COVID live updates: The National Cabinet meets as the Omicron variant is quarantined

Live updates

By Michael Doyle

Victoria’s pandemic law must be passed in parliament

The Victorian government’s controversial pandemic legislation appears to be passed in parliament after a crossbencher agreed to support an amended version of the bill.

Transport issues MP Rod Barton will vote in favor of the legislation if six changes are made.

They include a new joint parliamentary committee to review public health orders and an independent panel to review appeals under public health orders.

The emergency powers expire next month.

By Michael Doyle

Key event

By Michael Doyle

The interior minister says it was necessary to pause with international arrivals

A two-week break on international arrivals was necessary as the Omicron variant continues to dominate discussions around COVID-19.

Home Secretary Karen Andres told ABC News Breakfast that the government accepted the health advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Paul Kelly.

“The reason we did that is because, based on the health advice, more time was needed to make sure we had all the relevant information in relation to that variant.”

By Michael Doyle

Key event

Omicron variant at the top of the National Cabinet agenda

State, territory and federal leaders are meeting in the National Cabinet today to discuss the Omicron variant.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says she will ask why other states do not enforce 14-day hotel quarantine for international arrivals.

She also says the Omicron variant is further evidence of why the Wellcamp quarantine facility should be built.

Authorities say there are no plans to change Queensland’s easing border restrictions next month at this stage.

The state registered five new cases of COVID-19 in hotel quarantine on Monday.

By Michael Doyle

Hi every one

Good morning Australia.

Welcome to Tuesday and welcome back to the ABC COVID-19 blog.

It looks like we have a busy day ahead of us, so no time to waste.

Let’s go.

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