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Coronavirus live updates Australia: NSW eases restrictions as Victoria records 12 new Covid cases and two deaths

Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos has told the hotel inquiry she had no role in the hiring of private security, while NSW Covid restrictions eased at schools and weddings. Follow liveFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateFollow our global live blogVic cases map; NSW cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 4.32am BST At a doorstop earlier today, the attorney general Christian Porter has responded to the fede...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Josh Frydenberg, Porter


Bradley Robert Edwards found guilty of two murders in Claremont serial killings

Judge says the former Telstra technician is guilty of the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon but acquitted him of the murder of Sarah SpiersBradley Robert Edwards, a 51-year-old former Telstra technician from Western Australia, has been found guilty of the murders of Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon but acquitted of the murder of Sarah Spiers in the Claremont serial killings case, Australia’s longest-running and most expensive criminal investigation.The Claremont serial killings refer to the ...
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Coronavirus live updates Australia: Daniel Andrews holds Covid press conference as Victoria records 12 new cases and two deaths

Jenny Mikakos will give evidence in the hotel inquiry, while SA reopens border to NSW. Follow liveFollow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 2.27am BST Victorian health minister Jenny Mikakos is now the third government minister to say they had no role in the recruitment of private security firms for hotel quarantine.Mikakos told the...
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Coronavirus live updates Australia: Victoria records 12 new Covid cases and two deaths as SA reopens NSW border

Jenny Mikakos will give evidence in the hotel inquiry, while Queensland considers easing restrictions in the state’s south-east. Follow liveFollow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 12.24am BST The Queensland election is on October 31, which means there is another 37 days of back and forth between the federal government and state go...
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Coronavirus Australia latest updates: SA reopens NSW border as Victoria's health minister faces hotel inquiry

Jenny Mikakos will give evidence on Wednesday, while Queensland considers easing restrictions in the state’s south-east. Follow liveFollow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 11.23pm BST Remember the Westpac money laundering scandal?It’s going to cost the bank $1.3bn in penalties (if the federal court gives the agreement its approval...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Josh Frydenberg, Vic


Coronavirus Australia latest updates: Victoria's health department boss to front hotel quarantine inquiry

Department of Health and Human Services secretary Kym Peake took control of the state’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in July, as Victoria’s second wave took hold. Follow liveFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 10.30pm BST While New South Wales authorities keep a watchful eye on any cases linked to a taxi driver who worked while infectious with Covid, Victorian authorities are stil...
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Rio Tinto expected to destroy 124 more Aboriginal sites, inquiry told

Inquiry also hears doubts over validity of Juukan Gorge approval mean WA could be liable for compensation claimAn inquiry into the destruction of Juukan Gorge has heard that Rio Tinto is expected to destroy another 124 Aboriginal heritage sites at a new iron ore development less than 100km away from the exploded rock shelters.Questions have also been raised over whether the approval granted by the WA government to destroy the 46,000-year-old sites in Juukan Gorge was valid. Continue reading...
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Western Australian toddler found safe after missing for 12 hours in dense bushland and poor weather

Joy and tears after three-year-old found hungry but smiling after wandering off from his parents’ home south of PerthWestern Australian man Chris O’Reilly says he could have “ran on water” when news came through that his three-year-old son had been found safe after going missing in dense bushland south of Perth.The toddler had wandered off from his parents’ home at 7:30am on Saturday morning, after going to play outside. Continue reading...
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20 Films from the 2020 Venice International Film Festival - Quick Recaps

Cate Blanchett, President of Jury - Image courtesy of La Biennale ASAC - Photo: Andre Avezzù   (Venice, Italy) Many people expressed concerned about the dangers of attending a film festival during a pandemic. For me, it was worth taking a chance. I have worked with La Biennale di Venezia for more than two decades, and trust the institution to do everything in its power to maintain high standards. Cinema is such a crucial art form that it was imperative to demonstrate how a film festiv...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Usa, Hollywood, Germany, Frances Mcdormand, Italy, Middle East, United Nations, Newcastle, Northern Ireland, Miami, Venice, Jim Broadbent, Andrew Garfield, Alex Gibney


BHP sought to disturb cultural sites even after concerns raised: inquiry

BHP Group pursued permission to damage Aboriginal cultural sites in April, an Australian parliamentary inquiry heard on Thursday, despite being told of the distress it would cause traditional owners. The inquiry is investigating Rio Tinto's legal detonation in May of sacred and historically significant rockshelters for an iron ore mine at Juukan Gorge in Western Australia's Pilbara region. Rio's Chief Executive Officer Jean-Sebastien Jacques and two deputies stepped down last week following a ...
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Australian SenatorArmenian, Assyrian and Greek Calls for Genocide Recognition

