Disability support workforce struggling to keep up with growing demand

Anton Sagrillo lives in supported accommodation in Adelaide with round-the-clock care. Key points: Australia’s disability support workforce growth is not meeting an increase in demand Disability advocates say people with disabilities are often going without access to critical support Unpaid carers have warned they need more respite to look after themselves Even though he cannot […]

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Reopening borders gives hope to couples, but for some the uncertainty remains

Almost every day, Maud Mussared reads to her partner Nicholas Clifford-Hordacre over the phone. Key points: Couples divided by coronavirus lockdowns are coming up with unique ways to stay connected On July 17, the NT will ease restrictions for all interstate travellers, except those from hotspots Couples separated by international borders still face a long […]

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If Victoria went to 'stage 4' lockdowns, what could it look like?

As Victoria’s active coronavirus cases soared past 1,800 on Tuesday, Premier Daniel Andrews and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton issued warnings that further restrictions could be imposed on Melbourne residents. Neither went into detail about how the additional restrictions could work, but on Tuesday Professor Sutton said nothing was off the table if transmission rates […]

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From Katie Noonan in concert to a live horror film, the best Australian arts to stream this week

Galleries have reopened (albeit with reduced numbers and scheduled attendance) — and while live performing arts are returning to Queensland, it’s still far off for some states (sorry Victoria!) and it will be a little while yet until we can contemplate sweaty, shouty live music gigs. In the meantime, there is plenty of theatre, comedy, […]

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Queensland's year 12 students to get their formals as contact rules ease — but 'at this stage' there'll be no dancing

After six months of disruptions and uncertainty, school students across the state can finally look forward to a form of normality returning in term three. Key points: Year 12 students are happy and relieved formals will go ahead School sports and performances also have a green light The Education Minister praised the adaptability of teachers […]

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Melbourne Muslim community says the rising number of coronavirus cases has nothing to do with their religion

The Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) has warned against scapegoating the Muslim community for the rising number of coronavirus cases in Melbourne while backing calls from AFL star Bachar Houli for more people to get tested. Key points: The Islamic Council of Victoria says the Muslim community is not overrepresented in the coronavirus caseload Leaders […]

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Australia likely to join key naval exercise with India, US, Japan

Australia looks almost certain to join key naval exercises with India, the United States and Japan as the four democracies tighten military cooperation to stare down a rising China. Key points: Canberra is working to deepen Australia’s relationship with India and Japan Both Japan and the US have been enthusiastic about Australia joining the exercise […]

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Hundreds of you tell us getting mental health support outside cities is 'just too hard'

Mal Coutts scrolls through an old flip-top mobile phone, tallying up 47 calls, incoming and outgoing, from one day. “The need is just huge, especially now with this COVID-19.” Mr Coutts is a mental health outreach worker in western Victoria, a role he describes as a “gap-filler”. He is not a doctor, nor a psychologist […]

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A negative COVID-19 test 'does not mean you can breach self-isolation'. This research shows why

New research suggests more than 20 per cent of coronavirus cases are being missed by testing — known as “false negatives” — with one expert saying the results could require a rethink of Australia’s COVID-19 strategies. Key points: The research from Johns Hopkins University pooled the results from seven studies and a combined 1,300 test […]

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Saturday Night Live's Pete Davidson mines his life in Judd Apatow comedy of arrested development

Judd Apatow’s enduring survey of arrested masculinity finds its latest avatar in Pete Davidson, the Saturday Night Live comedian — and briefly, Ariana Grande-approved meme — who brings his real-life history to the 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up director’s first film in five years. Electrified by Davidson’s dark, confessional comedy, The King of Staten Island […]

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'Any parent would worry': As Al-Taqwa's COVID-19 cluster nears 150, parents question if schools should be open

As a healthcare worker, Shazeli Osman was acutely aware of the risks and ramifications of COVID-19. Key points: The number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Al-Taqwa College is approaching 150 The outbreak is causing some people to question whether it is safe for schools to be open Victorian state schools are returning for term […]

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As community transmission escalates in parts of Australia, it's important to recognise COVID-19's symptoms

With metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire in Victoria enduring another lockdown amid spiralling coronavirus cases, you might be getting that “here we go again” feeling. No sooner have restrictions lifted in various parts of Australia, it feels like they’re being reimposed just as quickly due to COVID-19 enjoying a resurgence in the southern parts […]

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Police patrol Sydney Krispy Kreme stores as 'nonsensical' promotion attracts huge crowds

NSW Police have branded a Krispy Kreme promotion as “nonsensical” as large groups of people queued for free doughnuts. Key points: Police say action will be taken if social distancing breaches occurred Krispy Kreme cancelled another promotion on Tuesday Businesses have been urged to “act responsibly” during the health crisis Police were called to patrol […]

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'A truly brilliant engineer': MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara dies aged 49

Former MythBusters co-host Grant Imahara has died suddenly aged 49 after reportedly suffering a brain aneurysm. His long-time MythBusters colleague, Adam Savage, paid tribute to the electronics and robotics expert on Twitter: Loading Imahara joined MythBusters in 2005, two years after the show started on Discovery Channel. He was a member of the “build team” […]

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Paedophile's 'manifestly inadequate' jail sentence for toilet attack to be appealed

South Australia’s most senior prosecutor will appeal the “manifestly inadequate” prison sentence handed to a man who sexually assaulted a young girl in an Adelaide toilet block, the state’s Attorney-General says. Key points: Hamzeh Bahrami sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in a Blair Athol toilet With sentencing discounts and time already served, he could apply […]

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Residents of remote NT community lose legal battle over uranium in water

Residents of the remote central Australian community of Laramba have lost a case against the Northern Territory Government over high levels of uranium in their drinking water. Key points: The tribunal ruled drinking water uranium levels were not the housing department’s responsibility The residents were seeking compensation over the contamination and also tap filters to […]

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Should we aim to eliminate COVID-19 from Australia? Some experts think so

Australia should change its COVID-19 strategy to a more ambitious “elimination” plan to stop the “endless game of groundhog day” of fighting ongoing outbreaks, some top public health experts say. Key points: Some experts say aiming to eliminate COVID-19 would limit disruptions to society down the track Most states and territories effectively eliminated community transmission […]

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Are 'pig pens' the future of the festival mosh pit?

“Pig pens” could replace heaving mosh pits at outdoor concerts and festivals as organisers navigate new coronavirus-safe regulations for major events, says an Australian mass-gathering expert. Key points: New COVID Safe Industry Plans released by the Queensland Government bring the curtain down on mosh pits Event organisers are looking to ‘pens’, pods and drive-in concerts […]

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Why coronavirus cases in Western Sydney are going to get worse before they get better

How the coronavirus cluster in Sydney’s south-west started remains under investigation, but when and where it may have spread has Australia’s largest metropolis on “high-alert” again. Key points: NSW told to brace itself for another five to 10 days in increases in cases Premier Gladys Berejiklian warns people in NSW to get used to outbreaks […]

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'The whole of NSW should be declared a hotspot': AMA NT calls for tougher restrictions

Australian Medical Association NT branch president Dr Robert Parker says “the whole of NSW” needs to be declared a COVID-19 hotspot and travellers from the state barred from entering the Northern Territory. Key points: Queensland Health today declared coronavirus hotspots in several areas of New South Wales Dr Parker wants the NT Government to declare […]

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Jazz musician James Morrison writes reference for student who admitted indecent assault

Australian jazz musician James Morrison has written a character reference for an American saxophonist who indecently assaulted a woman while studying at a prestigious South Australian music academy. Key points: Matthew Allen Harkins was a student at the James Morrison Academy when the assault took place Harkins faces a maximum of eight years in jail […]

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1,000 ADF members sent to Victoria to help 'inevitable number of paramedics' who will have to quarantine

Paramedics will soon share their ambulances with the army as 1,000 Australian Defence Force (ADF) members are sent to Victoria to help stop the spread of coronavirus. The state’s Premier Daniel Andrews said at a press conference earlier today, he had struck an agreement with Prime Minister Scott Morrison for a 1,000-strong team of ADF […]

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Ten-minute trip to hospital 'took me three hours', Coolangatta hairdresser says

