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Rabia Saddique's husband, WA doctor Anthony Jenner Bell, charged with domestic violence

Rabia Siddique’s husband, WA doctor Anthony Jenner Bell, charged with domestic violence

A magistrate in Fremantle has lifted a suppression order, allowing the reporting of a domestic violence charge against a prominent WA doctor accused of assaulting his wife, human rights lawyer Rabia Siddique. Key points: Anthony Jenner Bell denies assaulting Rabia Saddique in Mount Pleasant The court heard he feared publicity could result in him being …

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Why it's impossible to say the worst of the pandemic is over

Why it’s impossible to say the worst of the pandemic is over

At some point, the virus will reach an evolutionary peak, Holmes said. “But is that now? Or next week? Or in a year? We don’t have the answer.” Associate Professor Stuart Turville, the lead virologist at the Kirby Institute laboratory that is sequencing Omicron variants, echoed Holmes’ reticence to divine the trajectory of the pandemic. …

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A grieving family says South Australia’s health system is broken after man’s death while waiting for an ambulance

The family of a South Australian man who died while waiting for an ambulance on Monday night says the state’s health system is ‘broken’. Key points: Andrew died on Monday evening from cardiac arrest while waiting 42 minutes for an ambulance His family remembers him as a loving father of two and says the system …

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Queensland mum calls for change to youth justice laws after daughter attacked at train station

A distraught Queensland mum is calling for harsher punishments for juvenile offenders after her daughter was allegedly assaulted at a train station. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said her 15-year-old daughter had been standing at the Beenleigh Train Station in Logan, south of Brisbanewhen she was attacked by another teen. Bystanders …

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The COVIDSafe app is dead – but was it ever really alive?

The federal government’s COVIDSafe app has been scrapped just over two years after its launch. But the $21 million platform, designed to trace close contacts of people who tested positive for COVID, had problems from the start. What was COVIDSafe? When COVIDSafe launched in late April 2020, it was touted as a critical part of …

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Queensland courts, Logan woman over crash that injured more than a dozen people

A young woman with a shocking driving record has been over a bus crash in Brisbane’s south-west that left more than a dozen people injured. Kirsty Batson pleaded guilty to driving without due care causing grievous bodily harm and one count of not meeting the conditions of her license. The 24-year-old was behind the wheel …

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Chinese ambassador to Australia says Beijing will use ‘all necessary means’ for Taiwan ‘unification’ | China

China’s ambassador to Australia has warned Beijing is prepared to use “all necessary means” to prevent Taiwan from being independent, saying there can be “no compromise” on the “one China” policy. Xiao Qian on Wednesday repeatedly blamed the US for the recent escalation in tensions. China’s decision to launch ballistic missiles in live-fire exercises in …

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IBAC says MPs are compromising ongoing corruption investigations

IBAC says MPs are compromising ongoing corruption investigations

IBAC has interviewed Premier Daniel Andrews in at least two investigations, including one into Labor’s “unethical” culture. It has publicly called for more funding and removing the power of the government of the day to set its funding, both of which the opposition has committed to. Shing was appointed minister for water, regional development and …

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Djirringanj man pleading guilty to possessing abalone says native title defense for cultural unaffordable fishing

A Wollongong man says he feels relieved after spending almost three years wondering if he would be put behind bars for practising his culture on his traditional lands. Key points: Two men have been possessing reasons after pleading guilty to 1,093 shucked abalones they say were for cultural Djirringanj man Anthony Mark Henry, 21, says …

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