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Super spreader links feared as 10,000 Victorians refuse virus testing

<p><span>Over 10,000 people have refused to be tested for coronavirus in Melbourne’s hotspot suburbs as 66 new cases across the state were confirmed.</span></p> <p><span>Health Minister Jenny Mikakos said the refusal was “disappointing” and urged residents to get tested as she believes the mass outbreak in Victoria could be linked to a “super spreader”.</span></p> <p><span>"There seems to be a single source of infection for many of the cases that have gone across the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne," Mikakos said.</span></p> <p><span>The health minister revealed that an investigation is currently underway to understand the reasoning behind the mass refusal of testing, but reassured the community that 24,000 tests had been undertaken yesterday.</span></p> <p><span>"That might be for a range of reasons, including that they may have already been tested in a different location, we are analysing that data to see exactly why people are refusing, but it is concerning that some people believe that coronavirus is a conspiracy or that it won't impact on them," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"So what I want to stress here is that coronavirus is a very contagious virus.</span></p> <p><span>"It can go through your family very quickly, it can affect your neighbours, your loved ones, and your entire community.</span></p> <p><span>"So for those individuals in those communities who have not yet been tested, we are urging them to get tested as quickly as possible."</span></p> <p><span>The hotspot postcodes with the highest number of new cases as of yesterday included 3064, 3047, 3021.</span></p> <p><span>Victoria has recorded another 66 cases of coronavirus, bringing the states total to 2368.</span></p> <p><span>There are currently 442 active cases across the state. </span></p>

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Coles imposes product limits after workers test positive for coronavirus

<p>Coles has reinstated product limits in Victoria, Tasmania and parts of NSW after several workers at its Laverton chilled distribution centre tested positive for coronavirus.</p> <p>The supermarket giant said it is working with the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services to have all staff members in the centre tested for COVID-19 after a number of employees were diagnosed with the virus.</p> <p>None of those who tested positive have been present at the centre since June 25, Coles said.</p> <p>“While the Laverton distribution centre has been able to maintain operations, the reduced number of available team members has temporarily impacted our ability to replenish our Victorian stores with chilled and fresh produce lines,” it said in a statement.</p> <p>All Coles stores and online services in Victoria and Tasmania as well as Lavington, Albury and Deniliquin in NSW have now implemented the following limits:</p> <p><strong>Two-packs limit</strong></p> <p><strong>Chilled product (from Laverton DC)</strong></p> <ul> <li>Fresh Milk</li> <li>Cheese</li> <li>Butter</li> <li>Margarine</li> <li>Chicken Breast</li> <li>Chicken Thighs</li> <li>Prepacked Carrots</li> <li>Prepacked Potatoes</li> </ul> <p><strong>Ambient and frozen product</strong></p> <ul> <li>Canned Tomatoes</li> <li>Canned Beans</li> <li>Canned Garden Veg</li> <li>Pasta Sauce</li> <li>Canned Fruit</li> <li>Canned Baked Beans and Spaghetti</li> <li>Canned Meat</li> <li>Cheese</li> <li>Frozen Fruit and Veg (including Potato)</li> </ul> <p>The one-pack limit for toilet paper and paper towel still applies in all states.</p> <p>Coles said it is working with suppliers to restock the stores immediately.</p> <p>“We apologise to customers of our Victorian and NSW border stores who may find some chilled and fresh produce lines are temporarily out of stock,” it said.</p> <p>The news came as Victoria deals with a new spike in coronavirus cases.</p>

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Ghislaine Maxwell arrested by FBI

<p><br /><span>Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and the long-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, has been hit with charges for allegedly helping to recruit, from and viciously abuse children.</span><br /><br /><span>Maxwell, who benefitted for years from Epstein’s prominent wealth, was the billionaire’s travel companion on trips around the world.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell played a critical role in helping Epstein to identify, befriend, and groom victims for abuse. In some cases, Maxwell participated in the abuse herself," Audrey Strauss, the acting Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said.</span><br /><br /><span>She has also accused of lying to authorities during previous investigations into Epstein.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell lied because the truth, as alleged, was almost unspeakable," Ms Strauss said.</span><br /><br /><span>"Maxwell enticed minor girls, got them to trust her, and then delivered them into the trap that she and Epstein had set for them.</span><br /><br /><span>"She pretended to be a woman they could trust … all the while she was setting them up to be sexually abused by Epstein and in some cases by Maxwell herself."</span><br /><br /><span>William F Sweeney Jr, an assistant director at the FBI, said investigators had been "discreetly keeping tabs on Maxwell's whereabouts" since Epstein's arrest in 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>"More recently we learned she'd slithered away to a gorgeous property in New Hampshire, continuing to live a life of privilege while her victims live with the trauma inflicted upon them years ago.</span><br /><br /><span>"We moved when we were ready and Ms Maxwell was arrested without incident."</span><br /><br /><span>He went on to say: "Like Epstein, Ms Maxwell chose to blatantly disregard the law and her responsibility as an adult, using whatever means she had at her disposal to lure vulnerable youth into behaviour they should never have been exposed and which creates lasting harm."</span><br /><br /><span>Reports say Ms Maxwell has been charged with six counts in connection with the ongoing investigation into Epstein’s accomplices.</span><br /><br /><span>The charges are enticement and conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, and transportation and conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.</span><br /><br /><span>Other charges include two counts of perjury, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.</span><br /><br /><span>"In particular, from at least in or about 1994, up to an including at least in or about 1997, Maxwell assisted, facilitated, and contributed to Jeffrey Epstein's abuse of minor girls by, among other things, helping Epstein to recruit, groom, and ultimately abuse victims known to Maxwell and Epstein to be under the age of 18," the indictment says.</span><br /><br /><span>The victims included girls as young as 14-years-old.</span></p>

