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While we’re on Scott Morrison’s hands, Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein says he doesn’t need the PM to hold his hand during the election campaign.

This from AAP:

Tasmania’s Liberal premier says he does not need Scott Morrison to “hold his hand” while campaigning, in an indication the prime minister may not make an appearance on the state election trail.

Morrison was expected to join premier Peter Gutwein in Latrobe on Sunday but the plan was scrapped because the prime minister had been in Perth, which recently entered lockdown, about a week ago.

Gutwein said on Monday:

As the week plays out we’ll see what the circumstances are but obviously he has a busy schedule.

Tasmania heads to the polls on Saturday, with the Liberals seeking a third term and a majority in the state’s 25-seat lower house.

Morrison has not visited Tasmania during the campaign, sparking commentary that his presence is not wanted on the hustings.

The federal Labor leader, Anthony Albanese, has made several trips to the island, attending the party’s campaign launch and standing alongside the state opposition leader, Rebecca White, at announcements.

Gutwein said:

Unlike Rebecca White, I don’t need the PM to hold my hand. Whether Mr Morrison gets here or not is a matter for his diary.

Both major party leaders have reiterated they will not serve as premier of a minority government.

The Liberals and Gutwein were riding high in the popularity stakes earlier this year but recent voter surveys have indicated the election could be close.

Labor has nine incumbent MPs, while the Liberals have 12 after Speaker Sue Hickey quit the party in April to sit as an independent, sparking the early election call.


Morrison told the conference that he and Jenny had been grateful for the “amazing prayers and support” sent from Christians across the country, and shared with the crowd that he had practised the laying on of hands, a Pentecostal tradition of healing and encouragement to faith.

He says, referring to a recent visit to Kalbarri in the Pilbara in the wake of cyclone Seroja:

I’ve been in evacuation centres where people thought I was just giving someone a hug and I was praying, and putting my hands on peoplelaying hands on them and praying in various situations.


Morrison also talks about the threats to the sense of community, singling out identity politics as being “corrosive” to society, while suggesting prayers are needed because Facebook can be used by “the evil one” to undermine social cohesion.

Sure, social media has its virtues and its values and enables us to connect with people in ways we’ve never had before – terrific, terrific. But those weapons can also be used by the evil one and we need to call that out.

He said identity politics was an “absolutely corrosive” threat to society which negated the value of the individual while promoting tribalism and misunderstanding.

If you look at each other not as individuals but as warring tribes you know it’s easy to start disrespecting each other, it’s easy to start not understanding the person across from you.

He also draws on conversations he had with his father-in-law about his faith when he first started dating his now-wife Jenny as a 16-year-old.

Morrison said:

He’d get very frustrated with me because I wouldn’t answer all the questions and I said, ‘Roy, you know, I can’t fix the world, I can’t save the world, but we both believe in someone who can.’

And that’s why I’ve come here for your help tonight, because what you do and what you bring to the life and faith of our country is what it needs.

Early in the speech Morrison also acknowledged “the other members of my band of Christian believers in Canberra”, including “Brother Stewie” – Stuart Robert, the minister for employment.


Talking about a difficult time during the final fortnight of the 2019 election campaign, Morrison shared a story of asking God for a sign before visiting the Ken Duncan gallery on the NSW central coast.

Morrison says:

I must admit I was saying to myself, ‘You know, Lord, where are you, where are you? I’d like a reminder if that’s OK.’

And there right in front of me was the biggest picture of a soaring eagle that I could imagine, and of course the verse hit me.

The message I got that day was: Scott you’ve got to run to not grow weary, you’ve got to walk to not grow faint, you’ve got to spread your wings like an eagle to soar like an eagle.


Scott Morrison says misuse of social media is the work of the devil in address to Christian conference.


Craig is quite upset at Facebook.

Craig Kelly speaks to the media over his concerns with the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clotting last month.
Craig Kelly speaks to the media over his concerns with the AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clotting last month. Photograph: Sam Mooy/Getty Images

Tehan has finished up his interview with the ABC, but there are a few other things worth mentioning:

  • He wasn’t really across the Craig Kelly Facebook page removal but said that if the company had done it because he breached its policies then he hoped it would “do that consistently across the board on a number of issues”.
  • It was not inevitable that China would retaliate against Australia with further trade sanctions after the decision to cancel the Belt and Road agreement with the Victorian government.
  • “Everything would be done” to get Australia’s AstraZeneca contracts honoured, despite Tehan’s trip to Europe failing to secure 2.2m extra doses from local suppliers.


Tehan was also asked on the ABC about getting Australians home amid the pandemic. The WA government has cut international arrival numbers again in response to its latest outbreak, and the inadequacies of the hotel quarantine system remain a concern for multiple states.

Tehan did not give any detail but seems keen to have more coming back:

Look, the more Australians we can bring home, the better, but we also have to make sure we do that as safely as possible. I think the best thing is that we understand how fortunate and how lucky we are here in Australia.

We should be trying to see how we can bring as many Australians home as we possibly can, and if all states and territories have that as their focus, I’m sure we can work through it in a very constructive way and in a way which really demonstrates to the rest of the world that our success of dealing with the pandemic will continue because we can work through these issues, we can take the expert medical advice and we can continue to be an exemplar for the rest of the world which, I can tell you, is what we are at the moment.


Australia and UK expected to sign free trade deal within weeks

And we have an uncomfortable chair update, of sorts.

You may recall the quite bizarre comments attributed to someone close to UK trade secretary Liz Truss last week as she and Tehan thrashed out a free trade deal.

The Telegraph in the UK quoted a source close to Truss as saying: “She plans to sit him down in the Locarno room [in the Foreign Office] in an uncomfortable chair, so he has to deal with her directly for nine hours.”

Australia’s trade minister, Dan Tehan, and the UK trade secretary, Liz Truss.
Australia’s trade minister, Dan Tehan, and the UK trade secretary, Liz Truss. Composite: AAP, Reuters

Tehan told the ABC just now that he expected a deal to be announced in little more than a month, adding that he and Truss agreed they would negotiate the final details discreetly.

