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WA Premier Mark McGowan blasts billionaire Clive Palmer for taking the state government to court

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Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan has called billionaire Clive Palmer the nation’s ‘greatest egomaniac’, telling him to drop his case against his state government over its border closures after the Commonwealth withdrew its support.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has written to Mr McGowan saying the Commonwealth will no longer participate in the case, after taking into account the changed state of the coronavirus pandemic that has worsened since the matter was first brought to court.

Mr McGowan thanked the prime minister for his letter and for listening to his government and the people of WA.

‘I’m very grateful the Commonwealth has pulled out,’ Mr McGowan told reporters in Perth on Sunday.

Clive Palmer (pictured last week in Brisbane) argued WA's border closure is unconstitutional and damaging trade

Clive Palmer (pictured last week in Brisbane) argued WA's border closure is unconstitutional and damaging trade

Clive Palmer (pictured last week in Brisbane) argued WA’s border closure is unconstitutional and damaging trade

He said Brisbane-based Mr Palmer, who leads the United Australia Party, should also withdraw and is prepared to fight him in the High Court if he doesn’t.

‘He is showing himself at this point in time to be Australia’s greatest egomaniac,’ the premier said

‘Mr Palmer can now solve this matter by withdrawing his action. He is not acting in the interests of the people of Western Australia, he is only acting for his own interest.’

The Queensland mining magnet argues WA’s border closure is unconstitutional and damaging trade, while Mr McGowan has said it was necessary to protect WA residents and based on expert health advice.

WA Premier Mark McGowan has said it was necessary to protect WA residents and based on expert health advice

WA Premier Mark McGowan has said it was necessary to protect WA residents and based on expert health advice

WA Premier Mark McGowan has said it was necessary to protect WA residents and based on expert health advice

A four-day hearing in the Federal Court in Perth concluded on Friday, with WA’s Solicitor-General Joshua Thomson saying in his closing submissions that no community transmission in the state since mid-April showed the closure was working.

Justice Darryl Rangiah reserved his findings and the matter will ultimately be decided by the High Court, with a judgment expected around October.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who’s also been tough on the border issue, said such legal challenges were ‘ridiculous’.

‘I cannot for the life of me understand why someone like Mr Palmer wants to put everything we have done at risk,’ she told reporters in Brisbane.

Mineral Resources Ltd employee Racheal Lynch poses for a COVID-19 swab test in Perth, WA

Mineral Resources Ltd employee Racheal Lynch poses for a COVID-19 swab test in Perth, WA

Mineral Resources Ltd employee Racheal Lynch poses for a COVID-19 swab test in Perth, WA

‘Everybody should respect that states have a job to do to protect their families.’

AAP has contacted Mr Palmer’s representative for comment. Last week, Mr Palmer called Mr McGowan a ‘menace’ because of his ‘unreasonable’ border closure.

Mr Palmer launched the legal action in May after he was denied an exemption to enter WA.

Federal Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the prime minister needed to better explain why he joined Mr Palmer’s legal action in the first place and why he has now withdrawn that support.

Australian cruise ship passengers arrive at the Duxton Hotel after their Qatar Airways flight to Perth International airport on March 30

Australian cruise ship passengers arrive at the Duxton Hotel after their Qatar Airways flight to Perth International airport on March 30

Australian cruise ship passengers arrive at the Duxton Hotel after their Qatar Airways flight to Perth International airport on March 30

‘It was always opportunistic for him to join Clive Palmer who was so supportive of the Liberal National Party during last year’s federal election,’ Mr Albanese told reporters in Sydney.

‘And it’s opportunistic today for the prime minister to get the message that Western Australians have been doing the right thing under the leadership of Mark McGowan.’

WA has banned anyone from entering the state unless they are an exempt person or have a special pass. Those granted passes for compassionate reasons or other grounds have to self-quarantine for 14 days after their arrival.

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Two teens who snuck into Queensland from NSW coronavirus hotspot arrested at Noosa shopping centre

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Two teenage girls have been arrested at a shopping centre after they snuck across the New South Wales border into Queensland. 

The teens aged 15 and 16 were arrested at Noosa Civic on the Sunshine Coast on Monday after they allegedly crossed the interstate border over the weekend.

The pair have since tested for coronavirus.

Several shops at Noosa Civic have been closed for deep cleaning as a precaution, sparking community alarm.

More to come. 

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Surfer is pulled from the water near a storm drain at Collaroy Beach on Sydney’s northern beaches

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A surfer is in a critical condition after being rescued from water near a storm drain at a popular Sydney beach.

