Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Coronavirus Australia latest updates: Victoria reports 12 new cases and one death | Australia news


Hello everyone and welcome back to our continuing coverage of politics and the coronavirus.

Well, after a truly madcap day in state politics, we’re back. It’s Naaman Zhou here, bringing you the latest news as we watch the dust settle – and potentially kick back up again.

Both the Victorian premier, Daniel Andrews, and the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, are likely to face no-confidence motions today after a whirlwind of a day yesterday that seemed to mark every premier a threatened species.

Berejiklian says she is not going anywhere, after “one of the most difficult day in my life”, when she revealed to the Independent Commission Against Corruption that she had been in a relationship with the disgraced former MP Daryl Maguire.

Icac will continue its investigation today, meaning that more could be revealed.

NSW Health has set up a pop-up testing clinic in the suburb of Lakemba after two GPs at a clinic were diagnosed with Covid-19.

In Victoria yesterday’s numbers meant the 14-day rolling average for Melbourne rose for the first time in two months, and the state’s top public servant, Chris Eccles, resigned over new phone records that contradicted some of his testimony before the hotel quarantine inquiry.

The Victorian Liberals and Nationals are expected to move a no-confidence motion against Andrews today, with the opposition leader, Michael O’Brien, calling on Labor MPs to cross the floor.

They only get one go at a no-confidence motion each parliamentary term, meaning they will have to wait until after 2022 state election if this one fails.

Elsewhere, the Crown Resorts director Andrew Demetriou will return to front the NSW casino inquiry – after yesterday he was caught looking at notes while testifying.

In Queensland Scott Morrison continues to help the state LNP on the campaign trail before the state election, but the opposition leader, Deb Frecklington, faces questions about a Peter Dutton fundraiser.

Buckle in and we’ll bring you all the news as it happens.

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