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Driver uses trick to cover up licence plate to stop other motorists identifying he’s from Victoria 

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A motorist has joked about how to avoid being identified as a Victorian during the state’s second coronavirus wave. 

The driver filmed himself using tape to cover the ‘VIC’ on his number plate as the state combats 1612 active cases. 

A video posted to TikTok shows him taping over the left side of his registration plate as a joke. 

Victorian man videoed himself using black electrical tape to cover the VIC on his number plate (pictured) in response to the state's skyrocketing COVID-19 cases

Victorian man videoed himself using black electrical tape to cover the VIC on his number plate (pictured) in response to the state's skyrocketing COVID-19 cases

Victorian man videoed himself using black electrical tape to cover the VIC on his number plate (pictured) in response to the state’s skyrocketing COVID-19 cases

‘Try working in NSW right now with a plate that says “Victoria State! The Education State” I feel like people are going to make a citizen’s arrest!’ one TikTok user replied. 

‘I literally love how everyone hates us now because of how high our numbers are,’ another joked. 

‘As a Victorian why do I find this so damn funny,’ a third user added. 

Meanwhile on Monday Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed 177 new coronavirus cases were recorded in Victoria overnight.

Premier Andrews said one of the cases is a returned traveller in hotel quarantine, 25 are connected to known outbreaks and 151 remain under investigation.

Victoria now has 1612 active cases, with 72 people in hospital and 17 of those in intensive care. 

The new figure comes after the state experienced consecutive days of case numbers exceeding 200.

Victoria’s Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said he had a ‘bit of optimism’ looking at Monday’s numbers but he would like to see a week of decreasing numbers.

‘I’m not going to be complacent about today’s number. It’s great it’s lower than our peak. But it may not be our peak yet,’ he said.

Driver took to social media platform TikTok to share the video (pictured) which generated 22,000 likes and hundreds of comments from amused users

Driver took to social media platform TikTok to share the video (pictured) which generated 22,000 likes and hundreds of comments from amused users

Driver took to social media platform TikTok to share the video (pictured) which generated 22,000 likes and hundreds of comments from amused users

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Outrage as ‘political’ artists are given $7.6MILLION in taxpayer cash

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Australians are paying millions of dollars to support ‘political’ artists including a climate activist who wraps wool around trees.

The 2020 Resilience Fund has handed out $7.6million of taxpayer cash to help artists struggling to pay their bills during the Covid-19 pandemic.

But critics say a large chunk of the cash has been handed to artists ‘obsessed with identity politics’ and the grants are not in the national interest. 

Casey Jenkins (pictured) is being supported with taxpayer cash. Her previous work (pictured) includes knitting from a yarn placed in her vagina for 28 days

Casey Jenkins (pictured) is being supported with taxpayer cash. Her previous work (pictured) includes knitting from a yarn placed in her vagina for 28 days

Casey Jenkins (pictured) is being supported with taxpayer cash. Her previous work (pictured) includes knitting from a yarn placed in her vagina for 28 days

Casey Jenkins, from Melbourne, is being supported for a project that involves her performing monthly live self-inseminations.

She claims the project, titled Immaculate, ‘elevates the experience of queer reproduction and disrupt heteronormative parenting narratives’.

It is backed by art group Vitalstatistix Incorporated which was given a $20,000 grant, reported the Daily Telegraph

Ms Jenkins’ previous work includes knitting from a yarn placed in her vagina for 28 days.

Other artists who have been supported include climate activist Kelly Leonard who ‘weaves props for the environment’ and places them near coal mines.

On her website she says: ‘A deep empathy for landscapes at risk from the impact of coal-mining and global warming informs my work.’ 

Leonard was given a $10,000 grant along with artist Sarah Norman, who identifies as a ‘non-binary transmasculine person and a diasporic Koori of Wiradjuri descent’.

Norman’s previous work includes being cut on the back 147 times in front of an audience.

