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‘Dangerous situation’: Cases of COVID-19 with unknown source tap new high

Loading That equates to 42 people for whom the infection source could not be traced, a higher number than in any seven-day period over the course of the pandemic. These figures are based on the last seven days for which there is detailed data, but the health department sometimes revises …

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Andrews calls in the troops, then retreats

With Victoria struggling to contain the spread of the virus in homes and some neighbourhoods, military expertise will be readily welcomed on the suburban front line. Yet, the confusion and missteps surrounding their deployment revealed something rarely seen in this pandemic – an Andrews government uncertain of its next move. …

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Victoria’s tourist hotspots to check visitors’ temperatures over holidays

“Victorians are looking forward to a well-earned break and tourism operators need every bit of support we can provide to them, but public health has to remain our top priority,” Mr Pakula said. Christina Adams, owner of Marysville Caravan and Holiday Park north-east of Melbourne, said that after a wretched …

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Students call for shorter classes, less work in post-COVID classrooms

“So we’ve maintained it; the school system is so fast and your day goes from bell to bell, it’s really about slowing down, giving them that little extra time between classes. “Our girls have really appreciated it.” Ms Heffernan said a reduced assessment load allowed students to dig further into …

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We all have vital role in tackling virus surge

After a barrage of headlines revealing alleged rampant branch stacking and abusive and misogynistic language by right-wing powerbroker Adem Somyurek, Mr Andrews was in desperate need of a circuit-breaker. The virus outbreaks gave him a chance to return to the “Premier in charge” persona that had burnished his reputation. While …

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CFA boss resigns ahead of controversial fire services merger

Steve Warrington, then Acting Chief Officer of the CFA, in 2009.Credit:Penny Stephens The new professionals-only agency will run metropolitan fire services, replacing the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. It will take control of the 38 professional CFA brigades at “integrated” stations that are currently shared by the professional CFA firefighters and CFA …

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Planning minister repeatedly warned over Casey rezoning

including allegedly corrupt payments of almost $1.2 million to two Casey councillors and the showering of councillors and state MPs and candidates with cash and gifts. The documents show that Mr Wynne’s department repeatedly advised him against agreeing to Casey Council’s request for a rezoning process for the Cranbourne West …

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Man charged following Melbourne stabbing death of Machar Kot

“I had never come across anyone who didn’t admire Machar,” Ms Kot, 19, said on Wednesday. Machar Kot, 21, was fatally stabbed outside The Oaks on Market hotel in Melbourne’s CBD. Credit:Facebook “He was always smiling, telling jokes, telling stories and had the most goofiest, contagious laugh.” She said her …

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Balance needed on new gig worker laws

Next time you get take-away delivered to your home, it’s worth taking a moment to reflect on the person who delivered the food. While the task of getting the meal to your door is relatively simple, the manner in which that person is employed has become one of the most …

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