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Queensland opens its borders to more NSW postcodes – find out if YOUR suburb is on the list

Queensland will open its borders to five New South Wales shires from next weekend after recording no new cases on Tuesday. Residents of Byron Shire, Ballina, Lismore, the Richmond Valley including Casino and Evans Head, Glen Innes and 41 other postcodes will be added to the Queensland-NSW border bubble from 1am on October 1. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says those 125,000 NSW residents will be able to travel freely in Queensland and residents of her state will also be able to travel in far northern NSW. 'These areas have a lot in common with Queensland,' she said on Tuesday morning.  Residents of Byron Shire, Ballina, Lismore, the Richmond Valley including Casino and Evans Head, Glen Innes and 41 other postcodes will be added to the Queensland-NSW border bubble from 1am on October 1 Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says those 125,000 NSW residents will be able to travel freely in Queensland and residents of her state will also be able to travel in far northern NSW NSW shires adde

Parts of Melbourne are engulfed in black smoke from a massive fire raging out of control at a notorious rubbish tip in the city's north-west

A huge fire raging out of control at a notorious rubbish dump has left parts of Melbourne engulfed in clouds of thick black smoke.  Fire crews were called to the Bulla Tip and Quarry on Sunbury Road, Bulla in the city's north-west at 6.15am on Tuesday. Firefighters found a large pile of rubbish measuring 6,400sqm on fire and smoke billowing into the air. A huge fire has ravished out of control at a rubbish tip causing thick, black smoke to engulf parts of Melbourne  Nineteen Country Fire Authority vehicles and crews from Fire Rescue Victoria attended the scene and battled to control the blaze.  A warning has been issued to residents in Bulla, Diggers Rest, Greenvale, Keilor North, Melbourne Airport, Oaklands Junction, Sunbury and Wildwood. Residents within a 5km radius have been asked to keep their windows closed and avoid the area as crews continue to fight the massive fire. A witness told 3AW that the blaze was at the front of the rubbish tip.  'It's right on top, on t

'No politician will accept responsibility!' An exasperated Jeff Kennett unleashes on Daniel Andrews and the Victorian government for failing to take responsibility for the second wave that's killed more than 750

Former Victorian Premier Jeff Kennett has accused Daniel Andrews and his government of failing to take responsibility for the state's second wave of COVID-19. Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry revealed the current premier's right-hand man Chris Eccles 'can't recall' who ordered security guards to stand at the entrance to hotels for returned travellers. Mr Kennett exploded during an appearance on Tuesday's Today Show where he described the revelations as 'extraordinary'.  'We are in this strange position here in Victoria where no-one knows anything,' he said.  'No politician will accept responsibility. It is the most extraordinary situation and bear in mind, the failure at those quarantine hotels led to the second wave here which to date has taken over 750 lives.' Two woman wearing facemasks carry their shopping during lockdown in Melbourne Nearly two thirds of Victorians believe Premier Daniel Andrews has handled the coronavirus

PAUL THOMAS on... the impending second wave

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Ali Wentworth says she cried for 45 minutes in the car with her daughters and husband George Stephanopolus after Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died

Actress Ali Wentworth said she and her husband, Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos, both ended up crying in the family car for 45 minutes after he told her that Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died.  The 55-year-old appeared on Live with Kelly and Ryan on Monday where she revealed the deeply personal moment on air.   Wentworth explained how the family were out to dinner on Friday night when they heard the 87-year-old Supreme Court Justice had died.   Actress Ali Wentworth described how she was told of the news of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing from her news anchor husband George Stephanopolus Wentworth told how she had been given an RBG emotional support doll to cope with the loss The news broke on Friday night when he GMA anchor husband George Stephanopoulos, 59, was immediately summoned to report on air using his cellphone while out dining with family  Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Ruth Bader Ginsburg is pictured in Janua

Happy ending for ‘Romeo and Juliet of lockdown’: Italian couple who spotted each other from neighbouring balconies when forced to stay home for ten weeks reveal they are to marry

 Love in the time of Coronavirus- The modern day Romeo and Juliet, who met from their balcony, have announced that they are getting married. The pair have been dubbed Romeo and Juliet as they met during Italy's strict lockdown on their balconies in Verona and started a type of long-distance relationship- similarly to Shakespear's tragic heroes.  The pair have confirmed their happy ending and said they have already started planning their wedding.  Paola Agnelli and Michele D'Alpaos met from their balconies during lockdown in Verona, Italy Paola Agnelli, 40, a lawyer, first spotted Michele D'Alpaos,38 when they were both on their balconies at 6pm for the community balcony concert designed to keep spirits lifted.  Mr D'Alpaos said to The Times: 'We are absolute-ly getting married and all we have to do is set the date. 'We are considering a ceremony on the large roof terrace of my building, which would make sense since we met on our balconies.' They met duri

