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One in four Victorians with COVID-19 are refusing to isolate

PM holds crisis talk with Victorian Premier

Queensland women face $13,000 fines and five years' jail over border

Trump calls for delay to election

More Sydney venues close as coronavirus clusters spread

Auburn Gallipoli Mosque granted exemption to celebrate Eid-al-Adha

Pyrmont revamp to boost economy

Victoria's second wave 'will see house prices fall fast'

'The Queen doesn't deserve this, least of all from her grandson'

One in four Victorians with COVID-19 are refusing to isolate


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Melbourne - M E Times Int'l: Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has revealed one in four Victorians who test positive for COVID-19 are not isolating at home when ADF personnel visit.

Out of about 500 home visits to Australians with a positive test result, Mr Andrews said there were more than 130 people who weren't home.

 “It’s simply unacceptable to have this virus and not be at home,” he said on Friday.

The Premier said more than 100 people were referred to Victoria Police for further investigation yesterday alone.

Premier Andrews revealed another 627 cases of the virus and eight fatalities in the past 24 hours, four of which were linked to the aged care sector.

The Premier said aged care residents represented 928 active cases and health workers 1030 cases.

Victoria’s total death toll since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak now sits at 112.

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PM holds crisis talk with Victorian Premier

Canberra: Crisis talks between Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews on Thursday reportedly included the option of New Zealand-style lockdowns for the state. It follows Victoria recording its worst day yet with 723 new cases and 13 deaths.

The PM could not rule out further restrictions as the Government’s expert medical panel met to discuss what measures could be put in place.

Speaking on 2GB on Friday, Mr Morrison said there was still “a lot of work to do” to contain the coronavirus.

He also condemned two Queensland women who allegedly lied on their border forms about being in Victoria.“I hope it’s a lesson for everybody,” he said, adding this was how the virus spreads.

Mr Morrison also encouraged Muslims celebrating the Eid al-Adha festival not to gather in large groups, adding he and wife Jenny had not been to church since February.

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Queensland women face $13,000 fines and five years' jail over border fiasco

Brisbane: There are fears of a second wave in Queensland after three women flew back into Brisbane from Melbourne, via Sydney, with police alleging they lied on their border declaration forms.

The women are facing charges of providing misleading documents, which carries a maximum fine of $13,000.

They are also facing a charge of fraud and face up to five years in jail.

The state’s Chief Health Officer shut down 94 nursing homes across South Brisbane as a precaution, as well as a number of venues – including schools and restaurants – the three women visited on their return to Brisbane.

Meanwhile, additional flights have been added to keep up with demand as Queenslanders race to return home before new hotspot restrictions come into effect.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Sydney would be banned from entering the Sunshine State from 1 am on Saturday.

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Trump calls for delay to election

US President Donald Trump has suggested November’s presidential election be postponed, saying increased postal voting could lead to fraud and inaccurate results.

He floated a delay until people could securely and safely vote. There is no evidence to support his claims but he has long railed against mail-in voting.

US states want to make postal voting easier due to public health concerns over the pandemic.

Under the US constitution, Mr Trump cannot postpone the election himself so any delay would have to be approved by Congress.

In a series of tweets, Mr Trump said “universal mail-in voting” would make November’s vote the “most inaccurate and fraudulent election in history”.

He suggested mail-in voting, as it is known in the US, would be susceptible to foreign interference.

Many of Mr Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, have dismissed his idea. However Chris Stewart, a Republican congressman from Utah, said while he did not support delaying the election, Mr Trump had a legitimate point about postal voting.

“Can you ensure the accuracy of mail-in voting? Now in some states you can … but it’s harder to do on a national scale,” he said.

Barack Obama has criticised Donald Trump after the US President floated the idea of delaying the November election because of the pandemic.

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More Sydney venues close as coronavirus clusters spread

Sydney: More Sydney venues have been forced to close as coronavirus clusters spread.

Three further businesses in Surry Hills, Cabramatta and Marrickville are shut for deep cleaning after visits by people who have tested positive.

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Auburn Gallipoli Mosque granted coronavirus exemption for 400 people to celebrate Eid-al-Adha

Sydney: Hundreds of Muslim worshippers have marked one of Islam's holiest days at a Sydney mosque after the NSW Government granted it a temporary exemption from coronavirus restrictions.

Up to 400 people were allowed inside the Auburn Gallipoli Mosque in Sydney's west under the one-off exemption, granted by NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

Under NSW coronavirus restrictions, places of worship are limited to 100 people, or one visitor per four square metres.

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The mosque's president Abdurrahman Asaroglu said those attending the annual festival of Eid al-Adha, also known as the festival of sacrifice, would be subject to temperature checks, sign-in sheets, and it would be mandatory to wear a mask.

Worshippers at the mosque will be expected to bring their own prayer mats and abide by social distancing rules while praying.

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Pyrmont revamp to boost economy

Sydney: The inner-city Sydney suburb of Pyrmont will undergo a massive revamp in a new 20-year plan that will add 800,000 square metres of commercial and office space to the waterfront community.

The Pyrmont Peninsula Place Strategy and Economic Development Strategy went on public display on Friday, setting out a plan to turn the suburb into a jobs hub.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the strategy would retain the “unique character” of Pyrmont while helping to revitalise the area and create 23,000 jobs.

He told reporters on Friday construction had been heavily impacted by the pandemic and being able to restart the industry was crucial to the state’s economic recovery.

 “Construction has driven our economy before this pandemic, adding about half a percentage point of growth each year and hundreds of thousands of jobs off the back of it, but the construction industry is doing it tough,” he said.

 Victoria's second wave

Victoria's second wave 'will see house prices fall fast'

Melbourne: Peter Switzer says the extent of the lockdown in Victoria will cause house prices to fall fast due to reduced confidence.

"You have to expect consumer confidence and business confidence will fall, therefore business investment falls and then house prices will fall faster than they currently are," Mr Switzer said.

"It's difficult to sell if you cant get people to go to open houses and the fear factor is getting bigger.

"The last five weeks in a row, confidence has fallen and it is all linked to the lockdown."

Mr Switzer said he believed New South Wales would follow suit.

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'The Queen doesn't deserve this, least of all from her grandson'

Cory Bernardi says the latest revelations to involve Prince Harry and Meghan Markle shows "Hollywood is full of narciststs, hypocrites, vanity publishing and people who will destroy other people's lives".

I fear for the poor old Queen, she doesn't deserve this at all, least of all from her grandson.

It comes as a new book is set to be released documenting some of the turmoil that led to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's split from the royal family.


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