Report says NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian’s office breached rules when documents were shredded

A report from the state’s record keeping authority has found the NSW Premier’s office broke the law when documents were shredded amid accusations of pork barrelling.

The State Archives and Records Authority is the second agency to assess the shredding of documents by the Premier’s office in the lead up to the 2019 election.

Staffers in Gladys Berejiklian’s office destroyed documents relating to the allocation of funding to mostly Coalition-held seats in NSW.

The Government was accused by Labor of using the money from the Stronger Communities Fund as a sweetener during the campaign.

The watchdog, which is charged with monitoring compliance with the State Records Act, found the document shredding was in breach of record-keeping laws.

But despite the breach potentially incurring a fine, no legal action will be pursued.

It found that while it was a technical breach of the act, clearer policies should be implemented.

The watchdog also concluded the record management handbook for ministerial staff was not adequate.

It comes after the Information and Privacy Commission cleared the Premier’s staff in its assessment.

In a statement, the Premier’s office said “the error” occurred because of unclear rules for document retention.(AAP: Dan Himbrechts)

The Information and Privacy Commission (IPC) report, which was partly released on Thursday, found no explicit wrongdoing which it could pursue within its remit.

But the SARA found the “unauthorised disposal” of the notes was in breach of the State Records Act and that the monitoring of records management in the Premier’s office was insufficient.

It also found the “records management information in the Ministers’ Office Handbook does not adequately support ministerial staff in their creation, capture, management and disposal of State records”.

Greens MP David Shoebridge has been chairing an inquiry looking into the handling of public records in the Premier’s office, including the shredding of the documents.

“These are damning findings from the state’s record office,” Mr Shoebridge said.

A spokesperson from the Premier’s office said the government supported all the recommendations made by SARA, which included developing a clearer records management program.

“The authority noted that the error occurred because the rules were ambiguous, and the advice provided on document classification and disposal was inadequate,” the spokesperson said.

“As such, there will also be enhanced training for ministerial staff to ensure they meet their responsibilities under the Act,” they said.

The matter had also been sent to the Independent Commission Against Corruption by the IPC.

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews says he “does not support” the recognition of tennis figure Margaret Court in Australia Day awards. Ms Court is to be made a Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), The Age has reported. Mr Andrews, at a press conference ahead of National Cabinet meeting, was asked about the recognition. “I’m being honest with you, I do not support that. I don’t believe that she has views that accord with the vast majority of people across our nation, that see, people particularly from the LGBTIQ community, as equal and deserving of dignity, respect and safety,” he said. “I don’t believe she should be honoured because of that. “I’m quite sick of talking about that person every summer. We finish up having this discussion, in one form or another, every single summer. “I would prefer not to be giving oxygen to some of these views, but you’ve asked me a question and I’ve answered it honestly.” Mr Andrews said those who “give out those gongs” should be asked why it is appropriate. “You [should] want to speak to them about why they think those views, which are disgraceful, hurtful and cost lives, should be honoured,” he said. IN OTHER NEWS: “I think calling out bigotry is always important. “We’ve just had a debate in the Parliament of Victoria to outlaw the bigoted quackery that cost lives. “My position on this has been consistent, and I don’t seek to quarrel with people, but I’m asked a question and I’ve answered it. “Do we really have to do this every summer?” Mr Andrews said it was for others to decide whether Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park should be renamed. Court has previously been criticised for her views on same-sex marriage.


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Fulham vs Manchester United LIVE! Starting lineups, team news and Premier League match stream today


ulham vs Manchester United LIVE!

Man United are aiming to retake top spot in the Premier League as they travel to west London to face Fulham this evening.

Leicester City’s 2-0 win over Chelsea last night saw the Foxes go top of the table, but United play their game in hand this evening and will leapfrog Brendan Rodgers’ men with a victory.

As for Fulham, Scott Parker’s side have looked more impressive of late after a poor start to the season, but they are struggling to turn draws into wins as they sit four points away from safety – albeit with games in hand over fellow strugglers Brighton and Newcastle.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s United are likely to meet a stern test tonight despite Fulham’s position in the table – and the Cottagers’ recent draw at Tottenham will serve as a warning that they can compete with some of the best forwards the League has to offer.

