Tourism industry takes $1b hit as holidays cancelled

Senator Birmingham told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age the government “stands ready” to help the tourism industry recover from the bushfires, including promoting fire-ravaged communities as well as unaffected areas. Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham says it is important to counter misinformation about the bushfires.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen Reports to the Australian Tourism Industry Council reveal cancelled bookings in some areas unaffected by the bushfires have hit more than 60 per cent. These include areas in south Gippsland, central Victoria, lower alpine areas and the Murray, while similar rates of cancellations…

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Liberal MPs back Science Minister Karen Andrews on climate change

“What I have been seeking to stress, particularly in response to these most recent disasters, is there are a broader range of responses that go beyond just emissions reduction and that goes to climate resilience,” Mr Morrison said. “And we are in for longer, hotter, drier summers. That is an acknowledged position, always acknowledged by the government.” While conservative Liberals, such as southern Sydney MP Craig Kelly, gain headlines for questioning the science, many on the moderate side of the party back Ms Andrews and see Mr Morrison’s latest comments…

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Thunder must regroup for derby after Manuka misery

Ross finished with 51 off 27 balls in what was one of the very few highlights for the men in lime. The Renegades received a giant dose of luck when Ferguson was caught out of his crease at the non-striker’s end. Opener Alex Hales (31 off 25) belted the ball straight back down the ground as quick Andrew Fekete’s right fingertips accidentally diverted the ball back on to the stumps. It was a cruel way for the Thunder skipper to depart and he swung his bat in frustration. The only…

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Supermarkets pressured to raise prices to help farmers hit by drought and bushfires

Food processing companies had a responsibility to primary producers “to ask a fair price and to have that tough negotiation with the supermarket and make them pay it”, Senator McKenzie said. But Coles and Woolworths did not respond directly to questions about raising prices, instead saying they were working with farmers and processors. Agriculture Minister Bridget McKenzie says supermarkets need to increase retail prices on fresh food.Credit:AAP The Morrison government announced on Tuesday grants up to $75,000 to bushfire-hit farmers. Senator McKenzie estimated there were 19,000 farmers, foresters and fishers…

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Georgia Love’s fiance, Lee Elliot, lashes out at Dean Wells following DWTS announcement

Hours after Ten announced Dean as part of the cast of Dancing With The Stars 2020, former Bachelorette contestant Lee slammed the reality star on Instagram, posting the promotional cast photo on his story with the text: “When did this country star celebrating intolerable, sexist, chauvinistic bigots?” Georgia Love and Lee Elliott, who met on The Bachelorette in 2016, were engaged in September last year. Picture: Instagram.Source:Instagram RELATED: Channel 10 announces Dancing With The Stars 2020 cast RELATED: Ryan Gallagher opens up about Davina Rankin “cheating” on him on MAFS…

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Wayne Bennett tells South Sydney Rabbitohs young gun Adam Doueihi he’s free to look elsewhere

The Herald understands Doueihi stands to collect about $500,000 this year and even more in 2021. Souths do not have to move on any players to be salary cap compliant and it remains to be seen if they will pick up any of Doueihi’s tab should he leave. Adam Doueihi could be the man to make way after Latrell Mitchell’s arrival at South Sydney.Credit:AAP Tigers boss Justin Pascoe told the Herald on Tuesday: “Having cap space at this time of year allows us the opportunity to be strategic and leverage…

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Best of cartoons, January 16, 2020

Best of cartoons, January 16, 2020 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 9 Images Our talented artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day. January 15, 2020 — 6.50pm 1/9 Illustration: Andrew Dyson 2/9 Illustration: Matt DavidsonCredit:Matt Davidson 3/9 Illustration: Matt Golding 4/9 Illustration: Cathy Wilcox 5/9 Illustration: Matt Golding 6/9 Illustration: Matt Golding 7/9 Illustration: Matt Golding 8/9 Illustration: Matt Golding 9/9 Illustration: Matt Golding Politics

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Baby critical after being left in hot car

Police were called to an address in Sneydes Road in Point Cook at about 3.15 following reports a child had been left in a car alone. Paramedics arrived and treated the boy at the scene before transporting him to the Royal Children’s Hospital in a critical condition. It is understood the vehicle was parked outside The Brook Hotel. Temperatures in Melbourne reached up to 36C today. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident. News

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Canada turns on Meghan and Harry

O Canada! Our home and native land! True patriot love in all of us command … So starts the Canadian national anthem which some lucky royal secretary would be wise to start teaching Prince Harry right now after the Queen gave he and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, permission to trade grey and cold Britain for grey and snowy Canada. It is less than seven days since the headstrong duo triggered the biggest royal crisis of a generation after they broke ranks and spectacularly announced they were quitting as…

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Childcare centres want guidelines on when to send kids home in bushfires

Jenni Hutchins, co-chair of the body said: “We built some criteria for our organisations but there isn’t nationally consistent criteria right now to assist centres to make a decision on whether to open”. Childcare centres want more guidance on what to do in bushfire emergencies. Credit:Phil Williams “It is a bit like building the plane as you fly because you don’t actually know if these are the best and valid measures.” Ms Death also called for emergency concessions to be applied to welfare payments and childcare subsidies. She said her…

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