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Government received aged care workforce warning months ago

“When the first case was diagnosed, many personal carers stayed away from work and others were distressed and fearful; all were quarantined for two weeks,” says the report by Professor Lyn Gilbert, a former director of infection prevention and control for the Western Sydney Local Health District. “Early in the …

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‘More violence in more homes’: Jump in family violence during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns to deal with it have led to a big spike in domestic violence and other forms of abuse, with two-thirds of victims reporting violence for the first time. “There has been more violence in more Australian homes. The severity of violence has increased and COVID …

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Free dose for every Aussie: Agreement to buy Oxford vaccine if it works

Mr Morrison said the Oxford trial was in a phase-three stage and warned more work was needed to prove its viability. He said if the vaccine proved successful, Australia would manufacture and supply vaccines “straight away under our own steam”. “The Oxford vaccine is one of the most advanced and …

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Electric vehicle policy attracts ‘dirty vehicles’ to Australia: report

Flaws in federal government policy will stifle growth in Australia’s electric vehicle market and extend the popularity of fuel-powered cars beyond that in other developed nations, the Electric Vehicle Council says, but their key policy proposal has been rejected by the Deputy Prime Minister. Electric vehicles comprise less than 1 …

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Quad bikes fatality spike ‘incredibly concerning’: consumer watchdog

Already 14 people have died riding quad bikes on Australian farms in 2020, nearly double the total for 2019, prompting a consumer watchdog warning to drive carefully and fit safety devices to vehicles. Quad bikes are the leading cause of farm deaths. There have been 150 fatalities since 2011, six …

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‘Barbaric’ footage shows Australian cattle slaughtered illegally in Indonesia

Slaughter without stunning is allowed in some circumstances but not when animals are kept in Mark I boxes as shown in the footage. The boxes were banned after a review by Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer. The cattle were slaughtered and left to bleed out without being stunned.Credit:Animals Australia The footage …

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No pension increase in September

He could not say how long pensioners would have to wait until their payments did go up. Loading “I’m not in a position to say that because we have to wait to see the broader economic outcomes,” he said. JobSeeker payments, which mostly go to unemployed people, also won’t rise …

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Indigenous rapper accuses the ABC of censorship

“So if we’ve done that, we can’t just pick parts of our history that we want to recognise and bury the others. If in World War II we fought against genocide, yet we don’t recognise the genocide in our own country, that’s a double standard. “I was basically censored in …

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Morrison asks state premiers for urgent solutions to border problems

Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age that many regional communities had been “smashed” because of the hasty decisions of state governments. “I appreciate premiers make decisions in some cases, at a moment’s notice, but the problems are taking a big toll,” he said. …

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