A Coolangatta hairdresser says a 10-minute trip to drive her mum to hospital for a cancer appointment ended up taking three hours because of significant delays at border checkpoints. Key points: She’s one of many Gold Coast commuters who are becoming increasingly frustrated with ongoing traffic congestion and blown-out travel times. Hairdresser Amanda Mccallum regularly […]

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Falls Festival cancelled in Tasmania, but organisers say they'll go ahead in other states

Falls Festival organisers have cancelled their Marion Bay event in southern Tasmania, in another blow to the state’s New Year calendar. Organisers confirmed the news in a statement on Tuesday, saying they had made the “difficult decision” after “much consideration”. “During these unprecedented times, and like most industries, we must adjust our business operations to […]

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NRL says no for now to QLD-based league but tightens restrictions after COVID-19 outbreak

The Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) has opted against sending all teams to Queensland in response to the latest COVID-19 outbreak in Sydney. However, the ALRC has moved the other 12 clubs back under the original biosecurity controls put in place after the season went into lockdown. Key points: The Queensland Government declared coronavirus hotspots […]

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All Victorian passengers arriving in WA to be tested for coronavirus at Perth Airport

The WA Government is “doubling down” on its tough measures for interstate travellers, requiring all passengers from Victoria be tested for coronavirus at the airport while considering further restrictions on travellers from New South Wales. Key points: Victorian arrivals will be tested at Perth Airport and again 10 days later 29,000 exemptions for travel from […]

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Number of coronavirus cases linked to Sydney pub rises to 30 after two test positive at gym

The number of COVID-19 cases linked to the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney’s south-west has risen to 30 after two more infections were confirmed. Key points: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian warned her state would not be “COVID free” any time soon An infected person visited an aged-care facility in Sydney’s south-west Several businesses in the area […]

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California shuts businesses again as coronavirus cases start to overwhelm hospitals

California’s Governor has ordered a retreat from the state’s economic reopening as coronavirus cases soar, shutting bars and banning indoor restaurant dining statewide, while closing churches, gyms and hair salons in the hardest-hit counties. Key points: California recorded 8,358 new coronavirus cases on Sunday The statewide order follows a shutdown earlier this month affecting only […]

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Ghislaine Maxwell acted as 'hunter' for Jeffrey Epstein, says lawyer for alleged victims

A lawyer representing women who have accused Jeffrey Epstein of sexual abuse alleges Ghislaine Maxwell preyed on young girls for the financier. Key points: Ghislaine Maxwell is accused of preying on young girls for Jeffrey Epstein Epstein died in custody in 2019 after being arrested on sex trafficking charges Maxwell was arrested in early July […]

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'It's just a big game of hide and seek for them': The dogs that do the work of 40 humans

Teenagers Beatrice Walladge and Sophie Western have been jointly named South Australia’s State Emergency Services (SES) cadets of the year after training their kelpies to become fully operational search dogs in just nine months. Key points: Two teenaged Loxton SES recruits jointly named SA cadets of the year after training kelpies as search dogs There […]

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Live: NSW Now: Villawood guards' visit to Crossroads Hotel under spotlight, severe weather warning for Sydney

Here’s what you need to know this morning. Villawood guards pub visit Refugee advocates have called on authorities to explain whether guards from Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre worked shifts at the facility after attending the Crossroads Hotel in Sydney’s south west, the site of a coronavirus cluster. The Australian Border Force (ABF) has confirmed […]

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'The only thing I could do was cry': How burnout forced this designer to rethink her approach to work and boundaries

Marie-Cécile Godwin remembers the day her burnout felt real. “I woke up and nothing was possible anymore. I was literally stuck in my bed,” she recalls. “The only thing I could do was mostly cry. It took me a few hours to get out, and another couple to even have a shower.” It wasn’t just […]

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'Dancing around and squealing': Rare glossy black-cockatoo sightings spark excitement and concern

Birdwatchers in New South Wales say they’re excited to have spotted the rare glossy black-cockatoo in areas where the birds aren’t usually seen, but warn it’s a sign of serious challenges for the species. Key points: Glossy black-cockatoos have been sighted in inland towns such as Bathurst and Lake Cargelligo The glossy black-cockatoo is listed […]

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