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SA pizza bar worker breaks silence

<p>The Spanish national accused of lying to South Australian contact tracers and prompting the nation’s hardest lockdown has expressed remorse for his actions.</p> <p>Speaking for the first time since news broke that a worker of the Woodville Pizza Bar misled the state’s authorities, the man said - via his lawyer - that he was apologetic for any consequences caused by his actions.</p> <p>Last week South Australia announced a six-day lockdown that would be the country’s hardest and shortest - but just three days later, it was announced that it would be over after finding out a worker had misled contract tracers.</p> <p>He reportedly let them know that he purchased a pizza from the shop, but the truth was he worked there.</p> <p>The man’s lawyer Scott Jelbert of Camena Legal said his client did not mean to cause harm with he information he gave contact tracers.</p> <p>"My client is in quarantine and I make this brief statement on his behalf. He is extremely remorseful and deeply sorry for any part his conduct played in any unnecessary lock-down actions," Scott Jelbert said in a statement.</p> <p>"He did not foresee or intend that things might unfold as they have.</p> <p>"Since entering quarantine he has had limited information about government media releases, public opinion and social media."</p> <p>But Mr Jelbert said some of the information circulating about his client was incorrect.</p> <p>"I am however instructed that some information is not fair, accurate or complete notwithstanding the State Government's comments, and he is concerned he has been all but publicly named," Mr Jelbert said.</p> <p>"My client's current focus is on cooperating with the authorities and completing quarantine.</p> <p>"He is sincerely concerned about the impact of the lock-down on South Australians.</p> <p>"My client has not been charged with any breach of the law but in the circumstances, including that such charges may emerge, no further comment about those matters is appropriate at this time."</p>

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“The greatest of all”: Maradona dead at age 60

<p>The football world is paying honour to one of the game’s best-ever players after Diego Maradona died aged 60 on Thursday.</p> <p>He become renowned for leading the win for Argentina in the <em>World Cup</em> in 1986.</p> <p>The country's president, Alberto Fernandez, has declared three national days of mourning for the World Cup Winner.</p> <p>Fernéndez told media he was “incredibly sad” over the death of Maradona.</p> <p>The football world united to pay tribute to one of the game’s greatest-ever players after Argentine legend Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 on Thursday.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838927/diego-maradona.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8de706950c1e427a9300b96654e2be20" /></p> <p>He won the club’s only two Series A titles and as a result became one of the most beloved men in his homeland and Napoli in Italy.</p> <p>Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo has hailed Maradona as a true icon.</p> <p>“Today I say goodbye to a friend and the world says goodbye to an eternal genius,” Ronaldo tweeted.</p> <p>“One of the best ever. An unparalleled magician. He leaves too soon, but leaves a legacy without limits and a void that will never be filled. Rest in peace, ace. You will never be forgotten.”</p> <p>Messi, who took over after the Argentina’s leading player, shared a heartfelt post on Instagram.</p> <p>“A very sad day for all Argentines and for football. He leaves us but does not leave, because Diego is eternal,” Messi said.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIBeukIlowA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIBeukIlowA/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“I keep all the beautiful moments lived with him and I wanted to take the opportunity to send my condolences to all his family and friends.</p> <p>His former teams also paid homage to the star.</p> <p>“You are eternal in every heart in world football,” the Twitter account of the Argentina national team wrote on Twitter alongside a picture of Maradona holding the World Cup.</p> <p>Napoli’s Twitter said: “Always in our hearts, Ciao Diego.”</p> <p>Boca posted: “Eternal thanks. Eternal Diego.”</p> <p>Fellow celebrity Greg Lineker also took to social media to remember Maradona.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">ARGENTINA: Football legend Maradona dead at 60 <a href="https://t.co/OF5n07ksXf">pic.twitter.com/OF5n07ksXf</a></p> — AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFPphoto/status/1331638885810581517?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 25, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time,” he said.</p> <p>“After a blessed but troubled life, hopefully he’ll finally find some comfort in the hands of God. #RipDiego.”</p>

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Meghan Markle opens up about "unbearable grief"

