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Royal Family’s emotional gathering for Remembrance Sunday memorial

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Queen shed a heartfelt tear for Britain’s war heroes at a Remembrance Sunday service. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As Britain fell silent, Her Majesty watched on alongside the Duchess of Cornwall and Duchess of Cambridge on the balcony of the Cenotaph in Central London. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The royals saw the traditional wreath-laying service as Prince Charles laid a wreath of poppies on behalf of their 93-year-old mother as thousands gathered around in Whitehall for the ceremony. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Duchess Meghan attended the event alongside her husband Prince Harry and stood alongside Sophie, the Duchess of Wessex and Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Other high profile politicians were also in attendance including Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn, Home Secretary Priti Patel and Commons leader Jacob Rees Mogg. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A two-minute silence was observed across the UK at 11am. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The silence was swiftly followed by the firing of a gun by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Over 10,000 veterans then marched past the memorial following the service.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Royal Family’s official Instagram account shared a quote from English poet John Maxwell Edmonds which read: "When you go Home, tell them of us and say, For your Tomorrow, we gave our Today".</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Scroll through the gallery to see the Royal Family attending the Remembrance Sunday service. </span></p>

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“He was the best”: Ben Fordham says goodbye to dad John Fordham in emotional tribute

<p>Celebrity agent John Fordham died yesterday at the age of 75 after a long battle with throat cancer.</p> <p>John, who was the father of 2GB host Ben Fordham, was the founder of celebrity management business The Fordham Company, which he established in the late ‘70s.</p> <p>He was responsible for the success of some of Australia’s biggest stars, whom visited John during his final days in the hospice of Sacred Heart in Sydney.</p> <p>Andrew Johns, Alan Jones, Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell all went to meet John before he passed away at 7 am on Sunday.</p> <p>Taking to Instagram this morning to pay his respects, Ben Fordham wrote: “My dad has passed away. It was the most peaceful goodbye. We were all there with him and feel blessed.</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/B4sqb-0FVfT/?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/B4sqb-0FVfT/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">My dad has passed away. It was the most peaceful goodbye. We were all there with him and feel blessed. What a bloke. When we were growing up, he spent every spare minute playing on the street with all of the neighbourhood kids. He built a business with my mum that set the standard for public relations and personality management. He was a wonderful donor to charity and established the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation. As a mate, he was the best. If any of his family or friends or clients were in trouble, he’d go to war.. “If you grab the tail, you get the whole tiger” - that was Jack. We’re going to miss him but thankfully we took every chance to tell him how much we love him. That’s the trick. No regrets. Today, dad is being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his commitment to charity. RIP John Fordham (AM)</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/benfordham9/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Ben Fordham</a> (@benfordham9) on Nov 10, 2019 at 12:11pm PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“What a bloke. When we were growing up, he spent every spare minute playing on the street with all of the neighbourhood kids. He built a business with my mum that set the standard for public relations and personality management. He was a wonderful donor to charity and established the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation.</p> <p>“As a mate, he was the best. If any of his family or friends or clients were in trouble, he’d go to war. ‘If you grab the tail, you get the whole tiger’ – that was Jack.</p> <p>“We’re going to miss him but thankfully we took every chance to tell him how much we love him. That’s the trick. No regrets.</p> <p>“Today, dad is being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his commitment to charity. RIP John Fordham (AM).”</p> <p>Ben revealed that his dad “accepted” that his death was close, but still refused to stop working from his hospice bed.</p> <p>“He dictated a really heavy message on Saturday afternoon involving one of his clients in a contract negotiation,” Ben told<span> </span><em>The Daily Telegraph</em>. “It was very robust, very stern to an employer and he was determined to get it resolved.”</p> <p>John is survived by his wife Veronica and his children Ben, Nick and Sarah.</p>

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William Shatner hits out at millennials in Twitter feud

<p>William Shatner has hit out at millennials after being called a “boomer” on Twitter.</p> <p>The <em>Star Trek </em>actor waded into a intergenerational row after one Twitter user replied to his post with “OK Boomer”.</p> <p>According to the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-11-07/how-the-phrase-ok-boomer-suddenly-went-all-over-the-internet/11680868">ABC</a></em>, the popular catchphrase is generally used to respond to “what’s perceived to be some older people’s sense of entitlement, outdated ways of thinking, or condescending attitudes towards younger generations”.</p> <p>The 88-year-old actor does not fall into the baby boomer generation, which includes people being born between 1946 and 1964.</p> <p>Shatner responded to the “Boomer” comment: “Sweetheart, that’s a compliment for me.”</p> <p>“I’m not really into pejoratives, but what’s the term for people when they can’t interpret a joke?” the user replied.</p> <p>“Millennial?” Shatner hit back.</p> <p>Shatner wrote on another post, “I feel it’s like one of those childish insults in fandom that seem to affect the delicate types to the point they meltdown and go over the rest of our heads as something ridiculous.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Sweetheart, that’s a compliment for me. 😘 <a href="https://t.co/djCtjiGBwr">https://t.co/djCtjiGBwr</a></p> — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1192087298877247488?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>One user explained that the line was directed at “boomers who don’t realise that the hardships that the millennials inherited are not their fault”, and that the younger generation “are trying to survive a world that has all but been destroyed and that doesn’t make them lazy”.</p> <p>Shatner replied, “And the meek shall inherit... is that all your generation does is point fingers and blame others for their pity parties? You don’t get a participation trophy for life; you take what you get and play your best hand. It’s been that way since forever.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">🤣👇🏻 And the meek shall inherit... is that all your generation does is point fingers and blame others for their pity parties? You don’t get a participation trophy for life; you take what you get and play your best hand. It’s been that way since forever. 🙄 <a href="https://t.co/aUyVVUIfTK">https://t.co/aUyVVUIfTK</a></p> — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) <a href="https://twitter.com/WilliamShatner/status/1192115660131713025?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 6, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>The phrase “OK Boomer”, which has been widely used on the internet, gained greater public recognition after 25-year-old MP Chloe Swarbick used the line in New Zealand parliament when speaking in support of the Jacinda Ardern government’s Zero Carbon Bill.</p> <p>"In the year 2050, I will be 56 years old. Yet, right now, the average age of this 52nd Parliament is 49 years old,” she said.</p> <p>"Mr Speaker, how many world leaders, for how many decades have seen and known what is coming but have decided that it is more politically expedient to keep it behind closed doors. My generation and the generations after me do not have that luxury.”</p>

