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Australian politics live: five Melbourne suburbs on Covid alert as Victoria and NSW premiers still under pressure


Late last night Victorian health authorities put five Melbourne suburbs on alert – Dallas, Roxburgh Park, Broadmeadows, Preston and West Heidelberg – after a student at the East Preston Islamic College tested positive for Covid.

Staff and students and close contacts are in self-isolation for 14 days. But, as part of an aggressive suppression tactic, additional patients linked to the outbreak, who live in a public housing block in Broadmeadows, have been asked to self-isolate for 48 hours to get tested and monitor for symptoms.

The Dallas Brooks primary school has been closed for deep cleaning after a close contact was identified at the school.

And an “extensive” community health door knocking program starts this morning in the identified areas, including in languages other than English.

We’ll bring you the updates on that situation, as well as how the rest of Australia is handling Covid today, as the day rolls on. We should hear from Daniel Andrews in his 112th consecutive daily press conference about 11am.

In estimates last night, we also learned that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s objective was to bring the 4,000 stranded overseas Australians assessed as “vulnerable” home – but, for the remaining 28,000, it is going to be a longer wait.

Senator Penny Wong

The Morrison Government has been slow to act to bring #strandedAussies home – and now it’s been revealed when Morrison said he would bring Australians home by Christmas he didn’t mean it. pic.twitter.com/bQ45yD2G1J

October 21, 2020

There were some other bits and pieces – including news that the government paid the Murdoch-owned Foxtel $40m (taxpayer money) to broadcast women’s sports, then the ABC had to pay Foxtel (taxpayer money again) to access some of those games to broadcast them so people without pay TV (most of us) could see them.

We’ll bring you that and everything else that happens today.

It’s the last parliament sitting for the week but there isn’t too much downtime – estimates and parliament will be back next week as well. We are cramming in a lot as this year winds down.

You have Amy Remeikis with you for the day. Ready?


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