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A young boy is being flown to hospital after a shark bit him on the foot while he was snorkelling near Coral Bay in Western Australia, reports AAP. The Queensland government will invest a further $270 million in protecting the Great Barrier Reef and regenerating land as part of the state budget next week.
But farmers and stakeholders in the north will wait for the budget to be handed down before assessing the impact it may have.
The multimillion dollar injection is set to build on $400 million already invested in the reef since 2015.
Environment Minister Meaghan Scanlon also announced an extra $60 million would be allocated to the Australian Land Restoration Fund to “turbocharge carbon farming” in the state.
Scanlon says the large investment is part of the government’s continued push to move the dial further in protective measures for the reef.
“The $270 million announcement is part of new funding to provide confidence and certainty to industry that the government backs the reef,” she said in Cairns on Friday.
“Our increased expenditure in the reef and the Land Restoration Fund will help spark Queensland’s economic recovery while also ensuring our native fauna and flora, and our cultural heritage will be preserved and enhanced for the generations to come.”
However, the Queensland Farmers’ Federation says they won’t comment on the proposed investment until all details are known.CEO Dr Georgina Davis says the QFF believes maintaining a sustainable agriculture sector is essential to the longevity and prosperity of Queensland farmers and the environment into the future.
Deputy Premier Steven Miles says threats such as sediment, fertiliser and nutrient runoff, climate change and ocean acidification were all part of the challenges that the government’s investment is aimed at addressing.
“We’re working with landholders to reduce sediment runoff from their lands, pesticide runoff and fertiliser runoff, helping them to plan and keep more trees on their land,” he said.
“But also help to capture carbon in the soil and do our part in assisting in the effort to address global warming.”
The additional $60 million allocated to the Land Restoration Fund adds to a previous $500 million commitment by the state government.
Scanlon said more funding would be announced in Tuesday’s budget for environmental initiatives in the areas of waste, national parks, resource recovery and wildlife.
Former Sydney teacher Chris Dawson will face trial for his wife’s alleged murder after failing to permanently halt criminal proceedings over pre-trial publicity concerns, AAP reports.
The 72-year-old had argued his chances for a fair trial were irreparably damaged by extensive pre-trial publicity including a podcast.
The passage of time between his wife’s alleged murder in January 1982 and his trial also rendered any trial necessarily unfair, he argued.
Dawson has pleaded not guilty to murdering his wife, Lynette Dawson, at Bayview in Sydney’s north on or about 8 January 1982.
The NSW supreme court in September 2020 granted a nine-month stay but denied Dawson’s bid to permanently halt proceedings.
Dawson appealed against that decision to the court of criminal appeal, which on Friday said permanent stays should be reserved for the “most extreme cases”.
That occurred where a trial judge could do nothing during the trial to relieve the unfairness, the appeal court said in a written summary.
It agreed the prejudice to Dawson caused by the pre-trial publicity and delay in this case was “very serious”, but said that could be “remedied or sufficiently ameliorated by careful directions which the judge at the trial will give to the jury”.
The chief justice, Tom Bathurst, also noted a fair trial was not necessarily a perfect trial.
While fairness to the accused was one consideration, so too was the public interest of the community in bringing those charged with serious criminal offences to trial, he said.
The court’s full reasons have been suppressed in the interests of justice, to ensure Dawson can receive a fair trial.
Evidence and submissions made in the appeal are also shielded by a court order.
A young boy is being flown to hospital after a shark bit him on the foot while he was snorkelling near Coral Bay in Western Australia, AAP reports.
The 10-year-old was attacked by a two-metre bronze whaler at Five Finger Reef, south of the remote town, about 11am, the state’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said.The 10-year-old was attacked by a two-metre bronze whaler at Five Finger Reef, south of the remote town, about 11am, the state’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said.
St John Ambulance said the boy was being air lifted to the Perth Children’s Hospital. St John Ambulance said the boy was being airlifted to the Perth Children’s hospital.
He was about about 75 metres off shore at the time of the attack, the department said. He was about about 75 metres offshore at the time of the attack, the department said.
The beach at Five Finger Reef has been closed for 24 hours.The beach at Five Finger Reef has been closed for 24 hours.
Parks and Wildlife officers have travelled to the scene.Parks and Wildlife officers have travelled to the scene.
In late March, spearfisherman Jackson Howson was bitten on the leg by a two-metre shark near Coral Bay. He managed to get away after punching it.In late March, spearfisherman Jackson Howson was bitten on the leg by a two-metre shark near Coral Bay. He managed to get away after punching it.
Coral Bay is about 1200km north of Perth. Coral Bay is about 1,200km north of Perth.
I filed this story earlier on the robodebt court judgment.I filed this story earlier on the robodebt court judgment.
Wiebusch says there were more than 100,000 people without power as at 2pm.Wiebusch says there were more than 100,000 people without power as at 2pm.
The outage is affecting homes in the Gippsland area and the Dandenong ranges.The outage is affecting homes in the Gippsland area and the Dandenong ranges.
