A day after Victoria recorded 19 deaths from coronavirus — the nation’s deadliest daily tally yet — Premier Daniel Andrews and Health Minister Jenny Mikakos will face a parliamentary inquiry into the Government’s response to the pandemic.

Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton will also be questioned.

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Live updates12mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 10:07pm

By Alicia Nally

Coronavirus cases close NSW South Coast schools


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Batemans Bay High School and Bateman’s Bay Public School have both closed for cleaning after two students tested positive for coronavirus.


“All staff and students are asked to self-isolate while contact tracing occurs,” a statement from the high school read.


“They’re likely to both reopen on Wednesday for on-site teaching and learning, subject to the thorough cleaning process being completed,” the NSW Department of Education’s Murat Dizdar told the ABC.


A pop-up coronavirus testing clinic will operate at Hanging Rock for the rest of this week.


NSW’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant denies there was a “policy” to stop coronavirus-infected elderly residents from Sydney’s Newmarch House from being transferred to hospital.


13mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 10:07pm

By Alicia Nally

Good morning Alicia – Is that photo of Andrews, Mikakos and Sutton pre-mandatory face masks? The caption should probably mention that if so, just to save them from unnecessary accusations (or allow them to face [ha!] appropriate scrutiny!).

-Mask police


Yes, Mask police, that pic was taken on June 20.


They’re not breaking the rules. 

31mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 9:49pm

By Alicia Nally

Cash injection for Aussie live music


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Bars, pubs and clubs are being encouraged to apply for funding under a Federal Government program aimed at revitalising Australia’s live music scene.


Five million dollars in grants will be available this year to help small- and medium-sized venues host home grown artists as COVID-19 restrictions ease in some parts of the country.


Applications for the first round of grants under the Live Music Australia program open today.


Arts Minister Paul Fletcher says live music performances contribute around $15 billion to the economy each year.


“Along with many Australians, I can’t wait to see our musos back on stage doing their thing. This country has long had a vibrant live music scene and we want it back as soon as public health requirements allow.”


Live Music Australia is an open competitive grant program which will deliver $5 million annually over four years, with each of the two rounds per year providing $2.5 million.


The aim of the 2020-21 funding is to:


assist venues as they prepare to reopen and rebuild their music programs as restrictions are lifted on public gatherings and live performancesupport performance opportunities for original contemporary music by Australia artistssupport partnerships, collaboration and networks across the Australian live music industry.


Mr Fletcher will also today release guidelines for the $75 million Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund to help the arts and entertainment sector recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

42mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 9:37pm

By Alicia Nally

Key EventAndrews, Mikakos, Sutton to front parliamentary inquiry





Parliament’s Public Accounts and Estimates Committee will begin a second round of hearings today to exam the Andrews Government’s response to the COVID‑19 pandemic.


Premier Daniel Andrews is listed to appear first, ahead of the Health Minister Jenny Mikakos and Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton.


Also listed to appear are senior public servants including the secretary to the Department of Premier and Cabinet Chris Eccles and the secretary to the Department of Health and Human Services Kym Peake.


They’re all expected to face questions about their knowledge and handling of the hotel quarantine system.

48mminutes agoMonMonday 10 AugAugust 2020 at 9:31pm

By Alicia Nally

Good morning!

Welcome to this Tuesday’s ABC News coronavirus live blog.


Hope you’re keeping safe and well.


Alicia Nally on board this morning to bring you the latest on the pandemic, answer some questions and generally keep you informed.


And, Jacqui Howard will be joining us in a bit — blogging away from hotel quarantine.




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