Good morning, that is Imogen Dewey bringing you the principle tales and must-reads on Monday 19 October.
Victoria might have eradicated Covid in six weeks by getting into stage-four lockdown in July, new evaluation exhibits. The modelling signifies obligatory masks and strict closures of public areas early within the state’s second wave could have eradicated the virus. Tony Blakely, the professor who led the evaluation, advised Guardian Australia that eliminating neighborhood transmission in Victoria is now unlikely, however nonetheless potential – with luck. The findings come on the identical day that restrictions are being eased for Melbourne and regional Victoria. From at the moment, journey as much as 25km for both train or buying shall be allowed. The 2-hour time restrict for train and socialising will even be scrapped and groups of up to 10 people can collect open air.
In the meantime, extra points have arisen with the New Zealand journey bubble after 23 people arrived in Perth, and, in Sydney, well being authorities hope a coronavirus cluster within the metropolis’s south-west is being introduced beneath management after only one extra case, linked to a childcare centre, emerged on Sunday.
Labor frontbencher Andrew Leigh has written to greater than 200 large firms, together with Apple, McDonald’s and Microsoft, asking them to disclose whether or not they have acquired jobkeeper subsidies and used the cash to pay shareholder dividends or govt bonuses. His transfer comes amid investor disquiet over what has been dubbed “dividendkeeper”, the place firms use the subsidy, designed to maintain staff hit by the coronavirus recession related to their jobs, to prop up funds to shareholders. Leigh has additionally raised issues that some Australian firms have used the taxpayer-funded complement to beef up govt bonuses.
Gretchen Whitmer, the governor of Michigan who was the topic of a rightwing plot to kidnap and probably kill her over coronavirus lockdown measures, has accused Donald Trump of “inspiring and incentivising domestic terrorism” with a ‘Lock her up!’ rally chant. With solely 15 days left to reverse his poor standing within the polls, and amid a coronavirus resurgence that might sink his pursuit of a second time period, the president has embarked on a tour of battleground states – as Nancy Pelosi warns that his rhetoric is turning voters against him.
“If demographics is future, then our future simply obtained much more difficult,” says Deloitte. The financial consultancy has discovered the Covid-based resolution to close borders is setting Australia up for lower rates of population growth, which can have an effect on the whole lot from the variety of colleges constructed to the speed of infrastructure funding.
Federal authorities funding for the care sector would enhance the gender pay hole and the financial system at giant, a new report has found. A dedication to higher funding for the sector might permit 900,000 Australians in unpaid care work to extend their paid hours.
The Lowy Institute’s Asia Energy Index, launched at the moment, exhibits that US energy within the Asia Pacific has fallen as a consequence of its mishandling of Covid-19. It’s nonetheless high of the checklist within the area, however China is on track to match it by the tip of this decade. Australia, in the meantime, was one of many few nations to achieve within the scores of complete energy this yr, overtaking South Korea because the area’s sixth-most-powerful nation.
1000’s rallied in Bangkok on Sunday, utilizing Hong Kong-inspired ways to defy the authorities and demand that the prime minister resign and the facility of the royal household be curbed.
Tens of hundreds of individuals have rallied in solidarity, in dozens of cities and cities throughout France, after a secondary schoolteacher was beheaded in an assault that has shocked a country already shaken by terrorist atrocities.
Iranian officers have hailed the lifting of a 13-year UN arms embargo on their navy as a momentous day. However for a number of causes, Tehran is unlikely to go on a short-term buying spree, or attain something just like the defence spending of its chief Gulf rivals.
The slender EU deal sought by Boris Johnson will act as a “lifeless weight” on Britain’s capacity to commerce, the former boss of the Brexit department has warned, amid rising issues that the nation stays dangerously ailing ready for such an consequence.
“Between Covid, local weather change and the funds, no surprise many ladies are rethinking having infants,” writes Jane Caro. “Frankly, who can blame them? All of us agree that 2020 has been the yr from hell and 2019 was not significantly better, definitely not for Australia … Given all of this, don’t you assume the treasurer might need thought just a bit bit about what might actually encourage women to reproduce? Oddly, he and his authorities seem to have accomplished exactly the alternative.”
Having extra muscle mass in our physique helps with total well being. However we additionally want our muscle tissues to be sturdy in order that we don’t find yourself absorbing the influence of motion within the flawed locations, physiotherapist Tristan Chai tells Katie Cunningham. To work out the place to start out with energy coaching, we requested 4 physios to inform us about the functional exercises they think everyone should be doing and that they make time to do themselves. They’re not difficult, and so they don’t even contain leaving the home.
“After a fall, my mom went to remain in a care dwelling, and she or he was lonely at first. Then she found three years’ of textual content messages between me and my sister,” writes Zoe Williams about her mom discovering untold secrets and techniques after she lent her her outdated telephone.
Adjustments in welfare funds for the reason that 1990s have led to a dramatic change within the typical jobseeker, who’s now more than likely to be a lady aged over 50. These on the unemployment profit got a lift throughout the pandemic when the speed was doubled however now face an unsure future. In this episode of Full Story, Luke Henriques-Gomes experiences on how individuals are coping on the jobseeker rollercoaster of 2020.
The Wallabies should overcome 22 years of historical past to reclaim the Bledisloe Cup, writes Bret Harris. If even a shred of self-doubt of Sunday’s defeat seeps into the subsequent Check, there shall be little hope.
“Geelong versus Richmond won’t be the AFL grand remaining everybody needed,” Scott Heinrich observes. “Neutral supporters may bemoan the shortage of an underdog to cheer, however whoever wins the decider will inform a narrative to reverberate by means of the ages.”
The Melbourne Vixens claimed their first Tremendous Netball title over West Coast Fever in a thrilling 66-64 grand final victory that went all the way in which right down to the wire.
Westpac Banking Company, the Perth Mint and lots of of Australian residents have been caught up in a global tax evasion probe, a joint investigation by the Age, the Sydney Morning Herald, 60 Minutes and the New York Instances experiences. Perth’s new Lord Mayor told the West Australian his appointment is a “as soon as in a era alternative for a contemporary begin”. And Steve Bannon has advised the Australian we’re “not going to see the end of Donald Trump”.
The inquest into demise of 36-year-old Indigenous man Nathan Reynolds, who had a deadly bronchial asthma assault in custody in 2018, opens at the moment.
Price range estimates will happen in federal parliament and can hear from the Division of Premier and Cupboard, dwelling affairs and border power, and the Division of Agriculture.
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A sketch of an infinite cat has been revealed, lounging across a desert hillside among the sands of southern Peru. The Nazca Traces, a Unesco world heritage website, has beforehand revealed geoglyphs of a hummingbird, a monkey, an orca, and a determine some would dearly love to believe is an astronaut. This feline discovery, dated between 200BC and 100BC, emerged throughout work to enhance entry to a hill that’s a pure vantage level for the opposite designs.
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