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We’re back!

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Facebook has finally removed the ban on news and other information sites in Australia, restoring hundreds of pages in an instant.</p> <p>The ban included local sites, such as<span> </span><em>ABC<span> </span></em>and<span> </span><em>The Guardian</em><span> </span>but also included international pages such as<span> </span><em>The Wall Street Journal<span> </span></em>and<span> </span><em>CNN</em>.</p> <p>The ban lasted eight days and caught attention worldwide, but was lifted one day after the Australian Government passed its news media bargaining code, according to <em><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/facebooks-australian-news-ban-remains-despite-senate-passing-news-code-changes/news-story/f1b8b029bc99a9d34c77c56a9a221ec3" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</em></p> <p>The code included amendments discussed in talks between Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.</p> <p>Facebook removed news content in response to the federal media bargaining code as it aims to force internet giants to pay news publishers for generating content that the websites host.</p> <p>Facebook's global affairs vice-president Nick Clegg argued that Facebook had no choice but to remove all news content from the platform to evade Australia's news code.</p> <p>Mr Clegg said executives felt they had only two responses to laws drafted by Australia’s competition watchdog: agree to “open-ended subsidies … or remove news from our platform in Australia”.</p> <p>“It wasn’t a decision taken lightly,” he said.</p> <p>“But when it came, we had to take action quickly because it was legally necessary to do so before the new law came into force, and so we erred on the side of over-enforcement.</p> <p>“In doing so, some content was blocked inadvertently. Much of this was, thankfully, reversed quickly.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Samantha Armytage's big news

<p><span>Samantha Armytage has revealed major news with fans, weeks after tying the knot in a surprise wedding to Richard Lavender.</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Sunrise</em> presenter took to Instagram to share her new venture with her followers – her own podcast called Something to Talk About with Samantha Armytage.</span><br /><br /><span>“BIG NEWS: I’m starting a podcast,” Armytage captioned the promo post.</span><br /><br /><span>The podcast is in collaboration with Stellar magazine, which is the same publication the Seven star writes a weekly column for.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLsPNEGnNqi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLsPNEGnNqi/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“A little weekly chat - similar to my columns. First one drops this Sunday.. pls tune in,” she wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>The major news follows after the 44-year-old married Lavender, in an inmate ceremony on New Year’s Eve.</span><br /><br /><span>Armytage's sweet dog Banjo and Lavender’s daughters were among some of the only guests at the nuptials.</span><br /><br /><span>The pair tied the knot at the businessman’s 40 hectare property in the Southern Highlands in NSW, and only chose the share just a few photos on to social media.</span><br /><br /><span>“We decided three days before we were going to get married and we did. It was lovely. Twelve of us there and it was just gorgeous,” she said on the breakfast show.</span><br /><br /><span>“We just didn't know when we were going to get it done.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKI_FFMHPMv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CKI_FFMHPMv/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“Rich's family were all in lockdown on the northern beaches so they couldn't come, my sister is in London, and dad was like, ‘Just do it’. We've done it. Dad loves a party so we gave him one.”</span><br /><br /><span>Armytage announced her engagement to Lavender in June.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple have been together since April, 2019.</span></p>

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Allison Langdon finally reveals the full extent of her injuries

