Australia There is a 'pandemic of amnesia' within the Victorian government
'Circuit break': PM considering national restrictions on social lives to curb infections
Boris Johnson is considering the introduction of new national restrictions - possibly as soon as next week - as the prime minister races to try and get a handle on the spread of coronavirus. With COVID-19 cases now doubling every seven to eight days, the government is looking at introducing nationwide restrictions for a short period to try to "short-circuit" the virus and slow the spread of the disease. Government figures stressed the plans being drawn up stopped short of a full national lockdown, as seen in the spring, when the country was told to "stay at home".
Australian politics “is starting to look like a joke” according to Sky News host Andrew Bolt.
However, Mr Bolt said in real life, what is taking place “is not funny”.
Mr Bolt spoke of the recently released report from the Australian National Audit Officer that revealed a block of land bought for nearly $30 million by the federal government in 2018 using taxpayer dollars was valued at about $3 million just one year later.
Fewer virus cases keep Melbourne on track
Victoria's daily infection rate is on track towards the planned easing of coronavirus restrictions come September 28, with more anti-lockdown protests expected.The state recorded 21 new cases in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, its lowest figure since June 24.
The government purchased a 12.26 hectare piece of land in Leppington in July 2018 for $26.7 million from the Leppington Pastoral Company to develop a second runway for the Western Sydney Airport in 30 years.
He also said in Victoria there is an inquiry now running into "one of the most catastrophic government failures in our history".
Mr Bolt spoke of Victoria’s COVID-19 Hotel Quarantine Inquiry saying "there is a pandemic of amnesia in the Victorian government".
Nobody "from the premier down" seems to know who made the catastrophic decision to hand security at the quarantine hotels to untrained private security guards and not professionals like the army or the police, Mr Bolt said.
“The virus has killed hundreds of Australians. But it got out only because total incompetence let it”.
Video: The Andrews government is levelling a 'sustained attack' on Victoria's CFA (Sky News Australia)
Commons Speaker quashes Tory rebels' bid - but warns government over COVID rules .
An effort by Conservative rebels to force the government to give MPs a greater say over COVID-19 restrictions has been quashed by the Speaker of the House of Commons. © Getty House of Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle accused the government of showing 'contempt' for parliament Sir Lindsay Hoyle told MPs he would not allow any attempts to alter emergency coronavirus legislation, introduced at the start of the pandemic in March, when the Commons is asked to renew its approval for it later on Wednesday.