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News: Australia

Suicide cluster highlights dangerous combination of social isolation and family violence for some migrant women

Sunday  02:07,   20 september 2020

When Priya arrived in Australia from India, she was totally dependent on her husband and cut off from the rest of the community. A coronial inquest has highlighted how such isolation can make women especially vulnerable.If it's not the ringing in... >>>

Victorian coronavirus healthcare workers not getting best PPE or more N95 masks amid shortage fears

Sunday  02:07,   20 september 2020

Victorian COVID-19 health workers are still not being provided with the best protective equipment because the numbers required would "burn through the supplies in one week", the state's Chief Medical Officer says in private meetings leaked to... >>>

Darwin's pre-WWII pianos play their own swan song as they become rare

Sunday  01:01,   20 september 2020

Old upright pianos in Australia are facing a tipping point as many have reached the end of their life. But quality never goes out of tune.It's most likely that those built more than 100 years ago have reached their use-by date because of what some... >>>

The coronavirus pandemic is testing — and building — our resilience

Sunday  00:11,   20 september 2020

The pandemic is an opportunity for building resilience, experts say. But why are some people better able to bounce back from stress and adversity than others, and how can we cultivate resilience in ourselves? These questions have taken on new... >>>

Victoria's path out of coronavirus lockdown involves us sticking to the plan — even if it isn't perfect

Sunday  00:11,   20 september 2020

As community transmission decreases, I see hospital case numbers steadily decline. But we're not near the finish line yet, writes Aaron Bloch.I never thought I would be helping plan and enact a hospital response to a once-in-a-hundred-year... >>>

'Flights to nowhere' and other ways travel junkies are getting their fix

Sunday  00:11,   20 september 2020

Apparently one of the big things that people miss while not being able to travel during the pandemic is actually flying on planes. When tickets costing between $787 and $3,787 went on sale this week for a Qantas sightseeing joy flight, on a 787... >>>

The Emmys livestream means no afterparties for Westworld nominee Patrick Clair

Sunday  00:11,   20 september 2020

One of our brightest Emmys exports, the seven-time nominee is up again this year for his title design work on Westworld.He won't be dressing up to watch the livestream ("that feels like it will be a step too... >>>

State poised to introduce new tourism voucher scheme

Sunday  00:06,   20 september 2020

The state government is poised to introduce a new tourism voucher scheme, encouraging people to book stays at regional and city hotels. But the plan is being slammed by the opposition which says it is significantly less than other states, and... >>>

Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track

Sunday  00:06,   20 september 2020

Victoria's daily infection rate is on track towards the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions come September 28, with more anti-lockdown protests expected.The state recorded 21 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, its lowest... >>>

Life's a beach for Melbourne during lockdown as people flock to sand

Saturday  21:01,   19 september 2020

Melburnians took advantage of the easing of lockdown restrictions with many heading to the beach to soak up the sun - while anti-lockdown protesters were arrested just ten minutes away.Dozens of residents were seen at Elwood Beach, in Brighton, on... >>>

Infected taxi driver picked up passengers for a week while infectious

Saturday  21:01,   19 september 2020

A desperate warning has been issued after taxi driver drove around Sydney for seven days while potentially infected with coronavirus. The warning was issued by NSW Health on Saturday night after the infected driver worked on September 8, 9, 10, 14,... >>>

Clive Palmer splurges on $8.3M yacht and gives it a very touching name

Saturday  20:11,   19 september 2020

Mr Palmer reportedly arrived at Hamilton Island, in Queensland's Whitsundays, last week aboard the 12-foot Sunseeker he purchased from a business.man in JulyMr Palmer reportedly arrived at Hamilton Island, in Queensland's Whitsundays, last week... >>>

Dog called Bear leads fight to save koalas from Australian bushfires

Saturday  18:46,   19 september 2020

Dog called Bear leads fight to save koalas from Australian bushfiresLed by Bear, a border collie and Australian cattle dog cross, Detection Dogs for Conservation saved more than 100 koalas in the country's worst summer of fires in decades from late... >>>

The NRL’s top eight is set, but the Roosters, Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm are heavy favourites

Saturday  18:46,   19 september 2020

Now the top eight is sorted, attention turns to who's going to win the NRL competition — and three teams are a cut above the rest, writes Luke Lewis.Looking at the eight, there are probably three or maybe four teams that can really stake their... >>>

Women in regional NSW finding access to abortion tougher during coronavirus pandemic

Saturday  18:46,   19 september 2020

When 23-year-old Hayley had an unplanned pregnancy, she discovered just how difficult it can be for women in regional NSW to get an abortion — a problem that the coronavirus pandemic has only made worse.The tertiary student lives in Wagga Wagga and... >>>