My name is Michael McGowan, I’ll be guiding you through today’s events.
We can start today off with some good news. The Daily Telegraph is reporting the New South Wales government will announce this morning that outdoor pools across the state will open to the public from next Monday, including in heavily locked-down council areas. We expect to hear more about that later this morning. It comes after the government faced a backlash for not allowing people in hotspot LGAs in the western suburbs to swim in public pools despite packed beaches in the eastern suburbs.
The Victorian government will release a roadmap out of lockdown. It comes after the state recorded another 535 new Covid cases on Saturday and large anti-lockdown protests across Melbourne resulted in 235 arrests and 10 police officers being injured, including three who remained in hospital.
In non-Covid news, France recalled its ambassadors to Australia and the United States after the Morrison government ditched its submarine deal with the French and unveiled a new Aukus military pact, which also includes the UK.