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Duchess Kate's brother shares “first family photo” in beautiful post

<p>James Middleton has thanked the public for the endless support they've shown towards him since he opened up about his sad mental health struggles. </p> <p>In a heartfelt Instagram post, the brother of the Duchess of Cambridge said he was “truly touched” by the “incredible support” he’s received since candidly calling his depression an intense “cancer of mind” in January. </p> <p>“Today I wanted to say thank you. Thank you for the incredible support shown towards my speaking publicly about my illness. Depression,” Middleton, 32, wrote. </p> <p>He is also diagnosed with dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). </p> <p>In the sweet post featuring his 30-year-old financial analyst fiance, Alizee Thevent, and his beloved dogs, he added: “It would be a full time job to reply to each person, but know I’m truly touched by the messages &amp; those that have shared their stories and journeys with me.”</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/B4kPJDDAVsR/?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/B4kPJDDAVsR/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy)</a> on Nov 7, 2019 at 5:39am PST</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Since opening up about his struggle with depression and admitting he contemplated suicide before following in his big sisters, Duchess Kate’s mental health lead, he revealed he has made an unusual hobby out of beekeeping so his mind has “a chance to escape.”</p> <p>“I’m fascinated by the little creatures,” he wrote in August. </p> <p>“From their waggle dance to the queen laying her own body weight in eggs a day… there‘s a lot to be said about these humble little creatures.”</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/B1giweNgnpt/?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/B1giweNgnpt/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by James Middleton (@jmidy)</a> on Aug 23, 2019 at 6:39am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Not that long ago I had forgotten what it was like to laugh with genuine happiness- today I don’t have to pretend to smile,” Middleton wrote while posing alongside his beaming fiance. </p> <p>“I am not cured from depression – I don’t think there is one,” he added. </p> <p>“However, I have learnt the tools to keep control, every day I look after my mental health as much as I do my physical health. </p> <p>“And remember as one wise person once said, ‘Life is about the journey, not the destination.’”</p>

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Karl Stefanovic to return to Today show following major pay cut

<p>Nine is reportedly looking to bring back Karl Stefanovic to <em>Today </em>next year in a bid to save the breakfast show’s ailing ratings.</p> <p>According to <em><a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/media/nine-ceo-hugh-marks-calls-in-karl-stefanovic-to-rescue-today-show-at-a-cut-price/news-story/a9a27e19e63d0ebad72dcb94cdbe0ed2">The Australian</a></em>, Nine’s CEO Hugh Marks is hoping to have Stefanovic return to the program in 2020 amid declining ratings. Last Friday, <em>Today </em>recorded its <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/nail-in-the-coffin-today-show-reaches-a-record-low">lowest figures in more than a decade</a> with only 155,000 metro viewers while rival show <em>Sunrise </em>on Channel 7 earned 298,000 viewers.</p> <p>However, the offer comes with a condition that Stefanovic would have to take a pay cut of “hundreds of thousands of dollars”, the publication said. The 45-year-old’s current contract is reportedly worth more than $2 million a year.</p> <p>Stefanovic is widely believed to be in talks to return to the breakfast show as a co-host alongside <em>Weekend Today </em>and <em>60 Minutes </em>presenter Allison Langdon.</p> <p>The news came after it was revealed that <em>Today Extra </em>host Sonia Kruger would be leaving Nine to rejoin Seven. <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/morning-shows/sonia-kruger-leaving-nine-to-rejoin-seven-according-to-reports/news-story/8bfaa28479ab8ce29e08e031c2fedfbd">News.com.au</a> </em>reported that Nine had offered Kruger a <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/health/caring/huge-pay-day-channel-9-offers-sonia-kruger-substantial-contract">three-year contract extension</a> worth over $1.5 million a year, but she agreed to a “seven-figure” deal with her former network.</p>

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The surprisingly ruthless approach Princess Diana took to her wedding guest list

<p><span>The wedding of the Prince of Wales to Lady Diana Spencer was one of the most watched events in royal history, attracting an audience of 750 million people around the globe.</span><span> </span></p> <p>Therefore, it’s safe to say that if you received an invitation to the wedding at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, you were of great importance to the Crown or to the couple.</p> <p>The royal guest list included 2,000 people, but Lady Diana’s family were only allowed to invite a small percentage of attendees.</p> <p>According to a late royal biographer, Lady Diana was ruthless in deciding who made the cut.</p> <p>Journalist and historian Kenneth Rose observed major events of the 20th Century closely and recorded them in his journals.<span> </span>Who Loses, Who Wins: The Journals of Kenneth Rose: Volume Two 1979 – 2014<span> </span>has now been released after Roses’ death in 2014.</p> <p>In an entry dated August 8, 1981, Rose wrote about the royal wedding, according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://people.com/royals/10-bombshells-from-royal-biographers-secret-diary-including-service-to-lay-dianas-ghost-to-rest/" target="_blank">People</a>.</em></p> <p>"The Spencers were given 50 seats for St Paul's.</p> <p>"When Johnnie [Princess Diana's father] showed Diana his draft list, she crossed out all the family who had not bothered to come to the weddings of her sisters!</p> <p>"One day she will be very formidable."</p> <p>However, it wasn’t all sunshine and roses in Roses’ journals as by the summer of her wedding year, Diana’s boredom became clear to visitors of Balmoral.</p> <p>“The Prince [Charles] goes out at nine to shoot or fish, and she does not see him again until seven,” wrote Rose. [Duke Hussey who was married to the Queen’s lady-in-waiting] “wonders if he will make a sufficiently good king: he thinks not. The prince is too immature, and the contrast with the firm style of the Queen will be most marked.”</p>

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"They threatened us": ABC "quashed" story about Jeffrey Epstein due to pressure from British Royal family