Paramedics performed CPR on the man at Collaroy Beach, on the northern beaches, at about midday on Monday. 

The man, in his 40s, was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition.

Police, ambulance and the NSW Rural Fire Service were on the scene.  

It comes as heavy rain and howling winds batter the New South Wales south coast, while Sydney and the Blue Mountains are also being lashed by bad weather. 

The man, in his 40s, was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition

The man, in his 40s, was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition

The man, in his 40s, was rushed to Royal North Shore Hospital in a critical condition

Paramedics performed CPR on the man at Collaroy Beach (pictured), on the northern beaches, at about midday on Monday

Paramedics performed CPR on the man at Collaroy Beach (pictured), on the northern beaches, at about midday on Monday

Paramedics performed CPR on the man at Collaroy Beach (pictured), on the northern beaches, at about midday on Monday

Police, ambulance and the NSW Rural Fire Service were on the scene

Police, ambulance and the NSW Rural Fire Service were on the scene

Police, ambulance and the NSW Rural Fire Service were on the scene

The State Emergency Service received 1600 calls for help across NSW over the weekend as torrential rain and winds downed trees, damaged roofs and flooded roads.

The Manly fast ferries were cancelled on Monday morning due to large swells in the harbour, while train services on the south coast line were briefly out. 

Damaging winds with gusts more than 90km/h have been recorded along the Sydney and Illawarra coast and will move up the NSW coast throughout Monday.

A severe weather warning remains in place for a large stretch of the NSW coast.

The SES issued three evacuation orders late on Sunday after up to 200mm of rain hit several south coast towns in the previous 24 hours and up to 300mm in isolated areas.

The SES ordered hundreds of residents in Moruya, Sussex Inlet and Nowra suburbs including Terara, East Nowra, Worrigee and North Nowra to move to higher ground. The Shoalhaven River will peak on Monday at about 4.1 metres – a lower level than originally feared.

Low-lying areas of Terara Village, Ferry Lane, Lyrebird Drive Moss Street, Hyam Street, Terara Road, Bolong Road and Burrier Road may nevertheless experience flooding.

Heavy rain and howling winds batter the New South Wales south coast, while Sydney and the Blue Mountains are also being lashed by bad weather.  Pictured: A car in Canberra submerged in rising floodwaters

Heavy rain and howling winds batter the New South Wales south coast, while Sydney and the Blue Mountains are also being lashed by bad weather.  Pictured: A car in Canberra submerged in rising floodwaters

Heavy rain and howling winds batter the New South Wales south coast, while Sydney and the Blue Mountains are also being lashed by bad weather.  Pictured: A car in Canberra submerged in rising floodwaters

Cars were caught in rising waters in Canberra on Sunday (pictured). The SES has told residents in Queanbeyan in the Australian capital's eastern fringe the surging flood waters should not be considered a 'tourist attraction'

Cars were caught in rising waters in Canberra on Sunday (pictured). The SES has told residents in Queanbeyan in the Australian capital's eastern fringe the surging flood waters should not be considered a 'tourist attraction'

Cars were caught in rising waters in Canberra on Sunday (pictured). The SES has told residents in Queanbeyan in the Australian capital’s eastern fringe the surging flood waters should not be considered a ‘tourist attraction’

Minor flooding has occurred along the St Georges Basin at Sussex Inlet and Island Point while 23 homes remain cut off at Broughton Vale near Berry.

By Monday morning, flooding at the Moruya River was minor and SES Commissioner Carlene York said the Moruya CBD evacuation order would soon be lifted.

Some 40 flood rescues have been required in NSW to date.

About 2000 Endeavour Energy customers in NSW remained without power on Monday afternoon, with storms creating 270 electrical hazards from fallen trees and branches.

‘Localised flooding on parts of the south coast are hampering crews from accessing damaged parts of the network in some areas,’ the company said in a statement.

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Firefighters battle huge blaze at Rachael Ray’s upstate New York home

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Firefighters are on the scene of a blaze at the upstate New York home of talk show host and TV chef, Rachael Ray.

Ray’s home is located on Chuckwagon Trail in Lake Luzerne, north of Saratoga Springs. 

First pictures of the blaze showed enormous flames bursting out from the roof of the home, which was surrounded by smoke.

‘Seeing some of the first pictures of the fire at the Lake Luzerne home of @rachaelray and it does not look good,’ reporter Mark Mulholland wrote.  

