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Man charged after allegedly attempting to bribe border police

A man has been charged after he allegedly attempted to bribe police at the NSW-Victoria border.
Officers stopped a vehicle just before 2pm on Friday at the Barmah Bridge checkpoint.

Officers spoke with the driver, a 66-year-old man, and asked for his border permit to enter NSW.

Police will allege in court that the man could not provide a valid permit, and instead offered an envelope with $1000 to an officer.

The Victorian man was arrested and taken to Deniliquin Police Station, where he was charged with give/offer a bribe to a member of NSW Police.

He was granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Moama Local Court on November 4.

British government defies backlash to approve Tony Abbott as new trade adviser

London: The British government has defied a growing backlash over plans to appoint Tony Abbott as a trade adviser by formally approving the former Australian prime minister's new position.

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age have been told Abbott's appointment to the United Kingdom's Board of Trade will be announced on Friday afternoon, local time.

Abbott will be one of a number of new advisers on the board, which is being revamped as Britain negotiates a raft of new global trade deals following its departure from the European Union.

The appointment has set off a major political dispute in Westminster, with cabinet ministers forced to defend claims that the former Liberal Party leader was a "homophobe and misogynist".

Abbott's former chief of staff, Peta Credlin, and his sister, Christine Forster, defended the former prime minister on Friday, rubbishing claims from journalists and Labour MPs that his previous statements disqualified him from the trade position.

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Aged care clusters likely driving top active coronavirus postcodes

Major aged care outbreaks are likely to blame for Parkville and East Brighton topping lists for active cases in this week's Melbourne postcode coronavirus data.

Roughly half of all Victoria's active cases as of Friday were linked to aged care – 993 from a total of 2060.

The table below shows the postcodes with the highest rate of active cases as of Thursday this week.

Topping the list is postcode 3052, which takes in Parkville and Melbourne University. It has the highest active case rate of any area in Victoria with eight infections per 1000 residents.

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Good morning all!

G'day everyone! It's Roy Ward here and I'll be handling our COVID-19 live blog today as Victoria counts down to the end of stage four lockdown and the announcement of Premier Daniel Andrews' post lockdown plans which are expected to be made public on Sunday.

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