<p>In a leaked footage released Tuesday, US anchor Amy Robach said her network “quashed” a story about convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein due to threats from the British royal family.</p> <p>Robach, reporter and anchor for ABC America, is seen in the clip speaking about her frustration that the network did not air her 2015 interview with one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Giuffre (formerly Virginia Roberts).</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">WE NEED YOU <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/VeritasArmy?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#VeritasArmy</a>! <br /><br />Sign the petition, DEMAND ANSWERS: <a href="https://t.co/hGPzzXgbnT">https://t.co/hGPzzXgbnT</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EpsteinCoverup?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EpsteinCoverup</a> <a href="https://t.co/qKGA8mst7b">pic.twitter.com/qKGA8mst7b</a></p> — Project Veritas (@Project_Veritas) <a href="https://twitter.com/Project_Veritas/status/1191746719714811904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 5, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>In the video, Robach said she was told, “Who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.”</p> <p>Robach also said the British Royal Palace pressured ABC not to air her interview with Giuffre.</p> <p>“The Palace found out that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways,” she said.</p> <p>She suggested the network feared that airing the interview would hurt the network’s ability to gain an interview with Prince William and Duchess Kate.</p> <p>“We were so afraid that we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will. That also quashed the story.”</p> <p>Robach said Giuffre had given her news crew “everything”, including photographic evidence.</p> <p>“She was in hiding for 12 years, we convinced her to come out, we convinced her to talk to us. It was unbelievable what we had,” Robach said.</p> <p>“I tried for three years to get it on to no avail and now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations and I freaking had all of it.</p> <p>“Brad Edwards [Giuffre’s lawyer], the attorney, three years ago saying, ‘There will come a day, when we will realise Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific paedophile this country had ever known.’ I had it all three years ago.”</p> <p>Project Veritas, a conservative organisation which released the clip, said it came from an “ABC insider”.</p> <p>Following the video’s release, ABC denied that outside pressure influenced the network’s decision to reject the 2015 story.</p> <p>“At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story,” ABC News said in a statement Tuesday.</p> <p>“As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration,” Robach said.</p> <p>“I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with Virginia [Giuffre] didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations. My comments about Prince Andrew and her allegation that she had seen Bill Clinton on Epstein’s private island were in reference to what Virginia [Giuffre] said in that interview in 2015.”</p> <p>In an interview published by <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.npr.org/2019/08/22/753390385/a-dead-cat-a-lawyers-call-and-a-5-figure-donation-how-media-fell-short-on-epstei" target="_blank">NPR</a> in August, Giuffre said she “viewed the ABC interview as a potential game-changer”.</p> <p>“Appearing on ABC with its wide viewership would have been the first time for me to speak out against the government for basically looking the other way and to describe the anger and betrayal victims felt.”</p> <p>Epstein was arrested in July on sex trafficking charges and died in prison the following month.</p> <p>Epstein had been associated with Prince Andrew and former US president Bill Clinton. Both the prince and Clinton have <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/prince-andrew-finally-breaks-silence-on-friendship-with-jeffrey-epstein" target="_blank">denied</a> any knowledge of Epstein’s crimes and illicit activities.</p>

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“The purest love”: Peter Overton opens up about parenting two daughters

<p>Peter Overton has admitted while parenting his two girls, Allegra 12, and Giselle, 10, poses its own unique challenges, he says it is the “purest” form of love. </p> <p>The Nine newsreader says with his eldest daughter turning 13 next year, the “puberty freight train is knocking at the front door.”</p> <p>"I just try to keep it even," he told <em><a rel="noopener" href="http://www.essentialkids.com.au/news/celebrities/the-purest-love-peter-overton-opens-up-about-parenting-two-tween-daughters-20191103-h1jcd1" target="_blank">Essential Kids</a>. </em></p> <p>"As I learn to understand and manage the mood swings and ups and downs, I just try to keep it even as much as I can.</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/Bz-hEFypejS/?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/Bz-hEFypejS/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on Jul 16, 2019 at 4:59am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Love, communication and understanding is the bedrock to navigating this age and stage."</p> <p>However it is not the coming-of-age era that is fast approaching for his eldest that he is super focused on at the moment - it is negotiating social media and screen time limits. </p> <p>"When you throw in social media at this age, and the dangers that can come with that, it can be a potent mix," he admitted. </p> <p>"As a dad, I just want to protect her. And in some ways, I think this age can be more difficult for a father than a mother."</p> <p>Thankfully however, his wife Jessica Rowe, who is a former co-host of <em>Studio 10</em> and author, offers him a world of support and insightful advice and comments. </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/Bxeb4M4l2ni/?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/Bxeb4M4l2ni/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on May 15, 2019 at 12:55am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"She says 'Peter, think of it as a butterfly coming out of a cocoon. This is what is happening to Allegra. If you're stressed about something that's going on at 53-years-of-age, how do you think she feels at 12?’” the journalist recounted. </p> <p>"I constantly say to Allegra; 'I will always listen to you and I'll always help you, I will never judge you'."</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/B28urJWJyEv/?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/B28urJWJyEv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on Sep 28, 2019 at 1:53am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>He says he finds it easiest to connect with his daughter by walking and talking together as “there is no direct eye contact.”</p> <p>"That's where I find you can have the best conversations… You are just walking and relaxed.”</p> <p>It is not just Allegra he finds himself spending time with, as he divides it also with his youngest child, Giselle. </p> <p>Bursting with pride and appreciation for his girls, he proudly said “just listening to her speeches and rehearsing brings me great joy.”</p> <p>They too, like Giselle, share special bonding moments, and finds " holding hands, chatting it up, reviewing a film” is to him, “the greatest day in the world.”</p> <p>Despite Rowe resigning from her full-time TV gig on <em>Studio 10 </em>in March 2019, Overton admits the mother is still “incredibly busy” with her charity works. </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/B3eDFHHJx4E/?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/B3eDFHHJx4E/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Jessica Rowe (@jessjrowe)</a> on Oct 11, 2019 at 12:27am PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>"Every parent is peddling hard with their kids, but we are very focused on trying to work a date night in at least once a month,” the father-of-two said. </p> <p>“We are overdue, actually!”</p> <p>The couple often reflect on their beautiful relationship with their two girls, with Overton explaining “we really invest in them and have worked hard.</p> <p>"I describe it as 'the purest love' - I have never loved in such a pure way as the love I have for my daughters."</p>

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“Wildly inappropriate”: Woman slams budget airline Jetstar for racially targeting her

