Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry is set to deliver its interim report. Follow latest updates
WA premier Mark McGowan is pleased with the ruling.
This is a significant victory.
I will always fight to protect the health of Western Australians.
Thank you, WA. pic.twitter.com/hJ0fS9WJ7D
The High Court has ruled that the WA border closure decision was valid.
#breaking the High Court has rejected Clive Palmer’s challenge against WA’s border ban. Both the directions and emergency laws are valid. Palmer to pay costs. #auspol #auslaw
The Australian competition watchdog is keeping a close eye on lawsuits against digital platforms overseas, including the US Department of Justice’s recent case against Google and proposed new competition laws in Europe, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) chair Rod Sims has said.
“The ACCC is focusing on the media bargaining code, our ad tech inquiry and our study examining app stores, and we have noted the Epic Games proceedings against Apple and Google in the US in regards to the latter,” Sims said in a speech on Friday.
Looks like there’s still no result in the US election, the update from Pennsylvania is just that they’re still counting the votes (good).
Australia’s services sector is seeing a marked improvement as domestic demand perks up after the doldrums of the coronavirus pandemic, AAP reports.
New figures show the services industry is expanding for the first time since November 2019 as government stimulus and improved confidence leads to an increase in sales, new orders and deliveries.
Unified security also had pointed comments for Sky News host Peta Credlin, although it didn’t specifically name her.
The firm denied suggestions recently put forward by Credlin that Unified had been given an early heads up about the set up of hotel quarantine on 27 March.
The first contact Unified Security received from anyone in State or Federal government regarding Hotel Quarantine in Victoria was an email from the Victorian Department of Jobs, Precincts and Regions at 11:33pm on March 27, 2020.
This was nine hours after it was announced by the Prime Minister.
Unified Security, which was the company given the bulk of the contracts for hotel quarantine in Victoria, including at the Rydges, which accounted for 90% of all infections in Victoria since late May, has issued this lengthy statement ahead of the report due out today.
The company says it was “certainly not” responsible for the outbreak, despite some of its guards testing positive for Covid-19, because the firm was “never in charge of infection control”.
Australian politicians are just waiting for the results of the US election like the rest of us.
Home affairs minister Peter Dutton described the protracted contest as “an amazing spectacle”.
“Obviously some matters are heading to the court and votes are shifting around,” he told Nine on Friday.
Australia’s agriculture minister, David Littleproud, has said the government is seeking clarity from China over potential new trade curbs as Labor ramps up its calls for Scott Morrison to “stand up for Australian exporters”.
Littleproud played down the significance of the report in China’s state-controlled Global Times that appeared to confirm a halt to imports of seven Australian products.
Scott Morrison must stand up for Australian exporters. If any country, including China, unreasonably blocks our exports we must call them out. Mr Morrison must explain to the Australian people what these new restrictions mean for jobs, what he is going to do to help our exporters.
he most recent example of Mr Morrison failing to provide leadership was when Liberal senator Eric Abetz questioned the loyalty of Australians of Chinese heritage.
I just listened to Gladys Berejiklian’s 2GB interview.
She was asked about the fact that the Queensland premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, did not respond to the NSW premier’s election-night text about opening the borders, but did text back when Queensland won the first State of Origin game.
“I’m over the personal stuff, to be honest. I just want it fixed … Imagine not being able to see your loved ones, imagine not being able to operate your business, imagine your business shutting down because of this decision.
I don’t want to see that happen. I don’t want to see more people go through it. We’ve all been through enough in 2020, haven’t we?
Wonderful news, Victoria has recorded no new cases, yet again.
Another day of double zero. Yesterday there were zero new cases and zero lives lost. The 14 day average is 1.3 and there are 2 cases with an unknown source. More info here and also later today: https://t.co/pcll7ySEgz #COVID19VicData pic.twitter.com/YuOYkv9tlq
The NSW government is considering giving households vouchers of up to $100 each to pay for a meal in an attempt to boost the state’s hospitality sector, AAP reports.
The $500m proposal could be announced in the state budget, to be handed down on 17 November.
Today will also mark the end of quarantine for the first set of Australians brought back to the NT Howard Springs facility under the new agreement between the NT and federal governments aimed at clearing the backlog of Australians waiting to return home.
China’s foreign ministry has rebuffed Simon Birmingham’s call for clarity on potential new trade actions against a range of Australian sectors, which reportedly could take effect as soon as today.
It comes after the state-run Global Times appeared to confirm that China had “halted seven categories of Australian goods from the market” but did not provide any further details. At a regular press conference late yesterday, the foreign ministry spokesperson, Wang Wenbin, was asked about the reported measures targeting sectors including copper, sugar, wine, barley and timber.
The Chinese competent authorities’ measures on foreign imports are in line with Chinese laws and regulations and international customary practices. They protect the safety of consumers and the legitimate rights and interests of domestic industries, and are consistent with the free trade agreement between China and Australia.
Related: Australian exporters scramble as fears of more China trade bans grow
We may also know sometime today (our time) the outcome of the US election.
You can follow all the US election updates on our live blog here. If we get the result, we will include some local reaction in this Australian blog.
Related: US election 2020: Joe Biden holds lead over Donald Trump in tense wait for results – live
In case you missed it last night …
A Chinese-Australian community figure who was pictured with the federal minister Alan Tudge donating $30,000 in Covid-19 relief to a Melbourne hospital in June has become the first person charged with a foreign interference offence. (There is no suggestion Tudge was involved in any wrongdoing.)
Related: Chinese-Australian community leader charged under Australia’s new foreign interference laws
Jacinda Ardern has given strong indications that the one-way bubble between New Zealand and some Australian states will not be altered, AAP reports.
The prime minister said she wasn’t likely to alter “existing border settings” in the short term:
New Zealanders want and deserve a safe summer holiday, so our focus is on managing the existing risk profile. We will be continuing with our existing border settings for now while we work on what can be accommodated within those settings.
Hello and welcome to Friday. I’m Josh Taylor and I will be bringing you all the Australian Covid-19 news and the latest in politics.
Here’s what we know so far: