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Victoria's top doctor Brett Sutton told lawyers they didn't need to hand over emails to the hotel quarantine inquiry that show he knew about disastrous decision to use private security guards

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Victorian Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton had told the inquiry into the hotel quarantine he did not know private security was even in the hotels until they were the site of COVID-19 outbreaks in May.  Professor Sutton has now been asked to provide a new statement after the inquiry heard on Tuesday an email had emerged clearly showing he was told of the plan from March 27. But his lawyers told the inquiry the top doctor did not feel he needed to provide the email chain because he had not read it in detail. Scroll down for video  Travellers arrive at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne on March 29. Emails have clearly showed Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton was told of the plan to use private security from March 27 'Professor Sutton instructed us he had not read the detail of the email at the time and that the evidence he gave to the Board was truthful at the time and remains so,' the email presented to the inquiry from health department lawyers said. 'In other words,

Australia's competition watchdog welcomes giant United States lawsuit against Google amid battle to make tech giants pay media companies for news

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Australia's competition watchdog is closely watching a United States case against internet search and advertising giant Google. The US government has filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals. The Justice Department has warned nothing is off the table, including breaking up the online behemoth. The US government has filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said the case was extremely significant. 'It's probably one of the major anti-trust cases of the last 10 or 20 years dealing with issues that fundamentally underpin who wields market power in search,' Mr Sims told ABC radio on Wednesday. The ACCC recently released a major report that found Google was paying Apple nearly $10billion a year to ensure it was the default search engine for their devices. Mr Sims said his agency w

Breonna Taylor grand juror claims panel was NOT given a chance to consider homicide charges against cops who shot EMT dead because Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron 'felt they would not stick'

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A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case has come forward to claim that the panel was not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges against the Louisville police officers involved in the 26-year-old EMT's death A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case has come forward to claim that the panel was not given an opportunity to consider homicide charges against the Louisville police officers involved in the 26-year-old EMT's death.   An attorney for the anonymous juror issued a statement on their behalf on Tuesday after a Kentucky judge granted panel members permission to speak publicly about the case presented by the state's Attorney General Daniel Cameron.   'The grand jury did not have homicide offenses explained to them,' the statement from attorney Kevin Glogower read.   'The grand jury never heard about those laws. Self defense or justification was never explained either.'  The juror said the panel was only presented with wanton endangerment charges

What do No 10's coronavirus graphs REALLY show? School children and twenty-somethings have driven England's current Covid-19 outbreak - but infection rates among them are FALLING in almost every region

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Children and young adults were clearly the drivers of the England's second ripple of Covid-19, according to charts presented by one of the country's top medics tonight. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam, England's deputy chief medical officer, appeared at a Downing Street conference with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Professor Stephen Powis, NHS England's medical director, to set the scene for tougher lockdown rules in Manchester. He explained that the second wave appears to have been ignited by people in their teens and 20s catching and spreading the virus when schools and universities went back, but rates among the young are now declining in almost every region of the country, while rising in the older age groups. Professor Jonathan Van-Tam said: 'The infections that have seeded in the younger age groups are now penetrating the older age groups as we go forwards in time.' This means 'hospital admissions and deaths linked to those cases are now baked in for the

Scott Morrison unveils new plan to make Australia one of the world's leading digital economies by 2030

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Scott Morrison wants Australia to become one of the world's leading digital economies within the next 10 years. The prime minister says consumers and businesses have adopted online technologies at warp speed during the coronavirus pandemic. He wants to springboard off the health and economic crisis to drag the country out of recession. 'Our challenge is to keep the foot on the digital accelerator, as we emerge on the other side of this pandemic,' Mr Morrison will tell a virtual e-commerce summit on Wednesday. Prime Minister Scott Morrison waits to make his keynote speech for the Australian E-Commerce Virtual Summit at Parliament House in Canberra 'Whilst we can marvel at the innovation and the digital acceleration, the bigger picture is that our economy has taken a massive hit. 'So we have two stories happening simultaneously in Australia - an economy that is experiencing the worst set of economic circumstances since the Great Depression, and ferocious adaptation th

Watchdog quits Environment Agency to join water firm embroiled in crime probe

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A senior Environment Agency executive has quit to join a water firm under criminal investigation, it was revealed yesterday. Dr Toby Willison, former executive director of operations at the public body, has accepted a role at Southern Water. The EA has been investigating the company over serious failures in the operation of its sewage treatment sites. Last year it was forced to pay out a £126million penalty package after the Water Services Regulation Authority, known as Ofwat, discovered it had deliberately misreported data about the performance of its waste water treatment works, which led to premature spills of untreated waste. Dr Toby Willison, former executive director of operations at the public body, has accepted a role at Southern Water The regulator found employees at the company would routinely drive tanker-loads of sewage from one waste treatment plant to another to dodge water-quality inspections by Environment Agency officials. Earlier this year, Southern Water pleaded guil

Nearly two-thirds of hospitalised Covid-19 patients still have lung damage three months after being discharged, study claims

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Nearly two-thirds of coronavirus hospital patients are still suffering organ damage months after being discharged, a small study has warned. Oxford University experts found 60 per cent of patients had scarring or inflammation in their lungs three months after beating the virus. MRI scans showed 30 per cent had lasting damage to their kidney, 26 per cent their heart and 10 per cent their liver. The Covid survivors also showed signs of tissue changes in parts of their brain, and performed poorer in cognitive and physical tests.  Two-thirds suffered from persistent breathlessness and 55 per cent showed signs of mental and physical fatigue.   The study of 58 Covid-19 survivors adds to the growing concern about the health and wellbeing of people who manage to beat a bad bout of the disease. As many as 60,000 people in the UK are thought to be suffering from so-called 'Long Covid', which the NHS officially recognised as a condition earlier this month and began drawing up guidelines f

Quiet bars and empty stadiums replace packed pubs and raucous crowds as Merseyside and Old Firm derbies are hit by coronavirus lockdowns in Scotland and Liverpool

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The typical rowdy derby day atmosphere was today replaced by quiet bars and empty stadiums as the Merseyside and Old Firm matches were hit by coronavirus lockdowns in Glasgow and Liverpool.  Football fans have not been allowed back into stadiums since football restarted in June and August for England and Scotland respectively. And new coronavirus measures - putting Liverpool in a tier 3 lockdown and Scotland in the midst of a circuit breaker lockdown - also kept them off the streets and out of the pubs. Under strict Tier 3 rules, all pubs and restaurants must close and offer only a takeaway service, while meeting anyone outside of your bubble is banned. In Scotland, groups of up to six from two households can meet outside or indoors in public spaces, but pubs are banned from selling alcohol inside. Pubs can sell alcohol outside until 10pm, provided the rule of six is adhered to.    An empty Goodison Park provided the backdrop of today's Merseyside Derby, which saw Everton take on L