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'Encouraging': No new cases linked to northern suburbs outbreak after testing blitz

Testing in places like Heidelberg West has been ramped up in Melbourne's northern suburbs as a result of a cluster with 39 cases.

Zero positive cases of COVID-19 were found in the 1135 tests from Melbourne's northern suburbs cluster analysed on Sunday.

  • by Ashleigh McMillan

Premier's 'cautious pause' draws fire after plans thrown into disarray by outbreak

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

The Prime Minister led a chorus of criticism after Premier Daniel Andrews delayed a highly anticipated announcement about the next stages of Melbourne’s reopening.

  • by Henrietta Cook and Noel Towell

As it happened: Victoria records seven new cases for Sunday; Premier delays announcing lockdown changes for several days

People walking in Melbourne on Saturday.

The premier said he still hopes to be able to make significant announcements early this week about re-openings for retail stores and other metro businesses.

  • by Roy Ward and Ashleigh McMillan
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'Gross violation': Australian women invasively searched at Doha airport after premature baby found

Women on the Qatar Airways flight to Sydney were subjected to invasive physical searches.

Thirteen Australian women have been forced into invasive physical searches after airport terminal staff found a premature baby abandoned in a bathroom.

  • by Jenny Noyes and Anthony Galloway

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 Donald Trump at a campaign rally in Wisconsin on Saturday night (Sunday AEDT).

The telling truth behind three of Trump's false COVID claims

It would be easy to pass off these exaggerated claims as Trump just being Trump, if there weren't lives at stake.

  • by Farrah Tomazin
Daniel Andrews has broken our hearts.

Now we are crushed. Daniel Andrews has broken Victorians' hearts

The targets were met. People did the right thing despite the pain. And having been promised likely relief, they got none.

  • by Neil Mitchell
Cameron Smith celebrates during the Storm's 26-20 grand final win over Penrith.
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Storm crown Smith's career with grand final win over brave Panthers

At the end of a year when they have been living out of a suitcase for months, Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith led Melbourne to another NRL title.

  • by Adam Pengilly
Owner of Humble Harry's Cafe Syed Ahmed.

Syed hoped to reopen his cafe mid-week. Now he may have to throw out $4000 of food

Industry leaders called the delay in reopening a betrayal, while others are still hoping for a November 2 reset.

  • by Tammy Mills and Henrietta Cook
West Melbourne's Festival Hall has been recommended for inclusion on Victoria's Heritage Register.

'By God's grace': Festival Hall sells to Hillsong Church for $23m

The iconic Melbourne music venue has been sold, with the church announcing the purchase via video today.

  • by Simon Johanson and Emma Koehn
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AFL GRAND FINAL

Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

The good, the bad and the ugly of season 2020

Richmond's grand final triumph capped off a big year of football, both on-field and off. Artist Jim Pavlidis captures the highlights and lowlights in a special poster.

  • by Jim Pavlidis
Paying tribute: Josh Rowe and children Madeline and Archie with a mural of Richmond footballer Dustin Martin in Kelso Street, Richmond.

Die-hard Tigers fans (quietly) enjoy the moment in Richmond

A smattering of Richmond fans made pilgrimages to Punt Road Oval, Swan St and a Dusty Martin mural on Sunday.

  • by Carolyn Webb and Paul Sakkal

Local

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews.

'No changes': Metro restrictions remain in place - for now

A coronavirus outbreak in Melbourne's north has forced Premier Daniel Andrews to hit pause on easing restrictions across the city.

  • by Paul Sakkal and Hanna Mills Turbet

Pubs and laneways a favourite for Bendigo Cup

Bendigo Tourism Board chairman Finn Vedelsby

Crowds will be dispersed across Bendigo’s pubs, venues and laneways in a bid by Bendigo Cup organisers to create a festival-like atmosphere.

  • by Benjamin Preiss

'Robbed me of joy': The living hell of 'long-haul' COVID

Garry Keeping, pictured with his wife Kamal, was diagnosed with COVID on July 18. Three months later he is still experiencing lingering effects, including hand tremors, forgetfulness and fatigue.

It has been more than 100 days since Garry Keeping caught coronavirus and his hands still shake uncontrollably.

  • by Melissa Cunningham

'Paralysis': Former health minister lashes government over lockdown pause

Jenny Mikakos

Jenny Mikakos has described a delay in easing restrictions as unnecessary.

