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Health alerts issued in Newcastle as region records two new COVID-19 cases

Health alerts issued in Newcastle as region records two new COVID-19 cases

Two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 have put Hunter New England Health (HNEH) on high alert for community transmission in the Newcastle region, with the body issuing a number of health alerts today. Pubs, venues and last Sunday's Newcastle Jets match at McDonald Jones Stadium are on the list of locations visited by the COVID-19 cases....

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Scentre Group board salaries return to normal despite trying times for retail

Scentre Group board salaries return to normal despite trying times for retail

After reports it has been driving a hard bargain with tenants and expectations net operating cash flows will fall by 60 per cent in the second half, the board of shopping mall giant Scentre Group (ASX: SCG) will now be paid at pre-COVID levels. Like many leadership teams in Australia, the senior management and board of the Westfield ...

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Nick Scali beats COVID blues and tables a $42m profit

Nick Scali beats COVID blues and tables a $42m profit

At the beginning of 2020 Nick Scali (ASX: NCK) was bemoaning the state of consumer confidence in Australia, but even with the impacts of COVID-19 the company has pulled up relatively unscathed. The furniture retailer has today reported a profit of $42.1 million for FY20, the exact same amount achieved in FY19, in spite of store closures d...

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Alliance Aviation soars with record profit

Alliance Aviation soars with record profit

A Brisbane-based airline with a strong focus on charter flights has defied the aviation sector's doom and gloom with record profit and revenue for FY20. After its shares reached new highs on the back of an aircraft acquistion deal funded by a recent capital raise, Alliance Aviation Services (ASX: AQZ) has reported a record full-year p...

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Man in his 30s among 15 new deaths in Victoria

Man in his 30s among 15 new deaths in Victoria

A man in his 30s is among the 15 new deaths from COVID-19 in Victoria today, representing the deadliest day in the pandemic to date. 725 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were also reported today as the state's businesses brace for the enforcement of Stage 4 restrictions from 11:59pm tonight. In addition, Premier Daniel Andrews anno...

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Mandatory hotel quarantine for returning NSW residents from VIC

Mandatory hotel quarantine for returning NSW residents from VIC

The NSW State Government has today announced that as of 12:01am on Friday, NSW residents returning from Victoria will have to go into mandatory hotel quarantine for 14 days at their own expense. Only residents of the NSW border regions will be exempt from the new measure. "I realise this may be difficult for some people, but the ...

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Blackbird Ventures raises $500m for Aussie and NZ startups

Blackbird Ventures raises $500m for Aussie and NZ startups

The Sydney-based venture capital (VC) fund that helped propel the likes of Canva and Culture Amp has recently completed its largest funding round to date, garnering a $500 million kitty to spend on the potential Antipodean unicorns of the future. In a blog on behalf of the team at Blackbird Ventures, co-founder Niki Scevak (pictured ...

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Maggie Beer to launch vegan ready-to-eat range in Coles

Maggie Beer to launch vegan ready-to-eat range in Coles

A plant-based prepared meal range from iconic South Australian cook Maggie Beer will launch in Coles from mid-October, targeting the fast-growing vegan category. The "Maggie's Food for Life" ready-to-eat range, already stocked in independent supermarkets, will be launched into approximately 400 Coles stores nationally. M...

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Virgin axes 3,000 jobs and scraps Tigerair as airline plans recovery

Virgin axes 3,000 jobs and scraps Tigerair as airline plans recovery

A simplified business structure for Virgin Australia (ASX: VAH) will result in 3,000 jobs being lost as the company plots its post-administration recovery plans. The airline, which is to be acquired by US private investment firm Bain Capital, will also bid farewell to its budget brand Tigerair as part of a business reset. The relaunch...

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Queensland declares all of NSW and ACT as hotspots

Queensland declares all of NSW and ACT as hotspots

Continuous attempts to break through Queensland's border controls have forced the State Government's hand in a bid to keep its residents safe, with a hard border to be implemented with NSW and the ACT starting from 1am on Saturday. From that time returning Queenslanders will have to pay for 14 days mandatory hotel quaran...

