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We have all made it to Friday and Daniel Andrews’s 99th (I am pretty sure) consecutive press conference.
If it was me, I would troll everyone by not holding a press conference tomorrow, but that is just one of the many, many reasons I’d never be in politics.
It’s the Chadstone cluster which everyone is watching, as Melbourne anxiously waits to see if case numbers get low enough to take the next step on the road map on 19 October.
Meanwhile, Queensland’s ultimatum to NSW, to find the source of its new community transmissions or the border closure clock gets restarted for another month, is about to expire.
New South Wales almost made it two weeks before some new cases popped up.
Its authorities are scrambling to find links between the cases, to make sure the state doesn’t have its own outbreak on its hands.
Queensland is one week into a four week election campaign, so the talk has been tough.
Ultimately though, in Queensland, the law says it is for the chief health officer to make the decision.
The government is in care taker mode, so the CHO will announce whether November 1 remains the border re-open date.
The Northern Territory announced it was taking Greater Sydney off its list of declared hotspots as of today.
But on borders, WA won’t be shifting. Its Labor government handed down its budget, predicting a surplus yesterday, a trend which has bucked every other government in Australia. Its budget assumes the hard border won’t be brought down until at least June next year. (There doesn’t seem to be the same chorus screaming to open the border as there is for Queensland though, it must be said)
In federal politics, Anthony Albanese has started his budget reply media blitz very early, as Labor pushes its childcare package and energy transmission grid revamp.
The Senate will sit today to pass the budget legislation and farewell Mathias Cormann, who is Australia’s nominee for the OECD.
We’ll bring you all of that and more as the day goes on. You have Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day.
Source: The Guardian
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