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"I've got better things to do": Why Victorians are ignoring lockdown

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Anger continues to grow in the ten Melbourne postcodes that are on lockdown, with some saying that they're not going to follow the rules.</p> <p>The Stay at Home orders came into effect across 36 Melbourne suburbs in ten postcodes in an effort to stop community transmission of coronavirus.</p> <p>Residents of these postcodes are not thrilled and plan on not complying with the orders.</p> <p>“It’s like cutting off freedom,” one woman told <a href="https://7news.com.au/lifestyle/health-wellbeing/victoria-coronavirus-hot-zone-residents-say-they-wont-follow-lock-down-orders-c-1139027"><em>7NEWS</em></a>.</p> <p>When asked if she would follow the Stay at Home orders, she simply replied "No."</p> <p>“I’ve got better things to do,” she said.</p> <p>Other residents who plan on doing the right thing are frustrated that others already plan on disobeying.</p> <p>“They’re ignorant and stupid,” one man said, while another said it was “brainless”.</p> <p>The comments come after a young man said that he was still "hugging and kissing people" despite being in a hot zone.</p> <p>When asked if he was concerned about passing on coronavirus to an elderly relative, he said he was "not going to stop his whole life for coronavirus".</p> <p>People who live in the ten postcodes have four reasons to leave their homes, which are for work or for school, for care or caregiving, for daily exercise or to get food and other essentials.</p> <p>The postcodes have returned to stage three restrictions which means that gatherings are limited to family members or two people and cafes and restaurants are only open for takeaway.</p> <p>Gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, play centres and other community activities will be closed across the lockdown zones.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Guy Sebastian speaks out over shock arrest of former manager

<p><span>Guy Sebastian has broken his silence after his former manager was arrested on fraud charges.</span></p> <p><em>The Voice</em><span> coach’s ex-manager Titus Day, 47, was arrested on Wednesday morning in Sydney and charged with 61 counts of dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception, including defrauding Guy of over $1.15 million.</span></p> <p><span>Police revealed Titus withheld the huge sum of money from Guy over a number of years, between December 2013 and April 2020.</span></p> <p><span>And now, after the entire debacle Guy has issued a public statement referring to Titus’ arrest for the very first time.</span></p> <p><span>In a heartfelt post to Instagram, the singer said he was aware of the charges laid by police against Titus and explained he has been involved in ongoing disputes with his ex-manager for years.</span></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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CCHYXL5jOLc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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/CCHYXL5jOLc/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by guysebastian (@guysebastian)</a> on Jul 1, 2020 at 2:55pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span>"Today I am absolutely devastated to learn the nature and detail of these charges," Guy wrote.</span></p> <p><span>"After over a decade of partnership, I parted ways with Titus' management company in November 2017. All my income was controlled via Titus into a Trust account and after noticing some disparities in payments, I requested important financial information that I was rightfully entitled to, and upon doing so our relationship began deteriorating."</span></p> <p><span>Guy also opened up about the personal toll the legal battle has taken over his personal life.</span></p> <p><span>"Over these last years, my integrity and reputation have been questioned and many untruths have been publicly stated. For me, this has been deeply personal and this period has been the toughest of my life. These charges are a sad vindication of my position," Guy wrote.</span></p> <p><span>"No one in my industry deserves this to happen and I hope my case can serve as an example to all artists about the importance of transparency and trust between a manager and an artist. I will not be making any further comment as the matter is now with the police."</span></p> <p><span>Last month, </span><em>Woman’s Day<span> </span></em><span>reported on the legal battle between Titus and Guy and said the situation had reached breaking point.</span></p> <p><span>Titus had applied for an apprehended personal violence order (AVO) against Guy in court and said “I have nothing to lose anymore,” when asked about their fractured relationship.</span></p> <p><span>When their working relationship had ended, Titus said: "After 12 great years together I'm very sad to be losing Guy as a client," Titus said at the time.</span></p> <p><span>"But he is a wonderful talent and a good person, so I wish him well in everything he does," he said before things between the pair took a turn for the worse.</span></p>

