20 crews called to Sydney blaze

The fire is believed to have taken place at Percy Jack Motorcycles in St Peters. No one is thought to have been injured in the blaze. Witness Martin Newman, who shot video of the fire from nearby Lord Street said there were “explosions heard streets away. Lots of fire engines and police have sealed either end of May Street.” “We were just sitting on the sofa, and we heard this bang – it sounded exactly like a car backfiring and we didn’t think much about it,” another witness told the…

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BP: Worker wins two-year battle to ‘take the piss out of bosses’ with Hitler meme

Scott Tracey was sacked by BP two years ago for sharing a Hitler meme mocking senior BP staff. The meme jokingly compared the tense enterprise bargaining battle between management and workers to the crumbling Nazi administration in its final days. Mr Tracey, who was sacked after he sent the video to a small group of people, was found to have been unfairly dismissed and had his job reinstated through the Fair Work Commission. However, BP challenged that decision and took the matter to the Federal Court. After nearly two years…

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Peter V’landys brokers peace deal with referees

“I assured them I am right behind them and appreciate all they do. The referees voted unanimously to discontinue (any action). I’m ecstatic about the attitude of the referees today, they were very professional, very loyal. “I won’t forget that in a hurry because I repay loyalty in spades. They have our full support.” It was a peaceful end to a day of high tensions. It began inauspiciously when the Professional Rugby League Match Officials issued an inflammatory statement slamming the NRL as “arrogant” and claimed any cost savings would…

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‘Epic’ meteor actually Russian ‘junk’

EPIC!! Check out this incredible vision captured by Mel Aldridge not long ago at Cashmore near Portland! We’re getting plenty of reports. @abcmelbourne pic.twitter.com/1KuldCy6OJ — Vic Storm Chasers (@VicStormChasers) May 22, 2020 Holy shit ! this just went passed west to south sighted just out of Daylesford vic @VicStormChasers pic.twitter.com/nMfcjzneMT — Lily Langham (@lumpylangham) May 22, 2020 Just saw this meteor over Creswick towards Ballarat @WINNews_Bal @ballaratcourier @3AW693 pic.twitter.com/52gtSL33CD — Tom Toose (@ttoose) May 22, 2020 #meteor most amazing meteor just went across the sky at Nulla Vale pic.twitter.com/ALqjepRl3C —…

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Justin Olam extends Storm contract, keeps close eye on PNG home

However a new contract means little in the face of a global pandemic and the more Olam read about COVID-19, the more he feared for loved ones back at home due to the close way they live daily life, especially in the villages, and their modest health system. PNG’s Health Minister Jelta Wong expressed similar concerns but, so far, the nation has recorded just eight cases across four regions, although they remain vigilant as an outbreak could spread rapidly. Justin Olam has his sights on the season re-start after extending…

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Labor accuses Scott Morrison of ‘offending China’ with COVID-19 inquiry calls

Joel Fitzgibbon, Labor’s spokesman on agriculture and resources, has made several media appearances in the past 24 hours to level pointed attacks on the Prime Minister’s stance. As a result of that stance, Mr Fitzgibbon said the relationship with Beijing “has grown so bad that Australian ministers are unable to pick up the phone to their Chinese counterparts”. The veteran Labor MP appeared on ABC News yesterday and linked the current trade woes to Mr Morrison. “About a month ago, our Prime Minister ran out in front of the rest…

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Cowboys not keen on NRL player rotation

“He was basing that on Munster. Rugby is a fairly different game to ours,” Green said of Seibold’s plan. “So we will just have to see how we go as the season pans out.” Green would appear to have little to complain about ahead of the restart, after the Cowboys emerged as one of the winners in the revised NRL schedule. Brisbane and Cronulla are the only 2019 finalists among the five teams they play twice and the Cowboys have to leave Queensland just eight times for the rest of…

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Coronavirus Australia: One in five Australians can’t support their families

Think tank Per Capita has released a discussion paper looking at the economic cost of underemployment in Australia, before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. It points to Australian Bureau of Statistics labour force data from April, where the monthly increase of underemployment was 50 per cent, or more than 600,000 people. The labour force under-utilisation rate is about 20 per cent, so one in five Australians does not have sufficient work to support themselves and their families. RELATED: Aussies withdrawing super to gamble online RELATED: Bank ‘deeply sorry’ after backlash…

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Geelong urges Eddie McGuire to hold his tongue on other clubs’ issues

“I just don’t think club presidents comment on other clubs’ issues. We don’t comment when Collingwood has issues with their players or when Eddie makes comments that he gets into trouble with on TV. We are respectful of that and we would expect that to be reciprocated,” Carter said. “I just don’t think it is appropriate and if we did that to each other all the time we would look [like] a jungle so we all should be bound by the same [agreement], particularly a thing like this which is…

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South Sydney Rabbitohs fined $20,000, Cody Walker suspended for two matches

South Sydney have suffered a huge blow after Cody Walker was suspended for two matches by the NRL integrity unit for his role in a Casino street fight in December. And the NRL fined Walker $15,000, which will be suspended for 12 months, for bringing the game into disrepute. Cody Walker at Souths training this week.Credit:AAP The Redfern club was also fined $20,000 for failing to report the incident, even though coach Wayne Bennett was the only staff member to know about it. The NRL said in a statement: “All…

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