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Ethnic groups move to plug gaps in COVID messaging

For instance, a report published last month by the National COVID-19 Health and Research Advisory Committee raised concerns about the “ad-hoc” response to migrants and other high risk groups. Also last month, a survey of 200 people released by Melbourne not-for-profit community organisation Cohealth contained worrying signs, finding that almost …

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ADF to help with testing blitz, but there’ll be fewer boots on the ground

On Tuesday, the Premier said the military would not be required to assist with Victoria’s hotel quarantine system. The following day, the government said up to 1000 military personnel would be called in to assist, indicating the ADF would indeed have a role in hotel quarantine. But by Thursday evening, …

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Schools to reopen on December 30 as VCE results arrive in nick of time

Loading But the decision to delay exams in Victoria to compensate for disruptions caused by COVID-19 led the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority to push back the release of results until the day before New Year’s Eve. Several school principals who spoke to The Age said they had begun planning …

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Calls for suburb breakdown of virus transmission as ‘dangerous’ complacency fuels spread

“What is happening in Victoria is a real concern and second wave is a real possibility if we don’t turn things around now,” Professor Booy said. He said 95 per cent or more of Australians still had no immunity to COVID-19. “This is a bug that is going to continue …

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‘There was nothing’: Translation delay raises questions about virus information to migrant communities

“We felt discriminated … we didn’t have anything.” Ms Helu, a Tongan translator, said she first approached her local Wyndham City Council in April about the absence of government health information in her native Tongan tongue. She then contacted local state MP Sarah Connolly in May and again on June …

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Injunction again stops VicForests logging

Victoria’s government logging agency, VicForests, has again had a legal injunction halt its operations, after the Supreme Court heard allegations it had breached logging regulations in 14 coupes in the Central Highlands. This new court action places further pressure on the agency, which is now facing five court challenges from …

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Conor McKenna twist puts spotlight on COVID-19 testing

“That’s also possible. Or it’s a problem with the test … but that’s less likely.” AFL players, coaches and staff have been temperature tested daily as they visit their respective club headquarters, and tested with nasal swabs at least twice a week for the past month under strict AFL protocols. …

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Victoria ready to go it alone on workplace laws for the gig economy

“This data shows us just how much we rely on gig economy workers,” he said. “Our … inquiry will ensure we can plug the gaps and fix the inequities in the system to ensure these workers have the right to fair pay and safe working conditions.” The report found some …

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Sexual harassment is endemic across law and power is the problem

Perpetrators were almost always male, very often senior to the person they harassed, and most often senior members of the profession. Incidents of sexual harassment were often part of a pattern of behaviour, and perpetrators were known for having been involved in similar incidents – for the perpetrator’s behaviour to …

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