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US buys up global stock of key COVID-19 drug

<p>The US government has bought up almost the entire global supply of the antiviral medication remdesivir until October, prompting concerns that other countries will miss out on accessing one of the two drugs proven to work against COVID-19.</p> <p>Remdesivir, developed and patented by Gilead Sciences, has been shown to help COVID-19 patients recover faster. It is the only drug licensed by the US and the European Union as a treatment for those with severe coronavirus illnesses, but studies are yet to find conclusive evidence that it improves survival rates.</p> <p>The US health department announced on Tuesday that President Donald Trump had agreed to purchase 500,000 doses of the drug for American hospitals, representing 100 per cent of Gilead’s July production capacity and 90 per cent of its capacity in August and September.</p> <p>The cost is about US$3,200 for a six-day treatment. The estimated production cost of remdesivir is US$6 for the same course, <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/gilead-donates-covid-19-drug-remdesivir-to-australias-medical-stockpile-after-us-buys-up-supply">The Guardian</a> </em>reported.</p> <p>Health experts said the US move to ‘hoard’ the drug stock undermines international cooperation against the new coronavirus, given that other countries have also taken part in trials of remdesivir for the Ebola pandemic.</p> <p>“The trial that gave the result that allowed remdesivir to sell their drug wasn’t just done in the US. There were patients participating through other European countries, in the UK as well, and internationally, Mexico and other places,” epidemiologist Peter Horby told <em><a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000kfpw">BBC Radio 4</a></em>.</p> <p>Horby said the buyout pointed out the need for “a much stronger framework” to ensure fair prices and access to key medicines for people around the world.</p> <p>Ohid Yaqub, senior science policy lecturer at the University of Sussex, said the US arrangement “so clearly signals an unwillingness to cooperate with other countries and the chilling effect this has on international agreements about intellectual property rights”.</p> <p>Sydney University’s Associate Professor Alice Motion said measures should be taken to ensure that the same situation does not happen to vaccines.</p> <p>“A vaccine should be available to people all over the world rather than one country, or a group of countries having preferred access to a medicine,” she told <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jul/01/gilead-donates-covid-19-drug-remdesivir-to-australias-medical-stockpile-after-us-buys-up-supply">The Guardian</a></em>.</p> <p>“Remdesivir is a medicine that helps people to recover faster, but imagine if the same thing happened with a vaccine that emerges. That would be terrible.”</p>

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Guy Sebastian's former manager arrested

<p><span>The former manager of Australian star Guy Sebastian has been arrested in Sydney for allegedly defrauding the performer for more than $1.15 million over seven years.</span><br /><br /><span>Titus Day, 47, was arrested at his home in Bondi at around 6:30 pm after police received a detailed report at the start of the month of his alleged fraud.</span><br /><br /><span>"A celebrity manager has been arrested after allegedly defrauding another man of more than $1.15 million over a seven-year period," NSW Police said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>"On Wednesday, 3 June, 2020, officers from South Sydney Police Area Command received a report of an alleged fraud committed against a 38-year-old man.</span><br /><br /><span>"Further inquiries revealed a number of frauds allegedly committed between December 2013 and April 2020."</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Day was taken to Waverley Police Station and was expected to be charged with fraud-related crimes.</span><br /><br /><span>Day and Sebastian worked together for over 11 years before they went their separate ways in November 2017.</span><br /><br /><span>"After 12 great years together I'm very sad to be losing Guy as a client," Mr Day said in a statement at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>"But he is a wonderful talent and a good person, so I wish him well in everything he does."</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Day's celebrity talent agency, 6 Degrees Management, went into liquidation in July last year.</span></p>

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Four reasons Victorians can leave their homes

<p>Victoria is set to reimpose lockdowns on 10 postcodes across Melbourne due to the state’s outbreak spike, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced.</p> <p>The following postcodes: 3012, 3021, 3032, 3038, 3042, 3046, 3047, 3055, 3060, 3064 will be placed under stage three restrictions from 11.59pm Wednesday night until at least July 29.</p> <p>Residents living in the postcodes will be restricted from leaving the house except for essential purposes.</p> <p>Limits to gatherings will be reverted to family members or two people. Cafes and restaurants in the postcodes will be open for takeaways only, and gyms, swimming pools, cinemas, and play centres will be closed.</p> <p>Andrews said there were only four reasons for people in those areas to leave their homes: school or work, food and supplies, care and caregiving, and exercise.</p> <p>“We know that suburban lockdowns, stay-at-home orders are a series of restrictions that work,” Andrews said.</p> <p>“We have all been through that journey, we have all been through that process and we know that at the end of that process we are then able to begin the process of opening up.”</p> <p>Andrews said police would be patrolling throughout the communities to enforce the suburban lockdowns.</p> <p>“If you are out of your home for anything other than a permitted reason then financial penalties apply, on-the-spot fines apply,” he said.</p> <p>“We need every Victorian family, particularly those in these lockdown postcodes to know and understand that whilst this is deeply inconvenient for you, you are making a massive contribution for the whole state and indeed the whole nation.”</p> <p>Businesses and families in the postcodes would receive support, Andrews said. Affected businesses may be eligible for an initial $5,000 grant.</p> <p>Andrews said a state-wide lockdown has not been ruled out, suggesting “further measures” might have to be taken to keep Victoria’s coronavirus surge under control.</p>

