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Australian flight attendant jailed for abuse of children overseas

A 52 year old Melbourne man has been sentenced to 18 and a half years' imprisonment today (Monday 30 March, 2020), after sexually abusing children in the Philippines. The Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at the man's property in Truganina on 15 June, 2017, and later charged the man in relation to 35 serious child sex and exploitation offences. The offender, who was employed as an international flight attendant with a commercial airline, travelled to the Philippines on a regular basis in both private and professional capacities and offended on 25 separate occasions over a seven year period (between 2010 - 2017). The JACET identified 26 female child victims in the Philippines aged between 12...

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JobKeeper Payment questions: Here is exactly who is eligible

Yesterday Scott Morrison announced what would quickly become one of the most generous wage subsidy packages offered in the world: a $1500 fortnightly sum now known as the "JobKeeper Payment". Costing approximately $130 billion over six months, the JobKeeper Payment was designed to prevent businesses from having to sack workers during what the PM labelled as a "hibernation period". An enormous amount of Australians are eligible for this payment. Some are not. Here's what we know so far: I was stood down by my employer two weeks ago because of COVID-19. Am I eligible for the payment? Yes you are. The JobKeeper payment includes the many thousands of hospitality and retail workers who have been forced to be stood down...

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'This is a PSA from WA Police': Drones used to enforce social distancing

These drones will be deployed in public spaces by WA Police to ensure people are social distancing. They will be used at parks, beaches and cafe strips to ensure people are adhering to strict new gathering rules which ban people venturing outside in groups of more than two unless they are family or live together. Police sirens sound from the small devices with red and blue lights delivering a public service announcement reminding people to follow social distancing regulations. "Social distancing is critical to help limit the risk of COVID-19 spreading throughout the community," the PSA delivers over loudspeaker. "Please ensure you are 1.5m away from others. Thank you your actions are saving lives." The drones point members of the...

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'Kidnapped': Aboriginal children to be flown to England with foster family

A Wiradjuri mother of two Aboriginal children in state care has expressed fears she won't see her kids for months and that they may be exposed to COVID-19, ahead of an approved flight to England with their foster family. Community members are calling on the New South Wales government to stop two Aboriginal children boarding a flight to England, saying no consideration was given to the biological family or the children's Wiradjuri heritage.  Speaking with NITV News, the distressed mother said she was only told about the travel arrangements on Thursday. She said she then waited three hours for a visit with her children, only to be told by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) they "couldn't be found". On...

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Young people who suddenly lose their sense of smell or taste could be ‘hidden carriers’ of the coronavirus

Young people infected with the coronavirus often slip through the net because they don’t have the official symptoms of dry cough, fever and shortness of breath. But new research has found an increasing number of young patients classified as asymptomatic share a common affliction — a loss of their sense of smell and taste, a condition known as anosmia or hyposmia (partial loss). The data is so compelling that British experts are pushing for anosmia to be recognised as a symptom for “hidden carriers” facilitating the rapid international spread of COVID-19, the deadly pneumonia caused by the coronavirus. Professor Nirmal Kumar, president of ENT UK — the umbrella body representing ear, nose and throat specialists — says anyone who develops...

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