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Nick Woolf appointed as AusCann CEO

Nick Woolf appointed as AusCann CEO

Nick Woolf (pictured) has been appointed as the new CEO of medicinal cannabis company AusCann (ASX: AC8), bringing considerable experience in the pharmaceuticals space along with him. Woolf's appointment sees him replace former CEO Ido Kanyon following his surprise resignation in May. Kanyon cited personal reasons for his departur...

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Hotham and Falls Creek ski fields closed for the season

Hotham and Falls Creek ski fields closed for the season

The implementation of stricter rules to combat the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria has prompted the operator of the Hotham and Falls Creek ski resorts to shut down operations indefinitely for the remainder of the year. Vail Resorts previously suspended operations at the two resorts just two weeks after the season began, but with a tentativ...

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Perpetual cooling made possible with Alexium's new Phonon product

Perpetual cooling made possible with Alexium's new Phonon product

The following article is sponsored content in partnership with Alexium International Group. Business News Australia does not give financial advice. Alexium International Group (ASX: AJX) has announced a breakthrough technology for thermal management in textile- and foam-based consumer products. The South Carolina, USA-based performanc...

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Health alerts issued across Adelaide, two new COVID-19 cases confirmed

Health alerts issued across Adelaide, two new COVID-19 cases confirmed

SA Health has issued three health alerts in Adelaide's northern suburbs after a new confirmed COVID-19 case attended three businesses in the area. It comes as South Australia confirms two new cases of COVID-19 today: one being a contact of a known case and one potentially the result of community transmission. Those who have attend...

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Coca-Cola Amatil to offload Brisbane logistics facility

Coca-Cola Amatil to offload Brisbane logistics facility

Coca-Cola Amatil (ASX: CCL) is looking to sell an industrial property in Brisbane's south on lease-back terms as part of an ongoing strategic review into its assets.  With Savills Australia appointed as the exclusive agency for the sale that will start accepting first round bids in mid-September, Coca-Cola aims to offload it...

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Wesfarmers and JB Hi-Fi reshuffle Victorian retail operations, Ingham's slows things down

Wesfarmers and JB Hi-Fi reshuffle Victorian retail operations, Ingham's slows things down

With Stage 4 restrictions coming into effect from 11:59pm tomorrow major retailers like Wesfarmers and JB Hi-Fi are making big changes to their operations. Meanwhile, producers and manufacturers in the city are bracing for the impacts of reduced workforces. Wesfarmers (ASX: WES), the operator of Bunnings, Kmart, Target and Officeworks...

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Victoria raises penalties as COVID-19 isolation breaches fail to improve

Victoria raises penalties as COVID-19 isolation breaches fail to improve

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has today announced on-the-spot fines of close to $5,000 for people who breach isolation orders, following "disgraceful" incidents of individuals acting like they were above the law. Last week the Premier noted COVID-19 cases were not at home for one in four doorknocks, or 130 out of 500 occasion...

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Cromwell seeks link to Chinese billionaire Gordon Tang in ARA's $518m takeover bid

Cromwell seeks link to Chinese billionaire Gordon Tang in ARA's $518m takeover bid

Cromwell Property Group (ASX: CMW) is taking its defence against a hostile takeover bid to a new level as it seeks documents from Singaporean suitor ARA Asset Manager in a bid to nullify the offer. Through its latest manouevre Cromwell aims to establish a link between the group and Chinese billionaire Gordon Tang, which ARA has ...

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PM announces pandemic leave disaster payment

PM announces pandemic leave disaster payment

The Australian Government has today patched up a serious hole in its policy to incentivise social distancing, offering $1,500 pandemic leave disaster payments valid over 14 days to workers who don't have access to sick leave. It is a move that follows Victoria's approach of test isolation and worker support payments, designed to p...

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Sweeping changes for Victorian retail and construction, more cash grants on offer

Sweeping changes for Victorian retail and construction, more cash grants on offer

Retail will look more "different than it has ever looked" before and work on construction sites will be slowed to a crawl under extensive new restrictions to be imposed on Victorian businesses. From 11:59pm on Wednesday many businesses will be forced to shut and retailers will have to adapt to a new non-contact reality, while la...

