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Pub owners fear heightened noise sensitivity post lockdown may crush live gigs


“Now that it’s been six months or seven months without sound, people are going to be really sensitive to the fact that it’s there,” Mr Orris said.

“Right now the rules are pretty tough and there doesn’t seem to be any wiggle room as far as noise violations go, the levels we can create are basically loud chatter levels.”

Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan says the interstate experience has shown heightened residential noise sensitivity after a prolonged lockdown, as people became used to a “nice, quiet world”.

“There’s been an increase in noise complaints from residents now that music, outdoor dining and hospitality have resumed,” he said.

Mr Donovan believes it needs to be easier for venues to put on gigs outdoors as they find their feet in a COVID-safe environment.

“If any of these promoters or venues are going to actually host live music then there needs to be a streamlining of processes,” he said.

“There needs to be temporary variations of liquor licences for venues that currently aren’t allowed to host outdoor live music.”

Adam King, owner of the Rainbow Hotel in Fitzroy, hopes councils will be more flexible around noise restrictions as Melbourne comes back to life.

“Some people are going to love it, some people are going to hate it,” he said.

“You can’t please everyone can you?”

An Environment Protection Authority spokesman said the organisation had historically taken a balanced approach to regulating music events and festivals.

“Local communities should not be unduly impacted and EPA encourages venues to set up gigs that can be held within the compliance standards,” he said.

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While this may be the case, Mr Donovan says Music Victoria is calling on councils and relevant departments, including the EPA and the Victorian Commission for Gambling and Liquor Regulation, to clearly outline what will and won’t be allowed.

“These operators need clarity and they need red tape cut to enable them to help the state out and get people out and back to business,” Mr Donovan says.

Musician Dan Oke, who has played at the Pinnacle many times over the years, says he wants the future of the city’s music scene to feel as spontaneous and welcoming as it was prior to COVID.

“Over the years I’ve personally seen a lot of venues go under due to the unfair and unrealistic noise restrictions they face off against,” he says.

“We need realistic regulations for bands and venues, plus more open communication with their surrounding residents, local council and government bodies.”

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Book tells of family’s epic Holocaust escape, to live and laugh again


The result is Ms Smethurst’s new book: The Freedom Circus.

Kubush, also known as Michael Horowitz, who died in 1986, performed as Sloppo the Clown on Channel Nine children’s program The Tarax Show in the early 1960s, but before World War II he was a clown with Poland’s renowned Staniewski Circus.

Kubush, right, performing with Staniewski circus in Krakow, Poland in 1936.

Kubush, right, performing with Staniewski circus in Krakow, Poland in 1936.Credit:Polish National Archive

He had met Mindla in 1936 when he helped her up after she tripped in a Warsaw street. They married and had a son, Gad.

The couple were very happy and Kubush toured with the circus until, in 1939, it disbanded while in the eastern Polish city of Bialystokas as the Nazis approached.

Kubush headed back to Mindla and her family in Warsaw, who had survived the city being bombed then invaded by the Nazis, with its residents starved and persecuted.

But Mindla and Gad had already risked their lives to leave Warsaw, in the back of a horse-drawn cart, to find Kubush.

Mindla and Kubush Horowitz with their son, Gad, later known as Denis, in Moscow in 1941.

Mindla and Kubush Horowitz with their son, Gad, later known as Denis, in Moscow in 1941.

Arriving in the now Russian-occupied Bialystok to find Kubush gone, Mindla and Gad were headed back to Warsaw when they were arrested by Soviet guards.

Accused of being a German spy, Mindla spent nine hellish months in Bialystok prison, where inmates were crammed into fetid cells and were occasionally randomly executed. Two-year-old Gad was sent to an orphanage.

Kubush fled Warsaw, shortly before its Jews were sent to concentration camps, by dressing as a conductor and ushering his friend, short-statured Jewish clown Favel Ditkowski, and other circus members on to a train headed east.

Kubush Horowitz as Sloppo the Clown, GTV 9 publicity photo circa 1959.