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she had a miscarriage in July, and shared her experience in a piece for<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/25/opinion/meghan-markle-miscarriage.html?action=click&amp;module=Opinion&amp;pgtype=Homepage" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em></a>.</p> <p>She said she had a feeling of "an almost unbearable grief" and explained her reason for sharing something so personal.</p> <p>"I knew, as I clutched my firstborn child, that I was losing my second," she wrote.</p> <p>The Duchess felt a "sharp cramp" while looking after her son Archie, who was born on 6th May 2019.</p> <p>"Hours later, I lay in a hospital bed, holding my husband’s hand. I felt the clamminess of his palm and kissed his knuckles, wet from both our tears. Staring at the cold white walls, my eyes glazed over. I tried to imagine how we’d heal."</p> <p>She's urged people to "commit to asking others 'are you okay?" over the Thanksgiving holidays in the US.</p> <p>An insider confirmed to the<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-55068783" target="_blank"><em>BBC</em></a><span> </span>that Meghan is currently in good health despite going through the miscarriage.</p> <p>A Buckingham Palace spokesman said: "It's a deeply personal matter we would not comment on."</p> <p>Clea Harmer, chief executive of stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands, said that it was a "sad reality" that there was a stigma around pregnancy loss and baby death.</p> <p>"The isolation we have all felt this year has made it even more difficult for parents whose baby has died during the Covid-19 pandemic and has brought back painful emotions for all those who have lost precious loved ones," she said.</p> <p>Dr Christine Ekechi, of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said it was "important" that any stigma or shame surrounding this issue was removed.</p> <p>"Sadly, early miscarriages are very common and they can be a devastating loss for parents and their families," she said.</p> <p>And Alice Weeden, from charity the Miscarriage Association, told the BBC: "When somebody, particularly in the public eye, talks about it openly, it's helpful for other people to know that they are not alone."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Did it break you?”: Daniel Andrews braces himself before answering deeply personal question

<p>Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews took a long pause this morning before revealing how he personally coped in the last five months of hard lockdown and all the criticism he was faced with due to his response to the pandemic.</p> <p>The moment came as he was being interviewed by Karl Stefanovic on the Today show, and was asked whether he struggled handling the health crisis that claimed 819 Victorian lives.</p> <p>"Did it ever break you at any point, the pressure? Did it break you personally with your family?" Stefanovic asked.</p> <p>Andrews steeled himself before answering.</p> <p>"These are not easy jobs, and this is not an easy time," Andrews said.</p> <p>"The challenge of leadership (is) to have a clear strategy and not to be distracted by the loudest voices, not to be run around the place by critics, but to have the courage of your convictions and get the job done.</p> <p>"That is what we have done. We have built a precious thing, (but) this is not over," he said, before adding 25 days of zero cases is not equal to a vaccine.</p> <p>Over the last five months, Andrews has dealt with an extreme amount of criticism as Melbourne plunged into a hard lockdown.</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted to clashing with the Victorian leader, stating they had disagreements over "difficult issues".</p> <p>Stefanovic asked Andrews what it was like dealing with such pressure.</p> <p>"On a personal note Dan, in the past months you have faced enormous criticism. How do you deal with that?" he asked.</p> <p>Andrews said it is just part of his job.</p> <p>"That's the job that I have. That's to lead the state; be responsible for the things that go well, and the things that don't," he said.</p> <p>"I send my condolences and sympathies to every family who has lost someone.</p> <p>"It is a wildly infectious and deadly virus. It is a global pandemic.</p> <p>"There is no rule book for this but we have to push on, have a strategy and do the very best we can.</p> <p>"That is what Victorians have done and what I have tried to do."</p> <p>Victoria yesterday recorded its 25th day of no new COVID-19 cases or deaths.</p>

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Gladys Berejiklian urged to pay fine over failing to isolate after COVID test

<p>NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay has urged Gladys Berejiklian to pay a fine after she admitted to breaching public health orders.</p> <p>“Wouldn’t it be nice if she voluntarily paid the fine,” Ms McKay told reporters.</p> <p>“The Premier did not follow the health advice and she tried to worm her way out of it, but it’s black and white.</p> <p>“What I’ve heard today is too many excuses.”</p> <p>On Tuesday, the NSW Premier admitted to not isolating after taking a COVID-19 test.</p> <p>NSW Police issued a statement, saying whether Berejiklian is penalised is up to the state’s health department.</p> <p>In a heated interview with ABC’s Lisa Millar, the Premier agreed she “should have closed her door” at state parliament but “she didn’t” before claiming she only had a test because she was tired and losing her voice.</p> <p>“I didn’t have symptoms,” the Premier said.</p> <p>“But having said that, I’m judged accordingly and I have to accept that, and I should have probably done that (closed the door and isolated).”</p> <p>Ms Millar asked the Premier whether NSW should change their guidelines which says anyone who is awaiting the result of their test should self-isolate until they receive them.</p> <p>“Absolutely not. Why would I change the guidelines?” Berejiklian said.</p> <p>“Because you're not following them?” Ms Millar replied.</p> <p>The Premier went on to claim that she didn’t have any symptoms and had simply lost her voice.</p> <p>“But you took a test and didn't self-isolate, and the guidelines say if you take a test you have to isolate,” Ms Millar probed.</p> <p>“I accept that,” the Premier said.</p> <p>“So you didn't follow your own guidelines. You do accept that you didn’t follow your own guidelines?” the ABC host continued.</p> <p>Ms Millar was not accepting any excuses, pointing out that there was “no such thing” as a precautionary COVID test.</p> <p>“But there isn't such a thing as a precautionary COVID-19 test, is there? They’re all precautionary?” she said.</p> <p>Earlier, Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres defended the Premier, claiming she had not shown any symptoms and had “done the right thing”, he told ABC’s Hamish McDonald.</p> <p>“The key point here is she has gone and taken a precautionary test, but she’s not exhibiting any symptoms. I don’t think she’s put anyone at risk here,” he said.</p> <p>A statement from the Premier’s office said: “At no stage did the Premier have COVID-19 symptoms and therefore did not require a test.</p> <p>“However, as the Premier began losing her voice, she took a precautionary test.</p> <p>“Given her role, the test was administered late in the afternoon in her office. A rapid negative result was returned in around two hours.”</p> <p>According to the Daily Telegraph, Berejiklian attended question time on the day of her test, which ran from 2:15 pm to 3pm.</p> <p>She then fronted the media the next day with a noticeably croaky voice and told reporters she received a negative COVID-19 result overnight.</p> <p>NSW marked 17 straight days of no community transmission on Tuesday, while six infections were diagnosed in hotel quarantine.</p>

