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Curious case of the missing paper sparks censorship claim from Liberals

This section of the budget includes spending on all road and rail projects, hospitals, schools, infrastructure within the justice system and the environment.


Spending on key transport projects – the North East Link, the West Gate Tunnel, Melbourne Airport Rail – were outlined in this paper last year.

Treasurer Tim Pallas said the papers had not been produced because the state’s project pipeline was being reviewed in light of changes to timelines and costs wrought by the pandemic. He would not be drawn on specific cost blowouts, but said a “minority” of projects were over-budget. A further reason for the omission was that bureaucrats faced constraints during the pandemic.

“The reason it hasn’t been produced this year is you’d understand that putting the budget together in the current environment has been particularly taxing across the public sector,” Mr Pallas said on Tuesday.

“We are currently going through a process of reviewing all of those projects, some will be affected by time and some will be affected by cost,” he added of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the review was complete, the government would produce the equivalent of Budget Paper four when next year’s budget is released.


It follows separate caches of internal government documents leaked to The Age that have revealed the $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel faces a $3 billion blowout, while the $11 billion Metro Tunnel faced similar over-runs, with the government believed to have paid the project’s builders an extra $1 billion to resolve a protracted dispute over costs.

Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien accused the government of covering up an embarrassing litany of project blowouts and delays.

“This is a government that is so embarrassed of its track record of building blowouts and waste that it’s now decided to censor the budget. It is censoring the budget papers to stop Victorians finding out the truth about just how much money they’ve wasted on their budget blowouts,” he said.

In the budget papers that were released, the government admitted the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on delivery of the state’s capital program in the short to medium term, as work sites were adapted to make them safe during the pandemic.

Only 84 per cent of milestones on the blown-out $6.7 billion West Gate Tunnel project were delivered in accordance with project budgets and timelines.

The budget states this was due to “project delivery challenges”.

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Drakes owner urges calm on toilet paper panic

A South Australian supermarket chain has called for calm as mass panic buying, caused by a sudden spike in COVID-19 cases, surges across the state.

In a cheeky video posted to Twitter on Tuesday, Drakes Supermarkets Director John-Paul Drake said people needed to “calm the farm” amid the sudden increase in bulk toilet paper purchases.

Coles has already imposed a two-packet limit for shoppers in a bid to ensure the items remain available to other shoppers.

In his address to “the state of Radelaide”, Mr Drake said there was no need to panic buy as they had enough toilet paper to go from “here, end on end, to (the) SpaceX rocket that got launched the other day”.

“There is so much toilet paper – you don’t need to be buying this in bulk,” Mr Drake said.

Adamant to prove stocks would not be running low, Woolworths store granted NCA NewsWire access to its South Australian distribution centre, revealing thousands of rolls ready to go.

A Woolworths spokesman said the company was sending triple the volume of toilet paper to stores as it did last Tuesday to ensure toilet paper is available for our customers.

“We experienced higher than usual demand for toilet paper across our South Australian stores yesterday,” they said.

“Customers are encouraged to buy only what they need, as we’ll continue to receive extra orders of stock in our stores regularly.

“We will continue to monitor the situation closely and reassess product limits if needed.”

Mr Drake urged shoppers to be kind to team members who were working to keep shelves stocked.

“Our team learned some lessons from the first wave (of coronavirus), so we’ve ensured that our Distribution Centre in Edinburgh North is appropriately stocked,” he said.

“Some shelves may be a bit low for now, but we can assure you that more stock is on its way.

“We’re already in talks with our supplier partners to ensure we can access more if required.”

In response to the panic buying, Coles has implemented a two packet limit on buying toilet paper.

A Coles spokesman said the purchase limits in SA were to ensure more customers had access to staple items.

“Effective from today, the limits apply at all Coles supermarkets and Coles Express stores in SA, as well as Coles Online orders for customers in SA,” they said.

“The limits do not currently apply to any other states or products, however we will continue to monitor stock levels and ask that customers purchase only what they need.”

Many people took to social media to show toilet paper, bread and gym equipment had flown off shelves at a number of supermarkets.

The retail workers union Secretary Josh Peak said it was caused by people being concerned of a shortage and the stress the pandemic has put on locals.

“The community is anxious and stressed out and unfortunately their lashing out at retail workers who are not only getting the panic buying but are also seeing an increase in customer abuse again,” he said on ABC Radio.

“We just need to remain claim. SA will get through this but we don’t need to put our retail workers through this additional stress for no reason.

“Our supply chain is very well stocked. We do not need to have rush on products. The only thing that causes a shortage is the rush itself so it’s really important that South Australians remain calm, do their usual shopping and make sure we have plenty on the shelves for all of us to share.”

