Polar burst will usher in winter


Meteorologists have warned that the imminent double blast of Antarctic air set to cross southern Australia will banish the “last of the warm weather” from many states and set the tone for winter.

Temperatures are set to plunge from tomorrow onwards for Tasmania and Victoria as well as southern areas of South Australia and New South Wales.

Large areas could see temperatures well below freezing with hail likely as well as snow at low levels.

Two cold fronts are sweeping across the south of Australia, one coming through overnight and into Friday and a second on Sunday which will be colder still.

Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) senior forecaster Michael Efron said that was the end for the mild conditions.

“This burst of cold air means it’s the last of the warm weather we’ll see across Melbourne.”

Matthew Thomas, also from the Bureau, told the Herald Sun the transition to winter was about to get underway. But there was something unusual about the frosty turn.

“It’s not an unexpected occurrence but we don’t necessarily get these abrupt changes all that often. It’s the abrupt nature of this one that’s most significant.

“It’s going to bring some very, very cold temperatures. We’re likely to see some snow in Alpine areas,” he added.

Alison Osborne, a meteorologist with Sky News Weather, said that the change would be sudden with Melbourne going from a high of 30C to barely half that on Friday.

“These will be some of the coldest temperatures we’ve seen this year,” she said.

“With maximum temperatures in the mid to low teens it will be the coldest weather so far this year.”

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Getting colder and colder in southern states

In New South Wales, it will remain warm in Sydney for the next couple of days with a high of 29C on Friday and the odd spell of rain.

But the mercury is set to fall with a maximum of 25C on Saturday and then only just getting into the 20s on Monday with a minimum of a mere 11C.

Canberra will sink to a high of 15C by Sunday. The lows will steadily drop from 11C at dawn on Friday to 5C on Saturday and then -1C on a frosty Monday.

Melbourne’s warm Thursday will be a memory on Friday when 17C will be the max with just 15C on Sunday. Dawn will bottom out at 9C on the weekend. Some showers are likely from Friday until Sunday.

Head inland and those minimums will sink further — a low of just 5C greets Bendigo on Monday morning and just 4C in Wodonga.

The Alps should see snow on the weekend with the mercury hitting -5C.

It will get warmer into the middle of next week but not reach the recent highs we’ve seen.

Across the Bass Strait it gets colder still. Hobart will drift down to just 13C on Sunday. Expect a minimum of 8C on Monday morning. Like Melbourne, showers are likely.

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, towering over Hobart, could bottom out below zero on Sunday with a dusting of snow over the weekend.

In the Tasmanian Highlands the snow could be far thicker, with 20cm of precipitation possible on Saturday alone at Lake St Clair.

It will be milder in Adelaide but temperatures are still set to fall to 22C on Friday and 19C on Sunday with lows of 12C.

Cyclone concerns in Western Australia

On the other side of the Nullarbor, Perth is more settled in terms of heat, bouncing around 30C until Monday when a high of 24C is expected.

Rain, some heavy, is a possibility for the WA capital on Sunday and Monday.

That’s likely as a result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which is building up strength in the Indian Ocean and is expected to turn towards land over the weekend or early next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for “dangerous weather” including gale force winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf for the WA coast from south of Geraldton to north of Exmouth.

Steady highs of 33C are expected in Darwin with lows of 25C and possible showers on Friday and Sunday.

Brisbane will see 29-31C across the weekend and into next week with mostly clear skies.



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Megy Gough who fundraised for cancer victims’ weddings given her own terminal diagnosis


A Queensland woman who launched a fundraiser for cancer-survivor bride and groom has been given her own devastating terminal diagnosis.

Megy Gough is well known on the Gold Coast after she launched a “pay it forward” wedding for cancer survivors Rebecca Limb and Matt McLean three years ago. The owner of Megy and Co’s hair salon organised 30 local vendors to donate more than $50,000 to the couple for their special day.

