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Scott Morrison drops huge COVID travel news

<p><span>Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced all Australia’s state and territories – apart from Western Australia – have agreed “on principle” to get borders open by Christmas.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison says that the next National Cabinet meeting was scheduled for November 13.</span><br /><br /><span>Leaders plan to discuss ways on potentially moving the timetable forward.</span><br /><br /><span>Western Australia has hard border restrictions in place while Melburnians are banned from entering every state and territory.</span><br /><br /><span>West Australian Premier Mark McGowan is still on the fence about reopening his state but the PM was hopeful the entire country could be reopened by late December.</span><br /><br /><span>“I look forward to the continuing opening up,” Mr Morrison said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Western Australia, there are special circumstances there. I made that very clear, the nature of our economy and how that works, the premier continues to maintain that position.</span><br /><br /><span>“Around the rest of the country, they have their timetables and we look forward to it opening by Christmas of this year.</span><br /><br /><span>“Certainly seven out of the eight states and territories will be open and that will be a great day for Australia. You never know, it might be eight.”</span><br /><br /><span>In his press conference on Sunday afternoon, Mr Morrison also went on to say that the National Cabinet have also agreed to increase the cap on international arrivals.</span><br /><br /><span>Western Australia will accept an additional 140 passengers a month from November and Queensland will accept an additional 150 Aussies.</span><br /><br /><span>Meanwhile, South Australia and the ACT have also agreed to ongoing support.</span><br /><br /><span>Tasmania offered to take overseas Aussies but does not have an international airport.</span><br /><br /><span>“If we needed to stand that up in order to achieve what we have set out then we will certainly do that. (Tasmania) is our first standby option. I want to think Premier Peter Guitman for working with us to achieve that,” Mr Morrison said.</span><br /><br /><span>“It will be similar to what we have done in the Northern Territory.”</span><br /><br /><span>More than 26,000 Australians are still hoping to get home from overseas.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison said 1278 of the 4100 Australians overseas considered to be vulnerable have made it home.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Morrison said the government hoped to get all 26,000 Aussies home by Christmas.</span><br /><br /><span>“It is our goal to get those 26,000 Australians home that are registered by Christmas,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Whether we achieve that is going to depend on many factors – it will depend on flights, be dependent on the continued co-operation of the states and territories.”</span></p>

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Inside Chris Hemsworth’s lavish holiday to Lord Howe Island

<p>When it comes to a celebrity visit, you can’t beat Aussie celeb royalty Chris Hemsworth.</p> <p>The Thor actor took a trip to Lord Howe Island with his wife Elsa Pataky and their three children.</p> <p>Joining them was director Taika Waititi as they explored the beautiful island for a week.</p> <p>Hemsworth also brought his brothers Liam and Luke along with him with the entire family being the first to stay in the island’s newly completed luxury accommodation, dubbed the Island Lodge.</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/CGOGPmbJCxm/?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/CGOGPmbJCxm/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">2020 has been incredibly hard for communities who depend on tourism. Obviously not everyone is able to travel at the moment but once it’s safe to do so let’s support our fellow Aussies by taking a holiday at home in @Australia @visitlordhoweisland is one of the most sustainable destinations in the world with only a few hundred visitors allowed at any one time. This paradise is home to one of the most unique ecosystems in the world, but like many small communities, it relies on tourism. Thanks to @islandhouse.lhi for the hospitality 🤙🙏 @avminaircharter #holidayherethisyear #lordhoweisland</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/chrishemsworth/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chris Hemsworth</a> (@chrishemsworth) on Oct 11, 2020 at 3:37pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Hemsworth shared photos of the trip to the off-grid destination in support of the local tourism industry, saying “2020 has been incredibly hard for communities who depend on tourism”.</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/CGQ8rHhphz8/?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/CGQ8rHhphz8/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">“Can we go snorkelling dad?! “Sure can kids” Unfortunately we weren’t near a beach this day but being the dad I am we got geared up and went for a stroll #makingdreamscometrue</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/chrishemsworth/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank"> Chris Hemsworth</a> (@chrishemsworth) on Oct 12, 2020 at 6:14pm PDT</p> </div> </blockquote> <p>“Obviously not everyone is able to travel at the moment but once it’s safe to do so let’s support our fellow Aussies by taking a holiday at home,” he wrote on Instagram.</p> <p>But while it seemed to be all fun and games, Hemsworth’s stay was in part under his as the tourism ambassador with Tourism Australia.</p> <p>His stay coincides with the launch of Tourism Australia’s new $7 million ‘Holiday at Home’ campaign, which hopes to claw back at the billions lost in tourism because of COVID-19.</p> <p>Tourism Australia managing director Phillipa Harrison said it was “great to see Chris and his family out and about experiencing parts of Australia with our wonderful tourism operators”.</p>

