Coronavirus Australia information: Seven of eight states aiming to reopen borders by Christmas, New Zealanders could also be allowed in

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Prime Minister Scott Morrison says all the states and territories bar WA are working on a plan to open up Australia’s internal borders by Christmas, while adding New Zealanders may soon be able to fly here.

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Catch up on Friday’s events as they unfolded.

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FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:53am

By Jessica Riga

Goodnight from us 

We’re going to close the blog here tonight, but we’ll be back as per usual tomorrow!

    

Stay safe and well, and if you’re in Melbourne, hang in there! 

      

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:48am

By Jessica Riga

C’mon Victoria – WE GOT THIS! I believe in us!

-Bec

   

Thank you bloggers. Especial thanks for giving YouTube link for pressers, rather than facebook. Stay safe, see you tomorrow!

-JodiOfIvanhoe(Vic)

 

      

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:37am

By Jessica Riga

Last orders! We’re going to be closing the blog soon, so now is the time to get in any last minute gif requests, blogger compliments or words of motivation for our mates in Melbourne as we enter another weekend. 

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:30am

By Jessica Riga

     

If you’re tuning in just now, here’s everything you need to know about borders both near and far.

    

States have committed to a plan for reopening interstate borders by Christmas as Australia moves to a “hotspot model” of restricting travel — and New Zealand could be in the mix.

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:23am

By Jessica Riga

Hey, Jessica and your Blogger colleagues – and to our fellow Bloggees across AUS (and around the world) – these shared “little things” are not only heartwarming, they have a resonance beyond postcodes.! Every time this all starts to well up on me, I invariably find a posted comment which makes me think/feel ‘yeah, wow, great – if a total stranger can do it to help get through all this, then so can I’ … Sorry if this sounds ‘schmaltzy’ in some way, but this “little” online ABC community is what’s been key to helping keep me and so many others going. Thank-you, everyone.

-It’s the “little things” …

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:18am

By Jessica Riga

Queensland has not agreed to the Federal Government’s hotspot definition, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk tweets

(Twitter)FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 9:06am

By Jessica Riga

The cutest small win yet 

Our 5yo and 10yo daughters helped incubate and hatche 6 silkie chicks in lockdown to fill the lonely void in our hearts. Who knew we could love chickens this much?? Would you mind posting a chicken gif to celebrate their hatching? Thank you for keeping us informed and sane xoxoxo

-Small Wings

     

Small Wings! How gorgeous. Here is your incredibly wholesome, celebratory chicken gif. 

     

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 8:59am

By Jessica Riga

Victoria Police arrest another online supporter of anti-lockdown protests

(Facebook)

      

Victoria Police are continuing their crackdown on social media users supporting coronavirus protests, arresting another person accused of incitement.

     

James Bartolo was arrested at his home after police broke through his front door and tackled him to the floor.

     
Mr Bartolo filmed his arrest and posted it live to his personal Facebook account.

     
The video showed him arguing with police who were calling for him to open the front door.

     
In the three-minute-long video, Mr Bartolo argues with police, claiming they were trespassing on his property.

     

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 8:33am

By Jessica Riga

Former police chief wanted private security, not police, in quarantine hotels, inquiry told

The former head of Victoria Police recommended private security guards to be “the first line of security” in the state’s hotel quarantine scheme, an inquiry has heard. 

     

According to evidence from Victoria Police northwest metro region Commander Tim Tully, the chief commissioner at the time, Graham Ashton, recommended “that private security is to be the first line of security” in the hotels.

     

Commander Tully was in charge of Victoria Police’s Operation Soteria, which oversaw the hotel quarantine program.

     
The evidence follows weeks of debate over the Victorian Government’s decision not to use defence force personnel or police to monitor hotel quarantine.

     
Commander Tully told the inquiry he did not think police were needed inside the hotels and said it would not be a good use of their time.

     
He said during 109 days of the program, there were 131 calls for police assistance and only five were deemed serious calls.

     

     

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 8:18am

By Jessica Riga

Even more small wins

Common themes seem to be organising spaces in your home, repairing old devices or finishing academic projects. 

     

I’ve just made an inventory of everything in my fridge and pantry. Thanks, COVID iso!

-Liz

     

Got a computer up and running after 3 years of thinking it was unrepairable. So much faster than the clunker I was using! Now I can read the blog at warp speed

-Busy

 

     

This week I sent the first full draft of my PhD thesis off to my supervisors for their feedback. It’s been 4.5 years of work in total with 8 months of that spent writing the thesis itself, with a pandemic and a chronic illness thrown in there for good measure. So this feels like a pretty amazing milestone to have reached, even though I’m still a couple of months (and some hard work) from the end.