Kubush Horowitz as Sloppo the Clown, GTV 9 publicity photo circa 1959.

In an emotional reunion in Bialystok, Kubush and Favel rescued Mindla and Gad.

Getting to Melbourne in 1949 was a six-year saga itself, via Moscow, Uganda and Italy, during which the Horowitzes had two other sons, Maks and Henry.

The family settled in Hampton, eventually owning four milk bars, but, in a happy coda, in 1959 Mr Horowitz donned the face paint and wig once more to play Sloppo the Clown on TV.

It was thought that Mrs Horowitz’s father, Shmuel Levin, and 10 of her siblings had been murdered in the Holocaust.

But since Mindla died, age 96, in 2015, Ms Smethurst has discovered that two brothers, Yakov and Menacham, had survived and lived their later years in Israel.

Mindla Horowitz in 2007 with great-granddaughter Alexandra.

Mindla Horowitz in 2007 with great-granddaughter Alexandra.Credit:Horowitz family

Ms Smethurst wrote the book partly for her children Charlie, 15, and Alexandra, 12, to know their family history.

“I never imagined it would end up being as big and all consuming that it has been,” Ms Smethurst said. “It’s changed all our lives.”

But it’s brought up more questions that she can’t ask Mindla. “I can’t tell you how much I wish for five or 10 more minutes with her.”

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NRL grand final live: Melbourne Storm beat Penrith Panthers 26-20 in NRL grand final


The Melbourne Storm have held off the surging Penrith Panthers 26-20 to claim its fourth NRL premiership in a dramatic grand final at Sydney’s Olympic stadium.

The Storm led 22-0 at half time, blowing the Panthers away on the scoreboard despite the two sides appearing relatively evenly matched.

The Panthers rallied in the second half after a controversial try was awarded to Brian To’o despite there appearing to be a clear instance of obstruction in the build up.

Two more tries followed for the Panthers, the second after the Storm were reduced to 12 men when Jahrome Hughes was sent off for a professional foul.

The Storm then had Brandon Smith sent off in the final minute, with Nathan Clearly reducing the deficit to six points with a last gasp try and three seconds remaining on the clock.

But the Panthers could not go the length of the field in time added on, handing the Storm its fourth Premiership.

Earlier, the Brisbane Broncos won their third straight NRLW title with a 20-10 win over the Sydney Roosters.

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And that’s time

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That completes a remarkable season for the Melbourne Storm.

          

There were plenty of jokes about them being housed in a resort up on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, and that’s true, but that doesn’t change the fact that they weren’t home for basically the entire season. And anyone who’s spent time away from home knows that even if you’re in a nice place, it still ain’t home.

             

They also missed out on playing at one of the best grounds in rugby league, AAMI Park. So to bunker down and not just get on with things, but excel and actually have one of their best seasons in years is unbelievable.

           

Then, when I and a lot of other people thought they had lost that ability to go up an extra gear come finals time, they turned it on completely. Tonight was another such performance and I don’t think many people can deny they’re deserving premiers.

          

We’ll of course wait and see what happens with Cameron Smith’s future, but for now, he will just celebrate another premiership as one of the game’s greatest champions.

           

For me, I’ll say good night and I’ll see you come State of Origin time on November 4.

By Jon Healy

Pity Storm didn’t thank Sunshine Coast for hostingthem during this COVID period of isolation in luxury.

-M Bullen

          

You know what, I agree.

       

I think they were just very focused on talking to the fans back in Victoria, but that’s a good shout. I was surprised.

By Jon Healy

Well that was gutting for Penrith

You can’t help but feel for the Panthers and Nathan Cleary in particular.

        

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That is some Ben Hunt-level heartbreak. He didn’t have a great game, but he did score a banging grand final try and wasn’t the reason they lost.

            

Still, it’s just got to be so hard to cop after a season like that. In some ways, I’m sure they would have rather not gotten so close.

