Police patrol Melbourne's CBD ahead of potential anti-lockdown protests

Police are patrolling potential flashpoints around Melbourne’s CBD ahead of planned anti-lockdown protests.

Small protests across Melbourne on Friday saw more than 200 people arrested, but larger rallies failed to materialise.

A number of officers have been out around CBD landmarks this morning and could be seen stopping and talking to people walking through the area.

Doctor urges community to rise above division

The Australian Medical Association’s Victorian vice-president Sarah Whitelaw said healthcare workers had been “watching in fear” as this week’s at-times violent protests unfolded.

“I think all of us have had such a difficult week and this pandemic has pushed all of us to the brink,” Dr Whitelaw said.

“This week has been a really difficult one for Melbourne. The violence is obviously horrible.

“And spitting at healthcare workers, being violent with police, is obviously a devastatingly damaging way to deal with your anger.”

Dr Whitelaw said the potential of spread from the protests was “very, very real” and would likely be revealed in about a week’s time.

One protester who attended Wednesday’s Melbourne rallies was admitted to hospital after testing positive to COVID-19 and a small number of officers have been identified as close contacts as a result.

But, she said, being concerned about the possibility of superspreading events and the healthcare system being overwhelmed did not mean it was impossible to understand the “pain and the devastating impacts of lockdown”.

“We need each other more than ever and there’s no easy answers, there is not going to be an easy path over the next couple of months and I think watching those protests potentially divide the community has been devastating, not just for healthcare workers but also for all of us,” she said.

More to come.

[Click through to send us your questions about COVID-19]

Internet Explorer Channel Network
News Related

OTHER NEWS

University of Pittsburgh department puts ‘secretary,' ‘clerk,' and ‘freshman' on ‘sexist language' list

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Pittsburgh released a guide discouraging “Sexist Language” like “freshman” and “Secretary/Clerk.” Sage Ross / Wikimedia The University of Pittsburgh ... Read more »

Sam Darnold is ‘very hard to watch' as Panthers season crumbles

So much for the Sam Darnold redemption tour. Three games into his Panthers tenure, Darnold had an undefeated record which hinted the 24-year-old may finally be realizing his potential as ... Read more »

Florida man found with live grenade, clown mannequin inside truck: video

Deputies in Florida found a live grenade in the truck of an “idiot” who was driving with a terrifying clown mannequin in the passenger seat, wild video shows. The footage ... Read more »

Premier League face pressure to change rule that will affect Manchester United and Man City

The Premier League is facing pressure to make a permanent change to five substitutions after the game’s lawmakers ruled in favour of the move. All top European leagues, along with ... Read more »

United Spirits Q2 profit up two folds to Rs 286 cr

© Provided by Zee Business United Spirits on Wednesday reported over two-fold jump in consolidated net profit at Rs 286.4 crore for the second quarter ended September 2021 helped by ... Read more »

Reliance Power posts Rs 49 cr loss for September quarter

© Provided by Zee Business Reliance Power on Wednesday reported a consolidated net loss of Rs 49.05 crore for September quarter 2021 mainly due to lower revenues. The company logged ... Read more »

PSUs BEL, NBCC and HSCL hand over dividend cheques for FY2020-21 - Check details here

© Provided by Zee Business In an important development, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), the Defence Public Sector Undertaking (DPSU) has paid a total dividend of 400 per cent on its ... Read more »

Covaxin approval | WHO group likely to reconvene on Nov 3 for final risk-benefit assessment

The World Health Organisation’s Technical Advisory Group for Emergency Use Listing expects to receive some additional clarifications on Covaxin from the manufacturer, Bharat Biotech, by the end of this week ... Read more »

FTC goes after gig economy and multilevel marketers for pandemic exploitation

The Federal Trade Commission is calling out technology firms and gig-based companies such as Amazon and Uber for potentially deceiving or misleading those in financial distress with money-making pitches during ... Read more »