The empty shelves come as SA’s Parafield cluster, which was announced on Sunday, grows to 23 known and suspected linked cases.

It was the first recorded community transmission since April.

The state now has a number of tougher restrictions put in place as a result, which came into effect as of midnight on Monday.

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How COVID-19 shredded more than 20 million sheets of paper

In total, the Treasury department used about 22 per cent less paper in the 2020 financial year. Across a series of large departments that also revealed their paper usage, the average drop was nearer to 30 per cent, or more than 25 million sheets of paper.

Most attributed the drop, which built on a longer-term trend of declining paper use, to the working from home arrangements that have governed the state since March.

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The Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions (DJPR) was one of a few to post a steep rise in paper use – its employees used 6.36 reams of paper each last financial compared to 4.7 reams in the preceding year.

Still, its annual report claims there had been an 89 per cent decrease in paper purchases in the fourth quarter of the financial year compared to the first quarter.

“The [department] actively seeks ways to reduce its environmental impact by reducing its consumption of paper, water and energy,” a DJPR spokeswoman said.

“This work was already under way and has continued throughout the pandemic.”

Deloitte Access Economics associate director Jessica Mizrahi said the shift was good for the environment and workers.

“Professional workers with greater access to and use of technology spend roughly 6.8 hours every week less on administration,” Ms Mizrahi said.

“I don’t think it’s just the amount of paper which will decrease, it could be the tasks people are doing are slightly less manual and paper-based, which means they’re spending their time on more engaging and less administrative tasks.”

The Department of Health and Human Services recorded one of the steepest falls (36.5 per cent or 39,000 reams) in the financial year despite its key role in managing the pandemic.

A Department of Justice and Community Safety spokesman said it had digitised many of its previously paper-based processes and, although its figures were not yet available, there had been a significant decrease in paper use.

He said staff had responded positively to the move, noting that a May wellbeing survey found 91 per cent of respondents were “coping well or thriving in their new work setting or with new procedures”.

A Department of Education and Training spokesman said it has also shifted to a greater digital focus, driving its paper use down by 34.5 per cent.


Numbers covering the lockdown period were not available for all departments in their annual reports, due to differing calculation schedules.

These figures also account only for the period to the end of June, so it is likely the trend has continued or deepened as workers have stayed home.

A recent Australian Bureau of Statistics survey revealed more than half of Victorians were working from home in September.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Sunday some office workplaces could look to reopen by Christmas but he emphasised it would be a slow and cautious process.

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They’re good on paper, but here’s why the Bombers are missing the mark

On paper, few teams should be more exciting than the Bombers.

If football is a stylistic endeavour, then Essendon have some of its finest exponents.

From the attacking half back run of Adam Saad and Conor McKenna to the irrepressible Jake Stringer and Orazio Fantasia up forward, the Bombers’ 2020 list was rich with watchable gamebreakers across the ground.

That’s not to mention the sheer joy of watching Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti playing footy.


After a hot start, the Bombers might have misplaced their strike on the finals.

Injuries and availability have taken their toll. What could have been the continued rise of another team from the edge of finals to the elite of the league is now looking more like a case of just what could have been.

Bombing back

Most good teams often have a singular solid group at the core of their footballing identity. For West Coast, it is their dynamic forward line, for GWS, their star-studded midfield core winning hard ball.

For Essendon, this year’s hope was in their backline.

Led by former All Australian key position defenders in Cale Hooker and Michael Hurley, Essendon were positioned to soak up opposition attack after opposition attack, grinding sides into submission. With attacking options like Saad, McKenna and Andrew McGrath leading the counter, the Bombers were ideally positioned to turn the counterattack into points on the board.

Unfortunately, none of those things have eventuated.

Two years ago, the Bombers were in the top six for intercept marks per game. This year, the Bombers have slipped to the bottom four in the league.

Intercept marking is often key to setting up effective and measured rebounds — without clean ball when regaining possession, a cycle of chaos ensues.

Despite their reputation, the Bombers’ defence has been only middling in recent years — not top tier.

This year, opponents regularly hit the scoreboard when they get inside 50, with Essendon sitting 16th for points conceded per inside 50 entry. It’s a recipe for disaster when coupled with the fact they see more opposition entries than they create.

Balancing the right amount of attack and drive out of defence with actual defence is a constant challenge in modern footy.

This year the balance has fallen the wrong way, with Essendon regularly beaten in both contested and uncontested situations inside 50.

One reason for this is an interesting tactical choice.

The spare

While many teams routinely throw an extra number behind the ball, Essendon likes to run an extra (or multiple extras) at stoppages.