<p><span>Allison Langdon has opened up after her horrific ordeal, sharing some of the gory details.</span><br /><br /><span>The journalist suffered from a watersports stunt gone terribly wrong while filming for a segment on the <em>Today</em> show.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIo7xdjHOiG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CIo7xdjHOiG/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Allison Langdon (@allisonlangdon)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>She has since undergone knee surgery after she fell from a hydrofoil during a pre-recorded segment on the Gold Coast on February 4.</span><br /><br /><span>Speaking on <em>The Kyle and Jackie O Show</em> on Thursday, Allison shared for the first time the extent of her injuries.</span><br /><br /><span>She told the radio hosts she’d suffered from a bit more than a “bruised kneecap”.</span></p> <p><span><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840039/allison-langdfon.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bc96fb840812455ba7b7ddb14b0d1205" /></span></p> <p><span>“I’ve done a right royal job on it,” Allison said, revealing she'd actually broken her leg and dislocated a knee.</span><br /><br /><span>“That sounds horrific!” said radio host Jackie 'O'.</span><br /><br /><span>When asked about her return to <em>Today</em>, she said optimistically: “I’m desperate to get back, I actually miss Karl and the team. A couple more weeks and then hopefully.”</span><br /><br /><span>A Channel Nine spokesperson described in a statement what had happened as “an unfortunate accident”</span></p> <p> </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/CLX_-y1pwkZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CLX_-y1pwkZ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by thetodayshow (@thetodayshow)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><br /><span>“After nearly an hour of incident-free filming of a segment about hydrofoiling, Ally fell awkwardly as she headed back to the marina at the end of the shoot,” they said.</span></p>

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Melissa Caddick found dead months after disappearance

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Missing Sydney businesswoman Melissa Caddick has been found months after her disappearance.</p> <p>Campers on the NSW south coast found her remains over the weekend, with DNA confirming that it was her.</p> <p>She was last seen in her Dover Heights home on November 11th 2020.</p> <p>She was being investigated by ASIC before her disappearance and was accused of meticulously and systematically deceiving investors who trusted her with millions of dollars over several years.</p> <p>Assistant Commissioner Michael Willing said campers found a running shoe on Bournda Beach, south of Tathra, on Sunday to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://7news.com.au/news/sydney/missing-sydney-businesswoman-melissa-caddick-found-dead-months-after-disappearance-c-2243023" target="_blank"><em>7NEWS</em></a><em>.</em></p> <p>“Within that shoe, were the remains of a human foot,” Willing told reporters on Friday, adding the foot and shoe matched the size and description of a shoe that Caddick had been wearing before she disappeared.</p> <p>“DNA from the foot was last night matched to DNA sample from Melissa Caddick’s toothbrush and family members.”</p> <p>“I can say that exactly how Melissa came to enter the water is still a mystery,” he said.</p> <p>“Police have always kept an open mind in relation to what the circumstances were for her disappearance, including the fact that Melissa may have taken her own life.</p> <p>“However, a definitive decision in relation to the manner, time and cause of death is a matter for the coroner.”</p> <p>Caddick's family was told of the development on Thursday night.</p> <p>“They are obviously very distressed and her wider family members are very distressed as well,” Willing said.</p> <p>Court-appointed liquidators earlier in the week looked over thousands of documents and interviewed family members, business associates and investors of Caddick.</p> <p>Investors “were working on the basis that they trusted Melissa and that they could trust that she was going to invest their money prudently and diligently,” provisional liquidator Bruce Gleeson told reporters on Wednesday.</p> <p>“Unfortunately that hasn’t happened.”</p> <p>She provided investors with hundreds of documents on Commonwealth and CommSex letterheads that suggested investors were profiting off their investments and used the money instead to fund an "extravagant lifestyle".</p> <p>Liquidators have been unable to find the account numbers listed on the documents or have discovered that the account numbers were not with the actual investor.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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"Is there something we don't know?" SMH publishes Prince Philip obituary

