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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Australia coronavirus live update: Melbourne couple’s road trip sparks Covid fears in NSW and Queensland (Sunshine Coast | The Guardian)

Victorian health authorities hold emergency meeting with their Queensland and NSW counterparts over woman’s positive case. Follow live updates

11.03pm BST

A senior New South Wales public servant recorded his serious concerns about a $50,000 payment to an agricultural cooperative associated with Angus Taylor’s family, after he was told the payment had been directed by the NSW deputy premier, John Barilaro, and should be disguised as a contract payment.

The payment to Monaro Farming Systems (MFS) was made after January 2021 and was the latest in more than $800,000 in grants to the group made from state and federal coffers since 2015.

Related: ‘This does not sit well’: public servant raises questions over John Barilaro funding request

10.57pm BST

No, like the weather was REALLY wild.

Major flooding in Traralgon after heavy rain overnight. SES working overtime this morning. @10NewsFirstMelb pic.twitter.com/Rnzm9F2yu3

10.54pm BST

The weather has been wild in Victoria overnight. To the point that this is what the state’s emergency alert map currently looks like.

The VicEmergency website currently shows more than 2000 incidents across the state.

Stay safe out there.

More: https://t.co/NKzGC9W1S9 pic.twitter.com/sQkNnWGBuG

10.51pm BST

South Australian lower house MPs have passed legislation to legalise voluntary assisted dying by a clear majority, following a late-night debate, reports AAP.

The state’s lower house of parliament met on Wednesday evening to consider a number of amendments to the original bill, which had comfortably passed the upper house last month.

10.42pm BST

If you are keen to read more about this Queensland case, reporter Naaman Zhou has all the details.

Related: Queensland and NSW on alert after traveller who left Melbourne lockdown tests positive for Covid

10.26pm BST

Hello my lovely people,

It’s Matilda Boseley here, in a particularly good mood because I’m now less than 24 hours away from being out of lockdown.

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