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Sam Newman wants Daniel Andrews charged with MANSLAUGHTER over coronavirus pandemic

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Sam Newman has suggested Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews should face manslaughter charges over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Newman criticised the coronavirus-stricken state after officials commended the efforts of all Victorians on Sunday for helping to bring case numbers under control.

Just 35 new cases were diagnosed on Monday, along with seven new deaths.

But Newman questioned whether any progress had actually been made since the peak of the second wave – even though daily new infections were soaring beyond 700 at that point.

‘This, apparently, is getting the virus under control,’ he said alongside an info-graphic of all the coronavirus statistics in Victoria.

‘You cannot be serious! Daniel Andrews should face a manslaughter charge.’

Newman questioned whether any progress had actually been made since the peak of the second wave - even though daily new infections were soaring beyond 700 at that point

Newman questioned whether any progress had actually been made since the peak of the second wave - even though daily new infections were soaring beyond 700 at that point

Newman questioned whether any progress had actually been made since the peak of the second wave – even though daily new infections were soaring beyond 700 at that point

Sam Newman has suggested Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews should face manslaughter charges over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Sam Newman has suggested Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews should face manslaughter charges over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic

Sam Newman has suggested Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews should face manslaughter charges over his handling of the coronavirus pandemic

The polarising 300-game AFL champion and former Footy Show host last month urged his fellow Victorians to protest the lockdown.

‘Of all the protests that we have put up with, how about a quarter million of us gather in the CBD to take the City/State back, before EVERY previous march will have been pointless,’ Newman tweeted on Sunday night. 

‘And hopefully a state day of coordination. Any takers? #StateofSurvival.’

After one Melburnian suggested Newman had ‘incited a riot’ with his comments, he added: ‘There’ll be no rioting. No looting. No arson. No violence. Just an expression of desperation for our sanity.’

The tweet landed Newman in hot water with Victoria Police, who threatened to arrest him for ‘inciting a mass protest’ against the measures introduced by Mr Andrews. 

In spite of the seemingly ludicrous suggestion that the premier could face criminal charges, Mr Newman is not the first to make the suggestion.

Police arrest a protester during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sunday, September 13

Police arrest a protester during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sunday, September 13

Police arrest a protester during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sunday, September 13

Protesters scuffle with police during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sunday September 13

Protesters scuffle with police during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sunday September 13

Protesters scuffle with police during an anti-lockdown protest in Melbourne on Sunday September 13

Ken Phillips, the executive director of Self Employed Australia, penned an article last month which suggested Mr Andrews could find himself in the court room.

He explained the COVID-19 deaths resulting from the bungled hotel quarantine system could potentially be investigated under Victorian Occupational Health and Safety laws.

Mr Andrews introduced new Industrial Manslaughter legislation in 2019 which holds management and supervisors accountable for workplace-related deaths.

Employers are generally investigated to prove they did not fail in their duty to avoid recklessly endangering employees and customers. 

‘What could not be anticipated then, was that within months there would be a situation that could arguably be captured under the Act as mass manslaughter. This is for the justice system to sort out,’ Mr Phillips wrote.

‘The known circumstances of the hotel quarantine mess demand each of these statutory requirements be investigated.’  

But supporters of the Andrews government reminded Newman while the statistics might seem glum when compared to the rest of Australia, Victoria was still leaps and bounds ahead of many parts of the world.

Police detain an anti-lockdown protester at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market during a rally on September 13

Police detain an anti-lockdown protester at Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market during a rally on September 13

Police detain an anti-lockdown protester at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market during a rally on September 13

Mr Andrews (pictured at a press conference on September 11)  has extended the State of Emergency and State of Disaster for a month

Mr Andrews (pictured at a press conference on September 11)  has extended the State of Emergency and State of Disaster for a month

Mr Andrews (pictured at a press conference on September 11)  has extended the State of Emergency and State of Disaster for a month

One follower used the US state of Massachusetts as an example, given the similar population range of between 6.6million and 6.8million in each state.

Victorian case numbers have so far totalled at about 19,000, while Massachusetts has surpassed 125,000. 

Similarly, Victoria has recorded about 723 fatalities – a stark comparison to the 9,200 in the US state. 

On Sunday, Mr Andrews announced an extension of the State of Emergency and State of Disaster in Victoria.

Minister for Health Jenny Mikakos said the extension of the State of Emergency, which will now last until at least October 11, was crucial for the implementation of necessary COVID-safe guidelines. 

‘The State of Emergency ensures we have all the tools we need to fight this virus – keeping all of us safe,’ she said.

Meanwhile Minister for Police and Emergency Services Lisa Neville said it wasn’t an easy decision to make.

‘Extending a State of Disaster is never a decision we make lightly – and it won’t be in place a moment longer than it needs to be,’ she said on Sunday. 

Signage is seen in a window of a closed pub in Melbourne on Thursday, September 10

Signage is seen in a window of a closed pub in Melbourne on Thursday, September 10

Signage is seen in a window of a closed pub in Melbourne on Thursday, September 10

‘We are at a critical point right now. And we have to do everything we can to hold onto the gains we’ve made, which means giving Victoria Police everything they need to enforce the Chief Health Officer’s directions as we keep driving down cases.’  