<p>A Melbourne woman has slammed budget airline Jetstar and claimed that she was a victim of “s***-shaming” while waiting to board a flight at Sydney Airport.</p> <p>Serah Nathan, 33, was flying home with Tigerair and was waiting to board her flight when the “strange” altercation occurred at a Jetstar designated gate.</p> <p>Nathan was visiting her partner with whom she has a long-distance relationship with and claims she was sitting on her partner’s lap when approached by staff.</p> <p>“I sat on his knees and we just talked about mundane nothingness for a couple of minutes,” Ms Nathan told news.com.au, adding the pair weren’t going to see each other again until Christmas.</p> <p>“A uniformed Jetstar representative … sidled up and instructed me to ‘sit on a separate seat because there are children watching’.</p> <p>“My partner and I saw no children in the immediate vicinity and were bewildered at both this request and it’s relevance to how I was seated.”</p> <p>The airline ground staff representative returned with a Team Leader who again told Nathan to sit next to her partner.</p> <p>“I calmly asked her to clarify why I couldn’t converse with my partner while sitting on his knees,” Ms Nathan, a writer, said.</p> <p>“She reiterated there were children around and added, ‘you’re disrespecting the parents here by straddling your boyfriend’.”</p> <p>“I wasn’t treating a domestic airport terminal like a strip club.”</p> <p>Nathan is outraged by the incident, saying that Jetstar was “in the mood to bully a woman of colour”.</p> <p>“(The Jetstar employee) alleged my full length trackies, runners and crop top combo might get me refused on a flight,” Ms Nathan said.</p> <p>“I noted the caucasian woman sitting opposite me wore a very short strapless dress but was left to her own devices.</p> <p>“It seemed to me that Team Leader was in the mood to bully a woman of colour who looks a lot younger than my 33 years of age, and is therefore an easy target.”</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fserahnathan%2Fposts%2F10158091076945572&amp;width=500" width="500" height="506" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allow="encrypted-media"></iframe></p> <p>Jetstar have denied any discriminatory behaviour was conducted by staff members.</p> <p>“We don’t tolerate discrimination in any form and our teams dispute allegations they were acting in this way,” a Jetstar spokesperson said.</p> <p>However, when Nathan went to let the Jetstar Customer Service team know about her experience, there were some “odd responses”.</p> <p>“There were some very odd responses from their online complaints handling team, which only added salt to the wound,” she explained, questioning the online chat system whether her outfit was considered “inappropriate” to fly.</p> <p>Nathan had provided an account of what happened as well as attaching a picture of her outfit that she wore to the airport.</p> <p>The alleged response was shocking to Nathan.</p> <p>“I have checked the photo and I think you are very beautiful, your boyfriend must be very lucky to have you,” the alleged response from Jetstar read.</p> <p>“I can understand that you were not engaging in a sexual activity, but then again I believe that this kind of body language must be done in a private place,” the response continued.</p> <p>A spokesperson from Jetstar said an investigation into the incident is continuing.</p> <p>“We are speaking to our airport team to better understand what happened,” a Jetstar spokesperson said in a statement to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/melbourne-woman-claims-she-was-targeted-by-budget-airline-jetstar/news-story/5cf78a31ba6d162b538a243216914d10" target="_blank">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p>“We apologise to Serah for the manner in which her query was handled by our online customer service representative which fell well short of the standards we expect.”</p>

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Woolworths customer’s disgusting “mouldy” find in grocery shopping

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>Woolies customers have taken to social media to complain about a disgusting find inside their grocery shopping. </p> <p>A number of disgruntled shoppers said they had a rather unpalatable experience when they cut open their strawberries. </p> <p>One woman said she bought two punnets on Sunday, but was forced to throw them out after cutting open the berries and finding bugs and mould inside. </p> <p>“Luckily for my daughter she cut her first strawberry and this is what she found. She then checked a few others and they are mouldy,” she said, and added her daughter was too scared to eat the other strawberries.</p> <p>“Not sure if I have kept my (receipt) though to get a refund. Thought you should know,” she wrote.</p> <div class="fb-post" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157715889812552&amp;set=p.10157715889812552&amp;type=3&amp;theater" data-width="500" data-show-text="true"> <blockquote class="fb-xfbml-parse-ignore"> <p>Hi, I bought 2 bought 2 boxes of strawberries on Sunday 3rd Nov. Luckily for my daughter she cut her first strawberry...</p> Posted by <a href="#">Mary-Anne O'Malley</a> on <a href="https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10157715889812552&amp;set=p.10157715889812552&amp;type=3">Monday, November 4, 2019</a></blockquote> </div> <p>Another customer had their own unsatisfactory experience, writing sarcastically: “Hi Woolies, Thank you for the lovely visitor found in my freshly bought strawberries.”</p> <p>Along with the post was a picture with what appeared to be mould and a maggot inside the strawberries. </p> <p>At least one other Facebook user commented suggesting they experienced the same thing. </p> <p>“What? A grub in fruit? What next bruises or blemishes? Unbelievable,” one user joked.</p> <p>A third customer located in Victoria wrote to the supermarket giant, and complained about the customer service when she attempted to return her own packed of mouldy strawberries. </p> <p>“Gave me my money back after patronising me and making me feel like it was something I did,” she wrote Monday.</p> <p>“I then went to their berries display and counted over 7 packets of mouldy (strawberries),” she said, sharing photos of the strawberry packets.</p> <p>Woolworths quickly responded to the customer’s complaint.</p> <p>“We take product quality seriously so we're just as concerned to see this,” a spokesperson said. </p> <p>“We understand how this can be quite frustrating.”</p> <p>Woolies also responded to the two other complaints made, apologising to each woman and promising to look into each instance further.</p> <p>“We're sorry to see this in your strawberries as we aim to have the freshest fruit available in stores,” they said. </p> <p>The supermarket spokesperson told <em>Yahoo News Australia </em>the weather conditions in Queensland caused some issues with strawberry suppliers. </p> <p>“Due to the extended hot, dry and windy conditions in Queensland, we’ve seen a short-term impact on the quality of strawberries,” they said. </p> <p>“We expect this to improve as we transition from the Queensland to Victorian strawberry seasons.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Farmers rejoice after shock massive donation from Muslim community