<p><span>The<em> Sydney Morning Herald</em> was quick, but not quick enough, to remove a pre-prepared obituary for Prince Philip that was seemingly published by accident on Monday afternoon.</span><br /><br /><span>An article titled <em>“Prince Philip Through the Years”</em> showed up in the paper’s obituary section at around 5pm.</span><br /><br /><span>It remains unclear whether it was a coincidental retrospective article that was simply put in the wrong section in the site, or was indeed a very grave mistake.</span><br /><br /><span>The mistake was spotted by an eagle-eyed Twitter user on Monday, which was sold as </span><span><em>“The life and times of Britain’s longest-serving royal consort Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, in pictures”</em>. The article has since been deleted and redirects to a 404 link.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Is there something we don’t know <a href="https://twitter.com/smh?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@smh</a>? <a href="https://t.co/gNBbBPBdL8">pic.twitter.com/gNBbBPBdL8</a></p> — Mister B OAM (@MissBaileyWoof) <a href="https://twitter.com/MissBaileyWoof/status/1363793977518944265?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 22, 2021</a></blockquote> <p><br /><span>Twitter user ‘Miss Bailey Woof’ shared a screenshot of the article with the caption: “Is there something we don’t know @smh?”</span><br /><br /><span>“Someone accidentally pressed the publish button while revising the draft with latest info,” one person speculated in response to the tweet.</span><br /><br /><span>“Oops,” added another.</span><br /><br /><span>The 99-year-old royal was admitted to the King Edward VII Hospital in London on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, after he reported he was feeling unwell at Windsor Castle.</span><br /><br /><span>Buckingham Palace announced the Duke of Edinburgh was being treated for an infection.</span><br /><br /><span>His son Prince Edward said his father was “a lot better”.</span><br /><br /><span>“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” said the short statement issued on Tuesday.</span></p>

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Greg Hunt reveals doctor responsible for QLD overdose did not receive training

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has revealed shocking information in parliament, which led to gasps around the room.</p> <p>He said that the doctor who gave two elderly Australians four times the recommended dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine had not completed his online training.</p> <p>The federal government is responsible for the inoculation of aged care residents and owned up to the incident Wednesday morning.</p> <p>“Healthcare Australia confirmed the doctor had completed training provided through the Australian College of Nursing and the company is advised it had copies of completion,” Hunt said on Wednesday afternoon.</p> <p>“The revised advice is that on further investigation, Healthcare Australia has now advised that the doctor had not completed the required training.”</p> <p>“This is being investigated by Healthcare Australia and we are expecting a report later today,” Hunt pressed on.</p> <p>“Healthcare Australia has advised that all other immunisers have completed the training.</p> <p>“Healthcare Australia has also advised that this doctor has not been involved in the vaccine rollout in any other facilities.”</p> <p>Hunt said that he was apologetic for the mistake.</p> <p>“I apologise to the House,” he said.</p> <p>“I reaffirm my apologies to the family.</p> <p>“I have asked the department to take action against the company and the doctor for what is a clear breach on both fronts.”</p> <p>A quick-thinking nurse spotted the error after the doses were administered consecutively and the doctor responsible was immediately stood down.</p> <p>The incident has left Queensland Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk furious.</p> <p>“Mr Speaker, none of this is good enough and the federal government must explain itself,” she said in a fiery address.</p> <p>“Today I will write to the prime minister asking him to convene a National Cabinet as soon as possible.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Tiger Woods hospitalised after serious car crash

<p>Tiger Woods was taken to hospital with "multiple leg injuries" after being involved in a serious car crash in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning (AEDT).</p> <p>The 45-year-old was driving alone when his vehicle rolled over around 7 am local time and had to be extricated from his car with the jaws of life.</p> <p>There are now fears for the golf superstars' wellbeing and career, with an outpouring of support from the sports world.</p> <p>The LA Sherriff's Department confirmed it had responded to a single vehicle rollover on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Ranchos Palos Verdes.</p> <p>Woods’ vehicle was travelling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed.</p> <p>“The vehicle sustained major damage,” the LASD said in a statement.</p> <p>“Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”</p> <p>Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg released a short statement confirming Woods had “suffered multiple leg injuries.</p> <p>“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” Steinberg said.</p> <p>ESPN’s Michael Eaves reported Woods injuries were not considered life-threatening.</p> <p>“Local police source said the initial report from the scene of the accident indicated the possibility of multiple leg fractures,” he tweeted.</p> <p>Woods, who has two children, Charlie and Sam, was in LA for the US PGA Genesis Invitational, where he serves as tournament host.</p> <p>Former US president Donald Trump led a host of wellwishers, saying: “Get well soon, Tiger. You are a true champion.”</p>

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Schapelle Corby back in the spotlight

