Victoria data 1,355 circumstances and 11 deaths; NSW data 236 new circumstances and three deaths










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Melbourne Cup: the race that … warrants some uncomfortable moral arithmetic.

Prior to now week, an exhausted metropolis has lastly emerged from its Covid burrow. There’ll be 5,000 punters at Flemington for at present’s Derby, and double that for Tuesday’s Cup.

For a couple of days, a sport that’s largely carried out in darkness might be thrust into the highlight. On social media, the standard battle strains might be drawn, and the loudest voices will dominate.

For racing people, the individuals who need their sport banned are ferals, dribblers or antis. For a lot of carrying a placard, or saying “nup” to the Cup, racing persons are animal torturers, drunken bogans, and nationwide embarrassments. On a racetrack, you’re both a winner or a loser. Within the social media muck, you’re both for or in opposition to.

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Simply earlier than Scott Morrison boarded his aircraft for Rome and the G20, Australia’s prime minister endured what feels like a bracing dialog with the French president, Emmanuel Macron.

On condition that tough name to the Élysée Palace was Morrison’s prelude to wheels up, when Australia’s prime minister lastly alighted on the tarmac at Rome’s Fiumicino worldwide airport after 28 hours in transit, the primary questions he confronted had been about Macron.

The French readout of Thursday evening’s name suggests Macron upbraided Morrison for the breach of belief related to Australia cancelling a $90bn submarine contract.

The French president additionally urged Morrison to undertake a extra bold local weather coverage. That extra bold coverage ought to embody a dedication “to stop manufacturing and consumption of coal on the nationwide degree and overseas”.

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Extreme storms, tornadoes, damaging winds and hail the dimensions of grapefruit have capped off a month of untamed climate for Australia’s east coast.

Prior to now fortnight, tornadoes have ripped by way of Queensland and regional New South Wales, broken buildings at Brisbane airport, and flipped vehicles and felled timber in Armidale.

Final week, freak hail storms lashed the east coast. Within the Mackay area of Queensland, a storm dumped hailstones 16cm in diameter, which the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed was the most important since data started. The hailstones broke the nationwide document of 14cm noticed in Brisbane final 12 months, and in addition in Kempsey, NSW in 1991.

In Victoria and South Australia a whole bunch of hundreds had been with out energy on Friday, with the BoM forecasting extra storms in Queensland and NSW within the days forward.

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No new Covid circumstances in Queensland

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