<p>A small drought-stricken town in Southern Queensland has been overwhelmed with a massive donation of hay and water from the Muslim community in Australia.</p> <p>Stanthorpe, which was feared to run out of water in December or January, was the recipient of 438 hay bales and 190,000 litres of water.</p> <p>This was arranged by Muslim Aid Australia and added to their previous and similarly sized donation by the group to the town about a month ago.</p> <p>The group’s spokesman Riyaad Ally said that fundraising efforts for the drought initiative have been extensive.</p> <p><iframe src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FCharityMAA%2Fvideos%2F1131955387009022%2F&amp;show_text=0&amp;width=267" width="267" height="476" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowtransparency="true" allowfullscreen="true"></iframe></p> <p>"Everybody just wanted to unite. We had really amazing support from not only our donor base, but other organisations' donor bases that all came together," he told <a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS.com.au</em>.</a></p> <p>Ally said that the group was welcomed with open arms by Stanthorpe residents.</p> <p>"It was amazing. The people there, they couldn't thank us enough for the support," Mr Ally said.</p> <p>"At the end of the day, we don't need the thanks. We do this because we love it.”</p> <p>Last year, Muslim Aid Australia began its extensive work in drought relief when it donated around a dozen truckloads of hay to outback town Goondiwindi that comprised of more than 150 tonnes of hay.</p> <p>Donors for the town of Stanthorpe included organisations from Turkey and the United Kingdom as well as local mosques and Muslim-run businesses.</p> <p>"We love to actually be with the people that we're supporting as well,” Ally explained.</p> <p>"We're all part of the same family and we're all trying to help each other out."</p>

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Charlie Teo claims colleagues are “trying to destroy” him in candid interview

<p>The controversial neurosurgeon Dr Charlie Teo has taken aim at his medical colleagues for “trying to destroy” him. </p> <p>He says while he admits to making “sexualised” jokes, people have been trying to ruin him “for years,” while speaking at his foundations Brain Cancer Research Ball in Perth on Sunday night. </p> <p>“I’m sure you know my history, the history is that my colleagues are trying to destroy me and my reputation for years now,” he said, as reported by<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://thewest.com.au/news/health/they-want-to-destroy-me-charlie-teo-unloads-on-critics-at-wa-fundraiser-ng-b881371310z" target="_blank">The West Australian.</a></em></p> <p>“They talk about the fact that I … am a sexual predator. Now, I do tell sexualised jokes. I will be the first to admit it, I swear like a trooper.”</p> <p>Dr Teo, 61, made headlines in September after the<span> </span>Sydney Morning Herald<span> </span>ran an investigation into the neuroscientist where a number of his colleagues accused him of inappropriate conduct. </p> <p>He was also accused of making others uncomfortable due to sexual conversations. </p> <p>In the emotional speech, Dr Teo told the crowd his lawyers had advised him not to make any comments on the allegations but assured them he had “never had a complaint”.</p> <p>“I am a bit old-fashioned, I can tell some jokes but I’ve never had a complaint. I certainly wouldn’t use my power or my authority to persuade someone for sex,” he said.</p> <p>Dr Teo stated he was “incredibly disappointed” by the allegations in early September. </p> <p>The article, published in<span> </span>The Sydney Morning Herald<span> </span>on September 5, detailed quotes from anonymous colleagues describing a number of inappropriate gestures and actions by Dr Teo while in surgery and at his own home. </p> <p>It also shares quotes made by unnamed neurosurgeons who accused Dr Teo of overcharging patients. </p> <p>“I am incredibly surprised and tremendously disappointed by the article published today in<span> </span>The Sydney Morning Herald,” he said in a statement on his personal website in September.</p> <p>“Particularly disturbing was the evident lack of legitimate research, the use of nameless sources, the staggering number of inaccuracies and ultimate failure to provide a fair and balanced story.</p> <p>“I am not the first person to be subjected to this type of reporting and I will not be the last.</p> <p>“I am immensely proud of everything that I have achieved professionally as a surgeon in Australia and internationally and of the work of the Charlie Teo Foundation.</p> <p>“I recognise that none of this would have been possible without the support of my amazing team, many of whom who have been with me for many years.”</p> <p>It wasn’t too long ago when in June, Dr Teo was criticised by University of Sydney Professor of surgery, Henry Woo, for the amount he charges to perform surgeries. </p> <p>Dr Woo wrote on Twitter in a fiery statement: “something is seriously wrong if a terminally ill girl with a brain tumour has to raise $130,000 to have surgery Dr Charlie Teo has offered to do for $60-80,000”.</p> <p>He further argued that “if it was valid surgery, it could/should be performed in the public system under Medicare”. </p> <p>Dr Teo hit back at the firestorm, saying he wasn’t allowed to operate in public hospitals. </p> <p>He further accused the medical establishment of “gunning” for him. </p> <p>The neurosurgeon later revealed he was facing possible disciplinary action after multiple complaints were submitted to the NSW Health Care Complaints Commission, which sent him a letter warning him of making “comments which may undermine confidence in colleagues’ directive decisions relating to patients.”</p> <p>“They will eventually get me,” the 61-year-old told a medical conference in Canberra where he read out a personal letter.</p> <p>“A lot of good people have gone down to the system. I used to say just take the high road and the high road will always keep you protected, but I really don’t think that is true.”</p>

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Ash Barty’s hilarious interview moment after $6.4 million win

<p>Ash Barty has triumphed at the WTA Finals, allowing her to secure a cash prize of AU$6.4 million – the biggest cheque in tennis history.</p> <p>The 23-year-old took to the podium to claim her prize and give her speech after defeating defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday night.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Incredible ✨ <a href="https://t.co/jf4j96owF6">pic.twitter.com/jf4j96owF6</a></p> — Ash Barty (@ashbarty) <a href="https://twitter.com/ashbarty/status/1191073899682811904?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 3, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>“Congratulations to Elina and your team, you’ve had an exceptional year, you’re one of the toughest competitors on the tour and I know we’ll have many, many more battles in the future so congratulations to you and your team,” Barty said.</p> <p>However, she made a slip of the tongue when addressing the Chinese city of Shenzhen, where the tournament was held.</p> <p>“Thank you to the s**tty ... ah, the city of Shenzen,” Barty said, before recovering and thanking the “spectacular crowd”.</p> <p>“It’s just been a crazy year, it really has,” she said.</p> <p>“It feels like it’s been a year that just hasn’t stopped … at times it felt like a circus going around and around. To cap it off with a very, very special night tonight in Shenzhen is really cool.”</p> <p>Following the WTA, Barty is set to compete at the Fed Cup final in Perth as part of the Australian team.</p> <p>“This Fed Cup final is something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. I can’t wait to get to Perth in the next couple days and then start preparing for what will be the most perfect way to end a season –  playing for your country,” said Barty.</p> <p>“For myself, to play in front of my friends and family, representing Australia, wearing the green and gold, there’s absolutely nothing better.”</p>

