Coronavirus Australia live updates: Melbourne wakes up to eased lockdown as federal parliament returns

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; parliament resumes with the Coalition’s universities bill on the agenda. Follow live LIVE Updated [embedded content] Key events Show 4.43pm EDT16:43 Victoria could have eliminated Covid in six weeks by entering stage-four lockdown in July 4.31pm EDT16:31 Good morning Live feed Show 5.21pm EDT17:21 After smashing up the states which closed their borders practically every day since borders closed, Michael McCormack says states who didn’t sign up as part of the New Zealand travel bubble they can always just close their borders. That’s after about 55 New Zealanders travelled into Victoria, which has not signed up to the travel bubble because it is a little busy at the moment dealing with its second wave. Victoria did not close its borders (everyone else just closed their borders to Victoria). McCormack, who set the mood for the week while chatting to the ABC this morning, says its up to the states to work out their own borders: They at the end of the day have the jurisdictional responsibilities for their own state borders, but they are also available to see the manifests of airlines and they have been and since October 16, those manifests, those passenger logs have been made available to governments, to health ministers, to health officers, protocol officers in the various states and it has been discussed at National Cabinet ad nauseam. 5.09pm EDT17:09 Pre-polling has officially opened for the Queensland election. Following recent trends, we should at least half the electorate cast their ballot ahead of polling day on 31 October. Updated at 5.11pm EDT 5.06pm EDT17:06 At least someone is excited parliament is back – Kristina Keneally stopped by doors this morning: Well today Senate estimates begins. The Morrison government will have nowhere to run and nowhere to hide. This is a government that’s always there for the photo up; never there for the follow through and they’re leaving Australians behind. Whether you’re women, whether you’re people over 35 and you’re unemployed, whether you’re stranded Australians – 29,000 stranded Australians overseas. These are the people who the Morrison government are leaving behind and these are the questions we’ll be putting to the government today. The government, the Morrison government, will also face scrutiny from senators about their dodgy deals. Their dodgy deals at Western Sydney airport, their real estate rorts, their sports rorts, and Angus Taylor ... if there’s a scandal, Angus Taylor will find his way into it. The police investigations now into these dodgy Western Sydney land deals. This is a government that is always trying to find someone else to blame. But today, beginning today, at Senate estimates, the Morrison government will have nowhere to hide. They will be facing tough questions about what they’re doing and what they’re failing to do. About how they are leaving Australians behind. About how they’re always there for the headline, but never there for the hard work. So today, we begin Senate estimates – putting the questions to the Morrison government. No more ducking and weaving from the prime minister. He will now need, through his government officials and his ministers, to face the truth of what his government is doing – leaving Australians behind.

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