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How can I stop someone stealing ideas?


My guess is that this comes down to a lack of self-awareness. Where you, with your comment about not wanting to erode the foundations of your team or organisation, are concerned about how your actions affect others and how others view those actions, I suspect your colleague is unburdened by these kinds of worries.

They may be totally unaware that they’re stealing other people’s ideas and passing them off as their own. Or they may be acting with what they think is brilliant duplicity, oblivious to the fact that they’re committing theft in broad daylight and fooling absolutely nobody around them.

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In either case, I think the best way of approaching the situation is to try your best to put the galling nature of the behaviour aside and think about rectification rather than retribution. By that I mean do your best to concentrate on getting credit for the person who had the idea originally rather than seeking punishment for the culprit.

One tactic might be to politely let the offending colleague know that “their” idea had, in fact, been raised previously. It could be a quiet chat or a quick email and there’s no need to be outright accusatory or even hint at the fact that they’ve done anything wrong. It simply needs to make them aware that someone else had the idea they presented as their own.

That’ll probably only work if your co-worker is acting more out of ignorance than malice.

If you’re dealing with a more… ahem… “mischievous” workmate, you might try going to the person who’s receiving these ideas – perhaps it’s a manager, supervisor or project manager – and having a private word. The trick is to pass on the information not as if you’re dobbing on a school bully, but instead sticking up for a peer who deserves recognition. This way you’re revealing the facts of the matter – “actually, that was X’s idea” – without any need for confrontation, and with little risk of being cast as an underminer.

There are two other, far less likely possibilities I should probably conclude with here.

The first is that what you’re witnessing is not appropriation of intellectual property but extraordinary coincidence. They say nothing’s new under the sun, and there may be some small chance that these ideas aren’t being pilfered, but are legitimately being proposed by both colleagues totally independently of one another. Of course, the more often it happens the less probable this is, but it may be worth considering.

The second is that your idea poacher is entirely aware of what he or she is doing and the angst it’s causing but simply doesn’t care. If that’s the case, you’re in deeper waters, I’m afraid.



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New federal laws would stop deals with foreign governments


Scott Morrison will unveil sweeping new powers that will disband deals foreign governments make with public universities, state and territory governments and local councils.

The Prime Minister will on Thursday announce the reforms, which include a new public register to shine a light on secret agreements.

Sister city relationships, tourism and trade co-operation, as well as science and education deals would all be subject to the review.

Construction contracts from Victoria’s controversial Belt and Road initiative with China could also be terminated along with other private contracts if they fail to pass the foreign interest test.

“These changes and new laws will ensure that every arrangement done by any Australian Government at any level now lines up with how we are working to protect and promote Australia’s national interest,” Mr Morrison said.

“While many agreements and partnerships are of a routine nature, it is important that the Federal Government is notified of all and any agreements, be they state and local governments, or our universities.”

Arrangements that are legally binding in Australian law, foreign law, and non-legally binding agreements such as memorandums of understanding that go against Australia’s foreign policy will be subject to the proposed laws.

A new team will also be established within Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to put new and existing arrangements under the microscope.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne will then be advised of any implications and consider if the arrangement adversely affects Australia’s foreign relations, and if the arrangement is inconsistent with Australian foreign policy.

If it fails to meet the test, state entities can be stopped from negotiating, entering, remaining in or giving effect to it.

The minister would also be given the power to seek an injunction in the Federal Court or High Court.

States, territories, local councils and public universities will be required to go through their existing agreements and self report deals to the Commonwealth within six months of the laws being enacted.

Senator Payne said there was currently no legislative requirement, nor clear understanding, that states and territories consult properly with the Commonwealth on arrangements with foreign governments.

A senior Chinese diplomat on Wednesday told the National Press Club that Beijing hopes the Australian Government and relevant authorities will facilitate investment and operations from Chinese companies, and won’t “be swayed by some ill-founded alerts”.

The Chinese Embassy’s deputy head of missions, Wang Xining, said he was concerned about co-operation in the field of science and technology because it was an “integral part of our relationship”.

Premiers and chief ministers received a security briefing about the issue at National Cabinet this month.

Commercial corporations, state-owned enterprises and foreign universities will be excluded from the proposed laws.