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“Was I live then?”: Scott Morrison’s awkward moment caught on Today show

<p><span>Scott Morrison has been caught in an awkward moment when he failed to realise he was live on-air during an interview on breakfast television.</span></p> <p><span>The Prime Minister had just been miked up for his live cross with Channel Nine’s </span><em>Today</em><span> show on Wednesday morning when the segment encountered technical difficulties.</span></p> <p><span>Host of the </span><em>Today</em><span> show, Allison Langdon let viewers know they would be doing a live cross to Canberra where Morrison was standing by.</span></p> <p><span>“A good morning to you, Prime Minister,” she started off.</span></p> <p><span>But instead of Canberra, footage of a Rydges Hotel in Melbourne was shown.</span></p> <p><span>“Hello, Prime Minister, if you’ve got us,” repeated a confused Langdon.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m here,” replied Morrison.</span></p> <p><span>Morrison finally appeared on screen with a blank expression.</span></p> <p><span>“Ah, nice to see you. We’ve only just miked you up,” said Langdon.</span></p> <p><span>Morrison, who was clearly distracted, looked around as he failed to realise he was live on air.</span></p> <p><span>“Prime Minister, can you hear me?” asked Langdon.</span></p> <p><span>“Was I live then? Oh, good,” replied Morrison before a producer appears on screen to speak to him.</span></p> <p><span>Langdon said: “There are the joys of live television, everyone. Prime Minister, can you hear me OK?</span></p> <p><span>“We’re not hearing from the Prime Minister at the moment. We will come back to him after the break.”</span></p> <p><span>Three minutes later Morrison appeared again and was able to restart the interview with a working microphone and camera feed.</span></p> <p><span>The Prime Minister went on to commend Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews for his response to a recent spike in coronavirus cases and said the state had his “full support”.</span></p>

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Queensland reveals decision regarding state border

<p><span>The Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that borders will open up for all states except Victoria, after revealing she had “big concerns” about community transmission in the state.</span></p> <p><span>Queensland will strengthen their border to Victoria this Friday. Visitors from other states include NSW, SA, ACT, WA, Tasmania and NT will be able to enter Queensland from July 10 after signing a border declaration form to declare that they had not recently visited Victoria. </span></p> <p><span>However, if someone has travelled to Victoria, including residents of Queensland, they will not be permitted to enter or be forced to quarantine at a hotel at their own expense.</span></p> <p><span>Palaszczuk revealed the changes during a press conference this afternoon along with announcing the state will enter stage 3 restrictions from Friday July 3 – one week early.</span></p> <p><span>Border patrols will continue to apply.</span></p> <p><span>If visitors falsify the border document, they could face penalties of $4,000.</span></p> <p><span>“We don’t take these decisions lightly,” Ms Palaszczuk said.</span></p> <p><span>“They’ve been given careful consideration from the Chief Health Officer and the Government.</span></p> <p><span>“We believe we have the balance right.</span></p> <p><span>“We are in a really good position at the moment.”</span></p> <p><span>Palaszcuk expressed her frustration that Queensland had been singled out, instead of South Australia and Tasmania.</span></p> <p><span>The Premier said fights were being picked at different states and she did not think it was “good enough”.</span></p> <p><span>In easing restrictions, there will be no limits on spectators and caps on weddings will be lifted.</span></p> <p><span>Private gatherings will increase from 20 people to 100 people, for places like homes, weddings and funerals.</span></p> <p><span>Small businesses under 100sqm, the 2sqm rule will now apply in a bid to boost the number of people visiting businesses.</span></p> <p><span>Casinos will reopen.</span></p> <p><span>All of these new restrictions still require strict obedience to the 1.5m social distancing rules.</span></p>

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Disturbing footage of man grabbing “teenage girl by throat” surfaces

