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Victoria achieves Covid 'elimination' after 28 days with no cases as Queensland police isolate – live news


Victoria meets official definition for virus elimination, but Queensland and South Australia are on alert. Follow live updates

9.56pm GMT

Further Qantas repatriation flights will bring Australians home from France and Germany, according to an ABC report.

The report follows the Senate select committee on Covid-19 hearing on Thursday that there are more than 36,000 Australians overseas registered with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as wanting to return home but being unable to do so.

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From February next year, the federal government will push ahead with plans to strip charitable status from religious and community institutions that fail to join the National Redress Scheme set up in response to the royal commission into institutional child sexual abuse.

Social services minister Anne Ruston has this morning named four organisations who are still refusing to sign up to the scheme, Fairbridge Restored, Lakes Entrance Pony Club, Kenja Communications and Jehovah’s Witnesses.

We believe probably about half of the organisations that we are seeking to join the scheme by 31 December will be impacted by the charitable status requirements.

We are hoping that the financial damage that’s likely to be done to the organisation by their favourable charitable status being removed, hopefully will encourage them and hopefully will encourage the Jehovah’s Witness to rethink their position.

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