He said:

Look, we’re down to the last details, and what we agreed was that we would go away, we would talk to our respective governments and we would continue to negotiate as we work through the last few points that we need to settle on, and we also decided that we wouldn’t do that publicly; we would understand that these are confidential negotiations that we would work through ourselves.

My hope is that we will be able to do that successfully over the next four to five weeks, and we will be in a position to sign an agreement and publicise the announcement and outcomes from that in early June.


Dan Tehan, the trade, tourism and investment minister, is speaking to the ABC. He is glad the WA lockdown has worked, but reiterates that such measures should be the last option.

Well, obviously the most important thing is that it has dealt with the outbreak. What I’ve said is that the best thing is if we can use our contact tracing and testing as a first resort and use lockdowns as a last resort, that’s the best way to give certainty to our aviation industry and our domestic tourism industry ... but obviously these lockdowns need to be used as a last resort if it’s deemed necessary by the medical experts.


Bit of an update on this very odd story about missing Victorian campers. Police are going back to the area where they first disappeared.

More from AAP:

The year-long search for Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay is returning to the area where they disappeared.

Victoria police said they would go back to the Wonnangatta area on Monday “as a result of information obtained from previous searches”.

Two shovels were found during a search of the Mt Hotham area on 14 April, about 100km from Wonnangatta, and police said they were still being examined.

Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay.
Missing campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay. Photograph: Victoria Police/Handout

The search will focus on the area along the Dargo High Plains Rd, Cynthia Range track, Herne Spur track and the Wonnangatta track.

Hill, 74, and Clay, 73, went missing from the Wonnangatta Valley in March last year. Police believe Hill left his Drouin home on 19 March and picked up Clay from her home in Pakenham in his white Toyota Landcruiser.

Hill was last heard from on 20 March via HF radio, stating he was at Wonnangatta Valley. Campers found his car with signs of minor fire damage at the duo’s campsite near Dry River Creek track in the Wonnangatta Valley the next day. Their campsite had been destroyed by fire.

A number of searches have been conducted in and around the Wonnangatta Valley during the past 12 months, including on 4 April this year with cadaver dogs. Police conceded at the time it was unlikely Hill and Clay were still alive.

They continue to investigate whether the pair met foul play.

Detectives continue to appeal to anyone who was in the Wonnangatta area around the time of the campers’ disappearance to make contact.

They also want to speak to anyone who was in the Howitt Plains and Zeka Spur track area on 19-20 March 2020, and the Wonnangatta Valley and Wonnangatta Station area from 20-24 March.


Who wants to go to a hyper-local micro-festival?

Sydney is going to host the 2027 Netball World Cup. Reckon we will all be jabbed by then?

And the Mark McGowan hour has just finished in WA. One of the final questions, which unfortunately I didn’t hear, was met with this by the premier:

“Not Channel 7, that would be a Channel 7 question.”

On international arrivals – and WA has cut those numbers in half to a little more than 500 a week – McGowan would consider banning people from certain countries, depending on the state of their outbreaks.

I think there are countries ... maybe Brazil, the other countries that have had big issues, we need to look at it. Half or perhaps even now more than half of the returning Covid-19 positive people are coming through or out of India and that is a big problem because that has caused the problem we face.

We need to judge these things on their merits based upon the Covid-19 status of the country in question, and at this point in time it is obviously India, and other points in time it may well be other countries.


There is a lot of back and forth at this McGowan press conference regarding hotel quarantine, federal government responsibilities, snap lockdowns, etc.

Masked Western Australians. Masks will remain mandatory .
Masked Western Australians. Masks will remain mandatory . Photograph: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images

Given we’re now more than a year into the pandemic, and not much has changed when it comes to this sort of stuff, you can rest assured that:

  • McGowan says quarantine is a federal government responsibility.
  • He trusts his health department but the lockdown was necessary to make sure WA avoided what’s happening overseas.
  • Hotels are not perfect for quarantine.
  • He accepts responsibility for everything in Western Australia.

Got it? Got it.


McGowan says no decision yet on Dockers v West Coast Eagles game

It has not taken long for WA premier Mark McGowan to be asked at his media conference about the most important thing in the state: this weekend’s AFL derby between the Fremantle Dockers and West Coast Eagles.

It is scheduled for Sunday afternoon, the day after this first set of staged restrictions is set to end, and would usually have one of the biggest crowds of the year for any event in the state.

McGowan said:

[We] will make decisions based on public health advice later in the week ... the game is on Sunday.

[Does it] follow that they can have a full crowd? No, it doesn’t. We’ll follow the health advice, based on how test results emerge over the next 48 to 72 hours.

We wait for that advice.

Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers (left) and Luke Shuey of the West Coast Eagles at Perth’s Optus stadium on AFL captains day in March.
Nat Fyfe of the Fremantle Dockers (left) and Luke Shuey of the West Coast Eagles at Perth’s Optus stadium on AFL captains day in March. Photograph: Will Russell/AFL Photos/Getty Images


McGowan says from 12.01am tomorrow:

  • People in Perth and Peel will be free to leave home but masks are mandatory.
  • All schools will resume. All students and staff at secondary school will be required to wear a mask, but primary school students will not need to.
  • There will be a 20-person limit in all homes and private indoor and outdoor gatherings.
  • All public venues including hospitality, entertainment and retail can reopen, except for the casino and nightclubs and indoor fitness venues. The four-square-metre capacity rule will be in place, with a limit of 20 patrons not including staff.


The first stage of restrictions will be in place from 12.01am tomorrow until 12.01am Saturday, McGowan says.

We need to be cautious as we come out of lockdown as the virus could still be out there. That is why a stepped approach is safe in the best way forward. We can’t go back to where we were like last week just yet. This step-down approach will give us confidence to begin to get back to normal while we wait for further testing and the incubation period of the virus to come to an end.


McGowan confirms that lockdown will end at midnight tonight as planned, but that there will be a staged easing of restrictions.

No new cases of Covid-19 in Western Australia, lockdown set to end

Western Australia premier Mark McGowan is speaking (reading) in Perth. He said:

I can confirm that WA has recorded no new cases of Covid-19 overnight. This is a fantastic result. It shows an immediate lockdown has delivered the results that we needed.

The short three-day lockdown has done the job it was designed to do. It was a circuit breaker we needed to limit community spread and keep our community healthy.