From Monday, the city of Melbourne will move from the strict Stage Four lockdown into the first step of the roadmap toward reopening.

While modest, the changes will allow for more time outdoors and social interactions.

Mr Andrews said if numbers were kept low the state could open with ‘real confidence’ and keep them low.

‘You can open up and stay open,’ he said. ‘That is what we want and that is what we will deliver.

‘That is what we will deliver in regional Victoria and right across metropolitan Melbourne, not bouncing in and out of lockdowns, but making sure that everything that Victorians have given counts for something and delivers us, as I said, a summer that will be like no other.’ 

What is the difference between a ‘State of Emergency’ and a ‘State of Disaster’? 

State of Emergency

A State of Emergency can be declared when there is a serious risk to public health.

It first came into effect in Victoria on March 16 to give Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton wide-ranging powers to enforce new coronavirus restrictions.  

Professor Sutton had the authority to direct health officials to detain people, force entire suburbs and regions into lockdown or search premises without a warrant if he felt it was necessary to protect the health of the public.

The State of Emergency initially allowed the government to enforce social distancing and mandatory quarantine.  

State of Disaster

While the State of Emergency grants powers to Professor Sutton, a State of Disaster grants additional powers to police and enforcement agencies.

The State of Disaster came into effect on August 2nd and has faced several one month extensions since then. 

To declare a State of Disaster, the premier must be concerned that an emergency ‘constitutes or is likely to constitute a significant and widespread danger to life or property in Victoria’.

A pandemic, plague or epidemic falls into this bracket.

The State of Disaster allows the enforcement of curfews and restrictions of movement within a city.   

  

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People living alone or single parents will be able to invite one other person into their homes.

Mr Andrews said he would allow ‘social bubbles’ even when exercising outdoors, which will now be extended to up to two hours per day – which can be split over two sessions. 

Playgrounds and outdoor fitness equipment will reopen, and Melbourne’s 8pm lockdown has been pushed back to 9pm.  

Regional Victoria will also enjoy the loosening of several restrictions after successfully stemming the spread of the virus.

Up to five people from two separate households will be able to gather in public places, while outdoor pools and playgrounds will also open.

Religious services will be able to go ahead with up to five people. 

AFL champion and former Footy Show host Sam Newman is known for his polarising views

AFL champion and former Footy Show host Sam Newman is known for his polarising views

AFL champion and former Footy Show host Sam Newman is known for his polarising views

Sam Newman previously encouraged his followers to protest the lockdown

Sam Newman previously encouraged his followers to protest the lockdown

Sam Newman previously encouraged his followers to protest the lockdown

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National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation expects Australia’s population to shrink by 0.8%

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The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause the steepest plunge in Australia’s population since World War I.

The federal government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation is forecasting a 0.8 per cent population decline over two years.

In the absence of immigration, Australia’s population was expected to fall by 214,000 between a peak in 2019 and a trough in 2021.

Half of that was attributed to the drop-off in international students, following the closure of Australia’s national border in March.

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause the steepest plunge in the Australian population since World War I. The federal government's National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation is forecasting Australia's population will shrunk by 0.8 per cent over two years. Pictured is an empty Wynyard station in Sydney

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause the steepest plunge in the Australian population since World War I. The federal government's National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation is forecasting Australia's population will shrunk by 0.8 per cent over two years. Pictured is an empty Wynyard station in Sydney

The coronavirus pandemic is expected to cause the steepest plunge in the Australian population since World War I. The federal government’s National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation is forecasting Australia’s population will shrunk by 0.8 per cent over two years. Pictured is an empty Wynyard station in Sydney

‘Immigration cuts have flow-on effects on population growth – temporary (international students) immigrants are the main driver of population growth,’ the NHFIC report said.

Australia’s immigration pause would spark the steepest population decrease since World War I, shortly before the Spanish flu pandemic in 1918 reached Australian shores.

Only the unwinding of the long post-war baby boom in 1971 saw a comparably steep population decline. 

In the year to June 2019, Australia had a net annual immigration rate of 239,600 when the number of people leaving was subtracted from the tally of new arrivals.

The population increase of 1.4 per cent was among the highest in the developed world and well above the OECD average of 0.8 per cent.

A declining population also has implications for property prices, with the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation predicting a possible shortfall 232,000 shorfall in demand for new private dwellings by 2023.

