Sumary of Australia Covid news live update: NSW records 1,599 cases and eight deaths as Victoria reveals surge in hospitalisation of pregnant women:
- “We are backing our best and brightest researchers to drive innovation and contribute to global efforts to control the Covid-19 outbreak.
- When one journalist suggested he had been told by one case connected to the Box Hill construction site outbreak that it was four days until he was interviewed, the health department deputy secretary, Kate Matson, said she was surprised and would look into that.
- Labor senator Kristina Keneally’s bid to move to the lower house, usurping a promising local candidate by running in a safe, multicultural seat, has been branded “hypocrisy” by a colleague, AAP reports.
- Keneally, a former NSW premier, is aiming to replace retiring MP Chris Hayes in Fowler at the next federal election, moving from her current home on Sydney’s northern beaches to Fowler in the city’s west.
- However, Hayes had publicly backed local lawyer Tu Le to replace him in representing the multicultural electorate, which Labor holds with a 14% margin.
- Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP Labor MP Anne Aly – the first Muslim woman elected to the Australian parliament – says the move to parachute Keneally into the seat is a “huge failure for Labor on diversity”.
- “Diversity, equality and multiculturalism can’t just be a trope that Labor pulls out and parades while wearing a sari and eating some kung pao chicken to make ourselves look good,” she told the ABC on Saturday.
- “For the Labor party to be in a position where they are pushing aside a community representative from one of the most multicultural electorates is hypocrisy as far as I’m concerned.