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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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Follow updates liveFollow updates live
Tim Wiebusch from Victoria’s State Emergency Service is on the ABC.
He says the situation in flood-affected areas of Victoria remains “absolutely dangerous”.
“At this stage, to the best of our knowledge there are no other missing person report during this flood emergency, but it is still very much evolving,” he says.
“The footage that we have been seeing very much highlights the fact that there is a real risk that will continue for several days, we are expecting, as you just heard from the bureau, more rainfall.”
The Australian Council of Social Service chief executive, Cassandra Goldie, has responded to the robodebt judgment.
She says:
A man has received injuries to his foot after he was attacked by a two-metre bronze whaler at Coral Bay in Western Australia.
The man was snorkelling five metres offshore at the time of the attack.
WA’s Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development said earlier that it was investigating a “possible shark bite incident at Coral Bay in the Shire of Carnarvon”.
It received a report of the incident at 11.14am today.
It’s warned people to take additional caution in the Coral Bay area.
Asked about the court’s judgment linking the robodebt scheme to suicides, he says the issue is “complex”.
• In Australia, the crisis support service is Lifeline.
Frydenberg is asked if the government now accepts the robodebt scheme was unlawful.Frydenberg is asked if the government now accepts the robodebt scheme was unlawful.
He says:He says:
It is correct the government accepts no liability in the settlement.It is correct the government accepts no liability in the settlement.
However, Justice Bernard Murphy also wrote:However, Justice Bernard Murphy also wrote:
Josh Frydenberg is asked about calls for a royal commission in to the robodebt scheme. Frydenberg is asked about calls for a royal commission into 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 treasurer 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.The government has yet to provide any compelling evidence for this claim.
Frydenberg on the economic impact of the lockdown in Victoria.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.Frydenberg is asked about the end of the disaster payment, given businesses such as gyms are still closed.
He replies:He replies:
He rules out further support for those workers. “In terms of our support, it remains as we stated earlier.”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.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.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.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.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.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.