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Australia Covid update live: NSW hits vaccination milestone; Ballarat to enter seven-day lockdown; ACT outlines roadmap Australia Covid update live: NSW hits vaccination milestone; Ballarat to enter seven-day lockdown; ACT outlines roadmap
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Victoria Chief Police Commissioner Shane Patton has announced that police will shut down the public transport network between 8am-2pm on Saturday in an effort to prevent an anti-lockdown protest in the city. Here is our full wrap up of the Covid news in New South Wales from earlier today:
Victoria Police chief commissioner Shane Patton has announced police will shut down the public transport network between 8am-2pm on Saturday in an effort to prevent an anti-lockdown protest in the city.
Anyone caught at the protest will receive a $5,000 fine.Anyone caught at the protest will receive a $5,000 fine.
We are seeking further information.We are seeking further information.
The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has released a statement saying that they are frustrated by the inaccuracies in vaccination numbers for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.The Victorian Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (VACCHO) has released a statement saying that they are frustrated by the inaccuracies in vaccination numbers for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Victoria.
They say that errors in vaccine data collection managed by the commonwealth government has led to an overrepresentation of the vaccine numbers of the ATSI community in Victoria. The inaccuracies have now been corrected.They say that errors in vaccine data collection managed by the commonwealth government has led to an overrepresentation of the vaccine numbers of the ATSI community in Victoria. The inaccuracies have now been corrected.
VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher AO said accurate data plays a crucial role in helping refocus efforts to get the community vaccinated.VACCHO CEO Jill Gallagher AO said accurate data plays a crucial role in helping refocus efforts to get the community vaccinated.
More great vaccine news for this beautiful state I live in (you’re also doing great, states I don’t live in!)More great vaccine news for this beautiful state I live in (you’re also doing great, states I don’t live in!)
Greens to move motion of no confidence in Christian PorterGreens to move motion of no confidence in Christian Porter
Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases today, but has announced new exposure sites in Oxley and Goondiwindi.Queensland recorded no new locally acquired cases today, but has announced new exposure sites in Oxley and Goondiwindi.
These include:These include:
The Oxley Hotel on 8 September, between 7.11pm - 9.11pmThe Oxley Hotel on 8 September, between 7.11pm - 9.11pm
Goondiwindi BP Truckstop (inside and outside the BP service station) on 8 September, between 1.51pm - 2.21pmGoondiwindi BP Truckstop (inside and outside the BP service station) on 8 September, between 1.51pm - 2.21pm
Click here for the full list of QLD exposure sites.Click here for the full list of QLD exposure sites.
Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy called on the state government to end curfews. Only, the media release handed out to journalists before he spoke clearly called on the government to end the lockdowns, forcing Guy to admit it was a typo.Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy called on the state government to end curfews. Only, the media release handed out to journalists before he spoke clearly called on the government to end the lockdowns, forcing Guy to admit it was a typo.
Look, typos happen to the best of us. But this one is particularly awkward.Look, typos happen to the best of us. But this one is particularly awkward.
We have seen an astounding number of people around Australia rolling up their sleeves in the last few weeks and getting their Covid-19 vaccine. Here’s a nice roundup of tweets that sum up just some of that success.We have seen an astounding number of people around Australia rolling up their sleeves in the last few weeks and getting their Covid-19 vaccine. Here’s a nice roundup of tweets that sum up just some of that success.
I wish I could go and get vaccinated at the same clinic as this adorable chimp.I wish I could go and get vaccinated at the same clinic as this adorable chimp.
Malcolm Turnbull says Christian Porter’s decision to accept money without knowing the source was an “extraordinary abrogation of responsibility”, after the former attorney general declared part of his legal fees were paid by unknown donors.Malcolm Turnbull says Christian Porter’s decision to accept money without knowing the source was an “extraordinary abrogation of responsibility”, after the former attorney general declared part of his legal fees were paid by unknown donors.
Porter updated his register of interests on Monday, revealing that part of his defamation legal fees were paid by a blind trust with funds from an unknown source.Porter updated his register of interests on Monday, revealing that part of his defamation legal fees were paid by a blind trust with funds from an unknown source.
In the declaration, Porter claimed that as he is a potential beneficiary he had “no access to information about the conduct and funding of the trust”.In the declaration, Porter claimed that as he is a potential beneficiary he had “no access to information about the conduct and funding of the trust”.
