AAP has a bit more of prime minister Scott Morrison’s comments regarding national cabinet goals today, and reports the prime minister emerged from his 14-day quarantine yesterday, following his trip to the UK for the G7.
“It’s time to start laying it out for the Australian public,” he told the Australian on Friday.
“It comes down to the medical science and what are the magic numbers. We have already done modelling on the Alpha variant and are now doing it on the Delta variant, which will set a threshold marker going forward.”
Morrison late on Thursday completed 14 days of quarantine at The Lodge in Canberra, after returning from an overseas trip, and will head to Parliament House this morning to lead the meeting.
Hello, and welcome to the live blog for Friday 2 July. My name is Josh Taylor and I will be bringing you all the latest news in Australia on what is set to be another busy day.
National cabinet will meet today after what has been a robust debate between the states and the federal government after the prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced an indemnity on GPs to provide the AstraZeneca vaccine to under 40s, which not only blindsided the states but also GPs, who have had to deal with a rush of younger people wanting to get the jab.
Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia are likely to push for a reduction in the capacity for hotel quarantine for the next few months, with the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, seeking between a 50% and 80% drop until the vaccine rollout reaches scale.
Morrison has told the Australian he is going to push for a “magic number” national cabinet can agree to for the vaccination rate at which there will no longer be lockdowns, and people will be able to travel domestically and internationally.
Andrews said on Thursday he does not have a set number, but believes lockdowns will end once everyone has the opportunity to be vaccinated.
It is a nervous wait for residents in Darwin, Perth and south-east Queensland today, with the Queensland, Western Australia and Northern Territory governments set to decide whether the snap lockdowns will end today as planned.
Queensland reported two additional cases of community transmission on Thursday, while WA reported no additional cases to the four-case cluster in the northern suburbs on Thursday, and NT reported one new case connected to the Tanami mine cluster.
Alice Springs will remain in lockdown until at least 1pm Saturday.
Let’s get into it.