With kick-off at 8:15pm GMT, follow all the latest team news and match action with Simon Collings live at Craven Cottage.

Live updates


Simon Collings at Craven Cottage

Here’s what Simon makes of that team news then…


Fulham team news

Fulham: Areola, Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Tete, Reed, Zambo, Bryan, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman, Ivan Cavaleiro

Subs: Hector, Odoi, Kebano, Mitrovic, Rodak, Ream, Lemina, Onomah, Kamara


Man United team news

Man Utd: de Gea, Wan Bissaka, Bailly, Maguire, Shaw, Pogba, Fred, Greenwood, Bruno Fernandes, Martial, Cavani

Subs: Mata, Rashford, James, Henderson, Alex Telles, Matic, van de Beek, Tuanzebe, McTominay


Simon Collings at Craven Cottage

Joe Bryan doing some pre-match media, so he will – as expected – be starting for Fulham.


We are around 10 minutes away from team news, so watch this space…


Premier League table as it stands

Here are how things look tonight…


Parker: Goals now the key

Parker says the next task for Fulham after tightening up their defence is to start putting the ball in the back of the net.

“We’ve got draws, we now need to turn some of those draws into wins. That’s the next big challenge for us. We’ve been able to stay in games, give ourselves a platform, become a lot more solid.

“The fine margins of this division, you need to take your opportunities when they come. To do that, you’ve got to do the hardest thing in the game and that’s put the ball in the back of the net.

“We have one recognised striker in the building in Mitrovic. We understand where we are a little bit light. But this window is a tough window and time’s not on our side, really. We’ll work relentlessly hard to try and improve our attacking play.”


Parker: Fulham no longer a ‘laughing stock’

Scott Parker thinks Fulham have been transformed from a Premier League “laughing stock” to the battling side they are now.

“We’ve done remarkably well considering where we were at the start of the season,” said Parker. “We were probably the laughing stock in terms of how people were portraying us – never was that the case in-house.

“We’ve done remarkably well to be fighting and punching away like we are – not just with determination and grit, but with a real style about us. It’s clear that you can see a real drastic improvement in our overall game.

“There was a narrative around us at the start of this season and that narrative was probably helped by the previous time we were in this division. We lost two games by more than two goals, that narrative was instantly in people’s heads, ‘Oh look, it’s the same Fulham’.

“I just think people were blurred a little bit by the last time we were here. I can understand why. It was certainly an area we needed to address.”


Solskjaer impressed by Shaw

One player who has gone under the radar a little at United recently is Luke Shaw, who has kicked on and improved following added competition from Alex Telles – including an excellent display against Liverpool at Anfield last Sunday.

Solskjaer said of the left-back: “Luke has immense quality. He has got very good technique, good quality.

“You see the few times against Liverpool he takes the ball and drives forward. It’s something that I’ve pushed him more to do because we know he can do it.

“It’s generally down to the boy himself. He’s mentally very good at the moment. He has become a dad, he’s physically very good, his fitness is so much better. He keeps beating his high intensity stats, his total distance stats.

“I think he’s been consistently up there with what a full-back should be doing. And when you have the talent of Luke, when that fitness and mental bit is sorted, you are always going to get good performances.”


Bruno Fernandes expected to start

So, will Bruno Fernandes get a rest tonight? It doesn’t sound like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is going to bench his star man…

Speaking on Tuesday, Solskjaer told reporters: “His form is very good, He was just voted Player of the Month. He’s not tired, no. No chance. He is one of the players who runs and covers the ground in every single game. Very good at recovering, very good at recharging his batteries.

“If he’d scored his free-kick or just had a little air on the ball when Luke (Shaw) put the cross in, he would have been lauded as the best player in the Premier League again.

“Since he’s come in, he’s been absolutely immense. No, he’s not tired. If I ask him there’s absolutely no chance he’ll say he’s tired.