Speaking to ABC radio on Wednesday, Turnbull said he was “staggered that Porter thought he could get away with” accepting donations without knowing the source.Speaking to ABC radio on Wednesday, Turnbull said he was “staggered that Porter thought he could get away with” accepting donations without knowing the source.
You see backed-up traffic, I see people doing their civic duty and keeping us all safe.You see backed-up traffic, I see people doing their civic duty and keeping us all safe.
Qantas has scheduled flights from Australia to London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore commencing on 18 December, a spokesperson for the airline revealed to Yahoo Finance.Qantas has scheduled flights from Australia to London, Los Angeles, Vancouver and Singapore commencing on 18 December, a spokesperson for the airline revealed to Yahoo Finance.
The spokesperson added that flights from Australia to Tokyo and Fiji are also scheduled from 18 December.The spokesperson added that flights from Australia to Tokyo and Fiji are also scheduled from 18 December.
National cabinet’s four-phase pandemic exit strategy said Australians will be able to travel when 80% of the population is fully vaccinated.National cabinet’s four-phase pandemic exit strategy said Australians will be able to travel when 80% of the population is fully vaccinated.
Labor has accused the Morrison government of “losing control of the second biggest defence acquisition ever”, after officials confirmed three warships will be delivered late under a $44bn program.Labor has accused the Morrison government of “losing control of the second biggest defence acquisition ever”, after officials confirmed three warships will be delivered late under a $44bn program.
At a parliamentary hearing today, defence officials were questioned about timeframes for the Hunter-class frigates to replace the eight Anzac-class frigates, which have been in service since 1996. Defence has argued the new frigates will be “one of the most advanced anti-submarine warships in the world” - but they are no longer due to begin entering service in the late 2020s.At a parliamentary hearing today, defence officials were questioned about timeframes for the Hunter-class frigates to replace the eight Anzac-class frigates, which have been in service since 1996. Defence has argued the new frigates will be “one of the most advanced anti-submarine warships in the world” - but they are no longer due to begin entering service in the late 2020s.
A defence department deputy secretary, Tony Dalton, said the window for the delivery of the first frigate would close in December 2031. That is up to two years later than the “original nominal delivery date” of late 2029 - and it can’t enter service right away.A defence department deputy secretary, Tony Dalton, said the window for the delivery of the first frigate would close in December 2031. That is up to two years later than the “original nominal delivery date” of late 2029 - and it can’t enter service right away.
Asked whether that meant it would get clearance to begin operating by about December 2033, Dalton replied that was “probably a reasonable estimate”. But he said the department planned to be back on schedule from the fourth ship onwards: “We’re still expecting the final [ninth] ship to be delivered in the period around 2044.”Asked whether that meant it would get clearance to begin operating by about December 2033, Dalton replied that was “probably a reasonable estimate”. But he said the department planned to be back on schedule from the fourth ship onwards: “We’re still expecting the final [ninth] ship to be delivered in the period around 2044.”
Speaking after the hearing of the public accounts and audit committee, Labor MP Pat Conroy said he was “very sceptical that the schedule in this project can be recovered”, because “once problems start, they tend to snowball”.Speaking after the hearing of the public accounts and audit committee, Labor MP Pat Conroy said he was “very sceptical that the schedule in this project can be recovered”, because “once problems start, they tend to snowball”.
Conroy - who is the shadow minister assisting for defence - told Guardian Australia:Conroy - who is the shadow minister assisting for defence - told Guardian Australia:
“It’s further proof that the government has completely lost control of the second biggest defence acquisition ever.”“It’s further proof that the government has completely lost control of the second biggest defence acquisition ever.”
“This is a project that has blown out by 50% or $14bn and now we learn that the first three ships will be delayed by two years. This means that our navy will be forced to run the older and less capable Anzac-class frigates longer in a region of the world which has more submarines than any other.”“This is a project that has blown out by 50% or $14bn and now we learn that the first three ships will be delayed by two years. This means that our navy will be forced to run the older and less capable Anzac-class frigates longer in a region of the world which has more submarines than any other.”
The defence minister, Peter Dutton, has previously told the Australian it was “frustrating” to see delays to the frigates, but the schedule would be recovered over the life of the project. He has said did not intend “to just sit back and let these projects drift”.The defence minister, Peter Dutton, has previously told the Australian it was “frustrating” to see delays to the frigates, but the schedule would be recovered over the life of the project. He has said did not intend “to just sit back and let these projects drift”.
