Prime minister Scott Morrison has been doing his usual Friday morning TV and radio rounds. He told 2GB’s Ben Fordham that he has not received a formal request from New Zealand for Australia to imprison the Australian terrorist who yesterday was sentenced for life without parole for killing 51 people at Friday prayers at two mosques in Christchurch.
Morrison interrupted Fordham when he read out the sentence, saying: “good”.
Then he said:
There’s been no request formally made by the NZ government for that. I spoke to prime minister [Jacinda] Ardern yesterday… our first concern is the feelings of the families.
There still “significant broader implications” to arranging to house the gunman in Australia, Morrison said. Australia doesn’t have a prisoner transfer agreement with New Zealand (which is wild to me) and if one were signed, Morrison suggested that many New Zealanders could be sent home too.
We have quite a few New Zealanders in our prisons here. Obviously we send them home after they are finished their sentence.
The prime minister and I are open to having discussions about this but there has been no request made, so we’re sensitive to that issue, but we would both want to know what the families think about this.
Another school in Sydney has been closed for cleaning overnight. Ryde Secondary College was closed after a staff member tested positive for Covid-19, and 100 staff and students at the school have been asked to stay home while the deep-cleaning takes place.
The department says:
All staff and students are asked to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs,” the department said on Friday.
Riverstone High School, Wyndham College and Schofields Public School will re-open today.
Meanwhile, the hotel quarantine inquiry in Victoria today will hear from the managers of the Travelodge, Crown, Four Points by Sheraton, Rydges, and Stamford Plaza hotels, who its understood will list concerns they had with the conduct of private security guards hired by the Victorian government to enforce the mandatory 14-day quarantine for returned international travellers. Those hearings start at 10am and will be broadcast here.
The inquiry heard yesterday that guards were hired via Whatsapp with minimal screening, and that one was sacked after sliding a note under a guest’s door that said “Hey hun, add me on snapchat”.
And in non-coronavirus news, the parliamentary hearing into the destruction of the 46,000-year-old Juukan Gorge rockshelter will commence at 8am. We have more on that issue here.
Let’s crack on. You can follow me on twitter at @callapilla or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: The Guardian