Boris Johnson's son Wilfred was christened a catholic, Westminster Cathedral confirms (proving PM wasn't on secret Italian jaunt that weekend)

Boris Johnson and his fiancee Carrie Symonds had their son Wilfred christened a Catholic, the largest Catholic cathedral in England and Wales has confirmed. Westminster Cathedral said the couple had their four-month-old son baptised there in a ceremony on September 12 by Father Daniel Humphreys. It is understood the christening was a small ceremony held in the cathedral's Lady Chapel, according to The Daily Telegraph. The Prime Minister and Ms Symonds, who has previously talked about her Catholic faith on social media, were reportedly holding Wilfred as he was baptised. Crucially, it gives Mr Johnson an airtight alibi after he was accused of flying into Italy that weekend for a jaunt despite the twin crises of Brexit and coronavirus. A spokesman for Westminster Cathedral told the newspaper: 'I can confirm that he was baptised at Westminster Cathedral on September 12. It was a private event.' The Prime Minister had been accused of leaving the UK for Italy  after newspaper La

Prince William says fatherhood gave him 'new sense of purpose' and increased his desire to protect the planet in first look at his ITV conservation documentary that's due to air next month

Prince William will reveal that fatherhood gave him a 'new sense of purpose' and helped spur him to protect the natural world in his new conservation documentary set to air next month. The Duke of Cambridge will share his passion for the planet and search for ways to restore the environment for the next generation in his new ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All.  The arrival of the new documentary, which was filmed by a production team two years ago, comes as Prince William gears up to join a star-studded line-up to give a virtual TED talk about climate change in October.  Prince William will reveal that fatherhood gave him a 'new sense of purpose' in his new ITV documentary Prince William: A Planet For Us All The documentary, which is set to air on ITV next month, will see the Duke of Cambridge share his passion for the environmental issues In his documentary, the prince will say: 'I have always loved nature and fatherhood has given me a new sense

Driver, 21, caught by motorway speed camera 'snorting a mystery substance off a phone while a female friend held the steering wheel' is charged - but NOT with drug offences

A man has been charged after being caught on a mobile phone detection camera allegedly snorting a mystery substance while driving. The driver, 21, of a Hyundai i30 sedan and his female passenger were caught on a detection camera on the M4 motorway in Western Sydney at 11.55pm on August 14.   Police released the image taken by the mobile phone detection camera. A 21-year-old driver has been charged after being caught on a mobile phone detection camera allegedly snorting a mystery substance Strike Force Puma and the Traffic and Highway Patrol Command launched an inquiry into the incident, leading investigators to issue a court notice to a 21-year-old man. The man has been charged with driving without proper control of vehicle, using a mobile phone when not permitted and negligent driving. NSW Police Acting superintendent Bill Darnell told 2GB investigators did not know what the substance was. 'However, those three traffic offences we are confident we can establish,' he said. '

National Trust includes former homes of Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling on list of a HUNDRED properties it believes have 'links to slavery and colonialism'

The homes of Winston Churchill and Rudyard Kipling are among almost 100 National Trust properties which the charity claims have links to slavery and colonialism. Churchill's former family home in Kent, Chartwell, was included, alongside several other well-known properties linked to leading figures from the East India Company. The audit, released on Monday, leaves the heritage charity facing accusations of smearing key figures from British history. National Trust members have threatened to cancel subscriptions and boycott the charity, and the organisation has been accused of 'playing the woke tune'. Almost 100 National Trust properties have links to slavery and colonialism, including Sir Winston Churchill's former family home in Kent, Chartwell , the charity claims The National Trust said it does not want to censor history, but added that it has a duty to inform its visitors about the origins its properties (above, Churchill's former home, Chartwell) The trust has in

Tributes to Ruth Bader Ginsburg continue to flow as NYC's 'Fearless Girl' statue is adorned with lace collar, flower bouquets cover the steps of Capitol Hill and Harvard Law students create makeshift memorial in Cambridge

The iconic 'Fearless Girl' statue in New York City was adorned with a lace collar in honor of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and grief-stricken Americans continued to lay flower bouquets at makeshift memorials in Washington D.C. as tributes continued this week.    Millions of Americans mourned on Friday evening as word that Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a legal pioneer for gender equality and feminist icon for generations of people, died insider her Washington D.C. home.  After serving 27 years on the U.S. Supreme Court and becoming only the second woman to do so, Ginsburg succumbed to a long battle metastatic pancreatic cancer. She was 87 years old. The vacant Supreme Court seat quickly hurtled Capitol Hill into a frenzy as the Trump administration - backed many, but not all of his colleagues - pushed for it to be filled as soon as possible amid criticism from Democrats. But in New York, the 'Fearless Girl' statue nestled on Wall Street was decorated in a lace jabot to ce