WA border reopening on the horizon amid McGowan’s legal drama.
West Australian Premier Mark McGowan has confirmed a new date for the state’s border reopening will be announced this month.
It comes as McGowan is being forced to travel to Sydney for a legal battle with businessman/politician Clive Palmer.
It will be the first time since the pandemic that McGowan has been in NSW.
And there is some serious beef between the two politicians.
Palmer is expected to tell a court that statements made by McGowan had a "real and serious impact" on him. Palmer is suing McGowan claiming public comments, including labelling him the "enemy of West Australia" in July 2020, had damaged the Queensland businessman's reputation. The premier has lodged a counter-claim claiming the billionaire defamed him in several interviews.
Both McGowan and Palmer are expected to testify in person in the Sydney courtroom next week.
A 46-year-old QLD woman allegedly killed by husband on Valentine's Day.
Vanessa Godfrey - a 46-year-old mother and grandmother from Queensland - was killed on Valentine's Day, allegedly by her husband.
On February 14 at 3.35pm, police carried out a welfare check at a resort in Pelican Waters on the Sunshine Coast. They found Vanessa on the bed "covered in blood" with wounds on her arms. A man - believed to be her husband - was found unconscious nearby.
Vanessa is the sixth woman to have died by violence in Australia this year.
A celebrity controversy at the Super Bowl.
It’s that special time of the year when we care about sports. Or, at least, the halftime entertainment.
The 2022 Super Bowl featured a show that was both groundbreaking and filled with controversy, and the celebrity-packed audience put on a show worthy of the Oscars.
In good news for Bridgerton fans, a new trailer has been released today by Netflix and it gives us some new insight into what’s really going to happen in season two…
And a great love story (or at least, a very entertaining one) has come to an end after Julia Fox confirmed she had officially ended things with Kanye West. It all seemed very polite until a now-deleted statement gave us an idea of what she’s really thinking.
Get The Spill in your ears here:
"We are not coping." Inside the 150-hospital strong NSW nurse strike.
Just popping into the feed with an update from the frontline of the NSW nurse strike happening right now across NSW.
Staff at around 150 public hospitals are participating in staggered strikes across the state, with a skeleton staff working to ensure patient safety.
Nurses want one nurse to every four patients on every shift and a pay increase above the government's prescribed public sector offer of 2.5 per cent.
Protesters rallied outside NSW Parliament House on Tuesday, taking their message to MPs who are returning for the first sitting day of the year.
You'll hear in the video below they're chanting "Enough is enough. Say something now."
Amazing energy at the nurses strike today! pic.twitter.com/lOKgt2CuuO— isaac (@IsaacNellist) February 15, 2022
The rally was one of about 30 around the state. See below:
Decided to come to Shoalhaven hospital to support the strike. 150-200ish out, lots of exhaustion and anger but staunch. Nurses and midwives from Milton, Shellharbour, and some from the gong. Always great how school buses, public buses and everyone else going by honks along. pic.twitter.com/ubuFrZsPhd— mark g (@furiousaffects) February 15, 2022
Nurses, midwives and supporters - many of whom said they would have preferred to be at work - gathered in Queen's Square, with the crowd spilling over into nearby Hyde Park before marching up Macquarie Street to Parliament House just after 10am.
The strike is in defiance of an 11th hour ruling by the state's Industrial Relations Commission which on Monday ordered the union to refrain from industrial action.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard met with the union on Monday in an attempt to avert the action and says he's disappointed the strike is going ahead.
"It's unfortunate ... there's been all sorts of efforts to try and work our way through their principal issues," he told Sydney radio 2GB on Tuesday.
NSW Nurses and Midwives Association president O'Bray Smith told members on Tuesday the union was offered nothing at the meeting.
"Those 'crisis talks' were merely a tickbox so they could go to the IRC and the media and say 'oh, we tried'."
Ms Smith says Mr Hazzard and health bureaucrats spent the meeting "mansplain(ing) about life in health", saying it was striking that "there are so many politicians ... making decisions that profoundly impact our working lives, yet they have no background in health".
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Abbie Chatfield confirms she and Konrad Bień-Stephen are in an open relationship.