The legislation will be introduced in the parliament next week.



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100 online detectives to stop paedophilia


Australia will employ 100 cyber detectives dedicated to keeping kids safe online as part of a $1.67 billion boost to the nation’s cyber security.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new strategy would protect essential infrastructure and services, Australian businesses that operate online and families.

“We need to protect you and your family from the dark web and the trolls and those who would seek to take advantage of the most vulnerable in our community, the elderly and others,” he said.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the detectives would specifically help fight online paedophiles who had become more active during the coronavirus lockdown.

“The fact is at the moment we have seen a massive spike in the number of paedophiles online during the COVID-19 period. They are targeting kids because they know kids are at home,” he said.

Mr Dutton said the dark web was the “sewer of the internet” and a hot spot for paedophiles and other criminal syndicates.

“The stories we hear from our investigators are quite overwhelming, and the attacks now that we’re seeing on all sorts of businesses but families as well … what should be a safe environment is not for many families.”

The minister said the new cyber security strategy would help Australian authorities enforce the law online the same way they did in real life, with new powers allowing the Australian Federal Police to ask the Australian Signals Directorate for help in tracking servers used by international paedophile rings, terrorists and drug traffickers.

While there has been debate over the potential to exploit these new powers, Mr Dutton said only those committing crimes online should be concerned.

“If you’re a paedophile you should be worried about these powers … if you’re committing a serious offence in relation to trafficking of drugs, of ice, for example, that‘s being pedalled to children, you should be worried about these powers,” he said.

“If you’re part of the Australian community, the 99 per cent of people that aren’t involved in those activities, then I don’t think you have anything to concern yourself with.

“The reality is people are trying their best to groom kids online and terrorists are swapping information … people are trading gun parts on the dark web and it cannot be a lawless space.”



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Coronavirus Australia: Here’s an idea for marketing staff: Stop the slogans


Apart from the crimes of being both inane and wrong, the deeper irony of the “staying apart” slogan is that its intent is to communicate to a mass audience. And that is proving diabolically difficult.

Once it was reasonable to assume that if your message was plastered across radio, newspapers and the TV bulletins then most Australians would see or hear it. That is no longer true. The audience is self-isolating in its headphones, shattered over myriad platforms, selecting its entertainment from uncountable choices – and often getting no news at all.

Even when you find an audience you can’t be sure how the message will be received. In the era of “fake news” all facts are contested. No conspiracy theory is so wild that it won’t attract followers, and the ability of everyone with a smartphone to be a publisher has been a force multiplier for alternative ideas and views. Some of this is good. Some of it is harmless. And some of it is diabolical and dangerous, like the ability to livestream mass murder or claim that the plague is caused by 5G.

So, on news consumption and facts, we were already successfully staying apart. And, surprise, that’s keeping us apart and making some of us crazy.

Another way we are staying apart is choosing to revert to being colonies on a continent, rather than a federated nation. The border closures have been a useful weapon in containing the spread of the virus. So now what? When do we imagine the caseload in NSW and Victoria will be low enough for the premiers of South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland and the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory to lift restrictions? This won’t be assisted by the fact that the NT is in an election campaign now, Queensland goes to the polls in October and WA in March.

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So, as long as the state borders stay closed we will stay apart. And that will prolong the shattering recession that has only just begun.

Australia can also look forward to a long period of staying apart from the rest of the world because no one can say when international borders will reopen. But given there is still a limited amount of travel, and trade continues, every plane and ship that arrives is a threat until there is a vaccine that is available worldwide. So we will stay locked in a half-life existence on our island indefinitely.

Looking more broadly, the world is really doing a good job of staying apart. Keep up this pace of international social distancing and the thing most likely to bring us all back together is World War III.

At home staying apart will have profound effects on our society as the economic and social consequences get baked in.

We are making a choice that one generation will make sacrifices to protect another. Older Australians are being preferred over the young. It was clear at the outset of this crisis that there were no good choices but this one is the worst. The sacrifice the young are making is to be poorer than they otherwise would have been, perhaps for the rest of their lives, to keep the elderly alive for a few more years, or months. If they get this message then a bitter division will arise between generations.