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Australia Post imposes strict deadline for Christmas deliveries

<p>Consumers are being urged to make online purchases well before the end of November to ensure gifts they intend to send arrive in time for Christmas.</p> <p>Australia Post has set a deadline of December 12 to guarantee parcels will be delivered before Christmas Day and December 19 as the guarantee for Express Post deliveries.</p> <p>Usually Australia Post delivers packages within two to three business days in metropolitan areas, but due to the pandemic and the increase in online shopping, the timeline has been forced to change.</p> <p>State-wide lockdowns throughout the year also wreaked havoc when it came to timely deliveries.</p> <p>It also meant more people chose to shop online rather than in-store.</p> <p>Consumers also need to make sure their online purchase arrives well before December 12 so they have enough time to forward it on.</p> <p>In August, Australia Post delivered 600,000 more parcels than for the same month last year and the expectation that some interstate borders will remain closed until the end of the year, Australia Post is expecting its busiest festive season yet.</p> <p>“We are encouraging people to plan their Christmas shopping early,” Mr Starr said.</p> <p>“There will be lots going on in November with sales like Black Friday, and people will want to take advantage of the sales.</p> <p>“We are hiring 4000 more people to help us through what we know will be our busiest Christmas ever we’ve ever seen in terms of online shopping.”</p> <p>He said letters to the North Pole need to be posted by November 26 to give Santa enough time to reply before Christmas.</p>

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Wife of brain surgery patient slams Queensland premier: “An abomination”

<p><span>A "fragile" man who is still recovering from his brain surgery became overwhelmed with emotion while his wife revealed how he was left bleeding profusely in a hotel after being denied a quarantine exemption.</span><br /><br /><span>Gary Ralph and his wife, Wendy Child, travelled from Brisbane to Sydney so Dr Charlie Teo could remove an incurable tumour from the 71-year-old's brain last week.</span><br /><br /><span>The couple had requested a hotel quarantine exemption so Mr Ralph could recover from the comfort of his home while he was in such a delicate state, however he faced numerous setbacks.</span><br /><br /><span>"I think you are the sort of case that exemptions are for. I wish that you could get one, I wish that I had a magic wand and I wish this wasn't happening to you," <em>A Current Affair</em> host Tracy Grimshaw told the couple on Wednesday night.</span><br /><br /><span>Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk claimed she was appalled after Mr Ralph was forced into hotel quarantine.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7838188/qld-premier-husband-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d8bdf067717d4981a053a9ca889c2fc8" /><br /><br /><span>The brain surgery patient was also instructed to catch a taxi or Uber with the windows down to his chemotherapy appointments.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Child has slammed the premier’s lack of action.</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Ralph was moved to a medihotel with care on Wednesday and an ambulance was organised to take him to and from chemotherapy appointments but that did not get there in time before the man lost his ability to speak, peripheral vision and feeling in his right arm — had an accident and split his hand open, which bled profusely in the hotel.</span><br /><br /><span>"I am not exactly sure how he did it because I did not see, but he ran into the wall because of his vision… he came in and was bleeding quite profusely," Ms Child told <em>A Current Affair.</em></span><br /><br /><span>"It was a bad knock, I didn't know what to do. I quickly bandaged it all up."</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Child said her husband refused to go to the hospital as she could not go with him.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Child said the medical team feared the accident could have been caused by a seizure brought on by stress.</span><br /><br /><span>"Gary has never suffered a seizure before but with this brain tumour, he is susceptible to seizure," she said.</span><br /><br /><span>"The warning is that if he continues to have these little seizures, it could develop into a full-blown seizure."</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Child said that despite there being a new nurse at the hotel, it "will not work for Gary".</span><br /><br /><span>She criticised the premier for simply organising a change of transport rather than a proper exemption.</span><br /><br /><span>"It's about getting Gary into an environment that he knows, where he is going to be fed proper nutritional meals, where he can rest, where he can walk around blindfolded and will not run into things that become a danger," Ms Child said.</span><br /><br /><span>The distressed wife said Ms Palaszczuk was "passing the buck" and demanded leadership from her.</span><br /><br /><span>"I looked at Gary and I just said 'I can't believe this she's passing the buck, she did not address it whatsoever'," Ms Child said.</span><br /><br /><span>"She is supposed to be the premier of the state, so to me she is the one, that's where the buck stops.</span><br /><br /><span>“She can't pass it on to the health minister or anyone else, and if she chooses to do that, then to me she shouldn't be at the helm."</span><br /><br /><span>The <em>A Current Affair</em> host said the situation was "an abomination" while an off-camera Mr Ralph became "very emotional".</span><br /><br /><span>"Every minute is precious, and he is fragile, he is exactly why exemptions exist," Ms Grimshaw said.</span><br /><br /><span>She further turned to the camera to plead for the Queensland premier to show "some compassion".</span><br /><br /><span>"I honestly never ever thought that this would happen in Australia," Ms Child added.</span><br /><br /><span>Ms Child said they will not give up their fight to return home despite there being a nurse at their new hotel.</span><br /><br /><span>She said the new hotel is more comfortable and the food is better, but she still wants Mr Ralph at home.</span></p>

