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It is the 40th Thursday of the year – which means there are only 13 more Thursdays left this year. (Of course, with Thursday being the worst day of the week, 2020 has 53 of them)
This Thursday opened with the Queensland border zone extending about another 100km into northern NSW (which marries up nicely with where I plan to extend the border, for when I am the eventual supreme leader of the Great Nation of Queensland.)
But for those northern New South Wales residents, it means access to Queensland will just need a border pass, not two weeks hotel quarantine, and life should get a lot easier.
Queensland will examine whether it allows the rest of NSW in, at the end of the month – which is also when its state election will be decided.
New South Wales has a pretty big testing push underway at the moment, which yesterday, led to the increase in tests the states wants, in order for authorities to feel comfortable that they have a handle on any potential outbreaks.
Victoria is watching its curve flatten, but won’t be moved on opening up any earlier, given the number of mystery cases, and evidence of community transmission. Daniel Andrews has been at pains to point out that it is not the case numbers that count by themselves – but also where the cases are coming from. The last time the state opened while community transmission was occurring, well, we are still living it. So don’t expect much movement on Victoria’s restrictions, until at least mid month.
Federally, all eyes are on the prime minister’s speech – the last big speech before Tuesday’s budget – where he will speak about ‘rebuilding the nation’. We have heard this budget described as the ‘most important in a generation’ – now, the prime minister is moving to remind people why debt and deficit no longer matter (not that it ever really did, and certainly not like people were told it did under the Howard, and then Abbott government. There never was a ‘budget emergency’)
We’ll bring you all of that and everything else which happens today. You have a bedraggled Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day. Drop me a line, if you have a question or comment, and I’ll do my best to get back to you.
Source: The Guardian
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