<p><span>Schapelle Corby is set to return to the spotlight, this time for another Aussie reality show that is much different from <em>SAS Australia.</em></span><br /><br /><span>The convicted drug smuggler, 43, is reportedly going to be a “wildcard contestant” on the upcoming season of <em>Dancing with the Stars.</em></span><br /><br /><span>The only stars that we know are joining the show so far are Home and Away actress Ada Nicodemou, former Daily Edition host Tom Williams and <em>Fox</em> FM radio presenter Fifi Box.</span><br /><br /><span>While that is all the details we have at the moment, other rumoured celebrities to be joining are Luke Jacobz, Lincoln Lewis, Bec Hewitt and Erin McNaught.</span><br /><br /><span>Fifi Box opened up on joining the show, and joked that she “hasn’t left this chair” for two-and-a-half years since before the birth of her daughter Daisy.</span><br /><br /><span>“Fitness has not been my thing for the past two or three years. I haven’t done much … so surprise, surprise, I am about to hit the dancefloor,” she told her radio co-hosts Brendan Fevola and Nick Cody.</span><br /><br /><span>“It’s been 14 years since I was on the dancefloor, it’s a long time between dances … I am back baby!”</span><br /><br /><span>She added: “Being on Dancing With The Stars back in 2007, it was one of the highlights of my life. I loved it so much, it was this incredible experience.</span><br /><br /><span>“I don’t know who else is going to be in it, I don’t know a lot of things, but I do know I have a dancer and his name is Jeremy. I don’t know if he knows what he’s up against,” she joked.</span><br /><br /><span>Fifi was runner up to Kate Ceberano on season 6 in 2007.</span><br /><br /><span>Corby last appeared on Australian televisions when she joined the cast of SAS Australia in 2020.</span><br /><br /><span>Despite being a fan favorite, she didn’t make it past the second episode.</span></p>

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David Koch slams MP Craig Kelly after quitting Liberal Party

<p><span><em>Sunrise</em> host David Kochie Koch confronted conspiracy theorist and politician, Craig Kelly, for his wild beliefs regarding COVID-19.</span><br /><br /><span>The MP made the rogue decision to quit the Liberal Party on Tuesday, and instead move to crossbench as an independent.</span><br /><br /><span>While on <em>Sunrise</em>, Kelly said he left the Coalition so he could “speak fearlessly and frankly about issues that concern me.”</span><br /><br /><span>The MP said these issues include advocating for head lice treatment to be prescribed to coronavirus patients, even though Australian health experts have regarded it as ineffective.</span><br /><br /><span>“I believe Australian doctors should be able, if they think it can help their patient, they should be able to prescribe that,” he said.</span></p> <p><span>Kochie went on to ask: “Every chief medical officer says what you sprout is rot, it’s misleading and dangerous - why wouldn’t you take their advice?”</span><br /><br /><span>Kelly claimed he receives his health advice from “immunologists, professors and some of the highest qualified medical people from all around the world.”</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>Sunrise</em> host did not accept the claim though and accused Kelly of “confusing the public” by undermining the health advice provided by Australia’s political leaders and health experts.</span><br /><br /><span>“Our chief medical officers, every single one of them, federal and state, says that you’re wrong,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>Kelly has been an increasingly controversial figure during the coronavirus pandemic.</span><br /><br /><span>Last week, he was banned from posting on Facebook for one week after he violated the coronavirus misinformation policy.</span><br /><br /><span>Kelly’s decision to leave from the Liberals means the Coalition has lost its one-seat majority.</span><br /><br /><span>Now there are 61 Liberals, 16 Nationals, 68 Labor MPs, one Green, one Katter’s Australia Party MP, one Centre Alliance MP and four independents.</span><br /><br /><span>Kelly maintains that he will “still be there supporting the government” from the crossbench and has “assured the Prime Minister” that will be the case.</span></p>

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Palace reveals why Prince Philip is still in hospital