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Queensland borders to NSW to reopen "within weeks"

<p><span>Queensland could be up and running for NSW residents within just weeks, one of the country’s leading tourism figures have claimed.</span><br /><br /><span>Flight Centre boss Graham Turner predicts that Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will be left with no other choice other than to open up their state as other Australian jurisdictions start to ease their border controls.</span><br /><br /><span>“I’m pretty sure that the borders – the NSW border with Queensland will open within the next three or four weeks. I don’t know that for sure. But it seems logical,” he told the Today show on Friday morning.</span><br /><br /><span>“The only thing that will stop it I believe is a serious outbreak in NSW somewhere.</span><br /><br /><span>“There’s got to be a good reason. If there’s a very good reason, safety, health, but I think that’s done and dusted now. That’s over. So I think pragmatism will reign and I’m pretty confident the borders will open because I don’t think there is any choice.”</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837943/flight-centre.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/21e1256717ae4b8ea6eae947cdf17507" /></p> <p><em>Flight Centre boss Graham Turner</em><br /><br /><span>Mr Turner said the tourism industry was “suffering”, especially on the Gold Coast and in North Queensland.</span><br /><br /><span>“They do all right at the weekends, you know, from the Brisbane traffic, but during the week, it is absolutely dead,” he said.</span><br /><br /><span>“Everyone’s suffering. Travel, tourism, airline, airports, it’s a bit of a disaster.”</span><br /><br /><span>Mr Turner hoped by March that his business would be back to “some level of normality”.</span></p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7837944/borders-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/79e7dc73d6a143c0b20db050cfab5f7f" /><br /><br /><span>“International will take a little bit longer. But it’s just JobKeeper has been pretty generous, probably too generous in some cases.</span><br /><br /><span>“You know, businesses like ours or airports and airlines, if we get the domestic travel back full-on, we will get back to a break-even situation with a little bit of luck.</span><br /><br /><span>“I think most of the major airlines, Virgin and Qantas, and the airports, will feel the same way.”</span></p>

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Would you pass? Aussie citizenship test undergoes major change

<p>The Australian citizenship test will be updated for the first time in over a decade to include a section on Australian values.</p> <p>The new test will have questions such as: “Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?” and “In Australia, do religious laws override Australian law?”</p> <p>There will also be some more confronting questions such as whether it is acceptable for a husband to be violent towards his wife if she has disobeyed or disrespected him. Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said he wanted would-be citizens to have a better understanding of the country’s values before they were declared an Australian.</p> <p>“The updated citizenship test will have new and more meaningful questions that require potential citizens to understand and commit to our values like freedom of speech, mutual respect, equality of opportunity, the importance of democracy and the rule of law,” he said.</p> <p>“We are asking those who apply for citizenship to understand our values more deeply before they make the ultimate commitment to our nation.”</p> <p>The updated citizenship test will have 20-multiple choice questions, including five on Aussie values.</p> <p>Those taking the test will be required to correctly answer all five questions on Australian values, and have a mark of at least 75 per cent to pass.</p> <p><strong>Questions from the updated citizenship test</strong></p> <p>• Why is it important that all Australian citizens vote to elect the state and federal parliament?</p> <p>• Should people in Australia make an effort to learn English?</p> <p>• In Australia, can you encourage violence against a person or group of people if you have been insulted?</p> <p>• Should people tolerate one another where they find that they disagree?</p> <p>• In Australia, are people free to choose who they marry or not marry?</p> <p>• In Australia, is it acceptable for a husband to be violent towards his wife if she has disobeyed or disrespected him?</p> <p>• In Australia, do religious laws override Australian law?</p> <p>• Do you agree that men and women should be provided equality of opportunity when pursuing their goals and interests?</p> <p>• Should people’s freedom of speech and freedom of expression be respected in Australia?</p>

