Australia Covid live news update: Victoria reports 510 new cases and one death; national cabinet to discuss home quarantine

Posted by on September 16, 2021 7:39 pm
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Victoria records second-worst day of outbreak; Scott Morrison grilled again on Christian Porter’s legal fees; prime minister will ask state and territory leaders for updates on home quarantine plans, as aged care vaccination mandate comes into force. Follow all the day’s news here

12.39am BST

Google must explain what steps it has taken to ensure the company’s platforms and advertising capabilities are not “exploited for misinformation” in the run-up to the next federal election, Labor’s national secretary, Paul Erickson, has demanded.

In a letter to Google Australia’s managing director, Mel Silva, seen by Guardian Australia, Erickson raises a number of objections to recent interventions by Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly – activity he says undermines confidence in Australia’s public health response to Covid-19.

Related: Labor appeals to Google over misinformation fears before Australian election

12.30am BST

Heading away from the east coast for a second we are expecting an announcement at 11.30am AWST (1.30pm AEST).

We don’t know exactly what it will be yet but given we will be hearing from WA education minister Sue Ellery and vaccine commander Chris Dawson, it seems likely that it will be something to do with getting schoolkids vaccinated.

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