The NT has announced its roadmap out of lockdown, but the reality is they are not in lockdown at the moment. One of the biggest takeaways from chief minister Michael Gunner’s announcement today is what the Territory is going to do about interstate borders once over 80% of the population is vaccinated.The NT has announced its roadmap out of lockdown, but the reality is they are not in lockdown at the moment. One of the biggest takeaways from chief minister Michael Gunner’s announcement today is what the Territory is going to do about interstate borders once over 80% of the population is vaccinated.
Gunner says the Territory is going to introduce different quarantine requirements for interstate travellers, depending on what part of Australia you are coming from (and what the Covid situation is there at that time).Gunner says the Territory is going to introduce different quarantine requirements for interstate travellers, depending on what part of Australia you are coming from (and what the Covid situation is there at that time).
Places of origin will be categorised as green, orange and red zones.Places of origin will be categorised as green, orange and red zones.
Green zones are places that aren’t deemed Covid-19 hotspots. If you are travelling from a green zone, you will be able to freely access and move around the Territory, regardless of whether you are vaccinated.Green zones are places that aren’t deemed Covid-19 hotspots. If you are travelling from a green zone, you will be able to freely access and move around the Territory, regardless of whether you are vaccinated.
Orange zones are places where there is a medium-level of Covid-19 risk. This could be places with exposure sites or wastewater detection. Travellers from orange zones will have to self-quarantine at home or somewhere else if they are fully vaccinated, until they return a negative test. Unvaccinated people without a pre-approved reason for visiting the NT won’t be allowed in.Orange zones are places where there is a medium-level of Covid-19 risk. This could be places with exposure sites or wastewater detection. Travellers from orange zones will have to self-quarantine at home or somewhere else if they are fully vaccinated, until they return a negative test. Unvaccinated people without a pre-approved reason for visiting the NT won’t be allowed in.
Red zones are Covid-19 hotspots. If you travel to the Territory from a red zone, you will have to self-quarantine for 14 days at home or elsewhere if you are fully vaccinated. But you won’t have to go into hotel quarantine. Similarly to those from orange zones, unvaccinated travellers without a pre-approved reason for visiting the NT won’t be allowed in. If they have a pre-approved reason, they will have to quarantine at Howard Springs or another supervised quarantine facility.Red zones are Covid-19 hotspots. If you travel to the Territory from a red zone, you will have to self-quarantine for 14 days at home or elsewhere if you are fully vaccinated. But you won’t have to go into hotel quarantine. Similarly to those from orange zones, unvaccinated travellers without a pre-approved reason for visiting the NT won’t be allowed in. If they have a pre-approved reason, they will have to quarantine at Howard Springs or another supervised quarantine facility.
NT chief minister Michael Gunner also announced that the Territory will require high-risk workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine. This will include people who work in healthcare facilities, hospitality staff, public servants, and people who work with children under the age of 12, who aren’t eligible for a vaccine.NT chief minister Michael Gunner also announced that the Territory will require high-risk workers to get a Covid-19 vaccine. This will include people who work in healthcare facilities, hospitality staff, public servants, and people who work with children under the age of 12, who aren’t eligible for a vaccine.
About 50% of the Northern Territory population is fully vaccinated, and chief minister Gunner said he hopes the Territory will reach 80% by mid-November.About 50% of the Northern Territory population is fully vaccinated, and chief minister Gunner said he hopes the Territory will reach 80% by mid-November.
It’s not the entire population that needs to hit 80% for these new measures to come into effect.It’s not the entire population that needs to hit 80% for these new measures to come into effect.
80% of people in all five main regions across the Territory need to be fully vaccinated, and 80% of people in each age group.80% of people in all five main regions across the Territory need to be fully vaccinated, and 80% of people in each age group.
Gunner announced that once that happens, instead of going into lockdown when there is a local Covid-19 outbreak, there will be a lockout.Gunner announced that once that happens, instead of going into lockdown when there is a local Covid-19 outbreak, there will be a lockout.
This means that only people who aren’t vaccinated will be required to stay at home if there is an outbreak.This means that only people who aren’t vaccinated will be required to stay at home if there is an outbreak.