FirstGroup offers to buy up to £500m in shares from investors

© Provided by This Is Money MailOnline logo Transport business FirstGroup has confirmed its intentions to return up to £500million to shareholders. From tomorrow, the company is offering investors the ... Read more »

BP benefitting from gas price crisis with $500m trading bonanza

© Provided by City AM BP’s trading team made at least $500 million in Q3 2021, according to Reuters. The energy giant’s gas trading results were reportedly disclosed at an ... Read more »

EastEnders' Danny Dyer determined to crack America and 'prays every day'

Danny Dyer wants to crack America and film a show about his attempts. But the EastEnders star, 44, readily admitted his chances of making it were slim to none. He ... Read more »

Former Cadbury chief to head Wagamama's owner Restaurant Group

© Provided by City AM Cadbury’s former chief financial officer Ken Hanna is reportedly set to become the next chairman of Restaurant Group, which owns several chains including Wagamama, Frankie ... Read more »

Budget 2021: Winemakers raise a glass as Rishi Sunak cuts taxes on sparkling wine

Homegrown winemakers have welcomed the Chancellor’s Budget, which will see a huge shake-up of alcohol duty and reduce taxes on sparkling wine, rose, fruit ciders and draught beer made in ... Read more »

Could a hybrid House of Commons be here to stay? NDP leader wants to talk about it

OTTAWA — Jagmeet Singh says Canada should consider having a permanent hybrid Parliament to attract more women and parents with young children to federal politics. © Provided by The Canadian ... Read more »

Merrick Garland defends school memo at Senate hearing against GOP criticism, call for resignation

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Merrick Garland defended his memo about assisting local school officials against violence and threats of violence, as Senate Republicans  blasted the memo as “shameful” and “intimidating,” and one ... Read more »

Marjorie Taylor Greene invested as much as $50,000 in the Trump SPAC before its stock plunged

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene bought as much as $50,000 worth of shares in a shell company that is merging with former President Donald Trump’s new media venture, according to ... Read more »

Patrick Leahy questions Merrick Garland over Larry Nassar investigation

Sen. Patrick Leahy pressed Attorney General Merrick Garland on the Department of Justice's decision not to prosecute ex-FBI agents who lied about the Larry Nassar abuse investigation. Leahy and other ... Read more »

Outrage over Israel's building of a Jerusalem park over Palestinian cemetery

Sobbing and trying to cling to her son’s gravestone, Palestinian Jerusalemite Ola Nababteh was dragged away from Al-Yusufiyah cemetery by Israeli police as a digger truck levelled land for a ... Read more »

Theme park mecca lets pandemic emergency order expire

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the Florida county that is home to the nation’s biggest theme park resorts is lifting a pandemic-related state of emergency order. Orange County ... Read more »

LeBron James' feud with ‘Squid Game' creator is officially on

LeBron James is laughing about his apparent feud with “Squid Game” creator Hwang Dong-hyuk. After the Lakers star said he “didn’t like the ending” of the hit Netflix show’s finale, ... Read more »

Killer cop Wayne Cozens joined Met when ‘THIRD of officers were not properly vetted'

MONSTER cop Wayne Couzens joined the Met Police when a third of officers weren't properly vetted, according to reports. The murderer, who dragged Sarah Everard off the street before raping ... Read more »

Democrats want to tax billionaires. Here's how much Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos would pay under their new plan.

© Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Axel Springer Blue Origin CEO Jeff Bezos (left) and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Joe Raedle/Getty Images/Axel Springer Democrats want to raise taxes on billionaires to offset infrastructure ... Read more »

US Democratic lawmakers unveil 'billionaires tax'

© Provided by dw.com Officials in President Joe Biden’s administration have pushed for higher taxes on the wealthy US lawmakers on Wednesday unveiled a proposal to tax billionaires on unrealized ... Read more »

Glowing Meghan Markle delights children as she reads The Bench from her LA mansion

© Youtube/Brightly Storytime Meghanmarkle.JPG The Duchess of Sussex delighted children as she made an appearance to read her story The Bench to the cameras. Surrounded by her gorgeous garden at ... Read more »

