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Victoria to scrap quarantine for double-vaccinated overseas travellers

Victoria is reportedly set to scrap quarantine requirements for double-vaccinated travellers from overseas in a major step to reopening the country. The Age reports that from as early as next month, Victoria plans to allow double-vaccinated overseas travellers to enter without quarantining at home or in hotels, as long as they test negative to COVID-19 when they arrive. The major relaxation of the state's border for international visitors would bring it in line with NSW's approach. EXPLAINED: What you can and can't do when Melbourne's lockdown ends READ MORE: Victoria's lockdown to end on, with more restrictions to ease than first planned It is expected to be announced in detail on Friday. It comes as Victoria prepares to begin relaxing its COVID-19 restrictions after it recently became the most locked down city in the world during the pandemic. After 262 nights lost to stay-at-home orders, some of the restrictions will officially end at 11.59pm on Thursday. Th..

India delivers one billion COVID-19 vaccines

India has administered more than one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, a remarkable feat just months after a second wave of infection killed thousands of people across the country. But as India celebrated passing the milestone on Thursday, some experts warned the pandemic threat was not over in a nation of 1.3 billion, as millions of people are yet to receive any dose at all. So far, India has fully vaccinated just 30 per cent of its adult population and given one dose to 74 per cent, according to India's Ministry of Health on October 16. READ MORE: Human remains found in search for Gabby Petito's missing fiancé Those statistics don't include children under 18 who make up 41 per cent of India's population and aren't yet eligible for the jab. But even as India races to fully vaccinate its adult population, the country is opening up and exporting millions of vaccine doses. On Friday, the first foreign tourists arrived in the country after an almost 18-month pause, ..

Tradie whose ladder struck motorcyclist in fatal crash avoids jail

A driver whose ladder fell from a trailer, leading to a crash that killed a motorcyclist on a Gold Coast highway last year, has pleaded guilty in court. Brody Smith was driving on the M1 at Nerang on November 2 last year when the ladder flew from his trailer, colliding with Craig Ward as he rode on a motorbike. The court heard today Smith failed to check his ladders were properly secured to his trailer when he set off from home that morning. READ MORE: Human remains found in search for Gabby Petito's missing fiancé Realising that both ladders were missing and hearing of the accident, Smith called police to notify them of his whereabouts. The court also heard from the victim's family, who submitted a letter speaking of their son's work in the community, from volunteering to driving veterans on Anzac Day. They said their son was greatly missed and loved by many. READ MORE: Gold Coast teenager allegedly fired from pizza shop for receiving vaccine Described as a tragedy,..

Victim of Hamze double-shooting was suspect in an earlier murder

A teenager executed alongside his father outside their western Sydney home was being investigated for his suspected role in another gangland murder. Salim Hamze, 18, and his father Toufik Hamze, 64, were shot dead as they sat in a red ute at Guildford yesterday morning. Police are now investigating whether the double killing was retaliation for the murder of Shady Kanj, 22, who was gunned down at nearby Chester Hill in August. READ MORE: Fears of reprisals after two Hamze family members shot dead 9News understands Salim was a suspect in the death of Kanj, leading police to raid his Guildford home in August, where they found a firearm. "He was known to us as a person under threat and known to be involved in criminal organisations," Detective Chief Superintendent Darren Bennett told media during a press conference yesterday. Salim and his father are the latest victims in a tit-for-tat gangland war between the Hamzy and Alameddine crime networks, largely over drugs and money in south-west..

Fears these tiny particles could accelerate climate change

Airborne microplastics could have the potential to influence climate change, a new study claims. The world-first study, published in Nature today, modelled the possible climate effects of airborne microplastics. It found the tiny particles scatter and absorb light, which respectively has a cooling and heating effect on the climate. READ MORE: Massive reward offered for missing WA girl Cleo Lead author Laura Revell from the University of Canterbury told 9News the modelling so far indicates microplastics have an overall cooling effect. "They scatter light and radiation like tiny disco balls, which has a cooling effect," Dr Revell said. "(But) microplastics can also absorb light and in a small way can contribute to the greenhouse effect." READ MORE: Plastic pollution could be working way up food chain However, Dr Revell is worried the heating effect could become dominant should concentrations of airborne microplastics increase in the atmosphere. "It is possible the warming signal could be..

Morrison government accused of ‘hiding’ information on car park fund

The Morrison government has been accused of "hiding" information after it again refused to release documents at the centre of its $660 million commuter car park program, which Labor argues was "wholesale rorting". The Senate has passed a motion requiring the government to table spreadsheets shared between the Prime Minister's office and the then-Minister for Infrastructure Alan Tudge, including emails or documents setting out the list of "top twenty marginals", and "any spreadsheet created... for the purpose of setting out the proposed UCF projects". Instead, the government re-released two letters from Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher, arguing documents had not been seen and could not be found, and there was a public interest immunity claim preventing their release. The letters can be read in PDF form here. READ MORE: Paul Fletcher insists government 'very transparent' on car park scandal despite refusing request for documents "No wonder they don't want to abid..

Cyclist killed in hit-run crash in Victoria’s west

A cyclist has been killed in a hit-run crash in Victoria's west. The exact circumstances surrounding the collision in Ballarat early this morning are yet to be determined. Emergency services were called to La Trobe Street in Delacombe just after 5.45am, where they found a male cyclist who died at the scene. READ MORE: Victoria's coronavirus cases spike to 2232 on last day of lockdown Investigators believe the man was hit by a vehicle which then left the scene. Police are calling for anyone who witnessed the collision or has dash cam footage to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Eddie and Moses Obeid, Ian Macdonald all jailed over mine conspiracy

Former Labor minister Eddie Obeid, his son Moses, and former colleague Ian Macdonald have all been jailed over a corrupt mining licence. The Obeids and Macdonald, 72, were found guilty of conspiring over the lucrative coal mine licence in July. Eddie Obeid, 77, was jailed for seven years with a non-parole period of three years and ten months. His son Moses, 51, was jailed for five years with a non-parole period of three years. Macdonald was handed the longest sentence and was jailed for nine years and six months with a non-parole period of five years and three months. The conspiracy relates to a coal exploration licence for the Obeid family farm, Cherrydale Park, in the Bylong Valley, NSW. Macdonald was the state resources minister at the time, and a rigged tender saw the Obeid family pocket $30 million. It was set to make another $30 million from the deal before the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) intervened and the licence was cancelled. More to come.

Treasured WWII relics found in Childers backyard

A timber box containing a collection of WWII medals and historic army personnel documents has been unearthed in an Aussie backyard A man, who lives in Woodgate, Queensland made the discovery while in his garden and then contacted Childers Police, who tended to the historical items. Police discovered that the box and records had belonged to Arthur Leslie Bassham, who passed away in 1991. READ MORE: Human remains found in search for Gabby Petito's missing fiancé Mr Bassham had been a cane cutter, and was believed to have lived and worked in the Woodgate area. Queensland Police confirmed that they had tracked down Mr Bassham's niece in Brisbane returning the medals to her. Senior Constable Michael Schmidt from Childers Police said he is pleased the sentimental items were returned. "It was nice to be able to reunite the family with such treasured memorabilia," he said. READ MORE: Gold Coast teenager allegedly fired from Pizza shop for receiving vaccine

NSW water police recognised for dangerous rescue efforts

NSW water police have been recognised for their role in two dangerous rescue operations, one in the Blue Mountains and the other near Lord Howe Island. In January of this year, a group was canyoning in the Wollangambe River at Mount Wilson, in the Blue Mountains, when a young woman was swept into a whirlpool and disappeared. Off-duty Senior Constable Kelly Foster attempted to rescue the woman but was also sucked into the water. READ MORE: Human remains found in search for Gabby Petito's missing fiancé Both women sadly died. Police divers hiked two hours through dense bushland into the canyon with heavy dive equipment to find the women. Senior Sergeant Raymond Busby, one of the divers recognised in the awards, said this rescue was particularly risky as none of his team had ever conducted a rescue in a whirlpool before. "In this scenario, the risk was worth it to find the women so we could ensure they were returned to their families," he said. The men successfully recovered the bodi..