<p>Buckingham Palace has released a statement about the condition of 99-year-old Prince Philip as he spends his seventh day in the hospital.</p> <p>The Palace said in a statement on Tuesday that he is "receiving medical attention for an infection" and is likely to remain in hospital for "several days".</p> <p>“He is comfortable and responding to treatment but is not expected to leave hospital for several days,” said the short statement.</p> <p>Prince Edward, his youngest child, said that he had spoken to his father on the phone and that the royal family were "keeping their fingers crossed".</p> <p>The Earl of Wessex said the 99-year-old was “a lot better thank you very much indeed, and he’s looking forward to getting out, which is the most positive thing. So we keep our fingers crossed.”</p> <p>When asked whether the Duke was frustrated, Edward joked to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://news.sky.com/story/prince-philip-a-lot-better-and-looking-forward-to-leaving-hospital-prince-edward-says-12226716" target="_blank"><em>Sky News</em></a>: “Just a bit! I think that gets to all of us, and then, you can only watch the clock so many times and the walls are only so interesting."</p> <p>Prince Philip has also been visited by his grandson Prince William and his son Prince Charles.</p> <p>The Queen has not visited, but that could be due to the strict COVID-19 protocols in place at the hospital where Prince Philip is recovering.</p> <p>The Palace has also not gone into detail as to why he was admitted but has said it's not COVID-19 related.</p>

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Facebook to end Australian news ban

<p><span>Facebook has announced it will be ending the disruptive ban on news in Australia, just six days after it was implemented.</span><br /><br /><span>The social media platform told the Australian government it would restore news pages "in the coming days" following amendments to the News Media and Digital Bargaining Code.</span><br /><br /><span>Australian news pages are currently blocked from sharing content and all users are banned from sharing links to Australian news sources.</span><br /><br /><span>The new changes to the code aim to provide "further clarity" to the proposed media code.</span><br /><br /><span>The new amendments must consider whether a digital platform (such as Facebook) "has made a significant contribution to the sustainability of the Australian news industry".</span><br /><br /><span>In a statement, Facebook's Australia and New Zealand Managing Director William Easton said the platform was "pleased" to have reached an agreement with the government.</span><br /><br /><span>"After further discussions, we are satisfied that the Australian government has agreed to a number of changes and guarantees that address our core concerns about allowing commercial deals that recognize the value our platform provides to publishers relative to the value we receive from them," Mr Easton wrote.</span><br /><br /><span>"As a result of these changes, we can now work to further our investment in public interest journalism and restore news on Facebook for Australians in the coming days."</span></p>

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Fourth woman makes complaint against Brittany Higgins' attacker

<p><span>The man accused of raping his colleague Brittany Higgans has been accused by a fourth woman of assault.</span><br /><br /><span>The former Liberal staffer has had yet another complaint made about him to the police in Canberra on Sunday, after the anonymous woman learnt the identity of the man Ms Higgins claims assaulted her in 2019.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839993/brittany-higgins.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3128fefe6424484a852466b898d8e083" /><br /><br /><span>The fourth woman said she was at Canberra’s Public Bar in 2017 after work, when the man reached his hand under the table and stroked her thigh.</span><br /><br /><span>A third woman also came forward and claimed she was raped by the same male staffer while she volunteered for the Coalition's 2016 election campaign.</span><br /><br /><span>That woman told <em>The Australian</em> newspaper that the male staffer bought her several drinks on a night out.</span><br /><br /><span>She became so drunk she vomited, so she decided to call an Uber home, but says the man assured her his hotel was nearby and he would “look after her”.</span><br /><br /><span>She went on to allege that she woke up with her shirt open, her jeans pushed down and the staffer “lying on top of me”.</span><br /><br /><span>“I believe his actions … constitute sexual assault, because he performed or tried to perform sexual acts on me whilst I was … unable to provide valid and informed consent,’’ she said.</span><br /><br /><span>The young woman — who had not had sex before — did not go to police at the time.</span><br /><br /><span>“I was severely embarrassed about it and felt dirty and ashamed,” she said.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Higgins, who alleges she was raped on a couch in Defence Minister Linda Reynolds’ office.</span><br /><br /><span>She says the assault took place in March 2019, and is set to meet with the Australian Federal Police tomorrow to make a formal complaint.</span></p>

