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Annastacia Palaszczuk denies waiting for polling data before making Queensland border decision

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Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied receiving crucial polling data in the hours before Friday’s decision to open up Queensland’s borders to much of New South Wales. 

Leaked documents from a research company, which has previously been hired by the Queensland government to work on its coronavirus response, showed a swing in support for open borders.

The research is dated from Thursday, just hours before Ms Palaszczuk – who faces an election on Saturday – announced she would let more NSW towns enter the state. 

But she claims the decision was made as a result of the advice of Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young, and that she had never seen the data.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted her decision was made purely on medical evidence

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted her decision was made purely on medical evidence

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk (pictured) has insisted her decision was made purely on medical evidence

Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday

Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday

Protesters are seen outside the debate between Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington at the Queensland Media Club in Brisbane on Friday

Dr Young said she gave the advice because Sydney suffered four cases of community transmission on Thursday, one of which could not be traced to a known contact. 

In the polling data, seen by The Courier Mail, support for opening borders in state had swung from as little as 15 per cent earlier in the pandemic to 51 per cent.

A spokesman for the premier told the outlet that Ms Palaszczuk had ‘never received the research’ and the Queensland government had not commissioned it.

The long-awaited announcement came as a relief to many wanting to travel in the warmer months, but Sydneysiders were told they will still be kept out.

Ms Palaszczuk, who faces a state election on Saturday, previously said she hoped to ease the hard border with NSW on Sunday after it was reimposed in August to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

But she has pushed the opening back to Tuesday and banned residents from all 32 Greater Sydney local government areas. 

Leaked polling by Newgate Research shows how Queenslanders are tracking throughout the pandemic.

‘Support for state borders opening within a month has increased significantly this week among those from QLD (51 per cent up from 42 per cent last week) and South Australia (51% up from 38% last week),’ it said, according to the newspaper.

Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine

Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine

Victorians (pictured in Melbourne) remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine

Ms Palaszczuk was on the campaign trail on the Gold Coast on Thursday ahead of Saturday's election

Ms Palaszczuk was on the campaign trail on the Gold Coast on Thursday ahead of Saturday's election

Ms Palaszczuk was on the campaign trail on the Gold Coast on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s election

Queensland’s support for borders to open has gone from a low of 15 per cent to 51 per cent this week.

Polling also showed a significant increase in support for borders to be completely reopened by Christmas, with support now at 65 per cent.

Meanwhile, support for international borders opening remains low at just 22 per cent.  

‘The Chief Health Officer came in and she presented me with what she wanted to do in relation to the borders,’ the premier said on Friday.

‘I said to her, “Is this your expert medical advice? Is this what you want to do?”

‘She said yes and I said I accept your advice, now that’s the health advise based on community transmission.’

Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (pictured) on Sunday are nearly at capacity, while the airport has reported 'good bookings' for the rest of the week

Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (pictured) on Sunday are nearly at capacity, while the airport has reported 'good bookings' for the rest of the week

Flights from Sydney to the Gold Coast (pictured) on Sunday are nearly at capacity, while the airport has reported ‘good bookings’ for the rest of the week

Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-New South Wales border when it was re-introduced in August

Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-New South Wales border when it was re-introduced in August

Motorists are stopped at a checkpoint at Coolangatta on the Queensland-New South Wales border when it was re-introduced in August

Ms Palaszczuk sad she has to take Dr Young’s advice as they are in the ‘best interests of the state’ despite residents calling for borders to open.

‘If that had happened back in July, I still firmly believe the consequences for Queensland families would have been diabolical,’ she said.

New South Wales residents who have been outside Greater Sydney for 14 days will be allowed to enter Queensland from 1am on 3 November. 

They will be allowed to fly from Sydney Airport but must not stop anywhere else in the city.

Victorians remain banned from Queensland and all other states except the Northern Territory where they must pay $2,500 for hotel quarantine.

Dr Young previously said the NSW border would not be opened until the state went 28 consecutive days without mystery cases.

‘Yesterday they had four new cases and one of those cases they could not link to any other known clusters,’ she said.