-Nearly A Doctor

 

This is huge! I would argue this achievement is too big for a “small win”. Congratulations, Nearly A Doctor.  

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:51am

By Jessica Riga

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan wants the Government’s expert medical panel to look at the health risks associated with boarding school students travelling across state borders

     

Mr Tehan and Regional Education Minister Andrew Gee said the matter was raised at today’s meeting of state and territory education ministers, with the Federal Government pushing for consideration to be given to the students being able to get home. 

      

“We asked that the Education Council Chair, on behalf of Education Council, urgently seek the advice of the Australian Health Protection and Principal Committee (AHPPC) as to the health risk associated with student travel to and from school within a border bubble and between boarding school and home,” they said in a statement. 
     
“We are now waiting for the states and territories to respond.”
    

Reporting by Jade Macmillan. 

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:44am

By Jessica Riga

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:42am

By Jessica Riga

The blog has been a small win for many…….it has delivered so much, highlights for me have been the Doyle jokes ( alphabet and pencil ones ) Barbara and her pool boy and the information that keeps me up to date on a daily basis…..thank you all

-sf

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:34am

By Jessica Riga

New Zealand retains coronavirus measures as new COVID-19 death related to Auckland cluster

New Zealand retains restrictions put in place to beat the spread of the coronavirus until at least mid-September, as the country reports a new death related to the virus.

Auckland, the country’s largest city and the centre of a fresh outbreak, will remain on alert level 2.5, which limits gatherings to no more than 10 people.

Other parts of the country will be under alert level 2, which requires people to observe social distancing rules and restricts gathering sizes to no more than 100 people.

    
It comes after New Zealand’s health ministry said a man in his 50s died in an Auckland hospital on Friday due to COVID-19.

You can read more on this story here.

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:16am

By Jessica Riga

Some more of your small wins

I organised a care package to a friend in Hotel Quarantine yesterday – it was such a great feeling to bring her some cheer!

-Small wins

     

Finally cleaned out three storage boxes full of things from about 10-15 years ago.

-Lockdown forced clean-up small win

 

     

After a couple years of not working well, finally got my 3D printer working again!

-Crenn

 

     

i’m just about to finish work, i’m proud of me for pulling through & for all those out there!

-a long week

 FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:13am

By Jessica Riga

Key Event

SA eases coronavirus restrictions on events, bars and football crowds

     

South Australia will ease COVID-19 restrictions on wedding and funeral numbers, eating and drinking at bars and football attendance from midnight.

    

Employees are also being encouraged to return to their workplaces if safe to do so.

      

  • Wedding and funerals will be able to have 150 attendees in SA from midnight
  • People will be able to drink and eat at bars
  • A second stimulus package will be included in November’s state budget

     

Premier Steven Marshall said the new relaxation of restrictions was possible because of a lower number of diagnoses in Victoria.

     

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 7:05am

By Jessica Riga

A small win!

We finally finished a 3,000 piece jigsaw puzzle today. It has taken both of us almost two months to finish. It has been sitting unopened in the cupboard for over 20 years.

-Puzzled

     

This is so satisfying to hear, Puzzled. If you’ve got a small win to share, send it in! Let’s celebrate them.  

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 6:59am

By Jessica Riga

Key Event

Suspended AFL players sent home from Queensland for breaching league’s COVID-19 protocols

The AFL has suspended Richmond players, Sydney Stack and Callum Coleman-Jones for 10 matches each and sent them home from Queensland for breaching the league’s Covid protocols.

     

    

Richmond has been fined $100,000, which includes $25,000 from a previous breach.

     

The amount will be deducted from the club’s 2021 soft cap which covers administration and coaching costs.

     

Reporting by David Mark. 
 

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 6:49am

By Jessica Riga

The Victorian Opposition has used question time in the state parliament to call for Premier Daniel Andrews to resign

In his final question of the parliamentary week Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien cited the more than 600 people who had died from COVID-19 and asked whether the Premier would accept responsibility.

    
“Premier, you and your government are responsible for this horrific loss of life will you do the honourable thing and resign?” Mr O’Brien asked.

     

“We have got a big task ahead of us, I’m not one to shirk the responsibilities I’ve been given,” Mr Andrews said.

     

“And I’ll be there to see this through and the politics of those opposite will not deter me from that task.”

    

Reporting by Richard Willingham. 
 

FriFriday 4 SepSeptember 2020 at 6:45am

By Jessica Riga

There have been a number of press conferences and related news today, making it quite a heavy blog. How about a GIF (or GIFs) to lighten the mood?

-Please

     

Hi JessCan we have a Friday pick-me-up….when you have the opportunity – it would be really appreciated. ..?

-Miranda

 

       

Of course! Here’s a cute dog… OR TWO. 

     

     

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