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Disability service quarantined, Mikakos confirms AFL crowd discussions

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said workers and clients from the service would be tested for COVID-19 as a precaution. “The day sessions are very small groups that might have only been perhaps two or three people together with this particular client in those sessions, but of course all of that …

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Disclosure charges against senior policeman ‘invalid’

Loading Details of the crimes were from Victoria Police information fact sheets and marked not to be released to the media, and investigators allege Senior Sergeant Lamb used his access to computers at the Frankston and Mornington police stations to leak the information for his own political gain. Senior Sergeant …

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Dean Laidley could plead guilty, his lawyer tells court

When magistrate Kieran Gilligan set the new date of December 14, he asked if it should be set as a plea hearing. Mr Stary replied “not yet”, but then said he was in talks with police about finalising the case. “There’s just one discussion that we still need to have. …

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Andrews flags fresh BRI deal, vows to ‘stay the course’ on China ties

Mr Andrews’ government has been under sustained attack for its existing deal with China from the Morrison federal government, the state opposition and national security commentators who all say the agreement offers little trade benefit, hands the Chinese Communist Party a propaganda victory and runs contrary to Australia’s national interests. …

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Victorians urged to stay vigilant despite long-weekend gatherings

Three people were fined in Victoria for breaching social restrictions over the long weekend and police conducted 2448 spot checks at homes and businesses. For just the second time since March, the state recorded no new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. The same thing happened on Saturday. There were two new …

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‘Demonic’: Woman faces man who killed husband in brutal backyard bashing

“I would have nightmares of how you violently bashed and bashed my defenceless husband to death,” she said. “Daniel Hounslow, do you have someone you love, and do you hold them dear to your heart? “Not only did you kill my husband but you killed me emotionally.” Dressed in a …

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Temperature checks, sanitiser and questions galore on first day back in class

“They’ve asked a lot about COVID-19. They seem to be pretty aware. Obviously they’ve been listening to their parents,” principal Tina McDougall said. Loading The nurses also gave each child a temperature check as they entered the school doors on Tuesday morning, along with a healthy dollop of hand sanitiser. …

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Man fronts court charged with murder of China Bar restaurant owner

Mr Wong sat calmly as magistrate Mia Stylianou told him he would be remanded until his next hearing, a committal mention, on October 12. Mr Chi’s body was found by his son after a “very violent” attack in his Lower Templestowe home. Vincent Chi.Credit:Victoria Police In the weeks after the …

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‘The biggest adrenalin rush’: Call to save brumby-catching heritage

Loading It is second nature to Mr Orchard and to the elite brumby-catching group he rides with, the Benambra Buck Runners. But it is also “the biggest adrenalin rush you’ll ever get in your life”. Mr Orchard said catching a brumby on Sunday in the bush near Benambra, 400 kilometres …

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La Trobe University staff vote yes to pay cuts to lessen jobs carnage

Loading A vote on the weekend of National Tertiary Education Union members employed at La Trobe resulted in 74.3 per cent of staff accepting the proposed variation to their enterprise agreement, while 25.7 per cent rejected the deal. The union’s national president, Alison Barnes, said it was “a hard decision …

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