And do we really think that a prolonged period of keeping children apart from a real-world school will be good for them? Or that their education and socialisation will be improved?

What about the human interactions that bind our society, like handshakes and hugging? Will that kind of staying apart improve our lives?

The economic fallout of staying apart has barely begun to be measured. All that we can know from this vantage point is it will be wrenching, the effects will last for decades and have consequences that we can only imagine.

Staying apart divides us. Some of those divisions will be permanent and bad.

So spare us the slogans, we are suffering enough. And if we must clutch at some potted wisdom then there is much more truth in what Benjamin Franklin said to his fellow revolutionaries: “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately.”

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NRL’s bunker must stop disgraceful errors. Bulldogs are wet weather specialists


Another weekend, another terrible mistake from the bunker.

You are going to get wrong calls in matches, but it was a disgraceful call on the weekend in the Sharks-Dragons match — and I still don’t understand how they got it wrong.

We thought it was a try first up in the commentary position at Kogarah, but the first view we had of the replay, we realised Matt Dufty got his hand to the ball and it should have been a line drop out.

When the referee gave the try, we were all gobsmacked.

Then the messages started piling in to us on ABC Grandstand saying the same thing.

We’re looking at a tiny screen in our box at Kogarah, the picture isn’t great, we have to squint at it because it’s so small — and we still got the call right.

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Jack Williams was awarded a try by the bunker.(AAP: Craig Golding)

The bunker referees sit in a room with three big screens with all the angles, a high-definition picture and their entire job is to see whose hand gets to the ball first. How do you stuff that up?

I can understand that there are some decisions that you can’t rule on so you have to go with the on-field decision, but that was just a plain, outright crazy error — and everyone watching the game agrees.

It was a good call for the NRL to stand the pair down because it shows that there is some accountability.

I’m not saying the Dragons would have won had the try not been given, but if that try doesn’t get awarded, it could have been a different ball game — and I’m saying this as a Sharks supporter.

The Dragons players will today be thinking that they should have put themselves in better positions to still win the game.

But at the end of the day, the Dragons were still forced to hunt for four points that they shouldn’t have had to chase.

Bunker errors starting to mount

I know that everyone makes mistakes, but we seem to be getting it all the time at the moment, every week something leaves us thinking, “How is that possible?”.

There was another decision last week where there was a two-on-one steal and Waqa Blake took the ball out of Martin Taupau’s hands.

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The bunker said it was an attempted offload by Taupau, but there were clearly two people in the tackle, and it should have been judged a strip.

Blake ran 90 metres and scored for a try and Manly, quite rightly, blew up about it. It didn’t cost them the game in the end, but it was another poor decision.

On both occasions, the players were not allowed to challenge it, but even if they had, it’s only going to be sent to the exact same people that made the decision in the first place — and they’re going to stick with their call because they don’t want to look silly.

I don’t know what the answer is — perhaps there’s even different technology that can be used, but it frustrates me and I know that it frustrates fans too.

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It might be the case that they need some more ex-footballers in there, or even just more people watching.

I understand it will take time if they are all going to have a debate about every decision, but if there are three people in there, at least majority rules in those tight decisions.

The bunker should be getting the decision right 99 times out of 100.

If we get one call wrong in eight weeks, you can live with it, but one wrong bunker call every weekend? You just can’t have it, it’s outrageous.

You’re going to get wrong calls in matches, but technology is meant to eliminate the really bad ones and that is not happening at the moment.

You don’t have confidence that when the referees go to the bunker, they’ll get the decision right.

The referees are almost better off not going to the video because, at the moment, it’s a coin toss.

Awesome Bulldogs deliver wet-weather masterclass

I thought every game coming into this weekend — with the exception of the Canberra-Souths game — would be a blowout, but all the teams really stepped up.

The Bulldogs, in particular, delivered a perfect game of wet-weather football, particularly in the first 40 minutes.

They were fantastic at coming out of their own end, happy to work to a certain point on the field, at which point Lachlan Lewis and Kieran Foran’s kicking game took over.

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Kieran Foran’s leadership and kicking game were among the reasons behind the Bulldogs’ smart play in the wet in Newcastle.(AAP: Darren Pateman)

Whenever the Knights put the pressure on, Lewis would come up with a ridiculously long kick to get the ball down the other end, turn the Knights around and wait for them to make a mistake.