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Kevin Rudd disputes story he wanted to assault diplomat

<p>Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has denied an allegation that he had to be stopped from punching a Chinese negotiator during a failed climate change summit.</p> <p>The claims were made by British PM Gordon Brown in an article that references the failed 2009 Copenhagen Climate Change summit.</p> <p>“I look back on the Copenhagen climate change summit in 2009, when the UK and Europe’s enthusiasm for a deal failed to overcome both the reluctance of the US to make legally binding commitments, and the deep suspicion of China, India and the emerging economies of any obligations that they believed might threaten their development,” he wrote.</p> <p>‘So determined were they to avoid binding commitments that they rejected Europe’s offer to unilaterally bind itself to a 50% cut in its emissions.</p> <p>“So bitter were the divisions that the Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, who bravely stood out for an ambitious deal, had to be physically restrained from punching the Chinese negotiator.”</p> <p>Rudd quickly denied the claims, while getting a jab in at Tony Abbott.</p> <p>“No. It didn’t happen,” he said.</p> <p>“I’ve always made a point of leaving the shirtfronting to Tony Abbott.</p> <p>“The bottom line is that I was vigorously prosecuting Australia’s climate interests at a time when China was aggressively resisting. I make no apologies for doing so.”</p> <p>It's not the first time Rudd has been known to lose his temper, as a 2012 video was leaked of Rudd swearing about a script in Mandarin.</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/DeF41_coSX8"></iframe></div> <div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>“You can tell these d***heads in the embassy to just give me simple sentences. I’ve said this before,” Mr Rudd says.</p> <p>“Tell that bloody interpreter. This f***ing language just complicates it so much, you know. How can anyone do this.”</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Melbourne crowd's "disgraceful" act after Djokovic wins 18th Australian Open

<p>A chorus of boos was heard around Rod Laver Arena before Novak Djokovic and Banil Medvedev addressed the crowd following the Australian Open final.</p> <p>Djokovic secured an incredible ninth titled title at Melbourne Park - his 18th grand slam crown - by defeating Medvedev in straight sets as he put on a stunning display in the Victorian capital.</p> <p>Jayne Hrdlicka, the chair of Tennis Australia appeared on stage during the post-match ceremony on Sunday night and would not have been expecting the backlash that erupted over some of her comments.</p> <p>After congratulating the two players, Hdlicka thanked several people while also addressing the pandemic.</p> <p>Needless to say, a few of her remarks were not well received by the Melbourne crowd.</p> <p>The first moment which spurred a negative reaction was Hrdlicka’s mention of the recent COVID-19 vaccine rollout.</p> <p>“It’s been a time of heartfelt challenge. It’s been a time of deep loss and extraordinary sacrifice for everyone,” Hrdlicka said.</p> <p>“With vaccinations on the way, rolling out in many countries around the world, it’s now a time for optimism and hope for the future.”</p> <p>The comment sparked outrage amongst fans, who could be heard booing from the stands.</p> <p>Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith tweeted: “People booing vaccines at the #ausopen need to take a long hard look at their privilege. Disgraceful behaviour.”</p> <p>The crowd once again booed after Hrdlicka thanked the Victorian Government for their support.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrews has plenty of supporters in his home state, but there are also many who are unhappy with the strict lockdowns he’s imposed as Victoria fought to prevent the spread of COVID-19.</p> <p>“There are many other people to thank that enabled this great night to take place in the last couple of weeks,” Hrdlicka said.</p> <p>“The top of that list is a Victorian Government, without you we could not have done this.”</p> <p>Spectators repeatedly interrupted Hrdlicka, with the TA chair eventually losing her patience and coldly saying: “When you’re finished …”</p> <p>Hrdlicka added: “You are a very opinionated group of people, but whether you’re at home or here tonight, we are really thankful that you’re here. We look forward to seeing you next year.”</p> <p>There was plenty of criticism reserved for the crowd's response.</p> <p>Former Australian tennis star Rennae Stubbs tweeted: “These fans booing are disgraceful! Honestly!!! Grow up!”</p> <p>Journalist Isabelle Lane posted: “Embarrassing scenes at this #AusOpen presentation. Tennis Australia boss Jayne Hrdlicka booed by parts of crowd when mentioning the coronavirus vaccine rollout and thanking the Victorian government for the event. Hrdlicka notably failed to thank the people of Melbourne/Vic.”</p> <p>Cricket reporter Danyal Rasool tweeted: “Booing the Victorian government, one of the few in the world that actually took the measures that made it possible for them to sit in the crowd to boo in the first place, is a next-level self-awareness fail.”</p>

