How much more Covid terror must we endure from our incompetent politicians?

People caught breaching the public health orders will face fines of $5000 and a $320 stay-at-home payment will be introduced for residents in Sydney’s hotspot areas who need to isolate while waiting for COVID-19 test results.

COVID test payments and bigger fines as NSW toughens lockdown laws
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Under the tougher new lockdown rules, singles in hotspot areas will be required to register the name of their one companion with the state government and anyone who needs to leave Greater Sydney will be required to apply for a permit.
 
Ex-CDC chief says he was "threatened" for believing COVID lab leak theory
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Ex-CDC chief says he was “threatened” for believing COVID lab leak theory

Stunning.
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Former head of CDC: “I was very rapidly sidelined, threatened,” said Redfield, “because somehow I believed as a virologist that this virus may have come from the laboratory.” https://www.newsweek.com/robert-redfield-fox-news-lab…

What is it with the secrecy, ScoMo?

An independent senator has won a legal bid to force the Prime Minister’s office to release secret documents it refused to show the public.

Prime Minister’s office loses bid to keep Covid-19 documents secret
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The Prime Minister’s office has lost an attempt to keep the decision-making of national cabinet secret, as a powerful tribunal ruled it is not protected by the same laws that shield Cabinet decisions from public view.

South Australian independent senator Rex Patrick took the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal over its refusal to release information about national cabinet — the body of state premiers and Scott Morrison formed to handle the Covid-19 crisis.

On Thursday, the AAT ruled national cabinet was not protected by cabinet-in-confidence rules and ordered public access be given to meeting minutes as well as other documents.

The department had refused a Freedom of Information request for access to the documents, but the AAT overruled that ruling and ordered they be handed over.

Senator Rex Patrick has come out victorious after he mounted a legal challenge to force the Prime Minister’s office to release secret documents about Australia’s Covid-19 response. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Gary Ramage

Senator Rex Patrick has come out victorious after he mounted a legal challenge to force the Prime Minister’s office to release secret documents about Australia’s Covid-19 response. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Gary RamageSource:News Corp Australia

Senator Patrick said the Prime Minister had failed to block scrutiny of national cabinet decision-making on Australia’s Covid-19 response.

“This is a decisive win for transparency and accountability,” he said.

“This is another political, legal and administrative shambles produced by a Prime Minister making things up as he went along.

“Make no mistake, the decision of Justice (Richard) White is absolutely scathing of the government.”

He said the decision showed “the Prime Minister must operate within the well-established conventions of responsible government and the law”.

A government spokesman said it would review today’s decision, but “will not let it impact the important work national cabinet is doing”.

“national cabinet has worked closely to save lives and livelihoods throughout the pandemic and it has been a critical reform that’s guided Australia’s response,” he said.

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