Louise Pratt, Federal Senator for Western Australia.Federal Senator for Western Australia, Louise Pratt has joined Armenian-Australian, Assyrian-Australian and Greek-Australian calls for national recognition of the 1915 Genocide committed against their ancestors by the Ottoman Empire, by signing an Affirmation of Support backing the Joint Justice In
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Coronavirus Australia live update: regional Victoria restrictions to ease as state records 42 Covid cases and NSW seven

Victoria reports no deaths; South Australia to open borders to flights from the ACT. Follow all today’s newsFollow our global coronavirus live blogLatest NSW Covid-19 hotspots; Qld hotspots listLatest Queensland hotspotsNSW cases map; Victoria cases map 4.27am BST On the government’s gas announcement today (and the fuel security announcement yesterday) Anthony Albanese says:They ran a campaign for years saying that Liddell should stay open. What that did, of course, was provide uncertainty f...
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Coronavirus Australia live update: regional Victoria restrictions to ease as state records 42 Covid cases

The state reports no deaths; SA may open border to NSW; and WA adds to pressure for federal quarantine. Follow all today’s newsFollow our global coronavirus live blogLatest NSW Covid-19 hotspots; Qld hotspots listLatest Queensland hotspotsNSW cases map; Victoria cases map 3.10am BST Victoria’s emergency management commissioner Andrew Crisp was unable to recall key details about meetings deciding the hotel quarantine program.Crisp was asked about notes he made in a meeting with officials, inc...
Tags: Energy, Australia, Australia news, Gas, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party


Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews says regional Victoria restrictions to ease in Covid press conference

Victoria records 42 new Covid cases and no deaths; SA may open border to NSW; and WA adds to pressure for federal quarantine. Follow all today’s newsFollow our global coronavirus live blogLatest NSW Covid-19 hotspots; Qld hotspots listLatest Queensland hotspotsNSW cases map; Victoria cases map 2.25am BST Can metro Melbourne expect to take two steps, not one, in the lead up to 26 October, if all goes well?Daniel Andrews:Case numbers are one part of this. The narrative or the story that sits b...
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Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 42 new Covid cases and no deaths – latest news

SA may open border to NSW, as regional Victoria waits on Dan Andrews and WA adds to pressure for federal quarantine. Follow all today’s newsFollow our global coronavirus live blogLatest NSW Covid-19 hotspotsNSW cases map; Victoria cases mapLatest Queensland hotspots 12.27am BST Oh I don’t know, I’m sure there are reasons.Like no one with any sense or idea of where the market is heading, or caring about our planet, thinking it is a good idea?The Hunter Valley has the best thermal coal in the ...
Tags: Energy, Australia, Australia news, Gas, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party


Coronavirus Australia live update: restrictions set to ease in Victoria and SA – latest news

SA may open border to NSW, as regional Victoria waits on Dan Andrews and WA adds to pressure for federal quarantine for people stranded overseas. Follow all today’s newsFollow our global coronavirus live blogLatest NSW Covid-19 hotspotsLatest Queensland hotspots 11.21pm BST Early reaction- AEMO? More gas generation not needed- CSIRO? Gas generation = expensive electricity- Economists? Gas extraction creates very few jobs- Scientists? Gas incompatible with our Paris goals- Investors? Gas has ...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Paris, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, WA, CSIRO, Gladys Berejiklian


Australian marine authorities left baffled after discovering humpback whale in shark-infested river

Marine authorities were puzzling on Monday over how to persuade at least one wayward humpback whale to leave a murky, crocodile-infested river in northern Australia and continue an annual migration to Antarctica. There have been no previous recorded sightings of whales in East Alligator River in the Northern Territory's World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, and no one can explain why at least three of the blue water mammals ventured so deep inland in a river with little visibility. Mar...
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Honeybee venom kills hard-to-treat breast cancer cells in new study

New laboratory studies by a team of scientists found that the active component of honeybee venom induced death in two forms of malignant breast cancer cells that are notoriously difficult to treat. The magic healing molecule in the honeybees' venom appears to be melittin, which rapidly killed cancer cells in under an hour. In the future, doctors could potentially use melittin alongside chemotherapy drugs to increase the efficacy of the treatment. Since ancient times, the honeybee's (Apis mellif...
Tags: Health, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Public Health, Chemistry, Medical Research, Bees, Innovation, Western Australia, Duffy, Perth Australia, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, University of Western Australia, Ciara Duffy, NPJ Precision Oncology, Melittin


Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria reports 51 new cases and seven deaths as NSW records seven cases

Greg Hunt says Melbourne curfew should be lifted if ‘there is no medical basis’ for it as two more Sydney healthcare workers test positive. Follow liveThere are 51 new cases of Covid in Victoria and seven deathsFollow our global coronavirus live blogAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 4.28am BST Q: Firstly - do you think a royal commission into the COVID outbreaks in aged care would be warrants...
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Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews holds press conference as Victoria reports 51 new cases and NSW records seven

