Australian News Headlines: February 18, 2021

Facebook news ban hits emergency services and government health departments

Emergency services and health Facebook pages have been caught up in the tech company’s decision to block Australian news *content*.Sydney Morning Herald2 hours ago

Facebook restricts sharing or viewing Australian and international news content | News Breakfast

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)3 hours ago

Weak positive coronavirus test result in Victorian aged care under investigation

As Victoria emerges from a snap five-day lockdown, a “weak positive” test result has been recorded in aged care. The case, which wasn’t added to Wednesday’s … hours ago

Victoria records zero new coronavirus cases as state hopes to exit lockdown | ABC News

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)Yesterday

Australian Open to reopen to crowds at Melbourne Park, after statewide coronavirus shutdown

Australian Open organisers confirm that Melbourne Park will reopen to spectators, with a maximum of 7477 fans per session, from tomorrow, after a five-day …ABC News18 hours ago

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria emerges from lockdown as state records zero local COVID-19 cases; Australian Open welcomes back crowds

Victoria’s hard lockdown may have ended, but thousands of people potentially exposed to the virus as a result of the Holiday Inn outbreak are still self-isolating.The Sydney Morning Herald3 hours ago

Archbishop Anthony Fisher outraged over ‘provocative’ use of Sydney cathedral in LGBT concert ads

The City of Sydney removes an image of St Mary’s Cathedral from its advertising of an LGBT concert after Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop described it as …ABC News1 hour ago

Rape inside corridors of power: who knew what about Brittany Higgins

The former Liberal staffer who alleges she was raped in a ministerial office has accused Scott Morrison of victim blaming, as the Prime Minister moved to …The Australian13 hours ago

‘Very hard to believe’ PM’s staff did not know about alleged rape, Malcolm Turnbull says | ABC News

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)15 hours ago

With their mother’s Australian citizenship cancelled over alleged ISIS-links, how will NZ deal with her children?

By unilaterally revoking the citizenship of the 26-year-old woman detained in Turkey this week, Australia has potentially left her two children in diplomatic limbo.The Conversation AUYesterday

Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison hold ‘constructive’ phone call after citizenship row

After a day squaring off at each other, Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison are now ‘working through issues’ regarding a former dual national detained in Turkey.SBS NewsYesterday

Andrew O’Keefe seeks to have assault case dealt with on mental health grounds

Former Channel Seven star Andrew O’Keefe has been in hospital since late last month and will seek to have an assault charge dealt with on mental health …Sydney Morning Herald1 hour ago

Andrew O’Keefe an involuntary inpatient at Sydney hospital since allegedly assaulting girlfriend, court told

TV host Andrew O’Keefe, accused of assaulting his girlfriend last month, will apply to have the matter dealt with under mental health legislation, his lawyer tells a …ABC News1 hour ago

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Victoria lockdown will lift from midnight as state records zero COVID-19 cases; AstraZeneca boss says vaccine safe for over-65s

Victoria has entered its fifth day of a ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown, and an announcement from Premier Daniel Andrews is expected later today on whether the …The Age19 hours ago

Beachgoers find 10kg of powder, believed to be cocaine, on north Qld shore

Ten kilograms of white powder, believed to be cocaine, has washed up on a north Queensland hours ago

Cocaine suspected inside packages washed up on Queensland’s Hinchinbrook Island

Police are seeking public assistance after 10 packages of “suspicious” white powder, believed to be cocaine, washes up on an island off the North Queensland …ABC News1 hour ago

AI technology helps protect sea turtle nests from feral pigs in north Queensland

Scientists and Indigenous rangers are harnessing the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to help protect endangered sea turtle nesting sites on Queensland’s …ABC News5 hours ago

Artificial intelligence helps save sea turtle eggs from predatory pigs

An artificial intelligence program is being used to quickly scan thousands of aerial beach photographs to identify turtle nests and their predators.Sydney Morning Herald12 hours ago

Covid Victoria: Holiday Inn outbreak review looms after nebuliser use

The hotel quarantine guest whose nebuliser use is being blamed for the Holiday Inn virus outbreak has called for an independent review into the incident.Herald Sun1 hour ago

Expert calls for Victoria’s hotel quarantine system to be SHUT DOWN

Victoria’s under-fire hotel quarantine system should be shut down until it is proven safe to function, one of Australia’s leading infectious disease experts has …Daily MailYesterday

Holiday Inn Flinders Lane quarantine hotel evacuated with patient leaving with garbage bag over head

The first coronavirus positive patient has been evacuated from a Melbourne quarantine hotel after a sprinkler system caused extensive water days ago

‘Killed my trust’: Nebuliser patient at centre of Holiday Inn cluster calls for probe

A returned traveller blamed for spreading coronavirus through the Holiday Inn quarantine hotel by using a nebuliser is pushing for an independent investigation …Sydney Morning Herald21 hours ago

Will aged care workers get the Pfizer jab? When will I get the coronavirus vaccine?