Often the spare will start at the defensive side of the contest, providing an outlet, or a defensive pressure valve, when the opposition get their hands on the ball first.

Kyle Langford, the sweeper at the stoppage, rushes through and ends up with the shot on goal.

When the extra number works, it looks good. But when it doesn’t, it can leave the defence exposed.

Despite extra numbers, the Bombers just break even at stoppages.

Even won clearances often look haphazard, with either over-handballing leading to a turnover or a rushed kick often the end result.

Without a solid tall target up forward for most of the year, rushed bombs into the 50 are possibly the worst outcome for a Bombers side whose forward line leans small. The Dons sit last in the league for contested marks per game, and finding players on leads or one-out is preferable to pack contests.

The Bombers have been one of the most handball-heavy sides in the competition, aiming to use hand and foot speed to break down opponents. On the defensive side, they have allowed teams to be able to use the ball by foot.

There’s no one right way to play the game.

Some good teams prefer a kick-mark possession-type game, others drill movement using waves of runners and forward pressure.

A variety of styles can win games, but it’s clear the style employed by the Dons right now isn’t working.

The redeeming features

Truth be told, some hot starts are destined to be extinguished early.

While the Bombers started the year five to two, four of those five wins came against sides in the bottom five on the ladder right now.

While the last few weeks have been hard to watch for Bomber fans, there are some building blocks for future years already there.

As already mentioned, McDonald-Tipungwuti is an awe-inspiring player, who opens up so much of the game. Over the past few years the Bombers have used Walla practically everywhere around the ground as a small utility type.

Up forward, he is particularly damaging considering his stature.

Moving into the future, Essendon may wish to use him in a more limited goal-square/centre-square role, maximising his opportunities to beat opponents one on one.

Jordan Ridley has been forced to do much of the heavy lifting down back this year, and started to fulfil his promise from his draft year. He has the ability to fill a defensive post going forward and may be a backline cornerstone for future years.

The Bombers midfield has the attacking ability to hurt other teams. Dylan Shiel, Dyson Heppell, Andrew McGrath, Darcy Parish and Zach Merrett are at worst a serviceable midfield rotation — and one that probably doesn’t need extra numbers around stoppages.

Moving that extra number to a more defensive position may allow for the Bombers to capitalise on their own clearances a bit more, and provide a better defence for when things go poorly.

The handover between John Worsfold and Ben Rutten will be important in that respect, as will how many ideas and staff carry over from this year.

The elephant in the room is the future of Joe Daniher, who is due to make a decision on his future at the end of the season. If he stays, the Bombers may be placed to try to top up with established older talent and make a big charge for finals next year.

If he leaves, all bets might be off.

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Kids’ paper posies brighten life in lockdown for aged care residents

She shared the letter writing idea with other local principals at an inter-school video conference, and seven primary schools got on board, giving their younger pupils the task of making flowers from coloured paper, then writing short messages.

At first, the project was limited to vulnerable students learning on-site, but as word got out in newsletters and messaging channels it caught on with the wider school community.

Soon, parents and even teachers got in on the act.

“We initially had our on-site students doing it and the project was mentioned at our online assembly,” Kent Park Primary School principal Kieran Denver said.

“That was probably the tipping point; we had some families bring in 10 to 15 flowers that they’d made and it really started the whole thing off.”

Mr Denver said his school in Ferntree Gully has been mindful of protecting students’ mental health through the pandemic, at a time when some of their parents have lost work and exposure to the media can be overwhelming.

“For them to think of others and to be empowered to do something nice for someone else … it just fitted in beautifully and I think that’s why we got such a great response,” he said.

On Thursday children from each of the eight schools delivered fully loaded buckets of their (sanitised) creations to the residents of Arcare Knox.

Residents of Arcare Knox receive students' floral creations.

Residents of Arcare Knox receive students’ floral creations.Credit:Joe Armao

Arcare’s chain of aged care facilities have not been spared the impact of Melbourne’s second wave, with outbreaks among staff and residents forcing several homes to go into a hard 14-day lockdown.

Knox’s residents have been restricted to occasional “window visits” to prevent transmission of COVID-19, so came out onto the balconies or peered through their windows to greet the schoolchildren.

They were buzzing after the students’ visit, as well as being impressed with some of the thoughtful messages, facility manager Sally Annesley said.

“It’s just really brightened the place up,” she said.

“One of them said it’s not the first day of spring but it feels like it, it makes me feel like living and enjoying life.”

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Woolworths adds paper bag option at checkout, rivalling reusable plastic

Woolworths shoppers across the country will now be able to carry out their groceries in paper bags for the first time in four decades.