              

But after the season they had, I’m glad Penrith kept it close. They didn’t deserve to get trounced after the runaway minor premiership and 17 straight wins.

             

These guys will be back and you have to think will start next season as premiership favourites.

By Jon Healy

The rings are being presented by Craig Bellamy

          

Watching Nicho Hynes lining up for the rings, I just realised the poor bloke didn’t even get on the field. Rough.

          

Now it’s Cameron Smith’s turn to speak.

            

“A really big thank you to Ivan and James and the rest of the Penrith squad for a fantastic game tonight, boys.

             

“We got out to a good lead there, but as all champion teams do, they hang in and fight back and you did that. I’m just glad that clock ran out in the end. You showed why you’ve been on top of the competition all season and 17 consecutive wins and this competition, the best rugby league competition in the world, it’s a fantastic effort.

           

“So thank you very much for the game tonight and all the very best next year.”

           

Smith is also just the latest to thank Peter V’landys and the Project Apollo team for getting the game back out on the park. Even if that means being away from home and their families.

         

“We haven’t been in our homes for five months. We haven’t slept in our own beds for five months. And in the last 80 days we’ve been out of our accommodation twice, but we turned up every day with a great attitude. We turned up every day being resilient and wanting to get better and wanting to get here tonight and win it all, and we’ve done it.

           

“So thank you very much firstly to our families for the great sacrifice you’ve made, and a huge congratulations to all our players over here.”

           

No retirement announcement from Captain Smudge. He dropped a “and lastly, before I go” followed by a big pause, but he just wanted to shout out the big ‘V’ again. Cheeky Cameron.

By Jon Healy

Ryan Papenhuyzen wins the Clive Churchill Medal!

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Talk about great stories; this bloke.

           

It was a popular choice too. The NRL officials had to pull the Storm players off the hug to let him onto the stage.

              

“It’s been a bloody tough year. We didn’t know where we were going. We were sitting on the tarmac at Bankstown Airport and we didn’t have a clue where we were going. We just stuck together, we overcame and adapted and we got history. So thanks to the boys.

             

“Thanks to our fans who stuck strong. Especially our ones back in Victoria. It’s a tough time back in Victoria. We wear the ‘V’ on our jersey proudly. Can’t wait to go back there and celebrate with you.”

           

At the start of last year, he was behind Jahrome Hughes and Scott Drinkwater in the fullback pecking order. Through sheer persistence and skill, he is now one of the best players in the NRL and had confirmed earlier tonight that he will be in Brad Fittler’s State of Origin side.

           

Amazing.

By Jon Healy

Justin Olam, The 10 million people of PNG are all supporting you, your name is now written down in the history book on Rugby League in PNG…

-Felix Kachau

             

             

He clearly feels it too. The guy has passion coming out of every pore and he was genuinely sobbing at full-time.

           

What an emergence he’s had.

          

At the start of the year he was obviously strong and athletic, but he was so erratic. In the space of a couple of months, he has turned into an absolute NRL star. What a story.

By Jon Healy

Players can’t celebrate with their families

Ryan Papenhuyzen and Cameron Smith have both spoken about how they can’t hug their partners and kids because of the bubble. That’s got to be tough.

          

“Unfortunately can’t give them a hug or a kiss or anything like that, but a great feeling,” Smith said.

       

“I’m just really proud of not just this football team that played tonight, but the entire squad.

               

“There’s a handful of players there that trained hard every day and applied it all year to help the 17 going out on the weekend and they didn’t even get a game of football this year.

         

“The entire squad has done a fantastic effort. We haven’t been home for about five months. Just with the conditions that we’ve been under, I think it’s just a remarkable effort to be here tonight and to get a victory.”

By Jon Healy

Nathan Cleary is gutted

He’s beating himself up as if he lost the team the game, which he definitely did not.

         

“I let the boys down, but hopefully we’ll be back.

           

“There were a few moments that intercept and obviously the one at half-time, and, yeah, we just let in too many ordinary tries. They were too good.”

         

That’s tough to watch for a kid who’s had such a great season.

