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When promises don’t match reality. Australia’s troubled vaccine rollout

Vaccination of hotel quarantine workers is especially important because it appears the vaccine protects against both severe disease and, to some extent, transmission. In these circumstances, vaccination of all quarantine workers should have been an urgent first priority. Health-care workers, especially those treating patients with COVID, was a logical second …

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Red faces after Hey Hey It’s Saturday star admits to off-colour jokes

In response, Blackman said: “Goodness me Kamahl, 37 years and you’re still ‘humiliated’.” Blackman added that while he cringes when looking back at some past material, he would have stopped making fun of Kamahl’s skin colour had the singer spoken up at the time. To this, Kamahl replied: “Mr Blackman, …

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Man charged with arson after Gold Coast house fire

A Gold Coast man has been charged with arson after a house was significantly damaged by fire at Ashmore on Thursday. A 30-year-old Surfers Paradise man was charged by police after they were called to a disturbance at a property on Walabah Drive about 11am. Shortly after, the house was …

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Barty cruises into Miami Open final after dominant victory

Defending champion Ash Barty comfortably beat Elina Svitolina in the Miami Open semis to seal her return to the final. The Australian world No.1 had been 1-5 previously against Svitolina but took charge on Friday (AEST) with two early breaks and used her strong serve and deep slices to keep …

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The Republican crusade against trans athletes in women’s sports

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee said that allowing transgender female athletes to participate under their chosen identity would “destroy women’s sports”. Proponents of the bills argue that transgender female athletes have innate physical advantages over their competitors because they are likely to have higher testosterone and muscle mass levels. Allowing trans …

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Woman in critical condition after highway crash

A woman is in a critical condition after her car rolled over on the Kennedy Highway, south of Cairns, on Friday morning. Emergency services were called to the crash just before 6am at Innot Hot Springs, where a woman sustained critical injuries. The Kennedy Highway is closed in both directions. …

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No local COVID-19 cases for 35th day as vaccine wastage revealed

Victoria has recorded no new local cases of coronavirus for 35 days in a row, after it was revealed around three in every 1000 doses of Pfizer vaccine in Victoria have been wasted during the rollout. There were 15,829 test results returned on Thursday. Just one active case of COVID-19 …

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Warming sparks penguin breeding boom but experts sound note of caution

“Our penguins are doing well, but we have to do everything in our power to make them resilient in face of inevitable further increases in ocean temperature.” It’s likely that as the strait continues to warm, fish species will move to cooler water and penguins will have to travel further …

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London policeman convicted over secret neo-Nazi membership

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s counter-terrorism unit, said it was a “unique” case and that there was no evidence Hannam abused his position “to further his extremist views”. The ideology of National Action was described in court as based on “Aryan purity” and a hatred of non-white groups, …

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‘Where is Andy Li?’: Campaign for missing HK activist

Hong Kong’s Correctional Services Department (CSD) would not comment on an individual case. Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam said it was up to people in custody to decide whether they wanted to see family members. “Our law enforcement department takes the law seriously,” she said. “Every detained person will …

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