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Leicester City 2-0 Chelsea: Leicester win to go top of Premier League

James Maddison has scored in each of his last three Leicester games

Leicester City moved to the top of the Premier League table and increased the pressure on struggling Chelsea manager Frank Lampard with an impressive victory at The King Power Stadium.

The Foxes knew a win would see them overhaul Manchester United and they were on their way after only six minutes when Wilfred Ndidi fired in off the inside of the post from 20 yards.

Chelsea rarely threatened, although they were denied a first-half penalty by VAR when Christian Pulisic went down under a challenge from Jonny Evans, only for the technology to confirm the offence took place just outside the area.

Lampard’s misery was swiftly reinforced as Leicester City broke clear to add a second four minutes before the break, James Maddison sweeping a cool finish past Chelsea keeper Edouard Mendy on the half-volley from Marc Albrighton’s pass.

Chelsea barely raised a gallop after the break and it was Leicester who created the better openings as James Justin headed wide when unmarked and Mendy saved from Youri Tielemans.

Leicester are now a point ahead of Manchester United having played a game more while Chelsea are in eighth, five points off the Champions League places.

Lampard feeling the heat

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard
Since beating Leeds to go top of the table in December, Chelsea have taken just seven points from their last 24 available in the Premier League

Make no mistake – Chelsea manager Lampard is under increasing pressure after another dreadful performance on a night they could have used to show signs of recovery against an in-form side.

Instead, this was a wretched affair lacking any spark and urgency, and more significantly desire, with Leicester closing out the win with barely a moment of anxiety all night.

Chelsea were sloppy in midfield, toothless in attack and soft in defence, falling asleep at a free-kick and a corner for Leicester’s first from Ndidi then being undone by a routine angled pass from Albrighton.

The body language was resigned, with not the hint of a second-half revival, while there will also be renewed scrutiny on Lampard’s transfer policy.

Timo Werner, for all the consoling words heaped upon the £47.5m signing by Lampard, only started on the bench while £71m summer capture Kai Havertz was a non-existent presence on the pitch – it was no surprise when he was replaced in the second half.

Lampard will be well aware of the reality of his situation. He will know his background as a Chelsea great will not spare him from judgement by owner Roman Abramovich.

He must hope the fact that Chelsea are not yet adrift of the Champions League places will give him more time but given a summer expenditure of more than £200m, performances as poor as this will only turn up the heat on the manager.

Superb Leicester show title style

Leicester fully deserve their place at the top of the Premier League after they delivered a performance of class and composure to win with ease.

The Foxes never looked like losing control once Ndidi put them ahead. They were in command at the back – with 20-year-old French defender Wesley Fofana magnificent – controlled midfield and could easily have won by more.

It may yet be a short-lived stay at the top with Manchester City playing Aston Villa on Wednesday but manager Brendan Rodgers has a team that only missed out on the top four on the final day of last season and looks stronger this term, despite the £50m summer sale of England left-back Ben Chilwell to their hapless opponents here on Tuesday night.

James Justin has stepped in to Chilwell’s place and been outstanding while on the other flank Belgium right-back Timothy Castagne looks a sound, assured addition.

Fofana, however, looks one of the signings of the summer with his combination of talent, pace and power.

He has forged a fine partnership with the experienced Jonny Evans and has been keeping Caglar Soyuncu, who has been sidelined by injury recently, out of the team.

This was such an assured win that anyone who had doubts about Leicester’s ability to be involved at the top end of the table again this season will have to re-assess that thinking.

Our performance was slow and sluggish – what they said

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers: “You have seen the real spirit of the side tonight. We were a real threat going forward.

“The performance and maturity of the team was pleasing. I knew we were playing against a talented team and we had to be right on our game.”

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard: “There are players who are not playing as well as they should be, that’s a simple fact.

“I’m disappointed with both the goals. We know we can compete with Leicester when we are are playing well but when you go 2-0 down and you are in a difficult period of form it affects the game hugely.

“The players know they were beaten by a better team, a team we are behind and one we want to catch. The general theme of our performance was slow and sluggish.”