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"We will wrap our arms around them": Family of six in tragic crash identified

<p>A small community in southeast Queensland are "heartbroken" and calling for a complete road overhaul after a family of six's car plunged into a dam and claimed the lives of 13-year-old Leo Larsen and his four-year-old sister Mia.</p> <p>The two children were travelling alongside their two younger siblings and parents Dylan Wadley and Mel Martin when the car broke through a road barrier on Beaudesert Boonah Road, rolled down an embankment and flipped on its roof into Wyralong Dam.</p> <p>The couple managed to escape the submerged car with their five-week-old daughter Hope and one-year-old son Ace but tragically were unable to open the car to save Leo and Mia.</p> <p>The couple are stable after undergoing leg and pelvic surgery on Monday while their one-year-old boy remains in a critical condition. The five-week-old baby is stable.</p> <p>Local residents took to social media to express their condolences to the family.</p> <p>“There needs to be an overhaul of that road. Been many fatalities over the years … RIP little ones,” Sue Clarke wrote on Facebook.</p> <p>“It is extremely sad to hear. However whoever designed the road and markings in particular needs to have their head examined … you can legally pass when you can’t see but can’t pass when you can,” Tracey Maguire wrote.</p> <p>“Our little town of Pratten is heartbroken,” Jenni Kehlet wrote.</p> <p>“Fly high beautiful Leo and Mia. You were absolutely gorgeous children. My heart breaks for your mum and dad. So shattering. Praying for your little brother and sister,” Liz Turner wrote.</p> <p>“This is too sad. Just like that, their lives will never be the same. Sending all my love to their mum and dad,” Bonnie Girven wrote.</p> <p>The tragedy has shaken the local community in Pratten.</p> <p>Southern Downs Regional Council Mayor Vic Pennisi told Seven News: “We will wrap our arms around them. They are part of the community an at time like this, we all step up.”</p> <p>Inspector Douglas McDonald told reporters that the vehicle had skidded onto the other side of the road and crashed into a second guard rail before rolling down the embankment.</p> <p>“It came to rest on its roof in a semi-submerged position,” he said on Monday.</p> <p>“Unfortunately, those two children (who died) were trapped in the vehicle longer than the other occupants,” he said.</p> <p>“There was some difficulty getting some of the doors open to the vehicle.”</p> <p>Inspector McDonald said passers-by performed CPR on the children once they had been removed from the vehicle, but they passed away at the scene.</p> <p>“It’s really traumatic for our first responders and also for the members of the public who stopped,” he said.</p> <p><em>Photo credits:<span> </span></em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/news/two-children-killed-after-car-crashed-into-dam-were-trapped-in-vehicle/news-story/8886e8ca477d9bd548665667b1f4e4d4" target="_blank"><em>news.com.au</em></a></p>

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Two children dead in horrifying car crash

<p>Two children, aged five and 13, have been killed in a serious car crash in Queensland’s southeast when the vehicle plunged into a dam.</p> <p>A six-month-old baby and a one-year-old toddler are in Queensland Children’s Hospital.</p> <p>The toddler is in critical condition.</p> <p>Two adults, a woman in her 30s and a man in his 20s who has leg injuries, have both been transported to Princess Alexandra Hospital by road.</p> <p>Two adults and four children were in the Land Rover Discovery when the car ended up on the wrong side of the road and broke through a road barrier.</p> <p>The vehicle then rolled down an embankment before flipping and ending up on its roof in the dam.</p> <p>The vehicle then rolled down an embankment as it flipped over and ended up in a dam.</p> <p>Police and emergency services have been at the scene of the crash which occurred at around 2 pm on Sunday.</p> <p>Passers-by helped pull people out of the submerged car, including two off-duty doctors and a paramedic on a day off.</p> <p>“It’s a tragic and confronting scene,” Queensland Police Inspector Douglas McDonald said.</p> <p>“It’s absolutely tragic for the family.</p> <p>“It was fantastic work to help rescue.</p> <p>“Their actions were pivotal in making sure this wasn’t worse.”</p> <p>Police are currently investigating what caused the crash.</p> <p>The car is still submerged and police divers are attending to the scene.</p> <p>“It’s relatively shallow. The vehicle is on its roof. The wheels can be seen above water,” he said.</p> <p>“We expect to be here until this evening conducting investigations.”</p> <p>Queensland Police have closed the road in both directions and are advising motorists to avoid the area.</p>