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Heartbroken family of 71-year-old man watch footage of him vanishing in Sydney shopping centre

<p>Retired barber Bernard Gore, 71, was on a three-week trip to Sydney with his wife of 50 years, Angela, to visit one of their three adult children in December 2016. </p> <p>The couple were staying in their daughter’s apartment in Woollahra, in the city’s east and planned to return to his home in Tasmania on January 11, 2017. </p> <p>However on January 6, 2017, Mr Gore set off for a day trip to Westfield Bondi Junction at 12:30 Pm. </p> <p>His final moments were recorded on CCTV footage, which showed him on his 15- minute walk past a number of shops along Oxford St before he went into the shopping centre. </p> <p>Footage from inside the shopping centre shows him walking inside at 12.48pm, up the incline of level four and through door L407 at 12.50pm.</p> <p>This footage has been shown to his family for the first time, with Mr Gore’s daughter, Melinda, beginning to cry as she saw her father disappear from sight on the TV screens in the NSW Coroners Court in Lidcombe on Monday morning. </p> <p>“There is no further CCTV footage of Bernard after the time Bernard entered the fire stairs,” counsel assisting the coroner, Anna Mitchelmore SC, said.</p> <p>When Mr Gore initially disappeared, his wife searched through the areas they usually visited before returning home at 2pm. </p> <p>His family became “increasingly worried” as it got darker and reported him missing to police at 8pm. Later that night they also reported him missing to Woolworths and Westfield security. </p> <p> “Tragically, (it was) not until around 8 am on January 27, 2017, that Bernard was found deceased in the fire stairs,” Ms Mitchelmore said.</p> <p>“His body was found by a maintenance worker at the bottom of the stairwell he had entered.”</p> <p>She said it had been “immensely distressing for his family” who had wondered for weeks where their beloved family member was gone. </p> <p>“Only for him to be found at the place for which he had set off on January 6,” Ms Mitchelmore said.</p> <p>She said the 71-year-old was found lying in a “semi-kneeling position” in the stairwell. </p> <p>“It appears that he had been sitting on a chair that was found near his body, and at some stage he had fallen forward and off the chair.”</p> <p>He was found along with his white hat, a handkerchief, dentures, glasses case and a $5 note. </p> <p>The court was told Mr Gore had gone missing once before in Hobart. </p> <p>His son, Mark, had bought him a watch which had a GPS tracking device but Mr Gore hadn’t worn it on the day he went missing as it wasn’t working. </p> <p>His daughter, Melinda, had also given him a copy of her address and contact details on that day.</p> <p>Records obtained from the shopping centre showed the push-button exit door at the bottom of the stairwell was not opened once in the three-week period between when Mr Gore went missing and when his body was discovered. </p> <p>No alarm was activated. </p> <p>He was taking medication for hypertension and a mild cognitive impairment at the time of his death. </p> <p>The married couple had “more or less had a routine when they attended Westfield,” Ms Mitchelmore said. </p> <p>Deputy State Coroner Derek Lee is this week overseeing a five-day inquest into Mr Gore’s death.</p> <p>A forensic entomologist analysed data that “indicated to him Bernard died a minimum of one to two weeks before his body was found,” according to Ms Mitchelmore. </p> <p>The  issues due to be explored are the adequacy of the review of CCTV footage, the physical searches conducted by Westfield security and police, and the signage – both painted and illuminated – in the stairwell.</p> <p>Ms Mitchelmore said she anticipates the inquest will hear there was no ‘Code Grey’ - the centre’s missing person procedure - called on January 6 or 7.</p> <p>“It’s likely that it was a more informal search as opposed to a search ... by a Code Grey.”</p> <p>The inquest will also investigate why police and security formed the view in the early stages of their investigation that Mr Gore had never arrived at Westfield.</p> <p>“The intention is to always conduct a coronial investigation in a thorough and comprehensive way,” Mr Lee said.</p> <p>“It’s also the aim to identify whether there have been any shortcomings or deficiencies.</p> <p>“Not for the purpose of assigning blame or fault (but) whether some important lessons can be learned from an otherwise traumatic event.”</p>

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Collar bomb hoax: How Madeleine Pulver is doing eight years on

<p><span>Madeleine Pulver was just 17 when a balaclava-clad man broke into her Mosman home and strapped what appeared to be a collar bomb to her neck.</span></p> <p><span>The intruder left the device along with a letter demanding cash from her parents, the then-Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver and his wife Belinda.</span></p> <p><span>Pulver, who was in year 12 and preparing for her HSC, had the device locked to her neck for 10 hours before the police bomb squad discovered that the bomb was fake.</span></p> <p><span>The man who installed the device, investment banker Paul Douglas Peters, was later arrested in the US and extradited to Australia, where he was sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for aggravated break and enter and detaining for advantage.</span></p> <p><span>Today, Pulver is 26 and working as an interior designer in Sydney’s Double Bay.</span></p> <p><span>“I’m doing really well, I’m working as an interior designer and I’m loving it,” she told <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7632951/Sydney-collar-bomb-victim-Maddie-Pulver-26-interior-designer.html" target="_blank"><em>Daily Mail Australia</em></a>.</span></p> <p><span>“I had a career shift last year and I’m doing what I’m really passionate about now.”</span></p> <p><span>After completing her Bachelor’s degree at University of Technology, Sydney, Pulver worked for advertising agencies Edelman and Host/Havas as an account executive. </span></p> <p><span>In 2018, she made a career change with a diploma in interior design from the Billy Blue College of Design.</span></p> <p><span>Pulver said she tries “not to think” about the ordeal that she went through back in 2011.</span></p> <p><span>“[What happened to me] hasn’t hurt my career at all, or at least I hope not.”</span></p> <p><span>In 2017, Pulver received a Group Bravery Citation along with <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-13/bravery-awards-honour-heroes-who-fought-off-sharks-and-flames/8905664" target="_blank">14 police officers</a> involved in dealing with her incident.</span></p>