Title-winning similarities – the stats

  • Leicester City will end the day top of the Premier League table having played as many as 19 games of the season for the first time since the final day of their title-winning 2015-16 campaign.
  • Leicester City have won 30 of their 35 Premier League games when scoring first under Brendan Rodgers.
  • Chelsea have kept a clean sheet in just 17% of their away games in the Premier League under Frank Lampard (5/29); among those to have taken charge of 10+ away games in the competition, this is the lowest percentage of any Chelsea manager.
  • Since the start of last season, only Newcastle (52) have conceded more away goals in the Premier League than Chelsea (50).
  • Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers has now beaten all 34 of the teams he’s faced in the Premier League as a manager – he had previously failed to beat Chelsea in each of his 11 top-flight meetings with the Blues before tonight (D7 L4).
  • Leicester midfielder James Maddison has scored in three consecutive league appearances for the first time in his career.
  • Leicester’s Wilfred Ndidi has scored more Premier League goals versus Chelsea than any other team (two), while three of his seven goals in the competition have come from outside the box.

What next?

Both sides switch their focus to the FA Cup fourth round next. Leicester are at Championship side Brentford on Sunday, 24 January (14:30 GMT) while Chelsea host Luton, also of the Championship, earlier the same day (12:00 GMT).

Player of the match

MaddisonJames Maddison

Leicester City

  1. Squad number10Player nameMaddison

  2. Squad number3Player nameFofana

  3. Squad number2Player nameJustin

  4. Squad number25Player nameNdidi

  5. Squad number1Player nameSchmeichel

  6. Squad number11Player nameAlbrighton

  7. Squad number27Player nameCastagne

  8. Squad number8Player nameTielemans

  9. Squad number15Player nameBarnes

  10. Squad number6Player nameEvans

  11. Squad number9Player nameVardy

  12. Squad number21Player nameRicardo Pereira

  13. Squad number17Player nameAyoze Pérez

  14. Squad number14Player nameIheanacho


  1. Squad number19Player nameMount

  2. Squad number16Player nameMendy

  3. Squad number10Player namePulisic

  4. Squad number6Player nameThiago Silva

  5. Squad number11Player nameWerner

  6. Squad number17Player nameKovacic

  7. Squad number22Player nameZiyech

  8. Squad number2Player nameRüdiger

  9. Squad number21Player nameChilwell

  10. Squad number24Player nameJames

  11. Squad number20Player nameHudson-Odoi

  12. Squad number29Player nameHavertz

  13. Squad number9Player nameAbraham



Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1Schmeichel
  • 27Castagne
  • 3FofanaBooked at 85mins
  • 6Evans
  • 2Justin
  • 25Ndidi
  • 11AlbrightonSubstituted forRicardo Pereiraat 77′minutes
  • 8Tielemans
  • 10MaddisonSubstituted forPérezat 76′minutes
  • 15Barnes
  • 9VardySubstituted forIheanachoat 88′minutes


  • 4Söyüncü
  • 12Ward
  • 14Iheanacho
  • 17Pérez
  • 18Amartey
  • 19Ünder
  • 20Choudhury
  • 21Ricardo Pereira
  • 33Thomas


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 16Mendy
  • 24James
  • 2Rüdiger
  • 6Thiago Silva
  • 21Chilwell
  • 19Mount
  • 17KovacicBooked at 51mins
  • 20Hudson-OdoiSubstituted forWernerat 68′minutes
  • 29HavertzBooked at 29minsSubstituted forZiyechat 67′minutesBooked at 89mins
  • 10Pulisic
  • 9Abraham


  • 1Arrizabalaga
  • 4Christensen
  • 5Jorginho
  • 11Werner
  • 15Zouma
  • 22Ziyech
  • 23Gilmour
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 33Emerson

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Tasmanian Premier provides AFL with ultimatum

Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein has provided the AFL with an ultimatum, saying they will not contemplate further arrangements for Hawthorn and North Melbourne to play games in the state until they have more information surrounding a 19th AFL license.

The wheels appeared to be in motion for Tassie to receive an AFL license at the start of 2020, with a push for the side to enter the competition by 2025 – then COVID-19 hit and other priorities hit the desk of league CEO Gillon McLachlan.