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Kate Langbroek returns to Australian radio after two years in Italy

<p>Kate Langbroek is returning to Australian radio after spending two years in Italy with her family.</p> <p>Langbroek is set to co-host the <em>3PM Pick Up</em> with Monty Dimond and Yummy Stynes from January 2021.</p> <p>"After our family adventures in Italy, I'm looking forward to returning to magnificent Australia and ARN [Australian Radio Network] — and getting to speak my native language: radio," Langbroek said in an official statement.</p> <p>"I can't wait to join the<span> </span><em>3PM Pickup</em>, I've missed eavesdropping on conversations I can actually understand and hanging out with like-minded friends, so naturally I am beyond excited to team up with those two Aperol Spritzes, Monty and Yumi, for some afternoon fun and funniness.</p> <p>"I promise I won't be one of those infuriating people who returns from a stint abroad with an accent and entirely new vocabulary."</p> <p>Langbroek is replacing the current co-host Bec Judd, who has chosen to take a step back from media.</p> <p>"Bec Judd has been a fantastic contributor to<span> </span><em>3PM Pick Up</em>. The engaging conversation, real-life anecdotes and fun that she brought to the show will be missed, but we wish her well on her next endeavours," ARN's Chief Content Officer Duncan Campbell said.</p> <p>Kate moved to Bologna in January 2019, with her husband Peter Allen Lewis and their four children, Lewis, Sunday, Artie and Jan.</p> <p>She formerly hosted Hughesy &amp; Kate remotely before taking a step back entirely.</p>

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Fears for Bert Newton’s health after wife Patti shares photo from hospital

<p>Bert Newton is in hospital again, sparking fears for the Aussie icon’s health.</p> <p>But his wife Patti reassured people that he was fine by sharing a photo to Instagram showing the TV legend masked up in a hospital bed.</p> <p>“Bert’s been in hospital, all good,” she wrote alongside the image.</p> <p>“He’s got a lot of living to do.”</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHwfRkEJSXD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHwfRkEJSXD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Mrs Newton did not reveal the reason her husband was hospitalised, but he is reportedly undergoing tests.</p> <p>Last year he caused concern when he was spotted clutching his stomach while leaving Melbourne hospital with Patti.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC_HE9oJhR-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CC_HE9oJhR-/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Patti Newton (@pattinewtonofficial)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Newton has battled several health issues in the past and spent over a week in hospital for pneumonia in 2011.</p> <p>He had caught it from his granddaughter, Eva.</p> <p>The couple’s famous friends have sent their well wishes on Mrs Newton’s post.</p> <p>“Get well soon lovely man!!” former Miss Universe Australia Erin Holland wrote. “He’s got the best care in you Patti.”</p> <p>“Go Bert! Strong as an ox you are. Sending love,” Olympic swimmer Leisel Jones said.</p> <p>The veteran television star turned 82 this year.</p>

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SA Premier furious at pizza worker who sparked lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>South Australian Premier Steven Marshall is furious at the "disgraceful conduct" of a pizza worker who claims he sparked the state's lockdown.</p> <p>Marshall said that one of the close contacts from Woodville Pizza Bar had "deliberately misled" contact tracers.</p> <p>“Their story didn’t add up. We pursued them. We now know that they lied. I stress this point, that this is still a very dangerous cluster and our expert health – our health experts remain extremely concerned,” he said.</p> <p>“I will not let the disgraceful conduct of a single individual to keep SA in these circuit breaker conditions one day longer than what is necessary. However, this lie still means that our contact tracers need breathing space to contact people but not for as long.”</p> <p>Despite putting the state into a sudden lockdown, the man will not be charged or penalised for withholding information, according to Police Commissioner Grant Stevens.</p> <p>He's urged angry South Australians to look towards Christmas instead.</p> <p>"I understand the community sentiment about the actions of this person. I don't think there will be a single person who is not going to be, for some reason, affected or upset by the fact we have had to go into such a strict lockdown," he said.</p> <p>"My expectations of the community are that we act as we have with every other challenge that we have faced through COVID-19.</p> <p>"There is a genuine basis for people to be outraged but we need to move past this, keep doing what we are doing so we crush this particular cluster and get back to where we were before 15 November and aim for December 1 where we see ourselves getting ready for Christmas and spending time with families."</p> <p>The state needs to stay in lockdown for one more day due to the actions of the person who initially lied.</p> <p>Stevens outlined the consequences to <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/world/coronavirus/australia/coronavirus-australia-live-south-australia-victoria-nsw-updates/live-coverage/f6c07deca8947333c467379f9064a54b" target="_blank" class="editor-rtflink"><em>news.com.au</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>"The first consequence from this lie is we went into a six-day lockdown," he said.</p> <p>"The second consequence is this person's failure to be truthful with contact tracers means his close associates, who we understand he's had close contact with, haven't been identified and are currently in the community.</p> <p>"We need to lock that up before we move into a lower level of restrictions. Our goal is to do that by midnight Saturday."</p> <p>The state is currently managing 44 suspected cases of coronavirus, with 4,500 people in isolation.</p> <p>This is due to the state initially moving so quickly, according to SA's chief public health officer Professor Nicola Spurrier.</p> <p>"I just want to give people a little warning we are expecting to see the number of cases here in South Australia rising over the next couple of days," she said.</p> <p>"That is because we moved so early in the beginning of this cluster, and put people in quarantine, and when we first tested them, they had not actually become positive.</p> <p>"But we will be expecting that to happen now over the next couple of days."</p> <p>"That is that double ring, directly linked to this cluster, in quarantine, and they will not be able to come out of that on Saturday night, they have their 14 days of quarantine," Prof Spurrier said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Dramatic fallout follows release of War Crimes Report

