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Mildura case puts in doubt lockdown reprieve for regional Victoria

COVID-19 response commander Jeroen Weimar explained the full breakdown of the 16 new local cases announced on Sunday. Five additional cases were linked to the Ms Frankie cafe, with one staff member and four patrons returning a positive result. Four new household contacts of the City of Hume outbreak. Three …

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Microphone moments and the subtle art of leadership

Mr Morrison’s coach will be working on his tendency to smile with his eyes and to lift one side of his mouth, even while saying something serious. It slips into a smirk. He is speaking directly to the journalists in the room, playing to his personal relationships with them while …

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Cemeteries could be places where we can all find some rest and peace

Researcher Samuel Holleran, a member of Melbourne University’s DeathTech research team, said new cemeteries were being designed with the needs of the community in mind. “There’s a growing recognition that what cemeteries can deliver best are things that planners are often looking for elsewhere: walk-ability and urban green space,” he …

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Morrison’s bleak winter as cities lock down and premiers play hardball

As brutal as it sounds in the midst of a health crisis, political hard heads in the federal government and opposition are also war gaming what the lockdowns in Sydney (in particular) and Melbourne could mean for the Coalition’s electoral fortunes. It’s a fiendish political calculus and the truth is …

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Nationals split on net zero as McCormack backs Morrison’s ‘preference’

The federal Nationals split over climate change policy has deepened, with former deputy prime minister Michael McCormack declaring he is “very comfortable” with Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s “preference” of adopting a net zero emissions target by 2050. In his first interview since losing the federal Nationals leadership on June 21, …

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Kevin from Queensland is here to help … with light relief

“I … used the call as an opportunity to ask Dr Bourla whether there was any possible way, given Pfizer’s current international contractual obligations, to advance the dispatch of significant quantities of the Pfizer vaccine to Australia as early as possible in the third quarter this year,” Rudd wrote. He …

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Making the nuclear case

Parnell, if you want to get smashed in the sunshine while stuffing yourself with junk-food that’s your business. No one else suffers but you. If, however, you transmit the highly infectious COVID Delta variant while you are doing it, then it becomes everyone else’s business. It’s called social responsibility.Dick Davies, …

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Shooting of Kosciuszko’s feral horses should be among options: scientific panel

Brumbies near Kiandra off the Snowy Mountain highway, Kosciuszko National Park. Credit:Joe Armao Loading Authorities in NSW have generally avoided shooting of horses following an outcry in 2000 after shooters killed more than 600 of the animals in the Guy Fawkes River National Park. Environmental groups and scientists say the …

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As world watched New York and Milan, Victoria tripled ICU capacity to avoid COVID nightmare

But opposition health spokeswoman Georgie Crozier said the government needed to explain how it would find the staff to operate the resource-intensive beds and questioned the large amount of spending. “We’re being vaccinated and were going into lockdown at 10 or 11 cases to eliminate the virus, so are we …

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