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‘Hard times for athletes’: Spanish star Bautista Agut apologises for quarantine outburst

‘Hard times for athletes’: Spanish star Bautista Agut apologises for quarantine outburst

The world no. 13 has apologised for criticising the Victorian government's handling of the Australian Open quarantine saga after he compared his lockdown to prison, saying the comments were private and taken out of context.

  • by David Estcourt

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Lost pigeon puts animal welfare in the spotlight

Lost pigeon puts animal welfare in the spotlight

The outpouring of concern over what was thought to be a lost American racing pigeon needs to be directed to another Victorian issue.

  • by Jo Wilkinson
Tennis Australia denies Sutton's report of two players testing positive to COVID-19

Tennis Australia denies Sutton's report of two players testing positive to COVID-19

Tennis Australia has disputed a statement from Victorian health officials declaring two tennis players who arrived in Melbourne for the Australian Open have been diagnosed with coronavirus.

  • by Aisha Dow and Scott Spits
NSW Premier expresses confusion over Victoria's 'traffic light' system

NSW Premier expresses confusion over Victoria's 'traffic light' system

Health authorities are continuing to search for the sources of coronavirus infections recorded in western and northern Sydney over the past month.

  • by Tom Rabe and Mary Ward
'These people have no idea': Spanish star Bautista Agut says lockdown like prison

'These people have no idea': Spanish star Bautista Agut says lockdown like prison

The world No. 13 compared quarantine to being in jail and pointed the blame squarely at the Victorian government.

  • by Sam Phillips
'The answer is no': Borders to stay closed despite huge vaccination program

'The answer is no': Borders to stay closed despite huge vaccination program

A new warning against overseas travel has sparked calls for billions of dollars in aid for the tourism industry as bans on international border crossings are set to continue throughout 2021.

  • by David Crowe
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Victoria's economic recovery to outstrip all other states as nation bounces back

Victoria's economic recovery to outstrip all other states as nation bounces back

The state worst-affected by the pandemic will lead the nation's economic recovery this year.

  • by Jennifer Duke
Riots, conspiracy theories and digital cowboys: welcome to 2021

Riots, conspiracy theories and digital cowboys: welcome to 2021

2021 is shaping up to be a challenge for Victoria's opposition, while social media platforms may face a reckoning.

  • by Jon Faine
What about farm workers? Victoria's tennis tournament smashed by farmers, minister

What about farm workers? Victoria's tennis tournament smashed by farmers, minister

Victoria's efforts to accommodate international tennis players and students is riling farmers, who are struggling with labour shortages due to COVID restrictions.

  • by Mike Foley
NSW would see 'distinct disadvantages' in moving hotel quarantine to rural areas: Minister

NSW would see 'distinct disadvantages' in moving hotel quarantine to rural areas: Minister

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard has shot down suggestions of moving the state’s hotel quarantine system to the regions as the Queensland government considers processing returned travellers in mining camps.

  • by Tom Rabe and Lydia Lynch
Lack of plans for fruit pickers risks worker exploitation, industry warns

Lack of plans for fruit pickers risks worker exploitation, industry warns

Farmers are calling for a solution to labour shortages due to COVID restrictions, warning rogue operators may seek to fill the gap with undocumented workers.

  • by Mike Foley