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"Is this the right way?!" First Lady of vaccines makes V-Day history

<p>The first person in Australia to receive the coronavirus vaccine has certainly made history – but not for the reasons you might think.</p> <p>The internet has gone into a frenzy after Jane Malysiak’s historic vaccine moment – where she repeatedly made an obscene gesture on live television and admitted she had no idea who Prime Minister Scott Morrison was.</p> <p>Malysiak’s moment was quickly overshadowed in hilarity when she accidentally flipped off a room full of journalists.</p> <p>The Polish-born World War II survivor was encouraged by the PM to flash the peace sign for the cameras, as it represented “V for vaccine”.</p> <p>She happily obliged – but turned her hand the other way, which as we all know carries a very different meaning.</p> <p>What could have been an awkward moment for Ms Malysiak was far from it, as the room erupted into laughter and Mr Morrison let out a chuckle as he pushed Jane’s hand down and said, “always front, always front”.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">Jane was the first Australian to get the vaccine.<br /><br />She wants everyone to get the vaccine – and she’s right.<br /><br />Every Australian who can be vaccinated should get vaccinated.<br /><br />Let’s do it for Jane. <a href="https://t.co/kGu72eh9Qc">pic.twitter.com/kGu72eh9Qc</a></p> — Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlboMP/status/1363621232181084160?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">February 21, 2021</a></blockquote> <p>She later went on to <em>Sky News</em> and admitted she did not realise the Prime Minister was sat next to her.</p> <p>“I did not recognise him until later on when I asked, ‘Where is the Prime Minister?’” she said.</p> <p>“If the Prime Minister is watching, I’m sorry I didn’t recognise you, but you’re very nice. Much nicer than on television.</p> <p>“I was very, very happy to meet you.”</p> <p>Host Laura Jayes asked Ms Malysiak whether she had mastered the correct “V for vaccine” gesture overnight.</p> <p>“No, I haven’t,” she replied.</p> <p>“Well, I won’t ask you to do it again,” Jayes said.</p> <p>“I’ll do it again, always the wrong way,” Ms Malysiak replied.</p> <p>“I’ve never known about it, so now I’ve learned something.”</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7839978/aus-v-sign.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/f754f1cb65194f47b2b4706cf05be8f8" /></p> <p>Ms Malysiak acknowledged her mistake and said: “Even then, I did the wrong thing. I showed it this way. Is this the right way?”</p> <p>“The other way, Jane,” Jayes responded.</p>

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Victoria back on high alert after coronavirus fragments found in wastewater

