Good evening, here are the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic in Australia. This is Josh Taylor and it’s Friday 3 July.
Some Victorians shun test claiming Covid-19 conspiracy
As the state recorded 66 new cases of coronavirus overnight, health minister Jenny Mikakos revealed the state had identified a “super spreader”, a person who may have spread the virus to many people in the northern and western suburbs of Melbourne.
The state government also revealed an unspecified portion of the 10,000 people in the state to refuse to take a coronavirus test did so on the basis that they incorrectly believe the virus to be a conspiracy.
The premier, Daniel Andrews, has not ruled out more lockdowns in the state if the current spike in cases is not brought under control.
No other cases of coronavirus were reported in any other jurisdiction in Australia on Friday.
Victorian AFL teams move interstate
In response to the second spike in Victoria, the 10 AFL teams located in the state will move to NSW and Queensland for the next 32 days or so, before a re-assessment of the Covid-19 situation in Victoria.
NSW minister Don Harwin returns to job
Former NSW arts minister Don Harwin who resigned after he received a fine for staying at a holiday home has been reinstated in the job. Police said Harwin’s actions were in breach of the public health order, but Harwin denied he had done anything wrong and it seems the public prosecutor agreed, declining to take the matter to court. .
Harwin resigned in April stating he didn’t want to be a “distraction” for the NSW government responding to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Man arrested and charged over Eden-Monaro emails
A 32-year-old Blacktown man was arrested and charged following an Australian federal police investigation into offensive emails regarding Labor candidate Kristy McBain that appeared to present themselves illegitimately as being from various organisations.
Among other false claims about her family, the emails claimed that McBain had pulled out of the contest.
He was charged with one count of using a telecommunications service to menace, harass or cause offence, contrary to section 474.17 (1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995, and will appear in court in early September.
A uComms poll suggests Labor heads into Saturday’s byelection ahead 52% to 48%.
AEC determines to decrease NT seats to 1
The Australian Electoral Commission has decided to reduce the number of seats in the House of Representatives in federal parliament representing the Northern Territory from two to one, meaning including senators, the territory will have just three representatives for more than 247,000 people.
Close the gap draft agreement finalised
The joint council on Closing the Gap has finalised a draft agreement on the new closing the gap strategy, which will be considered by the national cabinet later this month.
The joint council, which is co-chaired by the Indigenous affairs minister, Ken Wyatt, and Pat Turner, the chief executive of the National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation, said the agreement would establish four priority reform areas and 16 national socioeconomic targets, including justice targets. The targets themselves will not be announced until after they have national cabinet approval.
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