Australia news live update: Nine deaths, 1,750 Covid cases in Vic as Melbourne emerges from lockdown; 332 cases, two deaths in NSW








Early in his evidence to the New South Wales anti-corruption watchdog this week, Mike Baird was asked by the commissioner, Ruth McColl SC, to speak a little louder.

Called to the cramped confines of the Independent Commission Against Corruption’s witness box to give evidence against his friend and successor, Gladys Berejiklian, the former premier’s discomfort was obvious.

His answers were clipped, often monosyllabic. A transcript of the evidence picked up 37 separate uses of the affirmative “ah hmm”.








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NSW schools closed for cleaning after Covid outbreaks

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Vaccine requirements for children could hamper Australians returning from UK

UK-based Australian families planning trips home for Christmas will be made to quarantine because of a federal government decision on vaccines for children.

The Australian and UK governments currently have different requirements on the vaccination of children aged 12 to 15. While Australia requires two doses, the UK allows for only one in the vast majority of cases.

That has significant implications for the newly announced vaccine-contingent travel restrictions, which allow returning Australians, including children aged 12 and above, to skip hotel quarantine if they are fully vaccinated.








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