“It could be several days in some areas before we will see the return of power to some of those locations,” he says.“It could be several days in some areas before we will see the return of power to some of those locations,” he says.
Tim Wiebusch from Victoria’s State Emergency Service is on the ABC.Tim Wiebusch from Victoria’s State Emergency Service is on the ABC.
He says the situation in flood-affected areas of Victoria remains “absolutely dangerous”.He says the situation in flood-affected areas of Victoria remains “absolutely dangerous”.
“At this stage, to the best of our knowledge, there are no other missing person reports during this flood emergency, but it is still very much evolving,” he says.“At this stage, to the best of our knowledge, there are no other missing person reports during this flood emergency, but it is still very much evolving,” he says.
“The footage that we have been seeing very much highlights the fact that there is a real risk that will continue for several days, we are expecting, as you just heard from the bureau, more rainfall.”“The footage that we have been seeing very much highlights the fact that there is a real risk that will continue for several days, we are expecting, as you just heard from the bureau, more rainfall.”
The Australian Council of Social Service chief executive, Cassandra Goldie, has responded to the robodebt judgment.The Australian Council of Social Service chief executive, Cassandra Goldie, has responded to the robodebt judgment.
She says:She says:
A man has received injuries to his foot after he was attacked by a two-metre bronze whaler at Coral Bay in Western Australia.A man has received injuries to his foot after he was attacked by a two-metre bronze whaler at Coral Bay in Western Australia.
The man was snorkelling five metres offshore at the time of the attack.The man was snorkelling five metres offshore at the time of the attack.
WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said earlier that it was investigating a “possible shark bite incident at Coral Bay in the Shire of Carnarvon”.WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said earlier that it was investigating a “possible shark bite incident at Coral Bay in the Shire of Carnarvon”.
It received a report of the incident at 11.14am today.It received a report of the incident at 11.14am today.
It’s warned people to take additional caution in the Coral Bay area.It’s warned people to take additional caution in the Coral Bay area.
Asked about the court’s judgment linking the robodebt scheme to suicides, he says the issue is “complex”.Asked about the court’s judgment linking the robodebt scheme to suicides, he says the issue is “complex”.
• In Australia, the crisis support service is Lifeline.• In Australia, the crisis support service is Lifeline.
Frydenberg is asked if the government now accepts the robodebt scheme was unlawful.Frydenberg is asked if the government now accepts the robodebt scheme was unlawful.
He says:He says:
It is correct the government accepts no liability in the settlement.It is correct the government accepts no liability in the settlement.
However, Justice Bernard Murphy also wrote:However, Justice Bernard Murphy also wrote:
Frydenberg is asked about calls for a royal commission into the robodebt scheme.
The treasurer claims (disingenuously, I must say) that the method used in the program was also used by the Labor party and goes back to the “Paul Keating days”.
The government has yet to provide any compelling evidence for this claim.
Frydenberg on the economic impact of the lockdown in Victoria.
Frydenberg is asked about the end of the disaster payment, given businesses such as gyms are still closed.
He replies:
He rules out further support for those workers. “In terms of our support, it remains as we stated earlier.”
Frydenberg says there have been around 50,000 applications made for the Covid-19 disaster payment, with more than 34,000 processed and paid.
That payment concludes today with the end of Victoria’s lockdown and federal health authorities’ decision to no longer consider Melbourne a hot spot.
Frydenberg says he’s just concluded a two-hour meeting with state and territory treasurers.
NSW and Victoria are going to work on a “a nationally consistent approach to business support in the event of a lockdown”, he says.
The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, is speaking now. I’ll bring you some highlights.
Just in from Western Australia’s Department of Health:
There are no new cases today, and zero active cases.
And since the government announced people over 30 would be able to get a vaccine, there have been nearly 74,500 vaccine bookings.
A flood evacuation warning has been reissued for Traralgon in Victoria’s Gippsland region, AAP reports.
Anyone near the Traralgon Creek was being told early on Friday afternoon to evacuate now.
“The challenge for our community in Traralgon is while the river has receded and the Princes Highway has reopened, we are expecting to see another 80-100mm of rain over the Traralgon catchment later today and throughout the night,” said the SES chief officer operations, Tim Wiebusch.
“The advice we have is that will result in renewed major flooding.”
A previous flood warning for Traralgon Creek had been downgraded.
Wiebusch said there were also major flood warnings for the Yarra and Thompson rivers, plus three moderate and eight minor warnings.
The weather front that has brought cold temperatures to much of the eastern seaboard hit Victoria on Wednesday night.
SES Victoria has had more than 7,400 requests for help, with about 5,800 related to fallen trees.
About 2,500 of those requests are yet to be cleared.
Wiebusch said as of Friday afternoon, more than 120,000 homes were still without power and 100 roads remain closed, including parts of the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road and the Maroondah Highway near Melbourne.
A strong wind warning was also issued on Friday for Gippsland Lakes and the eastern and central Gippsland coasts.
Those already in a safe place in Gippsland are urged to stay put for the next 24 to 48 hours when most of the flooding is expected to move through.
Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through flood waters.
Two SES members were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.