McGowan says that since Friday there have been 29,963 tests.


Victoria has joined Western Australia in calling for reasons allowing for overseas travel be hardened.

We’re expecting WA premier Mark McGowan to give a press conference in the next hour or so, outlining whether there have been any new cases and whether a snap lockdown can end as planned at midnight.


Meanwhile, in Facebook cancels Craig Kelly news:

— Josh Taylor (@joshgnosis) April 26, 2021

Here’s more of what Greg Hunt had to say regarding India:

In the case in India we have seen an outbreak with catastrophic human outcomes. We recognise that for the Indian community, they are suffering abroad, but our Indian Australian community has also suffered. Their friends and families and loved ones are in extremis; many are contracting the disease and sadly dying every day. Literally, they are dying and unable to breathe.

So restrictions have been put in place which have slashed outbound traffic. Other restrictions have also been put in place and I am able to say with the blessing of the prime minister that the national security committee will meet tomorrow and will consider what further measures are needed to assist India. At this moment of humanitarian and health crisis on an unimaginable scale.

But we will also consider whether the medical advice indicates whether additional measures are required. And if those additional measures are recommended, we will take them with the heaviest of hearts but without any hesitation.

India is ‘literally gasping for oxygen’, says Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt.
India is ‘literally gasping for oxygen’, says Australia’s health minister, Greg Hunt. Photograph: Amit Dave/Reuters

In relation to travel between Australia and India:

And then with regards to incoming and outgoing, we will take the medical advice and only in the last few days, we have made the difficult, difficult but necessary decision without hesitation to reduce incoming flights by 30%. And if more is required then more will be delivered.


Government will consider further cuts to flights into and out of India

Health minister Greg Hunt is speaking in Melbourne. He has confirmed there will be a national security committee meeting tomorrow that will consider sending humanitarian support to India, which is in the grips of a horrific wave of Covid-19:

Health minister Greg Hunt says the government will consider further cuts to incoming and outgoing flights to India.
Health minister Greg Hunt says the government will consider further cuts to incoming and outgoing flights to India. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

India is literally gasping for oxygen. And while we can assist with the national medical stockpile, their particular request is for assistance with regards to the physical supply of oxygen. And that will be one of the things we are looking at, in particular with the states.

We are in a position to be able to supply non-invasive ventilators. We are in a strong position on that front because we don’t need them at this point in time. We will still keep them in reserve but if they can be of assistance then equally we have reached out to the states who actually carry the suppliers of oxygen to see whether there is any spare capacity that might be provided.

Hunt added that the government would also consider further cuts to incoming and outgoing flights to India.


Little vaccine update for all you keen vial watchers out there:

Australia has another 173K Pfizer doses going through batch-testing; and another 707,000 AstraZeneca produced in Australia. Good we're getting weekly stats on this now! #auspol

— Paul Karp (@Paul_Karp) April 26, 2021

We brought you news earlier about Facebook removing the page of crossbench MP Craig Kelly for repeatedly breaching guidelines about misinformation.

But it didn’t take long for a Guardian Australia reader to find another seemingly legitimate Kelly page, which includes hyperlinks to an official donation page, operating on the social media platform.

We won’t link to it, but its latest post is a montage of various images including an Anzac Day observer behind a fence during yesterday’s commemorations in Melbourne, a mock-up of a vaccine passport, and photos taken during the arrests of various people who allegedly breached Covid-19 restrictions. So more of the same, then.

This piece published earlier today is interesting, particularly in the context of the upcoming Tasmanian election.

All our Oscars coverage is in our blog here by the way, but if you just want a little bit of a wrap that is right here.

H.E.R., winner of the award for best original song.
H.E.R., winner of the award for best original song. Photograph: Chris Pizzello/Rex/Shutterstock


Facebook removes MP Craig Kelly's page

The social media giant Facebook has released a short statement confirming it has removed the page of independent federal MP Craig Kelly for repeated breaches of misinformation policy.

Facebook has taken down the page of Hughes MP Craig Kelly for repeated breaches of its misinformation poiicy.
Facebook has taken down the page of Hughes MP Craig Kelly for repeated breaches of its misinformation poiicy. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

Facebook said:

We don’t allow anyone, including elected officials, to share misinformation about Covid-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or Covid-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts.

We have clear policies against this type of content and have removed Mr Kelly’s Facebook page for repeated violations of this policy.

Before removing the page, Facebook had removed several of Kelly’s posts which also violated the company’s policy.

Kelly quit the Liberal party to join the crossbench in February after coming under fire for his commentary regarding Covid-19 and his handling of serious allegations levelled against a long-term staff member.


Thanks to Matilda Boseley for another electric display of web logging.

With that, I shall hand you over to the amazing Nino Bucci who will take you through the rest of the afternoon of news.

School banking programs will end in Queensland in July after a review found no evidence they improved saving habits in young children who it described as “vulnerable consumers”, Nick Gibbs at AAP reports.

The end of July is when the Commonwealth Bank’s contract finishes, Queensland’s education minister, Grace Grace, said on Monday.

The Asic report demonstrated that there was really little value in the program, and that often the true intention of the program wasn’t disclosed, and that there wasn’t really a terrible amount of financial education that was taking place.

Grace said “times had changed” since the Dollarmites program was introduced about 50 years ago, and the curriculum now included up-to-date financial education.

Our schools are now giving them skills to help manage their money responsibly while being cybersafe and avoiding the potential pitfalls modern technology can bring ...

About 38,000 [Queensland] students have those accounts, and they can continue their relationship ... but the Dollarmites program will cease at the end of the contract term.

Victoria and the ACT have already moved to end school banking programs.

Schools are now teaching children how to manage their money responsibly, says Queensland’s education minister, Grace Grace.
Schools are now teaching children how to manage their money responsibly, says Queensland’s education minister, Grace Grace. Photograph: Rinelle/Getty Images/iStockphoto

The Asic report released last year found that school banking could not be proven to improve savings behaviour and exposed young children to “sophisticated advertising and marketing tactics”.

It found payments to schools for implementing the programs could encourage greater participation, and there was a failure to disclose that attracting more customers was a key aim.


Oh by the way the Guardian has just won an Oscar!

