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Oceania · Australia

New trial date set for Brittany Higgins trial

67% Right coverage: 3 sources
Bruce Lehrmann is accused of raping Brittany Higgins in Parliament House in March last year. He has pleaded not guilty to the charge. The trial date was postponed from early June, then the second date of 27 June was vacated less than a week before it was supposed to start. Chief Justice Lucy McCallum listed the trial to begin on 4 October 2022, although she noted it may be delayed again for a few days in October if another trial was still running.See the Story

Montreal public health director wants small amounts of illegal drugs decriminalized in city | CBC News

60% Left coverage: 5 sources
Montreal's public health director says decriminalizing small amounts of illicit drugs is needed in the city. Dr. Myl�ne Drouin said she wants to follow in the footsteps of British Columbia. B.C. will decriminalize possession of up to 2.5 grams of opioids, cocaine, methamphetamine and MDMA next year.See the Story

Health experts dominate Australia’s Queen’s birthday honours for work during pandemic

Coverage: 2 sources
Brendan Murphy, Kerry Chant, Jeannette Young and Mary-Louise McLaws among recipients recognised for their work on CovidSee the Story
Australian Capital Territory · Australian Capital Territory

Should the ACT's horse racing industry receive $40 million in public funding? The Greens say no

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The ACT government is in negotiations to re-sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Canberra Racing Club and the Harness Racing Club worth about $40 million. Under the deal, the horse racing industry will receive at least $7.5 million in taxpayer funding each year for the next five years. The Greens want the government to phase out the current funding deal and develop a transition plan to support workers in the industry.See the Story
Deakin · Deakin

BMX champion jailed for soliciting nude photos from multiple teenage girls

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
Rhys Karl Kember was a rising star in the world of elite BMX riding. He was on track to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. But back home in Canberra, he was committing offences against five girls between the ages of 13 and 16, including two sisters. He pleaded guilty and on Monday (27 June), ACT Supreme Court Chief Justice Lucy McCallum said he had tried to minimise the severity of his offending before she jailed him for eight months.See the Story
Deakin · Deakin

Duo charged following investigation into vehicle thefts across Canberra

A man and woman have been charged with multiple offences following an investigation into the thefts of several vehicles across the ACT. Police said they spotted a suspected stolen silver Hyundai Elantra in Belconnen on 18 June, which they believed was used during other crimes in Canberra. The woman was arrested immediately while the Watson man was arrested about an hour later after a negotiated surrender. ACT Police thanked the community for information about the stolen Hyundai.See the Story
Coronavirus · Deakin

U.T. records 54 new COVID-19 cases

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The ACT has recorded 819 new cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm yesterday. There are now 116 people in hospital, including one in intensive care. The double-dose vaccination rate for the ACT's five-plus population remains 97.3 per cent, and 77.2 per cent of residents aged 16 and older have now received a booster.See the Story
Inflation · Queanbeyan

It's official: Queanbeyan's rates going up

Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council (QPRC) is one of 86 NSW councils which applied to the state's Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for an increase to rates above the annual rate peg. QPRC, along with Goulburn-Mulwaree Regional Council and Bega Valley Shire Council, will increase rates from 1 July 2022 by 2.5 per cent. The Snowy Monaro Regional Council will raise rates by2.3 per cent from the same date. Inflation is currently at 5.1 per cent and is expected to reach 6 per cent by the end of the year.See the Story
Deakin · Deakin

Rare warning issued as child sex offenders target young boys

There’s been an alarming spike in the number of Australian boys being preyed on by international sex offenders, who have been grooming children to take explicit photos and then extorting them for money. That’s according to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE), which has taken the unusual step of releasing police intelligence to […]See the Story
Coronavirus · Deakin

Territory records 1159 new COVID-19 infections; hospitalisations hit another record

The ACT has recorded an additional 1159 cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to 8 pm last night. It's the highest number of daily cases reported locally in more than six weeks since Friday, 13 May. There are now 121 people in hospital with the virus. NSW has reported 40 deaths overnight and 8623 new cases.See the Story
Canberra · Canberra

Five planets align in Canberra's morning sky for the last time until 2040

The five planets, as captured by Dr Brad Tucker, will go their separate ways for another 18 years. The five planets only line up every 18 years, alternating between morning and evening depending on what side of the solar system the planets are on. The next time all five appear in the evening sky together will be 2040, then again in 2058.See the Story
Deakin · Deakin

'Fingers crossed' biosecurity emergency lockdown saves bees from varroa mites

Gary Polie’s entire business has been plunged into lockdown. As of 6 pm Sunday (26 June), an emergency order was issued for bees and hives across NSW to stop the spread of varroa mite, leaving the Collector beekeeper and honey producer in a holding pattern. “It’s our equivalent of foot and mouth disease,” he said. […]See the Story

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