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“She takes it very personally”: Donald Trump’s take on Duchess Meghan

<p><span>US president Donald Trump said he “can understand” Duchess Meghan’s struggle with media scrutiny.</span></p> <p><span>In an interview aired on London-based radio station LBC, Trump was asked by host and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage if he felt “sorry” for the Duchess of Sussex who is “saying that the press is being really unfair”.</span></p> <p><span>“I’ve been watching her interviews and I’ve seen it and she’s taken it very personally,” Trump said.</span></p> <p><span>“I guess she had to be a little bit different than that, but she takes it very, very personally and I can understand it.”</span></p> <p><span>The president said he did not “know her” but had met with her husband Prince Harry during a state visit to the UK in June.</span></p> <p><span>"I will say I met Harry, he’s great, I met him when I was over … that was what, 5 months ago now, how time flies,” Trump said.</span></p> <p><span>“But I got to meet Harry and he really was a fine young man.”</span></p> <p><span>In a documentary that aired last week, Duchess Meghan said living in the public eye as a new mother is a “<a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/entertainment/tv/you-knew-exactly-what-you-were-doing-talk-show-host-bashes-duchess-meghan">struggle</a>”.</span></p> <p><span>“When I first met my now-husband, my friends were really happy because I was so happy, but my British friends said to me, ‘I’m sure he’s great, but you shouldn’t do it, because the British tabloids will destroy your life’,” the Duchess said in the film.</span></p> <p><span>This week, 72 female MPs released an open letter condemning the “distasteful and misleading nature of stories” about the Duchess in the British tabloids.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">Women MPs from all political parties have put aside our differences to stand in solidarity with the Duchess of Sussex today and are sending her this open letter. <a href="https://t.co/ytLHG5qPf4">pic.twitter.com/ytLHG5qPf4</a></p> — Holly Lynch MP (@HollyLynch5) <a href="https://twitter.com/HollyLynch5/status/1189175248035483648?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <p><span>The letter – which was directed to the Duchess – read, “As women MPs of political persuasions, we wanted to express our solidarity with you in taking a stand against the often distasteful and misleading nature of the stories printed in our national newspapers concerning you, your character and your family.”</span></p>

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"The game is inclusive": Rugby boss's powerful statement on Israel Folau

<p><span>On his second day as chairman of the Australian Rugby League Commission, Peter V’landys slammed Israel Folau in a statement on inclusiveness in rugby league.</span></p> <p><span>Speaking at a press conference on Thursday afternoon, V’landys said the NRL will not be reopening its doors to Folau after the footballer shared anti-gay comments on social media earlier this year.</span></p> <p><span>“The game is inclusive. The comments of Israel are not inclusive,” V’landys said. </span></p> <p><span>“Israel has to understand he is a role model. As a role model, he has a duty. When I was at school and kids used to get bashed up because they were different, I used to go and defend them. I have no tolerance for people who put other people’s lives into violence or whatever. </span></p> <p><span>“With due respect to Israel, young kids listen to it. He is a role model. They act on it … Rugby league is inclusive. So I am not in any which way reversing or looking at the decision of Israel Folau.”</span></p> <p><span>V’landys, who migrated to Australia with his family as a four-year-old from Greece, said he could have ended up in jail without the inclusivity of rugby league. </span></p> <p><span>“I came out here as a four-year-old migrant, stayed in Wollongong and went to school and I was very isolated. Didn’t know anyone, couldn’t speak any English,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>“The only way that I was able to be a part of the community was to play rugby league and that’s the sole reason I’m on this commission, is I want to repay the debt that rugby league gave me in my life because without rugby league, I could be in jail.</span></p> <p><span>“I could be anywhere because it set my path in life forward because I was accepted and included as an Australian.</span></p> <p><span>“I think we need to be more inclusive and I think the greatest asset our game has is it is very inclusive. We need to attract the Asian communities and the new communities.”</span></p> <p><span>In May, Folau’s contract was terminated due to a breach of the players’ code of conduct after the Wallabies star shared Instagram posts saying hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and others.</span></p> <p><span>V’landys took up the role of ARLC chairman on October 30 after being unanimously elected to the position, replacing Peter Beattie. V’landys also maintains his role as the chief executive of Racing NSW.</span></p> <p>“I’m not delusional, I think rugby league is going to be hard,” V’landys told <em><a href="https://www.theaustralian.com.au/weekend-australian-magazine/first-racing-now-rugby-league-peter-vlandys-raises-the-stakes/news-story/621e9c8ce19c1f43348b8996ced3d124">The Australian</a></em>. “And there’s just as many self-interest groups as there are in racing. As long as people don’t get personal and as long as people knock me for my decisions and not my personality, then I’ll be OK.”</p>

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Karl Stefanovic reunites with Peter Stefanovic for special cause