  • by Noel Towell and Paul Sakkal

'Inhumane': Exasperated retailers face more uncertainty

Martin Matthews at Sportscraft Doncaster. Retailers are continuing their long wait for re-opening after the state government said it would wait until later in the week to make a call on re-opening.

Melbourne retailers feel they have been dealt a blow after the call on retail reopenings was delayed on Sunday.

  • by Emma Koehn

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WEEKEND READS

Illustration by Simon Letch.

Pandemic party protocol: pass the sanitiser and hold the dips

Hosting or attending a party in a home? Take a cue from the rules set up by restaurants and pubs to keep everyone safe.

  • by Terry Durack
Illustration by Jim Pavlidis.

The laminator

After weeks of dog poo outside her gate, Ivy had had enough. On paper she would later laminate and attach to her fence, she wrote: “Please pick up after your dog.”

  • by Paul Connolly

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Business

Negotiations between the European and Australian bottlers are advanced and could be announced within days.

Europeans in talks to acquire Coca-Cola Amatil

The European arm of Coca-Cola, the world's largest independent soft drink bottler, is in talks to acquire Australia's Coca-Cola Amatil to expand in Asia Pacific.

  • by Ruth David, Harry Brumpton, Dinesh Nair and Manuel Baigorri

World

A cloud rises over Yucca Flat, Nevada, during a nuclear test detonation in 1952. The treaty hopes to bring an end to nuclear weapons.

Nuclear weapons ban treaty to enter into force, United Nations says

The UN chief said the treaty’s entry into force in January culminates a worldwide movement “to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons”.

  • by Edith Lederer
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Hey Hey: Puppeteer behind Ossie Ostrich lists waterfront home

The property was bought at the height of the iconic show which ran from the '70s through to 1999, and offers panoramic ocean views.

  • by Tawar Razaghi
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Boost Juice founder Janine Allis selling holiday home in beach hotspot

The entrepreneur is based in locked-down Melbourne and can't visit, but has traded up to a more substantial holiday home and listed her spare property.

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Cameron Smith celebrates during the Storm's 26-20 grand final win over Penrith.
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NRL Grand Final

Storm crown Smith's career with win over brave Panthers

At the end of a year when they have been living out of a suitcase for months, Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith led Melbourne to a fourth NRL title.

  • by Adam Pengilly
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 25: (L-R) Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin hold the Premiership Trophy aloft at Elite Gold Coast on October 25, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. The Richmond Tigers defeated the Geelong Cats in last night's 2020 AFL Grand Final. (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)
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AFL 2020

'Raise the fight': Why clubs can't replicate Tigers

"Raise the fight" is one of Damien Hardwick's pet phrases, and it accurately describes the response of his Tigers from time-on in the second quarter of a grand final that appeared to be slipping away.

  • by Jake Niall
Cameron Smith of the Storm waves before the 2020 NRL Grand Final match between the Penrith Panthers and the Melbourne Storm at ANZ Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

A fairytale finish for Smith if he chooses to take it

Storm captain Cameron Smith scored a try and finished with a personal tally of 14 points to secure the option of going out on a high if he decides to retire.

  • by Adrian Proszenko
Meg Lanning of the Stars celebrates after scoring a half century during the Women's Big Bash League match between the Melbourne Renegades and the Melbourne Stars at Hurstville Oval in Sydney on Sunday.

Smash and drab: rain washes out Melbourne WBBL derby

Meg Lanning struck an unbeaten half-century on her Melbourne Stars return but had to settle for a share of the points after rain intervened in Sydney.

  • by Daniel Cherny
Illustration: Jim Pavlidis

The good, the bad and the ugly of season 2020

Richmond's grand final triumph capped off a big year of football, both on-field and off. Artist Jim Pavlidis captures the highlights and lowlights in a special poster to celebrate the season.

  • by Jim Pavlidis
Richmond's senior coach Damien Hardwick (left) and CEO Brendon Gale celebrate the club's third AFL premiership in four years.

Dusty deal kicked off a golden era for the Tigers

The rarity of Richmond’s achievement in winning three flags in four years is that they had a plan that worked. Football is littered with visions, presentations and lofty, unrealistic goals.

  • by Michael Gleeson
There won't be crowds at this year's Melbourne Cup carnival.

No crowds at this year's Melbourne Cup carnival

The Victoria Racing Club has conceded it's now impossible to host crowds at this year's Melbourne Cup carnival in a bitter blow for the club.

  • by Damien Ractliffe
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