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Australia News Live Updates: Gladys Berejiklian Rules Out Federal Tilt, Second Woman Killed In Queensland Floods

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Seems like Scott Morrison and other federal politicians weren’t just happy to have the former NSW premier if she decided to run, they were actively “urging” her to step up to the plate.

Here is what Berejiklian had to say just before when radio host Ben Fordham asked “How hard did Scott Morrison try to get you to have a go?”

Berejiklian:

Look, I’m really grateful to the PM and so many other colleagues who really asked me to consider this. It wasn’t something that I intended to do, but out of respect for those people… I gave it some thought but decided against it.

It’s not something that I want to do…

I feel that the opportunities I’ve had have been amazing and my opportunity to give back to public life or give back to the public through public life has been amazing and that’s why, you know, I feel ready to start the next chapter of my life… but I’ll never ever take for granted a single day that I had in public life. It was an honour just to the community. It’s something that I’ll always be very proud of. And something that gave me great personal satisfaction

20:55

Gladys Berejiklian will not run for federal politics

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian has called into Sydney radio station 2GB to confirm that she does not intend to run for the federal seat of Warringah, despite enthusiastic urgings from prime minister Scott Morrison and other federal politicians.

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20:47

La Niña could create a spike in Covid cases by forcing people indoors to avoid the rain at the same time as the Omicron variant is spreading in Australia, say epidemiologists who are warning health authorities to delay the easing of social distancing measures.

The weather pattern means north and eastern Australia is experiencing a relatively cool, damp and stormy summer. Epidemiologists say it could drive a spike in Covid cases by making more people gather indoors and by generating higher humidity which allows virus particles to linger longer in the air.

NSW will relax its Covid rules from Wednesday. Unvaccinated residents will, from then, enjoy the same freedoms as those who have received their jabs.

You can read the full report below:

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20:35

Second Queensland woman found dead in flood waters

A woman has died after apparently getting trapped in a car that became submerged in flood waters north of Brisbane, AAP reports. But the driver managed to escape and survived.

Queensland police are now investigating the circumstances leading to the death of the woman, 44, at Aspley, 13km north of Brisbane.

Emergency services were called after the car was swept into a creek near Lucan Avenue by fast-moving flood waters about 8pm last night. The driver of the vehicle, a 52-year-old Geebung man, was found alive a short time later.

A search for the woman ensued before the car was recovered from the water around 11.15pm. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The tragedy comes after a 75-year-old woman from Taringa died when her car became submerged in flood waters in West Brisbane as a severe storm cell lashed Queensland’s south-east. The car was swept off a street and into a nearby creek in Pullenvale about 4.40pm on Wednesday.

The state can expect more flooding with persistent rain leaving many parts of Queensland waterlogged, deputy premier Steven Miles said.

“Every Queensland life lost is tragic, and tragic for the family involved,” he said. “It won’t take a lot of rain to see flooding and we just say over and over again, if it’s flooded, forget it. It’s not worth it.”

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20:26

Good morning

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to Friday! We made it!

It’s Matilda Boseley here on the blog with you today and first up I have some good news.

Children as young as five will be able to get a Covid-19 jab from January following final approval from the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisations.

The federal government has accepted Atagi’s recommendation to expand the jab program to children aged between five and 11.

Prime minister Scott Morrison said yesterday:

This will bring great relief to so many mums and dads, who now have a choice on what’s best for their kids …

They can have peace of mind knowing this has the tick from the best medical regulators in the world.

The vaccines to be made available to about 2.27 million children contain one-third of the standard Pfizer dose.

Bookings will open in late December and jabs will be rolled out from 10 January after child-specific training for healthcare workers and batch testing by the medicines regulator.

In some less good news, the, three UK cabinet ministers including Dominic Raab – prime minister Boris Johnson’s right-hand man – have been forced to self-isolate after coming into contact with our deputy prime minister, Barnaby Joyce.

Joyce tested positive to Covid-19 after travelling from the UK to Washington DC, and is now self-isolating for 10 days. He is fully vaccinated and is experiencing mild symptoms.

UK transport secretary Grant Shapps and the secretary of state for housing Michael Gove have also been forced into isolation after meeting with Joyce.

With that, why don’t we jump right into the day? There is certainly enough to get through!