Julie Vulcan, whose works include an installation featuring her own blood on pieces of cotton, was also handed $10,000.

The Australia Council for the Arts, a government body, decides who gets funding.

Dr Bella d’Abrera of free-market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs said the money was being ‘dished out to fund an identity politics ­obsession.’

Other artists who have been supported include climate activist Kelly Leonard who 'weaves props for the environment' (pictured) and places them near coal mines

Other artists who have been supported include climate activist Kelly Leonard who 'weaves props for the environment' (pictured) and places them near coal mines

Other artists who have been supported include climate activist Kelly Leonard who ‘weaves props for the environment’ (pictured) and places them near coal mines

She told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Thousands of Australians are losing their entire livelihoods, yet we are paying for artists to literally send things into outer space. This has to cease immediately.

‘It’s astounding that the Australia Council for the Arts is spending taxpayers’ money an array of potential artistic projects which will be of absolutely no benefit to mainstream Australians. 

‘Artists should be able to make all the political statements they wish, in whatever mediums they choose. But Australian taxpayers should not be picking up the tab.’  

A spokesman for the Australia Council said artists who are get the grants are required to ‘fulfill obligations of accountability to the Australian Government’.

‘We cannot share individual acquittals for privacy and commercial in confidence reasons,’ the spokesman said.

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Shocking footage allegedly shows convicted Irishman allowed to enter Australia punching man in pub

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Patrick Farrell, 29, (pictured) is being sought over the attack on Oliver Solan on August 29, as well as a separate one-punch assault in Sydney in November 2019

Patrick Farrell, 29, (pictured) is being sought over the attack on Oliver Solan on August 29, as well as a separate one-punch assault in Sydney in November 2019

Patrick Farrell, 29, (pictured) is being sought over the attack on Oliver Solan on August 29, as well as a separate one-punch assault in Sydney in November 2019

Shocking CCTV footage allegedly shows the moment an Irish killer punched another man in a Sydney beer garden before going on the run after another frenzied knife attack. 

Patrick Farrell, 29, was allowed into Australia despite spending three years in jail for the violent death of 20-year-old student Andrew Dolon in his hometown of Kildare in Ireland in 2013.  

Officers are searching for Patrick Farrell, 29, after victim Oliver Solan was left in a pool of blood in a corridor in a Randwick apartment block in Sydney’s east on August 29. 

Police allege Farrell was part of a group involved in the attack on Mr Solan. He is also wanted over an assault on a man at Matraville in November last year.

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have already been charged over the alleged attack.  

Video footage of the attack in Matraville shows the moment a group of men congregate in the bar before the victim lands on his back and the doorman rush to his aid. 

Police allege there was a verbal argument between Farrell and the victim before the Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious according to the Daily Telegraph

Police allege there was a verbal argument between Farrell and the 56-year-old victim in a Matraville pub beer garden in November

Police allege there was a verbal argument between Farrell and the 56-year-old victim in a Matraville pub beer garden in November

Police allege there was a verbal argument between Farrell and the 56-year-old victim in a Matraville pub beer garden in November 

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious

The Irishman allegedly hit him with a left-handed punch that knocked him unconscious 

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

Security officers helped the pub patron who fell flat on his back before being taken to hospital for two days

In a separate attack in Randwick on August 29 Mr Solan was left with a severed ear and a punctured spleen which later had to be removed. 

Earle, Murtagh and Mr Solan had been drinking together at the couple’s home on the night of the alleged stabbing.

An argument between the two men ensued, with Mr Solan allegedly the first to attack Earle causing injuries to his arm.

Mr Earle suffered a dislocated arm and cuts to his head before allegedly contacting his friend John Dunlea to ask for help.

At about 8.30pm, Mr Dunlea, along with two other Irishmen, Patrick Farrell and Christopher Morrison, arrived at the apartment complex where Murtagh let them in. 

Mr Solan was then allegedly stabbed several times. 