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THE STORM WIN THE GRAND FINAL 26-20!

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After a nervous and insane minute of hot potato, the ball found its way into the hands of Felise Kafusi, and that ended things.

           

Justin Olam is beside himself in tears. Cameron Smith is running around like a headless chook trying to find all his people.

           

The end of that game was actually ridiculous and Brandon Smith would have been excommunicated had the Panthers pulled that off.

           

The first sin-bin was understandable, but the Storm tried to get too cute when they should have just played footy, and it almost cost them.

By Jon Healy

TRY TIME CLEARY! WOW!! IS IT ON?!?!

He’s declined the kick, so they’ll have a set against 11 MEN!!

By Jon Healy

80th minute: SIN BIN FOR BRANDON SMITH!

     

He was intentionally wasting time and he’s off, pushed off the field by Josh Mansour.

By Jon Healy

78th minute: The Panthers are getting offloads away at will.

         

They had them dead to rights on the right, but Justin Olam comes up with a banger of a legs tackle on Naden.

             

DROPOUT! The Koroisau grubber was perfectly weighted and Vunivalu had a brain melt, leaving the ball behind for some unknown reason. But Papenhuyzen cleaned up.

By Jon Healy

77th minute: Trying to be careful, Smith goes too slow and throws a forward pass. The Panthers have a scrum 90 metres away from points.

By Jon Healy

76th minute: REPEAT SET!

     

Ryan Papenhuyzen grubbers into the in-goal and gets the dropout. Those two kicks might have secured him the Clive Churchill Medal. It’s certainly up for grabs. It’ll probably be Smith though.

By Jon Healy

75th minute: The bomb goes up from Papenhuyzen, and the Panthers knock on!!

         

Storm with the ball and a full set right on Penrith’s line.

By Jon Healy

74th minute: The Storm need to defend on halfway because they can’t stop them close to the line.

             

Shocking kick by Luai. They were on the front foot and he launched a bomb way too deep. Seven tackles from the 20 for Melbourne.

By Jon Healy

JOSH MANSOUR IS IN!!

Game on!

             

Jarome Luai floated a miracle ball out to Mansour and he’s dotted down out wide.

           

The conversion misses, but the Panthers are right in it. Storm lead 26-16 but they have 12 men and seven and a half minutes left.

By Jon Healy

72nd minute:  The Storm are right up against it here.

            

The Panthers have them in trouble up the middle and wide.

By Jon Healy

72nd minute: Penrith won’t be told this game is over.

             

We’re off to the bunker again. Jahrome Hughes could be off to the sin bin here.

                 

JAHROME HUGHES SIN-BINNED!

              

Cleary grubbered through and Hughes changed his angle to obstruct Viliame Kikau. It’s not a penalty try, but Hughes is off for 10 minutes.

         

The Storm will end this game with 12 men. Can they hold on.



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NRL grand final live: Penrith Panthers and Melbourne Storm lock horns after Brisbane Broncos win NRLW


The Penrith Panthers put their 17-game winning streak up against the experience of the Melbourne Storm, playing their fourth NRL grand final in five years.

Earlier, the Brisbane Broncos won their third straight NRLW title with a 20-10 win over the Sydney Roosters.

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60th minute: The Storm are looking a bit out of sorts as they try to put together an attacking raid. The timing its all off.

By Jon Healy

58th minute: Finucane needs to come off after a tackle from Kikau. He’s really rattled. HIA time.

     

Hughes’s kick went up and the Panthers came down with it after a messy attempt at clean-up by Kikau. He hasn’t had a great game tonight.

By Jon Healy

56th minute: The last-tackle kick is executed by … Dale Finucane. It wasn’t actually a bad kick and Addo-Carr came down with it, but the Panthers swarmed to prevent an offload.

        

And then the Storm  defenders carry a Panther back into the in-goal, so that’s another penalty.

        

Oh no. Knock on by Penrith as they try to get out of their territory. Not great. But they have to chance their arm at this point.

