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Voss favourite, but Kingsley supported in Blues’ coaching bid
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Voss favourite, but Kingsley supported in Blues’ coaching bid

Voss, a three-time premiership captain with Brisbane, coached the Lions in 109 matches from 2009 until 2013, leading the team to a 43-65-1 win-loss-draw record before he was sacked.LoadingThe Power say Voss has matured as a coach in recent seasons, both tactically and in his man management. He has also led the Power’s leadership program, with Brownlow medallist Ollie Wines praising Voss this week for helping his career bloom.“He spends a copious amount of time looking for feedback on the way he goes about things, he’s certainly well aware of what his strengths are,” Power football department chief Chris Davies said this week.“He’s been a great foil for Ken [Hinkley] in talking through issues and, as you heard from Ollie [Wines], he’s been a great mentor to a lot of our more senior players ...
Stand-off at Shrine ends in cloud of tear gas and hail of police rounds
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Stand-off at Shrine ends in cloud of tear gas and hail of police rounds

“We’re really disappointed that people are still coming into the city in these circumstances,” Mr Guenther said.The crowd featured hundreds at its peak, but had thinned out when police decided to move in after several hours of surrounding the protesters and urging them to leave.Police offered protesters safe passage to leave until about 3pm. At 4.20pm, they surged forward and took a position metres from the increasingly agitated mob. Dozens of people who passed up the offer to leave without incident earlier in the day were led away by police.Hundreds of protesters marched through Melbourne on Wednesday.Credit:Jason SouthAmong the chants of “freedom”, “every day” and at one point the chorus of John Farnham’s You’re the Voice, many were unable to articulate their rationale for attending the ...
‘It was just a feeling of panic’: The long terrifying moments an earthquake shook Victoria
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‘It was just a feeling of panic’: The long terrifying moments an earthquake shook Victoria

It brought down brick walls along Chapel Street, Windsor. One bar reported losing a significant part of its wine cellar. But ultimately, thankfully, no human life was lost and serious injuries were avoided.“Welcome to Melbourne. What else is going to happen?” said Con Houndalas, who runs coffee shop One Thirty Two along the trendy strip.“It happened so quickly. First I felt the ripple effect, then I heard the noise, then I looked across and saw the bricks spitting out.”Con HoundalasHe was outside on the footpath talking to customers when he felt his body vibrate. He looked across the road to see part of Betty’s Burgers crumbling.“It happened so quickly. First I felt the ripple effect, then I heard the noise, then I looked across and saw the bricks spitting out.”Tim Wiebusch, chief operatio...
Wallabies’ vintage victories over Boks need to be bottled and aged for World Cup
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Wallabies’ vintage victories over Boks need to be bottled and aged for World Cup

Yes, yes, yes, I know that in the modern sports age things have changed when it comes to basking in the glory of great sporting victories. Whereas I used to hear my father and uncles talk glowingly and with great detail on sporting victories of the Australian cricket team 50 years earlier, right now the shelf life of a great win for the green and gold is a few days at best before the next blockbuster extravaganza comes along.But, just this once, can we glory a little longer in the wonder of those successive victories against the incumbent world champion Boks in successive weeks? Talk about in the realms of never before! So nail-bitingly wonderful was the first victory, and so comprehensive was the second, they stand in their own right as matches worthy of being put in a bottle to be taken ...
Mandatory COVID vaccinations not ruled out for teachers, childcare workers
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Mandatory COVID vaccinations not ruled out for teachers, childcare workers

Queensland teachers and childcare workers could be the next group forced to get a COVID-19 jab, while up to one in three police officers are yet to be vaccinated despite a mandatory deadline in just 12 days.Queensland Health has mandated the vaccine for all clinical and non-clinical staff working in locations where care is provided to patients with a September 30 deadline for a first dose and the end of October for a second dose.COVID vaccinations are already mandatory for police officers and Queensland Health staff. Credit:APPolice officers and staff must have received their first dose by October 4 and both doses by January 23 next year.Education Minister Grace Grace has also not ruled out extending mandatory COVID vaccinations to teachers and childcare workers.Queensland Teachers’ Union ...
Celebration and trepidation as Boeing announces Queensland drone deal
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Celebration and trepidation as Boeing announces Queensland drone deal