Gladys Berejiklian on Mark McGowan's threat to slash intnl arrivals numbers unless Fed Govt helps on quarantine:

"it's really important all states pull their weight...Every time you have an outbreak, it's not healthy to have these blame games, you just have to get on with it"

— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) April 26, 2021

NSW reports no local Covid cases today

We already knew this but NSW has recorded no locally transmitted Covid-19 today.

NSW recorded no new locally acquired cases of #COVID19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Eight new cases were acquired overseas to 8pm last night, bringing the total number of cases in NSW since the beginning of the pandemic to 5,239.

— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) April 26, 2021


I have conveyed our sincere condolences on the loss of the boat’s company of #KRINaggala402 to my friend and colleague @Menlu_RI Retno Marsudi. A sad day, our thoughts and sincere sympathies are with their families and colleagues and Indonesia.

— Marise Payne (@MarisePayne) April 26, 2021

Federal Labor is promising to listen to Indigenous Australians and enshrine a voice to parliament in the constitution if the party wins government, Rebecca Gredley at AAP reports.

Opposition leader Anthony Albanese will visit Uluru this week in the lead-up to the four-year anniversary of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

If we want to create a better society, we have to listen to First Nations people ...

Labor is listening. And that’s why we support the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

The denial of a voice to parliament is the denial of a fair go.

Endorsed by hundreds of Indigenous leaders across the country, the statement called for a constitutionally enshrined Indigenous advisory body and a commission to oversee treaty-making and truth-telling.

The Coalition immediately rejected the idea of a constitutionally entrenched voice to parliament.

Labor has promised to enshrine a voice to parliament in the constitution if it wins government.
Labor has promised to enshrine a voice to parliament in the constitution if it wins government. Photograph: Alamy

Work is under way to develop an Indigenous voice, with a final report expected by August.

An interim report said the government should be obliged to consult on the Indigenous voice to parliament when crafting laws on race, native title and racial discrimination which impact upon Aboriginal Australians.

But the Coalition’s preferred body will have no power to overturn policy or prevent laws coming into force.

Parliament would also be expected to seek advice on issues that are relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people more broadly.


Vaccinating travellers before returning unlikely to work, experts say

Experts have hosed down talk of vaccinating travellers before they return to Australia, saying it is a “good idea” but unlikely due to long wait times and low global vaccine supply.

Some commentators, including the ABC’s Dr Norman Swan, have suggested giving Australians a shot overseas before they fly back.

On Sunday, Prof Mary-Louise McLaws, a professor of epidemiology at the University of New South Wales, said “it seems like a good idea. But it comes with a lot of organisation.”

Prof Mary-Louise McLaws says vaccinating travellers before they return is a ‘good idea’ but would be hard to organise.
Prof Mary-Louise McLaws says vaccinating travellers before they return is a ‘good idea’ but would be hard to organise. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

McClaws told Guardian Australia, that travellers would need to have both doses of the vaccine – which for AstraZeneca takes three months – as well as an additional waiting period to build up full immunity.

That is a lot of time ... Nearly four months’ planning for AstraZeneca, and for Pfizer over a month of planning. At minimum.

Prof Paul Glasziou, a professor of evidence-based medicine at Bond University, said people who received only one dose would still need to quarantine for two weeks because their immunity would be “incomplete”.

Glasziou said vaccine resources would be better used “making sure everyone dealing with returning travellers is fully immunised – all workers in quarantine hotels, and all health care staff”.

McLaws said that Australians shouldn’t be taking the local vaccine stock of other countries – they would have to be vaccinated either from Australia’s supply, or in countries with a lot of supply where they are also eligible.

If you are coming from India, it is going to be difficult to get the supply, because the locals are having difficulty. They are one of the biggest manufacturers in the world of vaccine and they are having difficulty supplying enough.

Pfizer has to be held in very cold storage and reconstituted by experts … The embassy may not be able to do that.”


Berejiklian has been asked if people over 50 will be able to get vaccinated at hospitals from next Monday when the criteria for the AstraZeneca jab loosen across the country.

The NSW government will be letting the public know soon how to book vaccinations for the AstraZeneca vaccine.
The NSW government will be letting the public know soon how to book vaccinations for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Photograph: Luong Thai Linh/EPA

I was asked that question last week and I answered that was our intention to do that.

Obviously though we need to make sure that we get all the people we were asked to vaccinate in the first instance vaccinated. We are about 200,000 of the way through 300,000, initially mainly through the Pfizer, and then there will be opportunities for people to come forward and get the AstraZeneca as well through the designated clinics we have identified.

A reporter has said they’ve spoken to people who still do not know how to book in for those vaccinations from 3 May.

That is why we will make that information available. The decision was only made last week so we will make that information available.


Berejiklian also doesn’t seem to think that the federal government should take responsibility for state quarantine.

At the end of the day it is the commonwealth that decides what the cap is on Australians coming home. I have to say they listen to what all of the states say in terms of how many people are coming back and the circumstances and we accept that.

There are no rules for how to run a pandemic. Whilst there are obviously different responsibilities done by the states and different by the commonwealth it was made clear to us that the quarantine system was something the states had to look after.

Once that decision was made NSW kicked into action and we got our police force to run the system.


NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian seems to be backing the federal government in the latest stoush between the commonwealth and states. (She doesn’t always stick by her federal Liberal counterparts, but looks like she isn’t picking this battle.)

NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian sticks with the federal government in the stoush over travellers from high-risk countries.
NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian sticks with the federal government in the stoush over travellers from high-risk countries. Photograph: Jenny Evans/Getty Images

WA premier Mark McGowan has called for the federal government to stop allowing people to travel to high-risk countries, but Berejiklian says “that’s not a call for the states”.

At the end of the day the quarantine system needs to be as strong as possible no matter what reason people are returning to Australia. That’s not a call for the states.

The federal government decides who is allowed to leave and who is allowed to come back. We are responsible for having the strongest quarantine system we can have and I am incredibly proud that the New South Wales system has welcomed back around 180,000 Australians. We are bringing back 3,000 Australians every week.


If you are keen to get up to date on the massive story that surrounds Ben Roberts-Smith, I recommend this feature by Ben Doherty:

The accusations could not be more serious, nor the consequences higher. But with each new allegation, each twist of an already bloody story, the stakes ratchet up a little more.