The Roos and Hawks will each play four home games in Tasmania in 2021, but their current deal expires at the end of the year.

Gutwein said his government won’t even look at extending those deals until they have more information on the 19th license.

“We will not finalise the arrangements for the next contract with Hawthorn or North Melbourne until we have clarity from the AFL in terms of our own licence,” Gutwein told reporters on Tuesday.

“That clarity doesn’t exist at the moment.

“I’ve made it perfectly clear to Mr (Gillon) McLachlan we cannot and will not finalise those arrangements until we have that clarity.

“Tasmania is part of the federation and you cannot have a truly national Australian Football League if one of the states does not have a team in it.

“I’ve made that perfectly clear to the AFL.”

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Lake Torrens drilling approval by SA Premier prompts Greens calls to change heritage laws

A contentious minerals exploration project in outback South Australia, approved by the Premier, is prompting calls for a change to heritage laws.

Premier Steven Marshall, who is also the Aboriginal Affairs Minister, approved an application by exploration company Kelaray to explore for ore bodies on the surface of Lake Torrens.

The salt lake, part of a national park, is considered sacred by at least four Aboriginal nations but does not have any native title protections.

Kelaray, a subsidiary of Argonaut Resources, made the application under Section 23 of the Aboriginal Heritage Act, which allows the minister to approve the damage or disturbance of sacred sites.

An email obtained by the ABC revealed almost every Aboriginal person consulted on the project opposed it, but Mr Marshall chose to prioritise the project’s potential economic benefits.

The State Government says the drilling will not cause permanent damage.(Supplied: Rebecca Tayler)

The approval has prompted calls from the SA Greens to change the act to give Aboriginal people a greater voice.

“If we’re really going to get serious about reconciliation in this state, I think that act needs to be revisited and done properly this time,” Greens MP Tammy Franks said.

“Not rammed through Parliament in a couple of days, but properly considered and Aboriginal voices heard.

“The review should really listen to Aboriginal people this time.

Government defends decision

Mr Marshall was not available for an interview, but a Government spokesperson defended the Premier’s decision.

“This follows extensive consultation with Aboriginal organisations and people claiming an interest in Lake Torrens,” the spokesperson said.

“The authorisation requires Argonaut to undertake its exploration in accordance with conditions to minimise impacts of the program and to keep interested Aboriginal parties informed on a regular basis of the progress of the company’s work.”

The spokesperson said Mr Marshall also took into account:

  • a history of mineral exploration activity on Lake Torrens and close to its shoreline, with government records indicating the first exploration hole was drilled in 1960
  • the granting of 282 exploration licences over areas of Lake Torrens since the early 1970s
  • Section 23 authorisations approved in 2010 and 2018 by the former government to permit exploration on and in the vicinity of Lake Torrens
  • a separate Section 23 authorisation would have to be sought by Kelaray if exploration led to any proposal to mine at Lake Torrens
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The SA Greens want changes to the state Aboriginal Heritage Act.(Supplied: Tony Magor/Department of Environment and Water)

Project on scale ‘never seen before’

SA Labor’s Aboriginal affairs spokesperson, Kyam Maher, defended the 2010 and 2018 approvals that were made when his party was in government.

Mr Maher said those projects were on a smaller scale.

“Very widescale drilling over a very large area and people are concerned that firstly, it is happening, and also what sort of conditions are on there to make sure it’s done sensibly?”

He said heritage concerns and minerals projects needed to be given equal weight.

“Once Aboriginal heritage is destroyed or damaged on such a large scale, you can’t reverse that,” Mr Maher said.

“I think people are more alive to some of the concerns that Aboriginal people and traditional owners have.”

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Zero local coronavirus cases in NSW as Premier Gladys Berejiklian flags easing restrictions in Greater Sydney

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has flagged easing restrictions in Greater Sydney next week after the state recorded a second day in a row with no locally acquired coronavirus cases.

Ms Berejiklian refused to say if mandatory masks would be one of the restrictions to be eased after two men allegedly assaulted police last night, after being asked to wear a mask while in a shopping centre.