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Smiles Inclusive investors call for EGM to overthrow board

Smiles Inclusive investors call for EGM to overthrow board

Update: After this story was published, on 5 August Smiles Inclusive advised it had received a notice from the requisitioning shareholders nominating Dr Joao 'John' Camacho, Dr Philip Makepeace and Dr Arthur Walsh to be appointed directors, and that it was seeking independent advice in response.  With shares suspended since M...

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Alliance Aviation flying high on $111m fleet boost

Alliance Aviation flying high on $111m fleet boost

While most airlines have been flailing since the outbreak of COVID-19, Alliance Aviation Services (ASX: AQZ) has floated on cloud nine thanks to resource sector exposure and government support to bolster tourism. That momentum has continued today with the announcement of a US$79.4 million (AUD$111.16 million) fleet acquisition package wit...

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New restrictions for SA venues after two new COVID-19 cases

New restrictions for SA venues after two new COVID-19 cases

Venues in South Australia will be restricted to serving alcohol to seated patrons only from midnight on Tuesday night as the state records two new cases of COVID-19 today. In addition, the number of people who can be at home gatherings will be reduced from 50 down to just 10. Premier Steven Marshall says the new measures have to be im...

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Primewest acquires Adelaide industrial property for $22m

Primewest acquires Adelaide industrial property for $22m

Property fund manager Primewest (ASX:PWG) has now lifted the value of its Industrial Income Trust No.3 to $80 million following the purchase of a South Australian distribution centre for $22 million. The high-profile Border Express property in the Northern Adelaide industrial Precinct represents the fifth acquisition for the tru...

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The house loses $1 billion as COVID-19 hits Tabcorp

The house loses $1 billion as COVID-19 hits Tabcorp

The economic effects of COVID-19 are expected to result in a $1 billion impairment charge for gambling giant Tabcorp (ASX: TAH) in its FY20 results. Announced this morning, the non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the range of $1 billion to $1.1 billion will relate to the Wagering & Media and Gaming Services Businesses. Tabcorp ...

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Zero new cases as "very crucial" week begins for QLD

Zero new cases as "very crucial" week begins for QLD

Queensland has reported no new cases of COVID-19 overnight but Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says this will be a "very crucial" week for controlling the virus in the Sunshine State. The Premier also revealed all the 105 residents at the Bolton Clarke Aged Care home at Pinjarra Hills, who had a staff member infected with COV...

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State of Disaster: Melbourne enters Stage 4 lockdown

State of Disaster: Melbourne enters Stage 4 lockdown

Significant new restrictions, including an evening curfew and strict travel restrictions, were imposed in Melbourne overnight as the city entered into Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions. The new restrictions will last for at least six weeks until Sunday 13 September, with a curfew from 8pm to 5am every night imposed as part of the new State of...

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Harold Mitchell found guilty over involvement in Seven's Tennis Australia deal

Harold Mitchell found guilty over involvement in Seven's Tennis Australia deal

The Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) has been successful in its case against Harold Mitchell, a former director of Tennis Australia, over his involvement in a deal with Seven Network. Mitchell has been found guilty on three occasions for breaches of the Corporations Act today, but the court declined to disqualify the...

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Woolworths urges customers to mask up in NSW, ACT and QLD hotspots

Woolworths urges customers to mask up in NSW, ACT and QLD hotspots

Woolworths Group (ASX: WOW) is taking a proactive approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) as the retailer and licensed venue operator expands the scope of locations where masks will be strongly recommended to customers. In Queensland hotspot areas the group is encouraging customers and teams across the group to wear face co...

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One in four COVID-19 cases not at home in Victoria, 627 new infections today

One in four COVID-19 cases not at home in Victoria, 627 new infections today

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews (pictured) has revealed one in four people infected with COVID-19 are not at home when health authorities come doorknocking. This disturbing figure was announced alongside the news Victoria crossed the 10,000 cumulative cases mark today with 627 new infections of COVID-19. Andrews says the Australian D...

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