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Victoria ‘well placed’ to further ease COVID restrictions

Loading As no new deaths were announced on Tuesday, Mr Andrews said the state was “well placed” to bring forward plans to allow retail and hospitality to re-open. These restrictions are set to ease on November 1 but the government will fast-track the plans if case numbers remain low. “We’re …

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‘Black people are literally voting like their lives depend on it’

Over and over again, black Americans described their vote this year as much more than a choice between two presidential candidates; an urgent stand in the long fight against racial injustice in America. “We shouldn’t be where we’re at in 2020,” said Tasha Grant, 44, a nurse who voted in …

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Life’s a beach under travel extension to 25km

Mrs Tallis, who lives in Hughesdale, eight kilometres from the beach, said it wasn’t a day to don zinc cream and bathers and go for a dip. “But it’s so nice to go for a walk,” she said. “It’s just the sense of freedom.” The last day she came to …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records four new COVID-19 cases as state’s residents enjoy first day with eased restrictions; Australian death toll climbs to 905

When Shakespeare penned the immortal line, “bubble, bubble, toil and trouble” in Macbeth he was thinking of a toxic witch’s brew but there’s another bubble that is laced with even more trouble and toxicity. Travel bubbles represent one of the greatest, albeit as yet unrealised, hopes during the pandemic for …

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Poll Call: Labor pledges February VAD vote, LNP pushes back on Palmer

We’re into the back half of the Queensland election campaign now, and with polls open and record numbers expected to vote early, the parties are losing time to convince people before they cast their ballot. With that in mind, and trying for a moment to put your own politics aside, …

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Another wait to ease restrictions in WA as 24 new COVID-19 cases detected on ship docked in Fremantle

Health Minister Roger Cook said there had been nine close contacts with crew and all of those people were now in quarantine. All would be tested at day 12 of their quarantine, or if they showed symptoms. Mr McGowan demanded the federal government take international action as it became apparent …

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Cameron tells Giants he wants to move back to Victoria

Were Cameron to leave as a free agent, GWS would be expected to receive a first-round draft pick as compensation. But if the Giants were to decide that compensation was insufficient and that they could do better in a trade, they could match any contract terms the Cats, or any …

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Walls are closing in on Packer and Crown as pressure piles on

Crown’s AUSTRAC issues look potentially more problematic. The number of breaches will be significantly smaller but anyone who has been watching the Crown inquiry will have heard Commissioner Patricia Bergin’s repeated questions about Crown “turning a blind eye” to red flags on money-laundering and her inquisition about the shell companies …

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Queensland reaps AFL rewards with $70m boost, record junior club numbers

“There’s going to be a festival going on from Thursday in the [Brisbane City] Botanical Gardens with a lot of different activities. “I can’t imagine we would be standing here on a day like today, looking into the abyss of March and April, and be sitting here with 30,000 people …

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Flight NZ103: Love, heartache and new beginnings

The emotions surrounding birth, death and marriage were all laid bare on an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Sydney on Monday. As flight NZ103 touched down just after midday, the moving stories of those arriving in the ghost town lounges began to emerge. Nikki Brown was there to …

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