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NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to lift coronavirus restrictions in Auckland

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New Zealand is again relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, confident enough that its elimination strategy has worked a second time.

Four months after first eliminating the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday Auckland would shift back to ‘level one’ this week, joining the rest of the country.

Auckland was the centre of a fresh outbreak in August, which brought 179 new cases and three new deaths.

Four months after first eliminating the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced on Monday Auckland would shift back to 'level one'

Four months after first eliminating the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced on Monday Auckland would shift back to 'level one'

Four months after first eliminating the virus, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) announced on Monday Auckland would shift back to ‘level one’

Case numbers have significantly dropped in recent weeks and on Monday health officials announced a 10th straight day without community transmission.

‘All signs point to it now being under control,’ Ms Ardern said after chairing a virtual meeting of cabinet from Christchurch.

‘Aucklanders and New Zealanders have stuck to the plan twice now and beat the virus again … we put our heads down and got on with it.

‘There is now a 95 per cent chance of the cluster being eliminated … we are confident it has been contained.’

Auckland’s shift will take place at midnight on Wednesday.

It shows a growing appetite for risk-taking by Ms Ardern’s government, which is likely to be re-elected on October 17.

Auckland was the centre of a fresh outbreak in August, which brought 179 new cases and three new deaths. Pictured: Reisdents walk down Queen Street in Auckland on September 24.

Auckland was the centre of a fresh outbreak in August, which brought 179 new cases and three new deaths. Pictured: Reisdents walk down Queen Street in Auckland on September 24.

Auckland was the centre of a fresh outbreak in August, which brought 179 new cases and three new deaths. Pictured: Reisdents walk down Queen Street in Auckland on September 24.

In June, Ms Ardern moved New Zealand to level one after 40 days without community transmission; a month longer than has been recorded after the fresh outbreak.

New Zealand continues to record new cases within its border regime, with 22 international arrivals to test positive for the virus in the last week while in mandatory isolation.

New Zealand’s COVID-19 death toll is 25.

Auckland will return to level one at midnight on Wednesday. Pictured: A general view of High Street on September 24

Auckland will return to level one at midnight on Wednesday. Pictured: A general view of High Street on September 24

Auckland will return to level one at midnight on Wednesday. Pictured: A general view of High Street on September 24

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Alleged family day care scam run by Sydney single mother

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A single mother is accused of directing a fake family daycare business that allegedly defrauded $500,000 from taxpayers out of a ‘mocked up’ shop next to a Coles supermarket. 

Suzy Zreika, 46, was among 13 people arrested by NSW Police across Sydney this week over an alleged fraud involving the company ABC Kid’s N Care.

Zreika is one of two western Sydney ‘carers’ accused of being ‘silent directors’ of the company, which prosecutors will allege defrauded the Federal Government of a half a million in childcare benefits from March to October this year.  

That includes $138,000 from the coronavirus stimulus package – designed to keep the sector afloat through the pandemic – as well as childcare subsidies. 

Family day care operator Suzy Zreika, pictured exclusively above, has been charged with 'conspiracy to defraud' for her alleged role as a silent director of ABC Kids N Care

Family day care operator Suzy Zreika, pictured exclusively above, has been charged with 'conspiracy to defraud' for her alleged role as a silent director of ABC Kids N Care

Family day care operator Suzy Zreika, pictured exclusively above, has been charged with ‘conspiracy to defraud’ for her alleged role as a silent director of ABC Kids N Care 

Some 13 people were arrested - including eight women - as part of the alleged scam on Wednesday, with Zreika (centre) charged with conspiracy to defraud

Some 13 people were arrested - including eight women - as part of the alleged scam on Wednesday, with Zreika (centre) charged with conspiracy to defraud

Some 13 people were arrested – including eight women – as part of the alleged scam on Wednesday, with Zreika (centre) charged with conspiracy to defraud

Another woman accused of playing a role in the scam is walked to a car by detectives as the investigation reached a critical point this week

Another woman accused of playing a role in the scam is walked to a car by detectives as the investigation reached a critical point this week

Another woman accused of playing a role in the scam is walked to a car by detectives as the investigation reached a critical point this week

Zreika put out a job ad for an 'energetic motivated person' with a diploma in early childhood a fortnight ago

Zreika put out a job ad for an 'energetic motivated person' with a diploma in early childhood a fortnight ago

Zreika put out a job ad for an ‘energetic motivated person’ with a diploma in early childhood a fortnight ago

Prior to her alleged ringleading of the scam, the Guildford woman advertised family day care services in the city’s south-west on Facebook’s Muslimoon Trading Post.

She recently posted a job ad for an ‘energetic, motivated person’ with an early childhood diploma to join her team in an unspecified supervisor position. 

Footage of police raids broadcast on A Current Affair last night showed the Smithfield shopping centre the business allegedly operated from. 