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“That is no way to live”: NSW premier rejects lockdown talk

<p>NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has said another lockdown was “an option we don’t want to take” in the state.</p> <p>The statement came as the number of COVID-19 cases linked to the outbreak at the Crossroads Hotel in Casula reached 30.</p> <p>“Every time we have an outbreak we can’t afford to lockdown, reopen, lockdown, reopen,” Berejiklian told ABC’s <em>7.30 </em>on Tuesday night.</p> <p>“That is no way to live and that is no way to be able to install confidence in businesses to keep employing people.</p> <p>“We have to learn to manage these outbreaks.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">"As much as we'd love to have elimination, as much as we’d love to be able to be in that state, it's not going to happen in New South Wales.” - NSW Premier <a href="https://twitter.com/GladysB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@GladysB</a> on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/coronavirus?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#coronavirus</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/abc730?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#abc730</a> <a href="https://t.co/obEZhXGemd">pic.twitter.com/obEZhXGemd</a></p> — abc730 (@abc730) <a href="https://twitter.com/abc730/status/1282982187826941952?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 14, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>The premier warned that NSW was not going to be “COVID-free” anytime soon, and residents should find a way to “coexist with the virus”.</p> <p>“There is no way that New South Wales will have zero cases during a pandemic,” she said.</p> <p>“We were always going to have cases when we’ve eased restrictions and we have to expect that.</p> <p>“The reason where we’re in especially high alert in New South Wales is also, of course, of what’s happened in Victoria.”</p> <p>Picton Hotel in southwest Sydney has also been closed after a person with COVID-19 attended the pub three times to use the gaming room.</p> <p>NSW Health is urging those who visited the Crossroads Hotel between July 3 and 10 to self-isolate for 14 days after their last time there. Patrons are advised to get tested even if they have no symptoms.</p> <p>Those who return a negative result are also asked to stay in isolation.</p>

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Dannii Minogue allowed to skip hotel quarantine

<p><span>Danny Minogue has returned to Australia after travelling from the United States, however she will not be placed under the government’s strict mandatory 14-day hotel stay.</span><br /><br /><span>The pop star and her son have been granted an exemption by the Queensland government on medical grounds.</span><br /><br /><span>Instead of being forced to remain in the confines of a hotel, the two will spend 14 days at their Gold Coast private residence.</span><br /><br /><span>Minogue returned from the COVID-19 hotspot the United States over the weekend and headed straight to her Gold Coast property.</span><br /><br /><span>Minogue is still under the same strict hotel quarantine measures in her home, as no one is allowed to come and go from the property.</span><br /><br /><span>Unlike many other Australians who are returning from overseas, Minogue will not foot the mandatory $2800 bill for hotel accommodation each returning adult has to pay under current Queensland quarantine laws.</span><br /><br /><span>Millions of dollars has gone towards paying for thousands of travellers who have returned to Australia to quarantine in hotels since March.</span><br /><br /><span>On Monday night; the Queensland government said they could not comment on Minogue’s case.</span><br /><br /><span>“While we cannot comment on individuals, Queensland Health has strong arrangements in place whether people are quarantining inside or outside hotels,’’ a spokesperson told 7NEWS.</span></p>

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Huge gold nugget found in mystery Aussie location

<p>A gold prospector has unearthed a gold nugget worth over $4,000 less than a metre underground.</p> <p>The prospector, identified as Bill M, took to the Facebook group Detecting Downunder to share a glimpse of the 50.8g piece.</p> <p>The nugget was found on a private property in the Victorian gold rush city Ballarat last week, the prospector said.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7836626/gold2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/3307221641fc4ae8adb4db8e0869f7db" /></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><em>Source: Facebook / <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.facebook.com/DetectingDownunder/posts/1152731228432238?__cft__[0]=AZX2c9RoTLh-2nI_V8X3RRhcsJZHGoburAdwAAbNk7JnoffHBW4UjQVqIdzFWZTvbKLWJDSkYqVh4c46cC_rmU9NmjXgPOCXUcAejayKHlbQbVM32dX4JaxYNNT0J89XS-CxahnsDJKqe6B4hd44VIhkknXIa-OiyFoz0Fn9ls_B9Q&amp;__tn__=%2CO%2CP-R" target="_blank">Detecting Downunder</a></em></p> <p>“This is straight from a main gold reef,” a related post read.</p> <p>“It was found about 2 feet (60 centimetres) down.”</p> <p>Based on the current gold price of about $81.5 per gram, the nugget is estimated to be worth around $4,140.</p> <p>The finding came a year after a Victorian retiree found <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-27/gold-nugget-found-in-ballarat-by-retiree/11353044">a two-kilogram gold nugget worth about $130,000</a> on the outskirts of Ballarat. In the same year, a family also spotted <a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/victoria-news-gold-nugget-found-bendigo/bf34fb4a-0124-4694-a1aa-aebe095d5c8d">a 634g nugget worth more than $35,000</a> while walking their dog on Mother’s Day in Bendigo.</p> <p>It is believed more than 2.26 million tonnes of gold remains underground in regional Victoria, the <em><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-27/gold-nugget-found-in-ballarat-by-retiree/11353044">ABC</a> </em>reported.</p>