Australia’s most decorated living soldier stands accused of brutal war crimes, including kicking an unarmed, handcuffed civilian off a cliff, before ordering him shot dead.

A billionaire media magnate bankrolls the soldier’s defence in a defamation action against one of his chief competitors. Storied institutions such as the Australian War Memorial and the Special Air Services regiment face reckoning of their histories and futures.

You can read the full story below:


Ben Roberts-Smith to take leave from Seven West Media Queensland

The chief executive and managing director of Seven West Media, James Warburton, has written to all staff announcing that Ben Roberts-Smith will take leave from his role as general manager of Seven Brisbane and 7 Queensland, pending completion of his defamation case.

Roberts-Smith, who claims the Nine Newspapers have defamed him in relation to war crimes accusations he strenuously denies, was in hot water a few weeks ago for leaked audio praising his boss, Kerry Stokes ,but disparaging other unnamed Seven West Media staff.

Ben Roberts-Smith is taking leave from his Seven West Media role.
Ben Roberts-Smith is taking leave from his Seven West Media role. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

The all-staff email, seen by Guardian Australia, says Roberts-Smith will start leave from today “to focus on his upcoming legal matters”.

Warburton said:

Ben and I believe this mutual decision is best for both him and our company. We expect Ben to return to his role upon the completion of his defamation proceedings. As the trial is currently set down for eight weeks, it’s likely that won’t be until after August.


It seems like it’s all happening in Victoria and WA today. Here is an updates on the flight that connected the two cities.

Victoria’s transport minister, Ben Carroll, says some Qantas passengers are still waiting to be tested five days after flying to Melbourne with an infected traveller.

Of the 241 other passengers, 156 have tested negative as Victorian health officials boosted the number of tested passengers from 135 on Sunday.

We’ve still got further outstanding tests that are happening today and tomorrow on that Perth flight.” told reporters on Monday.

All the man’s close family contacts have so far tested negative but remain in isolation, reports AAP.

Victoria’s transport minister, Ben Carroll, says some Qantas passengers are still waiting to be tested.
Victoria’s transport minister, Ben Carroll, says some Qantas passengers are still waiting to be tested. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/EPA

All 10 potentially exposed airport staff have tested negative, and health authorities said messages were sent to all passengers from the flight on Friday afternoon.

Victoria’s testing commander, Jeroen Weimar, told ABC radio the government were still trying to reach all the passengers and ensure they are tested.

Yesterday we had people doing home visits to passengers who hadn’t picked up the phone ...

We’re very confident we’ve got good engagement and response from all the people on the plane and we’ll continue on that vein.

They have been ordered into 14 days of home isolation regardless of whether they return a negative test result.


OK! Oscars news! Chloe Zhao has won best directer for Nomadland!

She is the first woman of colour to win the award and only the second woman to take home the best director statue.

Very cool stuff.

If you want more updates on the night check out the Guardian’s very very funny Oscars life blog below.


If you have been having trouble paying for your mid-morning coffee, I might know why.

It looks like the CommBank app and NetBank services have been having problems this morning meaning many credit and debit cards haven’t been working.

We’re aware of an issue with the CommBank app and NetBank affecting credit cards and debit cards. Some card settings may also be unavailable right now. We apologise for disrupting your morning, we’re working urgently to fix this as soon as we can.

— CommBank (@CommBank) April 26, 2021



We have seen outbreaks in hotel quarantine in all of our major cities, including here in Adelaide, but in all of the major cities over the last few months. This is not particular to a specific state.

This is a national problem, reflecting that quarantine is a national responsibility. It is for Scott Morrison to fix this, not to keep shoving it off to the state governments that have done all of the heavy lifting through the pandemic ...

There should be a national system that has national standards. Instead what we see is very different arrangements in different states. That is not how a quarantine system should operate.

It is not how our quarantine arrangements have operated for more than 100 years. At the end of the day we have one set of international borders. Australians, no matter what state they’re in, should feel confident that there is a quarantine arrangement in place to allow people to come home.

We want Australians to be able to come home but to do so in a way that protects the broader community.

The Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin is “a very effective quarantine facility”, says Mark Butler.
The Howard Springs quarantine facility in Darwin is “a very effective quarantine facility”, says Mark Butler. Photograph: Glenn Campbell/AAP


Labor calls for federally run quarantine facilities

Mark Butler says the federal government needs to step up and create more cabin-style quarantine facilities, as outbreaks continue in hotels across Australia:

Labor’s health spokesman Mark Butler says more cabin-style quarantine facilities are needed and the federal government should provide them.
Labor’s health spokesman Mark Butler says more cabin-style quarantine facilities are needed and the federal government should provide them. Photograph: Mike Bowers/The Guardian

We have that in the NT with Howard Springs. A very effective quarantine facility that allows open air, that allows people not to be swapping or sharing the same air with poor ventilation arrangements that we see in our hotels.

What I would say is that hotel quarantine was a relatively short- to medium-term option to deal with Australians needing to come back home. It is not a long-term option.

I have seen the national president of the AMA say people are realising we need something other than hotel quarantine and, frankly, Scott Morrison was briefed on that need as far back as last year. He has done nothing to further it. It is his responsibility quarantine. It is his job to fix this mess.


Labor’s health spokesman Mark Butler is speaking now from Adelaide.


Prescribed burns have blanketed roads in the south of Perth this morning.

Holidaymakers returning from down south are being urged to drive with caution with the Forrest Highway blanketed in smoke this morning.

📸: @WA_Police

— Keane Bourke (@KeaneBourke) April 26, 2021


More on that flight full of people who travelled from Perth to Melbourne who are considered close contacts and must isolate for 14 days.

Covid Commander Weimar says 38 people have taken themselves to hotel quarantine for safety's sake after flying in from Perth on that QF778 on Wed with a positive case.
Up to 15,000 people isolating here now..

— Heidi Murphy (@heidimur) April 26, 2021


We’re still waiting to find out when WA premier Mark McGowan will talk to the media today.

When he does we will learn if any more cases have been discovered today, and which if any restrictions will ease at midnight.

