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Daniel Andrews is blasted fining anti-lockdown protesters but not families behind COVID-19 cluster

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Premier Dan Andrews has come under fire for ‘toxic double standards’ after refusing to fine five families behind a COVID-19 cluster while punishing protesters as Victoria’s case numbers continue to fall.

Victoria recorded 14 new cases and five deaths on Sunday, the lowest daily increase since June and the tenth day in a row the state has recorded a daily infections increase below 50.   

Five households in Clyde, Cranbourne North, Hallam and Narre Warren South are linked to 34 active cases, with the families believed to have sparked the cluster by breaching coronavirus restrictions.   

Mr Andrews has come under fire for defending his move not to punish those families while anti-lockdown protesters were fined and arrested during rallies in Melbourne on Saturday.  

Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been slammed for double standards after fining anti-lock-down protesters but refusing to punish those behind a COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's southeast

Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been slammed for double standards after fining anti-lock-down protesters but refusing to punish those behind a COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne's southeast

Daniel Andrews (pictured) has been slammed for double standards after fining anti-lock-down protesters but refusing to punish those behind a COVID-19 cluster in Melbourne’s southeast

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Opposition leader Michael O’Brien has slammed the move as ‘hypocrisy’. 

‘Andrews shouldn’t be protecting those who spread the virus while fining others … Labor’s double standards are as toxic as this virus,’ he told the Herald Sun.  

‘It’s a disgrace that Labor has locked up innocent Victorians under a curfew while those who break the law and spread the virus get off scot- free.

‘This is the same Andrews hypocrisy that saw teenagers fined for learning to drive while 10,000 Black Lives Matter protesters were ignored.’  

Victoria police issued 21 fines and arrested 16 demonstrators as up to 150 people clashed with officers during rallies in Elsternwick and Elwood, 11km from Melbourne‘s CBD, on Saturday.      

Mr Andrews said fining the families may prevent them from being co-operative during contact-tracing interviews.

‘I’m happy to concede that might seem a counterintuitive point. Perhaps we would all feel a bit better if they got slapped with a fine, but the value of the information that allows you to take one test result and then find the 33 other people who’ve got it, is much more than $1652,’ he said. 

A woman is arrested by police at a anti-lockdown protest at Elwood Beach on Saturday

A woman is arrested by police at a anti-lockdown protest at Elwood Beach on Saturday

A woman is arrested by police at a anti-lockdown protest at Elwood Beach on Saturday

Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne's CBD. Pictured: Protesters and officers at the Saturday demonstrations

Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne's CBD. Pictured: Protesters and officers at the Saturday demonstrations

Up to 100 people gathering at Elsternwick Park in Brighton dispersed to Elwood when faced with a long line of officers at the site, 11km from Melbourne’s CBD. Pictured: Protesters and officers at the Saturday demonstrations

A woman could be seen yelling out as two officers pulled her hands behind her back at the rally

A woman could be seen yelling out as two officers pulled her hands behind her back at the rally

A woman could be seen yelling out as two officers pulled her hands behind her back at the rally

Mr O’Brien said the Andrews government had lost support of Victorians over its handling of the pandemic. 

Last week, the opposition leader introduced a motion of no confidence into parliament in a bid to oust the Premier, with lower house MPs set to vote on the proposal next month.

On Saturday, Victoria recorded 21 new cases of COVID-19 and a further seven deaths as Daniel Andrews urged covidiots not to gather at planned protests across the city or ‘do anything to undermine’ its progress with tackling COVID-19. 

Protests were announced by rally organisers about 10.30am on Saturday – half an hour before kicking off at the State Library, and a second closely following at 12pm.

Law enforcement teams circled Elsternwick Park included officers from Public Order Response, the Mounted Unit, Air Unit and Highway Patrol. 

Shouting about Premier Daniel Andrews and coronavirus restrictions was heard throughout the disjointed protests, which were described as ‘chaotic’.

One photographer said there was ‘a lot of running and not much protesting.’ 

Metropolitan Melbourne’s 14-day average has plummeted and now sits at 39.3 as the state moves to a COVID normal. In regional Victoria, the 14-day average is at just 1.9.  

Metropolitan Melbourne is under strict Stage Four lockdown – limiting Melburnians travelling more than 5km from their homes and enforcing a 9pm to 5am curfew.  

Multiple rallies have taken place in Melbourne the past few weekends.  

Victoria Police have responded with a heavy presence – handing out dozens of fines and making arrests. 

‘Let’s not lose sight of the fact that this week we have seen, day after day, not the 725 cases we had five and a half weeks ago – we have made very significant progress,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘We’ve got regional Victoria opening up. People should be positive and optimistic this strategy is working, and therefore, let’s not any of us do anything to undermine that.’  

The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

The cluster which has impacted the five households in Hallam, Clyde, Narre Warren South and Cranbourne North, first emerged on September 4

A surge of cases in the Casey and Dandenong area has been linked back to five households in the Afghan community.

As residents in the city are still under strict Stage Four lockdown, it is thought the infected group may have breached the stay-at-home orders. 

