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Judge insists government must share its legal advice on keeping curfew

The government tried to claim the advice was subject to lawyer-client privilege and should not be provided. But Justice Ginnane found that because the advice was mentioned in Associate Professor Giles’ affidavit and influenced her “state of mind”, a fact at issue in the case, they had to be given …

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Hotel quarantine inquiry LIVE updates: Victorian MP Jenny Mikakos disputes Health Department’s responsibility for guard quarantine procedures

You can watch today’s hearing live right here from 10am: Ms Mikakos finished her evidence with an exchange with the head of the inquiry, Justice Jennifer Coate, about the role of the Australian Defence Force. The minister said her department were considering bringing in troops on June 24, after the …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records 15 COVID-19 cases as US death toll surpasses 200,000; Australia secures COVAX agreement as nation’s death toll jumps to 859

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has stepped up for his daily press conference (you can watch it live in the pinned post at the top of this blog). As we reported earlier, 15 new cases of COVID-19 have been recorded in the state over the past 24 hours and sadly five …

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Hotel quarantine inquiry LIVE updates: Lisa Neville to front hearings; Martin Pakula not aware of departmental concerns over ‘rogue guards’

You can watch today’s hearing live, below: Jobs Minister Martin Pakula and Police Minister Lisa Neville have both pointed the finger at the Health Department, saying it was in charge of the hotel quarantine program that led to Victoria’s second coronavirus wave. It comes just a day after Health Department …

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Government staffer escorted to Parliament House where she has been storing former MP’s hard drive: ICAC

The secretary for the NSW government whip has been storing the computer hard drive of former Liberal MP Daryl Maguire in her Parliament House office since he asked her to arrange for it to be “lost in the post” around the time he appeared before a corruption inquiry in 2018. …

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‘Pioneer and visionary’: Octagonal and Lonhro owner Bob Ingham dies aged 88

Known as the chicken kings within racing circles, they established Crown Lodge stable and the Woodlands Stud, which was the biggest racing and breeding operation in the country. When the Inghams’ father died he left his sons a broodmare, Valiant Rose. From that small beginning Woodlands Stud emerged. Their cerise …

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Astro Kid’s space jaunt is an engaging journey

ASTRO KIDG, 89 minutes, now showing★★★½There’s little that’s original about this animated space adventure from French director Eric Tosti.Willy, its 10-year-old hero has the same wide-eyed expression that characterises all kids in manga movies and his robot companion looks like a close relative of R2-D2 but the film’s pace and …

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‘If you think something is important, you have to have a go’

“But that,” she said, “didn’t stop me learning for the rest of my life by reading books and listening to people who had interesting and enlightening things to say.” She worked on the farm where there was no electricity or powered equipment in the early days, “so milking by hand, …

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Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria records 28 COVID-19 cases as SA to reopen border to NSW; Qld border bubble extended as Australian death toll jumps to 854

The mayor of one of the five local government areas now included in Queensland’s border zone says the decision is “a relief” for residents. From October 1, residents in Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Richmond Valley and Glen Innes can join those in Moree as part of the Queensland government’s NSW border …

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Puppy farm sting: Strawberry the boxer left to rot while her puppies were sold to Claremont pet shop

Loading In 2015, the NSW property was raided by the RSPCA, which handed the investigation over to the local council, which then brought hundreds of charges for farming with 300 unlicensed breeding dogs in what were described as appalling conditions. The matter with the council was later settled out of …

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