A man is arrested by a Strike Force Mercury detective this week, accused of playing a role in the alleged ABC Kids N Care scam

A man is arrested by a Strike Force Mercury detective this week, accused of playing a role in the alleged ABC Kids N Care scam

A detective escorts another co-accused to a waiting undercover police vehicle

A detective escorts another co-accused to a waiting undercover police vehicle

A man is arrested by a Strike Force Mercury detective this week, accused of playing a role in the alleged ABC Kids N Care scam

Zreika's childcare business was an approved day car provider but she has since been charged

Zreika's childcare business was an approved day car provider but she has since been charged

Zreika’s childcare business was an approved day car provider but she has since been charged

Posters, certificates and insurance documents were plastered on the walls but there was no sign of play equipment and prosecutors will allege it was a ‘mock’ set up.

The business had told federal childcare regulators it operated from 7am to 8.30pm on weekdays and was even open on Saturdays. 

The regulator ranked it as ‘working towards’ a series of key government quality requirements. 

This is the suburban store where a family day care centre was allegedly run out of

This is the suburban store where a family day care centre was allegedly run out of

This is the suburban store where a family day care centre was allegedly run out of

This is the inside of the alleged family day care office which police will allege was 'mocked up' and actually a 'sophisticated scam'

This is the inside of the alleged family day care office which police will allege was 'mocked up' and actually a 'sophisticated scam'

This is the inside of the alleged family day care office which police will allege was ‘mocked up’ and actually a ‘sophisticated scam’

Detectives examine accreditation lined up on the walls of the alleged family day care centre

Detectives examine accreditation lined up on the walls of the alleged family day care centre

Officers cleared out the centre following a series of raids across Sydney on Wednesday

Officers cleared out the centre following a series of raids across Sydney on Wednesday

Detectives examine accreditation lined up on the walls of the alleged family day care centre and rip it down following a series of raids across Sydney on Wednesday

Detectives attached the specialised Strike Force Mercury executed 34 search warrants at 18 properties and vehicles across Sydney on Wednesday.

Raids were conducted at Blair Athol, Bossley Park, Canley Heights, Edensor Park, Elizabeth Hills, Fairfield, Green Valley, Green Park, Guildford, Lane Cove, Merrylands and Smithfield.   

Zreika was arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud. She was also charged with one count of causing the delivery of a false statement under the Migration Act. The man, 38, was arrested on Thursday morning.

Her co-accused Al-Sharif was charged with two counts of conspiracy to defraud. Both were granted bail to appear at court on November 16.   

Seven other women and four men were charged with dishonestly intend to cause a loss in the alleged pyramid-scheme style scam and will face court next month.  

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Organisers of carnival where a woman, was thrown 30m off a ride speak out

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Organisers of a carnival where a woman was left fighting for life after being thrown off an out-of-control ride and critically injured have spoken out.       

The 25-year-old woman fell 30 metres from The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest in the city’s Parramatta Park at 5.30pm on Saturday before becoming ‘entrapped’.

Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman who was suffering ‘significant head and spinal injuries’.

Event promoter Lance Collyer said organisers and authorities were still figuring out how the horrific accident occurred.    

‘As organisers we are saddened by what has happened at ShowFest last night,’ Mr Collyer told the Cairns Post.   

A woman became trapped after falling 30 metres from the The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest (QLD Police pictured) in the city's Parramatta Park at 5:30pm on Saturday

A woman became trapped after falling 30 metres from the The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest (QLD Police pictured) in the city's Parramatta Park at 5:30pm on Saturday

A woman became trapped after falling 30 metres from the The Hangover ride at the Cairns ShowFest (QLD Police pictured) in the city’s Parramatta Park at 5:30pm on Saturday

‘We are still working with Cairns police to find out exactly what has happened. 

‘Our thoughts and prayers at this point are with the family concerned.’     

Father Kurt Wanless took his two children and a neighbour’s child to the ShowFest and saw the woman plunge from the ride. 

Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Mr Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the trapped woman after she fell from the ride. 

‘People were taking their kids up to see, which is pretty disgusting. I don’t want my kids to have that in their heads,’ he said. 

‘I grabbed my kids when they put the sheet across because I thought she might have died. When we left, more police were coming in. 

‘I thought they would shut down the whole show. When something like that happens, you should call it quits. Get the people out so emergency services can cordon off the area. But they kept it going.’ 

Video taken by Mr Wanless shows people gathering around the ride to see what was happening while music continued to blare. 

‘It’s a shame. There’s everyone gawking wondering what the f*** is going on,’ Mr Wanless said in the clip.

Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman but she had already suffered 'significant head and spinal injuries' (The Hangover pictured above)

Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman but she had already suffered 'significant head and spinal injuries' (The Hangover pictured above)

Queensland Ambulance and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services freed the woman but she had already suffered ‘significant head and spinal injuries’ (The Hangover pictured above)  

Ambulance crews (pictured) transported the woman to Cairns Hospital on Saturday

Ambulance crews (pictured) transported the woman to Cairns Hospital on Saturday

Ambulance crews (pictured) transported the woman to Cairns Hospital on Saturday 

‘A poor lady fell out of that ride up the top, broke her back and this is what’s going on. The ride was upside down, she fell from the top.’   

