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Hello everyone and welcome back to our continuing coverage of politics and the coronavirus.
Well, after a truly madcap day in state politics, we’re back. It’s Naaman Zhou here, bringing you the latest news as we watch the dust settle, and potentially kick back up again.
Both Victorian premier Daniel Andrews and NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian will likely face no confidence motions today, after a whirlwind of a day yesterday that seemed to mark every premier a threatened species.
Berejiklian says she is not going anywhere, after “one of the most difficult day in my life”, when she revealed to the Independent Commission Against Corruption that she had been in a relationship with disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.
Icac will continue its investigation today, meaning more could be revealed.
NSW Health has set up a pop-up testing clinic in the suburb of Lakemba after two GPs at a clinic were diagnosed with Covid-19, and more venues were identified in the suburb.
In Victoria, yesterday’s numbers meant the 14 day rolling average for Melbourne rose for the first time in two months, and the state’s top public servant, Chris Eccles, resigned over new phone records that contradicted some of his testimony before the hotel quarantine inquiry.
The Victorian Liberals and Nationals are expected to move a no-confidence motion against Andrews today, with opposition leader Michael O’Brien calling on Labor MPs to cross the floor.
They only get one go at a no confidence motion each parliamentary term, meaning they will have to wait until after 2022 state election if this one fails.
Elsewhere, Crown Resorts director Andrew Demetriou will return to front the NSW casino inquiry – after yesterday he was caught looking at notes while testifying.
In Queensland, prime minister Scott Morrison continues to help the state LNP on the campaign trail ahead of the state election, but opposition leader Deb Frecklington faces questions over a Peter Dutton fundraiser.
Buckle in, and we’ll bring you all the news as it happens.
Source: The Guardian
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