The forecast population decline, as a result of coronavirus measures, has also worried the Reserve Bank of Australia which last month released a paper which said a 40 per cent plunge in house prices was an 'extreme but plausible scenario'. Pictured are houses at Kellyville in Sydney's north-west

The forecast population decline, as a result of coronavirus measures, has also worried the Reserve Bank of Australia which last month released a paper which said a 40 per cent plunge in house prices was an 'extreme but plausible scenario'. Pictured are houses at Kellyville in Sydney's north-west

The forecast population decline, as a result of coronavirus measures, has also worried the Reserve Bank of Australia which last month released a paper which said a 40 per cent plunge in house prices was an ‘extreme but plausible scenario’. Pictured are houses at Kellyville in Sydney’s north-west

In the year to June 2019, Australia had a net annual immigration rate of 239,600 when the number of people leaving was subtracted from the tally of new arrivals. Pictured is a crowded Wynyard train station before the COVID-19 pandemic

In the year to June 2019, Australia had a net annual immigration rate of 239,600 when the number of people leaving was subtracted from the tally of new arrivals. Pictured is a crowded Wynyard train station before the COVID-19 pandemic

In the year to June 2019, Australia had a net annual immigration rate of 239,600 when the number of people leaving was subtracted from the tally of new arrivals. Pictured is a crowded Wynyard train station before the COVID-19 pandemic

The forecast population decline, as a result of coronavirus measures, has also worried the Reserve Bank of Australia which last month released a paper which said a 40 per cent plunge in house prices was an ‘extreme but plausible scenario’.

The RBA report on debt levels said Australia could experience a house price bubble similar to what occurred in United States, Spain and Ireland after the Global Financial Crisis.

The NHFIC is in charge of the government’s $500million First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, where first home buyers can secure a mortgage with a five per cent deposit with taxpayers underwriting the rest of the 20 per cent deposit.

Should new home buyers struggle to pay off their loan and be forced to sell en masse, the federal government would be left holding equity in assets worth a lot less.

A population decrease would most likely cause house prices to fall, as capital growth worried sparked a sell-off among investors.

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Mum’s genius grout cleaning trick leaves her bathroom walls sparkling clean in seconds

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An Australian mother has revealed how she ‘cracked the code’ and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease.

The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried ‘every product’ on her rental bathroom walls before resorting to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos disinfectant bleach.

‘Mums! I’ve cracked the code! This took me only a few minutes and not a lot of effort – I couldn’t believe my eyes!’ she said online and shared images to the Mums Who Cook, Clean and Organise Facebook group.  

For health and safety reasons, it’s advised to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals, but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe.

BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she 'cracked the code' and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)

BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she 'cracked the code' and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)

BEFORE: An Australian mother has revealed how she ‘cracked the code’ and discovered how to clean dirty grout on the bathroom shower walls with ease (pictured)

AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried 'every product' but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was 'so pleased' with the result (pictured)

AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried 'every product' but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was 'so pleased' with the result (pictured)

AFTER: The Melbourne woman was frustrated after having tried ‘every product’ but resorted to mixing bicarb soda with Domestos bleach. She said she was ‘so pleased’ with the result (pictured)

The woman said she mixed the two products until a paste was formed, then used an old toothbrush to apply it onto the grout.

‘In most places I didn’t even leave it, just a light brushing, it was gone in an instant,’ she said.

The woman was ‘so pleased’ with how well the formula worked at cleaning the grout she highly recommends it to others.

Her post has been ‘liked’ by more than 1,200 others since it was shared on September 20, leaving others very impressed.

Bicarb soda is commonly used to clean products and areas around the home

Bicarb soda is commonly used to clean products and areas around the home

For health and safety reasons, it's best to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe to use

For health and safety reasons, it's best to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe to use

For health and safety reasons, it’s commonly known to avoid mixing bleach with other chemicals, but combining the product with bicarb soda is safe to use

‘I’m off to go scrub everything in the house!’ one woman said.

‘Well I know what I’m doing while the kids are at school,’ another said.

‘Just bought Domestos! Will give it a go,’ a third added. 

While the clever hack worked well at cleaning the grout, others warned about the dangers of mixing chemicals together. 

CHEMICALS YOU SHOULD NEVER MIX 

Bleach + Vinegar

Baking Soda + Vinegar

Bleach + Ammonia

Drain Cleaner + Drain Cleaner

Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar

Bleach + Rubbing Alcohol 

Source: Good House Keeping 

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‘Be careful people when mixing chemicals, don’t ever mix vinegar and bleach,’ one mum said. 

‘Good on you for experimenting and finding a solution to something that so many people struggle with – please carefully research your chemicals before mixing!’ another warned.   

Inhaling the toxic vapours can lead to coughing, breathing problems, allergic reactions and even nasty chemical burns. 

It’s a common cleaning mistake many people make, as cleaning experts have warned for years that adding any acidic to bleach will produce a toxic chlorine vapour. 

Before you get rid of the mould in your home, the experts from consumer company CHOICE said the first thing you need to do is assess the surface the fungi has attached to.  

‘Non-porous’ surfaces such as hard plastics should be relatively easier to clean.

‘When mould grows, it develops hyphae, or roots, which grow into the grout or silicone. You can clean the surfaces of the grout or silicone, but not deep into it. In those cases you have to replace the silicone or re-grout your bathroom,’ they said. 

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Mum, 34, DROWNS after going for a swim in rough surf with her daughter at a Sunshine Coast beach

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A mother has drowned in rough surf while swimming with her daughter in Queensland.

The 34-year-old was pulled from the water by surfers at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast on Monday morning.

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