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Melbourne businesses concerned with new COVID-19 restrictions

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Melbourne business owners are clenching their fists as the local state government announces new restrictions

The second most populated city in Australia is again dealing with a coronavirus outbreak, with five cases so far confirmed by authorities.

New restrictions will come into force from 6pm on Tuesday, May 25.

Those restrictions include gatherings of no more than five people in a private home. Public gatherings are also limited to 30. Face masks will also be required indoors for those aged 12 years and older.

Schools and workplaces will remain open. 

State Government officials confirmed genomic sequencing for the Melbourne northern suburbs outbreak shows it is “closely linked” to a case detected weeks ago. It’s also understood the virus made its way back into the state of Victoria via a person travelling from South Australia.

Melbourne last year went through one of the harshest lockdowns imposed throughout the entire world.

Thousands lost their jobs and hundreds of businesses struggled to survive after what was supposed to be a three-week lockdown, dragged on for 112 days.

Melbourne businesses have contacted Ticker News to express their concern with the latest restrictions imposed by the Victorian State Government, but are hopeful the cluster can be managed and business won’t be disrupted.

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New body-cam footage from Capitol riots released

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New footage has been released from the January 6th Capitol riot after legal action from major new networks.

The body cam footage and shows ex-NYPD officer Thomas Webster, he is the one wearing the red jacket, wielding a flagpole, rushing at police and tackling a cop to the ground.

Prosecutors say that the minute long clip shows the retired cop in a crowd of pro-Trump rioters, screaming profanities at officers.

The department of Justice released this after legal action by CNN and other media outlets.

“Democracy under stress”

Meanwhile, this follows a derailed inquiry into U.S Capitol riots dividing republicans in recent weeks.

t’s been described as “democracy under stress” and US Republicans are divided after the GOP derailed an inquiry into the deadly assault on the Capitol by former President Donald Trump’s supporters.

Democrats and some moderate Republicans had called for a commission to probe the events up to the incident.

The violence left five people dead including a Capitol Police officer.

Republican Madeline Dean says many of her colleagues are scared.

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The impact closed International borders is having on your wage

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Australia’s Reserve Bank Governor has voiced concerns about the country’s closed international borders and the impact this is having on the local labour market.

The governor’s concerns centre around the fact that Australia cannot “tap global labour markets”, meaning there are increasing worker shortages in a number of sectors.

This is starting to result in pockets of wage increases in the economy, which is worrying business owners.

The governor says prior to the pandemic “if there was very strong demand for workers with a particular skill, the wage didn’t really move very much.. because you could go and get workers overseas.”

However, despite the lack of global talent, employers are still broadly trying to avoid any wage growth.

The governor says that “even in those pockets where firms are finding it hardest to hire workers… wage increases are mostly modest.”

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Press freedoms in Hong Kong “hanging on by a thread”

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A pro-Democracy newspaper has been raided again, and the editorial team warns press freedoms in Hong Kong are under threat like never before.

Nine months after the Apple Daily newsroom was raided, hundreds of officers again swept the office and arrested five top executives under national security charges.

The paper and its jailed owner Jimmy Lai have long been a thorn in Beijing’s side with unapologetic support for the financial hub’s pro-democracy movement.

Five hundred police sifted through reporters computers and notebooks.

Hong Kong police said 500 officers raided the anti-government tabloid’s Tseung Kwan O office,, going through reporters’ documents and notes.

Apple Daily streamed the event live online.

Police raid the Apple Daily newsroom

Dawn operation

More than 500 officers conducted a dawn operation which authorities said was sparked by articles Apple Daily had published “appealing for sanctions” against Hong Kong and China’s leaders.

Pictures published by Apple Daily showed police sitting at reporters’ desks and using their computers.

A person streaming a live feed for Apple Daily’s Facebook page said reporters were prevented from accessing certain floors or getting their equipment or notebooks.

In a message to readers, Apple Daily warned Hong Kong’s press freedoms are “hanging by a thread”.

Police say at least 30 articles published in 2019 may have breached national security by calling for foreign sanctions against the Hong Kong government.

This is the first time where authorities said news articles could potentially violate the security law.

Supt Li, who heads the police force’s national security department, said Secretary for Security John Lee had issued  an order to freeze HK$18 million worth of assets.

Five people were arrested and money seized during the raids.

After the raid, reporters returned to a semi-gutted newsroom with the paper saying 38 computers were taken away.

Five executives of Apple Daily and Next Digital – editor-in-chief Ryan Law, chief executive Cheung Kim Hung, Chief Operating Officer Chow Tat Kuen, Deputy Chief Editor Chan Pui Man and Chief Executive Editor Cheung Chi Wai were detained.

The raid is the latest blow to media tycoon Jimmy Lai, the tabloid’s owner and a staunch Beijing critic.

Security Secretary John Lee describes the newsroom as a “crime scene” and says the operation is aimed at those who use reporting as a “tool to endanger” national security.

“We are talking about a conspiracy in which these suspects try to make use of journalistic work to collude with a foreign country or external element to impose sanctions or take hostile activities against Hong Kong and … China,” Mr Lee said. 

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