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Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:09:24 +1000
Melbourne businesses shell-shocked by 'devastating' stage 4 shutdowns
Thousands of Melbourne businesses reel after being ordered to shut their doors from Thursday, as the Victorian Government prepares to unveil tougher policing measures to enforce the city's stage 4 lockdown. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:49:21 +1000
If you think Melbourne's new lockdown is just a problem for Victoria, these economists say think again
The new stage 4 Melbourne lockdown will heap further economic pain on Australia, making the nation's past two recessions "look like child's play", according to a veteran bank chief economist who worked through both. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:32:06 +1000
Live: Victoria expected to record 439 new coronavirus cases
Premier Daniel Andrews is expected to speak shortly but the ABC understands Victoria will record about 439 new coronavirus cases today, similar to yesterday's total. Follow live.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:04:37 +1000
Wendy's afraid if she doesn't take cleaning jobs, she'll be kicked off JobSeeker again
Despite the crowded job market, JobSeeker recipients will again be asked to fulfil "mutual obligation" requirements, such as applying for jobs and undergoing training. For Victorians, the reprieve will last a little long...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:41:42 +1000
Analysis: As 'lockdown fatigue' sets in, two questions need an urgent answer
As Victorians face yet another long period of enforced lockdown, serious concerns are being raised about people's capacity to comply with the new orders and the mental health impacts of such prolonged social isolation, w...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:02:07 +1000
'I am at the mercy of fools': This is why Melburnians say it's time for harsher penalties
We asked our readers in Melbourne to tell us how they're dealing with stage 4 restrictions, why it's time for a crackdown — and what is giving them hope.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:13:41 +1000
The investigators who won a court case to look at Trump's taxes just hinted at what they could find
In a new court filing, investigators reveal they want to probe the taxes of the US President for "possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct". But don't expect them to release anything publicly. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:56:34 +1000
WHO warns there may never be a 'silver bullet' for COVID-19 and nations face a long road back to normality
The road out of COVID-19 is going to be a long one, World Health Organization officials say, with some countries warned they need to reset their approach to addressing the pandemic within their national borders. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:11:25 +1000
'NSW on a precipice,' Kerryn Phelps warns on Q+A
The former Australian Medical Association president issues a dire warning of a new wave of coronavirus infections and calls for the closure of the air border with Victoria and compulsory wearing of masks. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:46:27 +1000
Snow, frost, hail and rain as icy blast sweeps southern Australia
The weather is doing its best to encourage lockdown with a cold, wet, snowy blast, with snow expected at elevations as low as 400 metres in Victoria and 100 metres in Tasmania this week.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:49:59 +1000
Man accused of 'execution-style' Gold Coast murder found not guilty
A man accused of the "execution-style" killing of his business partner on the Gold Coast more than 20 years ago is found not guilty of murder.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:47:24 +1000
Queensland police to investigate how 'security contractor' was granted quarantine exemption
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk asks Queensland police to investigate how a man, who tested positive for coronavirus, was given a federal exemption to bypass hotel quarantine. It comes as three others are charged for alleg...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 10:16:38 +1000
'It will only take one person': Victoria's aged care outbreaks a wake-up call for everyone
While COVID-19 outbreaks in aged care homes have caused devastation in Melbourne and Sydney, other states have so far avoided the same fate — but operators are racing to learn everything they can before the killer viru...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 09:09:15 +1000
Lewis Hamilton hailed for 'mind-blowing' three-wheeled win at British grand prix
Imagine the speed of a Formula One car, then think about a driver completing the final lap on three working tyres in just 22 seconds slower than normal — that's what Lewis Hamilton did to win at Silverstone. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:17:09 +1000
Shoppers urged to be patient as Victorian coronavirus restrictions impact food supply
Victorians are being urged not to buy more meat and vegetables than they need, as the rise of COVID-19 cases across the state forces food processors to reduce staff numbers.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:07:51 +1000
Mental health websites aren't usually designed with people like Fiona McKenzie in mind. That's changing
People with an intellectual disability are more likely to suffer common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression than the general population, but until now there's been a dearth of resources designed to help t...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:21:33 +1000
'Tortured and unspectacular': New government body meant to boost relations with China beset by problems
Leaked emails and comments from diplomatic insiders reveal a new body set up by the Federal Government to boost relations with China is facing a lack of purpose and possible conflicts of interest among board members. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 07:39:49 +1000
Analysis: That'll do, pig, that'll do: The $351m blockbuster turns 25
I'd never heard of the book the film was based on, so at the time I went looking for the Babe film set I knew next to nothing about the story. It was nothing like any film set I'd seen, writes Daryl Sparkes. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:46:37 +1000
Former king of Spain to go into exile amid corruption investigation
Former king of Spain Juan Carlos I writes a letter revealing plans to leave the country, after the Supreme Court opens an investigation into alleged corruption involving Saudi Arabia.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 00:48:19 +1000
Coronavirus update: Top US expert warns against reopening schools in coronavirus hot spots
Top US infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci warns against reopening schools in coronavirus hot spots, and Singapore is making electronic monitoring devices mandatory for arriving travellers in quarantine. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 08:40:58 +1000
North Korea has 'probably' developed nuclear devices to fit ballistic missiles, says UN
Several countries believe Pyongyang has successfully developed "miniaturised" nuclear devices, according to a confidential UN report.

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 06:06:16 +1000
School hit by coronavirus outbreak closed all week, test delays stretch patience
Parklands Christian College, on Brisbane's southside, will remain closed until next week so teachers and students can undertake a further "testing regime" amid the latest coronavirus outbreak, as a surge in testing cause...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 03:29:53 +1000
Opinion: Melbourne is missing part of its identity with no sport during the coronavirus lockdown
Sport plays a significant role in the daily life of Melburnians and without it the city feels like Paris without romance, but it will be some time before Australia's 'sporting capital' regains that connection following t...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:46:37 +1000
Vatican downplays concerns about former Pope Benedict's health
The Vatican responds to a newspaper report that the former Pope Benedict is seriously ill by saying his condition is "not particularly worrying" and that he is overcoming a painful but not grave ailment. ...

Tue, 04 Aug 2020 05:26:52 +1000
Analysis: Cameron Smith will be missed but Melbourne Storm will find a way to step up during his absence
Cameron Smith has been part of the NRL furniture for years but while his shoulder injury is a big blow to the Storm, it also gives them a chance to work out how they play without him, writes Luke Lewis. ...