<p><span>Disturbing footage of the horrifying moment a teenage girl was allegedly slammed to the ground during a fight outside of a Woolworths store front has surfaced.<br /></span></p> <p><strong><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836752/woolies-brawl-4.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/b140c9c15b9c4e6689295685e417e833" /></strong><br /><span>An intense brawl broke out at Chirnside Park shopping centre on the Maroondah Highway in Melbourne's north east on Saturday morning, and video footage captured showed two men allegedly holding the young girl by just the scruff of her neck before tossing her to the ground.</span><br /><br /><span>The footage also shows a teenage boy rushing into the brawl to attack them, and is allegedly seen throwing wild jabs at the men before also being knocked down to the ground.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836751/woolies-brawl-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d0101e48c7144dadb89cf322e8e98c27" /><br /><span>A knife is also seen in the video, and is swiftly collected by the teenage girl while she was sprawled out on the floor.</span><br /><br /><span>“Leave the knife! Drop the knife!” a bystander can be heard yelling in the video as the men continue their scuffle outside of the frame.</span><br /><br /><span>Yarra Ranges Crime Investigation Unit have charged four people with affray following the incident.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836750/woolies-brawl-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/21132253307749ce8e80e94959be400c" /><br /><br /><span>“It’s alleged the altercation occurred between two small groups who are known to each other,” Victoria Police said in a statement.</span><br /><br /><span>A 19-year-old man and 18-year-old woman from Croydon were both charged at the scene.</span><br /><br /><span>A 42-year-old Croydon man and 44-year-old Lilydale man were charged the following day.</span><br /><br /><span>The 42-year-old Croydon man was treated in hospital for non-life threatening facial injuries.</span><br /><br /><span>All four were granted bail and will appear in Ringwood Magistrates Court on October 1.</span></p>

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"Bungling idiots": Jacinda Ardern's bad week with press

<p>Despite New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern initially being praised for the way her country handled the coronavirus pandemic, it appears the tide has turned.</p> <p>Her administration has been called "bungling idiots", her coalition government has been accused of "tearing itself apart" and Ardern who was previously seen as untouchable has been accused of telling a "complete lie" about her handling of the pandemic.</p> <p>Two British visitors on June 7th arrived into the country, where they were placed in hotel quarantine for 14 days.</p> <p>Six days later, the health ministry decreed that everyone in quarantine would be allowed out after two negative COVID-19 tests.</p> <p>The two arrivals were allowed to leave quarantine on compassionate grounds and drove 650kms to Wellington to visit a dying relative.</p> <p>Unfortunately, the pair got lost and met up with a couple of friends who gave them directions. The pair both tested positive for coronavirus after arriving in Wellington.</p> <p>It has since emerged that the women weren't tested in the hotel, not even once.</p> <p>Naturally, Ardern said it was an "unacceptable failure" and "cannot be repeated" as it was the nation's first COVID-19 cases for three weeks.</p> <p>There had already been plenty of early releases from quarantine, with 50 other visitors had been allowed out of quarantine on compassionate grounds with just four people being tested for coronavirus.</p> <p>If this wasn't bad enough, more news came to light.</p> <p>Out of the 2,519 people who left quarantine between June 9th and June 16th, most who completed the 14 days in quarantine, only 1,010 were tested for coronavirus.</p> <p>Of the rest, around 800 people vanished and failed to get into contact with the authorities to arrange a test.</p> <p>National leader Todd Muller said that the debacle was a "national disgrace".</p> <p>David Seymour, leader of the minor party ACT was much more direct.</p> <p>“These bungling idiots couldn't run a bath let alone a border,” he said. “We’re supposed to have the world’s smartest borders. We now have the world’s dumbest borders.”</p> <p>As election day nears, Senior National MP Judith Collins called into question Ardern's character on <em>The AM Show</em>.</p> <p>“We have been lied to actually. We have been lied to about the quarantine, about the standard of care," she said.</p> <p>When asked who had lied, she said "the prime minister and the health ministry".</p> <p>Labour MP Willie Jackson was having none of the accusations.</p> <p>“I think we are going a bit over the line if you are going to start accusing the prime minister of lying,” he said on the same show.</p> <p>“She is a person of huge integrity and very honest.”</p> <p>He hoped voters would “cut us a bit of slack given the integrity of the prime minister”.</p>

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Iran issues arrest warrant for Donald Trump

<p>Iran has issued an arrest warrant for US President Donald Trump over a drone strike that killed a top Iranian general in Baghdad.</p> <p>Trump and 35 others whom Iran accuses of being involved in the January 3 strike that killed General Qassem Soleimani face “murder and terrorism charges”, said Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr on Monday.</p> <p>Alqasimehr said Iran would continue to pursue Trump’s prosecution even after he stands down presidency, <em>Reuters </em>reported.</p> <p>Iran said it had also asked Interpol to issue a Red Notice for these 36 people, which would have the international organisation locate and arrest the individuals named.</p> <p>Interpol told <em><a href="https://edition.cnn.com/2020/06/29/middleeast/iran-arrest-warrant-donald-trump-intl/index.html">CNN</a></em> it “would not consider requests of this nature” because it was not in accordance with its rules and constitution, which prohibits “any intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.</p> <p>US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook called Iran’s move a “political stunt”.</p> <p>“This has nothing to do with national security, international peace or promoting stability, so we see it for what it is – it’s a propaganda stunt that no one takes seriously,” Hook said during a press conference with the Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir on Monday.</p> <p>The US killed Soleimani in a drone strike near Baghdad International Airport in January along with five others.</p> <p>The assassination came after months of rising tensions between the US and Iran.</p> <p>Iran retaliated with a ballistic missile strike at two military bases housing US troops in Iraq.</p>

