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Police use horses to push protest from Shrine of Remembrance

One woman, who would not share her name but she was from France, told media “we’re not criminal, we’re not doing anything wrong”. “Everyone here have families, they’re here with their friends, they don’t want to get arrested,” she said.“There’s so many people who would love to be here today …

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O’Bryan’s fall: How a legal eagle’s wings were clipped by greed

Yet this legal jet crashed in a fireball of greed, deception and intimidation – shredded in the very court where his family built a spotless reputation over 100 years. The father … Norman O’Bryan senior in 1971 outside the Supreme Court.Credit: Mark Elliott was a respected partner in the prestigious …

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CFA hopes sea- and tree-changers will bolster volunteer base

In 2010 the CFA had 36,736 operational volunteers, compared to 34,380 in 2018-19, with many having served for decades. Mr Cook said substantial new operational procedures had been introduced to prevent the spread of coronavirus, with firefighters expected to wear masks extensively – not just on the fireground – and …

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‘Special moments’: new dads learn life lessons in lockdown

Since becoming a dad in lockdown, Mr Schnellenberg, an account manager, has embraced working from home as an opportunity to be more actively involved in Levi’s development. “Turning around after a challenging meeting, scooping him up and then reading him a book, only to then be thanked with an ear-to-ear …

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Victoria could move to reopen as new cases largely restricted to health workers, experts say

Some experts disagree, however, with the Grattan Institute’s health policy expert Stephen Duckett saying the government should pursue a target of zero daily infections, which could not be achieved without another eight weeks of hard lockdown. Of Victoria’s 2060 active cases on Friday, 993 were related to aged care and …

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Protest gatherings are a risk to community health

We cannot have two different sets of rules, one for women who claim to be pregnant and one for everyone else. How would the police check such claims? Contrary to the current hysteria, the use of handcuffs on Zoe Buhler was brief, she was not hurt, and the police helped …

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Anti-lockdown protesters divided over planned Melbourne rally

“As much as we want to take to the streets, we must be logical, put our community first and postpone this event. This is about strategy and thinking ahead,” his post states. Anti-lockdown activists have drawn thousands of their followers onto encrypted messaging apps as Facebook blocks their social media …

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Victoria’s aged-care death toll soars as state records 81 new cases

A new report released by think tank the Grattan Institute says Victoria’s daily infection rate would almost certainly drop to zero if the city could bear another eight weeks of lockdown, calling on state and federal governments to set a target of zero daily infections. Its lead author, health economist …

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Man charged with stalking after female jogger stabbed in Melbourne’s north-west

The 18-year-old Gowanbrae man has been charged with intentionally causing serious injury, stalking, assault with a weapon, assault with intent to commit sexual assault and common law assault. Police at the scene of the alleged stabbing in Gowanbrae.Credit:Nine News He has also been charged in connection to an alleged sexual …

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Why we need to keep fighting this pandemic

For Tony Abbott to say that we should lift restrictions, that we are under a ‘‘health dictatorship’’ (The Age, 2/2), and to suggest we work out the number of deaths we can live with are among some of the stupidest comments I have come across. Without fighting this pandemic, many …

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