Today’s headlines from the Hope News team
Australian cricketers are remembering former batsman Dean Jones, who has died of a heart attack in India at the age of 59.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has described him as an “absolute cricketing legend”, a true entertainer at the crease and a genuine, good guy.
Theatres, cinemas and concert halls will be able to increase their capacity to 50 per cent from next week.
Corporate events at function centres will be allowed to welcome up to 300 people, but the four-square-metre rule will still apply.
Venues need to ensure they have a COVID-safety plan in place.
Victoria has registered eight more deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
There were 14 new cases recorded.
More than 1.4 million Australians on JobSeeker will receive a $300 cut to their payment from today.
JobSeeker recipients will now receive an additional $250 a fortnight from the coronavirus supplement.
An inquiry into how the taxi industry is coping with increased competition from ride-sharing companies will resume today.
The heads of the Taxi Council and Uber will give evidence.
Some of the biggest names in politics will attend a State Funeral today for former Premier John Fahey.
Former Prime Minister John Howard will speak at the service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney.
The COVID-19 shutdown has had an interesting effect on birds.
Researchers in San Francisco say when coronavirus silenced cities, birdsong recaptured its former glory.
Birds responded by lowering their pitch, singing what scientists describe as sexier songs… and making their songs clearer… because they no longer had to compete with human noise.