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Greens Senator calls for inquiry into Sky News Aus for spreading misinformation

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Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for the government to investigate Sky News Australia for spreading misinformation

Youtube suspended News Corp’s Sky News TV network for seven days for spreading misinformation. Now, Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young is calling for a investigation into the network.

“This is a commercial broadcaster so why isn’t the government regulator holding it to account?” she wrote.

“As Chair of the Senate Inquiry into Media Diversity, I will call the tech giant, Sky and ACMA to front the inquiry to investigate”.

“If the spread of misinformation is dangerous on the internet why is it on television?”

Youtube suspends Sky News

“Sky News Australia acknowledges YouTube’s right to enforce its policies and looks forward to continuing to publish its popular news and analysis content to its subscribers shortly,” Sky News said in a statement.

The 24-hour cable channel has grown its audience to 1.85 million YouTube subscribers. The channel has a strong focus on alternative opinions against Donald Trump, Joe Biden and coronavirus.

Sky News Australis, is operated by Australian News Channel Pty Ltd and is a subsidiary of News Corp Australia.

Controversial right wing talkshow host Alan Jones.
Controversial right wing talkshow host Alan Jones.

YouTube confirms the suspension

“We apply our policies equally for everyone and in accordance with these policies and our long-standing strikes system, removed videos from and issued a strike to Sky News Australia’s channel,” a YouTube spokesperson said.

The one-week suspension was issued on Thursday and came after a review of Sky News Australia’s content. Youtube has reportedly removed several videos from Sky News Australia.

Youbue believe they either denied the existence of Covid-19 or encouraged people to use hydroxychloroquine or ivermectin to treat the coronavirus, without providing countervailing context.

Sky News Australia hosts Nicholas Reece, Rita Panahi and Peta Credlin
Sky News Australia hosts Nicholas Reece, Rita Panahi and Peta Credlin

Free speech defence

The news network is not backing down, with the company’s digital editor Jack Houghton arguing YouTube’s decision to suspend Sky News Australia is a disturbing attack on the ability to think freely.

“Sky News Australia has been temporarily suspended from posting on the Google-owned platform YouTube for publishing opinion content the tech giant disagrees with,” Houghton says.

“Among the videos deemed unpalatable for societal consumption were debates around whether masks were effective and whether lockdowns were justified when considering their adverse health outcomes.”

Sky News Australia Digital Editor Jack Houghton

“The stance taken by some commentators at this network was that masks are not effective in containing outbreaks, particularly when mandated outside in the fresh air. Some also took issue with the frequency and mechanisms of locking down Australians.

“Other commentators vehemently disagreed, and their views were also published.”

“The science is certainly not clear on either of these two points,” Houghton says.

Fox News coverage

In the US, Fox News has been criticised for its coverage of coronavirus. Now the hosts are pushing the vaccine.

Last week, a pair of Fox News hosts urged viewers of the network to get vaccinated against the coronavirus, dismissing conspiracy theories about the safety and efficacy of the vaccine. 

“Well, here’s the thing. And one of the CDC officials said yesterday, look, the pandemic right now is really just with people who have not been vaccinated. Ninety-nine percent of the people who died have not been vaccinated. What they are trying to do is make sure that all of the people who have not been vaccinated get vaccinated,” Steve Doocy said Monday on “Fox & Friends.”

It comes as cases rise in US, and US President Joe Biden calls on states to offer $100 vaccine incentive.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson

The comments from the Fox News personalities come amid criticism the network has been hit with over controversial comments some hosts have made about local lockdown measures, face mask mandates, vaccine science and the pandemic as a whole. 

Last week, The New York Times published a story detailing a litany comments made by prime-time hosts Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingrahamthat the outlet said ran “at odds with the recommendations of health experts” relative to vaccines.

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Issey Miyake, Japanese fashion designer dies aged 84

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The fashion world is in mourning after the loss of Issey Miyake

Renowned Japanese fashion designer, Issey Miyake has passed away at age 84.

Internationally-recognised, Issey Miyake, had been battling liver cancer.

His experimental designs generated a cult following, particularly in the art world, as they resembled what is seen in galleries around the world.

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His creations seemed more like sculptures than items of clothing.

While it is now common practice for designers to show their work in the art-world, when Issey Miyake first garnered popularity back in the 1980s, it was unusual.

Issey Miyake grew up in Japan before working in Paris with other renowned designers.

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The life of immortal Australian performer, Olivia Newton-John

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The world has lost a true Hollywood legend, Olivia Newton John has passed away at the age of 73

Olivia rose to stardom for her remarkable performance in hit musical “Grease” where she co-starred alongside Actor John Travolta, in 1978.

She was just 29 years of age, playing the role of an innocent teen in love with the bad boy.

Together, they won hearts across the world, bringing in a whopping $395 million USD from the box office. 

A movie star turned cancer advocate, Newton-John spent much of her later years fiercely fighting for awareness and further research.

We take a look back on her life, her legacy and the hole she is leaving behind

Long before Olivia Newton John became a household name in Hollywood, she started from a home in Melbourne.

Born in Cambridge 1948, her family emigrated to Australia. The youngest of three children. Her teenage years saw her became a major drawcard on the Happy Show.


But the bight lights of Melbourne in the 1970s could never contain that voice.

She moved to the UK and in 1974 represented the Britain in the Eurovision song contest.

Australian trailblazer Helen Ready encouraged Olivia to move to the United States where she quickly climbed the charts.

She certainly had somewhere else to go – Rydell High.

She scored the role in the film adaptation of the Broadway hit, despite her concerns about being 29, playing a high school senior, insisting on a screen test with John Travolta.

Now the girl from Melbourne, was now a Hollywood star.

And there was nowhere to hide – Grease became the biggest box office hit of 1978.

Olivia Newton John’s career soared


Just like Sandys transformation in the film, Olivia was ready for a new spandex clad image, just in time for the 80s.


Pioneering an iconic look and telling us all…”let’s get physical”

Physical smashed the charts, before she starred alongside Gene Kelly in her second major film, playing the star.

In 1986 she gave birth to her daughter Chloe and resumed her career in the early 90s, before she was diagnosed with cancer – receiving the diagnosis the same weekend her father died.

LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 19: Actress/singer Olivia Newton-John (L) and daughter actress/singer Chloe Lattanzi attend ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 21 at CBS Televison City on October 19, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)


She survived and became an advocate for breast cancer research, teaming with the Victorian government to create the Olivia Newton John cancer wellness and research centre in Melbourne.

Leading a three week, 230km walk along the great ocean road to raise funds.


Forever passionate about the environment. She cancelled a tour of Japan over the slaughter of dolphins.

She battled in her personal life too. Her partner Patrick McDermott disappeared on a fishing trip in 2005. Her daughter faced health problems

Through all her battles, she continued performing.

An immortal Australian performer, a passional advocate for health, the voice of a generation.

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Anne Heche fighting for life in coma

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U.S. actress Anne Heche is in a coma following a horror car crash in Los Angeles

Heche’s representative has confirmed the 53-year-old is fighting for her life in an “extreme critical condition.”

“She has a significant pulmonary injury requiring mechanical ventilation and burns that require surgical intervention…

She is in a coma and has not regained consciousness since shortly after the accident.”

Anne heche representative

There are concerns Heche may have been intoxicated at the time of the crash, after plowing into two separate homes.

New reports also suggest Los Angeles Police Department requested a warrant to test Heche’s blood to determine if she was under the influence.

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