The most impressive thing was their completion rate, which was ridiculously high for a wet weather game — and it wasn’t just sprinkling, it was pouring down in Newcastle for the whole game.

In the first half, the Bulldogs completed 20 sets out of 22. Some teams don’t even complete at that rate on bone dry days, so they were really good, despite letting things slip a bit towards the end.

The Bulldogs were happy to just go through their process, the forward pack just ran hard and direct and Foran, who led the side brilliantly, kicked down that left edge.

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The Bulldogs tackled brilliantly on Sunday in the rain.(AAP: Darren Pateman)

They put together five or six identical sets coming out of their own end of the field at one point, it was beautiful to watch.

Aiden Tolman was really good too, playing 80 minutes around the middle, running for 201 metres and making 48 tackles, all on heavy ground. It was just good wet-weather football.

If it rained every weekend and the Bulldogs played like that, they would be very hard to beat.

Watch out for the Gold Coast Titans

Gold Coast have definitely taken a couple of steps in the right direction this season.

On Sunday they competed really hard and came up just short against a real quality side in Penrith. They had their chances in the game too, but just didn’t take them.

Penrith didn’t play their best, but that’s because Gold Coast didn’t let them.

Things are only going to get better for the Titans as well, with David Fifita’s signing a huge bonus.

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David Fifita will play for the Titans next season.(AAP: Darren England)

They’ve also got big Tino Fa’asuamaleaui and Herman Ese’ese to come next year into that pack, which could be one of the best in the competition next year.

You’ve got to give Justin Holbrook a bit of a wrap for that.

He’s taken on a side that has been down on confidence, getting beaten week in week out, but he’s made some hard calls, bringing people in and out the side and now he’s building the team that he wants to get there.

With those players coming in, the players that are there at the moment will really want to put their best foot forward, because they’ll want to be part of something special.

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Gold Coast Titans are building into a strong team.(AAP: Darren England)

Signings like Fifita should help with recruitment too.

As a player, you might look up there now and think, “That’s a good forward pack, I could go up there and we could do something special”.

There’s no better feeling than going to a club and having a bit of a hand in winning their first premiership, so some that might sway some players in making a move north.

Plus, if you’re looking at the lifestyle and having the opportunity to do something that you love in playing NRL football, that’s probably the best place in the world to go.

Luke Lewis was talking to ABC News’s Simon Smale.



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Mandatory masks may stop Victoria heading into stage 4


The compulsory wearing of masks could stop Victoria from moving into stage four virus restrictions, the state’s chief health officer says.

Prof Brett Sutton said face masks would be a “really important additional measure” in the state’s fight against the current outbreak.

Victoria recorded 636 new virus infections and three more deaths today, prompting Premier Daniel Andrews to announce masks would be mandatory in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire from this week.

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“I wouldn’t call wearing a mask as an alternative, I’d call it a really important additional measure,” Prof Sutton said on Sunday.

“It is something that can potentially avoid needing to go to different restrictions. We should do it, it’s going to be a benefit.”

Masks will be compulsory for all residents in Melbourne and Mitchell Shire from 11.59pm on Wednesday, with fines of $200 for those who didn’t comply.

“If you are out of your home for one of the four permitted reasons, then you need to be wearing a mask and I stress – or a face covering,” Mr Andrews said on Sunday.

“It need to stress it not be a hospital-grade mask, it not be one of the handmade masks like I was wearing when I came in today. It can be a scarf, it can be a homemade mask.”

Mr Andrews said an order of at least 2.5 million masks was on its way to Melbourne, with the “first significant batch” expected to arrive this week.

The announcement prompted a mad scramble for masks at stores across Melbourne Sunday afternoon, including craft stores, where shoppers bought supplies to make their own.

Under the new rule, masks must cover the nose and mouth.

Prof Sutton said masks were recommended for all people over the age of 12.

“That is in recognition that it’s likely to work for all of those age groups,” he said.

“Below the age of 12, it’s a consideration. We say not for toddlers. So not two years and below.

“But it’s a consideration for all other children. But it is mandatory, really from that high school age onwards.”

Prof Sutton said be exemptions for people with medical conditions.

