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If you managed any sleep last night, congratulations. I take my hat off to you. I did not, as I pinballed between nihilistic hope and existential despair.
This morning has not cleared anything up. Joe Biden has won Wisconsin, but Donald Trump’s camp wants a recount and for counting to be halted in Michigan, where Biden has a slight lead.
But it looks like Republicans have maintained control of the Senate, despite a record spend on campaigning by the Democrats.
The foreign minister, Marise Payne, told the ABC this morning there was “no question this is a difficult moment” for the US, as it deals with Trump’s false and baseless claims the election is being ‘stolen’.
“What is important is that every vote is counted, and I’m sure they will be,” she said, in what is a pretty strong statement given the US is one of Australia’s closest allies, and not one Australia is known to ever speak back to.
It’s going to be another long day.
Back home, Greg Hunt is trying to get people to care about the latest vaccine deals Australia has struck – but its hard to get too many bites out of that cherry. There is no vaccine as yet, but there are some promising trials. Australia has a finger in a few pies, but an actual vaccine is still some time away.
Meanwhile, Gladys Berejiklian is still all about the borders – she says that her decision to open the NSW-Victoria border on November 23, will put pressure on Queensland and Western Australia to further open their borders. Qld is due to make the decision at the end of the month, while WA is making it more of a staggered approach.
We’ll bring you all the covid and political news as it happens, as well as lashings of the US, because frankly – it impacts all of us.
You have Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day.
Source: The Guardian
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