<p>Karl and Peter Stefanovic have stepped out to support a good cause as they attended a charity cricket game at the Prime Minister’s house on Thursday.</p> <p>The Channel Nine television presenters were grinning ear to ear as they posed for a photo together, wearing Nova 96.9 branded hats.</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/B4RLPrfDzNW/?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/B4RLPrfDzNW/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">Coupla lads from Capalaba dishing chin music at the pms house. @peter_stefanovic Great fundraiser @fitzyandwippa 131 🚕</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/karlstefanovic_/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> karl stefanovic</a> (@karlstefanovic_) on Oct 30, 2019 at 8:59pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The game is in its second year and aims to raise money for cricket charity<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.battingforchange.com.au/" target="_blank">Batting for Change</a><span> </span>that aims to create transformative educational opportunities for disadvantaged men and women in cricket playing countries.</p> <p>The event was hosted by Nova presenters Ryan ‘Fitzy’ Fitzgerald, Michael ‘Wippa’ Wipfli and had an appearance by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.</p> <p>“We play cricket with countries all around the world who are less fortunate,” said PM Morrison to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.radiotoday.com.au/fitzy-wippa-are-taking-on-the-pm-in-backyard-cricket/" target="_blank">Nova 96.9</a><span> </span></em>about last year’s match.</p> <p>“Sport is a great way for people to get involved. This charity helps women in countries like Sri Lanka for example, it is tremendous.</p> <p>“Watch out for Buddy the dog as he will be looking forward to it, you just have to be careful he doesn’t take the ball as you won’t get it back. He’ll be in the slips.”</p> <p>The event attracted other Australian media personalities, such as TV presenters Mark Ferguson and Peter Overton. The NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian also showed off her cricket skills at the event.</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/B4QurMOBZ2P/?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/B4QurMOBZ2P/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">What a line up!! Let’s play some cricket for a good cause 🏏🙌🏻 @battingforchange</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/fitzyandwippa/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Fitzy &amp; Wippa on Nova</a> (@fitzyandwippa) on Oct 30, 2019 at 4:50pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>The Prime Minister was spotted wearing some colourful shorts for the event, and Team Wippa was victorious on the day, much to the joy of the Prime Minister’s dog Buddy.</p> <p>“I’m glad we won off Ben Fordham getting out … and I thought the player of the match was Buddy,” he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/sport/sports-life/fitzy-wippas-epic-backyard-cricket-game-at-the-prime-ministers-house/news-story/a92f1d7a318df3f9d94a3cfa78650355" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>. </em></p> <p><span>Despite Team Fitzy losing, the team took it in their stride and generously donated $15,000 to the charity.</span></p> </div> </div> </div>

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“Dangerous nuisance animal”: Man accused of ripping kookaburra's head off named and shamed

<p>The lawyer for a Perth man who is alleged to have ripped the head off beloved Kevin the Kookaburra has called the bird a “dangerous nuisance animal” that should have been dealt with by the Parkerville Tavern much earlier.</p> <p>The Parkerville Tavern is where the man is alleged to have grabbed the local favourite known as Kevin, ripped his head off and thrown the bird under the table.</p> <p>Ross Williamson said that his client Daniel Welfare had left the country after a barrage of death threats and attacks over last week’s killing via social media.</p> <p>However, Williamson would not confirm whether or not his client was guilty of being responsible for the death of Kevin.</p> <p>He has also issued restraining orders to two women who he has accused of issuing an “online vigilante campaign” against his client.</p> <p>However, the women said that they will not stop until Welfare is brought to justice.</p> <p>Tania Scheulin, witness to the incident, has been outspoken about this.</p> <p>“I will never stop until the person that did this has some repercussions for it, charged by police or gets a fine.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"> <p dir="ltr">There's a new development in the case of a kookaburra that had its head ripped off at a Hills pub. <a href="https://twitter.com/kamingock?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@KaminGock</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9News</a> <a href="https://t.co/TQe8N6qICt">pic.twitter.com/TQe8N6qICt</a></p> — Nine News Perth (@9NewsPerth) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsPerth/status/1189124300785123329?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 29, 2019</a></blockquote> <p>However, Williamson has said that he has previous information relating to Kevin’s behaviour at the Tavern and that kookaburras are an invasive species in WA.</p> <p>"The kookaburra is an invasive species in WA," he said to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/perth-kevin-the-kookaburra-beheaded-man-leaves-australia-death-threats-crime-news-wa-australia/e3c92ab2-5af5-4df1-bca7-c5b5f9089de2" target="_blank">9News</a></em>.</p> <p>"Until recently you could shoot them with impunity and people used to do that and get a community service award for doing that sort of thing.</p> <p>"This particular bird I have reports about. It has attacked children. It's injured the faces of children... this bird is - or was - a dangerous nuisance animal and the Parkerville Tavern should have done something to deal with it."</p> <p>He has also criticised the state government’s role in the case.</p> <p>"I noticed the Police Commissioner, with the Police Minister at his side, called a press conference saying they are going to prosecute my client over the demise of a pest - a harmful, nuisance bird," he said.</p> <p>"I hear nothing about the police investigating and prosecuting people for making threats to harm, kill and rape my clients.</p> <p>"I call on the police to do that - to investigate this criminal vigilante."</p>

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Brace yourself! Retailers face fines of up to $50,000 as new plastic bag ban starts

<p>Victorian retailers who supply single-use plastic bags to customers could be fined $49,500 per offence under new state laws that come into effect from tomorrow.</p> <p>The plastic bag ban impacts retail outlets in the entire state, which includes supermarkets, fashion stores, fast-food outlets, convenience stores as well as individual businesses who face fines of $9,900 per offence.</p> <p>The new law makes it illegal for any retailer to “lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles with a thickness of 35 microns or less at any part of the bag, including degradable, biodegradable and compostable bags,” according to<span> </span><em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/retail/retailers-face-fines-of-50000-as-victorias-plastic-bag-ban-kicks-in-on-november-1/news-story/db6e33ffdd5c8768ab75ec31afc9ae8e" target="_blank">news.com.au</a>.</em></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/B3avG2YHhoO/?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/B3avG2YHhoO/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">👍 Don't forget your reusable bag @vicmarket #reusablebags #VICbagban #melbourne #retail #shopping #plasticbagban #national_retail_association</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/vicbagban/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> VIC bag ban</a> (@vicbagban) on Oct 9, 2019 at 5:34pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>In a statement that announced the legislation to parliament, Victorian Environment Minister Lily D’Ambrosio said that the ban is a much-needed step towards protecting the state’s nature from plastic pollution.</p> <p>“Plastic pollution is a significant environmental problem — the actions we take now will help ensure Victoria has a clean and bright future,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.</p> <p>“The feedback on this one was clear. Victorians want to do more to protect the environment from the damage litter causes and are overwhelmingly supportive of banning single-use plastic shopping bags.</p> <p>“We’ve been working closely with businesses to plan for the ban ahead of November and we’ll continue to look at ways we can reduce other types of plastic pollution across Victoria.”</p> <p>The National Retail Association has partnered with the Victorian Government to educate business owners about the ban. They said that thousands of businesses have made the switch to sustainable bags.</p> <p>“Overwhelmingly retailers are embracing this policy,” NRA chief executive Dominique Lamb said in a statement. “We know that consumers are very supportive, and most businesses have already moved to implement more sustainable options well ahead of Friday’s deadline.”</p>

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