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Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:56:43 +1000
Coronavirus updates LIVE: 21 more deaths, 410 new cases in Victoria; Premier warns of harsher rules for NSW; Auckland back in lockdown
Victoria has recorded 21 deaths, a new high in the state's daily death toll, and 410 new cases, while NSW health authorities focus on a religious retreat that may have sparked a Sydney school cluster.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:53:47 +1000
Fifth male charged with murder over stabbing of Sydney concreter
Friends of Kevin Kourtis, 39, say they are bamboozled by his death, allegedly at the hands of five males in their teens and 20s at his home in Riverstone in May.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:49:37 +1000
'Just bulls--t': Palmer denies claiming $30 billion from WA in iron ore dispute
Mark McGowan: "He is trying to take our money. If he's successful that would mean mass closures of hospitals, of schools, of police stations."

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 14:16:05 +1000
'Like the Titanic': Aged care workers traumatised by deadly outbreak
Nurses and carers were experiencing “unspeakable grief” and "trauma", with members having no access to PPE and dealing with the stress and pressure of low levels of staff.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 13:48:08 +1000
Apologies after 'offensive' anti-LGBTIQ petitions enter council debate
The two petitions, containing "inaccurate" and "offensive" statements about the diverse community, were posted on the council website, sparking debate about the processes for approving and publishing public petitions.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:52:28 +1000
Aged care provider underpaid 9500 staff over six years
Uniting will pay $3.36 million it owed to thousands of carers and support workers at aged care homes in NSW and the ACT.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:19:16 +1000
Perth heart surgeon who performed 'sub-standard' surgeries avoids losing registration
Two of the patients later died, with the surgeon now banned from carrying out unsupervised cardiothoracic procedures.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:13:14 +1000
Liberals take aim over thousands exempt from WA's 14-day isolation rules
The state government revealed in Parliament on Tuesday night it had exempted 6661 people from the requirement to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 12:10:31 +1000
Dreamworld and WhiteWater World to reopen with discounted tickets
Visitors will see a number of changes including the closure of a number of areas and attractions, along with reduced capacity under a COVID-safe plan.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:59:27 +1000
Andrews pressed on his ADF evidence to pandemic probe
Fresh evidence from the Jobs Minister and Victoria's Emergency Management Commissioner has fuelled a stoush over the role of the ADF in Victoria's troubled hotel quarantine program.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:52:04 +1000
Man flees Queensland hotel quarantine five days before release
Police Minister Mark Ryan says officers are tracking down the 25-year-old, who fled his mandatory isolation in Toowoomba.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:33:48 +1000
Worst day for deaths in Victoria as active cases drop
Victoria has recorded 21 deaths in the past day, its worst of the pandemic, as well as 410 new cases.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:27:51 +1000
Where to get tested for coronavirus in Queensland
Coronavirus assessment centres have been established across Queensland.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:26:50 +1000
Actor Dan Wyllie pleads not guilty to assaulting wife
The Love My Way star's bail will continue, after he did not appear in court on Wednesday 'due to COVID'.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:23:01 +1000
More face masks in public or more restrictions, Berejiklian warns
The Premier has foreshadowed harsher restrictions if she doesn't see more people wearing face masks and businesses heeding COVIDSafe rules.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:22:26 +1000
Park section now a permanent memorial to Hannah Clarke and her children
Brisbane City Council approved the renaming of a section of the Camp Hill park in memory of the four, who were murdered by Ms Clarke's former partner.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 11:17:39 +1000
Brisbane to heat up before weekend storm in 'mixed lollies' forecast
The weather bureau describes the upcoming weather as "like a bag of mixed lollies" with "a rollercoaster" of conditions.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:57:43 +1000
Treasury forecasts relaxing restrictions in Victoria mid-September
Victoria's Treasury department's economic modelling for the year ahead assumes the state will loosen restrictions in September.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:46:43 +1000
Former neighbour charged with murder over Michelle Bright's death
Craig Henry Rumsby, 53, has been charged with the murder of country schoolgirl Michelle Bright more than 21 years ago after police increased their reward for information to $1 million on Monday.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 10:40:38 +1000
Whitehaven wins nod for plan to double Vickery's annual coal output
NSW's Independent Planning Commission has approved Whitehaven Coal's $607 million Vickery mine expansion in northern NSW while imposing 184 conditions.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 08:41:08 +1000
Hunt for man after Werribee sexual assault
A woman with an intellectual disability was sexually assaulted when she went missing in Melbourne's west. Police have released footage of a man they wish to speak with. 