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>An Afghanistan report into alleged Australian war crimes has found "deeply disturbing allegations of unlawful killings".</p> <p>The inquiry uncovered high numbers of instances of unlawful killings as well as inhumane treatment of detainees.</p> <p>The Chief of the Australian Defence Force, General Angus Campbell, spoke about Inspector General of the inquiry Justice Paul Brereton's findings.</p> <p>Since 2016, Brereton examined allegations of war crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan.</p> <p>Brereton interviewed more than 400 witnesses and examined tens of thousands of documents, where he alleges "possibly the most disgraceful episode in Australia's military history" occurred in 2012.</p> <p>However, the details of this episode have been redacted for legal reasons.</p> <p>“He [Brereton] found there to be credible information to substantiate 23 incidents of alleged unlawful killing of 39 people by 25 Australian Special Forces personnel, predominantly from the Special Air Service Regiment,” Campbell said.</p> <p>“He found none of the alleged unlawful killings were described as being in the heat of battle,” General Campbell said.</p> <p>“These findings allege the most serious breaches of military conduct and professional values.</p> <p>“The killing, the unlawful killing, of civilians and prisoners is never acceptable.</p> <p>“It is my duty, and that of my fellow Chiefs, to set things right.</p> <p>General Campbell released a redacted form of the inquiry report to "ensure the procedural fairness of potential future investigations and possible court proceedings". </p> <p>It has been heavily redacted for "security, privacy and legal reasons".</p> <p>General Campbell was asked about chapter 2.50 in the first part of the report.</p> <p>“What is described in this chapter is possibly the most disgraceful episode in Australia’s military history, and the commanders at troop, squadron and task group level bear moral command responsibility for what happened under their command, regardless of personal fault”, the report states.</p> <p>General Campbell said he couldn't speak on that particular aspect of the report.</p> <p>“But Justice Brereton does describe something that is utterly disgraceful,” he told reporters.</p> <p>“It is right that it needs legally to be redacted.</p> <p>“In time, in the time of history to be written, it is shameful.”</p> <p>He has also "sincerely and unreservedly" apologised to the people of Afghanistan for any wrongdoing by Australia soldiers.</p> <p>“Such alleged behaviour profoundly disrespected the trust placed in us by the Afghan people who had asked us to their country to help them,” he said.</p> <p>“It would have devastated the lives of Afghan families and communities, causing immeasurable pain and suffering.”</p> <p>“I can’t imagine the pain, the suffering and the uncertainty that that loss has caused, both at the time and that continued uncertainty of how this happened,” General Campbell said.</p> <p>“My sincere apologies to them and a desire to find a way to make recompense.”</p> <p>He also apologised to Australians for any wrongdoings by members of the Australian Defence Force.</p> <p>“I am sincerely sorry for any wrongdoing by members of the Australian Defence Force,” he said.</p> <p>“You’re right to expect that your Defence Force will defend your nation and its interest in a manner that accords with our values and laws.”</p> <p>Campbell has said that the conduct in the report is "greatly at odds" with the Australian Defence Force, as well as damaging to the moral authority of the ADF.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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SA's swipe at Victoria as the state plunges into lockdown

<p>As South Australia prepares to lockdown at midnight, one politician has taken aim at Victoria’s handling of one key part.</p> <p>Striking a different tone to Opposition Leaders during the lockdowns of other state’s (particularly in Victoria), South Australia’s Peter Malinauskas has spoken out in support of the Government’s announcements this afternoon.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, Malinauskas said that while he understands the concerns coming from residents, “here in our home, we’re going to take on this challenge the South Australian way”.</p> <p>“Doing this the South Australian way means we’re going to look after each other as much as we look after ourselves,” he said.</p> <p>“We’re going to fight for each other, not against each other.</p> <p>“Which means, as far as I’m concerned, unlike in Victoria, as Opposition Leader I’m here to support the government, not undermine it.” </p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHuKRYOjC73/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHuKRYOjC73/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Peter Malinauskas (@pmalinauskasmp)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>On the other hand, South Australians have gone against recommendations and flocked to grocery stores to purchase goods ahead of midnight, when a six-day shut down begins.</p> <p>Footage has been shared of long lines outside of supermarkets, bottle shops and pharmacies, after Premier Steven Marshall announced the “circuit breaker” will see most services closed until next week.</p> <p>Though grocery stores will remain open, with Police Commissioner Grant Stevens telling residents that there’s “no need for panic buying”.</p> <p>“There is no need for people to rush to supermarkets, and if you do go shopping this afternoon, you should expect that you will be managed by staff at the supermarkets and we will have police officers on standby to attend if we see any civil disorder and we would take action,” he said.</p> <p>“This is completely unacceptable.”</p> <p>There are now 22 cases linked to the Parafield cluster, which grew rapidly after a cleaner at one of Adelaide’s medi-hotels accidentally caught the virus from a surface and spread it to her family.</p>

