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Last suppers: As lockdown looms, Melburnians sneak in one last outing

“Then we went home for espresso martinis,” she said, adding her friend’s mixology could come in handy during isolation. “We kinda knew we’d be stuck at home for a long time so we thought we’d go out and have a drink and enjoy our freedoms,” the 31-year-old Sportsbet marketing executive …

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‘Extremely disappointing’: Fears for winter season as junior sport shuts down again

Loading “It’s been a hard road to this point, but just as football was returning to our pitches, we’re again faced with lockdowns across Victoria,” Football Victoria president Kimon Taliadoros said in a video statement. “Football will be here for you once we navigate the crisis … we will need …

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Tower outbreak fears spark call to tackle public housing overcrowding

Residents would hopefully join the rest of the city under stage three restrictions this week, after five days of hard lockdown. Melbourne City Council has asked its management to urgently prepare pandemic plans for public housing estates in Carlton and Kensington. It noted there were other high-rise buildings in the …

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What alternative do we have in this crisis?

Pathetic in his insincere offer of bipartisan support, he was unable to offer it without a swipe at the Premier and the government. A six-week lockdown is not what any Victorian would want but considering the situation, what alternative does the government have if huge numbers of fatalities like we …

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Politics lies at the heart of the Victorian Health Department’s problems

Victoria does not have this structure. Instead we have a full-time CHO responsible for public health and a part-time CMO who is solely responsible for hospital care – both are in separate sections of the Health Department and are answerable to separate non-medical administrators who then decide whether to accept …

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Ex-police chief Ken Lay to lead consultations on Melbourne’s second injecting room

Mr Lay will work with health and drug reform experts, and consult with residents and traders on the government’s preferred location for the second trial – at the cohealth community health service, opposite the Queen Victoria Market in North Melbourne. Loading Market stallholders and residents have already expressed concerns about …

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Melburnians stock up again as supermarket giants call for calm

Major supermarkets assured customers supply would be maintained and stores would remain open. Workers at Woolworths in Hawthorn East and Coles in Richmond said there was a rush of customers in the late afternoon and early evening. Both workers said supermarkets were better prepared for over-buying and had extra stock …

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After all this, may better policies be enacted

Knock them down, start again It is touted as the best action to contain the further spread of COVID-19 in Victoria, but surely locking up thousands of Melbourne residents in the commission towers is cruel, inhumane and risks other heath issues arising for these residents, such as depression and mental …

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School break extended as state weighs return to remote learning

The Andrews government said it needed more time to gather advice from health experts before making a final ruling on whether schools would revert to remote learning, after the state reported 191 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday including 13 linked to schools. Several schools have been tied to fresh …

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