In Ireland in 2013, CCTV evidence shown to Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court during Farrell’s case showed Mr Dolon put his hands out and begged ‘please don’t hit me’. 

The footage showed the convicted killer hit the biomedical student twice, critically injuring him, and he died in hospital soon after.  

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have both been charged over the alleged brutal attack of a man in a unit in Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on August 29

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have both been charged over the alleged brutal attack of a man in a unit in Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on August 29

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have both been charged over the alleged brutal attack of a man in a unit in Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on August 29 

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Irish convicted killer allowed to enter Australia wanted over attack that left man with severed ear 

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An Irishman wanted over the brutal stabbing that left a man with a severed ear was allowed into Australia despite being jailed over the death of another victim in 2013. 

Officers are searching for Patrick Farrell, 29, after victim Oliver Solan was left in a pool of blood in a corridor in a Randwick apartment block in Sydney’s east on August 29.

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have already been charged over the alleged attack.

Police allege Farrell was part of a group involved in the attack on Mr Solan.

He is also wanted over an assault on a man at Matraville in November last year. 

The hunt for Farrell comes after he was jailed in Ireland in 2013 for three years over the violent death of 20-year-old Andrew Dolon before he made the move to Australia. 

Patrick Farrell, 29, (pictured) is being sought over the attack on Oliver Solan on August 29, as well as a separate one-punch assault in Sydney in November 2019

Patrick Farrell, 29, (pictured) is being sought over the attack on Oliver Solan on August 29, as well as a separate one-punch assault in Sydney in November 2019

Patrick Farrell, 29, (pictured) is being sought over the attack on Oliver Solan on August 29, as well as a separate one-punch assault in Sydney in November 2019

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney's east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Neighbours found victim Oliver Solan, 30, barely conscious in a hallway at a Young Street apartment block in Randwick, in Sydney’s east, about 8.40pm on August 29

Mr Solan was left with a severed ear and a punctured spleen which later had to be removed.  

Earle, Murtagh and Mr Solan had been drinking together at the couple’s home on the night of the alleged stabbing.

An argument between the two men ensued, with Mr Solan allegedly the first to attack Earle causing injuries to his arm.

Mr Earle suffered a dislocated arm and cuts to his head before allegedly contacting his friend John Dunlea to ask for help.

At about 8.30pm, Mr Dunlea, along with two other Irishmen, Patrick Farrell and Christopher Morrison, arrived at the apartment complex where Murtagh let them in. 

The unit block (pictured) was splattered with blood after the alleged attack

The unit block (pictured) was splattered with blood after the alleged attack

The unit block (pictured) was splattered with blood after the alleged attack

 Mr Solan was then allegedly stabbed several times. 

CCTV evidence shown to Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court during Farrell’s case showed the victim put his hands out and begged ‘please don’t hit me’. 

The footage showed the convicted killer hit the biomedical student twice, critically injuring him, and he died in hospital soon after. 

NSW Police have issued an appeal for Farrell who is wanted over an alleged attack in the beer garden of a hotel in Matraville in November where a 56-year-old was knocked unconscious. 

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have both been charged over the alleged brutal attack of a man in a unit in Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on August 29

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have both been charged over the alleged brutal attack of a man in a unit in Randwick, in Sydney's eastern suburbs, on August 29

Patrick Earle, 23, and his girlfriend Katie Aileen Murtagh, 26, have both been charged over the alleged brutal attack of a man in a unit in Randwick, in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on August 29 

Mr Earle's girlfriend Katie Murtagh, 26, was also charged over the August 29 incident

Mr Earle's girlfriend Katie Murtagh, 26, was also charged over the August 29 incident

Mr Earle’s girlfriend Katie Murtagh, 26, was also charged over the August 29 incident

Footage shows Earle being handcuffed and put into the back of an ambulance

Footage shows Earle being handcuffed and put into the back of an ambulance

Footage shows Earle being handcuffed and put into the back of an ambulance

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