Australia politics live: Victoria reports five new coronavirus cases and 400 Melbourne residents given stay-at-home order

Suburbs in Melbourne’s north on high alert after school student tests positive. Follow the latest

7.51am BST

Guy Sebastian is back in the news.

The Australian Idol winner (I haven’t forgotten) was widely criticised in June for standing next to prime minister as he announced a $250m worth of emergency funding to the arts, widely viewed as too little and too late.

Hi Sarah I have requested an update from the PM’s office about the current and future spend with regards to the arts package. Once I receive the most recent information, I will pass it on. I have no ties to anyone in politics on a personal or professional level. My only objective

In getting involved was to be a mouthpiece for my peers, to provide perspective, & to help get funds into the hands of those who need it. My heart breaks for this industry & what everyone has had to endure. I will continue to do what I can to help get people back on their feet.

Related: ‘My heart breaks’: Guy Sebastian pushes Scott Morrison for answers over delayed arts funding

7.32am BST

Victoria police has defended the use of drones this grand final weekend, saying they’ve already been using them to monitor crowd numbers in public places, and that they won’t be using them to spy on people’s homes.

The assistant commissioner Luke Cornelius told the ABC that the use of drones was a “specialist capability”.

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