But then, in a cruel twist, Megy was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in November 2019. Doctors told her the cancer was inoperable, and she had just five years left to live.

“She could never have guessed that just a couple of years later, she herself would be fighting her own cancer battle,” Emma Lamberton wrote on GoFundMe set up to raise funds for Megy.

“This cancer means she may never have the chance to grow old with the love of her life, Justin, or see her gorgeous three-year-old daughter Harper reach high school.”

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After enduring 17 rounds of chemotherapy, Megy sought a second opinion. In August 2020 she found a surgeon in Sydney who was willing to operate.

“I had a surgery called a peritonectomy. It’s also called the MOAS ‘mother of all surgeries’. I had half my bowel removed as well as 75 per cent of my liver, my gallbladder, appendix and stomach lining. I had multiple complications in recovery including c-diff infection, a collapsed lung and code blue where I wouldn’t wake,” Megy wrote on GoFundMe.

After the surgery she had to be readmitted to hospital three times, and said she was diagnosed with PTSD following the ordeal.

Two months after the surgery as Megy and her husband Justin tried to return from NSW to Queensland, the couple were denied entry and had to quarantine at their own cost.

More heartbreaking news for Megy

Megy had scans in November 2020 which she said “looked clear” aside from “two little lung nodules my oncologist thought was just damage from surgery”.

However, in February, Megy was given the “heartbreaking” news the nodules had “grown in size and become active”.

“They also suspect cysts on both my ovaries to now be cancer also.”

She said she’s currently unsure of a further treatment plan and she and her husband are “very sad”.

The couple are currently not working and are caring for their daughter Harper.

A GoFundMe set up to help Megy with treatment and travel costs has raised more than $70,000.



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COVID side-effect sees Sydney singles refusing to travel for love


The other night I was scrolling on the dating apps and I discovered something new about myself that I’m not exactly proud of.

I was in the mood for a date and preferably sooner rather than later. So when a cute bloke from Balmain popped up on my screen, my first thought was, “Nope too far, I can’t be bothered travelling to the other side of the city.”

Then a bloke from Manly took my fancy but I thought, “Nup, catching a ferry just seems like too much effort after the week I’ve had.”

After a brief ponder on why I’ve suddenly become a bit of a postcode snob, I realised it’s a side-effect from a year of social distancing.

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You see, it’s no surprise to anyone that pesky coronavirus really put a halt on the ol’ love life. It was a year that saw me reach a lazy dating low. I found myself leaving my trackie bottoms on and only getting dressed from the waist up for awkward Zoom dates that involved bad internet connections and far too much time trying to figure out where the best lighting was in my house.

Whereas, a year ago I would sprint across town for a date because the guy had found a place that makes chilli margaritas served by a mariachi band, because, you know … how fun! These days, well, let’s just say I’ve moved my dating app location preferences to within 20km. OK that’s a lie, it’s around 10km of my house.

Hi, my name is Jana Hocking and I’ve become a lazy dater.

I want to make a date, but I don’t want to spend gazillions on an Uber fare to get there and decide I don’t like the bloke.

It’s gotten so bad, that I have had to make a vow to stop taking first dates to the (awesome) Spanish bar across from my house because the waiters now know me on a first-name basis and give me opinions on each bloke I bring in. “No Jana, he’s not right for you, he ordered the cheap beer.”

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Lazy dating a growing trend

And it’s not just me who has lost the urge to travel for a date. Bumble did a recent study that found, post-pandemic, 64 per cent of Sydneysiders want to travel no more than 10km for a date. A more generous group of 23 per cent said they would be willing to travel up to 25km to meet people outside their area, and just 13 per cent said they were happy to meet someone from anywhere in the city.

Has the whole work from home scenario left us less eager to venture further afield?

Also, can we all agree that the bloke comes to the girl’s suburb first? Call me old-fashioned, but it just seems like the polite thing to do. I know, I know, it’s a very 1950s take on things, but the romantic in me likes to think that chivalry isn’t completely dead.

