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Warning aviation worker shortage threatens reopening of air travel

Australia's reopening of global travel could be put back months due to a "torrential exit" of ground based aviation workers, industry bodies have warned. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Australian Aviation Ground Handlers Industry Alliance (AAGHIA) told a Senate committee that hundreds of flights could be cancelled. They argue the exclusion of ground handlers from government wage subsidies for the aviation sector could result in thousands of skilled workers leaving the industry. READ MORE: Why Singapore's 'living with COVID-19' plan is under threat TWU national secretary Michael Kaine said the industry could see a "torrential exit" of skilled workers that have missed out on the government's aviation and COVID disaster relief payments. "People simply cannot be stood down, indefinitely, without pay," Mr Kaine told the Senate rural and regional affairs and transport references committee on Monday. "They won't be able to support their families and so..

Number of Aussies working two jobs hits highest level in 27 years

The number of Australians working a second job has soared to its highest level since records began. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today released figures that showed the proportion of employed people working more than one job has increased to 6.5 per cent. It's the highest level ever reached since the ABS began tracking multiple job holders in 1994, and is 0.6 percentage points higher than before the COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE: Double-vaxxed Sydney mum with COVID-19 shares message from hospital Critically, today's labour figures are for the June quarter – meaning April, May and June 2021 – and as such do not reflect the current environment of extended COVID-19 lockdowns. Bjorn Jarvis, head of Labour Statistics at the ABS, said the proportion of people working more than one job is at its highest level in almost three decades. "The multiple job holding rate of 6.5 per cent in the June quarter was the highest seen across the 27 year series, and continued the rebound..

ACT records 20 new local COVID-19 cases

The ACT has recorded 20 new local COVID-19 cases overnight amid warnings the territory faces "challenging" months ahead. Of the new cases, nine are linked and at least seven were infectious in the community, Chief Minister Andrew Barr said. There were more than 3000 tests, and it was "another great day, a record" in vaccines for the territory, Mr Barr said. LIVE UPDATES: NSW reports 1480 new cases, nine deaths with virus More than 4700 doses were administered yesterday. Over 80 per cent of the population aged over 70 are fully vaccinated. Mr Barr said he believes the ACT is the first jurisdiction in the country to achieve this. But Mr Barr warned the ACT faced critical weeks ahead. If case numbers jump, residents will not be able to ease restrictions in the coming weeks. Mr Barr urged people to isolate while they are waiting for test results. He said it is not an opportunity to go to the shops or grocery story on your way to or from the test. The only way to ease restrictions in the co..

Man in his 20s among nine deaths as NSW records 1480 new COVID-19 cases

New South Wales has recorded 1480 new COVID-19 cases and nine further deaths, including a man in his 20s. Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the state had also reached the milestone of 75 per cent of people having had at least one dose of the vaccine. Two new dedicated coronavirus wards will open at one of south-western Sydney's biggest hospitals this week in preparation for an escalation in patients. Campbelltown Hospital is expected to open its fifth and sixth COVID-19 wards by Friday to meet the demand in the Macarthur region, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. In Camden, the five-day case average has more than doubled in the past three weeks to about 20 a day. READ MORE: Police hand out fines at synagogue over alleged lockdown breach It follows new modelling by the Burnet Institute, released by the government on Monday, which predicted New South Wales Health could care for a peak of 3434 total patients in its hospitals by late October. The modelling also reveals Sydney's 11..

Britney Spears’ father files to end court conservatorship

Britney Spears' father has filed to end the court conservatorship that has controlled the singer's life and money for 13 years. James Spears filed his petition to terminate the conservatorship in Los Angeles Superior Court in the US. “As Mr Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter,” the document says. READ MORE: Double-vaxxed Sydney mum's COVID-19 hospital bed message “If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance.” Judge Brenda Penny, who oversees the case, will need to approve the move. There was no immediate reply to an email seeking comment from Britney Spears' attorney. Mr Spears had been the target of much of the anger surrounding the conservatorship from both his daughter and the public. A petition from Ms Spears' attorney to remove him was to be heard at the next hearing in the case on September 29. Mr Spears said..

No new coronavirus cases in Queensland as restrictions lifted on hospital and aged care visits

Queensland has recorded no new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, as a new mass vaccination hub opens in Brisbane. Queensland Health Minister Yvette D'Ath said restrictions on visits to hospitals, aged care centres and disability facilities will be lifted immediately in the Logan area. "We'll still have requirements around masks of course," Ms D'Ath said. LIVE UPDATES: Australia to launch vaccine passports 'within weeks' "It is great to be able to let people go visit their loved ones in a hospital or aged care and disability facilities again." Ms D'Ath said 53.76 per cent of Queenslanders have had their first dose of a vaccine, and over 35 per cent of eligible Queenslanders are now fully vaccinated. There are 17 active cases in the state, while 13,036 daily tests were done. The Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall will deliver 1500 vaccines each day. Queensland officials gave their daily update from the new centre this morning. By next week, ..

Australian duck recorded imitating human speech – and of course it swears

An Australian musk duck has been recorded saying "you bloody fool" in the first documented instance of the species mimicking human speech. A hand-reared male named Ripper was recorded imitating the phrase during a courtship display, according to a study published Monday. The authors said he could have learned it from his caretaker. "The Australian musk duck demonstrates an unexpected and impressive ability for vocal learning," the study said. READ MORE: Iconic Tasmanian tiger seen in colour footage for the first time The report also details how Ripper imitated the sound of a door opening and closing. There are many species of ducks and geese that are bred in captivity, and there haven't been any reports of them showing an ability to mimic human sounds, study author Carel ten Cate told CNN. "It's quite exceptional then to come across a species which apparently has the ability to mimic these sounds," he said. Songbirds, parrots and hummingbirds are known to exhibit this vocal ..

Delta variant outbreak threatens Singapore’s ‘living with COVID-19’ model

Singapore has warned it may need to reimpose COVID-19 restrictions if a new outbreak of the highly infectious Delta variant is not contained, putting at risk the city's shift towards living with the virus. The number of new COVID-19 infections in Singapore doubled in the past week, according to the country's Ministry of Health, rising to more than 1200 cases for the week ending September 5. To date, Singapore has recorded a total of 68,901 COVID-19 infections and 55 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University. LIVE UPDATES: Australia to launch vaccine passports 'within weeks' On Monday, Lawrence Wong, head of Singapore's COVID-19 task force, said it isn't just the total number of daily cases which is concerning the Singaporean government, but also "the rate at which the virus is spreading." "We know from the experience of other countries that when cases rise so sharply there will be many more ICU cases and many more people succumbing to the virus," he sa..

COVID-19 pandemic a key factor behind Australia’s drowning deaths spike

Drowning deaths in Australia have alarmingly spiked in the past year, with interruptions to regular swimming during COVID-19 lockdowns flagged as one of the key reasons behind the increase. There were 294 drowning deaths in the past 12 months across Australia's coastline, inland waterways and pools, marking a 20 per cent increase from the year prior, the Royal Life Saving National Drowning and the Surf Life Saving National Coastal Safety reports state. Other contributing factors included Australians holidaying domestically and swimming in unfamiliar and often unpatrolled locations, as well as exhaustion. LIVE UPDATES: Vaccine passports for Aussies 'to be issued within weeks' Men accounted for 80 per cent of the drowning statistics, with alcohol and drugs, risk-taking behaviour and over-estimating their ability among the reasons. The report stated the pandemic had seen people seeking out remote waterways to escape crowds, swimming outside patrolling hours and venturing to..

Woman allegedly sexually assaulted on Melbourne CBD street

Police are hoping to identify a man after a woman was allegedly sexually assaulted in the middle of the night on a Melbourne CBD street. Investigators were told the victim was standing on the side of the road on Elizabeth Street about 11.30pm on June 30, when a man walked past her and allegedly sexually assaulted her. CCTV footage has been released of a man who is approximately 60 years old as police continue to investigate the incident. READ MORE: Police hand out fines after surrounding Melbourne synagogue "Following a thorough investigation, detectives have today released CCTV and images of a man who they believe can assist with their investigation," a Victoria Police statement said. The man is perceived to be southern European in appearance, with a medium build and grey hair. He was wearing a black jacket with the Beauty and the Beast logo, a black KISS t-shirt, black pants and brown shoes. Anyone who recognises the man or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers o..