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QLD Origin captain's brilliant response to "worst ever" Maroons claim

<p>Queensland captain Daly Cherry-Evans issued the perfect response to being called the "worst ever" Maroons team by NSW Blues legend Paul Gallen.</p> <p>Cherry-Evans became the first Queensland skipper to hold the Origin shield since Cameron Smith in 2017, and made a jab at Gallen who had previously remarked that they were the "worst ever" Maroons team.</p> <p>"On behalf of the worst ever Queensland team, thank you very much," a delighted Cherry-Evans said.</p> <p>"I'd like to thank not just this team here, but everyone who supported us at home. We made a lot of sacrifices and there's a lot of people at home that can't be here tonight so thank you.</p> <p>"Thank you to everyone in the stadium, this is the best stadium in the world."</p> <p>Naturally, Gallen didn't back down from his original comments despite the Maroons winning.</p> <p>"I'm not shying away from my comments, it is the worst Queensland team I've seen in the past 15-20 years. I don't think the Queenslanders would disagree," he said on Nine, post-game.</p> <p>"If you had said to Johnathan Thurston or Fatty Vautin, who are staunch Queenslanders, that Corey Allan, Edrick Lee and Brenko Lee are going to be playing for Queensland at the end of the year and they're going to win the series, I think they might have even scratched their heads.</p> <p>"To their credit, they still beat the Blues and what that says about New South Wales, I'm not sure."</p> <p>Jonathan Thurston was thrilled with the outcome.</p> <p>"You can't underestimate the power of the Maroon jersey," Thurston said.</p> <p>"It has been said before, and it was highlighted in Game One. That was the perfect example of the power of the jersey and the belief that it instills in the players.</p> <p>"Along with Fatty's team in 1995, this is one of Queensland's greatest ever Origin wins.</p> <p>"There was a lot of noise down south about this being the worst ever team assembled in the 40 years of Origin history, but the power of the jersey does something to you."</p>

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Anthony Albanese staffer quits after “defamatory attack”

<p>Labor leader Anthony Albanese’s deputy chief of staff Sabina Husic has resigned saying she “no longer feels safe” in the role after a “cowardly and weak” anonymous dossier was circulating with malicious claims about his office.</p> <p>The veteran Labor staffer said she was prioritising her mental health on Tuesday night after a week of debate about the plight of female staffers and bullying at Parliament House.</p> <p>Ms Husic said she decided to hand in her resignation after being devastated by the anonymous attack while on mental health leave.</p> <p>“Last night I was the subject of a malicious, false, fake and defamatory attack on my character. This was highly distressing and has had an incredibly harmful effect on my personal wellbeing,’’ she said.</p> <p>“The defamatory attacks and online harassment I have experienced are beyond the bounds of what should be required for this job or any staff position.</p> <p>“For women staff, it is important to feel safe in their roles and workplaces – that very much extends to their mental health and wellbeing.</p> <p>“I no longer feel safe in this role. I have decided to put my health and wellbeing first.”</p> <p>The document targeting Albanese’s office has sparked fresh leadership speculation after it was uploaded online on Monday night before quickly being taken down.</p> <p>However, the dossier had spread quickly through media and political circles.</p> <p>The anonymous attack against Ms Husic was posted on the same day she returned from three weeks of mental health leave for depression.</p> <p>Labor leader Anthony Albanese dismissed the document attacking his office and staff as a “fake” and said the email included that purported to be from Ms Husic was mocked up.</p> <p>“It’s a fake. It’s fake,” Mr Albanese said. “It’s a very good office. I have an outstanding office.”</p> <p>Ms Husic, the sister of NSW Labor MP Ed Husic, had joined Mr Albanese’s office after the 2019 election.</p> <p>“Thank you to you and Anthony for the support you have provided me. I wish you and the office every success for the future,’’ she said in her resignation letter.</p> <p>Labor’s home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally told news.com.au that the anonymous attack on Ms Husic was “cowardly and weak”.</p> <p>“Whoever has done this is cowardly and weak especially at a time when she was already on leave for depression,’’ Ms Keneally said.</p> <p>“I value her counsel, her smarts and her friendship. Sabina has courage and strength but I support her decision</p> <p>“I am sure this cowardly attack on her will not impact on her career.”</p>