It’s not just the postcode though – my laziness extends further than travel. I now also don’t want to commit to dinner on a first date. How about we just go for a casual drink and see if we vibe. Is it lazy or smart to keep the first date casual? I’m going with option B.

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Is he worth ordering dumplings for?

Lockdown gave us plenty of time to ponder, and I realised that I was spending far too much time on dates that were never going to go anywhere, so why extend it with a bowl of pasta, and a side of garlic bread?

I know within one-to-two drinks whether the guy is worth ordering dumplings for, and my idea of torture is making small talk with someone I’ve already mentally moved on from.

(Side note, there’s also something cute about a guy saying, “Shall we order something to eat,” when you both know the date is going well. It’s like you are both acknowledging you’re not ready to call it a night yet.)

Let the date go where it’s supposed to go naturally and without pressure. Being held captive in a restaurant is fun for no one, plus it just seems far too formal.

So until the after-effects of a year spent mostly in pyjamas working from home wears off, those boys in Mudgee, Tasmania – and, let’s be honest, even Dee Why – are going to have to wait.

If you’re not within a 10km radius of me, I just ain’t interested.

Jana Hocking is a podcaster and collector of kind-of-boyfriends | @jana_hocking | Jana (with a J)





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Aussie TV director’s John Clabburn dies after hedge trimming incident


The family of John Clabburn are mourning the tragic and sudden loss after the Aussie TV director accidentally cut his hand with a motorised hedge trimmer and died.

Mr Clabburn, 52, was trimming his family’s garden on Smith Road, Artarmon, in Sydney’s northern suburbs, when he accidentally but severely cut his hand with the cordless saw.

The shock of cutting himself caused Mr Clabburn to fall three metres off his ladder and onto the ground below.

Emergency services rushed to the scene just after 5pm on Tuesday to help him, but he was already suffering from cardiac arrest after losing a large amount of blood.

Paramedics were able to stabilise him at the home before rushing him to Royal North Shore Hospital.

He tragically lost his life later that night.

Australian television loses a beloved colleague

Mr Clabburn, known as JC by his friends and colleagues, was well known in the Australian TV community as a first assistant director.

Over the past three decades, Mr Clabburn lent his talent to a number of iconic Australian shows.

Mr Clabburn oversaw directing on Home And Away, Underbelly, Survivor, LoveChild, The Wiggles and Wonderland.

Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, Mr Clabburn’s wife Melissa said she was still in shock.

“I just can’t believe he’s gone, I knew it was bad but I expected him to pull through,” Mrs Clabburn told the publication.

“I heard a branch break, I was in the kitchen and felt something was wrong, and called out to check he was all right.”

Mrs Clabburn said her husband stayed calm and asked her to call an ambulance, knowing she had a phobia of blood.

“He kept it together for me but I know he would have been in incredible pain,” she said.

Mrs Clabburn did her best to stem the bleeding with towels but the cut was too severe.

As she tried to bandage his wound, Mr Clabburn was rolling on the ground and touching his torso.

Still in shock, Ms Clabburn told The Daily Telegraph she was still expecting her husband to turn up back at the family home.

“One minute we were admiring how straight the hedge was looking and what a great job he had done, he was so meticulous, he had a great eye for detail, the next John was in an ambulance,” she said.

The couple, who met on the set of the 1994 TV show Heartland, that starred Cate Blanchett and Ernie Dingo, were married for 27 years.

They have two sons together, Josh, 23, and Lewis, 21.

Puberty Blues actress Susan Prior paid tribute to her friend.

The two had worked together on the TV show Les Norton in 2019.

“I can’t stop thinking of you today,” she wrote.

“Sending all my love to your family, and the multitudes of people you worked with in film and TV as a top class 1st AD.

“You made your job look so easy.

“Lucky to work with you on Les Norton recently. You will be mightily missed by so many people in this industry and beyond.”



