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Coronavirus Australia: Calls for Sutton's deputy to resign over Captain Cook virus tweet

Coronavirus Australia: Calls for Sutton's deputy to resign over Captain Cook virus tweet

Calls for deputy CHO to resign over Captain Cook virus tweetcloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeA controversial tweet from one of Victoria's most senior health advisers comparing Captain Cook’s arrival in Australia with the deadly coronavirus pandemic has been disputed by historians after it prompted calls for her resignation.Victoria's deputy Chief Health Officer Annaliese van Diemen published a post to her personal twitter account on Wednesday: “Sudden arrival of an invader from another land, decimating...

April 30, 2020
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Coronavirus: Australia to back Taiwan's return to the WHO as Twiggy Forrest denies ambush

Coronavirus: Australia to back Taiwan's return to the WHO as Twiggy Forrest denies ambush

Australia to back Taiwan's return to the WHOcloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeAustralia will support Taiwan's return to the World Health Organisation as an observer four years after it was ousted by Beijing, risking another diplomatic spat.The position, which follows an appeal from Taiwan's Health Minister, is consistent with Australia's long-held view that Taiwan should be able to participate in practical cooperation at the UN health agency.However, this is likely to further strain relations with China,...

April 30, 2020
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Coronavirus Australia: Chinese consul-general crashes Greg Hunt’s press conference

Coronavirus Australia: Chinese consul-general crashes Greg Hunt’s press conference

Greg Hunt blindsided as Chinese consul-general crashes press conferencecloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeBillionaire miner Andrew Forrest has been accused of ambushing the Australian government after he parachuted one of China’s top diplomats into an official event, blindsiding Health Minister Greg Hunt.Mr Forrest, the Fortescue chairman, surprised Mr Hunt by inviting China’s consul-general for Victoria Zhou Long to speak alongside him on Wednesday after he secured 10 million coronavirus tests from China, a...

April 29, 2020
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No cameras, no trophies, but Adam Scott just won the lockdown's act of kindness award

No cameras, no trophies, but Adam Scott just won the lockdown's act of kindness award

No cameras, no trophies, but Adam Scott just won the lockdown's act of kindness awardcloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text size“He didn’t know him from Adam,” is a comment becoming increasingly common in COVID-19’s year of abandoned sport, as high-profile athletes have time to reach out to the less fortunate.In this story, it’s an Adam extending the kindness to a guy who considers Adam his best mate. Confused? Well, so is 76-year-old Ross Campbell, who is suffering from seven brain tumours and believes 39-year-old...

April 28, 2020
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Coronavirus: Vaccination-sceptic political party wins name change despite doctors' objections

Coronavirus: Vaccination-sceptic political party wins name change despite doctors' objections

Vaccination-sceptic political party wins name change despite heavyweight objectorscloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeA political party opposing compulsory vaccinations and fluoride in water has overcome objections from the nation's highest health offices to win a name change with the Australian Electoral Commission.The Involuntary Medication Objectors (Vaccination/Fluoride) Party will now be known as the Informed Medical Options Party, a change medical experts warned was an attempt to conceal the party's true agenda and appear more mainstream.Despite...

May 2, 2020
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Experts say half of students at risk from long-term remote learning

Experts say half of students at risk from long-term remote learning

Experts say half of students at risk from long-term remote learningcloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeAlmost half of Australia's students will have their educational outcomes damaged if existing remote learning arrangements continue long term, according to an expert group convened by Australia's chief scientist.The Rapid Response Information Forum, chaired by chief scientist Alan Finkel and involving 35 research and science bodies led by the Australian Academy of Science, was commissioned by the federal...

May 2, 2020
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Victoria has 'no plans' to prop up embattled Virgin Australia

Victoria has 'no plans' to prop up embattled Virgin Australia

Victoria has 'no plans' to prop up embattled Virgin AustraliacloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeThe Andrews government has rejected Queensland's call for "all governments" to help fund embattled airline Virgin Australia through the coronavirus crisis.Australia's second largest carrier has been in a trading halt since Tuesday, has grounded almost its entire fleet and is drowning in close to $5 billion of debt.The Annastacia Palaszczuk government in Queensland has offered Virgin a partial lifeline of $200...

April 18, 2020
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Coronavirus: Australia on course to eliminate COVID-19, modelling shows

Coronavirus: Australia on course to eliminate COVID-19, modelling shows

Australia on course to eliminate COVID-19, modelling showscloseAdvertisementFor our free coronavirus pandemic coverage, By Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeSocial distancing is holding new COVID-19 infection levels low enough to eliminate the virus from mainland Australia, new federal government modelling shows.While the expert team behind the modelling has not estimated a date by which the virus could be defeated, they project it could be months away, rather than weeks.Yet loosening social distancing restrictions will inevitably lead to it returning and cases rising,...

April 16, 2020
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'Outside of work hours': Captain Cook statue defacer identified as Greens staffer

'Outside of work hours': Captain Cook statue defacer identified as Greens staffer

'Outside of work hours': Captain Cook statue defacer identified as Greens staffercloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeOne of the two women charged with defacing a Captain Cook statue in Sydney's Hyde Park has been identified as a part-time worker within Greens MP David Shoebridge's office.Xiaoran Shi, 28, faced Parramatta Bail Court on Sunday alongside her friend Charmaine Morrison-Mills, 27, after the pair allegedly graffitied a statue of Captain Cook at about 4am on Sunday.Ms Shi is a part-time staffer within Mr Shoebridge's office and runs Sniff Off, a...

June 14, 2020
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Loggers return to native forests burnt in summer bushfires

Loggers return to native forests burnt in summer bushfires

Loggers return to native forests burnt in summer bushfirescloseAdvertisementBy Normal text sizeLarger text sizeVery large text sizeGovernment logging has resumed in fire-damaged forests in Victoria and New South Wales despite warnings that devastated bushland and endangered wildlife are too fragile to withstand "business as usual".The Victorian government's logging agency, VicForests, has to log 3500 hectares of forests burnt during the catastrophic summer fires in the next few years, saying salvage logging will occur in areas where "most of the standing trees have been killed". The...

April 30, 2020
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