World news – Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria records 42 new Covid cases and eight deaths – latest news

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Gladys Berejiklian expected to announce changes as South Australia opens up to ACT and Brett Sutton gives evidence at Victoria’s hotel quarantine inquiry. Follow all today’s developments

Casey Briggs follows this for the ABC (one day I should apologise to my maths teachers – it really does come in handy).

Very sad news in Victoria again, with eight people diagnosed with Covid dying in the last 24 hours.

#COVID19VicData: Yesterday there were 42 new cases reported and 8 lives lost. The 14 day rolling average & number of cases with unknown source are important as we move through the steps toward COVID Normal. Info: https://t.co/eTputEZdhs pic.twitter.com/8XyoyMdb7I

South Australia’s health minister, Stephen Wade, said his state was watching NSW closely, to see when it could reopen its borders to New South Wales residents:

They have made good progress in recent weeks. If that continues, we look forward to opening up to New South Wales as soon as possible. Let’s be clear – this state, South Australia, has been very keen to open the borders, border control is an important part of our public health response. But we’re not going to have them in place a day longer than they need to be.

What’s happening with Labor’s 2030 target? Well, it doesn’t exist any more. Because it is now 2020 and by the time there is another election, there won’t be any time to change things in time for there to be a 2030 target.

But Anthony Albanese is staying coy on what the mid-term target will be. It doesn’t have to be 2030, obviously, but there are still 30 years between now and 2050:

We will take a comprehensive plan to get to zero net emissions by 2050 to the next election. That will include a range of issues, both how we’ll get there, but also consistent with that end objective. We determined the 2030 target in 2015. Since then, there’s been two elections, by the next election there would have been three and we would have been halfway through the period. It’s absurd frankly. It is an obsession.

So is Anthony Albanese asking the federal government to use facilities like immigration detention centres to house people during quarantine?

They did early on. The facility, for example, in Darwin, it shouldn’t be beyond the wit of the commonwealth of Australia – we’re not talking about, you know, millions of people here – we’re talking about numbers of people. Not all of them would, of course, want to come home.

But we know that large numbers do, and we know that the circumstances whereby a young mum with a one-year-old gets told in London to find a homeless shelter to stay in is simply unacceptable in 2020. The commonwealth does have responsibility to Australian citizens and at the moment, they have just thrown their hands up in the air and they’re saying it is too hard.

Anthony Albanese was on the ABC’s News Breakfast, repeating his call to have the government bring more overseas stranded Australians home:

Well, look, it’s the commonwealth’s responsibility to look after our national borders, but it’s also the commonwealth’s responsibility on quarantine. What we’ve had through this so-called national cabinet that isn’t national and no longer looks anything like a cabinet is the prime minister handing off these core responsibilities to the states and then being critical of the states.

It seems to me that the only thing that’s lacking here is national leadership. Scott Morrison is in a position to do so, and that’s underlined by the fact that he does have access to RAAF aircraft and in terms of those aircraft, of course, one of the things that will be occurring is that the RAAF personnel have to get their hours up. They will be flying around empty.

The prime minister had some very big words for the private market in his speech yesterday – either build something to replace the Liddell coal-fired power plant or the government will.

The Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes has expressed an interest in developing an option to replace the ageing Liddell coal-fired power plant if the Morrison government can clearly identify the rules of engagement for any proponents.

After the prime minister said in a speech on Tuesday the government would back the construction of a new gas-fired power station in the Hunter Valley if the energy company AGL failed to replace Liddell, Cannon-Brookes told Guardian Australia the prime minister needed to be clear about what the government was proposing and then let the market sort out the optimal replacement.

It won’t go anywhere, given the numbers, and there aren’t any koalas (of the Phascolarctos cinereus kind, although I’m sure there are plenty of protected species) to make the Nationals blink.

Today Labor will debate our motion of no confidence in John Barilaro in the House. NSW needs a Deputy Premier focused on jobs and on the pandemic, not one who is solely focused on himself.

When the NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, steps up to speak today she is expected to make an announcement on the further easing of the southern border, as regional areas of Victoria open up.

In a Facebook post, the Albury MP, Justin Clancy, said he had discussed the border with the premier:

Travelling to Sydney yesterday my first port of call today was to contact the premier to stress the importance of the border restrictions being eased in line with changes to the Victorian regions. I’m pleased that the premier spoke to this later this morning, saying she will make an announcement tomorrow regarding changes to coronavirus restrictions for border communities.

This comes as Victoria’s premier, Daniel Andrews, said regional communities would be able to move more freely from 11.59pm on Tuesday.

Berejiklian has said NSW would also amend restrictions for consistency: “This will bring more relief for our border communities.”

Regional Victoria is now in the “third step” of reopening, meaning cafes and restaurants can begin some “dine-in” services, school is set to return and groups of up to 10 people can gather outside.

With regional Victoria counting down to a more (Covid) normal life, with restrictions due to ease from midnight, NSW is looking at the “daily life” exemptions for crossing the border.

The NSW-Victoria border communities have been through quite a bit in the last couple of months and are hoping that having the virus under control on the Victorian side (with greater metro Melbourne still under heavy restrictions) means crossing that arbitrary line will get a little easier.

Meanwhile, Queensland will revisit its border closures at the end of the month, with the ACT hotspot declaration the most pressing. South Australia has announced that ACT residents are free to enter the state – but only if they fly. Driving through NSW will still mean quarantining.

The ACT was declared a hotspot by Queensland because of its geography – sitting inside NSW with porous borders made it impossible to lock down. There are some whispers Queensland is worried a NSW resident will fly from the ACT (which has had no Covid cases in more than two months) into Adelaide and then on to Queensland, but there are checks in place to meet all travellers. Plus, the ability to check licences. But watch this space. There is an election in less than 50 days and anything can happen!

Politically, it’s still all about the gas announcement the government made yesterday. Except now, it’s the reaction – which is going as you would expect. It’s not the first time Australians have heard this, so we’re seeing the same reactions play out too. That’s what happens when there hasn’t been an overarching energy policy in about a decade.

We’ll bring you all the day’s events as they happen. You’ve got Amy Remeikis with you for most of the day.

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