By Jon Healy

55th minute: Penrith tries some hard running out of their own half, but Moses Leota knocks on. So the pressure is immediately back on them.

By Jon Healy

TRY! Brian To’o gets the four-pointer

That was overruling the on-field decision too by the way. My word, that decision runs counter to the past decade of obstruction rulings.

         

“Everyone who knows the game knows that that is not a try. You cannot do that,” Johns says. He’s baffled.

       

Meanwhile, amazing sideline conversion from Cleary, skimming the near post and going over. The Storm lead 26-6.

By Jon Healy

53rd minute: Panthers reset thanks to a stripping penalty. This is more good field position for them.

            

The Panthers are in, but I’m sure this is an obstruction.

          

Isaah Yeo’s decoy runner overran him and he ran behind and past him. Then he kicked in behind for Brian To’o. That’s an obstruction.

            

Andrew Johns: “If they award a try here, they don’t know the rules.”

             

Phil Gould: “They’ve got the rules wrong. The bunker’s wrong. Yeo has clearly run behind Capewell.”

            

IT’S NOT AN OBSTRUCTION! They’re just looking at grounding here.

By Jon Healy

52nd minute: The Storm try left, get shut down, so they try left, and lose more ground.

           

Vunivalu is in again! It’s called no try but it’s off to the bunker.

            

No try! Hughes grubbered into the in-goal and Vunivalu just ran past Josh Mansour. I honestly think Vunivalu was surprised by how easily he got past Mansour and just didn’t have his hands ready to ground the ball.

By Jon Healy

Hey Jon, could you repost that bit you said about why you thought the Panthers were favourites again? 😉

-Josh

         

Yeah, that was a bit off. But I did foretell Brent Naden’s introduction to the game, so we’ll call it a draw.

By Jon Healy

50th minute: Testament to the Panthers, their line speed is still rapid. But they’ve gotten overzealous in the tackle, with Tyrone May and Jarome Luai giving Jahrome Hughes a bit much. Earning the penalty.

By Jon Healy

49th minute: The Panthers go slow and wide off the scrum, losing 15 metres, but get a piggyback out of their half with a penalty for offside.

       

Kikau lost the ball in the tackle, but it went completely unremarked upon until he got up and played the ball. Odd from the ref.

By Jon Healy

48th minute: They try the short kick-off, but direct it Suliasi Vunivalu’s way. Interesting choice, and it doesn’t come off.

              

And the Storm try to work it out with another left-side shift, but this time it’s a forward pass by Kenny Bromwich. And Nelson Asofa-Solomona is coming into the scrum holding a wrist.

By Jon Healy

FLYYYYYYYYIN’ RYYYYYYYAN!!

Papenhuyzen goes 80 metres without being touched.

         

From the scrum, he just swerved and split Nathan Cleary and Tyrone May like a coconut. Good grief. He is greased lightning.

             

Liam Martin rushed up and came up with fresh air, then Cleary and May could only watch as he scooted through. Based on that, it might be time for Brent Naden to come into the game. The Panthers desperately need a spark.

By Jon Healy

45th minute: Moses Leota is ruled to have knocked on in a tackle, but the Panthers uncork a captain’s challenge.

         

Oh wow. No captain will ever trust Moses on captain’s challenges again. That was a blatant knock on.

By Jon Healy

44th minute: Nathan Cleary has a foot like a traction engine. He kicked, under pressure, from his own 40m line and still pinned the Storm on their tryline.

         

And they get the reward, with Cameron Munster whiffing on a pass behind Justin Olam. The Panthers will attack from 30 metres out.

By Jon Healy

No mention of the penalty count by 9 commentators

-J Smith

         

I would argue at least one of them has mentioned it pretty regularly, even if the numbers have been absent.

           

It’s 5-1 in Melbourne’s favour by the way.

By Jon Healy

42nd minute: Penrith not trying anything risky in the first set. And they kick from the 30m line, making up for it with a great chase and powerful contact on Papenhuyzen.

