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News from the ABC Australia

The cruel summer that nearly stopped Maddie and Madi from making it to Taylor Swift
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Lincoln has proven no match for Taylor Swift, whose fans from the outback have pulled out all the stops to get to Sydney despite heavy flooding.

Universities to be subject to national code of conduct in bid to prevent sexual assault on campus
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

State, territory and federal education ministers have agreed to a national action plan to tackle sexual assault on university campuses, with student activists labelling the suite of reforms groundbreaking and transformative.

Kambo guidelines do not reveal 'true risk' of using frog poison, NSW coroner finds
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Natasha Lechner died of heart failure just minutes after taking part in a kambo ritual, with the NSW coroner finding the giant tree frog poison can cause death in healthy people as well as those with pre-existing conditions.

'Charismatic leader' avoids jail over Canberra protests that saw doors to Old Parliament House set alight
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Bruce Shillingsworth Jr receives an 18-month suspended sentence for his role in a fire that caused millions of dollars in damage to the entrance of Old Parliament House in Canberra. 

Teacher texted family, children hid in cupboards when student fired rifle at Perth high school, court told
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

A Perth teenager, responsible for what's believed to be Australia's first shooting at a high school, has been told he will be sent to juvenile detention.

Sydney's first queer museum Qtopia opens at site of police brutality
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Some of the 53 people arrested after the first Mardi Gras march in 1978 were locked up at Sydney's Darlinghurst Police Station. The building now tells the story of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Magistrate to decide if SA police officer acted within powers by shoving, hitting woman
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The prosecution says dramatic vision of a drunk woman's altercation with police proves he acted beyond his powers but the defence says officers are within their rights to prevent a breach of the peace by using reasonable force.

'They are literally printing money on silicon': AI sends Nvidia's market value soaring higher than Australia's GDP
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Chipmaker Nvidia has just recorded the biggest one-day gain by any company in Wall Street history. But could the AI boom be just another dot-com-style bubble?

Brutal heat affecting your appetite? Chickens feel the same — and you might have noticed the result
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Temperature is a key factor in the productivity of hens — much like us, they tend to eat less when it is hot and that means they are likely to lay smaller eggs.

Train companies admit safety failures in deadly derailment near Melbourne
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Train companies plead guilty to breaching rail safety laws in wake of fatal train crash north of Melbourne.

'It looks a little dry': England capitulates on 'dried-up riverbed' of a pitch in Ranchi
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The pitch in Ranchi for the fourth Test between India and England was described as looking like "a dried-up riverbed" by one former player with the series on the line.

Female prisoners to be relocated as male inmate numbers surge at regional WA prison
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

A "seasonal rise" in male prisoner numbers has prompted the relocation of 27 women from a Greenough penitentiary in what the state's justice department says is business as usual. 

Nine Port Jackson fig trees vandalised at Sydney beach
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Holes that may have been used to deliver pesticides were discovered this week after a resident reported seeing a man acting suspiciously in the area.

Network Ten exec needed almost an hour and help to download 10Play app
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Speaking about the difficulty of finding Australian networks on smart TVs, Network Ten's chief content officer said despite being tech savvy, it took her almost an hour with an engineer's help to get her own company's app downloaded on her television.

Snowtown accomplice Mark Haydon poses 'appreciable risk', court document alleges
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The South Australian government will argue in court that bodies-in-the-barrels accomplice Mark Ray Haydon poses an "appreciable risk to the safety of the community if not supervised".

Brisbane council candidate Brock Alexander referred to police by own political party
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The LNP says it has referred their disendorsed Deagon ward candidate in the upcoming council election to police, alleging he supplied them "fraudulent personal background checks" — an allegation he denies. But it won't stop him being on the ballot. 

Ballarat teacher jailed for sexually assaulting student, sometimes multiple times a day
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Former head of performing arts Damien Woods is sentenced to four years and two months in prison after repeatedly sexually assaulting a student, with whom he exchanged more than 110,000 text messages.

Knives, makeshift weapons seized 'almost every day' at Broome Hospital, WA opposition claims
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Shane Love likened some of the seized makeshift weapons to those that had been confiscated from a maximum security prison.

Are telco networks becoming more fragile? Taylor Swift's Melbourne shows could be a preview of what's to come
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

On the Telstra network alone, concertgoers at Taylor Swift's Melbourne shows used around 34.85 TB of data, or 12 TB each night  — that's the equivalent of 15,500 hours of video, lasting 1.7 years if it was played continuously.

NBA superstar's dad appointed as NBL team's head coach after inspiring dramatic season revival
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Justin Tatum, who has one of the most famous surnames in the NBA, has been signed to permanently lead the Illawarra Hawks NBL team. 



News from the BBC World Service

American company makes historic Moon landing
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Intuitive Machines completes the first ever lunar touchdown by a privately built spacecraft.

Energy bills expected to fall as new cap announced
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Domestic gas and electricity bills could fall sharply in April but many are still struggling to pay.

Four dead and 19 missing in Spain tower block fire
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

An inferno ravaged a 14-storey residential block in Valencia, with questions raised over its construction.

Policeman charged with murder of missing Sydney couple
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Australian TV personality Jesse Baird and his boyfriend Luke Davies were last seen on Monday.

Gaza family take legal action against Home Office
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

A man whose children caught hepatitis from the conditions in Gaza wants them to join him in the UK.

V&A museum to recruit Taylor Swift super fan
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The London institution seeks a Swiftie to advise it about handmade signs and friendship bracelets.

Speaker's decision on Gaza vote concerning - PM
Posted on Thursday February 22, 2024

Tory and SNP MPs call for a confidence vote on Sir Lindsay Hoyle amid a row over his position.

England scrap for runs after being reduced to 112-5 by India
Posted on Thursday February 22, 2024

Follow live text updates from day one of the fourth Test between India and England in Ranchi.

Fossil reveals 240 million year-old 'dragon'
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

A remarkably complete fossil of a bizarre Triassic reptile in unprecedented detail has been found.

Health workers still waiting for promised payments
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Social enterprises say hardworking front-line staff have not received one-off payments agreed last May.

Scouts referred to police after teen killed on hike
Posted on Thursday February 22, 2024

A jury finds Ben Leonard was unlawfully killed when he fell 200ft from cliffs on a scout trip.

Right-wingers need a bigger bazooka, Truss tells US
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The UK's shortest-serving PM was speaking at the US's biggest annual gathering of conservatives.

Texas student loses case over dreadlocks punishment
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Darryl George was suspended for refusing to cut his hair, which a school said violated dress code.

The Papers: 'Two years of lunacy' and possible 'new Brexit deal'
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

A variety of stories make the front pages today, including the two-year anniversary of Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

Weekly quiz: What word did Emma Stone have trouble saying?
Posted on Thursday February 22, 2024

How closely have you been paying attention to what has been going on over the past seven days?

Parliamentary chaos reflects Rochdale campaigning
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The Rochdale by-election is being likened to a circus by some, as the Speaker walks a tightrope.

Britain's biggest Bollywood star taking on Hollywood
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

Actress Alia Bhatt, adored by fans in India, is making her mark around the world.

The 'mind-bending' bionic arm powered by AI
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

BBC Click reporter Paul Carter tries out a high-tech prosthetic promising a 'full range of human motion'.

Why some cyber-attacks hit harder than others
Posted on Friday February 23, 2024

The British Library has been hobbled for months by a cyber-attack and experts warn of similar damage ahead.

Why are American XL bullies being banned?
Posted on Thursday February 22, 2024

Scotland is following England and Wales in restricting ownership of the dogs.



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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