There was some talk of a lunchtime announcement (some time around 2pm for Melbourne and Sydney) but that hasn’t been confirmed.


Melbourne will have a team of six traffic managers amid concerns about road congestion after last year’s coronavirus lockdown, reports AAP.

The congestion management team starts next month and will deal with incidents and breakdowns, and will also look at ways to ease traffic flow.

The Victorian government says traffic patterns have shifted in the wake of coronavirus, with trips on Melbourne’s arterial road network increasing rapidly compared to freeway volumes.

The government said it had created about 100 new traffic management jobs, including 12 incident response officers in six vans.


New mass vaccination hub opens in Victoria

Victoria’s mass vaccination hub opened its doors today.

It’s open to everyone over 70 and all those eligible for phases 1A or 1B. From 3 May anyone over 50 can also go there for vaccinations when all states open up the eligibility requirements from the AstraZeneca Jab.

From today, 26 April, our high-volume vaccination centre In Ballarat opens its doors to all members of the public in Phase 1a and Phase 1b – including people aged 70 and over.
The centre is located at 613 Main Rd, Golden Point.

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) April 26, 2021


Happy #LesbianVisibilityDay folks! 🧡💖We're sending all our love! Visibility is important but so is representation, allyship and advocacy.

All of us have to work together to actively create safe spaces to ensure ALL of our LGBTIQA+ voices are heard and empowered. #JOY949

— JOY 94.9 🎙 (@JOY949) April 26, 2021

Just ducking back to the Oscars for a moment, I simply MUST inform you that Questlove (joint frontman of Roots) is wearing gold crocs on the red carpet.


Questlove, and his gold Crocs, have arrived to the 2021 #Oscars red carpet

— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) April 25, 2021

If you have a spare second, it’s really worth reading this opinion piece from long time GP Dr Adrian Plaskitt discussing the decline of mental health services in Australia.

Here is a little bit of it:

I am a GP who has worked in the Hunter region since 1999. This may be longer than you anticipated, but it is so rare to be given an opportunity to tell the truth as I see it that I thought I would make the most of it.

First of all, I want to talk about the general level of service as I have observed it.

During my career there has been a general reduction in service for the severely mentally ill, while the provision of service for mild illness has probably improved. General awareness of mental health has improved, but it is increasingly defined as an illness that effects an individual, which may obscure some societal drivers of mental illness – but I’ll come to that later.

You can read the full piece below:

Head of WA's AMA says hotel quarantine has been 'a human rights catastrophe'

Miller has again contested assertions that hotel quarantine has, by and large, been a success.

Tens of thousands have been through quarantine that never had Covid. We don’t know if they were handled properly or not. One in 200 of the positive cases has been leaking out which is a terrible track record for hotel quarantine across Australia and internationally.

So we absolutely cannot say that this has been a success in any regard. It has been a human rights catastrophe. People have been trapped in there and infected with the virus later in their stay on repeated occasions and we need this to stop right now.

We need to fix what we can within that system certainly but move people out, if you can, right away and start putting up a mining camp which should only take a couple of months and you can put one within 100km of a major airport airport in most cases. You can house thousands of people as the mining industry have been doing for decades in Western Australia.


The head of the Australian Medical Association in WA, Dr Andrew Miller, is making the media rounds this morning and has just appeared on ABC News.

The Mercure hotel in Perth.
The Mercure hotel in Perth. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images

He says many policymakers are “in denial” about the airborne nature of the virus.

There’s still denial of that – not only in hotel quarantine but in healthcare where these people might need to go for attention. Our nurses and doctors are not being given full airborne PPE all the time, and proper ventilation.

There is really a problem with this expert advice which is led in to a whole cascade of issues, and this one-in-200 breakout of the disease from hotel quarantine which is just a predictable, avoidable, preventable disastrous human rights problem.


A man has been charged and a police strike force established after a violent brawl after a soccer game in Sydney’s south, reports Liv Casben from AAP.

Riot police were called to Rockdale just after 5pm on Sunday after reports of the brawl involving men reportedly armed with metal star pickets, bricks, flares and plastic crates.

Three men were taken to hospital and treated for cuts to their limbs. Video footage shared on social media shows flares being let off and objects being hurled between two fan groups.

Police have established strike force azure and a 23-year-old man has been charged with being armed with intent to commit an indictable offence and offences related to rioting.

The Granville man will face Sutherland local court next month and has been banned from any national premier league games as part of his bail conditions.

Rockdale Ilinden – known also as Rockdale City Suns Football Club – posted a message on its Facebook page condemning the violence.

Suffice to say that the club strongly does not condone antisocial and criminal behaviour.


Queensland reports no local Covid cases

No local Covid-19 cases in Queensland today, although only 2,767 tests.

Monday 26 April – coronavirus cases in Queensland:

• 0 new cases
• 2 overseas acquired cases
• 17 active cases
• 1,532 total cases
• 2,437,183 tests conducted

Sadly, seven people with COVID-19 have died. 1,467 patients have recovered.#covid19

— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) April 25, 2021


Big super funds take a stand on climate

Big super funds have threatened to vote against company directors who do not ensure their businesses are committed to action on global heating that includes hitting net zero by 2050.

The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (Acsi), which represents investors that manage more than $1tn in retirement savings and hold about 10% of the shares in the top 200 companies in the country, said some boards were not tackling the climate crisis quickly enough.

Big super funds say some boards are not doing enough to avert a climate crisis quickly enough.
Big super funds say some boards are not doing enough to avert a climate crisis quickly enough. Photograph: Helmut Corneli/Alamy Stock Photo

Its tougher stance comes after a week in which regulators and ratings agencies stepped up the pressure on corporate Australia to properly consider climate risks and the US president, Joe Biden, increased the pressure on the Australian government to commit to emissions cuts sooner.

Australian companies attempting to find new markets due to the trade war with China face a risk that Europe will impose border taxes due to the country’s high emissions. At the same time, research released this week by insurance group Swiss Re estimates that Australia’s economy will take a hit of as much as 12.5% by 2050 if the globe warms by 2.6C.

You can read the full report below:


156 passengers on board the flight from Perth to Melbourne and all ground crew have been tested and returned negative results @abcmelbourne #springst

— Bridget Rollason (@bridgerollo) April 25, 2021

The Victorian government has released data on the rates of mask compliance on public transport (where they are still required).

