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Victoria's borders REOPEN to majority of NSW

<p class="p1">In just hours, Victoria will downgrade border restrictions on the majority of the local government areas in New South Wales from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">On Monday, Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews said the health team spent the weekend to assess each case in the Sydney region.</p> <p class="p1">In total, 25 out of 35 LGAs will be switched from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">This means, residents from those zones can get an automatic permit to travel back to Victoria but must get tested within 72 hours of arrival and isolate for a negative result.</p> <p class="p1">From 6pm on Monday, all LGAs will be downgraded from red to orange except for the following:</p> <ul class="ul1"> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Bankstown City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Burwood</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Canada Bay City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Canterbury-Bankstown</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Cumberland</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Fairfield City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Inner West</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Liverpool City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Parramatta City</li> <li class="li1"><span class="s1"></span>Strathfield Municipality</li> </ul> <p class="p1">Those 10 LGAs remain in the red category and anyone who has visited those areas in the last 14 days are not allowed to enter the state without prior permission.</p> <p class="p1">“We’re not seeing spread or contacts in isolation in those other 25 local government areas,” Andrews said.</p> <p class="p1">The Blue Mountains and Wollongong will also be downgraded from red to orange.</p> <p class="p1">NSW border towns with Victoria will move to the green zone from 6pm one Monday.</p> <p class="p1">These include Albury City, Balranald Shire, Bega Valley Shire, Berrigan Shire, City of Broken Hill, Edward River Council, Federation Council, Greater Hume Shire, Hay Shire, Lockhart Shire, Murray River Council, Murrumbidgee Council, Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Snowy Valleys Council, City of Wagga Wagga and Wentworth Shire.</p> <p class="p1">The permits are available <a href="https://www.service.vic.gov.au/services/border-permit/home"><span class="s2">here</span></a>.</p>

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"Day of mourning": Calls to scrap Australia Day grow louder

<p>Every year, right before January 26, Australians clash over a date that some see as a celebration and others see it as a day of mourning.</p> <p>This year will be no different. The Australia Day public holiday has seen thousands of Aussies take to the streets to protest, as they call it Invasion Day.</p> <p>The Invasion Day rallies call for a changing of the date to reflect the fact that for some it represents more than the beginning of British colonialism when the First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove in 1788.</p> <p>They want it to be moved because that same date represents the “continued genocide of Aboriginal people”.</p> <p>This year, due to the pandemic, Victorians won't be able to gather for an Australia Day rally, but Melbourne City Council has approved an Invasion Day Dawn Service.</p> <p>Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp says the seated, 250-capacity service at Kings Domain is “a way of supporting an event that reflects that ancient Australian history”.</p> <p>On social media, calls to scrap Australia Day entirely are being shared in huge numbers.</p> <p>“I cannot celebrate a country built off the continued genocide of Aboriginal people,” one person wrote.</p> <p>“A place where Aboriginal people, including children are incarcerated at a higher rate than any people in the world. Where over 445 Aboriginal people have died in police custody since just 1991 with no one held accountable. Where governments and corporations continue to destroy sacred land for their colonial pursuits.</p> <p>“January 26th and every other day of the year represents continued genocide, mourning, resistance and strength. Until there is meaningful First Nations led change, there will be no right day to celebrate so called Australia. Sovereignty was never ceded.”</p> <p>Another person wrote that “changing the date isn’t our end game”.</p> <p>“Changing the outcomes for our people is. However, we cannot change our outcomes until we as a nation COLLECTIVELY acknowledge the past wrongs of history and how they still til this day are affecting our people. Don’t tell us to get over it because it happened 100s of years ago while we continue to remember the ANZACS. Don’t tell us that you didn’t invade Australia when you’re still benefiting from the dispossession and genocide of our people.”</p> <p>Lidia Thorpe, the first Indigenous woman in Victorian Parliament, is asking for change.</p> <p>On Twitter, she wrote: “Too many Australians still think January 26 is a day of celebration, but for Aboriginal people across this country, it’s a Day of Mourning.</p> <p>“That’s why I’m inviting communities, councils and organisations to fly the Aboriginal flag at half-mast on #InvasionDay.”</p>

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"When Poppy met Ella": David Koch finally meets his granddaughter