<p>Victorian health authorities are on high alert after coronavirus fragments were found in sewage in an area where there are no active cases.</p> <p>Wastewater testing has revealed viral fragments of COVID-19 in Wantirna South and Boronia on February 15 and Carrum Downs, Langwarrin, St Kilda, Caulfield and Caulfield North on February 16.</p> <p>The suburbs are located on the east and southeast of the CBD, whereas all active cases are currently within the western suburbs apart from one person in Greater Dandenong.</p> <p>The health department said the wastewater samples had “weak detections” of viral fragments.</p> <p>Anyone who has any symptoms of COVID-19 and lives in or has visited the areas below during the following times has been urged to get tested:</p> <ul> <li class="li1">Wantirna South or Boronia from February 13 to 15, including parts of Bayswater, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield and Tremont;</li> <li class="li1">Carrum Downs or Langwarrin from February 13 to 16, including parts of Skye;</li> <li class="li1">St Kilda East or Caulfield North from February 13 to 16, including parts of Balaclava, Caulfield and Elsternwick.</li> </ul> <p>The detections come as Victoria recorded two straight days of zero locally acquired cases.</p> <p>The health department said the number of active cases remained at 25, made up of 17 locally acquired cases and eight cases in hotel quarantine.</p> <p>The active local cases reside in Moreland, Brimbank, Hume, Greater Dandenong, Moonee Valley and Wyndham local government areas.</p>

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Scott Morrison goes global with Facebook news ban fight

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>The Australian Government is rallying support from foreign leaders to join the fight against the tech giant Facebook after the platform banned Australian news companies from posting content.</p> <p>Scott Morrison has raised the tactic with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to prevent Facebook from bullying governments.</p> <p>Mr Morrison launched a furious attack on Facebook after the platform banned news companies, saying the company had "unfriended" Australia, calling its actions "arrogant" and "disappointing".</p> <p>"I am in regular contact with the leaders of other nations on these issues," Mr Morrison wrote in a statement,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/scottmorrison4cook/posts/3992877800756593" target="_blank">released on his Facebook page</a>.</p> <p>"These actions will only confirm the concerns that an increasing number of countries are expressing about the behaviour of BigTech companies who think they are bigger than governments and that the rules should not apply to them.</p> <p>"They may be changing the world, but that doesn't mean they run it."</p> <p>Other countries are paying attention, as politicians in the UK and Europe are considering similar laws to those being introduced in Australia.</p> <p>British MP Julian Knight backed the Australian Government's move to tighten laws on social media giants.</p> <p>"Australia's democratically elected government is democratically elected. And they have the right to make laws and legislation. And it's, it's really disrespecting democracy to act in this fashion," Mr Knight, who chairs a media committee, told Sky News UK.</p> <p>"It is one of the most idiotic but also deeply disturbing corporate moves of our lifetimes."</p> <p>Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that the timing of the ban was surprising as Facebook saw the passage of the proposed code through the House of Representatives, but said the government had no warning.</p> <p>The bill is yet to go through the senate.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Woman necks bottle of red wine behind the wheel before smash

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p>A Gold Coast man has apologised after sharing shocking footage of a woman drinking a bottle of wine in the driver's seat of her car.</p> <p>“She actually pulled out a full bottle of wine, sat back and drank the entire bottle in one go,” Sam Mangan, who took the video, told 9 News Gold Coast.</p> <p>“It was unbelievable.”</p> <p>Soon after the video was taken, the woman allegedly caused a three-car pile up and returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.276, more than five times the legal limit.</p> <p>People were quick to slam the footage, saying people had no idea what she was going through.</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/reel/CLbR_lIHybI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/reel/CLbR_lIHybI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by SAM MANGAN (@sammangan)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Ever asked what she was going through and what drove her to do that?” Asked one person.</p> <p>“You posted about her without knowing any history … agreed she should not be drunk driving [but] you know nothing of what that woman has gone through that day,” the person said of the video, in which Mr Mangan doesn’t identify the woman or show her face.</p> <p>Despite Mangan initially saying that he didn't agree with the critics, he has changed his tune.</p> <p>“If you’re going to drink enough to (allegedly) be five-and-a-half times the legal limit and get behind the wheel of a car it becomes anyone’s business that’s going to stop you,” Mr Mangan said.</p> <p>“If you’re stupid enough to drink drive you deserve to be caught.”</p> <p>He later posted the video footage on his Instagram, saying that he was glad "this all ended with no one getting hurt".</p> </div> </div> </div>

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