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:57:48 +1000
Why 'wander out yonder' boom can't plug WA's multi-billion dollar tourism hole
Drive-able destinations and Broome are reporting booms in local visitor numbers but the state's hard border is still costing it billions in tourism revenue.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:57:33 +1000
Grape expectations? Big-name WA wineries lose fight to 'split' from Margaret River
Grape expectations has taken a new meaning after several pioneering wineries in Wilyabrup lost their fight to become a geographical indication within the wider Margaret River region – for now.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:44:19 +1000
Calls for eviction ban extension with rental market tightest since GFC
Vacancy data released by the Real Estate Institute of Queensland revealed that 70 per cent of the state's rental market was facing 'extremely tight' conditions.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 07:42:00 +1000
Police probe whether Caxton pub played part in Alfie's birthday breach
Police were looking into whether the pub switched off CCTV and ID scanners for recent birthday party attended by three club officials, Nine reports.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 05:00:00 +1000
Naked City podcast: Stalking a serial killer
Serial killer Peter Norris Dupas is serving a life sentence in prison. Police suspect he randomly killed six strangers.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:10:00 +1000
Provide free face masks for the poor
A pack of 50 disposable face masks can cost up to $60. That’s money the poor simply don’t have.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:01:00 +1000
Family of man found dead in detention 'highly offended' by minister's comments
Daniel Harvey, who died in a Broadmeadows detention centre on Monday, was fighting extradition to New Zealand after his criminal record prompted authorities to revoke his visa.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:01:00 +1000
SCG Trust plans for new fitness facilities spark 'land grab' claims
The powerful trust wants to build new facilities, including two pools, for its members next to the $828 million stadium under construction at Moore Park.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1000
Expert blows 'Ekka westerlies' myth into the wind
While the westerly winds are blowing even if the Ekka isn't being held, an expert climatologist says the idea of the "Ekka westerlies" is a myth.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1000
Ruby Princess inquiry snub reveals contempt for truth
The decision to shield Border Force officials from the Ruby Princess inquiry suggests the federal government has, by its own measure, something to hide.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1000
Co-scriptwriter of Crocodile Dundee, which started as 'Buffalo Jones'
Most of the brainstorming was done around Paul Hogan's pool in Belrose. Ken Shadie would come home with ideas on scraps of paper.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1000
Indigenous architects, artists to lead redevelopment of Cook's landing place
The $50 million redevelopment of the site where Captain Cook first clashed with Aboriginal Australians is at the centre of a government push to incorporate Indigenous culture into public spaces.

Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 +1000
Target and superquiz, Wednesday, August 12
Trivia buffs: test your knowledge with today's interactive superquiz and target.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:59:00 +1000
Directors' pay revealed as embattled icare remains in spotlight
It’s action stations inside embattled workers' compensation authority icare as it hunts for a new chief executive.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:45:00 +1000
Religious study retreat at centre of COVID-19 cluster
A study retreat is the suspected catalyst for a ballooning COVID-19 cluster linked to Tangara School for Girls, as Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns camps and excursions were a pandemic no-go.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:45:00 +1000
Experts warn popular ABC Reading Eggs app not all it's cracked up to be
A national body of experts in teaching children with learning difficulties has warned parents about using the hugely popular ABC Reading Eggs app.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:45:00 +1000
Coronavirus fears rise in disability homes after two deaths
Concerns about training and access to personal protective equipment are growing in residential care centres that cater to people with a disability.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:32:00 +1000
The pain of caring for our close ones, from afar
I wanted to put my arms around my mum when she was so frightened for the man she’s known for 70 years.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:00:00 +1000
'Magic' COVID milestone could be just around the corner
Experts say new daily coronavirus cases would have to drop drastically for restrictions to be eased, but this could happen within weeks, rather than months.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 23:00:00 +1000
Only real change will help us emerge from this economic crisis
Slashing income support, cutting wages, or cutting taxes won’t help Australia recover from this impending depression.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 22:08:10 +1000
As it happened: ADF repeatedly offered to assist Victorian quarantine: Defence Minister; 19 deaths for second day as Victoria records 331 new cases; NSW on alert
Australia has recorded another deadly day in the coronavirus pandemic but there are hopes Victoria's coronavirus case numbers are stabilising, as NSW is on alert for growing school clusters.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:14:30 +1000
Newlywed Bindi Irwin is expecting her first child
Celebrity wildlife campaigner Bindi Irwin has announced she is expecting her first child with husband Chandler Powell.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 21:00:00 +1000
Hitting isolation for six
The age of innocence is the place to pass the time.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:56:49 +1000
Uncertain answer leaves Premier facing more questions
Victorians enduring harsh restrictions to contain a COVID-19 surge that began in quarantine hotels might ask whether Daniel Andrews' mask is starting to slip.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:44:02 +1000
Junior league player charged over rugby league stabbing
Ratu Nanovo, 19, was released from Nepean Hospital on Tuesday afternoon, after which he was charged with three counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:41:49 +1000
'Conflicting' reports keep Brisbane's wooden ferries off-river
Brisbane lord mayor Adrian Schrinner tabled a host of reports, produced for the council and ferry operators Transdev by differing consultants that offered differing opinions on the ferries.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:39:18 +1000
'Can't believe I have got her back': Dachshund Pip reunited with family in Sydney
A moment of hesitation then it was licks of welcome for everyone.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 19:34:27 +1000
Clive Palmer chases $30 billion from WA government over iron ore dispute
The WA government will attempt to change legislation governing Clive Palmer's Mineralogy iron ore operations to thwart a damages claim it says could top $30 billion.

Tue, 11 Aug 2020 18:51:44 +1000
Federal government contradicts Andrews on key hotel quarantine question
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds contradicts the Premier in the most open disagreement since the COVID-19 pandemic began over an issue at the heart of Victoria's outbreak.