Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria reports 149 new Covid cases and 24 deaths as NSW records six cases

Premier Daniel Andrews urges more Victorians to come forward for testing and Queensland reports one new case. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

7.38am BST

And on that note, and still reeling from Penny Wong’s attack on Richard Colbeck, I am going to hand you over to the very lovely Josh Taylor for the rest of the day.

I’ll be back tomorrow for the last sitting day of the week – there is another sitting next week, and then the MPs are out of Canberra until the budget is handed down in October.

7.35am BST

Liberal MP Julian Leeser has just tabled the parliamentary joint committee on intelligence and security report on media freedom.

Leeser said that since the raids on the ABC and Annika Smethurst the government has improved media freedom, but the committee believes there are “other opportunities for further reform” to better balance national security and public interest journalism.

Continue reading… Source: The Guardian: Australia coronavirus live update: Victoria reports 149 new Covid cases and 24 deaths as NSW records six cases ———

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