The countdown is on for the first person in Australia to get the COVID-19 jab, with the first shipment of the Pfizer vaccine touching down in Australia this week.ABC News7 hours ago

Advocates seek assurance aged care residents won’t come under vaccine pressure

Advocates for older Australians say elderly aged care residents, including those with cognitive decline, need to be properly informed about the vaccine and …ABC News6 hours ago

Barnaby Joyce roasted for comparing marriage to climate change proposal

Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has raised eyebrows after using a marriage analogy to issue a warning about Australia’s climate change hour ago

NBN Co executives and employees got $77 million in bonuses in back half of 2020

More than $77 million in bonuses were handed to the executives and employees of NBN Co over a five-month period in 2020.ABC News7 hours ago

Social distancing about to get harder on Sydney public transport

Sydney commuters may soon have to ignore coronavirus social distancing measures during peak hour as the government anticipates a surge in public transport …Sydney Morning Herald8 hours ago

Social distancing concerns as Sydney commuters return to work

Sydney’s transport network could soon struggle under the weight of commuters.9News7 hours ago

Australia’s international travel ban and arrivals cap investigated by audit office

Australian National Audit Office launches inquiry into pandemic border policies, including biosecurity and the adequacy of assistance to those stranded …The Guardian2 days ago

‘They don’t care about safety’: Quarantine workers move between hotels, offices

Workers and doctors in nine of Victoria’s coronavirus quarantine hotels have been moving between multiple hotels and offices, in breach of the …Sydney Morning Herald2 days ago

Osman Shaptafaj pleads guilty to the murder of his daughter Lindita and her husband Veton Musai

A father has admitted to gunning down his daughter and her husband after their one-year anniversary in a horrific crime in Melbourne. Caroline Schelle.Herald SunYesterday

Amid warnings the WA election may end in ‘total control’, it’s worth examining what that means

A Labor government with “total control” is “dangerous for the future of our state,” WA’s Opposition warns. But what is total control? What would it mean for politics …ABC News4 hours ago

Sydney news: Black Hawk down in Sydney park, fight against powerlines in Kosciuszko

MORNING BRIEFING: An Army Black Hawk helicopter makes an emergency landing after a mishap during a training exercise on Sydney Harbour, while key …ABC News6 hours ago

Black Hawk makes emergency landing in Sydney park

An investigation is underway after an Australian Army Black Hawk helicopter made an emergency landing during a defence training exercise on Sydney …The New Daily5 hours agoLocal coverage

Homeless people evicted from Perth hotel to be given new government accommodation

The WA Department of Communities says it will provide alternative accommodation to a group of vulnerable homeless people at the centre of a stoush between …ABC News22 hours ago

Fight over rough sleepers’ $40,000 hotel bill takes a twist on revelation of fraud convictions

A closer look into the pasts of two men running the hotel revealed the pair had both served jail sentences for fraud, sparking concerns over the legitimacy of their …Sydney Morning Herald15 hours agoLocal coverage

Sexual abuse survivor wants former boys’ school principal stripped of Order of Australia award

A child sexual abuse survivor fights to get former Brisbane Grammar School principal Maxwell Howell stripped of his Order of Australia after he ignored …ABC News6 hours ago

Blain MLA Mark Turner rejects ‘untrue’ rumours raised in NT Parliament

After days of speculation over unsubstantiated rumours, Northern Territory MLA Mark Turner accuses the Opposition leader of peddling untrue and damaging …ABC News5 hours ago

Jacinda Ardern says Australia abdicated responsibilities over dual citizen arrested in Turkey

Wellington: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday that Australia had abdicated its responsibilities by “unilaterally” cancelling the …Sydney Morning Herald2 days ago

‘I did nothing wrong’: McKay defends letter for convicted sex offender

NSW Labor leader Jodi McKay says she did not know she was writing a letter for a convicted sex offender.Sydney Morning Herald2 days ago

NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay defends herself after letter in support of convicted sex offender

NSW ministers took aim at the state’s Opposition Leader in parliament after it was revealed she wrote a “letter of support” for a visa applicant who was convicted … days ago

Deputy Labor leader Richard Marles joins push for Victorian regional quarantine facility

A plan to use Avalon Airport to quarantine international arrivals should be considered by the federal government, deputy Labor leader Richard Marles days ago

Calls for dedicated quarantine facility for Victoria, with Avalon Airport exploring options

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton says it would be “fantastic” if Victoria had a stand-alone hotel quarantine facility like Howard Springs, as Avalon Airport is …ABC News2 days ago

‘I noticed something flying through the air … it was my daughter’

A court has released a heartbreaking statement by the mother of Adelene Leong, who died after being thrown from an Adelaide Show ride. Mitch Mott.The Advertiser19 hours ago