Looks like the public is doing well in the morning, but get lazy during afternoon peak hours.

Govt data on Mask compliance on Public Transport.

“Over the last three months, the number of people wearing masks is strong in the morning peak, but drops in the afternoon,” Govt document says.@10NewsFirstMelb #springst

— Simon Love (@SimoLove) April 25, 2021


Video of Letkol Laut Heri Oktavian and crew singing a love song onboard KRI 402 Nanggala.

53 sailors, one of which was my friend, are now gone.

— Henrik Paulsson (@henrikrpaulsson) April 24, 2021

Dozens of Afghan interpreters who have worked on the battlefield alongside Australian soldiers have made an urgent plea to the federal government for humanitarian visas, fearing they will be murdered by the Taliban when troops withdraw later this year.

Kate Banville has the story:

The 41 interpreters wrote to the home affairs and immigration departments via the Australian embassy in Jordan in January, and again on 19 April after the prime minister, Scott Morrison, announced that Australia would follow the US by withdrawing all remaining troops by September.

Two coalition soldiers and an interpreter question an Afghan motorcyclist in northern Helmand. The motorcyclist’s young daughter looks on.
Two coalition soldiers and an interpreter question an Afghan motorcyclist in northern Helmand. The motorcyclist’s young daughter looks on. Photograph: Tpr Chris Wade/Rex/Shutterstock

In the April letter, the interpreters detailed a “dire threat”, saying the rate of “targeted killings has increased exponentially” across Afghanistan.

“Roughly 300 interpreters and their families’ members have been killed since 2016,” it said.

“As 2021 commenced, we lost two interpreters who were engaged in assisting the foreign troops in terms of translation and interpretation based on the stories and reports shared by local media.”

You can read the full report below:


Greece lifts quarantine restrictions for Australian travellers

I mean, not that it will do us much good, but looks like if you really wanted to you could travel to Greece quarantine free now. (Although of course you’d have to quarantine on your way back – if you can get back.)

Greece is planning to formally opening up to tourists on 15 May, but on Sunday the transport ministry announced a number of countries including Australia, Russia, New Zealand, South Korea, Thailand, Rwanda and Singapore could gain access early, Reuters reports.

But this comes with a catch: you must be vaccinated or test negative for the coronavirus.

Greece, which emerged from the first wave of the pandemic last year in much better shape than many other countries in Europe, has been hit badly in recent months, with rising numbers of patients putting hospitals under severe strain in many areas. (So I wouldn’t expect Scott Morrison to announce a bubble with the Mediterranean nation any time soon.)

The Greek Island of Santorini. Greece plans to go ahead with a 15 May opening of the tourism industry.
The Greek Island of Santorini. Greece plans to go ahead with a 15 May opening of the tourism industry. Photograph: Paul Biris/Getty Images

However, prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said last week the pandemic was showing signs of stabilising and he confirmed plans for a 15 May opening of the vital tourism sector, which accounts for a fifth of economic output.

Despite a stuttering start to vaccinations in the European Union, the Greek government says it is better placed this summer than last year thanks to widespread testing, quarantine hotels and vaccination drives on small islands and among tourism workers.

Authorities reported 1,400 new cases and 57 deaths on Sunday. The pandemic has caused 333,129 infections in Greece and 10,007 deaths.


Federal opposition frontbencher Tanya Plibersek says WA premier Mark McGowan is right to criticise the federal government’s approach to borders. (This isn’t a huge surprise given they are both Labor.)

She has managed to squeeze in an impressive number of federal government mistakes in her first 30 seconds as well.

I think Mark McGowan is right to ask questions about how quarantine and our borders are being operated. It is a real shame to see this outbreak again. But the reality is, of course, that things aren’t going to get back to normal until we’ve got a fully vaccinated population. We’re running way behind. This is a federal government responsibility. Along with aged care that was such a disaster, along with the Covid tracing app. We’ve got to get our borders right.

I reckon we have to sip for every mistake she mentioned! I’m counting five in the sentences!

Labor’s Tanya Plibersek has backed up WA premier Mark McGowan’s criticism of the federal government’s approach to quarantine and borders.
Labor’s Tanya Plibersek has backed up WA premier Mark McGowan’s criticism of the federal government’s approach to quarantine and borders. Photograph: Sam Mooy/Getty Images


Victoria reports no local Covid-19 cases

Now they are putting them out at 8.30am! Pick a time Victoria, otherwise, I don’t know when I should start getting anxious!

Well, on the upside, no need to be anxious today as the state records triple doughnuts. This comes after a man unknowingly infected in Perth quarantine flew back to Melbourne, causing a full planeload of passengers to go into quarantine.

Yesterday there were no new cases reported.
- 516 vaccine doses were administered
- 12,680 test results were received
Got symptoms? Get tested.
More later: #COVID19VicData

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) April 25, 2021


Vigil for Queensland woman Kelly Wilkinson

A Queensland community will hold a vigil for mother of three Kelly Wilkinson who was allegedly killed by her estranged husband after being set on fire, reports AAP.

Gold Coast MP Sam O’Connor helped organise the vigil, to be held on Monday afternoon from 4pm at the training ground for the NRL Titans team at Parkwood.

He spoke to the Today Show this morning:

You never expect this sort of thing to happen in your own area and a lot of people are feeling this over the last week ...

It’s triggered a lot of people’s own experiences but it’s everyone from mums who used to walk their kids to school with Kelly, to parents who might have had kids in the same class, to people who live in that area who know it as a quiet family area.

They really are shocked by this tragedy.

The MP also described how Wilkinson’s sister is now grappling with the logistics of taking in her sibling’s three children to be cared for along with her own five.

They’re talking everything from house renovations to bunk beds to figuring out what sort of a vehicle will take that many people ...

Apparently a Tarago is not even big enough.

Brian Earl Johnston is facing murder and other charges after 27-year-old Wilkinson died in the backyard of her home in Arundel last Wednesday.

The vigil will hear from the chaplain of the school attended by two of her children and the head of a local domestic violence prevention centre, and listen to a live performance of one of her favourite songs.

