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News: Australia

Fears Australia's incompetent snake catchers putting lives at risk

Monday  04:26,   26 october 2020

Seasoned herpetologist Jonathan Lucas said aspiring snake handlers can now get automatically approved to respond to call-outs by the Queensland government's online system.Seasoned Brisbane herpetologist Jonathan Lucas said aspiring snake... >>>

More storms on the way for south-east Queensland

Monday  04:26,   26 october 2020

Dozens of homes remain without power after a severe storm brought down powerlines and trees.Dozens of homes remain without power after a line of severe storms brought down powerlines yesterday... >>>

Police call off search for Victorian man missing in national park near Katherine Gorge

Monday  04:26,   26 october 2020

Daymon Ness went on a walk alone in Nitmiluk National Park on Tuesday and hasn't been seen since. His parents flew to Darwin after learning he was missing and are currently in quarantine.Police say Mr Ness, 30, has not been seen since he went... >>>

NSW reports one locally acquired COVID-19 case after three-day run of no community infections

Monday  03:26,   26 october 2020

NSW breaks its three-day streak of no locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, with one new local infection reported today. The new case today is a household contact of a previously reported case linked to the Oran Park community cluster in south-west... >>>

Qatar airport incident in which women were invasively searched reported to Australian Federal Police

Monday  03:26,   26 october 2020

The incident in which Australian women were invasively searched following the discover of a newborn baby in a Qatari airport is reported to the Australian Federal Police.Foreign Minister Marise Payne said it was "a grossly, grossly disturbing,... >>>

Australia's corporate watchdog deputy chair resigns amid expenses scandal

Monday  02:30,   26 october 2020

Australia's corporate watchdog deputy chair resigns amid expenses scandalSYDNEY (Reuters) - The deputy chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) resigned on Monday amid an expenses scandal that has engulfed senior... >>>

Australian shares rise, as Coca-Cola Amatil receives $9.3b takeover bid

Monday  02:30,   26 october 2020

Australian shares rise in early trade, while Westpac announces a $1.2 billion hit to its cash earnings, and Coca-Cola European Partners makes a $9.3b offer to buy a majority stake in Amatil.By 10:55am AEDT, the benchmark ASX 200 index was up 0.5 per >>>

Meet the Aussies who are obsessed with dolls — even the creepy ones

Monday  02:30,   26 october 2020

Silvia Heszterenyiova makes reborn dolls that come with birth certificates and look real enough to be tutted over in shopping centres. While her passion may seem niche, she's far from alone.They're not human, of course — they're doll parts, made >>>

Doctor recalls frantic effort to save shark attack victim off north Queensland coast

Monday  01:30,   26 october 2020

A doctor who helped treat shark attack victim, Richard Bettua, off the north Queensland coast yesterday recalls the frantic efforts to save him as he drifted in and out of consciousness.Mr Bettua, 59, was spearfishing with a friend off Britomart... >>>

Queensland Year 12 students overcome coronavirus chaos to sit for ATAR exams for the first time

Monday  01:26,   26 october 2020

More than 37,000 Queensland Year 12 students are embarking on crucial external exams for the first time in the state, rounding off a senior year dominated by COVID-19 chaos.The so-called "guinea pig" cohort will join graduates around the country in... >>>

One woman's story of bouncing back from financial abuse

Monday  01:26,   26 october 2020

A story of resilience and hope."I didn't get married until I was 34, and I was very self-sufficient and independent until then," she says. "I didn't have to worry about money. Until the children came and then the begging... >>>

Victoria records ZERO new coronavirus cases or deaths

Monday  01:25,   26 october 2020

Premier Daniel Andrews on Sunday announced easing of restrictions would be 'paused' while health authorities awaited the results of more than 1,000 critical tests.Mr Andrews on Sunday announced easing of restrictions would be 'paused' while... >>>

Gourmet Traveller Hospitality Honours List 2020: quarantini time

Monday  00:31,   26 october 2020

A toast to the clever booze offerings that helped us see our glasses as half full instead of half empty.The Everleigh Bottling Co. released two "volumes" of the Melbourne Mixtape – a mixed pack of ready-to-drink cocktails from some of the city's... >>>

No new COVID-19 cases found in Melbourne's northern cluster

Monday  00:26,   26 october 2020

No new coronavirus cases have been found so far in the Melbourne cluster blamed for restrictions in the city being kept in place. Health officials say 2000 people were tested overnight in the city's north, on top of 15,000 already tested, and so... >>>

Victoria records no new COVID-19 cases and no further deaths

Monday  00:26,   26 october 2020

Victoria has recorded no new COVID-19 cases and no deaths.Cases with unknown source are down, and the 14-day rolling average in Melbourne has fallen. This remains stable in regional... >>>