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation. 

Warren County Sheriff's Office has confirmed there is a fire at a house on Chuckwagon Trail in Lake Luzerne New York belonging to celebrity chef and TV personality Rachael Ray

Warren County Sheriff's Office has confirmed there is a fire at a house on Chuckwagon Trail in Lake Luzerne New York belonging to celebrity chef and TV personality Rachael Ray

Warren County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed there is a fire at a house on Chuckwagon Trail in Lake Luzerne New York belonging to celebrity chef and TV personality Rachael Ray

Photos posted online showed the home engulfed in flames with the roof on fire

Photos posted online showed the home engulfed in flames with the roof on fire

Photos posted online showed the home engulfed in flames with the roof on fire

The wooden home went up in flames on Sunday night. It's not known how the blaze started

The wooden home went up in flames on Sunday night. It's not known how the blaze started

The wooden home went up in flames on Sunday night. It’s not known how the blaze started

Ray was at home at the time of the fire but managed to escape the flames with her husband

Ray was at home at the time of the fire but managed to escape the flames with her husband

Ray was at home at the time of the fire but managed to escape the flames with her husband

Ray was at her home in Lake Luzerne, New York, where she had been spending quarantine with husband John M Cusimano, 52. Both were at home at the time and managed to escape the fire

Ray was at her home in Lake Luzerne, New York, where she had been spending quarantine with husband John M Cusimano, 52. Both were at home at the time and managed to escape the fire

Ray was at her home in Lake Luzerne, New York, where she had been spending quarantine with husband John M Cusimano, 52. Both were at home at the time and managed to escape the fire

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The home is located in upstate New York, about half an hour's drive north of Saratoga Springs

The home is located in upstate New York, about half an hour's drive north of Saratoga Springs

The home is located in upstate New York, about half an hour’s drive north of Saratoga Springs

At one point, 12 fire departments were the scene tackling the fire after being called to the incident at 7.27pm on Sunday evening.

In a statement, representatives of Ray confirmed there were no injuries although the extent of the damage is unknown. 

A retired fire official at the scene said that Ray was at home when the fire broke out, but she was able to get out of the house with no injuries according to CBS17. 

Fire fighters were on scene at the upstate New York home from around 7:30pm on Sunday

Fire fighters were on scene at the upstate New York home from around 7:30pm on Sunday

Fire fighters were on scene at the upstate New York home from around 7:30pm on Sunday

Ray has been filming from the home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic

Ray has been filming from the home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic

Ray has been filming from the home for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic

Rachael, her husband and their dog Bella are said to be safe. 

Ray, 51, has been filming and cooking up a storm from her home since the coronavirus pandemic began and in April posted video online of her kitchen. 

The TV chef owns almost 200 acres of land in the Adirondacks mountain range.

She sharesthe home with her husband, John Cusimano, and reveals in the video that she designed it herself by drawing it out on a piece of paper.

Rachael hosted her cooking show from in the kitchen from April when the pandemic began

Rachael hosted her cooking show from in the kitchen from April when the pandemic began

Rachael hosted her cooking show from in the kitchen from April when the pandemic began

Open-plan: Rachel made her kitchen just how she wanted it ...by designing it on a piece of paper

Open-plan: Rachel made her kitchen just how she wanted it ...by designing it on a piece of paper

Open-plan: Rachel made her kitchen just how she wanted it …by designing it on a piece of paper

‘I decorated the house before it was ever built,’ Ray says in a video tour of her kitchen and pantry. ‘I drew the house on a piece of paper so I knew what I wanted it to be in my mind.’

The spacious, open-plan design allowed Ray to film her show from the comfort of her own kitchen. 

In a video clip that gave a tour of the kitchen, she revealed that her two favorite appliances was the six-burner gas stove and her wood-fired pizza oven, which she referred to as her ‘treasures.’   

Cosy living: The kitchen certainly had a country cottage vibe to the decor

Cosy living: The kitchen certainly had a country cottage vibe to the decor

Cosy living: The kitchen certainly had a country cottage vibe to the decor 

Environmentally friendly: The chef uses organic dish soap as well as growing her own herbs

Environmentally friendly: The chef uses organic dish soap as well as growing her own herbs

Environmentally friendly: The chef uses organic dish soap as well as growing her own herbs

Busy: Her kitchen top appeared to be full of little trinkets

Busy: Her kitchen top appeared to be full of little trinkets

Busy: Her kitchen top appeared to be full of little trinkets 

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