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What made the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria so deadly?
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A major magnitude-7.8 earthquake, followed by another strong quake, has devastated wide swathes of Türkiye and Syria. What type of earthquake caused the destruction and why was it so devastating?

Dutton pushes government to endorse single Voice model as he seeks bipartisanship
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Liberal leader Peter Dutton says he wants to find common ground on the Voice to Parliament, but says the government should endorse a particular model to help people decide whether to support it in a referendum.

Downer's next generation trains to spur manufacturing revival in Maryborough region
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A regional Queensland town is preparing for a new era of manufacturing and a jobs boom as Downer is announced as the preferred supplier to build and deliver 65 next generation trains.

Whether it was an accident or sabotage, the mysterious Chinese balloon has burst hopes of US-China talks
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The suspected spy balloon that hovered above the US for several days has been shot down over the sea. But the stakes surrounding the diplomatic incident remain sky high, writes Barbara Miller.

Truck driver charged with death by dangerous driving after pedestrian killed in Adelaide
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A truck driver is charged over a crash that killed a pedestrian in Adelaide's south on Sunday night.

Fatal shark attack prompts warning for swimmers to be wary of 'marine activity'
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A marine ecologist urges swimmers to be wary of activity in the water before jumping in, following the death of a 16-year-old girl who was fatally attacked by a shark in a river south of Perth.

Australia battles to win over India in T20 World Cup warm-up match
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Alyssa Healy keeps wickets but cannot bat in Australia's first Twenty20 World Cup warm-up match against India — a low-scoring affair on a worn Newlands pitch.

Woman charged with murder over Melbourne toddler's death
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A 31-year-old woman will face court today charged with the murder of a toddler in Albanvale, in Melbourne's north-west.

Comic Joe White calls out racist heckler who left audience 'gasping' during Fringe performance
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The comedian was forced to de-escalate a tense situation at a recent show in Perth after being racially abused by an audience member.

'It seemed pretty genuine': Ella nearly lost hundreds to an online scammer — and she's not alone
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Ella always thought she was pretty online savvy, which gave her confidence when she decided to sell some shoes online — but a close call with a scammer has made her think twice.

Helicopter in fatal NT crash 'not equipped for night flight', report finds
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The report found the crash, which killed the 47-year-old pilot, likely occurred after 7.20pm, despite the helicopter not being equipped "for night flight". 

Woman faces Darwin court over alleged kidnapping of five-year-old grandson
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A woman is released on bail after earlier facing court over the alleged abduction of her five-year-old grandson in Darwin's northern suburbs.

Live: ASX set to drop as Australia braces for ninth rate hike in a row
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

After closing down on Monday, Australian shares are expected to open lower. Wall Street has also dipped into the red overnight. Follow the latest business news live.

Decades after tying the knot here, Vonda and Glenn bought this property. They've made the tough decision to sell it
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Sitting on the side of a busy Tasmanian highway, this grand building with arched windows is hard to miss. Its owners say they're ready to hand over the keys.

‘As far as she was concerned this was Wolf Creek’: Farmer to stand trial over alleged backpacker sexual assault
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Wayne Robert Green is accused of grooming young women with alcohol and bullying, and will also face trial for deprivation of liberty and observing another person in breach of privacy.

Knocked back from 30 rentals, Saoirse turned to living in a tent with her assistance dog
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

People with assistance dogs are allowed by law into any accommodation in Queensland, but people say those laws are not strong enough to stop real estate agents and aged care facilities from discriminating. 

US Congress could send B-21 bombers to Australia to bolster national security
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

America's next-generation B-21 bomber could be sent to Australia to "accelerate" national security under a Congressional proposal put to the US Defence Secretary.

From the Top End to down south, these young Australians are determined to make a difference
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A TikTok teacher, a drag king and a pilot are just some of the inspiring young Australians who have won this year’s Heywire Trailblazer competition.

Live: Türkiye aftershocks captured on live TV, and Salman Rushdie gives first interview since stabbing. Catch up with The Loop
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The news Australia is searching for, and all the news that happened while you snoozed: This is The Loop, your quick catch-up for this morning's stories as they happen.

'Thirty-three days with no human comforts': Demands for action on children left in Queensland watch houses
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Advocates and lawyers say Queensland's youth justice system is at crisis point, with some juveniles reportedly held in adult watch houses for weeks at a time.