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Reopening starts across Australia

<p>Australians are now able to enjoy sit-down meals, drink draught beers and visit beauty salons across the country as states and territories began rolling back their coronavirus restrictions.</p> <p>Numbers in dining establishments, museums, libraries, places of worship and beauty businesses have been increased to 20 in most areas.</p> <p>Border restrictions were also lifted in Victoria, NSW and the ACT, with residents and visitors being allowed to enter from other states without having to self-isolate upon arrival.</p> <p>Queensland and WA remain shut to interstate travellers except for those who have been granted an exemption. Recreational travel is allowed within the states, with camping and holiday accommodation being allowed to open. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/jun/01/coronavirus-australia-lockdown-covid-19-restrictions-how-far-can-travel-social-distancing-rules-nsw-victoria-queensland-qld-wa-sa-act-how-people-over-house">Exceptions</a> apply for the Kimberley region, biosecurity zones in parts of the Shire of East Pilbara and the Shire of Ngaanyatarraku, and remote Aboriginal communities.</p> <p>South Australia, Tasmania and the NT require arriving visitors and residents to self-isolate for 14 days.</p> <p>Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the coronavirus pandemic measures will be in place for at least six months.</p> <p>“There’s no quick fix to this,” he told <em><a href="https://9now.nine.com.au/a-current-affair/coronavirus-prime-minister-scott-morrison-says-restrictions-to-last-for-at-least-six-months/100bba96-8ae1-43aa-a4c4-936fc424f9dc">A Current Affair</a></em>.</p>

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Coronavirus restrictions easing: What you can do starting June 1

<p>More coronavirus restrictions are being rolled back from Monday, June 1 in many Australian states.</p> <p>Restaurants and cafes will be able to seat more patrons, and the limits to social gatherings will be expanded.</p> <p>Here is a breakdown of what you can do in each state as <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/coronavirus-everything-you-can-do-from-june-1-in-australia-as-states-continue-to-release-restrictions/news-story/9e8299c806ad1513d006350309ad3ac2" target="_blank">the rules are being eased</a> in the coming month.</p> <p><strong>Victoria</strong></p> <p>Starting June 1:</p> <ul> <li>Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in one place. If it is in a house, the number must include the members of the household. Children and babies count towards the 20-people limit.</li> <li>An enclosed café or restaurant will be able to sit up to 20 people. Customers will be asked to provide their first name and number in case contact tracing is needed. Alcohol must be served with food. The limit will be pushed up to 50 people on June 22.</li> <li>As many as 20 people can play recreational sport together outdoors, including in public playgrounds, outdoor gyms and skate parks.</li> <li>Galleries, museums and other cultural sites as well as outdoor amusement parks, zoos and arcades can open their doors to 20 visitors. The same goes with libraries, youth centres and community clubs.</li> <li>Tourist accommodation such as caravan parks and camping grounds are allowed to open, but communal facilities such as kitchens and bathrooms are off-limits.</li> <li>Travel within the state is allowed.</li> </ul> <p><strong>New South Wales</strong></p> <p>Starting June 1:</p> <ul> <li>Beauty salons can welcome a maximum of 10 clients.</li> <li>Restaurants, pubs and cafes can sit up to 50 people. The four-square-metre rule continues to apply. Customers will be asked to provide their first name and number in case contact tracing is needed.</li> <li>Travel within the state will be allowed.</li> <li>Galleries, museums and libraries will be allowed to reopen.</li> </ul> <p><strong>South Australia</strong></p> <p>Starting June 1:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-05-25/sa-coronavirus-stage-two-restrictions-relaxation-starting-june-1/12282246">Up to 80 people</a> will be allowed into pubs, bars, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres, galleries, museums, beauty salons, gyms and indoor fitness centre. Alcohol must be served with food. The four-square-metre rule continues to apply.</li> <li>Up to 50 mourners can attend funerals.</li> <li>Non-contact sport will be allowed to resume.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Queensland</strong></p> <p>Starting June 12:</p> <ul> <li>Up to 20 people will be allowed to gather in homes, restaurants, cafes, pubs, clubs, hotels, casinos, indoor cinemas, beauty salons, tattoo parlours, gyms, sports clubs, museums, art galleries, zoos, arcades, theatres, outdoor amusement parks, concert venues, arenas, stadiums, open homes and auctions, and places of worship.</li> <li>Up to 20 people can attend weddings.</li> <li>Up to 50 people will be able to attend funerals.</li> <li>Travel within 250km of one’s region will be allowed.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Northern Territory</strong></p> <p>Starting June 5 noon:</p> <ul> <li>The two-hour limit on indoor activities will be lifted.</li> <li>Alcohol can be served at bars and clubs without food.</li> <li>Entertainment venues and cinemas will be allowed to reopen in approved configuration, along with amusement parks, recreation centres and stadiums.</li> <li>Travel restrictions will be lifted, allowing residents to move between communities.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Tasmania</strong></p> <p>Starting June 15:</p> <ul> <li>The limit will be increased to 20 people for indoor and outdoor gatherings, including restaurants, cinemas, museums, galleries, religious gatherings, weddings and community sport.</li> <li>Up to 20 visitors will be allowed to enter open homes and auctions, beauty salons, and playgrounds.</li> <li>Up to 50 people can attend funerals.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Australian Capital Territory</strong></p> <p>Starting June 1, residents will be allowed to travel to NSW for holidays.</p> <p><strong>Western Australia</strong></p> <p>Starting Thursday, May 28 at 11.59pm, travel within the state will be allowed <a href="https://www.watoday.com.au/national/western-australia/premier-mark-mcgowan-lifts-intrastate-travel-restrictions-in-time-for-public-holiday-20200525-p54w7g.html">with the exception of the Kimberley and bio-security zones in the east Pilbara and part of the Goldfields</a>.</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan said he expected Broome to become available to visitors by June 5.</p>