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Fake au pair accused of stealing four kids in Victoria

<p><span>A woman has been accused of pretending to be an au pair to steal people’s children in Victoria.</span><br /><br /><span>Samantha Azzopardi has been slapped with a child stealing charge after it was alleged she stole three children between December 2018 and November 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>The 31-year-old has since been charged with a fourth child stealing offence from July last year, documents released by Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday show.</span><br /><br /><span>54 charges have been laid against Azzopardi, including forged documents to pass herself off as an experienced and qualified au pair by the name of Harper Hernandez.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836725/samantha-azzopardi-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3903d1a62d1a42538173594a125ca249" /></p> <p><em>Samantha Azzopardi </em><br /><br /><span>It is alleged she dishonestly obtained $6,500 over six months.</span><br /><br /><span>The court was told she had targeted three families using different names and various pretences.</span><br /><br /><span>At one point, she allegedly pretended to be a talent scout.</span><br /><br /><span>Azzopardi has also been charged with allegedly faking being a nurse named Sakah to obtain a uniform from Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School at Essendon in October 2019.</span><br /><br /><span>Magistrate Donna Bakos has denied a request from Azzopardi’s lawyers who asked to question three of her alleged victims - two parents and a child - about the fraudster's alleged identity.</span><br /><br /><span>“It's not good enough to say she disagrees with evidence. It's not good enough to say she wants to plead not guilty,” the magistrate said.</span><br /><br /><span>Azzopardi's case is due back in court for a further committal mention on July 13.</span></p>

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Tracy Grimshaw reveals the "painful" reason she hasn't been on TV

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Television host Tracy Grimshaw has revealed the reason why she hasn't been on the air for the last two weeks.</p> <p>The <em>Channel 9 </em>and <em>A Current Affair</em> host revealed the painful reason as she posted a photo of her leg in a moon boot to Instagram.</p> <p>She jokingly asked "does my foot look big in this?" before revealing the cause of her injury.</p> <p>"Took last week off to have a birthday and ended up seeing a physio about limpy left ankle that wasn't getting better after weeks," she wrote.</p> <p>"Found out today fractured so that explains why so ouchy."</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/CBVQbUQDX2N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="12"> <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="margin: 8px 0 0 0; padding: 0 4px;"><a style="color: #000; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none; word-wrap: break-word;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CBVQbUQDX2N/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Does my foot look big in this? Took last week off to have a birthday and ended up seeing a physio about limpy left ankle that wasn’t getting better after weeks. I figured a sprain or referred pain from knee op in March. Found out today fractured so that explains why so ouchy. Back at work asap. Thanks to @deborah_knight for stepping in so quickly this week.</a></p> <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 post shared by <a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/_tracy_grimshaw/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Tracy Grimshaw</a> (@_tracy_grimshaw) on Jun 12, 2020 at 3:44am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>She confirmed in an article for <em>9 Now</em> that she unknowingly walked around with the fracture for three weeks while recovering from knee surgery.</p> <p>"The knee didn't get much better (duh) and one day it gave out as I stepped up an embankment at home and I fell and broke my foot," she wrote.</p> <p>"Except I didn't want the foot to be broken and I reasoned it couldn't be broken because I could still walk on it. So I dopily limped around - for three weeks - before finally getting an X-ray."</p> <p>Fans headed to the comment section to give their well wishes.</p> <p>'Gracious, take care Tracy, see you back at 7 pm soon," one user wrote.</p> <p>"Gotta love the moonboot, fond memories, not," another joked.</p> <p>"Enjoy your time off as best you can."</p> </div> </div> </div>

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“It will get worse”: 75 new virus cases for Victoria

