Good morning – especially to Melbourne readers ready to venture out after the city’s two-week lockdown. Making headlines this morning: world leaders are arriving in Cornwall ahead of the G7 Summit which starts on Friday, Brisbane is a step closer to securing the 2032 Olympics and Australia and Singapore have agreed on travel bubble arrangements to allow international students to return to universities.
Melbourne’s lockdown will end today, but residents will still need to mask-up outdoors as the state recorded another four new locally acquired cases of Covid. The Victorian testing commander, Jeroen Weimar, listed a series of new exposure sites, mostly around the Melbourne suburb of Reservoir, and urged locals there to come forward for testing. Queensland also recorded another case, but state authorities said the risk of an outbreak was low.
More mental health support is needed for travellers in hotel quarantine, after a report found one-fifth of patients who attended an emergency department from hotel quarantine were suffering from mental health emergencies rather than Covid-19. The research led by the Royal Prince Alfred hospital in Sydney suggested hotel quarantine “may exacerbate” poor mental health. Of the 542 emergency presentations between 1 June to 30 September 2020, the most frequent diagnoses were due to mental health issues. Intussen, quarantine-free travel may be on the cards for Australia’s travel bubble with Singapore. Scott Morrison, and his Singaporean counterpart, Lee Hsien Loong, have confirmed students will be the first group to travel under a bubble arrangement.
A 52-year-old woman from New South Wales who died after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine is “likely” Australia’s second death from a rare and severe blood clotting syndrome linked to the Covid vaccine, Australia’s drugs regulator says.
And at the G7 summit UK prime minister Boris Johnson sought to play down any differences with Washington over the way Brexit could affect Northern Ireland after talks with Joe Biden. The climate emergency will also be a key focus for the G7 talks with pressure on Scott Morrison as countries urge tougher action and more ambitious targets.
Legislation giving Australian federal police powers to monitor An0m devices, which led to hundreds of arrests internationally, did not become law until two months after the FBI operation began in Australia. Police say they used “appropriate legislative powers” during the operation but a lawyer representing people charged says legal concerns remain.
It should be easier for Australians to get their smartphones, tablets and other devices repaired or replaced, the Productivity Commission has found in a review of the so-called “right to repair” in Australia.
Australian researchers have uncovered why only two heads of the echidna’s four-headed penis become erect at any one time. The major blood vessel of the penis splits into two main branches which each supply two of the four penile heads.
Plastic items from takeaway food and drink dominate the litter in the world’s oceans, according to the most comprehensive study to date.
China’s Uyghurs are living in a “dystopian hellscape”, according to an Amnesty International report. Widespread internment, torture and rights abuses have been claimed by former detainees as Beijing continues a policy of denial.
A 28-year-old man who slapped France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, in the face has been sentenced to four months’ jail. .
Peloton, the world’s most hyped fitness technology company, will soon arrive in Australia. Alyx Gorman took one for a spin to find out what all the fuss is about. “I am vocally averse to cardio. Someday, I know, this will kill me. I’m aware that exercise is the most important thing I can do for myself, and that this distaste for fitness likely exacerbates my frequent bouts of anhedonia. So, I look forward to hating every second of this experience. Despite the fact that his class is far above my level (sloth), I choose to train with Alex Toussaint, because I’ve heard the most about him on podcasts. Also he has the best playlist. Much to my dismay, I discover I do not dislike it.”
Living in a leaky share house with rodents in the walls is a world away from where Deirdre Fidge thought she would be in her 30s, maar Australia’s inaccessible housing market has left her and her peers in similar situations. “When sharing these tidbits [about share housing in an old building] with friends, I’m met with nods of understanding and shared lived experience. ‘My clothes are always damp too!’ exclaims one friend. ‘My last place had a HUGE rat,’ says another. ‘A gust of wind once shattered the kitchen window,’ shares a colleague. This is the situation so many of us are in. The housing market is less accessible than a good landlord.”
Bri Lee’s new book, Who Gets to be Smart: Privilege, Power and Knowledge, endeavours to dismantle ideas about intelligence and self-worth in the Australian education system, writes Beejay Silcox. “As Lee dismantles her rote-learned scripts about intelligence, accomplishment and self-worth, she asks ever-urgent questions about the Australian education system and its gatekeepers.”
This week the Biloela family was thrust back in the news as three-year-old Tharnicaa was airlifted to a hospital in Perth to fight pneumonia and a blood infection. In today’s Full Story, Mike Ticher and Lucy Clark speak about the treatment of the Biloela family and whether it will have an impact on Australia’s immigration policy.
Brisbane is close to being formally confirmed as the host of the 2032 Olympics and Paralympics next month after its “irresistible” bid was unanimously approved by the International Olympic Committee’s executive.
Olympic 100m freestyle champion Kyle Chalmers tells Guardian Australia about how he relaxes away from the pool, his preparations for Tokyo and what’s in an elite swimmer’s diet – oh, en all about his pet crocodiles, pythons and frill necks.
NSW has unveiled an ambitious plan to power the state’s train network with renewable energy within four years, die Sydney Morning Herald berigte. Die ABC reports that a former Australian citizen and Isis bride, Zehra Duman, is living free in Turkey despite being convicted and sentenced to seven years in jail for her membership of the terrorist organisation.
Scott Morrison will attend the G7 summit in Cornwall in England.
Senate committees to report on bills dealing with Treasury, aged care, midwife indemnity, social security.
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