<p><em>Sunrise</em> TV host David Koch has finally met his beautiful granddaughter Ella, who was brought into this world eight months ago.</p> <p>In April, Kochie’s daughter Brianna and partner CJ Jayasinghe welcomed their stunning baby girl in Perth.</p> <p>However though, like many families across Australia, Kochie was unable to visit his sixth grandchild due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.</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-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CI1hIqAgJEB/?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/CI1hIqAgJEB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Kochie_Online (@kochie_online)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>The day finally came on Tuesday when Kochie and wife Libby, who both live in Sydney, picked up their West Australian relatives from the airport ahead of Christmas.</p> <p>“When Poppy met Ella,” he said in a post that featured photos on his newest grandchild.</p> <p>“Eight months ago, Ella was born in Perth.</p> <p>“Last night she came home for Christmas.</p> <p>“And just like the movie, it was love at first sight.”</p>

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Jetstar launches massive Christmas sale

<p>Jetstar has launched a massive Christmas sale to make up for massive losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>The company is offering 300,000 fares across 55 domestic routes, with some flights starting from $29 one way (Adelaide to Avalon, Melbourne).</p> <p>The sale starts today and ends on 11:59 pm Saturday 19th, so get in quick if you want a last-minute Christmas gift for your loved ones.</p> <p>Jetstar Group CEO Gareth Evans said that the airline is in a unique position to offer additional flights in the new year.</p> <p>"We have a lot of repair work to do given the huge toll the COVID crisis took on airlines. But the flexibility we have across our fleet means we can offer these extra services, help boost tourism and the local economies of the communities we fly to and also get more of our people back in the air," he says.</p> <p>The airline has committed to operating more than 860 return weekly flights over 55 routes by March 2021.</p> <p>A recent survey done by Jetstar shows that 86 per cent of respondents said they intend to travel domestically in 2021, with more than half planning on visiting places they've never been before.</p> <p>Below is the full list of the one-way fares<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.jetstar.com/au/en/deals/christmas-sale?dealsorig=*" target="_blank">available</a>.</p> <ul> <li>Adelaide-Avalon $29</li> <li>Adelaide-Brisbane $79</li> <li>Adelaide-Cairns $99</li> <li>Adelaide-Darwin $119</li> <li>Adelaide-Hobart $75</li> <li>Adelaide-Sunshine Coast $85</li> <li>Adelaide-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $49</li> <li>Adelaide-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $89</li> <li>Adelaide-Perth $119</li> <li>Adelaide-Sydney $75</li> <li>Avalon-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $65</li> <li>Avalon-Sydney $41</li> <li>Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Brisbane $89</li> <li>Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $89</li> <li>Uluru (Ayers Rock)-Sydney $89</li> <li>Brisbane-Cairns $79</li> <li>Brisbane-Darwin $89</li> <li>Brisbane-Hobart $119</li> <li>Brisbane-Launceston $109</li> <li>Brisbane-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $89</li> <li>Brisbane-Mackay $59</li> <li>Brisbane-Newcastle $49</li> <li>Brisbane-Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) $55</li> <li>Brisbane-Sydney $59</li> <li>Brisbane-Townsville $89</li> <li>Ballina Byron-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $97</li> <li>Ballina Byron-Sydney $56</li> <li>Busselton (Margaret River)-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $99</li> <li>Cairns-Darwin $129</li> <li>Cairns-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $99</li> <li>Cairns-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $79</li> <li>Cairns-Perth $129</li> <li>Cairns-Sydney $99</li> <li>Darwin-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $129</li> <li>Darwin-Sydney $119</li> <li>Hobart-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $45</li> <li>Hobart-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $99</li> <li>Hobart-Sydney $69</li> <li>Hamilton Island-Sydney $99</li> <li>Launceston-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $45</li> <li>Launceston-Sydney $49</li> <li>Sunshine Coast-Melbourne (Tullamarine) $85</li> <li>Sunshine Coast-Sydney $59</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Newcastle $45</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $69</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Perth $129</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine) $99</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Sydney $49</li> <li>Melbourne (Tullamarine)-Townsville $99</li> <li>Newcastle-Gold Coast (Coolangatta) $45</li> <li>Gold Coast (Coolangatta)-Perth $129</li> <li>Gold Coast (Coolangatta)-Sydney $45</li> <li>Perth-Sydney $149</li> <li>Whitsunday Coast (Proserpine)-Sydney $69</li> <li>Sydney-Townsville $89</li> </ul>