O’Connor will also read out a letter from Wilkinson’s family.

Police are seen at the Gold Coast home of Kelly Wilkinson on 21 April.
Police are seen at the Gold Coast home of Kelly Wilkinson on 21 April. Photograph: Darren England/AAP


You know every year I tell myself that I’m going to watch every Oscars best picture film before the show, and every year I fail.

In fact this time, I’ve only watched one, so I’ve done particularly badly.

But if have done better than me and want to keep up with the awards as they happen check out the Guardian’s Oscars live blog below:


Victoria’s health department has started publishing their numbers at 9am and not 8am nowadays and honestly, I’m not jazzed about it.

I liked the little kick of good news to keep me motivated during a cold Melbourne Monday morning on the blog.


Photos have been released of the Indonesian military submarine that went missing last week.

It was found on the seafloor, broken into at least three parts, deep in the Bali Sea, army and navy officials have said, as the president sent condolences to relatives of the 53 crew.

On Sunday, the Indonesian military head, Hadi Tjahjanto, said there was no chance of finding any of the crew alive.

He said: “With deep sadness, I can say that all 53 personnel onboard have passed. We received underwater pictures that are confirmed as the parts of the submarine, including its rear vertical rudder, anchors, outer pressure body, embossed dive rudder and other ship parts.

“With this authentic evidence, we can declare that KRI Nanggala-402 has sunk and all the crew members are dead.”

You can read the full story here:

Federal Labor has committed to legislating 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave if elected, as well as establishing “a national definition of domestic violence to include coercive control”.

Anthony Albanese has tweeted out details of this plan this morning:

If elected, a Labor Government would legislate for 10 days paid domestic and family violence leave.

We would properly fund frontline services.

And we would create a national definition of domestic violence to include coercive control.


— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) April 25, 2021


Until we accept that Covid is airborne, Australia will continue having outbreaks from hotel quarantine, says AMA

Miller has been asked on ABC radio how he can call hotel quarantine “not fit for purpose” when tens of thousands of people have been through the system with only a vanishing small number of outbreaks. But the WA Australian Medial Association president has objected to the framing of those statistics.

Well, it works for the thousands who didn’t have Covid, but for about one in 200 that do, it’s spread into the community.

So, the hotels have never been fit for purpose and we’ve been saying that from the start.

And the problem is the infection control experts’ group federally who continued to deny the airborne spread problem, and that people need N95 masks all the time and negative pressure rooms in hotel quarantine.

So Victoria seems to be getting the message and moving ahead, but until we move to the air gap and accept that airborne Covid is going to be a problem everywhere, this is going to keep happening everywhere, including all of the hotels.

President of the WA Australian Medical Association Dr Andrew Miller.
President of the WA Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller. Photograph: Matt Jelonek/Getty Images


'50/50' if lockdown will continue, says president of the WA Australian Medical Association

The head of the Western Australian AMA Dr Andrew Miller said he thinks it’s a coin toss whether the Perth and Peel regions’ snap lockdown will be extended beyond midnight tonight.

We are still waiting for [several hundred] results that haven’t been announced from close contacts which are now in quarantine ...

So we’ll know about lunchtime I’d call it a 50/50 at the moment.

A medical staffer works at a Covid-19 testing centre in Perth on Saturday.
A medical staffer works at a Covid-19 testing centre in Perth on Saturday. Photograph: Xinhua/REX/Shutterstock


Top WA doctor says hotel quarantine 'not fit for purpose' and 'an abuse of human rights'

The head of the Western Australian branch of the Australian Medical Association, Dr Andrew Miller, has publicly slammed the state hotel quarantine program, labelling it an “abuse of human rights” and “not fit for purpose”.

Premier Mark McGowan has spent the weekend criticising the federal government for allowing people to travel to hotspot countries and not doing more to run hotel quarantine facilities from a commonwealth level, but Miller says this was missing the point:

Frankly, it doesn’t matter why people are allowed to travel overseas, it’s a bit of a separate argument.

The issue is that the quarantine is not fit for purpose. So it doesn’t matter why this person went where they went, they came back in good faith and, which frankly is an abuse of human rights because everyone’s saying it’s not fit. It doesn’t work ...

Despite the government – both governments – being warned for some time that this is an airborne disease and they’re not [fixing it].

A Covid cluster at Perth’s Mercure hotel plunged the city into a three-day lockdown.
A Covid cluster at Perth’s Mercure hotel plunged the city into a three-day lockdown. Photograph: Paul Kane/Getty Images


Good morning, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life and I hope you are feeling good!

Matilda Boseley here and before we jump into the morning of news, why don’t I get you up to speed on the situation in Western Australia.

At the moment it’s all a bit of a waiting game at moment with people in Perth and the Peel region are waiting to see which restrictions will be extended beyond midnight tonight. Many are fearful the snap lockdown in its entirety will continue if more cases are found today.

Yesterday the premier Mark McGowan flagged that some social distancing rules would persist:

I’m sure there will be some further measures that continue ...

What they are, we won’t know until tomorrow morning. We’ll get health advice ... and I think people should get used to the prospect that there will be some further measures continue beyond Monday ...

If there’s further cases what we do will be more than perhaps there is now. It all depends on the circumstances. I can’t predict what will happen. There will be an extension of some form of controls.

Yesterday there were no new local cases of Covid-19 discovered.

I’ll give you the whole lowdown on McGowan’s ongoing fight with the federal government later this morning, but why don’t we pivot to another situation in Canberra.

Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins will meet with Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese next week to discuss ways to improve workplace culture in Parliament House, it was revealed on the weekend.

Newswire AAP reported the separate meetings will be held in Sydney on Friday. Higgins wanted to meet the prime minister in Canberra but it is understood she was not given a choice.

Higgins has become a powerful voice calling for reform in Parliament House after she went public with allegations she was raped by a colleague in a federal minister’s office two years ago, and criticised the government’s lacklustre efforts to support her in the aftermath.

Last month during an interview on A Current Affair, Morrison stated he would meet to speak with Higgins, but since reaching out, Higgins says it has been a struggle to lock the prime minister down on a time.

Now that the details are set, Morrison has described the meeting as “important” and said he was looking forward to it.

OK, with that why don’t we get started.

If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at


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