“For other people, who for one reason or another, cannot wear them, there will be exemptions,” he said.

“And obviously when you’re engaged in activities where it is entirely impractical to wear them, then that’s not a requirement.

“But it does make a difference. And having universal mask wearing is the key here, because not only are you, if you’re potentially infected, shedding less virus into the atmosphere, but the person around you, if they’re 1.5 metre away or closer, or further away, will be less exposed.”

WHAT WOULD STAGE FOUR LOOK LIKE?

Victoria has introduced stage 3 restrictions over metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire, and this asks people to stay at home unless they are shopping for essentials, caregiving, exercising or going to work or study if it’s not possible from home.

There is no official guide that outlines what measures would be taken if Victoria went to stage 4 restrictions but places like New Zealand have previously introduced what it called level 4 restrictions.

These were aimed at eliminating the coronavirus and included the closure of schools and other educational facilities, and the closure of businesses except essential services such as supermarkets, pharmacies and medical clinics.

Australian National University infectious diseases expert Sanjaya Senanayake said stage four restrictions meant “very limited, very restricted movement”.

“It will be mentally challenging for all the residents who are under that stage four lockdown,” he told ABC’s 7.30 on Tuesday.

“It will have economic consequences, too.”

Prof Senanayake said further lockdowns are “on the table, for sure”.

“We know from the Wuhan experience, though bigger than Melbourne, it took about four weeks for the outbreak to come under control using lockdown measures,” he said.

Earlier this week, Mr Andrews said he could not rule out moving to stage 4 restrictions.

“We’re not there yet,” he said, but added: “I can’t rule out we have further limits placed on people’s movement. I can’t rule that out.

“As I always said, if we’re planning for it, we’ll share it with the community.

“If you don’t want a stage 4, if you don’t want the lockdown to last a moment longer, then please follow the rules. Do the right thing by your family, your community, and every family,” he added.

Prof Sutton said this week stage 4 restrictions could be triggered if any particular activities or settings were associated with a spike in cases.

“If we’re seeing a focus in a particular setting, in a particular cohort of people, related to particular activities, that would be the focus of stage four restrictions,” he said.

That means if there were more cases from a particular suburb or even a shopping centre, there could be more localised restrictions put in place.

Prof Sutton said if restrictions were introduced there was “no guarantee” about what businesses or services would be impacted.

“Any consideration about what stage four might look like, if it were to be in place, is again to be based on the epidemiology,” he said.

“I think it would absolutely depend on the epidemiology, there is no guarantee whatsoever about what stays open or what stays closed.”



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Qld builds ‘border wall’ at Coolangatta to stop illegal entry


Work is well underway on a “border wall” in Queensland designed to stop outsiders sneaking in during coronavirus lockdown.

The 700m wall is going up in Coolangatta, a coastal suburb of the City of Gold Coast which borders NSW.

It will take up almost the whole length of Dixon St and was being installed by Gold Coast City Council workers today.

A council spokeswoman declined to comment, but directed inquiries to Queensland Police and said the wall was being erected at the request of authorities with police managing the border closure.

News.com.au also contacted Queensland Police for comment.

According to the Courier Mail, police called for the wall to be constructed after being plagued by motorists who simply drove around the plastic barriers which were previously in place to deter drivers.

The publication noted that Tweed Head Hospital visitors and border residents were the main culprits, and that police were now pulling over all cars with NSW licence plates as a precaution.

On Tuesday afternoon, anyone who had been in the local government areas of Liverpool or Campbelltown in Sydney over the previous 14 days was barred from entering Queensland following coronavirus outbreaks in those areas.

The whole state of Victoria also remains a declared COVID-19 hotspot.

Queensland’s tough border restrictions mean people who have been in a coronavirus hotspot within the last 14 days will no longer be able to quarantine in the state and will be turned away at the state’s border.

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Locals will be able to return home but must self-isolate in government provided accommodation at their expense.

Everyone entering the state must complete a new Queensland Border Declaration Pass online before travelling to Queensland – and providing false information or entering the state illegally could result in a huge $4000 fine.

Gold Coast police Chief Superintendent Mark Wheeler said the new border pass would make it easier to manage checkpoints – but said lengthy delays were not going anywhere in a hurry.