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Now's your chance to own a ghost town in remote WA, deserted 70 years ago

<p><span>Urban explorers and the paranormal curious, listen up — you could soon the be proud owner on an entire abandoned town in remote Western Australia.</span></p> <p><span>The former township of Cossack, on the coast, is now up for sale after laying abandoned for 70 years.</span></p> <p><span>The ghost town, established in 1863, was once a thriving hub for the pearling industry, located on the Butchers Inlet.</span><span></span></p> <p><span>However over time, the population left to be absorbed into larger towns, eventually deserting the area completely.</span></p> <p><span>Today, Cossack's historic buildings all lay abandoned, trapped in an eerie timewarp.</span></p> <p><span>Tourists pass through, using the nearby hiking trails and paying a visit to the beautiful beaches — the town is surrounded by a coastal reserve.</span></p> <p><span>As well as 12 historic buildings and nearby Jarman Island, the town boasts archaeological sites dating back to the 1870s, some of which contain evidence of the impact of European settlement on the Aboriginal communities.</span></p> <p><span>The WA Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage are seeking buyers with proposals that will bring social and economic benefits to the region, so the idyllically-located town may just be a future tourism hotspot.</span><span>While no price tag has been assigned to the town, proposals that prioritise innovative low-impact tourism ventures will be top of the list, with things like eco accommodations, camping, dining venues, museums and galleries that will help support the regeneration of the town among the governement's criteria.</span></p> <p><span>Those keen to place a bid can do so before November 20, at 2pm, with proposals and registrations of interest to go to LJ Hooker Commercial Perth.</span></p> <div class="styles__Wrapper-sc-2o34ro-0 cmwkBV"> <div class="styles__Column-sc-2o34ro-3 jJDKrX"> <p class="p1"><em>Written by Katherine Scott. This article first appeared on <a href="https://travel.nine.com.au/latest/a-wa-ghost-town-deserted-70-years-ago-is-now-on-sale/44e8a83b-18fc-4c23-b84b-cfe9cd84b150">Honey</a>.</em></p> </div> </div>

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Million dollar fish released into Sydney Harbour

<p>A giant kingfish will be released into Sydney Harbour with $1 million on the line for the lucky fisherman who ends up catching it.</p> <p>Harbour of Life festival organisers have announced plans to release a tagged fish into the western side of the harbour, spanning from Barangaroo to Pyrmont.</p> <p>The only way the giant fish can be caught is with a net as it cannot be fitted with a tracker, like the ones used on sharks, because they only reveal a location when he fish surfaces and kingfish stay submerged.</p> <p>The competition, designed by the Western Harbour Alliance, is part of an effort to kick-start Sydney after coronavirus. </p> <p>“The $1 million kingfish is going to cause a lot of excitement among the millions of anglers across NSW and Australia,” Bob Baldwin, chairman of the Australian Fishing Trade Association, told the <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/sydney-harbour-festival-1m-to-angler-who-catches-tagged-kingfish/news-story/7b02117ccdd55048b01a96d537168873" target="_blank">Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p>“I can't think of a better place in the world to wet a line and maybe catch a fortune right in the heart of our magnificent city.”</p> <p>Organisers are hopeful that the festival will rival Vivid, which attracts millions of tourists to the harbour every year and generates $172 million.</p> <p>The festival would begin with a 'sculptures in the sea' exhibition, similar to Hong Kong's annual aquatic art festival.</p>

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11 things you do in your car – but shouldn’t

