Australia news live updates: Voter turnout heads as Daniel Andrews seeks third term in 2022 Victorian election

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Newspoll says Labor will win Victoria election by five points

a newspaper in australian this morning says Labor and Daniel Andrews are five points ahead in today’s Victoria state election.

It predicts a two-party-preferred result of 54.5–45.5% in a 2.8% swing to the Liberals compared to the result in 2018. Three weeks ago, the paper reported, the split was 54-46.

It said such a vote would give Andrews between 45 and 50 of the 55 seats in the 88-seat parliament, and would mean Andrews would unseat John Cain Jr., Victoria’s longest-serving Labor premier. Will go ahead.

Australians are complacent about Covid

We report this morning that there is a fourth Covid wave in Australia Likely to peak before Christmas As the rate of hospitalizations and infections begins to slow.

For the sixth week in a row, cases across the country continue to rise, albeit at a slower pace. This suggests that the plateau in cases will come by the first week of December epidemic modelingIf it isn’t already.

It comes from research by Pfizer that nearly two-thirds of Australians believe the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic is over, despite a recent surge in infections and the emergence of different strains of the virus.

A woman with her luggage and wearing a face mask outside the cruise ship passenger terminal at The Rocks, Sydney.
A woman with her luggage and wearing a face mask outside the cruise ship passenger terminal at The Rocks, Sydney. Photograph: Dean Levins/You

The Australian Associated Press reports that one in three people are now less likely to get tested when they have symptoms than a year ago.

The AAP says the findings have prompted dire warnings from health professionals.

Professor Robert Boye, an infectious disease specialist at the University of Sydney, said the apparent decline in testing was a major concern and urged Australians to keep up to date with their vaccinations.

“Recent federal government data has shown that COVID-19 is still a very real risk to the health of our communities as we move into a new wave of infections, especially those with severe disease,” Boye said. For those at high risk.”

“Earlier testing means people can seek medical advice sooner and have faster access to anti-viral drugs if they are eligible.”

Almost two-thirds of Australians are also less concerned about how COVID-19 is affecting their community, while almost half are not concerned about their risk of serious illness.

One in five people who are at high risk, such as those over 70 or with health conditions including heart disease, are less likely to get tested or see a doctor if they experience symptoms.

The research findings are based on a November survey of 1,000 Australian adults by Pfizer Australia.

Welcome

Good morning and welcome to our live blog. Mustafa Rachwani will be with you shortly but in the meantime here are the headlines in today’s news.

The Victorian election will be the main event. Voting has already begun – in-person voting, that is, because pre-voting has been underway for some time – and the Labor premier, Daniel Andrews, is expected to win a third term despite controversy over the state’s long Covid lockdown and mixed scams. We’ve got tons of content to make sure you’re up to date with everything that’s happening, including Analysis excerpt by Benita Colovos Who’s to say that whether the two parties win or lose has made this a “Daniel Andrews election”. You can also see what to expect when the results come with our explainer Here,

if politics is your thinglook no further Catherine Murphy’s essay about the making of Anthony Albanese – “From Lone Wolf to Leader”. It appears in the quarterly essay but we have an excerpt today on how a man who used to be an outsider ended up as a resident of the Lodge under the leadership of Bill Shorten.

Good news for commuters in Sydney and the rest of NSW this morning After the state government announced an agreement with the rail unions to end the long series of rail strikes. The parties were at loggerheads over whether or not to make safety modifications to a multibillion-dollar Korean-built fleet of intercity trains that have been in storage since 2019. The premier of state, Dominique Perrote, said last night that the government had reached a deal with the union, after months of stalled talks and allegations of malfeasance on both sides. View full story here,

Read full story at the guardian.com

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