As with the quarantine facility, which is being built by the Wagner Corporation and operated by the state government, Treasurer Cameron Dick would not reveal any costs to taxpayers.Loading“We wouldn’t talk about that publicly because we would, of course, signal to others who want to invest in Queensland what our support is, and that would then be more expensive for taxpayers,” he said on Monday.“But we have been the facilitator here, we’ve been the matchmaker. We’ve brought together the Wagner Corporation and Boeing to make an investment decision in Queensland.”Ms Palaszczuk said the project would create about 300 construction jobs and 70 ongoing roles.Mr Hellyer said the story of the project was not about jobs but manufacturing, technological and defence capability, which in turn could cr...
Trade wrap: Fort on the radar as Lions hunt big man
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Trade wrap: Fort on the radar as Lions hunt big man

Geelong’s Darcy Fort has emerged as a potential trade target for the Brisbane Lions, who are in the market for a cheap, back-up ruckman to support Oscar McInerney.Having lost Stefan Martin to the Western Bulldogs at the end of last season, the Lions were heavily reliant on McInerney in 2021. He was provided only occasional ruck relief from Joe Daniher and former basketballer Tom Fullarton.Darcy Fort (left) tussles with Oscar McInerney.Credit:GettyRival clubs have been made aware that the Lions are keen to bolster their ruck stocks, ideally with a ready-made option, given the club remains in the premiership window.But having brought in Daniher and Lachie Neale in recent seasons, the Lions’ salary cap is tight, and they are only looking for bargain ruck options.One of those is Fort, 28, who ...
Jumpy roos the first sign of trouble as quake hit Mansfield
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Jumpy roos the first sign of trouble as quake hit Mansfield

Mansfield Shire mayor Mark Holcombe could hear rumbling coming through the valley towards his farm and ran outside.“I was just standing outside on the lawn watching the house shake,” he said.He was surprised at the intensity of the tremor, the loud rumbling of the earth and how long it lasted.“It was quite noisy. I was surprised at how noisy it was,” Cr Holcombe said, adding birds had gone “berserk”.Cr Holcombe was thankful the town was not having to deal with a clean-up.“I think we’ve dodged a bullet. I think we’ve been very lucky.”The Mansfield Coffee Merchant was listed as a tier-1 COVID exposure site on Wednesday.Credit:Paul JeffersDean Belle was supposed to be celebrating his birthday on the ski fields at Mount Buller on Wednesday, but after the quake hit he decided to remain in Mansf...
Thousands of retired nurses, doctors, psychologists urged to re-join workforce
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Thousands of retired nurses, doctors, psychologists urged to re-join workforce

The sub-registers have expanded beyond doctors, nurses and midwives to include hundreds of pharmacists, psychologists, dentists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.Bruce Dowd, 63, returned to nursing at a major Sydney hospital last month after retiring from a 38-year career in intensive care in 2018.The former equipment nurse manager previously rejoined the workforce for six weeks in March last year, after calling the hospital to ask if they needed assistance when the first wave of the pandemic took hold abroad.“And then nothing really happened, so I said, ‘Right, I am going back to the man cave’,” he laughed.Mr Dowd said his role was something of a “sidekick” to the manager who took over from him at the hospital, expanding its intensive care capacity by setting up “hot zones” an...
Building worker sacked, allegedly under union pressure, for attending protest
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Building worker sacked, allegedly under union pressure, for attending protest

The worker said he and his colleagues had become angry on Monday morning after being presented with a proposal to work six hours without break but to be paid for eight. “People have had a gutful,” he said. “We said f--- this, we are going to march and get some answers.”The CFMEU has been working to identify construction workers who attacked its Melbourne headquarters, with Mr Setka telling ABC Breakfast on Wednesday it was trawling through footage on Facebook and other video taken at the protest. “We don’t need people like that. Our industry, we try to make it safe,” he said.The worker who was sacked said he feared he would be driven out of the industry and unable to support his family. He estimated well over 90 per cent of the crowd when he was there on Monday were building workers. “It w...