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World No.1 Ashleigh Barty has withdrawn from the US Open in a massive blow to the New York grand slam.
Not comfortable about travelling during the coronavirus pandemic, Barty is the biggest name yet to opt out of the August 31 to September 13 major because of the global heath crisis.
NAB will cut the opening hours of 114 regional bank branches so that they’re only open in the morning.
The bank, which is Australia’s biggest agricultural lender, says the branches will be open between 9.30am and 12.30pm but staff will be available outside those hours by phone and online.
The chance for more of our bankers to work from anywhere is something I am very excited about.
We think this move will strike that balance, keeping the doors open at 114 branches around the country and providing the opportunity for around 300 bankers to learn skills while we continue to serve our customers well.
NSW Health has issued a correction to a previous warning for people who attended two pubs in Mount Pritchard, western Sydney, last week.
Authorities had previously issued 14-day self-isolation orders for anyone who attended the Mounties pub on Meadows Road on Friday 24 July, from midnight to 3am, 11am to 3.30pm, and 7pm to midnight, and on Saturday 25 July from midnight to 3am.
Anyone feeling unwell – even with the mildest of symptoms such as a runny nose or scratchy throat – is urged to self-isolate and seek testing. Do not go to work or catch public transport until you are cleared of Covid-19.
The announcement of the new Closing the Gap targets came as another Aboriginal death in custody, the third in two months, was reported in Western Australia. The 47-year-old man was discovered unresponsive in his six-person dormitory cell at Roebourne prison on Wednesday morning.
Natsils co-chair, Cheryl Axelby, said the tragedy was a reminder of the need for ambitious justice targets of at least a 23% year-on-year reduction in the incarceration rate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults and 28% year-on-year for youth detention, and the targets that were actually settled on were “not acceptable”.
We agree with minister Wyatt, who expressed weeks ago that a 2093 parity date will hinder progress. Governments could have increased the ambition of adult justice targets but chose not to, against the advice of Natsils and the coalition of peaks. If we are equal partners in this agreement, why is our expert advice being ignored by governments when they know our lives are on the line?
The Closing the Gap agreement has been a missed opportunity by governments to commit to ending the over-incarceration of adults and children within 10 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, especially children, need to be with their community, not in prison. This is a matter of political will; if Australian governments had decided on Monday to raise the age of criminal responsibility to at least 14 years, this would have immediately reduced the over-incarceration of our children.
The big news this morning is the release of the new national agreement on closing the gap.
The 16 new targets include, for the first time, targets on reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care (45% reduction by 2031); reducing the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children in youth detention (30% reduction by 2031); and reducing the incarceration rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander adults (15% reduction by 2031).
The peaks will be resourced but those matters to do with funding are a separate process.
I think the glaring gap was accountability.
The responsibility sits with all three groups. The commonwealth, the state and territory governments, and the community organisations.
Three schools in regional Victoria and three in NSW are among the more than 100 schools closed for deep cleaning Australia today because of a positive test result for Covid-19.
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