April 19, 2021

Manly Quarantine

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Australia coronavirus news live: south coast venues added to NSW Covid hotspots as Victoria races to trace mystery case

Thousands more people urged to get tested as national cabinet meets to discuss vaccine and...

Thousands more people urged to get tested as national cabinet meets to discuss vaccine and international travel. Follow all the latest news and updates

9.58pm GMT

I don’t think this will get much traction today, given *gestures broadly* the world, but Labor leader Anthony Albanese, is due to speak today about the National Broadband Network. Specifically, the fact that it’s not very good.

In a statement, Albanese said the NBN is “acting as a hand break on national productivity and making it more difficult for Australians to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic”.

Some people have lost up to six boxes in a row. They’ve started asking for a spare…. This makes it pretty much impossible for people to work from home or run a small business. It’s also dangerous during the bushfire season.

9.49pm GMT

Speaking of that national cabinet meeting, the acting NSW premier, John Barilaro, will not be allowed to sub in. He told the ABC:

No, I won’t be. There is a standing arrangement that it is First Ministers and when premiers aren’t in, no one subs in.

Look, Madeleine, the issue here isn’t about risk. There is risk every day with everything that we do. It is about balancing that risk against the benefits to tourism, the benefits to holding such a significant event on the calendar in New South Wales which is the Test in relation to the psychology and the health of the citizens of New South Wales.

Our message to rural and regional New South Wales was if you can avoid it, please do. But if you have got plans to come, then you will abide by the rules in place. This isn’t about keeping rural and regional people protected and not Sydneysiders. I had the opportunity to go at the and walk through the grounds with the management team andI can clearly say that we’ve got avenue there that can hold tens of thousands of people, we have got 25% of that capacity. We have got everything in place to minimise the spread and after yesterday what occurred at the MCG, we made that final decision about mask wearing throughout the day.

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