KICKING THE COVID GOALS

This morning’s headlines have the nation shaking their heads over the brazen use of COVID19 for political point-scoring by the Queensland Premier.

It is infuriating. It is absolutely disgraceful and worst of all it treats Queenslanders with utter disrespect.

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CHASING DELTA

This week Australia has watched anxiously as the outbreak of the Delta strain in NSW continues to expand. With daily case numbers touching Melbourne’s peak of 700 a day, and still too many infectious in the community, there are now serious concerns about how the NSW health system will cope.

Meanwhile in Melbourne, their lockdown keeps getting extended week by cruel week, for the same reason – too many infectious in the community before they are picked up with testing.

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KEEPING UP WITH DELTA

COVID19 Lockdowns

As I am writing this morning, NSW is still recording hundreds of cases daily – 291 locally acquired today.  Sadly, there have been deaths as well.

Nine days after coming out of lockdown, the whole of Victoria went also back into lockdown last night.

Our borders are closed to both of these states and to South Australia as well.

In Queensland,  the southeast corner is also in lockdown, but we look like we are winning – at least for the moment.

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IMPORTANT COVID UPDATES

Please read this important information for all local businesses.

New COVID check in requirements come into force at 1 AM on Friday, July 9, 2021.

These have not been very well communicated, but failure to comply comes at the risk of steep fines – 100 penalty units – or six months imprisonment.

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PEASOUP FOG AND MAGIC BEANSTALKS

Sometimes you’d think the weather gods have a wicked sense of humour. This week’s budget sitting in Brisbane was marked by mornings of peasouper fogs.

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OFF WITH A BANG!

This was the last week before Treasurer Dick presents Parliament with the next Queensland budget. It was a strange week. On Tuesday afternoon the Callide C power plant blew up, as the week unfolded Victoria’s latest COVID outbreak took off and Parliament House was lit up to promote National Palliative Care Week.

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THE LAST SITTING AND MORE

I’m sorry this is a week overdue, but I had to travel straight from parliament to attend the Western Queensland Alliance of Councils in Richmond.  I’ll try and give you double the value this week. First to last week’s sitting.

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QLD GOVERNMENT HEADS WEST

Central Queensland has certainly been buzzing with activity in the last couple of weeks. Easter brought the start of our festivals, shows and special country race days, while the Premier brought her cabinet to Longreach and Beef Week has attracted both the Premier and the PM, along with record crowds in Rockhampton.

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PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK

Parliament had a busy sitting this week, with important bills passed regarding the adoption of children  in the child protection system, consent laws in rape prosecutions as well as a number of interesting reports and announcements.

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FREE TRAVEL, COVID JABS AND PARLIAMENT

It’s been a busy week in parliament with lots of bits and pieces to tell you about so I’ll jump to it.

COVID19 Rules Eased for Easter

COVID19 first.

As of 1 am tomorrow (Saturday, March 13) private, outdoor gatherings can have up to 500 attendees. Private, indoor gatherings will be allowed up to 100 attendees.

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