Smuggler jailed over New Zealand avocado meth plot

Victor Martos, a 38-year-old Mexican national, was convicted of importing methamphetamine and possessing the Class A drug for supply. Martos appeared at the High Court at Auckland today, where Justice Christian Whata sentenced him to 10 years and seven months’ imprisonment. A file photo of avocados. (Max Mason-Hubers/Newcastle Herald) The summary of facts said a … Read more

Christine Holgate asked the Prime Minister for an apology. Scott Morrison didn’t give her one

Scott Morrison has refused to apologise to former Australia Post chief executive Christine Holgate after she accused the prime minister of “bullying” her out of the job.  In powerful testimony before a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, Ms Holgate said the prime minister had “humiliated” her following her controversial $20,000 purchase of luxury watches for four … Read more

Truck driver Mohinder Singh jailed for 22 years after killing four police officers in Melbourne crash

Truck driver Mohinder Singh has been jailed for at least 18 years and six months for hitting and killing four police officers on Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway. Singh was short on sleep and high on drugs when he crashed a 19-tonne semi-trailer into the officers, who had pulled over Porsche driver Richard Pusey on 22 April … Read more

Eastern Freeway truck driver to serve 22 year sentence; QLD to ease restrictions 6AM tomorrow; Morrison’s plan to save vaccine rollout; Former Australia Post CEO Christine Holgate would ‘welcome’ apology from PM; South Africa halts Johnson & Johnson vaccine jabs

Coronavirus fragments have been found in wastewater in a Melbourne suburb, prompting a warning to residents. Victoria Health tweeted that the fragments had been discovered in Ringwood. Anybody who has lived in or visited the suburbs of Bayswater, Bayswater North, Boronia, Croydon, Croydon North, Croydon South, Heathmont, Kilsyth, Kilsyth South, Montrose, Ringwood, Ringwood East, Sassafras, … Read more

Genomic sequencing changing rate of vaccine development

Illumina Chief Medical Officer Dr Phil Febbo says the coronavirus pandemic has illustrated genomic sequencing is advancing medical research and vaccine development at a novel rate. “This pandemic has really demonstrated that we’re at a fundamentally different place as a society with our access to sequencing,” he told Sky News. “So within weeks of this … Read more