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NSW to allow regional holidays starting from next month

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text "> <p>New South Wales residents are excitedly planning their next regional trip after NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed that residents are able to travel regionally for holidays.</p> <p>She also confirmed that pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes are going to be set up to host up to 20 people.</p> <p>“Absolutely,” the Premier said when asked if the number would double within a month.</p> <p>“That’s definitely on the cards. We’re looking forward to continuing to have those conversations with industry and the health experts but we’re also really pleased, can I say, the way in which the community has respected the restrictions.”</p> <p>However, she’s urging residents to take caution.</p> <p>“But please know it won’t be a holiday like before,” Ms Berejiklian said.</p> <p>“We still have to exercise social distancing. We have to book ahead. Please make sure you plan ahead.</p> <p>“Book as many things as possible online and call ahead to the place you’re visiting to see what’s available and what options you have.</p> <p>“Even though restrictions are being eased, the message is that the virus isn’t any less deadly or contagious, it just means we have to live with it.”</p> <p>Not every state is on board with the move, including Tasmania.</p> <p>Tasmania Premier Peter Gutwein has said it’s too early to set a date for when their borders will come down.</p> <p>“If we can continue to follow those rules … I expect that in July we will be able to set a date for when our borders will come down. To set a date now … would not be common sense,” Mr Gutwein said on Tuesday.</p> <p>Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham, despite Tasmania’s concerns, is urging state and territory governments to reopen their borders to domestic holiday takers when it’s safe.</p> <p>“Those states who’ve got border controls in place, assuming we’ve continued to see very low rates of transmission of COVID-19, ought to be looking at opening up their borders,” he told <em>Nine</em> on Tuesday.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Victoria’s biggest rise in virus cases in two weeks

<p>Victorians are facing an important week ahead that will decide if the state follows others in easing restrictions after next weekend.</p> <p>With Victoria’s state of alarm set to end on May 11, the state has been under increasing pressure to relax its measures, especially regarding the return of students to schools.</p> <p>Victoria recorded 22 new cases yesterday – the biggest in the last two weeks.</p> <p>Authorities believe the spike is because of the meat works cluster and the outbreak in a Victorian school.</p> <p>Premier Daniel Andrew’s cabinet has firmly held its position on keeping Victoria partially locked down.</p> <p>Whether this changes will heavily depend on how the fight against the pandemic moves forward this week.</p> <p>The state’s testing blitz that aims to complete 100,000 tests before May 11 will help in making that decision.</p> <p>According to Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton, the more people were tested, the more the health department could know about the virus and how it spreads in the community.</p> <p>Anyone displaying even mild symptoms of coronavirus has been urged to get tested.</p> <p>The increase in cases brings Victoria’s total to 1393.</p> <p>Six of those cases are linked to an outbreak at a meat processing plant that was not named.</p> <p>Opposition leader Michael O’Brien said this meat processing plant should be treated the same way schools and hospitals are.</p> <p>One of the positive cases was a Victorian teacher at Meadow Glen primary school in Epping.</p> <p>The Melbourne north school will be closed from Monday to Wednesday.</p> <p>“The school will be closed for three days so health teams can carry out full contact tracing and we can give the entire place a thorough clean,” Premier Andrews said.</p> <p>“To all the teachers and school staff out there, my heartfelt thanks. Please know that in Victoria, you will always be valued. You will always be listened to.”</p>

