Welcome to the third week of spring parliamentary sessions, which will look different than originally planned.
The meeting will largely only include the MPs who stayed in Canberra (and have been in lockdown), where most of the others turned out virtually in view of the travel restrictions across the country.
Parliament sits mostly because the government has to deal with a sunset clause in some anti-terrorism bills (the sunset clause is not new, but the government did not bring the law up for debate before the last sitting and did not leave enough time for it to be dealt with properly).
Also, Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese are both in town, but most of their colleagues will not be.
Not that Parliament is the main game after all.
NSW is once again looking at compliance measures for its lockdown as case numbers hit the 800s. Vaccinations in NSW look good, but it is not uniform on all LGAs, which has the authorities a little worried.
Victoria will begin to double its own vaccination pressure as it struggles to contain the Delta outbreak in its own jurisdiction. The anti-lockdown protests have not helped in that regard. Queensland also experienced these protests, despite not being locked up. ACT’s lockdown continues, but it must be said that no one feels particularly optimistic, as it will promise in September, as planned. And meanwhile, the federal government is still pushing for an end to lockdowns when the vaccination target of 70-80% is, but is already facing opposition from states such as Qld, WA and Victoria, which will not open for NSW, while the number of cases is still high .
We bring you all the Covid news, as well as the situation in Afghanistan and Parliament as the day unfolds. You have Katharine Murphy, Sarah Martin, Paul Karp and Daniel Hurst in Canberra with Mike Bowers and Amy Remeikis on the blog.
I’ve got a banana and some fudge for breakfast with my (so far) two and a half coffees so it’ll be fun.
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