Abbie Chatfield and Konrad Bień-Stephen have opened up about having a "different relationship structure" on Abbie's podcast It's a Lot podcast this week.
The Bachelor and Bachelorette alum shared they were in an open relationship.
The couple confirmed their relationship in November just days before the Bachelorette finale, leading to a tense few weeks between the 2021 Bachelorette Brooke Blurton and the couple.
You can catch up on that over here.
On Abbie's latest episode, the pair confirmed that they were still together despite rumours, but no longer exclusive.
“First of all, we’re in love. Mummy and daddy aren’t breaking up… We’re just having a different structure to our relationship. So we’re open. We’re in an open relationship, which we love,” the 26-year-old said.
"I’ve never been in an open relationship before. But it’s something I want to explore and I want to navigate and learn. Someone we met on the weekend gave us some good tips. Go see a sex therapist, talk about what your boundaries are … Because it’s not like you can just go sleep with anyone," Konrad said.
Some of the couple's rules include not sleeping with people they already know or ex-partners.
"We can still cheat," Konrad said. "So that’s the stuff I want to learn because I feel like there’s so much more to a relationship than just sex."
"I don’t care about someone’s genitals going near someone else’s genitals, I care about the lying, I care about getting an STI," Abbie continued. "I don’t care. In fact, hate to break it to you, it’s my kink."
While Abbie is yet to sleep with anyone else, Konrad said when he did, he called Abbie the next day, and "she was like, ‘Yeah hot, tell me all about it’."
The pop culture stories you missed.
Good morning everyone! Have you had a chance to watch yesterday's Super Bowl halftime show yet? Dr Dre and friends put on such a good show - and as a child of the 90s, nostalgic as hell.
I had a hectic afternoon yesterday, manning Mamamia's live feed of the event. For all the biggest moments, you can check out the feed here: A surprise performance and a tribute: The biggest moments from the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show.
Of course, the Super Bowl happens every year and the halftime show is one of the biggest events in music. Which is why I was SHOOK when I learned the artists involved don't get paid. In fact, I remember reading about how much of his own money The Weeknd poured into his own show last year. Crazy, huh?
For more little-known Super Bowl halftime show facts, check out: 'The artists don't get paid': 5 things you didn't know about the Super Bowl halftime show.
If you're interested in reading more about the performers, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul Mary J. Blige has a fascinating story, which my colleague Adrienne brilliantly explains here: 20 years ago, Mary J Blige didn't want to live. One strange Sunday morning saved her, and Eminem is now... 49. A truly terrifying realisation. Check out You might not know it, but Eminem has three daughters. Here's where they are now for more information that will make you feel old.
Phew! So much Super Bowl. Who are you backing for next year's halftime show?
NSW nurses strike, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Morning pals! If your social media feeds are full with the Super Bowl halftime show, you're not alone.
The 2022 halftime show, which featured Dr. Dre, Mary J. Blige, Eminem and Snoop Dogg, has been praised as one of the best Super Bowl halftime shows of all time. And we wholeheartedly agree.
In case you missed it, our Senior Entertainment Writer Chelsea McLaughlin recapped the whole thing on our Super Bowl halftime show live feed.
My colleague Isabella Ross also rounded up five things you didn't know about the show - including that the artists don't even get paid! Wild.
Now that you've let that sink in, let's get stuck into the five biggest news stories making a buzz this morning.
1. Thousands of exhausted nurses to strike across NSW.
Thousands of NSW public hospital nurses are walking off the job today, saying they are stretched too thin to give the care their patients deserve, especially in a pandemic.
The mass strike, which is expected to impact 150 public hospitals, is the first of its kind in nearly a decade.
Nurses are upset the state government has not implemented minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, as per systems in Queensland and Victoria, and are seeking a pay rise above the government's 2.5 per cent cap in recognition of their pandemic workloads.
Thousands of NSW nurses will walk off the job this week for the first time in a decade as part of a long-running campaign for better staffing and pay:https://t.co/fdp3VJXN5R— SBS News (@SBSNews) February 13, 2022
"It's inhumane what is expected of us," said Nicole Richardson, a registered nurse and midwife who works at Gosford Hospital, north of Sydney.