Greg Hunt says Melbourne curfew should be lifted if ‘there is no medical basis’ for it as two more Sydney healthcare workers test positive. Follow liveThere are 51 new cases of Covid in Victoria and seven deathsFollow our global coronavirus live blogAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 3.27am BST The funeral was to be held at 2pm.Qld’s Chief Health Officer, Jeannette Young, will give a Canberra ...
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Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews holds press conference as Victoria reports 51 new cases and NSW cluster grows

Greg Hunt says Melbourne curfew should be lifted if ‘there is no medical basis’ for it as two more Sydney healthcare workers test positive. Follow liveThere are 51 new cases of Covid in Victoria and seven deathsFollow our global coronavirus live blogAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 2.30am BST There are 30 workplace investigations on-going at the moment - but no prosecutions as yet (the inves...
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Coronavirus Australia latest update: Victoria reports 51 new cases and seven deaths as NSW hospital cluster grows

Greg Hunt says Melbourne curfew should be lifted if ‘there is no medical basis’ for it as two more Sydney healthcare workers test positive. Follow liveFollow our global coronavirus live blogAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 12.29am BST Clear as mudHe says it wasn’t a decision he was involved with. 12.22am BST It is no secret that women’s employment has been hit harder by the pandemic - wo...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, OECD, Melbourne, Tasmania, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Daniel Andrews


Coronavirus Australia latest update: Greg Hunt calls for end to Melbourne curfew as NSW hospital cluster grows

Federal health minister says curfew should be lifted if ‘there is no medical basis’ for it as two more Sydney healthcare workers test positive. Follow liveAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 10.28pm BST Here is how the Greg Hunt comments played out in that Sky interview:Q: Now you mentioned the situation in Victoria, your home state. The most draconian measure that Premier Daniel Andrews has pu...
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A scan of 10.3 million stars turns up no sign of aliens - yet

Scientists have completed the broadest search to date for extraterrestrial civilizations by scanning roughly 10.3 million stars using a radio telescope in Australia, but have found nothing - not yet, at least. Seeking evidence of possible life beyond our solar system, the researchers are hunting for "technosignatures" such as communications signals that may originate from intelligent alien beings. Using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in the outback of Western Australia, they sea...
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Astronomers Find No Signs of Alien Tech After Scanning Over 10 Million Stars

A new large-scale survey of the sky looked into the dark forest of the cosmos, examining over 10 million stars, but failed to turn up any evidence of alien technologies. CNET reports: The study, published in Publications of the Astronomical Society of Australia on Monday, details a search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA), a collection of 4096 antennas planted in the red soil of Western Australia that detects radio signals from space. "They are li...
Tags: Australia, Tech, Western Australia, Cnet, Seti, Vela, Tremblay, CSIRO, MWA, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research, Murchison Widefield Array MWA, Chenoa Tremblay, Stephen Tingay


Australian telescope finds no signs of alien technology in 10 million star systems

A radio telescope in outback Western Australia has completed the deepest and broadest search at low frequencies for alien technologies, scanning a patch of sky known to include at least 10 million stars.Astronomers used the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope to explore hundreds of times more broadly than any previous search for extraterrestrial life.
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Coronavirus Australia map: tracking new cases, Covid-19 stats and live data by state

Guardian Australia brings together all the latest on active and daily new Covid-19 cases, as well as maps, stats, live data and state by state graphs from NSW, Victoria, Queensland, SA, WA, Tasmania, ACT and NT to get a broad picture of the Australian outbreak and track the impact of government responseNSW cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailDue to the difference in reporting times between states, territories and the federal government, ...
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Coronavirus Australia latest update: health officials front Victoria's hotel inquiry as NSW and Qld try to stem clusters

More than 100 health workers at two Sydney hospitals and 200 staff at Ipswich hospital are in isolation. Follow liveAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 11.23pm BST Then we get this exchange. Lisa Millar: Last night on Q & at the Deputy Prime Minister linked the Victorian lockdowns with the second wave. It doesn’t help, that a senior member, is perpetuating that myth. 11.18pm BST Greg Hunt i...
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Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria Covid cases drop below 50 for first time since June as NSW records four – as it happened

Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown extended by two weeks in ‘roadmap’ as Victoria pursues aggressive suppression strategy. This blog has endedAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 11.49am BST Thanks for following our live coverage of the coronavirus coverage in Australia. You can continue to follow our rolling global coverage here.A quick recap on what happened today: 11.04am BST Asked if he would ...
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Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria Covid cases drop below 50 for first time since June as NSW records four

Melbourne’s stage 4 lockdown extended by two weeks in ‘roadmap’ as Victoria pursues aggressive suppression strategy. Follow liveAustralian stats interactiveNSW cases map; NSW hotspots listQueensland hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 4.24am BST Queensland’s deputy premier, Steven Miles, has announced two new Covid-19 cases. He said the first is a woman in her 20s, a household contact of a known case. The second is a woman in her 30s and is a further healthcare wo...
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