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Centrelink office to remain after government reverses decision

When news of the closure emerged on Wednesday, the federal Opposition and Greens, along with welfare groups and unions, savaged the decision to close the office. The federal MP for Melbourne, Greens leader Adam Bandt, said the lease extension was a “big win” and called on the government to commit …

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Golf club vandals spray swastikas on fourth green in ‘chilling’ attack

“We’re cleaning it off at the moment and covering it up with turf paint so that people aren’t exposed to it,” he said. Attorney-General Jill Hennessy, who has commissioned a review into banning Nazi paraphernalia and symbols such as swastikas, said the perpetrators should be ashamed of themselves and that …

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Victoria’s largest COVID-19 cluster grows with three new Cedar Meats cases

Health authorities also added two older cases to the tally of infections from community transmission, where the source is unknown. There are now 168 known cases of community transmission in Victoria. There are 88 active cases in the state, 1473 people have recovered from the virus and the death toll …

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Crime during lockdown hits lowest daily average in six years

Loading “Overall, we’ve seen significant decreases in a whole range of categories throughout that April period,” Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said on Thursday. “It stands to reason that when you are not seeing as many people out [there is] less opportunity, less people who can potentially be victims.” He said …

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‘This could annihilate them’: producers under threat amid China export tension

Mr Micallef established his winery in 2007 and was hoping China would be a key plank in expansion plans after Australia last year overtook France as the No. 1 wine exporter to China. Loading Mr Micallef said that while he supported Australia’s push for an inquiry into COVID-19, his business …

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Eventer accused of raping fellow rider charged with alleged stalking

At the time, Mr Buczak was supported in court by Ms McDonough, who is also heavily involved in the horse riding industry. On Wednesday a Victoria Police spokesman confirmed Frankston Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team investigators had recently charged four people with stalking and related offences allegedly committed …

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Scores more jobs axed on West Gate Tunnel project amid soil crisis

It comes a week after 230 jobs on the project were axed, with the toll road’s builders warning 400 workers were at risk of losing their jobs in the coming weeks if a solution to the soil crisis was not found. Loading In January, 140 tunnelling workers were sacked after …

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Abbotsford Centrelink office shut in ‘savage attack on people in need’

“Closing a major Centrelink office with just over a day’s notice, while the country suffers Depression-era joblessness is utter incompetence and a savage attack on people in need.” Services Australia General Manager Hank Jongen said the agency would continue to provide face-to-face services to people who required support at South …

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Truck driver who killed police officer knew his brakes weren’t working

The 14-tonne Isuzu truck, owned by Ermes Transport, had a record of shoddy maintenance by an unqualified mechanic, but Singh initially denied knowing about any problems. The 30-year-old pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death on the eve of his third trial attempt in March. Constable De Leo’s devastated partner …

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Construction worker at Brighton private school and healthcare workers test positive

St Leonard’s College in Brighton.Credit:St Leonard’s The ADCO Construction worker was believed to be asymptomatic. He was tested last Tuesday and received his positive result a week later. He probably had close contact with two fellow workers, the company’s chief executive said. St Leonard’s principal Stuart Davis said in a …

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