<p>Victoria has reported 75 new coronavirus cases, the fourth-highest daily total for the state since the start of the pandemic.</p> <p>The last time over 70 new cases was recorded in Victoria was on March 31.</p> <p>The spike in numbers highlights the highest number of locally acquired cases, with only one of Monday’s new cases linked to people in hotel quarantine.</p> <p>In a coronavirus update on Monday morning, Health Minister Jenny Mikakos announced the overnight figure, saying many of the new cases were from the state’s “hotspot suburbs”.</p> <p>Of the 75 cases, four have been reclassified according to Mikakos.</p> <p>One new case is linked to hotel quarantine, 14 are linked to outbreaks, 37 have been detected through routine testing and 23 are still under investigation, she said.</p> <p>There are no new deaths, with the death toll sitting at 20.</p> <p>"We have six new cases believed to be community transmission, taking that to a total of 271, and there are currently 288 active cases in Victoria," Mikakos said.</p> <p>"What I can say is that many of the cases that have come through today are overwhelmingly concentrated in those priority suburbs," Mikakos said.</p> <p>A link has been established between a North Melbourne family and a Brimbank family, as Mikakos said: "Four of the new cases have been linked to this outbreak, and the department is investigating the exact nature of the link there."</p> <p>Amongst the 75 cases that have been reported, three of those include security guards who were already in quarantine at the Stamford Plaza Hotel.</p> <p>"They have undertaken their day 11 tests as is standard practice where we have an outbreak, so those people are already in quarantine as part of that," Mikakos said.</p> <p>The Wollert outbreak has increased to 10 people, with one new added on Monday.</p> <p>There are three new cases linked to a family in a new outbreak around Patterson Lakes and Lysterfield, bringing that outbreak to four.</p> <p>In Truganina, there have been three cases linked to another new family outbreak, bringing the number in that outbreak to five. </p> <p>Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton also addressed the crisis in Victoria, saying the number of new cases "will get worse before it gets better".</p> <p>Professor Sutton said the current spike in cases is "as big as the first one", and authorities expected to see "at least as many positive cases as we've had over the last 24 hours" in coming days.</p> <p><span>"I think it will get worse before it gets better. It is a concerning number, but it's very hard to make predictions in this space," he said during a briefing on Monday.</span></p> <p>After being asked whether the state is facing a second wave, he responded: <span>"Whatever you call it, it's as big as the first one. It’s looking that way." </span></p> <p>"Second peak, second wave. It’s got the same challenges. We’ve got significant numbers to follow up, and we’ve got significant risk of transmission."</p> <p>Professor Sutton pleaded with Victorians to stay at home if they were experiencing coronavirus symptoms, including a runny nose, sore throat, and fever.</p> <p>"What I would say is we know what works already. We just need people to do it," he said.</p>

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Murder charge for woman who pinned her ex against carpark wall

<p><span>A woman has been charged with murdering a man after she allegedly rammed him with a car in Sydney’s inner west on Sunday night.</span><br /><br /><span>Emergency services showed up to an apartment block on Hill Road in Wentworth Point at approximately 8:30 pm after hearing reports that a man had been struck down by a Toyota Kluger.</span><br /><br /><span>Police have said in a statement that the woman had been arguing with Payman Thagipur, who was her ex-partner.</span><br /><br /><span>They’d reportedly been in a verbal altercation in the carpark of the complex after she went to his apartment because another woman had been inside with him.</span><br /><br /><span>Witnesses say she stormed out of the apartment to the car park, where she promptly stepped into the vehicle and allegedly deliberately rammed into him.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Thagipur was pinned against a brick wall, police say.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836700/man-woman-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/a0d770953a914a70985301f72c589567" /></p> <p><em>Payman Thagipur</em><br /><br /><span>The 31-year-old was given CPR by paramedics and police but he was declared dead at the scene.</span><br /><br /><span>44-year-old Jackline Musa, who was the alleged driver in the incident, was arrested and taken to Concord Hospital under police guard to be treated for a fractured wrist.</span><br /><br /><span>She also was forced to undergo mandatory testing.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Musa was taken to Auburn Police Station after being released from hospital, where she was promptly charged with domestic violence-related murder.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836701/man-woman.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3089129b380849ce82c70595568150d5" /></p> <p><em>Police say the woman had been arguing with Payman Thagipur, her ex-partner, in the carpark of the complex after she went to his apartment because another woman had been inside with him.</em><br /><br /><span>Neighbours at the residence who were fixing a roller door at the time told <em>9News</em> they witnessed the incident.</span><br /><br /><span>"(The) man's body was so badly mangled and bloody."</span><br /><br /><span>Police say there is no recorded history of violence between the pair.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Musa was refused bail and was expected to appear before Parramatta Bail Court today.</span></p> <p><em>Image: 9News</em></p>

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"Major incident" declared as thousands ignore advice to stay away