Traditionally, Gold Coast theme parks employ about 500 seasonal workers over the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World

Traditionally, Gold Coast theme parks employ about 500 seasonal workers over the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World

Traditionally, Gold Coast theme parks employ about 500 seasonal workers over the busy summer season. Pictured: Sea World

Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously indicated she hoped to ease the hard border, which was introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, from 1 November

Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously indicated she hoped to ease the hard border, which was introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, from 1 November

Annastacia Palaszczuk (right) previously indicated she hoped to ease the hard border, which was introduced to stem the spread of COVID-19, from 1 November 

‘Sydney is one city and people move around that city. That is why those 32 LGAs all need to be declared hot spots. Outside those 32 LGAs, there have not been any cases in the previous 28 days.’

Dr Young added: ‘They have cases there that they do not know about that are spreading in that community. It is all about unlinked cases.’

Asked when Sydneysiders will be allowed in, she said: ‘You asking me to look into a crystal ball. I genuinely do not know. It depends what happens with the virus.’

The ban on more than five million Sydney residents will devastate Queensland tourism businesses who are desperate for cashed-up customers while international travellers remain banned indefinitely. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Friday morning urged Ms Palaszczuk to open the border, saying: ‘We can’t stay stuck in neutral. We’ve got to gear up again.’ 

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikian wants the QLD border opened

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikian wants the QLD border opened

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants all borders opened

Prime Minister Scott Morrison wants all borders opened

NSW Premier Gladys Berejikian and Prime Minister Scott Morrison have both encouraged Ms Palaszczuk to reopen her border

What are the border restrictions?

New South Wales: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Victoria: No restrictions

Queensland: Exemption required if coming from VIC or Greater Sydney. Due to open to rest of NSW on 3 November

South Australia: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Tasmania: Will open to NSW on 2 November. Exemption required if coming from VIC

Western Australia: Exemption required from anywhere

ACT: Exemption required if coming from VIC

Northern Territory: Victorians must quarantine at their own expense 

Australia: Only people who have been in New Zealand for 14 days can enter without hotel quarantine

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SAS Australia star Ant Middleton says he’s HAPPY he was sentenced to 14 months in jail

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Ant Middleton has revealed that his 2013 jail sentence was a blessing. 

The ex-Royal Marine-turned-reality TV star, who served a four-month prison stint for assaulting two police officers outside a nightclub in 2013, said the experience was a ‘learning curve’ which changed him for the better. 

The 40-year-old told The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday: ‘I ended up in an altercation with a policeman and rightly so, I got handed a custodial sentence. 

Blessed: Ant Middleton (pictured) has revealed that his 2013 jail sentence was a blessing. The ex-Royal Marine-turned-reality TV star served a four-month prison stint for assaulting two police officers outside a nightclub in 2013

Blessed: Ant Middleton (pictured) has revealed that his 2013 jail sentence was a blessing. The ex-Royal Marine-turned-reality TV star served a four-month prison stint for assaulting two police officers outside a nightclub in 2013

Blessed: Ant Middleton (pictured) has revealed that his 2013 jail sentence was a blessing. The ex-Royal Marine-turned-reality TV star served a four-month prison stint for assaulting two police officers outside a nightclub in 2013

‘I never tried to get out of it, I held my hand up, I realised that violence wasn’t the way. I never shy away from it because hopefully it can be a lesson for other people.’

He added: ‘It was such a learning curve for me but I am glad it happened and I am glad that I got handed a custodial sentence because it is a harsh, life-changing lesson’. 

Speaking on Eddie Hearne’s Podcast No Passion, No Point earlier this year, he also described the prison sentence, which came six months after he left the military, as something of a relief. 

