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Disabled woman gets COVID-19 after NDIA refuses sister’s care

But days later their worst fears came true and the support worker tested positive to COVID-19, followed by Ms Driver’s sister. Ms Driver said her sister, who lived alone in Melbourne’s inner north and was aged in her 40s, never would have caught the virus if the NDIA had approved …

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Man jailed over scheme to sell stolen jewellery as gold bullion

Loading “You thought you could do it without getting caught so you did,” Judge Johns said. “You were clearly aware detection of your crime would be extremely difficult given the fact the stolen property was unable to be identified once it was melted down. “It was clear you were integral …

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‘Missing middle’ leaves too many Victorians without mental health support

Martin Foley, Victoria’s Minister for Mental Health, said recently that the state’s mental health system “wasn’t fit for purpose” − in a rare moment of political truth-telling. He said it as the COVID-19 pandemic set itself to test the fitness of the mental health system in the same way it …

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Avoiding question of who funds retirement

Governments keep tinkering with super policyIf super was so super it wouldn’t need to be compulsory. Governments over the years have failed in their promise to keep it simple and not to tinker with it. The financial industry strongly supports compulsory super since they make money out of it. The …

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Moving the grand final makes sense

It’s time to rip the Band-Aid off. It’s going to hurt, a lot. The inevitable decision to move the AFL grand final from the MCG to another state is expected to be announced soon. For Victorians who relinquished any chance of seeing live football this season when the second surge …

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Heritage row erupts as early Robin Boyd home flagged for redevelopment

The council will write to Planning Minister Richard Wynne to ask that interim and permanent protections are extended to the home. In 2015 Boroondara’s councillors rejected advice to protect the home as they threw out a draft heritage study recommending protections for 26 properties and four precincts. Campaigners (from left) …

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General pulls rank on Premier’s quarantine claims

Breakouts from two quarantine hotels in Melbourne were identified in scientific evidence presented to the Coate inquiry on Tuesday as the source of nearly all cases in Victoria’s COVID-19 second wave, now responsible for more than 300 deaths. Dr Charles Alpren, an epidemiologist with Victoria’s Department of Health and Human …

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Bid to make Ikon Park the home of AFLW brought forward to make 2021 season

Loading The club will also be required to improve its proposed redevelopment to better fit with the local heritage in and around Princes Park, to make car parking consistent with the landscape character of the park and to minimise the noise and lighting impacts on neighbours. According to a report …

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Auditor-General to scrutinise Victoria’s mammoth coronavirus borrowing

Loading In his response to the opposition, Auditor-General Andrew Greaves said his office would investigate the Victorian government’s coronavirus borrowing plans this financial year. “Following a risk assessment, a review of past audit topics undertaken, areas of broader parliamentary interest and consideration of the value of different programs and investments, …

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Science and innovation must help fuel our post-COVID recovery

The vice-chancellors should consider supporting a Science Future Fund that would provide security in the medium-term for university researchers who face a deficit as the model of attracting international students to fund research is under threat. International students are extremely important to Australia and to our economy, contributing $40 billion …

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