"We are not cuddling babies. We are trained, professional nurses and midwives trying to work in a broken system."
Skeleton staff will remain at work to meet urgent patient care during the strike.
- "We are not going strong": What it's really like to work in a Sydney ICU right now.
- 'Scott Morrison told Australians that hospitals were ready for Omicron. He lied.'
2. Two more women killed in Australia.
A major police investigation is underway after a woman was found dead in a hotel room on the Sunshine Coast on Valentine's Day.
Police said a staff member of the Pelican Waters resort located the deceased woman at 3.35pm, with The Courier Mail confirming that she was staying with a man at the venue - he was found injured at the scene.
In Victoria, a man has been arrested over the death of a woman earlier this month.
The 20-year-old Springvale man was arrested on Monday afternoon in the CBD and will now be interviewed by detectives.
On February 10, a 41-year-old Springvale woman was found dead inside her Melbourne home.
3. Parliament to establish a code of conduct.
Parliament House workers will soon have a written code of conduct policy to follow as part of the government's response to a review into workplace culture in the building.
Last year, Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins investigated problems with parliamentary culture and potential barriers that stopped people from reporting workplace incidents.
One of her 28 recommendations was to develop codes of conduct for parliamentarians, staff, and parliamentary workplaces to ensure safe and respectful behaviour.
Parliament House workers will soon have a written code of conduct policy to follow as part of the government's response to a review into workplace culture in the building. #auspol #7NEWS https://t.co/xXDAfm4viG— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) February 14, 2022
On Monday, parliament established a joint committee, to be made up of upper and lower house members, who will determine how a code could prevent bullying, harassment, sexual harassment and sexual assault as well as terms for investigating breaches of the code.
4. Jarryd Hayne could walk free today after winning rape case appeal.
Fromer NRL player Jarryd Hayne could be freed from prison as early as today as he awaits a third trial after his sexual assault convictions were quashed.
The 33-year-old has spent nine months behind bars, after he was found guilty of two charges of sexual assault without consent of a woman in her NSW Hunter bedroom on the night of the 2018 NRL grand final.
The ex-Parramatta player faced a retrial after his first ended with a hung jury.
He was jailed in May for five years and nine months with a non-parole period of three years and eight months.
But after his barrister, Tim Game SC, successfully argued two appeal grounds, the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal on Monday ordered another trial and quashed his convictions.
Hayne will now apply for bail at a hearing listed at Sydney's Downing Centre District Court at 10am today.
5. Police confirm human remains belong to Victorian campers.
In case you missed it yesterday, forensic testing has confirmed remains found during a search of Victorian bushland late last year belong to Russell Hill and Carol Clay who disappeared almost two years ago.
"As the matter is before the court, we will not be providing any further comment," a Victoria Police spokeswoman said in a statement on Monday.
The remains were found in bushland near Dargo in late November, when police zeroed in on the crime scene, after 55-year-old Greg Lynn was charged with two counts of murder.
Victoria Police has confirmed human remains uncovered in November last year are those of missing campers Carol Clay and Russell Hill.— ABC Melbourne (@abcmelbourne) February 14, 2022
Their remains were discovered in bushland near Dargo, in remote high country in the state's east.https://t.co/qfLRG0iKFd
Hill and Clay were last heard from on March 20, 2020 when Mr Hill, an experienced outdoorsman, made a call via high-frequency radio saying he was at Wonnangatta Valley.
Campers found Hill's car destroyed by fire at their campsite near Dry River Creek Track the following day.
And you're all up to speed.
We'll be back to bring you more of the biggest stories women are talking about throughout the day.
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Do you really have COVID or just COVID paranoia?
How many times since the world was struck by a global pandemic have you thought to yourself ‘I’ve probably already had COVID?’
Have you tested negative, despite that tickle in your throat that wouldn’t go away, or a fever that you couldn’t shake?
Did you know you can get tested to see if you’ve ever had COVID? Next question: should you?
In this episode we explore whether being absorbed in COVID for the past few years has left us paranoid about the state of our health.
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