The 40-year-old said on Tuesday: 'It was such a learning curve for me but I am glad it happened and I am glad that I got handed a custodial sentence because it is a harsh, life-changing lesson'. Pictured in his army days

The 40-year-old said on Tuesday: 'It was such a learning curve for me but I am glad it happened and I am glad that I got handed a custodial sentence because it is a harsh, life-changing lesson'. Pictured in his army days

The 40-year-old said on Tuesday: ‘It was such a learning curve for me but I am glad it happened and I am glad that I got handed a custodial sentence because it is a harsh, life-changing lesson’. Pictured in his army days

Shame: Ant, who says he struggled to fit back into normal society after leaving the military, also went on to discuss prison as the most 'shameful' experience of his life

Shame: Ant, who says he struggled to fit back into normal society after leaving the military, also went on to discuss prison as the most 'shameful' experience of his life

Shame: Ant, who says he struggled to fit back into normal society after leaving the military, also went on to discuss prison as the most ‘shameful’ experience of his life

‘I can just remember as soon as that hammer went down, I remember this weight being lifted off my shoulders because I knew what I needed to do – I’ve got to do 14 months,’ he said. 

‘The worst moment is not being able to own a situation, I didn’t know if I was going to get one year, two years, five years. When you are in control you can take ownership.’

Ant, who says he struggled to fit back into normal society after leaving the military, also went on to discuss prison as the most ‘shameful’ experience of his life. 

Difficult: 'Thinking I have gone from being an elite special forces operator to being a number in the nick and that was the most shameful experience of my life,' he said

Difficult: 'Thinking I have gone from being an elite special forces operator to being a number in the nick and that was the most shameful experience of my life,' he said

Difficult: ‘Thinking I have gone from being an elite special forces operator to being a number in the nick and that was the most shameful experience of my life,’ he said

He added: 'I never tried to get out of it, I held my hand up, I realised that violence wasn't the way. I never shy away from it because hopefully it can be a lesson for other people'

He added: 'I never tried to get out of it, I held my hand up, I realised that violence wasn't the way. I never shy away from it because hopefully it can be a lesson for other people'

He added: ‘I never tried to get out of it, I held my hand up, I realised that violence wasn’t the way. I never shy away from it because hopefully it can be a lesson for other people’ 

‘I remember the first roll call, standing by my door, shouting my number saying I was present. Thinking I have gone from being an elite special forces operator to being a number in the nick and that was the most shameful experience of my life – my head hung with shame,’ he said. 

The solider spent four months of his 14 month sentence in prison before turning his life around. 

He joined the British show SAS: Who Dares Wins in 2015, as a Chief Instructor, propelling him to stardom before he joined the Australian version in 2020.  

Famous: Ant joined the British show SAS: Who Dares Wins (pictured) in 2015, as a Chief Instructor, propelling him to stardom before he joined the Australian version in 2020

Famous: Ant joined the British show SAS: Who Dares Wins (pictured) in 2015, as a Chief Instructor, propelling him to stardom before he joined the Australian version in 2020

Famous: Ant joined the British show SAS: Who Dares Wins (pictured) in 2015, as a Chief Instructor, propelling him to stardom before he joined the Australian version in 2020 

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Map reveals nationalities’ relocation destination of choice with Britons keenest on Canada

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A fascinating reworked world map reveals which country each population would most like to relocate to for a fresh start – and it’s Canada that’s the runaway winner.

On the map – generated using Google search data – country names have been supplemented by its residents’ most yearned-for spot to emigrate to.

Canada tops 30 wish lists, including for Britain, Mexico and France.

A fascinating reworked world map reveals which country each population would most like to relocate to for a fresh start - and it's Canada that's the runaway winner

A fascinating reworked world map reveals which country each population would most like to relocate to for a fresh start - and it's Canada that's the runaway winner

A fascinating reworked world map reveals which country each population would most like to relocate to for a fresh start – and it’s Canada that’s the runaway winner

WHERE THE WORLD WANTS TO MOVE TO – THE TOP 10

1. Canada – 30 countries want to move here

2. Japan – 13 countries

3. Spain – 12 countries

4. Germany – 8 countries

5. Qatar – 6 countries

6. Australia – 5 countries

7. Switzerland – 4 countries

8. Portugal – 3 countries

9= USA – 2 countries

9= United Kingdom – 2 countries

Source: Remitly 

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The runner-up spot is occupied by Japan, the relocation destination of choice for 13 nations, including America, Australia and Canada.

Spain comes third, with 12 nations naming it as the best spot for a new life, including six South American countries – Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina – and Sweden and Finland.