The Premier said more than 16,000 people came forward for testing yesterday but that she wanted to see that number increase before restrictions could be eased.

“The Government is very much in the space of considering health advice easing restrictions and I want to make that clear,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“But we won’t have the confidence to do that unless we have higher rates of testing, because that will assure us that we have captured all previously undetected cases of the virus, which may still be infectious in the community.”

Ms Berejiklian declined to specify what could change next week for Greater Sydney, saying they were looking at an overarching easing of restrictions.

Among the current restrictions is a limit of five visitors in homes and mandatory masks in venues including supermarkets and on public transport.

“We would much rather have a holistic change in restrictions rather than doing it in little pieces,” she said.

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Two men were found not wearing masks at a Wetherill Park shopping centre

Two men, aged 51 and 39, were charged with several offences, after allegedly assaulting police officers at a shopping centre in Wetherill Park.

“It is so disappointing when disrespect is shown or worse to police officers or anyone else working in the system to keep all of us safe,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Ms Berejiklian said she recognised it was difficult and uncomfortable, but that safety measures including masks were keeping NSW’s cases low.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said he hoped law enforcement would come down hard on the men for their refusal to comply with the health order.

“If you don’t have a medical reason to not wear a mask, not wearing a mask is arrogant, selfish, and actually dopey,” Mr Hazzard.

“And so I hope the full force of the law is thrown at those people.”

Meanwhile, Ms Berejiklian said she did not support the prospect of shifting hotel quarantine to regional areas, an idea her Queensland counterpart is taking to National Cabinet.

“I don’t think that would be a good idea,” she said.

“That would raise a level of other complicated issues, we need police, health staff, federal authorities, ADF (Australian Defence Force) to all participate in the quarantine system and all you would be doing is simply moving those challenges somewhere else, perhaps with greater difficulty.”

Mr Hazzard agreed with Ms Berejiklian, telling ABC this morning that proximity to metropolitan hospitals was crucial for the hotel quarantine system to work.

When asked about the vaccine, Ms Berejiklian said she expected the Service NSW app would show a tick if a person had received the jab.

She said it would ultimately be up to employers if they chose to refuse people who had not had the vaccine entry to the workplace.

“I think we have to adopt a common sense approach and employers and hospitality venues may make certain decisions about who they have in their workplace or who they have in their venue and that is a matter for them to an extent.”

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Liverpool v Man Utd: The last time Liverpool and Manchester United were in a Premier League title race

Watch some of the best goals, key matches and memorable moments from the 2008/09 season, the only time Liverpool and Manchester United have both finished in the top two in the Premier League, as the current top two prepare to go head-to-head on Sunday.

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NSW Premier In Disagreement With Moving Hotel Quarantine To Regional Areas

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For the second day in a row, New South Wales has recorded no locally acquired COVID-19 infections within the 24 hours until 8:00 pm Thursday.

According to the Premier Gladys Berejiklian, more than 16,000 people came forward for testing, yet she cited that she wanted to see further increase in these figures.

In a statement, she revealed, “The Government is very much in the space of considering health advice easing restrictions and I want to make that clear.”

“But we won’t have the confidence to do that unless we have higher rates of testing, because that will assure us that we have captured all previously undetected cases of the virus, which may still be infectious in the community.” She added.

When asked for specifications regarding what changes might be at stake for Greater Sydney next week, she declined to comment and pointed out that they are looking at an overarching ease of restrictions.

Greater Sydney is currently at seemingly tight restrictions with a limit of five visitors per home and mandatory wearing of masks in venues, which includes supermarkets and on any public transportation.

As asserted by the Premier “We would much rather have a holistic change in restrictions rather than doing it in little pieces.”

Ms Berejiklian then explained that she did not support the idea of shifting hotel quarantine to regional areas, which is a directive her Queensland counterpart is proposing to the National Cabinet for approval. 

Backing the claims was Health Minister Brad Hazzard as he agreed with Ms Berejiklian, telling media just this morning that immediacy to metropolitan hospitals was imperative for the hotel quarantine system to work accordingly.

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