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ALDI shoppers furious after retailer cancels its annual snow gear sale

<p>It’s an event that shoppers look forward to each year, as they rush to their nearest ALDI for the annual Snow Gear Special Buys sale.</p> <p>The highly anticipated sale has people “working in teams” as they attempt to score a bargain.</p> <p>But unfortunately, the German retailer has had to cancel the snow sale for 2020, forcing shoppers to put that excitement on hold till 2021.</p> <p>Once a year, the supermarket releases items such as jackets, goggles, boots and thermal wear, helping Aussies stay warm as they hit the slopes.</p> <p>But with the coronavirus pandemic stopping people from travelling, the retailer found that it was inappropriate to continue with the sale.</p> <p>Taking to Facebook, ALDI revealed they are shifting their priorities to the grocery sector, forcing them to make the difficult decision of withdrawing its 2020 Snow Gear Special Buys event.</p> <p>“We’ll be back with our best-ever collection next year,” the post read.</p> <p>“We’re looking forward to sharing our best-ever collection with you in 2021. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.”</p> <p>The post garnered over 1000 comments and shares, but people were torn over the decision.</p> <p>Majority of comments came from those who live in colder areas, saying they rely on the sale to stock up on winter clothing.</p> <p>“Pity about the people who live in the colder areas. I was waiting for this to stock up on clothes to work in the paddocks etc. Typical that they only think people who will go on holidays buy this stuff,” one person commented.</p> <p>“Considering not everyone travels to snowy regions; there are thousands of people who actually live in these areas,” added another.</p> <p>“Winter is still coming – would be great if they still brought out the thermals, boots, gloves, &amp; beanies.”</p> <p>In normal circumstances, the sale occurs each year in May and attracts thousands of shoppers around the country as they hope to snap up a cool saving on snow gear.</p>

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Expert slams Americans by comparing photographs of Australia: “Only Australia crushed COVID-19”

<p>Australian life is slowly returning to normal as Bondi beach reopens and restrictions continue to loosen amid the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The way the country has handled the severity of COVID-19 and its citizens has become a rarity throughout the world, as Australians look toward a less bleak future.</p> <p>Unfortunately, developed nations including the United States are not able to tell the same story as death told soared past 50,000 within the last week.</p> <p>The death toll from the virus in Australia sits at 84 and new infections have completely slowed down as NSW reported five new cases in one day on Monday.</p> <p>Harvard Professor David Sinclair took to Twitter to blast the state of California and all its citizens by sharing a side-by-side comparison that show both Australia and the U.S at completely odd ends.</p> <p>In the caption above two images of an empty Bondi Beach and an overcrowded Newport Beach in California, he wrote: “California &amp; Australia have similar populations but only Australia crushed #COVID-19. New cases = 1000 vs 9 per day. While the pundits argue about the cause, see if you notice a difference between Newport &amp; Bondi. It’s a clue.”</p> <p>“I miss the days when we were the role model for how to get things done,” he wrote on Twitter.</p> <p>Professor Sinclair also went on to show a timeline of how Australia has combated the virus, closed borders along with the country’s testing measures and strict social distancing rules.</p> <p>California Governor Gavin Newsom criticised locals for flocking to the beach as soon as the warm weather hit over the weekend.</p> <p>He warned their behaviour could mean reverse progress.</p> <p>“We can’t see images like we saw, particularly on Saturday, in Newport Beach and elsewhere,” Mr Newsom said.</p> <p>“The virus doesn’t take the weekend off because it’s a beautiful sunny day around our coasts,” he added.</p> <p>Australian states NSW and Queensland could begin slowly easing back open as soon as next week.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr">California &amp; Australia have similar populations but only Australia crushed <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/COVID19?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#COVID19</a>. New cases = 1000 vs 9 per day. While the pundits argue about the cause, see if you notice a difference between Newport &amp; Bondi. It's a clue. <a href="https://t.co/TNHbFpiqJu">pic.twitter.com/TNHbFpiqJu</a></p> — David Sinclair, PhD (@davidasinclair) <a href="https://twitter.com/davidasinclair/status/1254834144204521472?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 27, 2020</a></blockquote> <p>However, QLD Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk warned “If we do see mass gatherings, I will not hesitate to clamp back down.”</p> <p>Victoria however is not so ready to ease restrictions and Premier Daniel Andrews told reporters on Tuesday he wants to see at least 100,000 people get tested for coronavirus within the next two weeks before a decision is made on whether they will ease state restrictions.</p> <p>“This is the biggest public health testing program that our state has ever seen and it will give us the data that will underpin the options that we will have in just a couple of weeks’ time,” he said on Monday.</p>