The map has been drawn up by financial services provider Remitly, which looked at search data from Google for 100 countries. It says it created a ranking by looking at average monthly search volumes for phrases commonly associated with a move abroad and the most-searched-for locations within the 100 countries.

It says that Canada, known for its friendly locals, beautiful scenery and well-paid job prospects, proves a clear favourite for relocation for everywhere from Qatar and the Seychelles to Belgium.

The firm added: ‘Featuring prominently in the Global Peace Index as one of the safest places to live, and boasting low unemployment rates alongside a high amount of immigration options, it’s arguably no surprise that Canada is head and shoulders above the rest of the world.’

The rest of Remitly’s ‘where the world wants to move’ top 10 ranking comprises Germany in fourth with eight countries wanting to move there the most, Qatar in fifth place (six countries), Australia in sixth (five countries), Switzerland in seventh (four countries), Portugal in eighth (three countries) and the USA and UK are joint ninth (two countries).

In Europe, Germans are longing for a move to Switzerland, Spaniards are keen to live in France while Greeks would love to pack up and settle in Germany

In Europe, Germans are longing for a move to Switzerland, Spaniards are keen to live in France while Greeks would love to pack up and settle in Germany

In Europe, Germans are longing for a move to Switzerland, Spaniards are keen to live in France while Greeks would love to pack up and settle in Germany

As well as a world map, Remitly has also produced regional breakdown maps that show the most-yearned-for emigration locations.

In Europe, Germans are longing for a move to Switzerland, Spaniards are keen to live in France while Greeks would love to pack up and settle in Germany, according to the map.

Moving to North America, those in Jamaica fancy a move north to Canada, Costa Ricans would love to up sticks and move to Spain while people on the island of St Lucia would most like to relocate to the UK.

When it comes to the Oceania region, those in New Zealand chose Fiji as the place they’d most like to relocate to and those in Fiji chose New Zealand.

The North America map shows that both Americans and Canadians are keen to experience a fresh start in Japan

The North America map shows that both Americans and Canadians are keen to experience a fresh start in Japan

The North America map shows that both Americans and Canadians are keen to experience a fresh start in Japan 

Six South American countries - Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina - name Spain as the place they would like to relocate to the most

Six South American countries - Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina - name Spain as the place they would like to relocate to the most

Six South American countries – Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Bolivia and Argentina – name Spain as the place they would like to relocate to the most 

Japan is the relocation destination of choice for Australians. Those in New Zealand chose Fiji as the place they'd most like to relocate to and those in Fiji chose New Zealand

Japan is the relocation destination of choice for Australians. Those in New Zealand chose Fiji as the place they'd most like to relocate to and those in Fiji chose New Zealand

Japan is the relocation destination of choice for Australians. Those in New Zealand chose Fiji as the place they’d most like to relocate to and those in Fiji chose New Zealand

Russians are keen on a big move to the United States while Qatar is the most-yearned-for destination for a fresh start for Saudi Arabians and the Japanese fancy a move to Britain, the Asia map shows.

The map for Africa reveals that South Africans would most like to live in top-ranked Canada, Moroccans’ most favoured destination for relocation is Turkey and Egyptians would like to live and work in Oman.

Jago McKenzie, business manager at Remitly, said: ‘Some of the main reasons people seek a move to another country are for greater job prospects, better pay, quality of life and to send money back home to their families, and I think for many, 2020 has been a year for assessing the choices that could change our lives for the better.

Russians are keen on a big move to the United States and the Japanese fancy a move to Britain, the Asia map shows

Russians are keen on a big move to the United States and the Japanese fancy a move to Britain, the Asia map shows

Russians are keen on a big move to the United States and the Japanese fancy a move to Britain, the Asia map shows

South Africans would most like to live in Canada and Egyptians would like to live and work in Oman

South Africans would most like to live in Canada and Egyptians would like to live and work in Oman

South Africans would most like to live in Canada and Egyptians would like to live and work in Oman

‘With that in mind, I wasn’t surprised to see that many are searching for this change and potentially thinking about making it when worldwide travel resumes.

‘While Canada topped the list, it was encouraging to see the variety of where different nationalities are looking to move to, with many places home to great job prospects with high earning potential.