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Polar cold snap to bring subzero temperatures, snow to parts of NSW


A pair of Antarctic cold fronts will bring subzero temperatures and snow to parts of NSW this weekend.

Sydney will experience a dramatic 10 degree drop in just a few days, with Friday’s 30C weather giving way to temperatures in the low 20s by Monday.

On the NSW south coast, temperatures will drop in two stages as the cold fronts succeed each other.

Friday’s temperatures between 22 and 25 degrees will drop to around 20 degrees by Saturday, and then down to a low of 17 on Sunday.

Not far from the coast, the Canberra region will be much colder, with Saturday morning temperatures of around 5C before the mercury will be expected to hover around the zero mark by Monday.

“The really cold weather will come by Monday or Tuesday, that’s because the cold front brings cooler air, and the wind needs to settle down before it gets really chilly,” the Bureau of Meteorology’s Jiwon Park explained.

Unlike the capital, the coast will be buoyed by unseasonably warm water temperatures.

“The south coast will remain a bit warmer because of the influence of the water,” Mr Park said.

“We are seeing sea surface temperatures remaining slightly warmer than usual.”

In fact, with the ocean temperature remaining around the mid-20s around Batemans Bay, and a few degrees cooler at Merimbula, south coast residents who want to stay warm may want to hit the surf.

The places where the polar conditions will really be felt include the alpine region, Monaro, the ACT, the southern tablelands and parts of the central tablelands like the town of Oberon.

“In parts of those areas we may see temperatures dropping down to below zero degrees during the early part of next week,” Mr Park said.

“There might even be some snow in some parts.”

In the Southern Alps, the snow level could drop below 1200 metres above sea level.

Where it doesn’t snow, the next few days are expected to be drier overall then the beginning of the week, Mr Park said.

“We’ve been under the influence of a moist easterly, and with the passage of the consecutive cold fronts from Friday to Sunday, there’ll be a replacement of that moist easterly by a cooler and drier southerly wind,” he said.

“It will be very dry.”



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Why NSW Police never interviewed Christian Porter


NSW Police have revealed why they never interviewed former Attorney-General Christian Porter over a 1988 rape allegation and confirmed the alleged victim tried to deliver a statement via Skype during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Outlining new information about how the case was handled, police have confirmed the woman who accused Mr Porter of rape asked to deliver her witness statement via Skype during the COVID-19 pandemic – a request the NSW Police resisted and her friends and family were never interviewed after her death.

The woman ultimately decided to withdraw her complaint after COVID delayed the meeting with detectives and died by suicide at home just 24 hours later.

Mr Porter strenuously denies the allegations that relate to a 1988 debating conference in Sydney. He has launched defamation action against the ABC over the reporting of an anonymous letter sent to the Prime Minister setting out allegations against a member of Cabinet.

He subsequently self-identified himself as the target of the allegations.

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It was the woman’s decision to withdraw the complaint that resulted in police not interviewing Mr Porter after her death, according to NSW Police.

“It is current standard practice that once a signed victim statement has been obtained from a victim and further corroborative enquiries are made, the formal allegation can and should be put to the person of interest as per procedural fairness principles for investigators,” NSW Police said.

“On June 23, 2020 the (alleged) victim clearly communicated to investigators that she no longer felt able to proceed with the report. The NSWPF did not have a signed statement from the (alleged) victim, hence no formal allegation to put to the person of interest. In keeping with the (alleged) victim’s wishes no further investigation took place and the person of interest was not interviewed.”

NSW Police established Strike Force Wyndarra in February 2020 after receiving information from Mr Porter’s accuser.

Detectives from Strike Force Wyndarra were due to travel to Adelaide to take the woman’s formal statement in March 2020 but their trip was postponed after the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On Wednesday June 24, 2020, the woman’s body was located at a home at Adelaide by South Australia Police. She had committed suicide just hours after telling police she did not want to proceed with a formal complaint.

