Election 2022 live updates: Marise Payne meets Solomon Islands foreign minister; poll points to possible Mackellar upset; at least 28 Covid deaths

QLD has recorded 5 Covid deaths and 6,662 new cases.

Queensland has recorded 5 Covid deaths and 6,662 new cases, bringing the state’s total to 41,097 in the last 24 hours.

There are 454 people in hospital and of those 12 are in ICU.

The PM is in Perth today:

PM @ScottMorrisonMP at an announcement in Cowan to invest $1.6 million towards the construction of a Vietnamese cultural centre. Telling kids present that Australia is like a “rope” with all the tiny strands representing different cultures and faiths #auspol pic.twitter.com/scv3A3OR1B

— Lanai Scarr (@lanai_scarr) May 7, 2022

Until now, the contest between Liberal MP Jason Falinski and former middle distance runner and local GP Dr Sophie Scamps for Sydney’s northern beaches seat of Mackellar has been dismissed as a case study in optimism over hard facts, writes Anne Davies.

The low currently centred near the SE of #Tasmania will slowly move to the E during today. It will be mainly fine about the central N today with showers elsewhere. Those showers will generally be heavier about the SE and the far S. Stay safe and heed warnings. pic.twitter.com/u8briXNvJW

— Bureau of Meteorology, Tasmania (@BOM_Tas) May 6, 2022

Natasha May

The community movement trying to unseat Hume MP Angus Taylor has been ordered to remove election signage …

From AAP:

In NSW, pharmacies will join a reinvigorated plan for adolescent immunisations for the nearly 80,000 students who missed out on shots when schools were closed during the pandemic.

Authorities will offer human papillomavirus and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis shots for people 12 and up, as well as meningococcal jabs to those aged 14 and over.

It comes as NSW and Victoria report 21,035 new cases of Covid-19, with 11,671 in the northern state.

The vaccine push in NSW is on top of a call by health experts for Australians to get their flu jabs as hospitals prepare for a winter influx of flu and Covid patients.

Authorities have been predicting a particularly bad flu season after two years of the virus being suppressed by restrictions on international travel and social distancing measures to combat the Covid pandemic.

Katharine Murphy’s profile of the Labor leader

The group of women are finally back where they belong on a pitch and enjoying their football after resettling in Melbourne, write Joey Lynch and Shadi Khan Saif.

Tale of two countries, rainwise, over the coming 8 days, with record May falls in the north-east. Unfortunately, flood-hit areas of northern NSW, south-east Qld may get another soaking. @BOM_au pic.twitter.com/RO2qvVXqJP

— Peter Hannam (@p_hannam) May 6, 2022

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