From today, all Woolies stores will offer customers the option of a paper bag option alongside reusable carry bags.

The old-school bags are being rolled out after a successful trial in 20 stores late last year and to meet increased demand from customers for easily recyclable bag options.

In decades gone by, paper bags were a common sight in Australian supermarkets, but they haven’t been widely available in most stores for around 40 years.

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The new bags are made from 70 per cent recycled paper and will be sold for 20 cents each, while Woolies’ existing reusable plastic bags, foldable bags and Bag for Good options will also still be available at the checkout.

They will be able to hold up to 6kg of grocery items per bag, and are made from responsibly sourced paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.

There are plans to offer the paper bags to online customers for home delivery and pick-up in the future.

Woolworths Supermarkets managing director Claire Peters said the bags were already proving to be a hit with shoppers.

“While the vast majority of our customers bring their own bags, we know customers sometimes drop by a store unplanned or can forget their bags when they’re on the run,” Ms Peters said.

“For some time, customers have told us they’d like the option of a strong paper bag option, so we’re pleased to now offer that choice at our checkouts, alongside our existing reusable plastic bags.

“These paper bags resonated really well with customers when we trialled them in 20 stores last year and we expect to see a positive response from the customers who’ve been asking for this option nationwide.”

Meanwhile, each Bag for Good costs 99 cents but can be replaced free of charge if it is damaged, no matter when it was purchased.

The proceeds from those bag sales go to the Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants program.

Woolies’ reusable bags cost 15 cents each, are made from at least 80 per cent recycled plastics and can be returned to the store, along with other soft plastics, for recycling in REDcycle bins.

And in another major bag shake-up, shoppers will have an eco-friendly alternative for holding their fruit and veg, with reusable nylon plastic bags launching today.

They will cost $4 for a three-pack, are compatible with Woolies checkout scales and can be found in the fresh produce section at all Woolworths Metros and selected Woolies stores.

Woolworths began phasing out single-use plastic shopping bags in 2018, and the company claims since then, more than six billion of them have been removed from circulation, with just 15 per cent of customers now purchasing new bags when doing their grocery shop.

The initiative comes hot on the heels of an announcement by Woolies yesterday that it would offer around 100,000 staff members $750 in shares and $250 in Team Member PlusCard credits as a “thank you” for their efforts during coronavirus and other recent crises.

It means eligible full-timers will gain a total bonus worth $1000, while casual staff employed before that date will receive $100, with the cards able to be spent in any Woolworths Supermarkets, Metro, BIG W and BWS stores.

In a statement, Woolworths Group CEO Brad Banducci thanked workers for their efforts in recent, unprecedented times.

“From protests in Hong Kong, droughts and bushfires in Australia to the devastating volcanic activity in New Zealand and finally COVID-19, we have pulled together as a team to support each other, our customers and the communities in which we live and operate,” he said.

“This has taken an enormous amount of hard work and dedication and through our collective commitment we have indeed lived our purpose of creating better experiences together for a better tomorrow.

“We could think of no better way to thank and recognise our team than by making them shareholders in our Group.”

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Monster fatberg made of wet wipes, tissues, paper towel found in Queensland sewer

A one-tonne fatberg made mostly of wet wipes, paper towels and tissues was found blocking a Queensland sewer yesterday.

Weighing similar to a small car, it took four sewage plant operators five hours to manually remove with shovels and pitch forks.

Experts warned supply issues with toilet paper due to panic buying at the start of the coronavirus pandemic could cause massive blocks in our sewage system as other products were flushed down toilets and it appears they were right.

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Sewage workers from Urban Utilities’ Bundamba Sewage Treatment Plant, just outside of Brisbane, had never seen anything like it, and they blame it on the coronavirus pandemic.

Urban Utilities spokesperson, Michelle Cull, said they were continuing to see an influx of non-flushable items in the local sewerage network during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve seen a 30 per cent increase in the volume of rag arriving at our Bundamba Plant,” she told

“The 1-tonne rag ball was the biggest one we’ve ever had at the plant but it’s just the tip of the fatberg.

“Across our network, we’ve also seen a 35 per cent increase in blockages in sewer pipes caused by foreign objects, such as wet wipes.”

Unlike toilet paper, which disintegrates quickly after it’s flushed, wet wipes, paper towels and even tissues are made from stronger fibres, designed to stop them from breaking apart.

Urban Utilities Plant Manager, Mandy Murchison, said in her 13 years working in wastewater treatment, she had never seen the daily volume of rag hit over a tonne.

“With so many people working from home we’ve seen a significant increase in flows coming into our smaller plants like Bundamba and with those flows has come more wet wipes,” she said.