Public health authorities are racing to stop infections growing in the Casey and Dandenong council areas on the Melbourne’s southeast rim, which now has 90 active cases.  

‘Members of those households visiting other households,’ Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 testing commander Jeroen Weimar said.

‘It is that limited amount of contact, relatively infrequent contact between these five households that has now meant that we have 34 people in five houses experiencing or living with a very real threat of the coronavirus.’ 

The cluster in the city’s southeast first emerged on September 4, with cases now having spread to Dandenong Police Station and a number of industrial work sites. 

The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The Casey and Dandenong cluster is testing the capacity of COVID-detectives. Pictured: Heath workers are seen at a coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The success of Melbourne's ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The success of Melbourne's ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

The success of Melbourne’s ongoing lockdown could be at risk with a new cluster in the southeast of the city. Pictured: A coronavirus testing centre in Cranbourne on September 17

A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

A man with a dog is seen being questioned by two police officers in the Dandenong area

Premier Daniel Andrews on Friday said the actions of the family’s involved in the cluster was ‘disappointing’. 

‘Five kilometres is one thing and visiting others is the real issue here,’ he said. 

‘The rules are in place for a reason and anyone who undermines this, undermines the entire strategy and it means the rules will be on for longer.’ 

The Victorian leader, however, ruled out fines for the group, telling reporters it may discourage others from being completely honest with contact tracers. 

‘I know many Victorians, when you see examples of people not following the rules, that’s disappointing, it makes you angry,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘You need to look at the bigger picture here.

‘We don’t want a situation where people don’t have a sense of confidence and indeed, you know, the sense they’re obliged to tell us the full story as quickly as possible. That’s what we need.’ 

Despite the new cluster, Victoria’s overall case numbers are continuing to decline. 

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell

Health authorities are urging anyone in the southeast of Melbourne to diligently monitor their health and immediately get tested if feeling unwell

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Deadly funnel web spider warning issued ahead of wet weekend

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A funnel web spider warning has been issued for residents in some areas of New South Wales ahead of the wet weather. 

Sydney, Newcastle, and Central Coast locals have been warned of a possible spike in numbers of the critters in the next few weeks. 

The deadly Australian arachnids could be spotted in backyards or even indoors as males venture from burrows in search of females. 

Slightly warmer temperatures combined with damp weather are conditions which the spiders tend to favour, according to Jake Meney from the Australian Reptile Park. 

The deadly Australian arachnids could be spotted in backyards or even indoors as males venture from burrows in search of females

The deadly Australian arachnids could be spotted in backyards or even indoors as males venture from burrows in search of females

The deadly Australian arachnids could be spotted in backyards or even indoors as males venture from burrows in search of females

‘[Indoors] Sydney funnel webs prefer cool, damp places like the laundry, garage or in shoes left out on the ground,’ Mr Meney told 9News

He warned people to be on the lookout for the spiders in items of clothing left outdoors or on the ground which can provide good hiding spots. 

‘It is best to ensure you are not leaving washing and clothing on the floor, if you leave your shoes outside – make sure you give them a tap on the ground before putting your foot in blindly as shoes can be the perfect little burrow for funnel webs,’ he said.

He also said that the spiders like to hide in pool filters. 

The Australian Reptile Park is asking adults who spot a funnel web to catch it and bring it into the facility. 

Anti-venom is made from the venom of spiders which are held in captivity. 

Those bitten by a spider they suspect to be venomous are advised to apply a pressure bandage to the affected limb and get to a hospital as quickly as possible. 

Weather experts have forecast a multi-state storm outbreak in the next week as Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria are expected to be hit with wild weather. 

The weather bureau is expecting heavy rain, hail, and damaging winds with flash flooding also being warned for some areas.  

The Australian Reptile Park is asking adults who spot a funnel web to catch it and bring it into the facility

The Australian Reptile Park is asking adults who spot a funnel web to catch it and bring it into the facility

The Australian Reptile Park is asking adults who spot a funnel web to catch it and bring it into the facility

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Is this Australia’s creepiest home? North Sydney terrace overgrown with ivy called Jumanji house

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An ivy-covered terrace home in Sydney has been compared to the mansion in Jumanji after being completely overgrown. 

The three bedroom house located at 63 Ridge Street, North Sydney, has ivy wrapped around the outside walls, verandahs and even the roof.   

The standalone home was built in 1986 and sold in the same year in October for only $200,000. It is now estimated to be worth as much as $2,200,000.

The three bedroom house located 63 Ridge Street, North Sydney has finally 'come to life' with ivy wrapping itself around the house

The three bedroom house located 63 Ridge Street, North Sydney has finally 'come to life' with ivy wrapping itself around the house

The three bedroom house located 63 Ridge Street, North Sydney has finally ‘come to life’ with ivy wrapping itself around the house

The home in North Sydney pictured before the stunning ivy grew and covered the house

The home in North Sydney pictured before the stunning ivy grew and covered the house

The home in North Sydney pictured before the stunning ivy grew and covered the house

Previously the house was covered in dead and shrivelled up ivy due to  dry weather, but is now covered in a lush new coat of greenery. 