<p>Driving in your car can feel like a portable home. It’s often so comfortable that sometimes you pick up a few bad habits along the way, such as eating in the car to having sex. Read on to find out what you should not do in your car.</p> <p>Putting your feet on the dashboard<br />Whether you’re in the passenger seat or driving your car, your feet should stay off the dashboard. In a 2017 NerdWallet report, 3% of drivers admit to putting their feet on the dashboard or out the window while driving with cruise control. Although this is a relatively small percentage, there is no reason for keeping your feet up – even if you’re sitting shotgun. In 2015, a US couple was in a car accident where the passenger had her feet on the dashboard. She broke both of her legs in several places and urges people not to make the same mistake.</p> <p>Eating<br />Almost everyone is guilty of eating or drinking behind the wheel at one point or another. Richard Reina, product training director of an aftermarket auto retailer says sipping on a cup of coffee or water is generally fine; just make sure you’re able to grip the wheel and keep your eyes on the road. “However, the more involved a snack or meal gets, the more distracted you might become,” he says. It might be tempting to reach for a fallen French fry, but it’s also incredibly dangerous.</p> <p>Storing unnecessary items<br />Some people treat their cars like their home away from home, but it shouldn’t act as a storage unit. Reina says large items in your car could block your visibility, creating dangerous blind spots and limiting your view when reversing. If there’s an emergency or an accident, anything not bolted down could easily move around your car and injure someone if you brake rapidly. Plus, storing items in plain sight can make you a target for theft.</p> <p>Using headphones<br />Listening to music during road trips and long commutes isn’t a problem, but using headphones or earbuds isn’t the best way to listen to it while driving. “Headphones decrease your awareness by filtering out other noises more than your car’s speakers,” he says.</p> <p>Blasting music with the windows down<br />In addition to annoying other drivers, playing loud music with your windows down in your car serves as another distraction. Much like earphones, driving with loud music distracts drivers from hearing important noises around you, Reina says.</p> <p>Having sex<br />Having sex in public – including a parked car – could result in your arrest. Some people have even had sex in their car while driving. According to a study published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, 33% of men and 9% of women in its study participated in some sort of sexual activity while driving, Women’s Health reports.</p> <p>Smoking<br />Smoking health risks are generally well-known. If you do decide to smoke, however, there’s research showing you should avoid doing so in your car. After just half a cigarette burns in a car, the quality of the air can reach levels 10 times over what the US Environmental Protection Agency considers hazardous. Plus, smoking in a closed environment like your car increases third-hand smoke exposure. When people sit in a car that someone has smoked in, the nicotine and other pollutants covering the car release into the air and get on your skin and mouth, according to Psychology Today.</p> <p>Changing clothes<br />It’s not always illegal to change in your car. However, you could get in trouble for public nudity or indecent exposure depending on where you live, if anyone sees you, and the local laws. It’s better to be safe than sorry and change in an appropriate, private place instead, if possible.</p> <p>Doing your makeup<br />Focusing on anything other than driving means you’re distracted and more prone to accidents. “Putting on makeup while driving doubles the reaction time a driver needs to put their foot on the brake,” says Traffic School owner Stephanie Schwartz. Most people also adjust their mirrors to see themselves while they’re putting on their makeup, which means you’re not using your mirror to look at the cars around you. Even if you’re parked, keeping your makeup in your car could actually damage some of your products and make them vulnerable to melting and mould growth.</p> <p>Driving without shoes on<br />Many drivers might be guilty of this, according to Reina. It’s not necessarily the least safe thing you can do behind the wheel, but it still isn’t a good idea. “For instance, you might need to brake very hard suddenly and find yourself unable to apply the proper force with a bare or socked foot as you would with a shoe on,” Reina says. “Additionally, if you need to step out of the car in an emergency, you run the risk of injuring your feet or wasting precious time putting shoes back on.”</p> <p>Arguing<br />Road rage, angry outbursts, and arguing in your car can make you vulnerable in more ways than one. According to a 2014 research review from the Harvard School of Public Health, it’s possible angry outbursts both on and off the road can trigger a heart attack or stroke hours later. The psychological stress can increase your heart rate and blood pressure, which other research found can have adverse effects up to six years later. Even if you’re having a more mellow conversation with someone in your car, you still put yourself at risk. More than half of distracted driving accidents are because of talking with another passenger, per federal data, the Washington Post reports.</p> <p>Driving with your seat too far back<br />Drivers should be in the best possible position to control their car – and people don’t have that same control if they’re too far from the wheel. “Aside from your ability to reach the pedals and react quickly to road events, you may need to control your lights, wipers or other systems at a moment’s notice and have a hard time doing so if you’re seated too far back,” Reina says.</p> <p class="p1"><em>Written by<span> Emily DiNuzzo</span>. This article first appeared on <a href="https://www.readersdigest.com.au/true-stories-lifestyle/11-things-you-do-in-your-car-but-shouldnt"><span class="s1">Reader’s Digest</span></a>. For more of what you love from the world’s best-loved magazine, <a href="http://readersdigest.com.au/subscribe"><span class="s1">here’s our best subscription offer</span></a>.</em></p>

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Aussies rejoice as "one-off" virus rules come for Christmas and NYE