News from the BBC World Service

School head found dead with husband and daughter
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Epsom College head Emma Pattison is described as a "warm, energetic, compassionate leader".

David Carrick: Serial rapist PC humiliated victims, court hears
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Former Met Police officer David Carrick is being sentenced for dozens of rape and sexual offences.

Suspected Chinese spy balloon was 200ft tall - US defence official
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

An official says the size of the object informed the decision not to shoot it down before Saturday.

Focus on river path in search for missing Nicola
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Nicola Bulley's partner says their two girls "miss their mummy desperately" and "need her back".

Chris Mason: Sunak's backseat-driving former prime ministers
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Rishi Sunak has a minibus full of predecessors who could end up as backseat drivers - with Liz Truss the latest to lurch towards the wheel.

Royal Mail February strikes off after legal challenge
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Union bosses say they have called off the strikes later this month due to a legal challenge.

Coronation official playlist picks golden oldies
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The government puts out its Coronation song choices, but takes down a Dizzee Rascal track.

Manchester City charged with breaking financial rules by Premier League
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The Premier League charges Manchester City with more than 100 breaches of its financial rules following a four-year investigation.

Nissan warns costs must fall to make new electric cars in UK
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

A senior boss at the car company says the UK faces challenges to be competitive with other countries.

Former aide accuses Republican George Santos of sexual misconduct
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The prospective staffer has asked the House ethics panel to look into a sexual misconduct claim.

Preacher sentenced for selling fake Covid kits
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Climate Wiseman told his congregation they would "drop dead" if they did not buy his kits.

Google launches ChatGPT rival called Bard
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The tech giant says its new Artificial Intelligence-powered chatbot will roll out in the coming weeks.

Beyoncé North America pre-sale begins with Ticketmaster under scrutiny
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

It is seen as the first test for Ticketmaster since the company was overwhelmed by demand last year.

Turkey earthquake: The eyewitnesses who captured the quake on social media
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

The sheer scale of devastation can be seen in social media posts - verified by the BBC.

Turkey earthquake: Where did it hit and why was it so deadly?
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Two earthquakes have killed more than 2,000 people in southern Turkey and northern Syria.

Turkey earthquake: Aleppo among worst-hit areas in Syria
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Syria after a huge earthquake struck neighbouring Turkey.

Turkey earthquake: Before and after images show extent of destruction
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Photos from Turkey and Syria show collapsed buildings and devastation across the region.

UK rescue workers heading to Turkey after quake
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Search specialists with equipment and trained dogs will contribute to an international response.

Aerial views of totally destroyed buildings in Syria
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Drone footage shows the earthquake aftermath and the search and rescue operation in Idlib, Syria.

Turkey earthquake: Dramatic moments from first quake on video
Posted on Monday February 06, 2023

Verified footage on social media from the moments the earthquake struck Turkey and Syria on Sunday morning.

Warnings ::
With the extension of the lockdown until Sunday, August 8, Moreton Police would like to urge residents not to become complacent and to adhere to the restrictions.

If you are heading out and know you are not complying, then ask yourself these two questions:

“Can I afford a $1,378 fine right now?” And more importantly, “Am I willing to put other people and my family/ friends at risk of what could be a life threatening illness for them?”

Please stay home, help save lives and don’t abuse the restrictions – they are there for a reason.

If you need to familiarise yourself with the restrictions again, you can find the Chief Health Officers directions here. http://health.qld.gov.au

Covid-19 jabs are available across Queensland at QLD Health vaccine clinics, Commonwealth jab hubs, GPs, and pharmacies.

You can find a full list here https://www.couriermail.com.au/coronavirus/interactive-search-where-to-get-covid-vaccine-in-queensland/news-story/ce381b8c62ee5f0d191eb75d1aedf01c

For a QLD Health clinic, you must register and book online at https://www.vaccinebookings.health.qld.gov.au

For GPs and Commonwealth jab hubs, look for an appointment near you using the government’s Eligibility Checker website, http://covid-vaccine.healthdirect.gov.au

You can also give your usual GP a call to see if they are providing jabs.

If you feel you need more information about the jab, or are under 40 and looking to get the AstraZeneca vaccine, speaking to a GP is the most sensible option.

For pharmacies, use the Pharmacy Guild of Australia’s Find a Pharmacy tool to find one near you.

This may be your go to jab spot if you are in a rural or regional area. http://findapharmacy.com.au






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