An Instagram user posted a photo of the house with the caption: this magnificent building – we’ve dubbed it the “Living House” – has come alive after a long winter.’

‘Imagine living here!’ 

The post sparked comparisons to the house in the movie, Jumanji, which turns into a jungle.

‘Looks like they were playing Jumanji inside,’ one person commented. 

But others doubted whether it would be livable, fearing the ivy would attract too many creepy crawlies.

‘All I can think of is how many spiders will be in there,’ a commenter said.

A long dry winter caused the ivy to shrivel up and turn brown (pictured)

A long dry winter caused the ivy to shrivel up and turn brown (pictured)

A long dry winter caused the ivy to shrivel up and turn brown (pictured)

Up the stairs and through the arched front doorway of Belvedere, the six-storey mansion on Milson Road in Cremorne, lies a fairytale home few people dare to dream of

Up the stairs and through the arched front doorway of Belvedere, the six-storey mansion on Milson Road in Cremorne, lies a fairytale home few people dare to dream of

Up the stairs and through the arched front doorway of Belvedere, the six-storey mansion on Milson Road in Cremorne, lies a fairytale home few people dare to dream of

Belvedere, the six-storey mansion at 136 Milson Road in nearby Cremorne Point, is another home decorated with ivy.

The manor overlooks Sydney Harbour and has a winding staircase leading to the front door – and ivy covers one whole exterior wall.  

A study by scientists from Oxford University found ivy protects the walls of homes and buildings it grows on.   

‘Ivy has been accused of destroying everything in its path and threatening some of our best-loved heritage sites,’ lead researcher Professor Heather Viles said.

‘Yet these findings suggest that there are many benefits to having ivy growing on the wall.

‘Ivy plants have aerial roots and tiny little suckers that they stick on with but even though these pads are sticky their reach and effect is very superficial.’  

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The job paying a six-figure salary but there’s a catch – so could you qualify?

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A job advertising a six-figure salary comes with one condition: only women will be considered.

Edith Cowan University in Perth is seeking a ‘female only’ lecturer in civil engineering – a field traditionally dominated by men.

The position at the Joondalup campus in the city’s north offers a salary range of between $99,043 and $139,228 depending on experience.

The university is seeking either a Level B lecturer or a Level C senior lecturer who is a woman.

A job advertising a six-figure salary comes with one condition: only women will be considered. Edith Cowan University in Perth is seeking a 'female only' lecturer in civil engineering - as recently as 2017, only four per cent of engineering academics at ECU were women, including Dr Ana Vafadar (pictured)

A job advertising a six-figure salary comes with one condition: only women will be considered. Edith Cowan University in Perth is seeking a 'female only' lecturer in civil engineering - as recently as 2017, only four per cent of engineering academics at ECU were women, including Dr Ana Vafadar (pictured)

A job advertising a six-figure salary comes with one condition: only women will be considered. Edith Cowan University in Perth is seeking a ‘female only’ lecturer in civil engineering – as recently as 2017, only four per cent of engineering academics at ECU were women, including Dr Ana Vafadar (pictured)

‘ECU is seeking a female academic aspiring to be part of a teaching and research team at a university recognised internationally for its excellent quality of education and research,’ the ad posted on Seek said.

The advertisement hails its membership of a body designed to recruit more women in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and touts how it has been recognised by the federal government’s Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an ’employer of choice’.

‘ECU is committed to removing barriers to gender equity in the workplace,’ it said.

The advertisement also explained how its ECU Gender Equality Strategy was ‘working to break down structural and cultural barriers and driving diversity in higher education and research’. 

As recently as 2017, only four per cent of engineering academics at ECU were women.

The position at the Joondalup campus in the city's north offers a salary range of between $99,043 and $139,228 depending on experience. The university is seeking either a Level B lecturer or a Level C senior lecturer who is a woman

The position at the Joondalup campus in the city's north offers a salary range of between $99,043 and $139,228 depending on experience. The university is seeking either a Level B lecturer or a Level C senior lecturer who is a woman

The position at the Joondalup campus in the city’s north offers a salary range of between $99,043 and $139,228 depending on experience. The university is seeking either a Level B lecturer or a Level C senior lecturer who is a woman

The university’s School of Engineering increased that to 12 per cent in December 2019 and ‘continues to participate in university initiatives to improve gender balance in engineering’.

Just in case potential applicants didn’t get the message, a message in bold and in caps said: ‘Please note: This position is open to females only, and open to Australian and international applicants. Relocation and sponsorship is available.’

‘ECU is a diverse and inclusive workplace reflecting the differences in society.

‘Specific strategies and initiatives are in place to address under representation of specific groups.’ 

Applications close on November 11. 

Edith Cowan University was named after the first woman to win a seat in Parliament in 1921 with a state electorate in Perth.

Edith Cowan University was named after the first woman to win a seat in Parliament in 1921 with a state electorate in Perth

Edith Cowan University was named after the first woman to win a seat in Parliament in 1921 with a state electorate in Perth

Edith Cowan University was named after the first woman to win a seat in Parliament in 1921 with a state electorate in Perth

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