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Free N95 and KN95 face masks handed out at railway stations, community health centres

Free N95 and KN95 face masks handed out at railway stations, community health centres

New Zealand is already offering free face masks from testing sites, while Transport NSW has given out 2.4 million surgical masks at transport hubs since April this year. Andrews rejected suggestions that quality masks could have been provided for free sooner. “We’ve been handing out masks and doing all sorts of partnership work with many, …

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James Marape will be Papua New Guinea’s prime minister after an election marred by violence

Papua New Guinea’s incumbent Prime Minister, James Marape, has been returned to the top job. Key points: James Marape will return as PNG prime minister, leading a coalition government The PNG election has been marred by unrest, with sometimes violent interruptions to the political process Peter O’Neill had sought to delay Tuesday’s sitting to allow …

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Former NSW Liberal minister suspended from after corruption finding

Former NSW Liberal minister suspended from after corruption finding

Former NSW Liberal minister John Sidoti has lashed the independent corruption watchdog in an emotional speech before he was suspended from now weeks after being found to have engaged in serious corrupt conduct. The government, along with the opposition, on Tuesday voted to suspend Sidoti from the Legislative Assembly after he refused to resign following …

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South Australian shops could open earlier on Sundays and trade on Boxing Day under proposed legislation

Shops would be allowed to open two hours earlier on a Sunday under new laws set to go into state Parliament next month. Key points: The SA government is looking to allow shops to trade from 9am on Sundays The bill would also shops outside the Adelaide CBD to open on Boxing Day Reforming shop …

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WA weather: Perth shivers through the coldest day of the year so far as temperature dips as low as 9C

WA weather: Perth shivers through the coldest day of the year so far as temperature dips as low as 9C

Perth shivered through a cold snap on Tuesday as the city experienced its coldest day of the year so far. It reached a top of just 12.4 degrees just before 4pm on Tuesday, blanketing Perth suburbs in an icy blast as the lowest temperature reached 9 degrees. There has been 10.6mm of rain since 9am …

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Fake cosmetic doctor facing jail time for advertising services

A Mount Waverley woman who was exposed as a fake cosmetic doctor is facing jail time for allegedly advertising her services again. Aliaa Sherif, 54, on Tuesday appeared before Melbourne Magistrates’ Courtfacing 21 charges and the possibility of two years of jail time if convicted. In 2021, Sherif was convicted and fined for pretending to …

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Richard Pusey accused of offensive posts after rejection of his $2.2m insurance claim over Eastern Freeway crash

Richard Pusey accused of offensive posts after rejection of his $2.2m insurance claim over Eastern Freeway crash

The Porsche driver who filmed the aftermath of the Eastern Freeway crash that killed four police officers allegedly attached to graphic photos of their dying moments to an online financial complaint after an company rejected his $2.2 million insurance claim over the tragedy. A police officer told Sunshine Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday she felt “angry …

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As floodwaters hurtled towards Lismore, several rain and river gauges stopped working

Residents living upstream from Lismore say faults in the rain and river gauge network deprived them of potentially life-saving data as a catastrophic flood hit the New South Wales Northern Rivers in February. Key points: Crucial equipment failed because it was poorly located, while key rainfall data was missed or distorted due to a lack …

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Perrottet refuses to back UK trade commissioner

Perrottet refuses to back UK trade commissioner

Sources with knowledge of a discussion between the premier and Transport Minister David Elliott earlier this year confirmed Perrottet described Cartwright, the former boss of lobby group Business NSW, as “a problem”. Perrottet on Tuesday parliament told Cartwright’s expenses were being examined by newly-minted Trade Minister Alister Henskens. In a statement on Tuesday evening, Henskens …

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Five dogs dead after suspected poisonings at a popular Sunshine Coast beach

Five dogs dead after suspected poisonings at a popular Sunshine Coast beach

Sunshine Coast pet owners are on high alert after a series of deadly poisonings at a popular dog beach. Key points: At least five dogs have experienced poisoning symptoms after visiting a popular dog beach. The dogs had to be euthanised, prompting a warning from vets and Sunshine Coast Council. Police are now investigating and …

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