In answers to questions on notice, NSW Police confirmed the complainant did ask to provide a formal statement over the telephone or via video.

“Yes. On April 1, 2020, the (alleged) victim requested that she commence her statement by way of Skype,” the response states.

“Investigators consulted with the (alleged) victim on April 2, 2020 by way of teleconference. Options were presented to the (alleged) victim in relation to obtaining her statement. A joint decision by all parties was made not to conduct the interview remotely. There were a number of reasons which led to this decision. The (alleged) victim was understanding and supportive of this decision.”

NSW Police also confirmed they made six telephone calls to the woman which were not answered.

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The alleged victim also made two telephone calls to investigators which were not answered. On both occasions the woman’s missed calls were returned within seven minutes and five hours and 26 minutes respectively.

NSW Greens MLC David Shoebridge said the responses from NSW Police demanded further explanation.

“These answers raise yet more questions about the response of the NSW Police,” he said.

“When you speak to experienced investigators who have dealt with historical allegations they will tell you it’s not perfect but sometimes it’s the only option to take a statement by phone or video link.

“What is very distressing here is that this was an option that was requested by the complainant and open to police but for whatever reason was taken off the table.”

The answers provided also detail the Australian Federal Police decision to brief the NSW Police on the letter outlining the allegations rather than send it to investigators in full.

The letter requested urgent action be taken by the Prime Minister to investigate the 1988 alleged rape.

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It urged the Prime Minister to set up an independent parliamentary investigation into the matter, similar to that commissioned by the High Court into allegations against former Justice, Dyson Heydon.

“When news of [the complainant’s alleged] rape becomes widely known to the public (as it most likely will), legitimate questions will be asked as to who knew what, when they knew and what they did,” the letter states.

“This is occurring today in relation to Brittany Higgins. The loss of respect for our political institutions will be exacerbated.

“There will be considerable damage to community perceptions of justice … and the parliament when this story becomes public if it is simultaneously revealed that senior people (like yourselves) were aware of the accusation but had done nothing.

“Failing to take parliamentary action because the NSW Police cannot take criminal action would seem like wilful blindness.”

The South Australia Coroner is yet to determine whether to conduct a public inquest into the woman’s death.



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Terrifying near miss with another aircraft after traffic control misheard


A terrifying close call between a two passenger planes above Sydney airport took place directions from the control centre were misheard, an investigation has found.

A Singapore Airlines flight was preparing to land in Sydney on February 9, 2020 but bad weather left the pilots of the Airbus A380 unable to land on the first attempt.

The crew advised Sydney Airport air traffic control of the missed approach and were told to turn right onto a heading of 270°.

They read back the heading, however, did not include the direction of the turn.

“Air traffic control did not correct the incomplete readback and the flight crew commenced turning the aircraft left instead of right,” investigators at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said.

The aircraft was then on a path that would take it very close to another passenger plane and was ordered to turn right and immediately climb.

The second passenger plane was also told to turn right to maintain the necessary separation between the aircraft.

However that order then left the second plane flying too close to a third passenger plane.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the incident could have been avoided if air traffic control had responded differently.

“The ATSB found that the flight crew were likely experiencing high workload as a result of conducting the windshear recovery and published missed approach procedure,” it said.

“This, in combination with an expectation that they would be turning left, contributed to them mishearing the ATC instruction to turn right.

“As a result, the aircraft was turned left. In addition, the flight crew omitted information from their readback and ATC did not correct the flight crew’s incomplete readback, which was a missed opportunity to correct the misheard instruction.

“This incident highlights the importance of flight crew completing full readbacks, as well as controllers correcting any readback discrepancies immediately.”



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Shock moment pedestrian hit by car


CCTV has captured the horrific moment a man was hit by a car while crossing an interesection in Sydney.

The footage, aired by 7 News, shows the man walking across Abercrombie Street in Darlington about 4.20pm on Tuesday when a white Mitsubishi Lancer appears.