        

Jahrome Hughes makes a half break to get them on the front foot. And Munster belts a grubber into touch inside Penrith’s 10m zone.

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Go Olam, Papua New Guinea are all behind you. #historyinthemaking

-Felix Kachau

            

Can’t imagine the scenes over there.

By Jon Healy

I’m sorry Jon how can you compliment Penrith’s defence when they have conceded 22 points to ZERO in the first half? are we watching the same game?

-Ryan Hicks

          

I was just complimenting that effort to hold up NAS, because so many teams have folded when he’s used as a battering ram in those scenarios.



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NRL grand final live: NRLW decider between Broncos and Roosters kicks off Sunday rugby league action


The Penrith Panthers have been the best team in the NRL for most of the year, but the grand final sees them face their biggest test in the form of an in-form Melbourne Storm side.

Before tonight’s game, the Brisbane Broncos will try to three-peat in the NRLW grand final against the Roosters.

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Live updates

By Jon Healy

Enjoying grand final week

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Grand final week is usually a strange, but by all accounts enjoyable, departure from the norm.

          

There are umpteen media events and trying to embrace the festivities while blocking out distractions is normally delicate balance, but this year has been a bit different.

           

              

With Penrith being in the final — and being there with such a young team, just like we were in 2003 — it brings back a lot of great memories.

         

I was in these kids’ shoes 17 years ago. I was only a young kid, I didn’t really understand the game.

             

I certainly didn’t know how hard it would be to get back into the grand final, but in time I realised just how much has to go right for you to get that chance.

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It’s NRL grand final day!

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At the end of a unique and wild NRL season it comes down to an unsurprising clash: 1 vs 2. Penrith vs Melbourne.

          

Coming into the finals, these were the consensus best teams (although I think everyone was a little bit wary counting out the Roosters) and that held firm throughout.

          

Now they meet in the grand final in a showdown between the form side of this year and probably the form side of the decade.

          

But before that, the two-time defending Brisbane Broncos take on the Sydney Roosters in the NRLW grand final. And we’ll bring you all that action as it comes in just over an hour’s time.



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WBBL live ScoreCentre: Scorchers vs Heat, Strikers vs Hurricanes, Sixers vs Thunder, Renegades vs Stars scores, stats and results



The Women’s Big Bash League kicks off the summer of cricket (in spring), with four games, including the Sydney and Melbourne derbies.

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This virus isn’t going away and we must learn to live with it


Meanwhile, in Australia, we now have just over 200 active cases and no one today requiring intensive care treatment. We have inflated a bubble around ourselves that has protected us, in large part, from the worst of this pandemic.

Kate Smith with her one-year-old son, Lleyton, at Heathrow Airport checking in for flight QF110 to Darwin, which landed on Friday.

Kate Smith with her one-year-old son, Lleyton, at Heathrow Airport checking in for flight QF110 to Darwin, which landed on Friday.Credit:Latika Bourke

Yet as the second wave nears its end and state borders hopefully reopen across the country, we need to have national consensus on how to live with COVID-19 until the pandemic is over – and that includes how much freedom we should have to interact with the rest of the world.

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In March, Australia banned its citizens and permanent residents from leaving the country. The government also mandated that all arrivals into Australia would have to quarantine in hotels for two weeks, after an earlier order to self-isolate at home proved ineffective.

That decision to impose hotel quarantine on arrivals has stopped thousands of cases in their tracks. So any move to ease restrictions on overseas travel must be dependent on protective measures that stop travellers bringing the virus home with them – either through limiting travel to other countries that have had similar success to ours, such as New Zealand, or through an expanded quarantine program.

Victoria knows all too well what can happen when quarantine fails. When the virus escaped quarantine in Melbourne, it unleashed a second wave of infection that left more than 800 people dead, the state paralysed and national unity shattered.

Staff at the Stamford Hotel in Melbourne move luggage for guests in quarantine in June.

