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Two new ‘breakthrough’ melanoma treatments added to PBS

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More than 2000 Australian suffering from advanced melanoma will soon receive financial relief with an expansion of treatments on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, federal Health Minister Greg Hunt says.

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How a coronavirus rumour about a customer crippled LA’s Koreatown

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In a Koreatown restaurant known for its beef bone broth soup, the lunchtime crowd Friday was half its normal size. The reason was a virulent rumour about a customer with coronavirus.

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An outpouring of black voter support has propelled US presidential hopeful Joe Biden to a convincing projected victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary.

Stolen puppy returned to happy owners; alleged dog-napper charged

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Police have reunited a stolen puppy with its owners in Newcastle today. About 2.30pm on Wednesday 26 February 2020, police were called after ‘Athena’, an 11-week-old American Staffordshire Terrier, was stolen from the balcony of a home on Parry Street, Cooks Hill. Officers from Newcastle City Police District commenced inquiries and appealed to the community … Continue reading “Stolen puppy returned to happy owners; alleged dog-napper charged”

Retired travel agent named as first Australian coronavirus death

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Health authorities are ramping up protection measures, as the wife of Australia’s first coronavirus fatality speaks on her husband’s death.

Mardi Gras 2020: The Best Floats And Outfits From The Parade

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The theme for the 42nd Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was “What Matters”, and participants and spectators were out in full celebratory force on Saturday night for the festivities. 

There were 200 groups and floats that made a splash in glitter and latex down Oxford Street, with over 12,000 people taking part in the parade. 

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On the sidelines were around 200,000 spectators cheering on the procession.

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Following the recent bushfire crisis across Australia, the New South Rural Fire Service volunteers were greeted with a grand applause as their float appeared.

The parade kicked off with the First Nations float, preceded by a traditional smoking ceremony in the starting area. 

People with Disability Australia, RU OK?, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Bushfire Heroes, Regional Australia, Qantas, ACON, Instagram and W Hotels with RuPaul’s Drag Race star Alyssa Edwards were some of the organisations behind the bright and glittery floats on the night. 

Alyssa Edwards celebrates during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Brendon Thorne via Getty ImagesLisa Maree Williams via Getty ImagesSAEED KHAN via Getty ImagesBrendon Thorne via Getty ImagesNurPhoto via Getty ImagesNurPhoto via Getty Images

“Last night was a dazzling display of diversity that brought together people from across the globe to celebrate what truly matters,” said Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Albert Kruger.“In total there were 191 floats, representing a spectacular cross section of the community and each bringing their own terrific twist to this year’s theme.

“This year we collectively reflected on a number of issues facing our community. From LGBTQI homelessness to the Australian bushfires and climate change, many of this year’s floats had a distinct point of view on the issues that matter most’.

“And of course, having Sam Smith and Dua Lipa join us on the parade route was a fittingly glittering finale to a truly unforgettable night.”

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Three people were removed from the parade after it was believed they joined the procession without authorised registration.

“Earlier tonight, three people were removed from the Mardi Gras parade, following unauthorised entry,” stated NSW Police. 

“NSW Police are disappointed with their actions, which did not comply with the conditions of the event or the spirit of the celebrations.”

The protesters, part of a queer activist grouped called the Department of Homo Affairs, appeared to be making a political statement towards Prime Minister Scott Morrison. 

They carried signs condemning the Liberal Party and wore masks with the PM’s face. 

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This was the 42nd Mardi Gras parade since the protest march in 1978. 

When protestors from the LGBTQI community gathered in Darlinghurst in inner-city Sydney for international gay celebrations in 1978, the night ended in police brutality and arrests.

It became a major civil rights milestone as people took to the streets in the months that followed to protest the arrests.

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By April 1979 laws covering the arrests had been repealed, allowing for a peaceful Mardi Gras march that year. It would be five more years, however, before homosexuality was decriminalised in New South Wales.  

The struggles of nearly half-century ago remain relevant today, reflected in issues such as the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, and the Religious Discrimination Bill. But LGBTQI Aussies are being heard. Darlinghurst is now a safe space. It’s where Australians gathered in 2017 to celebrate the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, and it’s the place where the annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras takes place. 

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All of HuffPost Australia’s 2020 Mardi Gras coverage can be found here

– With additional reporting by Carly Williams. 

Women’s Adventure Film Tour coming to Hobart & Launceston

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Tasmanians are invited to join the celebration of tremendous strength and courage on screen to celebrate International Women’s Day. Local audiences can see an inspiring line up of Australian and international talent in a program of seven short films featuring women in mountain biking, rock climbing, trail running, cliff diving, mountaineering and snowboarding. On the […]

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Teenage girl killed in Queensland hit-run

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The 15-year-old was struck about 3.20am on Sunday on Nicklin Drive, Beaconsfield, a suburb of Mackay, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mardi Gras 2020: Sam Smith Rocks After Party In Giant ‘Equality’ Dress And Twitter Can’t Deal

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After surprising fans with a special float appearance at the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night, Sam Smith continued to enjoy the celebrations at the festival’s official after party.

Fans had been expecting a mind-blowing performance, and the 27-year-old musician certainly delivered on that promise, appearing on stage at Hordern Pavilion in a giant red dress.

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The show-stopping outfit featured the word ‘equality’ sprawled across it, while Sam belted out the high notes to popular hit, Promises. 

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“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I’ve been shitting myself all day. I love you Sydney and I love being queer x,” the singer wrote on Instagram and Twitter next to a photo of their bold outfit after the even. 

In another post they wrote, “No longer a Mardi Gras virgin. That was the best sex I ever had”. 

Many fans were blown away and shared the love on social media. 

WE LOVE YOU QUEEENNN!!!!! 😩❤️❤️❤️😭❤️❤️

— Lewis (@lewniverse) February 29, 2020

❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/43MSXuV7qc

— Carmel 🌬🌹🌸🌾🛤 (@CarmelB99) February 29, 2020

oh damn, darling, that’s friggin fabulous!!!!!

— Kespe is made of Starstuff 🌌❄🌟 (@KesRunsSlow) February 29, 2020

Beautiful ❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/WS8oHLhuYF

— mss.Catt (@mss_catt) February 29, 2020

OMG that looks amazing !!!!! I am so proud of you Sam 😍⚓️

— Sophie ⚓️🎧🎤🎶 (@sophiehmusic95) February 29, 2020

Beautiful. Absolutely wonderful to see you happy in yourself.

— Zedrobber (@zedrobber) February 29, 2020

Love you❤️shine bright like the diamond you are💍

— Josh is proud of Jess💙 (@JoshMurph17) February 29, 2020

After the Parade, now it’s time to PARTY! Happy Mardi Gras. Now we’ll dance until dawn 🌈 pic.twitter.com/VLqfhny5Mi

— Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras (@sydneymardigras) February 29, 2020

Dua Lipa and Kesha also performed at the after party, with Dua even sharing some fun snaps of her and Sam dancing away in the early hours of Sunday morning. 

The 24-year-old pulled all the stops with her outfit, wearing a rainbow crop and matching skirt, teamed with bright roller skates to take her performance to the next level.

″🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈JUST 4 U SYDNEY🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈,” she wrote on Instagram. 

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Kesha cantando “Raising Hell” en el festival Mardi Gras en Sydney. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3h8umOpOQX

— Kesha Spain (@KeshaRoseSP) February 29, 2020

Kesha at Mardi Gras Festival in Sydney pic.twitter.com/VGt0oDVxaS

— The Kesha Discord Squad (@KeshaDiscord) February 29, 2020

In 2020 the theme of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade was “What Matters”. This was the 42nd Mardi Gras parade since the protest march in 1978.

There were 200 groups and floats that made a splash in glitter and latex down Oxford Street, with over 12,000 participants taking part in the parade. Meanwhile there were around 200,000 spectators also present to join the celebrations and cheer on the procession. 

Sam Smith surprised members of LGBTQ organisation, Twenty10 when they joined their float that made its way down Oxford Street. 

Wearing a bold green patterned jacket over a laced top, Sam danced along while waving to spectators and posing for photographs. 

Sam Smith celebrates during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. Dua Lipa poses for a photo during the 2020 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade on February 29, 2020 in Sydney, Australia.

Other organisations that hosted floats on the night included RU OK? W Hotels, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, Bushfire Heroes, Regional Australia and more. 

For the first time, SBS broadcast the parade live with presenters Narelda Jacobs, Joel Creasey, Courtney Act and Zoë Coombs Marr.

Politicians Penny Wong, Anthony Albanese and Kristina Keneally also attended, as did trans activist Georgie Stone and Indigenous TV star Brooke Blurton. 

All of HuffPost Australia’s 2020 Mardi Gras coverage can be found here

Sixth case of coronavirus confirmed in NSW

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A woman in her 50s returning from Iran is New South Wales’ sixth confirmed coronavirus case.

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