victim of false imprisonment, malicious prosecution and that Victoria Police breached a duty of care. It also argues Victoria Police failed to exercise reasonable care for Mr Orman’s safety and for failing to properly supervise, control …

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Ivanhoe Grammar backflips on lay-offs as private schools juggle costs

Loading Under the Fair Work Act, an employer can send employees home and not pay them if there is a stoppage of work for which the employer can’t be held responsible, such as a natural disaster. The ombudsman encourages businesses to let employees take a period of paid leave or …

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Trans-Tasman travel ‘bubble’ must be handled with care

When Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern, joined each other in Tuesday’s meeting of our national cabinet, they would have been entitled to exchange cautious congratulations. Few of us could have imagined weeks ago that the progress of COVID-19 through the two countries’ populations would …

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Cycling spikes on Brisbane bikeways during pandemic

Cr Murphy said that included a 47 per cent increase on commuter bikeway routes, and the most recent statistics from Kangaroo Point and the Bicentennial bikeway counters indicated a 12-20 per cent increase on weekdays and a 70 to 80 per cent patronage increase on weekends. Pedestrian use has also …

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DV summit to chart course out of pandemic ‘perfect storm’

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had planned to hold a bipartisan Queensland family violence summit at the end of March to map out a new wave of reform. Then the coronavirus pandemic struck, and millions of Queenslanders were told to stay home although, for some, home is the most dangerous place they …

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Queensland’s new normal: Shops to reopen but restrictions will remain

“One of them [is] on the Gold Coast and we’re still working through where that individual contracted the infection. “The other [is] in Brisbane [Metro South], who was a household contact of a known case. So that’s good news. Ms Palaszczuk has previously outlined how schools will start a staged …

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