Spider-Man: No Way Home Has Confirmed Two More Villains, So Bring On The Sinister Six

© Provided by CinemaBlend Iron Spider suit The Marvel Cinematic Universe is always expanding, and two more highly anticipated blockbusters will arrive before the New Year. The latter of which ... Read more »

EastEnders' Danny Dyer 'prays every day' amid dreams of cracking fame in America

Danny Dyer wants to crack America and film a show about his attempts. But the EastEnders star, 44, readily admitted his chances of making it were slim to none. He ... Read more »

Alec Baldwin shooting: Rust assistant director tells police he didn't check all rounds before giving gun to actor

© Instagram Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust – Instagram The assistant director on the movie Rust has told police that he didn’t check all the rounds in the ... Read more »

Dennis Knotts dead: Mrs Brown's Boys crewmember dies as star Brendan O'Carroll pays tribute

Mrs Brown’s Boys prop master Dennis Knotts has died after testing positive for Covid-19. Dennis had worked on the production for ten years before his passing earlier this month. Bendan ... Read more »

Democrats play a dangerous game branding all Republicans 'extremists'

When your go-to electoral strategy is to accuse all Republicans of being extremists, including even Mitt Romney and now the fleece-sporting centrist Glenn Youngkin, voters eventually tune out the warnings. ... Read more »

All events at Aviva Stadium, including Ireland-Portugal match, to be covered by anti-touting law

© Alamy Stock Photo File photo – Ireland fans at the Aviva Stadium ALL EVENTS AT the Aviva Stadium in Dublin are to be under new ticket touting legislation from ... Read more »

Van Jones on his new podcast in partnership with Amazon Music and how he plans to implement a $100 million gift for charity from Jeff Bezos

© Leigh Vogel/Getty Images Van Jones. Leigh Vogel/Getty Images Van Jones spoke to Insider about his new podcast, “Uncommon Ground with Van Jones,” which debuted this week in partnership with ... Read more »

GABBY PETITO: Her father says contents of Laundrie notebook won't bring him closure

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – Gabby Petito’s father, Joe, said he isn’t obsessing over Brian Laundrie’s recently recovered notebook and that he doesn’t expect its contents to bring him any ... Read more »

Iran says Vienna nuclear talks to resume by end of November

© Provided by Al Jazeera The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters in Vienna, Austria [Leonhard Foeger/Reuters] Tehran, Iran – Iran’s top nuclear ... Read more »

Brazil Senate hands pandemic probe to top prosecutor, few expect Bolsonaro charges

© Reuters/ADRIANO MACHADO FILE PHOTO: Launching ceremony of the National Green Growth Program, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – A Brazilian Senate panel probing the ... Read more »

Khalilzad urges US engage with Taliban to avert Afghan collapse

© Provided by Al Jazeera Former Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad, who resigned October 15, is now defending his diplomatic moves that led to the chaotic American withdrawal [File: ... Read more »

House of Gucci Teaser: Lady Gaga & Adam Driver's high fashion romance sets the mood for an EPIC crime drama

© Provided by Pinkvilla The latest teaser of Lady Gaga and Adam Driver starrer House of Gucci has left the former chanting “father, son and House of Gucci.” Gaga, who ... Read more »

In Pics: Allu Arjun is an ultra dashing king in a black suit as he arrives for Varudu Kaavalenu promotion

The much-awaited release of Telugu romantic-comedy, Varudu Kaavalenu is just around the corner and the makers of the film are leaving no stone unturned to brace the viewers for its ... Read more »

Sherlyn Chopra accuses Shilpa Shetty, Raj Kundra of 'underworld threat', seeks Rs 75 crore for harassment

© Provided by Zee News New Delhi: Actress-model Sherlyn Chopra has reacted to Bollywood actress Shilpa Shetty and her husband-businessman Raj Kundra filing a defamation suit of Rs 50 crore ... Read more »
On free-english-test.com you will find lots of free English exam practice materials to help you improve your English skills: grammar, listening, reading, writing, ielts, toeic