The Hangover ride swings people through the air on pendulum arms that rotate a full 360 degrees.  

The moment the woman fell was captured on video and posted to Facebook but removed out of respect for her distraught family.   

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said multiple paramedic crews attended the ‘workplace incident’. 

‘The woman was freed and treated for significant head and spinal injuries. She was transported in a critical condition with a critical care paramedic and flight doctor to Cairns Hospital,’ she said.  

A Cairns Hospital spokeswoman said the 25-year-old was in a stable condition on Sunday morning.  

A crowd gathered around the ride when the woman became trapped. Witness Kurt Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the woman trapped in the ride after she fell

A crowd gathered around the ride when the woman became trapped. Witness Kurt Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the woman trapped in the ride after she fell

A crowd gathered around the ride when the woman became trapped. Witness Kurt Wanless said parents were taking their children to see the woman trapped in the ride after she fell

Mr Wanless also witnessed the woman falling from the ride. 

‘I was getting a dagwood dog and I saw her mid flight in the last few metres before she hit the ground. My daughter saw her land,’ Mr Wanless told Daily Mail Australia.  

‘There was a young bloke and a girl, about 18, who looked pretty shaken up. They were crying. I think they might have been her friends or family.’ 

Mr Wanless said the woman fell from the front seat of The Hangover ride, which his children had ridden just before.  

‘My kids went on that ride (The Hangover) on the ride before. They were in the middle and I wanted them to sit in the front where the woman came out of,’ he said.   

Cairns ShowFest is run by ShowFest Australia, which also runs events at Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mt Isa, Bundaberg and Emerald Showgrounds.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted ShowFest Australia promoters Bryan Loft and Lance Collyer for comment but has not yet received a response. 

Paramedics and police cordoned off The Hangover ride when the woman became trapped

Paramedics and police cordoned off The Hangover ride when the woman became trapped

Paramedics and police cordoned off The Hangover ride when the woman became trapped 

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New South Wales records 31 Nazi flags raised over past two years

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Dozens of Australians who raised Nazi flags in their backyards have escaped charges despite tough anti-racism laws.  

New South Wales Government documents revealed as many as 31 Nazi flags have been raised in the state between 2018 and 2020. 

A staggering 23 flags were raised in 2019 alone and unfurled between Newtown, in Sydney’s inner-west, and Wagga Wagga, in the New South Wales Riverina. 

All the incidents were reported to police though no charges were brought against any of the people who raised the flags, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

A Nazi swastika flag was also seen flying in the backyard of a Newtown home just 350m from a synagogue in April

A Nazi swastika flag was also seen flying in the backyard of a Newtown home just 350m from a synagogue in April

A Nazi swastika flag was also seen flying in the backyard of a Newtown home just 350m from a synagogue in April 

A flag was unfurled at the top of the light tower at Robertson Oval, Wagga Wagga, in February

A flag was unfurled at the top of the light tower at Robertson Oval, Wagga Wagga, in February

A flag was unfurled at the top of the light tower at Robertson Oval, Wagga Wagga, in February

NSW Parliamentary Friends of Israel deputy chair Walt Secord, who obtained the documents under Freedom of Information, condemned the report. 

‘It is extraordinary and damning that there has not been a single person charged under the laws introduced in 2018,’ he said.

‘The Nazi flag is an emblem of genocide and racism. The decision to fly a Nazi flag is a simple expression of hatred.’

The lack of charges comes despite the State Government introducing section 93Z of the Crimes Act in 2018.

Under the act, it is an offence to publicly threaten or incite violence against a person or group on the basis of their race, religion or sexual orientation. 

Though there is currently no law prohibiting the Nazi flag from being flown in Australia – despite its ban in European countries like Germany and France. 

A number of Nazi flags have already been raised in New South Wales and Victoria this year.

A flag was unfurled at the top of the light tower at Robertson Oval, Wagga Wagga, in February.

Police told media they were unlikely to bring charges because it ‘isn’t really a criminal offence’.   

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the state government was waiting on recommendations from the Victorian Government

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the state government was waiting on recommendations from the Victorian Government

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the state government was waiting on recommendations from the Victorian Government

A Nazi swastika flag was also seen flying in the backyard of a Newtown home just 350m from a synagogue in April.

A Victorian couple also raised the Nazi flag at their Beulah home, four hours north of Melbourne, in January.

The couple refused to take down the flag and lived across the road from an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor who lost both her parents in the concentration camps. 

The surge in flag raising prompted the Victorian Liberals to announce they would push for a ban on the flag.

NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman said the state government was waiting on recommendations from the Victorian Government.

‘These symbols of hatred and anti-Semitism are unacceptable anywhere in our community,’ he said.

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