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The Bob Hawke and Paul Keating interview that almost never happened

<p>Ray Martin has reminisced on a 1989 TV interview between former Prime Minister Bob Hawke and Treasurer Paul Keating that almost never happened.</p> <p>The two politicians sat down for their first TV interview together on the<span> </span><em>Midday Show </em>over 30 years ago during a period where the pair had been at the helm of the Australian government for seven years.</p> <p>Former host of the show, Ray Martin told<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.nine.com.au/entertainment/latest/ray-martin-bob-hawke-paul-keating-midday-show-exclusive/1c578c45-1db6-4dec-af96-f2cdc151325c" target="_blank"><em>9 Entertainment</em></a><em> </em>that the legendary interview almost never happened.</p> <p>"They didn't want to be there. Bob Hawke's people talked him into it," Martin said.</p> <p>"On the day there was fog in Canberra and Keating rang up the producer and said he couldn't make it, that the fog was blocking the plane, so we got in touch with Hawke's office and he arranged for an RAF plane to fly him down so he couldn't get out of it."</p> <p>The interview had the entire nation talking.</p> <p>"We got enormous publicity. We saw two extraordinary, powerful political creatures who both wanted to be Prime Minister, but only one was and he wasn't going to step aside," Martin recalled.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.3573883161512px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838860/the-midday-show-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/256a362f3b1b43838747020aac545396" /></p> <p>Soon after the episode went to air, a report revealed that Hawke and Keating had met with each other at Kirribilli House for a secret meeting 12 months prior.</p> <p>Together they had decided that Hawke would step aside after two years to allow Keating to move into the role of Prime Minister.</p> <p>However, the TV interview made it clear that Hawke no longer had that intention.</p> <p>"He was talking to me about staying for another four years, I didn't know that he had a deal that he was only going to stay for two years," Martin said.</p> <p>"When you look back now you can see Paul Keating was obviously miffed that here before a million people the boss was saying 'I'm not stepping aside'."</p> <p>Martin says Keating wasn't at all happy with how he came across in the in interview.</p> <p>"I'm not sure Paul Keating liked it or ever forgave us for it, but I think he bears grudges,” he recounted.</p> <p>“But Hawke would have moved on. Paul was a far more private character for a public figure."</p>

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Sylvia Jeffreys wages war against Woman’s Day

<p>Sylvia Jeffreys has slammed Woman’s Day over an article about her husband Peter Stefanovic.</p> <p>The magazine ran a two-page spread claiming Peter is “at war” with his brother Karl Stefanovic.</p> <p>Appearing on Today Extra alongside David Campbell, Jeffreys held up a copy of Woman’s Day and said: “I just couldn’t help but notice the Stefanovics are at war … brothers Pete and Karl are at war … jealousy over career things.”</p> <p>Mocking the magazine, Campbell asked: “So this fan fiction’s in what?”</p> <p>“Woman’s Day, the greatest fan fiction of all time,” Jeffreys replied. “It’s almost science fiction!”</p> <p>The article claimed Karl was “jealous that his little brother and rising star Peter got to go to Washington D.C. to head up the coverage for Sky News Australia” whereas Channel 9 allegedly refused to send him.</p> <p>The story included quotes from a “close family friend” that said: “It’s no secret Karl regards himself as one of best broadcasters in the country, so this latest blow has him pretty hot under the collar. He could see his rivals over at Seven’s Sunrise dig deep and send Natalie Barr over to the US – it was fair enough he was miffed!</p> <p>“It didn’t help seeing younger brother Pete standing on the White House lawn in the US capital, while Karl was forced to make an awkward appearance at the State of Origin opening match.”</p> <p>Jeffreys joins a list of Aussie TV stars who have slammed publications for false stories, with Richard Wilkins and Lisa Wilkinson taking aim at tabloids in the past few weeks.</p>

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Australian swimmer Shayna Jack learns fate on career-ending doping ban

<p>Aussie swimmer Shana Jack has been given a suspension of only two years after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) decided to half her four-year doping ban.</p> <p>Jack was dumped from the Australian team for the 2019 world titles after she tested positive in July last year, resulting in a possible four-year ban.</p> <p>The 22-year-old has always maintained her innocence and claimed that the positive test to non-steroid anabolic agent Ligandrol may have been due to cross-contamination.</p> <p>The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Monday ruled that Jack did not knowingly take the banned drug Ligandrol and elected to reduce her four-year ban to just two years.</p> <p>"The Sole Arbitrator in charge of this matter found, on the balance of probabilities, that Shayna Jack did not intentionally ingest ligandrol and considered that she had discharged her onus of proving that the anti-doping rule violation was not intentional," CAS said in its ruling.</p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHpcdQLgwFY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CHpcdQLgwFY/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Shayna Jack (@shayna_jack)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"As a consequence, the Sole Arbitrator imposed a reduced period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on the date of her provisional suspension."</p> <p>Jack can continue her career next year but will not be able to take part in the rescheduled Tokyo 2021 Games.</p> <p>"The anti-doping rules are far from satisfactory and can produce results that are far from fair. In my case, I have proven that I have NOT ever cheated, nor used prohibited substances intentionally or knowingly," she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>"I cannot change the rules and the rules will remain as they are for the time being. Therefore, I accept this decision with a positive attitude and with gratitude that my career as a swimmer will resume next year.</p> <p>"I have never doubted myself for a minute throughout this ordeal and I have never allowed my integrity to be compromised. I walk a little taller tonight with the fact that this ordeal is finally over. I am returning to swimming – the sport that I have loved all my life and the sport that I will cherish just that little bit more ongoing."</p>