The man seems to spot the car at the last minute and starts speeding up, but fails to avoid it and ends up getting flung off the hood of the car.

Police said the incident happened at the intersection of Cleveland Street.

The 32-year-old man was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics at the scene before being transported to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

The man had a suspected head injury from the collision, an NSW Ambulance spokesman said.

The 19-year-old male driver was uninjured, police said.

Police said they were investigating and have urged anyone who has video footage or information to get in touch.



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Coldest day of year so far forecast


A “polar blast” of Antarctic air is set to sweep across Australia’s south this weekend bringing rain and plunging temperatures.

“A spell of unseasonably warm weather will come to an abrupt end over central and southern Australia this weekend,” said Sky News Weather senior meteorologist Tom Saunders.

The double hit of cold fronts could be so powerful, it may lead to the coldest day of the year so far on Sunday or Monday.

Temperatures could drop so low on Sunday that hail and snow are real possibilities. Melbourne is likely to see its maximum fall from near 30C on Thursday to just 15C on Sunday.

South Australia, southern parts of NSW and the ACT could all feel the chill. Canberra is forecast to hit zero first thing on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, in Western Australia, a tropical cyclone is approaching the coast with warnings of dangerous and destructive conditions.

The area of high pressure that has led to pleasant skies across the east is shuffling off into the Tasman. In its wake are two separate cold fronts coming in from the Great Australian Bight, sucking north cold air from the polar region.

“The warmer temperatures have left southern Victoria about 5C above average,” said Mr Saunders.

“But the cold front hits Hobart on Thursday night, and on Friday morning cold south westerly winds will arrive in Melbourne.”

The two fronts are also likely to bring bursts of rain.

Getting colder and colder in southern states

In New South Wales, it will remain warm in Sydney for the next couple of days with a high of 30C on Friday and the odd spell of rain.

But the mercury is set to fall with a maximum of 24C on Saturday and then only just getting into the twenties on Monday with a minimum of a mere 11C.

Canberra’s Thursday high of 25C will be distant memory by Sunday when 15C will be the top. The lows will steadily drop from 11C at dawn on Friday to 5C on Saturday and then 0C on a frosty Monday.

Savour Melbourne’s warm Thursday which could reach 29C. Friday will reach 17C, as full 12C cooler, with just 15C on Sunday. Dawn will bottom out at 10C on the weekend. Some showers are likely from Friday until Sunday.

Head inland and those minimums will sink further — a low of just 5C greets Bendigo on Monday morning and just 3C in Wodonga.

The Alps should see snow on the weekend with the mercury hitting -5C.

Across the Bass Strait and it just gets colder still. Hobart’s high of 23C on Thursday will drift down to just 13C on Sunday. Expect a minimum of 8C on Monday morning. Like Melbourne, showers are likely.

Kunanyi/Mount Wellington, towering over Hobart, could bottom out below zero on Sunday with a dusting of snow over the weekend.

In the Tasmanian Highlands the snow could be far thicker, with 20cm of precipitation possible on Saturday alone at Lake St Clair.

It will be milder in Adelaide but temperatures are still set to fall from 31C on Thursday to 19C on Sunday.

Cyclone concerns in Western Australia

On the other side of the Nullarbor, Perth is more settled in terms of heat, bouncing around 30C until Monday when a high of 24C is expected.

Rain, some heavy, is a possibility for the WA capital on Sunday and Monday.

That’s likely as a result of Tropical Cyclone Seroja, which is building up strength in the Indian Ocean and is expected to turn towards land over the weekend or early next week.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued warnings for “dangerous weather” including gale force winds, heavy rain and dangerous surf for the WA coast from south of Geraldton to north of Exmouth.

Steady highs of 33C in Darwin with lows of 25C. A possible shower on Friday and Sunday.

Brisbane will see 29-31C across the weekend and into next week with mostly clear skies.



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