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9th November 2021

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  • Former Victorian minister concedes he should be condemned
  • NSW hits 90 per cent double-dose vaccination rate
  • Freedoms for fully vaccinated Queenslanders from mid-December revealed
  • This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Former Victorian minister concedes he should be condemned

Former Victorian state Labor minister Adem Somyurek has conceded some of his actions could be categorised as corruption, while admitting he lost all perspective during a factional war and should be condemned for his behaviour.

On the second day of his appearance before the state’s anti-corruption commission, Mr Somyurek agreed he was involved in the practice of paying electorate staff who worked on factional activities, but he denied he was part of a scheme that endorsed widespread rorting of public money.

Former Victorian minister Adem Somyurek. Credit:Eddie Jim

The former Labor Party powerbroker, who left the party after The Age and 60 Minutes last year revealed a widespread branch stacking operation, is being investigated as part of an IBAC and Victorian Ombudsman probe into what Mr Carr has described as the “premeditated and systematic rorting of taxpayer resources”.

The hearings continue on Thursday.

Read the full story here.

NSW hits 90 per cent double-dose vaccination rate

Ninety per cent of people aged 16 and over in NSW have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as the state sets its sights on a 95 per cent rate.

Federal government data released yesterday afternoon shows 90.12 per cent of the age group were double-dosed, with 93.97 per cent having received at least one shot.

The rate is 75.6 per cent of the state’s total population vaccinated, including doses administered to children aged 12 to 15, surpassing many countries who started their rollouts months before Australia.

Just over 67 per cent of the UK population is fully vaccinated and the figure in the US is about 57 per cent, according to the Our World in Data vaccination tracker. Seven countries have higher double-dose rates than NSW: the UAE, Portugal, Singapore, Chile, Cambodia, Spain and South Korea.

NSW is the second jurisdiction in Australia to achieve 90 per cent, after the ACT reached that milestone on October 27 (its rate is now more than 95 per cent).

Read more about NSW’s vaccination coverage here.

Freedoms for fully vaccinated Queenslanders from mid-December revealed

In just over one month, Queensland pubs, clubs and stadiums will be allowed to operate at 100 per cent capacity with no restrictions, provided all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has revealed the freedoms for double-dosed Queenslanders, as part of the state’s road map to reopening.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.Credit:Matt Dennien

From December 17, when Queensland is expected to hit 80 per cent double-dosed, there will be no capacity or other restrictions on clubs, pubs, cafes, cinemas, galleries, museums, libraries, theatres, theme parks and stadiums, provided all staff and patrons are fully vaccinated.

Queenslanders will be able to say goodbye to mandatory masks within days when the state reaches its 80 per cent first-dose milestone.

But Ms Palaszczuk says anyone who wants to attend the NRL, AFL or State of Origin will have to be double-vaccinated, a rule that will also apply to the Big Bash, T20 and One Day Internationals.

More on Queensland’s road map here.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for reading our live coverage.

It’s Wednesday, November 10. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll bring you some of the day’s biggest stories as they unfold.

Here’s everything you need to know before we get started.

  • NSW has surpassed its 90 per cent double-dose vaccination target for all residents aged 16 and over. The state is now setting its sights on a 95 per cent double-dose target. It means NSW has surpassed many countries that started their vaccine rollouts months before Australia. Yesterday, the state recorded 222 local cases of COVID-19 and four deaths. There are 254 coronavirus patients in NSW hospitals. Of those, 42 are in ICU.

Booster push: NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet at the new Granville Centre vaccination clinic on Monday. Credit:Edwina Pickles

  • Former Victorian minister Adem Somyurek has conceded some of his actioned could be categorised as corruption. The ex-Labor MP appeared at Victoria’s anti-corruption commission for the second day in a row yesterday. He is being investigated into what the counsel assisting the commission has described as the “premeditated and systematic rorting of taxpayer resources”. The hearings will resume tomorrow. Victoria yesterday reported 1069 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths. There are 579 coronavirus patients in Victorian hospitals. Of those, 90 are in intensive care. Fifty-five are on a ventilator. In terms of vaccines, 84 per cent of Victorians aged 12 and up are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Former Victorian government minister Adem Somyurek. Credit:Jason South

  • Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says residents can ditch face masks once her state hits an 80 per cent double-dose vaccination target (for people aged 16 and over). It’s all part of a push to drive-up vaccination rates ahead of the state reopening to coronavirus hotspots (notably Sydney and Melbourne). Queensland’s vaccination rate has also been lagging behind most other Australian states and territories.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced the state can leave masks behind once it reaches its 80 per cent double-dose target, due in the next few days.Credit:Getty

  • The motor industry has pushed back against the federal government’s plan to boost the take-up of electric vehicles. Companies like Volkswagen and Nissan Australia say Scott Morrison’s plan to increase the number of electric charging stations at homes, businesses and in the regions is a step in the right direction. However they say the Government should subsidise the cost of electric vehicles to make them more affordable for families (among other measures), as is done in other countries.

Scott Morrison at Victoria’s Toyota Hydrogen Centre yesterday.Credit:Wayne Taylor

  • Greater Darwin’s lockout has ended. It comes after the Northern Territory yesterday recorded one new cases of COVID-19. The case is a 48-year-old man who is a household contact of the case reported last week. However, authorities are not concerned about community transmission as this newer case has been in isolation. Katherine recently came out of lockdown, however it is still mandatory to wear a mask there and in Greater Darwin (inside and outdoors) until Friday afternoon.

Greater Darwin’s lockout has ended. Credit:Getty

  • And the ACT yesterday recorded 18 new cases of COVID-19. There is just one hospitalised coronavirus patient in the nation’s capital. They are in ICU and ventilated.
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