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"We are going in hard, early": How SA are tackling the newest outbreak

<p>South Australia has recorded just one new case of coronavirus overnight, linked to the family cluster at the centre of the fresh outbreak.</p> <p>The update was issued at 7 am on Tuesday in what seems to be great news as health authorities scramble to take control of emerging COVID-19 cases.</p> <p>There is concern the state may go through a second wave of the highly infectious virus.</p> <p>All international flights to Adelaide have been suspended while the Northern Territory, Western Australia, Tasmania and Queensland have closed their borders to the state.</p> <p>New South Wales will remain open and Victoria, too, despite deeming SA a "hotspot".</p> <p>New restrictions have also been put in place, coming into effect at midnight. </p> <p>Premier Steven Marshall said the restrictions are set to be put in place for two weeks.</p> <p>"Of course, if we can remove them earlier, we certainly will."</p> <ul> <li>Pubs, clubs and restaurants now have a 100-person limit; private functions are capped at 50 and there is to be no stand-up drinking. The four</li> <li>Recreation centres, play centres and gyms are now closed — though with outdoor boot camps permitted, some are moving classes outside.</li> <li>Community sports fixtures and training have been temporarily suspended, for both indoor and outdoor sports.</li> <li>Funeral are capped at 50 people; church services are limited to 100 people; wedding guests must register with the communicable diseases control branch.</li> <li>Home gatherings are limited to 10 people.</li> <li>Masks must be worn by beauty providers, and are encouraged for clients.</li> </ul> <p>Those who can work from home are encouraged to, and people have been asked to avoid unnecessary travel, and wear a mask where social distancing is not possible.</p> <p>Schools will remain open.</p> <p>"To everyone who has gone to get tested and acted on advice to self-isolate, thank you," Marshall said in a statement <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/158532174266173/posts/3400590756726949" target="_blank">shared on social media</a> last night.</p> <p>"As we've seen interstate and overseas, this virus has the ability to spread thick and fast. It's a nasty virus and it's not going to go away until we have a vaccine. That's why we can never get complacent.</p> <p>"Social distancing, hand hygiene, getting tested and respecting restrictions are our strongest line of defence.</p> <p>"We are not waiting. We are going in hard, early. This cluster won't define us. It won't ruin all the hard work we've done if we continue to work together."</p>

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Steve Price shares heartbreaking family update

<p>Steve Price has given viewers a heartbreaking update on his family situation during Monday night’s episode of<span> </span><em>The Project.</em></p> <p>The co-host admitted his elderly mother has “gone downhill” since news broke of a new coronavirus cluster in South Australia and he is worried it means she may spend Christmas alone.</p> <p>Price has opened up about the sad situation before, telling viewers back in August he felt “gutted” with his mother living in South Australia, and due to Victoria’s strict lockdown, he was afraid he may “never physically see her again”.</p> <p>Even though Victoria has emerged better on the other side, South Australia is facing a brand new outbreak and tough new restrictions and border closures.</p> <p>“I’ve had to have a very difficult conversation again today,” a visibly sad Price told his Project co-hosts.</p> <p>“Yesterday I gave my mother a date. I said, I will be there on the 10th of December in the car to pick you up after not seeing you since February. She’s 87, she can’t fly in a plane, she can’t drive herself. (And now) we may get shut out again.”</p> <p>Host Carrie Bickmore quickly chimed in and encouraged Price not to give up hope, pointing out that full border closures may not be employed: "You might be alright, Pricey,” she told him.</p> <p>Prince went on to reveal some more details of that his “difficult conversation” with his mother.</p> <p>“She said this morning, ‘OK, I’m just going to have Christmas Day on my own. I won’t make the Christmas cake ‘cos there’ll be no-one here to eat it,’” he said.</p> <p>“I’m not being overdramatic – I really felt this morning that she’d gone downhill badly because of this news. </p> <p>"And imagine how many other South Australians are in that boat tonight? It’s a bastard of a thing, this COVID.”</p> <p>This new South Australian cluster comes as a number of people around Australia are preparing to visit family interstate for Christmas in less than six weeks’ time.</p> <p>But yet again, Christmas plans have once again been thrown in limbo.</p> <p>There are fears the nation will not succeed in Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s plan to have all states open to each other, not including WA.</p>

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