“The one thing that will not change – there will still be delays, he said, according to the Courier Mail.

“That’s unfortunately an iron-clad guarantee. We’re funnelling tens of thousands of vehicles a day through one lane to visually assess and then filter either to an express lane or to an inspection bay.

“So irrespective of saving time (with the new pass), and we will, there will still be delays.”



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Daniel Andrews’ wife tells Twitter her husband ‘does not stop’


Catherine Andrews has stepped in to defend her husband, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, amid the growing criticism of his handling of the coronavirus.

Ms Andrews shared a photo of the Premier on Twitter on Saturday night, showing him working at his desk

“This man does not stop,” she said.

“Thank you to everyone who is doing the right thing. We are in this together. #istandwithdan.”

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Mr Andrews stood firm against some public calls for him to resign last week

“People are calling for you to resign. Is that something you’re considering?” a reporter asked him during a press conference on Wednesday.

“No, I’m not considering that,” Mr Andrews responded.

“What I’m not just considering, but delivering, is the response to this pandemic and seeing this through. That’s what’s most important and it’s what I’m going to get done.”

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It was a rough week for the Premier, who two days later grew flustered at another press conference following an unexpected question from a reporter about his birthday.

A clearly unimpressed Mr Andrews scolded the journalist, who asked how he celebrated the day before Melbourne was sent back into stage three coronavirus lockdown, revealing he was at home with his family.

The reporter then asked if he was at home the whole time, to which he replied: “Yes.”

“Sorry, you want to ask me about the night of my birthday?” he said.

“I was at home having a very nice family dinner. Let me indicate to you when that occurred.

“It occurred after I had done a two-and-a-half hour cabinet meeting over Zoom and I think my plate might have been a bit cold. But we’re all doing all sorts of things, but I was pleased to be at home with my wife and my kids.

“Happy? Fine? Very good.”

Mr Andrews asked reporters if there were any other questions before adding he “got all flustered”.

“No? Very good. I’m going home now to them as well. Thanks,” he said as he cut off the press conference.

People following the event on social media threw their support behind Mr Andrews.

One woman labelled the question disgusting.

“Disgusting question from ‘journalist’ asking where @DanielAndrewsMP was on the night of his birthday,” she wrote.

“He answered the question and then she had the audacity to ask if he was sure. This is a man who has had very little time with his family over the last six or seven months.”

Dr Vyom Sharma said it was a s***ty question.

“Say what you want, but @DanielAndrewsMP is working very very hard I do not appreciate his ethic being imputed,” he wrote on Twitter.

Mr Andrews later tweeted that the journalist had phoned his office to apologise, calling for the pile-on against her to cease.

A second wave of infections has been linked to a catastrophic failure in Victoria’s mandatory hotel quarantine procedures.

Last week, Today host Karl Stefanovic accused the Victorian government of being responsible for a “catastrophic bungle” that allowed the virus to spread through the state.

“You managed the bushfires. You managed the start of COVID, you did an incredible job,” Stefanovic said.

“It’s difficult to recall a bigger political bungle than this. Your critics are calling for a change of leadership. Will you resign?”

Mr Andrews said he would not.

“No, Karl I’m about staying the course and getting the job done,” he said.

“Critics, that’s fine. That’s entirely a matter for them. Politics is a matter for them too. This is a pandemic and I’m getting on with the job I need to do. It’s not popular.

“They’re very, very difficult calls to be made.

“They have to be made to keep Victorians safe. We have to stay the course on this.”

Asked whether he thought the state had lost faith in him, he said: “I think every Victorian knows and understands this is real, serious and it’s not over. Pretending that it is will simply make a difficult situation into tragic set of circumstances. I think every Victorian knows that.”

He added: “I apologise for the inconvenience – the great challenge that many, many Victorian families are going to have to experience over these next six weeks. It’s not where we wanted to be. But we can’t go back. We can’t change those things that have got us to this point.”

Speaking on The Project last week, Mr Andrews similarly reinforced that his decision was “not about being popular”.

When Aly asked whether the Premier’s apology to Melburnians last week was “admitting fault”, Mr Andrews gave a firm response.