‘With the need for digital remittance services for immigrants even more important after the pandemic, we hope we’ll be able to make any transition smoother.’

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Inside the Burleigh Heads mansion that offers a piece of the Hamptons in suburban Australia

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On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island that serves as a summer playground for New York’s elite.

The area is famous for its iconic architecture, characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door.

Business strategist owners Toni and Michael Bache were inspired by that style when they designed their four-bedroom ‘dream’ house in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast, 10 minutes from the beach.

A free standing bathtub and a glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground are just two of the standout features of the three-storey house spread over three floors that was built by award-winning designer Michael Tomlinson and PJH Constructions over the course of 18 months.

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On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house (pictured) looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island renowned as a summer playground for New York's elite

On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house (pictured) looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island renowned as a summer playground for New York's elite

On a quiet street in suburban Queensland, one house (pictured) looks like it has been plucked straight from the Hamptons, a string of upmarket seaside communities on Long Island renowned as a summer playground for New York’s elite

A glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground is just one of the standout features of the three-storey house

A glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground is just one of the standout features of the three-storey house

A glass-edged swimming pool sunk into the ground is just one of the standout features of the three-storey house

Almost 7,000 DIY lovers followed the journey on the Bache’s dedicated Instagram account, Reno Inspo, as the building was transformed into the kind of house dreams are made of.

European oak floorboards and soft wool carpets woven from luxurious New Zealand wool run throughout, with remote-controlled fireplaces on the walls and intricate cornices on the ceilings.

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs and brushed gold fixtures in the powder room and each of the two designer bathrooms that look fit for a king.

It’s a similar story in the chef’s kitchen, where a large island bench acts as the centrepiece surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler’s pantry. 

A freestanding bathtub and brushed gold fixtures are seen in the opulent master bathroom that looks fit for a king

A freestanding bathtub and brushed gold fixtures are seen in the opulent master bathroom that looks fit for a king

A freestanding bathtub and brushed gold fixtures are seen in the opulent master bathroom that looks fit for a king

A large island bench acts as the centrepiece in the chef's kitchen, surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler's pantry

A large island bench acts as the centrepiece in the chef's kitchen, surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler's pantry

A large island bench acts as the centrepiece in the chef’s kitchen, surrounded by gold hardware, marble countertops and a walk-in butler’s pantry

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode

The design of the house is inspired by the Hamptons, a unique style of architecture characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door

The design of the house is inspired by the Hamptons, a unique style of architecture characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door

The design of the house is inspired by the Hamptons, a unique style of architecture characterised by stately columns and walls clad in white weatherboards on the outside and minimally opulent finishes like Italian marble behind the front door

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden

The grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house

The grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden with grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house 

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs

No detail has been overlooked, with impeccable finishes like oak handrails running along the custom-made glass banister of the stairs

Two sprawling open-plan living rooms are flooded with natural light through ox-eye windows, a style ubiquitous across the Hamptons ultra-exclusive 3188 postcode. 

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where white timber beams tower over bohemian-inspired rattan interiors and windows that capture unrestricted views of Burleigh Heads National Park.

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double ‘his and hers’ sinks, perfect for couples. 

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where timber ceiling beams run over chic white interiors and ox-eye windows overlook Burleigh Heads National Park

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where timber ceiling beams run over chic white interiors and ox-eye windows overlook Burleigh Heads National Park

The master bedroom takes up the entire top level, where timber ceiling beams run over chic white interiors and ox-eye windows overlook Burleigh Heads National Park

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double 'his and hers' sinks, perfect for couples

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double 'his and hers' sinks, perfect for couples

An ensuite to the side of the bedroom has double ‘his and hers’ sinks, perfect for couples

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at auction on November 28

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at auction on November 28

A guide price has not been provided for the private sale

A guide price has not been provided for the private sale

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at private auction on November 28

A covered outdoor entertainment terrace and barbecue area lead down steps to a landscaped garden with grass that can be watered from a system connected to WiFi in the house.

The house, which has been listed with real estate agency Ray White, is being sold at private auction on November 28.

A guide price has not been provided.

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