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Locum doctor fee rises lead charity to withdraw financial support in five NSW towns

A year or two ago it used to cost just over $1,000 a day for a locum GP to cover while a town’s permanent doctor was on leave. That has now tripled to close to $4,000. Key points: Financial support that helps five regional NSW towns pay for locum doctors has been withdrawn Rural and …

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Roof security concerns flagged years before weekend escape from Malmsbury Youth Justice Center

Roof security concerns flagged years before weekend escape from Malmsbury Youth Justice Center

Victorian youth justice management rejected internal recommendations to upgrade the security of the unit two young men escaped from at the Malmsbury Youth Justice Center over the weekend, the ABC has learned. Key points: The ABC understands concerns were raised in 2019 about the risk of escape from the roof of the admissions unit Two …

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Wollongong train station in the afternoon, with commuters waiting.

Industrial action to stop train services on Illawarra South Coast line

The rail union says it has been advised Transport for New South Wales will shut down the Illawarra rail line on Wednesday, amid planned industrial action. Key points: Industrial action will result in a drastic reduction in trains on the Illawarra South Coast line on Wednesday The union says it planned industrial action over train …

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Victorians to get free N95 masks to try to relieve pressure on the health system

The Victorian government is set to distribute three million free N95 and KN95 masks over the coming weeks to try to ease the pressure on the state’s health system. Speaking outside Victorian parliament, Premier Daniel Andrews announced the free masks would be given out at COVID-19 testing sites, community health sites and across public transport. …

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Canberra’s light rail to become wireless through Parliamentary Triangle with joint federal and ACT government funded contract

Canberra’s light rail network will become wireless through the Parliamentary Triangle as construction continues into the city’s south, following a joint investment from the federal and ACT governments. Key points: Work to raise London Circuit as part of light rail stage 2A is expected to begin soon Five new vehicles will be added to the …

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Adelaide woman spotted by PolAir driving on wrong side of North-South Motorway

A woman has been fined after traveling on the wrong side of the North-South Motorway for at least 10 kilometres. Key points: A 75-year-old Athol Park woman drove more than 10km on the wrong side of the motorway PolAir tracked the vehicle Police say she was confused when pulled over The 75-year-old was pulled over …

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Jifeng Liu (pictured), known as Eileen, 47, and her son Sam, in his early 20s were found dead inside their home in Brisbane's south

Stretton, Brisbane deaths: Inside home where man and woman found ‘sliced ​​to death’

An affluent community is in shock after the horrific deaths of a mother and son who were ‘sliced ​​to death’ at their ‘President’s Estate’ home. Police descended on the cul-de-sac crime scene at Coolidge Court in Stretton, Brisbane, at about 9:30am on Monday – where the streets are named after famous American presidents. Responding officers …

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Electric bike causes destructive fire in Adelaide

A family’s electric bike has exploded into flames, causing significant damage to their home in Adelaide’s west. Fire crews rushed to the property on Anzac Highway in Camden Park just before 10.30am on Monday. South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service station officer Craig Attard said the residents were lucky to escape serious injury. A Family’s Electric …

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Rooves of newly built houses in Ipswich

South-east Queensland infrastructure funding not keeping pace with development, mayors say

The mayors of two booming south-east Queensland councils say funding for critical infrastructure to support hundreds of thousands of incoming residents are falling short of demand. Key points: Ipswich, Logan and Moreton Bay are bearing the brunt of south-east Queensland’s booming population Mayors say they need more funding to cope with infrastructure shortfalls The region’s …

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