The Andrews government cannot identify any legislation it needed to override, but experts say that is the point.When Daniel Andrews signed a declaration for a state of disaster in Victoria at 1.43pm on Sunday, it was a part of a final salvo in a battle to control a resurgent and invisible enemy.
The spike in Covid-19 cases in Victoria has prompted the Australian Medical Association to call for a pause in the lifting of restrictions nationally. After a weekend in which Victoria recorded 182 new cases and imposed unprecedented hard lockdowns on nine public housing towers, AMA president Tony Bartone warned that other states should wait until community transmission in Melbourne is under control before further easing restrictions. “Before rushing back to the pub, the footy crowds, or the big weddings and parties, Australia should pause and play it safe until the Melbourne hotspots are back under control,” he said. All active positive infections recorded outside of Victoria were returned travellers in hotel quarantine.
A forecast released by Deloitte Access Economics on Monday warns that another surge in infections could cost the national economy $100 billion if outbreaks are not contained, reports The New Daily. Deloitte Access Economics partner Chris Richardson said consumers would lose confidence in the government’s ability to keep them safe, staying at home and cutting back on spending. The consultancy group expects unemployment to remain above pre-pandemic levels until 2023-24, with Richardson urging for the JobSeeker rate to be permanently boosted to stimulate the economy. New data from AMP Capital shows a recent retreat of key economic indicators after a months-long recovery.
Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley will today launch a multimillion-dollar Recycling Modernisation Fund, which aims to generate up to 10,000 new jobs and $600 million in recycling investment. The federal and state governments will each contribute $190 million, with a further $200 million to come from the recycling industry. The investment will go into new infrastructure to sort, process and reuse materials. The Council of Australian Governments last year agreed to ban exports of unprocessed waste in 2024, starting with glass exports from January 1 next year.
The University of Melbourne is under pressure to remove an advertisement for the Hong Kong Police Force from its careers website, in the wake of controversial national security laws imposed on the city by Beijing. Hong Kong students studying in Australia have criticised the ad because of police brutality against pro-democracy activists in the city, reports the ABC. The ad also includes a disclaimer from the University of Melbourne: “The listing of this overseas internship or vocational placement on Careers Online is in no way an endorsement by the university of the opportunity.” The University of Technology Sydney and Macquarie University removed the ad from their websites in May, according to SBS.