<div class="post_body_wrapper"> <div class="post_body"> <div class="body_text redactor-styles redactor-in"> <p><span>Christmas and New Years Eve gatherings might be bigger than once thought for NSW residents after the Premier Gladys Berejiklian confirmed to reporters that additional activities could be granted exemption from restrictions in the near future.</span></p> <p><span>She confirmed that the next big milestone would be opening the border with Victoria, but said there's something in the works. </span></p> <p><span>“We’re always looking at opportunities to make life easier for our citizens, but we need to be mindful that with additional gatherings during the summer period, it is a riskier environment,” Ms Berejiklian said on Tuesday.</span></p> <p><span>“We are also looking to provide one-off exemptions for a lot of organisations who might be doing their annual event or some type of commemorative, religious or Christmas event.”</span></p> <p><span>"Please assume that the current health orders are in place, anything beyond this is a bonus"</span></p> <p><span>She's also reminded NSW citizens that there are other options available for celebrating.</span></p> <p><span>"If you can afford it please consider supporting your local suburban restaurant… you can have 30 people to a booking," she said.</span></p> <p><span>"Obviously in your home its 20 so for those of us with large extended families 20 doesn't cut it but all of us have to adjust."</span></p> <p><span>Health authorities are looking into what cultural events are able to go ahead over the summer, including Christmas carols and choir performances.</span></p> <p>"We are very closely looking into what we can do over summer in relation to hospitality and the arts community," she said.</p> </div> </div> </div>

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Gladys to open up NSW border to VIC in coming weeks

<p><span>After months of staying tightly shut off from NSW, Victorian residents may be able to visit in just three weeks.</span></p> <p><span>NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announcer that a target has been set for November 23, The Daily Telegraph reports.</span></p> <p><span>The southern state has recorded four consecutive days of zero cases since Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews lofted intense coronavirus restrictions on Melbournians.</span></p> <p><span>The NSW Premier has repeatedly hinted at bringing down the border soon.</span></p> <p><span>On Monday she said it would come down within “weeks, not months” and said a decision would be revealed on Wednesday.</span></p> <p><span>Annastacia Palaszczuk however has so far refused to open the Queensland border to Sydneysiders.</span></p> <p><span>Ms Berejiklian previously told reporters that a final decision on opening the border Victoria would only come after the state has been out of lockdown for a minimum of two weeks.</span></p> <p><span>“Now that Victoria is down to zero or a just handful of community transmissions a day that gives us pause to reflect on when that two-week period starts for us and of course we'll base that on health advice,” she said on Monday.</span></p> <p><span>“But I certainly wanted to give the signal to the people of NSW that we're talking weeks not months in terms of when the Victorian border may come down, but that again is based on health advice.</span></p> <p><span>“I think it is important to allow people to plan ahead, it's important for our airline sector, it’s important for people who rely on hospitality and tourism to consider what the future may hold.</span></p> <p><span>“That's why, without pre-empting any future decisions, it could be weeks not months in terms of the NSW-Victoria border opening.”</span></p> <p><span>The border between NSW and Victoria closed for the first time in a century on July 8.</span></p>

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Queensland border closure for Victoria and Sydney to remain in place after election win

<p>Any hopes that the Queensland border could open up following the state election have been rapidly slashed.</p> <p>On Saturday night, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk won the election, with many people in the political sphere crediting her response to the coronavirus crisis as a large reason for her popularity.</p> <p>But one rule that hasn’t been taken well has been her hard stance on border closure.</p> <p>From Tuesday, all Australians will be allowed to enter Queensland bar those from Greater Sydney and Victoria.</p> <p>That rule is likely to stay in place for at least several more weeks.</p> <p>A review won’t be conducted until the end of November, at the earliest.</p> <p>“There were a lot of attacks and we stood strong,” Palaszczuk said on Sunday.</p> <p>“In this job, you have to listen to the experts and you have to communicate that to people, and that has stood us in good stead.”</p> <p>Earlier, National Cabinet agreed to open all internal borders by Christmas, except Western Australia.</p> <p>Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt on Sunday said the ongoing closure had to be motivated by medical advice and no ulterior motive.</p> <p>“I am very hopeful that now the election is over that this will continue to be a medical decision,” he said.</p> <p>“If it is a medical decision the very low case numbers will provide the strongest possible basis for moving to the next step.”</p>

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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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