“As a result, we’ve had to increase our inspections of the plant’s inlet works, where the rag is screened and removed.

“It’s a smelly job for our team who has to remove it, so it can be hauled off to landfill – which is where it all should have gone in the first place.”

Ms Cull said flushing the wrong thing could also cause costly blockages in private plumbing.

“The pipes that carry the wastewater away from your home are only between 10-15cm in diameter so it doesn’t take much for them to get clogged up with wet wipes, paper towels, fat and other nasties that shouldn’t be down there,” she said.

“It’s easy to do the right thing – instead of flushing these items, place them in the bin, avoiding a mess in our pipes or a big plumbing bill in yours.

“Our advice is always to only flush the 3Ps – pee, poo and paper.”

It’s not even the company’s most shocking find in the subterranean underworld of sewage — earlier this year reported on numerous deadly snakes which they find hiding in pipes during a routine check.

Urban Utilities spends nearly half a million dollars a year disposing and transporting rubbish to landfill from its pump stations and treatment plants.

That number is likely set to increase following the coronavirus pandemic.

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Women in toilet paper brawl have case in Sydney court

A mother-daughter duo at the centre of an allegedly violent coronavirus-fuelled stoush over toilet paper at a Sydney supermarket has had the case adjourned for two weeks.

Treiza Bebawy, 60, and Meriam Bebawy, 23, were due to face Bankstown Local Court on Tuesday on affray charges following an altercation at a Woolworths store in Chullora on March 7.

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But the women didn’t attend court for their first mention, with the magistrate granting their lawyer’s request for a two-week postponement.

They are now scheduled to face court on May 12.

Footage of the incident went viral on social media last month.

It showed the Bebawys allegedly yelling and fighting with fellow shopper Tracey Hinckson, 49, amid panic buying.

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The video depicted Ms Hinckson being attacked while a packet of Quilton toilet paper lay on the floor.

Police allege the mother and daughter used “unlawful violence” causing their fellow shopper to “fear for her safety”.

Ms Hinckson was not injured in the fracas.

In the video, Meriam Bebawy is seen returning the toilet paper to a trolley loaded with loo roll.

Ms Hinckson can be heard yelling: “I just want one packet.”

Treiza Bebawy, who’s guarding the trolley, then replies: “No. No toilet paper.”

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Supermarket boss’s blunt reply to toilet paper hoarder wanting refund

A supermarket boss has given one of his customers the bird after it’s claimed a man tried to return almost 5000 rolls of toilet paper and 150 bottles of hand sanitiser which he couldn’t sell online.

John-Paul Drake, an executive with South Australian supermarket chain Drakes, said he refused to given the man a refund.

In a video uploaded to YouTube, Mr Drake said recent panic buying of toilet paper had been “absolutely ridiculous” with the company selling eight months’ worth in four days at one point.

But one customer’s behaviour was worse than the others.

“I had my first customer yesterday who said he wanted to get a refund on 150 packets of 32-pack toilet paper and 150 units of one-litre sanitiser.” In 150 packs of 32-roll toilet paper there would be 4800 individual rolls.

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Mr Drake said the man had come into the store to get his money back after website eBay refused to allow him to sell the items online.

In the video, Mr Drake then showed his middle finger and said that was his reply to the customer’s request.

“I told him that, that is the sort of person who is causing the problem in the whole country.”

In a later LinkedIn post, Mr Drake said the customer hadn’t bought the loo roll and hand sanitiser in one trip, but claimed that he had run a sophisticated operation that saw up to 20 people visit several Drakes stores buying a pack in each one.

Panic buying and hoarding overwhelmed supermarkets from early March as people began stocking up on staples like toilet roil, pasta and rice.

Some customers were filmed brawling in the aisles to try to get their hands-on scarce supplies, while others we reselling the same items for astronomical prices online.

While retailers have managed to get much of the supply back on shelves, some buying limits remain in place and the presence of toilet paper on shelves is still erratic.

Coles, Woolworths and other stores changed their policy on refunds last month, not allowing customers to get their money back on change-of-mind purchases in an effort to reduce demand for popular products.

Last week, Woolworths chief executive officer Brad Banducci said the store still expected to sell up to 16 million toilet rolls in a seven-day period – double the average. But demand was tapering off, he said, with supply up by 70 per cent.

“But like every week so far, I’d still ask you to only buy what you need.”

Paper towels and tissues were still in short supply, said Mr Banducci, as was pasta sauce.

However, there was more pasta on shelves and the company has shipped in 700,000 units of hand sanitiser, as much as the firm would usually sell in 40 weeks.

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