Horrific details emerge about girl’s death on show ride

WARNING – DISTRESSING DETAILS: The eight-year-old girl was flung from the ride at the Royal Adelaide Show at speeds in excess of 100km/h, a court has …Yahoo News Australia17 hours ago

Discovery of tiny shrimp in Beetaloo Basin could stall fracking plans, scientists warn

Scientists are warning the discovery of a tiny, blind, predatory shrimp throughout a key aquifer underlying the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin could have …ABC NewsYesterday

New blind freshwater shrimp discovery could be obstacle to NT fracking plans

The discovery of a blind predatory freshwater shrimp across the Northern Territory’s Beetaloo Basin could become an obstacle to plans to establish a major …ABC NewsYesterday

Alleged bikie charged with double murder over deaths of Shane Ross and Cameron Martin on the Gold Coast

Queensland police charge a third man with alleged bikie links with murder over the 2019 deaths of Shane Ross and Cameron Martin at Tallebudgera on the …ABC News19 hours ago

Man charged with murders of bikie Shane Ross and business partner

A man has been arrested in the ongoing investigation into the alleged murders of bikie Shane Ross and his b…9News17 hours agoplay_arrow

Horrific details of Tullamarine family murder suicide are revealed

Tomislav Perinovic returned from grocery shopping to find three-year-old Matthew with stab wounds in the kitchen of their Tullamarine home last month.Daily Mail6 hours ago

Tragic scene that awaited Perinovic father after murder-suicide revealed

A loving father returned home from the shops to find his three-year-old son in the kitchen, his small body marked with stab wounds, a court has heard. Tomislav … hours ago

Family Court merger set to pass after government wins over key senator

The controversial Family Court merger with the Federal Circuit Court is set to go ahead after the government won over key independent senator Rex Patrick.Sydney Morning Herald2 days ago

Family Court merger set to pass parliament

A controversial merger of the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court will soon go ahead after the government won over a key crossbench senator. Rex Patrick …The Canberra Times2 days ago

Pair charged with attempted murder after Campbellfield alleged stabbing

Two Melbourne men have been charged with attempted murder after a stabbing allegedly left a man fighting for hours ago

Two men charged with attempted murder after Melbourne stabbing

Two men have been charged with attempted murder after a alleged daylight stabbing in Melbourne’s north.9News4 hours ago

Lawyers ask for Tamil asylum seeker family to return to community while legal battle continues

Lawyers for an asylum seeker family who lived in Biloela in central Queensland and are now in detention on Christmas Island apply for the them to be allowed …ABC NewsYesterday

Instyle Solar notches up $150m in sales since starting in 2014 and has plans to expand

From small beginnings seven years ago a Brisbane-based solar installation company has earned the title of one of Australias fastest growing companies and …The Australian21 hours ago

WorkSafe ACT shuts down another Denman Prospect site

Six-months after Operation Safe Prospect began, inspectors returned to the sites and issued 21 prohibition notices.The Canberra Times22 hours ago

Child Protection Minister under fire as report finds five pregnant children in state care

South Australia’s child protection minister is again under fire after an independent investigation revealed five pregnancies among girls in state hours ago

Damning report into child protection sparks calls for SA minister’s sacking | ABC News

video_youtubeABC News (Australia)22 hours ago

Asher Faye Vander Sanden: Appeal to overturn decision that slashed quarantine dodger’s sentence rejected

A bid to overturn a court decision that slashed the sentence for a quarantine dodger who snuck into Western Australia in a vehicle has been hours ago

Logging to resume in bushfire-affected forests on NSW south coast despite environmental warning

EPA warns Forestry Corporation of NSW it could face regulatory action after accusing it of walking away from negotiations.The Guardian18 hours ago

Environmental watchdog to step up surveillance after forest talks fail

The state’s environmental watchdog will step up monitoring of compliance of the state-owned logging corporation after talks over how to minimise damage in …Sydney Morning Herald21 hours ago

Melbourne man becomes online star after refusing to stop BBQing in lockdown

A stubborn Melbourne resident has become an online hit after he refused to let the lockdown stop him from barbecuing. The unknown man was filmed by a … days ago

Man Hits Back At News Crew Asking Why He’s BBQing During Melbourne Lockdown

One hangry Melbourne local wasn’t about to let lockdown stop him cooking sausos.LADbible2 days ago

Screams of horror in funeral body blunder

A funeral director has choked back tears while apologising for a mistaken body mix-up at an open-coffin *service* in Sydney’s west. Mitchell Van Homrigh.Daily TelegraphYesterday

Widow upset after coffin mix-up sees man buried by wrong family

Two Sydney families are devastated after a funeral home mixed up their loved ones’ coffins.Yahoo News Australia21 hours ago


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