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Coronavirus Australia live: woman’s body found in Victoria flood waters; Four Corners QAnon episode to air Monday Coronavirus Australia live: woman’s body found in Victoria flood waters; Four Corners QAnon episode to air Monday
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Frydenberg is asked if the government now accepts the robodebt scheme was unlawful.
He says:
It is correct the government accepts no liability in the settlement.
However, Justice Bernard Murphy also wrote:
Josh Frydenberg is asked about calls for a royal commission in to the robodebt scheme.
Frydenberg claims, (disingenuously, I must say), that the method used in the program was also used by the Labor party and goes back to the “Paul Keating days”.
The government has yet to provide any compelling evidence for this claim.
Frydenberg on the economic impact of the lockdown in Victoria.
Frydenberg is asked about the end of the disaster payment, given businesses such as gyms are still closed.
He replies:
He rules out further support for those workers. “In terms of our support, it remains as we stated earlier.”
Frydenberg says there have been around 50,000 applications made for the Covid-19 disaster payment, with more than 34,000 processed and paid.
That payment concludes today with the end of Victoria’s lockdown and federal health authorities’ decision to no longer consider Melbourne a hot spot.
Frydenberg says he’s just concluded a two-hour meeting with state and territory treasurers.
NSW and Victoria are going to work on a “a nationally consistent approach to business support in the event of a lockdown”, he says.
The treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, is speaking now. I’ll bring you some highlights.
Just in from Western Australia’s Department of Health:Just in from Western Australia’s Department of Health:
There are no new cases today, and zero active cases.There are no new cases today, and zero active cases.
And since the government announced people over 30 would be able to get a vaccine, there have been nearly 74,500 vaccine bookings.And since the government announced people over 30 would be able to get a vaccine, there have been nearly 74,500 vaccine bookings.
A flood evacuation warning has been reissued for Traralgon in Victoria’s Gippsland region, AAP reports.A flood evacuation warning has been reissued for Traralgon in Victoria’s Gippsland region, AAP reports.
Anyone near the Traralgon Creek was being told early on Friday afternoon to evacuate now.Anyone near the Traralgon Creek was being told early on Friday afternoon to evacuate now.
“The challenge for our community in Traralgon is while the river has receded and the Princes Highway has reopened, we are expecting to see another 80-100mm of rain over the Traralgon catchment later today and throughout the night,” said the SES chief officer operations, Tim Wiebusch.“The challenge for our community in Traralgon is while the river has receded and the Princes Highway has reopened, we are expecting to see another 80-100mm of rain over the Traralgon catchment later today and throughout the night,” said the SES chief officer operations, Tim Wiebusch.
“The advice we have is that will result in renewed major flooding.”“The advice we have is that will result in renewed major flooding.”
A previous flood warning for Traralgon Creek had been downgraded.A previous flood warning for Traralgon Creek had been downgraded.
Wiebusch said there were also major flood warnings for the Yarra and Thompson rivers, plus three moderate and eight minor warnings.Wiebusch said there were also major flood warnings for the Yarra and Thompson rivers, plus three moderate and eight minor warnings.
The weather front that has brought cold temperatures to much of the eastern seaboard hit Victoria on Wednesday night.The weather front that has brought cold temperatures to much of the eastern seaboard hit Victoria on Wednesday night.
SES Victoria has had more than 7,400 requests for help, with about 5,800 related to fallen trees.SES Victoria has had more than 7,400 requests for help, with about 5,800 related to fallen trees.
About 2,500 of those requests are yet to be cleared.About 2,500 of those requests are yet to be cleared.
Wiebusch said as of Friday afternoon, more than 120,000 homes were still without power and 100 roads remain closed, including parts of the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road and the Maroondah Highway near Melbourne.Wiebusch said as of Friday afternoon, more than 120,000 homes were still without power and 100 roads remain closed, including parts of the Mt Dandenong Tourist Road and the Maroondah Highway near Melbourne.
A strong wind warning was also issued on Friday for Gippsland Lakes and the eastern and central Gippsland coasts.A strong wind warning was also issued on Friday for Gippsland Lakes and the eastern and central Gippsland coasts.
Those already in a safe place in Gippsland are urged to stay put for the next 24 to 48 hours when most of the flooding is expected to move through.Those already in a safe place in Gippsland are urged to stay put for the next 24 to 48 hours when most of the flooding is expected to move through.
Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through flood waters.Authorities are pleading with locals not to drive through flood waters.
Two SES members were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.Two SES members were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after separate tree-related incidents.
Andrew Grech, a partner at Gordon Legal, is on the ABC now responding to the federal court judgment on the robodebt class action.
That’s all from me for this afternoon. I’ll now hand you over to Luke Henriques-Gomes.
The body of a woman missing since Wednesday has been discovered in Glenfyne in regional Victoria.
Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the discovery of the woman’s body, which was found inside a vehicle by Search and Rescue officers in flood waters at about 10.40am.
While the body is yet to be formally identified, police believe it is that of a woman known as Nina, who went missing from nearby Simpson on Wednesday.
The exact circumstances surrounding the woman’s death are yet to be determined but police are not treating it as suspicious.
The Swimming Australia president, Kieren Perkins, has urged Maddie Groves to provide more information after she said she would withdraw from the upcoming Olympic trials and said her decision should be a lesson to “misogynistic perverts” in the sport.
“This is a very concerning thing for us,” Perkins told the ABC on Friday. “These types of issues are, to be honest, the highest on my list as president that we need to be aware [of] and manage. We need to manage the safety of our athletes. That is paramount to us.”
Mike Hytner has the full story:
Remember the Mosman collar bomb hoax?
In August 2011, Paul Douglas Peters broke into the home of ex-Australian Rugby Union boss Bill Pulver wearing a balaclava and placed a fake collar bomb around the neck of his teenage daughter Madeleine.
The device remained around her neck for some 10 hours before police determined it was a fake. A document attached to the device demanded an unspecified sum of money and said tampering with it would make it explode.
Peters did not know the Pulver family, and his motive for the act was never clear. In 2012 he was sentenced to 13-and-a-half years in jail, with a non-parole period of 10 years.
Now it appears he may soon be released from prison.
AAP reports the State Parole Authority says it has accepted expert advice recommending Peters be released on supervised parole.
This included advice from the Serious Offenders Review Council which found Peters was unlikely to reoffend and has suitable post-release plans.
Community Corrections also supported Peters’ release on parole.
The SPA said it intended to grant parole and the matter will be listed for a public review hearing in August. Peters’ non-parole period ends 14 August.
During sentence proceedings in 2012, the court was told Peters suffered from severe depression and bipolar disorder, and that he claimed to have no memory of attaching the device to Pulver’s neck.
He told one psychiatrist he had “no idea” why he chose the Pulver home.
Good afternoon. Some more on the federal court’s approval of a $112m settlement between the Commonwealth and the victims of the robodebt scheme from Luke Henriques-Gomes.
With that I shall leave you for the week, to go enjoy my newfound Melbourne freedom! (With a mask on of course).
The inimitable Michael McGowan is with you for the afternoon.
An evacuation order for parts of the regional Victorian city of Traralgon has been renewed.
The warning says river level rises are expected on Friday night with major flooding possible on Saturday morning.
In anyone was wondering where my head is at at the moment: