/ 09 June 2021

Lockdown lift in sight as tempers fray

The main game: Victorian authorities have made progress determining how the Delta (Indian) COVID strain slipped into Melbourne, linking it to a returned traveller from Sri Lanka. What they’re yet to figure out is how community transmission occurred. That development and reports of 2 new cases yesterday raised hopes Melbourne’s lockdown will be eased tomorrow night.

The noisy sideshow: The circumstances of Premier Daniel Andrews’ fall in March as he remains on leave recovering from a spinal injury. Yesterday, the Liberal opposition demanded answers about where/how/when he fell, saying it’s their job to ask questions. But acting Premier James Merlino bristled saying they should be “ashamed of themselves” and demanded an apology. Rumours about the Premier’s dangerous tumble linger in the dark corners of the interweb. One involves the family of trucking magnate Lindsay Fox who sought advice on whether to sue over claims they are somehow connected to Andrews’ fall. While a date hasn’t been set, Andrews is due to return to work later this month.

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