Good morning to everybody, however particularly to the Brisbane readers waking up in lockdown right this moment.
Matilda Boseley right here to make your morning rather less boring and convey you all of the information from across the nation (since a few of you aren’t allowed out your entrance door).
Clearly, Queensland is prime of thoughts right this moment. We’re prone to have an replace on the in a single day Covid-19 numbers someday this morning, which ought to give us a way of how possible the lockdown is to proceed – though we received’t get any official phrase till tomorrow.
It’s possible the position the federal authorities’s sluggish vaccination rollout performed within the outbreak will come to the fore – one of many extra worrying neighborhood infections within the outbreak is from an unvaccinated nurse working at a Covid-19 ward in a Brisbane hospital.
Yesterday premier Annastacia Palaszczuk took a delicate swipe on the federal authorities, saying native outbreaks and lockdowns have been going to be a part of the Australian lifestyle till everybody was vaccinated:
It is rather vital that the vaccination rollout continues and that individuals proceed to e book in with their GPs, particularly these GPs which might be administering the vaccine.
However till we have now the inhabitants vaccinated there may be after all the chance of neighborhood transmission.
Greater than 541,000 Australians have obtained their first vaccines, together with 259,000 up to now week, however on condition that the federal authorities aimed to have 4 million folks immunised by April, persons are lower than impressed.
This lockdown additionally got here simply as jobkeeper help funds ended, so I dare say that can come up a bit right this moment as effectively.
And it wouldn’t be a 2021 morning with out some new information about behaviour in the direction of girls within the political world.
(Yesterday I selected to hearken to a violent true crime homicide podcast relatively than an replace on the state of the gender relations within the authorities as a result of it was much less anxious.)
Final night time Queensland police confirmed they obtained details about Liberal backbencher Andrew Laming allegedly taking a photograph of a girl whose underwear was exhibiting as she bent over within the office.
The girl and a witness to the incident on Monday advised 9 Information they’d initiated a criticism with Queensland police.
However police later mentioned in a press release the lady had spoken to them on Monday afternoon and was “not continuing with a proper criticism presently”:
Police are within the preliminary phases of assessing allegations in opposition to a person.
Laming claims the picture tried to point out somebody attempting to suit an unimaginable quantity of inventory right into a fridge.
Though he says he is not going to contest the subsequent election the federal government has refused to take away him from parliament, regardless of Liberal senator Sarah Henderson calling for it, a transfer that might plunge the federal government right into a minority.
The backbencher is now on go away and present process empathy coaching.
That could be sufficient to get us began for right this moment, let’s dive in.
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