Parliament resumes as NSW Health urges more Covid-19 testing – politics live | Australia news

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Welcome to day 294 of 2020.

That leaves just 74 until the end of the year.

I know that changing a digit at the end won’t actually do anything – and really, 2021 sounds a fake year to me, and I won’t actually be surprised if the date refuses to clock over and we end up in 2020 2.0. But bringing about the end of this year, while changing nothing but a date, will also mean we have made it through an absolute slog of a decade, and that’s something.

Speaking of decades, parliament is back today, along with budget estimates, so there is a lot going on there. Yesterday it was all about the Leppington triangle purchase and home affairs investigating whether the disgraced former Wagga Wagga MP Daryl Maguire had made federal approaches in the alleged “cash for visas” scheme.

Parliament was all about childcare and Labor forcing the government to bring on its “jobmaker” labour hire credit bill after government MPs said it was ready but didn’t list it for debate, while blaming Labor for holding it up.

No one is pretending the government and opposition are on the same side of bipartisanship any more, so there will be more fun and games today.

Meanwhile, we will bring you updates of what is happening in Victoria, with Daniel Andrews hinting more restrictions could be lifted soon.

In NSW, testing rates have dropped to under 7,000, which is not great, as the state tries to stay one step ahead of any potential outbreaks.

Tasmania is about to open its borders to Queensland, Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia and the ACT, with NSW announced as OK to enter from November (as long as the situation does not get any worse). South Australia and the NT are open to everyone except Victoria and so far reporting no issues.

WA is maintaining its hard border and Queensland, which is still closed to greater Sydney and Victoria, is in the backend of its state election campaign.

And everyone can receive New Zealand travellers, who will have to obey the entry requirements of whatever jurisdiction they want to go to – because the travel bubble is all of Australia, despite how it was originally described, because that is how Australia works. You only need your passport to get into the country, not to travel across state borders.

We’ll bring you all of that and more, as it happens. Well, we will, as soon as I have my third coffee. You have Amy Remeikis with you – as always, drop me a line if you have a question and I’ll try and get back to you as soon as I can – and the entire Guardian brains trust are on deck, watching, reading and researching.


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Source: The Guardian
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