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Traffic began flowing freely along the NSW-Victoria border on Monday Research published by Australia’s central bank says job keeper stopped 700,000 additional employment relationships being lost in the first half of 2020, and overall job losses would have been twice as large without the wage subsidy. See more from Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy.



'Inexplicable' fire at Tasmanian salmon farm leads to 50,000 4kg escapees

Some 52,000 farmed salmon have escaped into the wild after an “inexplicable” fire at a fish pen in Tasmania.

The blaze broke out at a Huon Aquaculture farm in D’Entrecasteaux Channel south of Hobart on Monday.

“We are estimating that we have lost between 50,000-52,000 4kg fish,” Huon Aquaculture CEO, Peter Bender, said.

An investigation into the fire, which damaged a third of one pen above and below the waterline, is ongoing.

“We have electrical equipment on our pens but in 35 years of farming we have never had an electrical fire on a fish pen so the cause has baffled us,” Bender said.

The company has informed wildlife and environment authorities in Tasmania, reports AAP.

Citing a 2018 Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies report on escaped farmed fish, Bender was confident the mass escape won’t harm native animals.

“Farmed salmon generally don’t appear to feed on native species as they are typically used to feeding on fish pellets,” Bender said.

“Escaped salmon typically don’t last long, unfortunately, what the seals don’t get, the fisherman quickly do.”

In mid-2018 wild storms damaged several Huon fish pens in southern Tasmania, setting hundreds of thousands of salmon free and giving many recreational anglers a meal.

AAP has a market update.

Australia’s share market has closed higher to start the trading week after energy and mining shares proved popular.

The S&P/ASX200 benchmark index closed higher by 22.4 points, or 0.34%, to 6561.6 on Monday.

The All Ordinaries closed higher by 32.1 points, or 0.48%, to 6772.0.

The energy sector gained 2.77% after world oil prices rose, while the materials sector, which includes the miners, rose 1.59%.

The Aussie dollar was buying 73.13 US cents at 1622 AEDT, higher from 72.92 US cents at Friday’s close.

Source - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/live/2020/nov/23/nsw-victoria-border-reopens-victoria-drops-mandatory-outdoor-mask-rule-live-news

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