“The job that I do means that I am the leader of the state, and it is for me to accept responsibility for all of these things … I’ve never run away from that,” he said.

“These are not easy calls, but it is not about being popular. It is about doing what has to be done.”



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More train and tram services to stop commuters from getting too close


The Hurstbridge line will see five new services each week.

The congested tram route along Collins Street will get desperately needed relief, with the addition of new shuttle routes.

E-Class trams will run from Collins Street in the city to St George’s Road in Preston, via Brunswick Street in Fitzroy, once during the weekday peak periods.

A second tram shuttle from Victoria Harbour in the Docklands to St Vincent’s Plaza in East Melbourne via Collins Street will run services all day, from 6am to midnight from Monday to Thursday and until 1am on Friday and Saturday

Route 30, which runs from East Melbourne and the Docklands via La Trobe Street, will now be replaced with Route 12, to boost capacity on La Trobe Street.

Bus commuters will also be able to board through all doors over the next two years, with transactions on buses permanently removed from July 13, requiring commuters to travel with a valid myki.

Public Transport Minister Ben Carroll said the state’s busiest lines were getting extra services to ensure the safety of Victorian commuters.

“We’re adding hundreds of new train and tram services every week – giving Victorians the options to travel outside of the traditional peak hours and practise better physical distancing, keeping us all safer,” he said.

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The changes to the network come as two Protective Services Officers working at major city stations, including Flinders Street, have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of positive cases at Flinders Street to four in three weeks.

Six Victoria Police employees have been sent home to self-isolate, while PSO pods at Flinders Street, Southern Cross and North Melbourne stations have been closed for deep cleaning,

Contact tracing revealed the two PSOs worked together on Wednesday, July 1. One male officer tested positive six days later after feeling unwell. The second male officer tested positive the following day.

No Metro employees or passengers were identified as being in close contact with the sick officers, who accessed their own facilities and usual patrol areas.

Another two Metro employees have also tested positive at the Pakenham East depot, while all employees who had recently visited the site have been tested and self-isolated.

Public Transport Users Association spokesman Daniel Bowen said he hoped the government was “actively considering” requiring commuters to wear masks, in line with moves in many cities around the world.

He said the extra services was “definitely needed right now” and said further services would be needed over time, as the city continues to grow.

“Some of these lines like Sunbury and Craigieburn, under normal circumstances are just as crowded in the middle of the day as they are in peak hour; that’s largely due to the drop in frequency, so there’s scope to run frequent trains right through the day.”

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Albury faces lockdown to stop coronavirus


The NSW Government is considering enforcing lockdown in border communities, which would isolate them from the rest of the state.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said health officials were monitoring transmission rates “every few hours” and would lock down the border communities at very short notice if need be.

No decision has been made yet, but Ms Berejiklian said she did not want residents to be surprised if the restrictions came into effect “over the next few days”.

The new lockdown line could either stretch the Victorian border to the northern edge of Albury, and/or place the town in its own bubble. Extra police checkpoints would be set up north of Albury.

Ms Berejiklian said she was “extremely worried” about the level of transmission in Victoria, and said allowing residents living on the NSW-VIC border to continue moving around the state freely made it “highly probable” there would be a spike in cases around Sydney.

Residents of the border communities have been encouraged to stay put, and not travel elsewhere in NSW, while those living outside the communities are encouraged to stay out.

More than 50,000 exemptions to the border closure between New South Wales and Victoria were granted to residents in border communities overnight – but Ms Berejiklian said the government would look at tightening the exemption criteria if these residents appeared to pose any risk to greater NSW.

“The probability we need to be tougher on border restrictions is extremely high,” the Premier said.

The State Government is also urging any resident currently in Victoria to come home immediately, or be forced to complete a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine at their own expense.

Ms Berejklian said she would be announcing further changes to NSW’s lockdown restrictions around gatherings on Thursday morning.

There have been eight new cases, seven which were returned travellers in quarantine and an eighth a woman in her 30s from south western Sydney.

In Victoria, there were 134 new cases, sending the state’s total infections to 2942.

Premier Daniel Andrews has reinstated stage three restrictions for metropolitan Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire, which will return to lockdown for the next six weeks, starting from 11.59pm on Tuesday.

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