A summary of the major developments in the corona virus outbreak across Australia.
Australian government to buy $100m of fuel for stockpile
The energy minister, Angus Taylor, has announced the government, like many Australian drivers, will capitalize on plummeting petrol prices by purchasing almost $100m worth of fuel for its national stockpile.
The problem is the federal government doesn’t have any room left in the country to store the fuel. The reserve will instead be held in the United States at first, with plans to move it to Australia after the country increases its domestic storage capacity.
NRL set to return in May
The Australian Rugby League commissioner, Wayne Pearce, announced the league has been given the go-ahead to restart its season on 28 May, with training kicking off as early as 4 May.
The NSW Rugby League boss, Dave Trodden, also confirmed the league plans to resume its grassroots competition seasons in July, but that the NRL’s reserve grade competition will remain canceled due to corona virus.
Victorian house prices to fall 9%
The Victorian treasurer, Tim Pallas, predicts property prices across the state will “fall by about 9% by the end of this calendar year”.
He said government data estimates around 270,000 jobs will be lost, and the current unemployment rate will double by September.
Pallas warned the Victorian economy will come out looking much smaller than anticipated this financial year, performing $32bn below what was expected in the first six months of 2020.
Bondi Beach to re-open for swimmers
Waverley Council has voted to reopen the water at Bondi, Bronte and Tamarama beaches from next Tuesday.
Mayor Paula Masselos warned that beachgoers will be prohibited from exercising on the sand, and that fences erected on the beaches will tunnel swimmers and surfers in and out of the water.
Labor and Lambie ask for opt-in drug trials
The Australian defense force is using its members to test the effectiveness of chloro-quine, an anti-malarial drug, against corona virus.
Covid-19 Senate committee to hold its first public meeting
The Labor-led Senate committee set up to review the government’s response to the corona virus pandemic will hold its first public hearing on Thursday.
Chief medical officer Dr Brendan Murphy, along with key Department of Health representatives, will appear before the committee during the meeting, broadcast publicly between 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.
The committee will hold twice-weekly hearings during the initial inquiry stages, starting next week.
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Justine Landis-Hanley - https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2020/apr/22/coronavirus-australia-latest-at-a-glance
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