Staff at the Stamford Hotel in Melbourne move luggage for guests in quarantine in June.Credit:Getty Images

It also forced Victoria to stop its quarantine program, which once took the lion’s share of returned travellers, shifting the burden to other states and territories. There are still 30,000 Australians overseas struggling to get onto one of the few expensive flights home.

The federal government’s effort to repatriate those stranded Australians, starting with a flight from Heathrow that landed in Darwin on Friday, carrying about 170 relieved expats, will begin to ease the wait for a place in quarantine.

Premier Daniel Andrews signalled on Friday that Victoria wants to reboot its quarantine program – but not until the hotel quarantine report is handed down.

“We know there are a significant number of Aussies who are overseas and want to be home by Christmas and I’d very much like to have them flying direct into Melbourne, those that need to come to our state, flying direct,” he said.

It is to be expected that any new Victorian quarantine program – whether all hotel or mixed with monitored home detention – is much more rigorously run and closely monitored.

But quarantine isn’t the only answer. Australians are not going to be able to let their guard down entirely. Social distancing, cleaning and crowd controls must stay in place even during the summer we have now been promised, when we may return home from overseas, travel interstate and finally greet all those from whom we have been separated by the pandemic.

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AFL grand final Richmond v Geelong live blog: Gabba hosts Tigers and Cats with premiership on the line


An unpredictable AFL season reaches its climax as Richmond and Geelong prepare to face off in a night grand final at the Gabba.

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By Dean Bilton

How’s the weather looking?

 

It’s absolutely hammering it down with rain in Brisbane right now. Here’s a quick look at the Brisbane Eye (yes, there is a Brisbane Eye).

 

 

And here’s the radar from the BOM.

 

 

There’s four hours until the game actually starts though, so there’s no need to panic yet. But yeah, she might be a bit moist.

By Dean Bilton

Everything you need to know about the grand final 

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Unless you’ve been closely following every development and update from this season, you’ve probably got a few questions about how tonight is going to work.

 

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Grand final day (and night) is here! 

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Hello, and welcome to the 2020 AFL grand final. It has been a long and confusing road to get us here, and the destination sure doesn’t look like we expected it to. In Brisbane! At the Gabba! In late October! At night!

 

The setting may be weird, but at least we have pretty normal grand final to look forward to — two of the AFL’s biggest and best clubs, with superstars on every line and with captivating storylines up the wazoo.

 

For Richmond and Geelong, the weirdness of it all certainly isn’t going to make this mean any less. A premiership is on the line, and in what shapes as an intriguing and potentially thrilling grand final, nothing will be left on the table.

 

We’ll have everything you need in this here blog, from the pre-game entertainment to the on-field action to the post-game wash up. So stick around, get involved and enjoy this historic grand final, the likes of which we will never see again.



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Brownlow Medal live: Lachie Neale the favourite, AFL players and partners gather for different ceremony


The 2020 Brownlow Medal is here — but not as you know it.

Follow all the glamour and drama of the night, with Brisbane’s Lachie Neale the favourite to take home the medal.

Live updates

By Dean Bilton

What do we know about tonight? 

 

While much of how tonight will work is a mystery, there are a few things we know for sure. We know that players will be gathering in little mini-Brownlow events all over the country, so as to stay in line with coronavirus restrictions. We know that Lachie Neale is the favourite. That’s about it.

  

By Dean Bilton

A Brownlow Medal night with a difference 

 

Hello one and all and welcome, on this fine Sunday night in mid-October, to the 2020 Brownlow Medal. A strange season in a strange year has tossed up a strange Brownlow night, with so many of the event’s traditions made impossible by the rona and whatnot.

 

And so we are left with… whatever this is. A rearranged and rescheduled digital ceremony that, if nothing else, should at least allow us to crown and celebrate the best player of this AFL season.

 

How will it work? Not really sure! Will everyone still be wearing the fancy clothes? Don’t know! Can anyone stop Lachie Neale from winning? Probably not! But we’re going to have some fun finding out. Stick around for the night as we navigate this peculiar COVID Brownlow together.



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