<p>Officials in southern England have declared a "major incident" after thousands of beach-goers flocked to local beaches.</p> <p>Bournemouth and Sandbanks in Dorset were hit hard as crowds came to enjoy the hottest day of the year so far and ignored advice to stay away from the area.</p> <p>By Thursday morning, more than 40 tonnes of waste had been removed from the coastline.</p> <p>Council leader Vikki Slade said she was "absolutely appalled" by the scenes.</p> <p>"The irresponsible behaviour and actions of so many people is just shocking and our services are stretched to the absolute hilt trying to keep everyone safe," said Slade in the statement. </p> <p>"We have had no choice now but to declare a major incident and initiate an emergency response."</p> <p>As the UK is slowly easing its coronavirus restrictions, groups of up to six people are allowed to meet up outside.</p> <p>However, people are taking the newly eased up restrictions too far as people were found camping illegally overnight.</p> <p>Slade compared the scenes to a public holiday.</p> <p>"We are not in a position to welcome visitors in these numbers now or to deal with the full range of problems associated with managing volumes of people like this," said Slade. "PLEASE do not come. We are not able to welcome you yet."</p> <p>Assistant Chief Constable Sam de Reya of Dorset Police said that people should stay away from the area.</p> <p>"We are also reliant on people taking personal responsibility and strongly advise members of the public to think twice before heading to the area," she said.</p> <p>"Clearly we are still in a public health crisis and such a significant volume of people heading to one area places a further strain on emergency services resources."</p>

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Labor MP suspended after ASIO raid and suspected links to Chinese Communist Party

<p>Australian Federal Police and spy agency ASIO have raided the Sydney home of a NSW Labor MP amid allegations of a Chinese government plot to influence a serving politician.</p> <p>The Rockdale house belonging to NSW upper house Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane was searched on Friday amid questions about his links to China.</p> <p>ASIO is focusing on whether Chinese government agents were aiming to influence Australian politics through Moselmane, the <em><a href="https://www.smh.com.au/politics/nsw/nsw-mp-s-sydney-home-raided-as-asio-probes-china-links-20200626-p556f6.html">Sydney Morning Herald</a></em> reported.</p> <p>NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay said she had been told police and ASIO members had a warrant to search Moselmane’s parliamentary office.</p> <p>Moselmane’s membership of NSW Labor will be suspended and he will no longer sit in the Labor parliamentary caucus, McKay said.</p> <p>“There’s an expectation on MPs that, whatever they do, it’s in the best interests of the people of the state,” McKay said.</p> <p>“I’d hope every single MP in the parliament – not just on the Labor side but the Liberal and National Party side and crossbench – has that at the heart of their actions.</p> <p>“I’m very restricted in what I can and can’t say.”</p> <p>In April, Moselmane resigned as assistant president of the Legislative Council after repeatedly praising Chinese President Xi Jinping’s response to the coronavirus crisis.</p> <p>“For the People’s Republic of China, President Xi stepped up and provided that leadership. He mustered the resources of the nation and together with the great people of China – fought it and contained it,” Moselmane wrote on his personal website.</p> <p>He had taken nine privately funded trips to China since entering the NSW parliament in 2009, the <em>Sydney Morning Herald </em>reported. Disclosure records showed his transport and hospitality costs were often covered by Chinese government officials or agencies.</p>

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“Australia is evolving”: Sam Newman singled out in powerful speech

<div class="body_text "> <p>Yoyaki Footy co-host Bianca Hunt has delivered a scathing monologue about Sam Newman's departure from the Nine Network and commented about the changing media landscape.</p> <p>Sam Newman and Channel Nine ended their 35-year partnership after Newman labelled George Floyd a "piece of shit" during his <em>You Cannot Be Serious</em> podcast.</p> <p>Newman took issue with anyone who "made a monument about Floyd" after Floyd was murdered at the hands of police.</p> <p>Hunt said that Newman's departure could signal a change in the media landscape.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Watch Yokayi Footy’s Bianca Hunt make a powerful statement around media accountability in Australia.<br /><br />Tune into Yokayi Footy in full on <a href="https://twitter.com/NITV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NITV</a> tonight from 8pm AEST. <a href="https://t.co/JJEIPNMVW0">pic.twitter.com/JJEIPNMVW0</a></p> — AFL (@AFL) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFL/status/1275672186997608455?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 24, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>“This week, Channel Nine and Sam Newman, ahem, ‘mutually parted ways’ after Newman called the late George Floyd a crackhead, a pornstar and a piece of s**t,” Hunt began.</p> <p>“Enough to lose your job right?</p> <p>“But then again, so is sexualising female journalists live on air. So is calling a Malaysian man a monkey then comparing him to Serena Williams. So is demeaning little people or making transphobic slurs. So is black face and how it makes Nicky feel along with the rest of our mob.</p> <p>“Surely each of these warranted a ‘mutual parting’ of Newman and network right? So, why now?</p> <p>“Perhaps it’s because the tide is slowly turning.</p> <p>“Maybe, thanks to films like The Final Quarter and The Australian Dream and courageous journalists like Caroline Wilson and Susie O’Brien, Australia is evolving into a more accountable place. One that doesn’t tolerate entertainment underpinned by bigotry, one that cuts through the boys club when they close rank and defend bigots.</p> <p>“Maybe viewers are at last demanding entertainment that doesn’t demean diversity but celebrates it."</p> <p>Hunt finished her monologue with a warning.</p> <p>“If that sounds like your cup of tea, stick with us. Whilst Newman might be finished, we’re just getting started.”</p> </div>

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