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Virgin Australia delays vote on controversial enterprise agreement that would cut pilots’ days off

Exclusive: Last-minute decision comes as Civil Aviation Safety Authority says it is ‘engaging’ with airline on concerns rostering is leaving pilots fatiguedGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastVirgin Australia has made a last-minute decision to delay putting a controversial pilots’ enterprise deal to vote, after outcry about its plan to cut days off and concerns that pilot rostering was nearing unsafe limits.The decision comes as Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa) officials flagged they were aware of fatigue concerns over Virgin Australia’s pilot rostering after the Guardian revealed internal disquiet on the issue among senior pilots and frustration at what they felt was an inadequate response from management.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

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Dozens of Sydney’s asbestos-contaminated sites not cleaned up six months after first discovery

EPA refuses to name untreated sites but says all schools and hospitals have been cleaned as it continues criminal investigation into contaminationAsbestos mulch locations: map and full list of sites where it has been foundGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastDozens of contaminated sites in Sydney are yet to be cleaned up six months after asbestos was first discovered in mulch at a public park, as the New South Wales treasurer urges the environment regulator to “throw the book” at polluters.The Environment Protection Authority is refusing to name the sites that are yet to be remediated as it continues its criminal investigation into the source of asbestos contamination in recycled garden mulch that was used widely across greater Sydney.Sign up for Guardian Australia’s free morning and afternoon email newsletters for your daily news roundup Continue reading...

Life saving lessons: multicultural leaders urge education in ‘second language’ of water safety after latest drownings

With one-third of drowning victims in Australia born outside the country, advocates say more funding is needed to reach diverse communitiesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastAs Supt Joe McNulty explained the circumstances behind the drowning of two women in Sydney, he said they hadn’t come from a “swimming background”.That meant someone who was not a strong swimmer, or “wasn’t from a culture that taught you to swim early”, he explained. Continue reading...

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No Evidence Sri Lankans Arrested In India Have ISIS Link: Foreign Minister

Foreign Minister Ali Sabry on Friday said there is no evidence to back claims that the four Sri Lankans arrested in India last month are linked to ISIS.

PM Modi, Italy's Giorgia Meloni Hold Talks On Sidelines Of G7 Summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni on the sidelines of the G7 Summit here.