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US to widen inquiry into AstraZeneca COVID vaccine destined for Australia

AstraZeneca has confirmed it is still awaiting the green light from US regulators to resume its US trials. The pharma giant’s Australian office wouldn’t comment further on how any delays would affect the timeline for when Australians receive the vaccine if successful. Loading Meanwhile, there was better news for the …

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The likelihood of Dan Andrews resigning is slim indeed

Loading Following graduation from Monash University where he majored in politics, Andrews became an electorate officer and factional enforcer for federal Labor MP Alan Griffin, before stints as an organiser and then assistant state secretary for the Victorian ALP. In November 2002, aged 30, he won a seat in the …

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‘We make things in Australia’: PM’s plan to boost manufacturing

Mining giant BHP Billiton will back the government message by announcing an $800 million outlay on skills, engineering and technology on Thursday, saying this would include at least 2500 more apprentices and trainees. The government estimates its manufacturing plan could create 80,000 direct jobs and about 300,000 more indirect jobs …

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$500,000 raised to fund lawsuit over hotel quarantine

The group of funders has appointed Victorian barrister Stuart Wood, QC, and prominent litigator George Haros to pursue the case. The lawyers declined to comment yesterday beyond confirming the action related to the effect the second-wave coronavirus lockdown has had on businesses. The Supreme Court action against the state government …

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Thousands of healthcare workers could be wearing ill-fitting masks

The Victorian government initially resisted calls for mandatory testing to check that each worker requiring a N95 mask had one that properly attached to their face, despite fit-testing of such masks being required under Australian standards. High-risk staff, including those working with coronavirus patients, are now required to undergo fit-testing, …

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Police step in at quarantine hotel as infection-control fears emerge

“I can see it happening all over again,” said the health worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity out of fear she could lose her job. “When [international] flights start again, we (Victoria) will be screwed.” The government confirmed on Tuesday that nine workers had tested positive to COVID-19 in …

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Gunston adds to resume with Hawthorn best and fairest crown

Jack Gunston added to his increasingly impressive football resume on Wednesday night, named Hawthorn’s best and fairest for season 2020. Already a three-time premiership player and an All-Australian in 2018, Gunston claimed his first Peter Crimmins Medal after a season in which the forward kicked 31 goals for the Hawks …

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North shake-up extends to coaching ranks

Sources indicated the decision on Jade was part of a sweeping decision from the club board to radically overhaul the entirety of the football program from this year at all levels. It is unknown what Rawlings’ payout situation would be. The AFL has ruled that any redundancy payments made by …

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Hub bub’s good timing for Josh Bruce

“It’s been a pretty good weekend,” said Bruce, with a big smile across his face. “I welcomed our little son into the world – August Williams. Very exciting times there. “I’m still able to play my first final on Saturday, so it’s going to be a good seven-day stretch.” A …

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The final questions: Port Adelaide v Geelong

So, does topping the ladder all year count for anything? No. But that’s no different to any other finals series where all combatants reset for the post-season. Port and Brisbane have done exceptionally well to accumulate 14-3 records but the sheer fact that Port must first overcome Geelong, seemingly a …

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