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Coronavirus: The restrictions that will be lifted from today

<p>Western Australia has announced it will begin to carefully ease coronavirus restrictions starting from today.</p> <p>Here are the following social distancing measures that will be lifted across WA:</p> <p><strong>•</strong> Non-contact recreational activities such as picnics in parks, fishing, boating, hiking and camping will be allowed but people must comply with travel restrictions.</p> <p>• Ten people will be allowed at weddings</p> <p>• Outdoor personal training will also be allowed for up to 10 people, provided groups adhere to social distancing and do not share equipment.</p> <p>• Open houses and display villages will be permitted but records must be kept of everyone who enters a home.</p> <p>• Outdoor gyms and playgrounds will stay closed, while food outlets remain restricted to takeaway.</p> <p>Premier Mark McGowan said it was a “cautious relaxation” of restrictions acknowledging it had been difficult for everyone, but especially the elderly, to not see friends and family during the pandemic.</p> <p>“We need to remember we remain in a state of emergency,” he told reporters on Sunday.</p> <p>“I strongly encourage that everyone must continue to practice appropriate social distancing.”</p> <p>Queensland will also begin to relax its laws, with Premier Annastacia Plaszczuk announcing some of the state’s strict isolation measures will be lifted at the end of this week.</p> <p>From Saturday May 2, Queenslanders will be able to do the following:</p> <p>• Shop for non-essential items</p> <p>• Travel within 50km of their home</p> <p>• Have picnics</p> <p>• Meet people not from their own households</p>

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135 communities could be released from quarantine in Australia in the coming weeks

<p>A leading immunologist has said coronavirus-free areas outside of major cities could soon be given the go ahead to re-open their communities and come out of lockdown.</p> <p>Rural areas in regional Australia with no coronavirus cases could have the possibility of returning to their normal lives if they remained COVID-19 free.</p> <p>Professor Ian Frazer told SBS it would be the “logical” decision to make but stresses lifting the lockdown is purely a “political decision” and not a scientist’s role.</p> <p>More than 135 rural and remote parts of the country remain largely unaffected by the pandemic currently plaguing major cities around the world.</p> <p>As of Friday, the 10th, 135 local government areas have recorded no COVID-19 cases in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.</p> <p>Prof Frazer explained that regions within states could be locked off from other parts of the state and then safely return to a more normal existence.</p> <p>“It would be logical if there were no cases in the rural Queensland community (to end the lockdown) and get on with being a community,” he said.</p> <p>“At the moment, Australia is in the middle of the balancing act.</p> <p>“It’s too early to stop restrictions on social interaction … just look at the northwestern Tasmania cluster.</p> <p>“That could very easily happen anywhere in Australia.</p> <p>“The other states were all in a downward trajectory and I think the trend will continue downward and governments will start having restrictions eased.</p> <p>“Cities will be more difficult because we want to move around.</p> <p>“If the new infection rate did get into single figures it would be highly unlikely there would be many community transmissions.</p> <p>“I think people will have to get used to the idea that relaxation will occur and some people will feel more sociable and others will continue to social distance.</p> <p>“The last of the restrictions to be lifted will be the first ones put in place: football matches and concerts, where contact tracing would be impossible.</p> <p>“The other places would be cruise ships and public transport.”</p> <p>Torrest Strait and Cape York communities in Queensland’s northern region is largely coronavirus-free and reports zero cases.</p> <p>“Queensland towns like Mt Isa in the northwest, St George in the southwest, and Barcaldine in the state’s central west are also reporting no COVID-19 cases,” a report read.</p> <p>Forbes, Gilgandra, Bourke, Junee, Leeton, Kyogle and Bourke are all NSW towns that are free of the virus.</p> <p>South Australian towns in the Flinders Range and Franklin Harbour have reported no cases and greater Adelaide holds 77 per cent of the state’s population.</p>

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