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Australia News Live Updates: NSW Restrictions Ease Further Tomorrow; Melbourne’s $44m Package; Labor Accuses Morrison Of ‘impacting National Security’

06:02

What happened today, Sunday 7 November

We’re going to wrap things up for the day. Here are the day’s main events:

  • Twin four-year-old girls died in a house fire west of Byron Bay. Investigations are under way but police said initial reports suggest a candle may have been left burning inside the home
  • NSW recorded 244 new Covid-19 cases as the state prepared for further easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated people from Monday
  • Victoria recorded 1,173 Covid-19 cases and the state government announced a $44m package to revitalise Melbourne’s CBD, including a plan to allow diners to claim 30% off their bills between Monday and Thursday each week
  • The ACT became the first Australian jurisdiction to fully vaccinate 95% of its population
  • The Northern Territory government announced the lockdown of Katherine would end at 3pm NT time and switch to a lockout for people who are not fully vaccinated. The Darwin lockout was extended to midnight tomorrow night, when the Katherine lockout is also scheduled to end.
  • NSW woman Joanne Zhu was announced the winner of the Million Dollar Vax campaign
  • Researchers in NSW have discovered a new species of frog in the Gondwana rainforests world heritage area.

Thank you for joining us. We’ll see you again tomorrow.

05:37

The Bureau of Meteorology has updated its thunderstorm warnings for NSW.

There’s a severe thunderstorm warning for several parts of the state, including the Hunter, Illawarra, North West Slopes and Plains and parts of the Northern Rivers and the Mid North Coast.

The earlier warning for the Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Sydney areas has been cancelled but the Bom says it will continue to monitor the situation.

Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW)

Severe thunderstorm warning has been updated. Heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail are all a risk. See here for more information: t.co/Ss766eSCrL pic.twitter.com/rbw0Yvq4RU

November 7, 2021

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05:21

And a little more from the foreign minister, Marise Payne’s, visit to Malaysia:

The Malaysian foreign minister, Dato’ Saifuddin Abdullah, said the pair had agreed to collaborate on a range of issues, including Covid-19 vaccines and health. He also flagged closer cooperation on cyber security, adding: “I think we both agree that cyber security is now the leading non-traditional threat of the world including our region.”

On international borders, he said he and Payne were “pro-opening the borders as quickly as possible” although this had to be done in a staged manner.

Payne said:

“Australia, like Malaysia, has had very strict controls in place both domestically and in terms of our borders – they are gradually being opened up … We are enthusiastic, for example, to see the return of international students to Australia and particularly Malaysian international students. We know how much they value the opportunity, but we are also very welcoming of Malaysian students to Australia, so it’s not too far off. But we need to work through, as the Minister said, the various stages of both of our systems around vaccinations, around our health systems and take those steps, but hopefully not too far away.”

05:07

Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, has said during a visit to Malaysia that she hopes it won’t be long before Malaysian students can return to Australia.

Payne flew out of Australia on Friday for a week-long trip to four countries in south-east Asia – with Malaysia being the first stop. One element of the trip is an attempt to reassure the region about the Aukus nuclear-propelled submarines plan, as we covered in our story yesterday.

After meeting with her Malaysian counterpart, Payne reaffirmed that message of reassurance: “As our region goes through profound changes with strategic competition increasing, Australia’s Indo-Pacific vision remains consistent. We support an Indo-Pacific that is open, secure, resilient and prosperous … We’ll continue to work with our friends here in Malaysia and all of our partners to realise that vision and to ensure the security and the prosperity of our region as we recover together from the impacts of Covid-19 and look to a very positive future.”

05:00

And with that, I will hand you over to Lisa Cox for the remainder of Sunday’s live blogging.

04:45

Neighbours have left flowers at the entrance to a northern NSW property where twin girls died following a house fire thought to have started after a candle was left burning, AAP reports.

Police and ambulance paramedics performed CPR on the four-year-old sisters but they were unable to be revived.

Emergency services were called to the single-storey residence on Mafeking Road in the hamlet of Goonengerry, west of Byron Bay, just after 4am on Sunday after reports two children were suffering from smoke inhalation.

Chief inspector Mick Dempsey said the girls had been asleep as the fire started.

“They were found to be unresponsive,” he told Seven News.

“CPR was performed by police and ambulance personnel but unfortunately the two children could not be revived and they have since passed away.”

A woman was also being treated for shock.

Dempsey said a number of adults were outside the premises, in the vicinity of the house, as the drama unfolded.

There was limited damage to the structure of the premises. However there was some evidence of smoke having filled the bedroom, he added.

The building is part of a multiple-occupancy community, police say.

A bouquet of flowers was left outside the entrance to the property on Sunday afternoon with a note that read: “No words mourning with you.”

Detectives will work with fire investigators to determine the cause of the blaze but say initial reports suggest to them that a candle may have been left burning inside the home.

Updated

04:14

NSW restrictions to ease further from tomorrow for fully vaccinated

Just a reminder that tomorrow restrictions will ease in NSW further for those who are vaccinated against Covid-19. Here’s a useful summary via AAP.

Under the previously flagged changes, there will be no limit on home visitors and as many as 1000 people can gather outdoors.

Hospitality venue density limits move to one person per two square metres, while stadiums, racecourses, theme parks, zoos, cinemas and theatres can operate at 100% of their fixed-seated capacity.

Unvaccinated NSW residents, meanwhile, have to wait until 15 December or when the state reaches a 95% double-vaccination rate to enjoy roadmap freedoms.

NSW is on the brink of hitting 90 % full vaccination of people aged 16 and over, with 89.7% now double-dosed.

It’s still a couple more weeks for Victoria until we get similar easing.

Updated

03:45

A stone valued at $100,000 has been stolen from a small museum in northern NSW, AAP reports.

An unknown number of people entered the museum in Tingha at about 1am on Saturday, police have been told.

The intruders then stole the stone which is estimated to weigh around 80 kilograms.

The rock is described as being a dark brown smoky quartz grass stone.

A crime scene has been established and police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

03:30

A new frog species, one of only two in Australia known to carry its tadpoles on its body, has been discovered in the Gondwana rainforests world heritage area in northern New South Wales.

The tiny frog measures 16mm and is found on one mountain in the Wollumbin national park.

02:40

There has also been another anti-vaccination protest out in Parramatta, in Sydney’s west today.

Protesters participate in a ‘Reclaim The Line’ rally against vaccination mandates along the Parramatta River in Sydney. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Protesters participate in a ‘Reclaim The Line’ rally against vaccination mandates along the Parramatta River in Sydney. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Worth noting, NSW’s full vaccination rate for people over the age of 16 is 89.7% as of the end of Friday.

For those aged between 12 and 15, it is currently 80.1% single dose, and 68.6% double dose.

Updated

02:27

People are leaving flowers outside the home where twin four-year-old girls died following a house fire in Goonengerry, west of Byron Bay on the far-north coast of NSW.

A member of the public places a bouquet of flowers in the letterbox of the home where twin four-year-old girls died following a house fire, in Goonengerry, west of Byron Bay. Photograph: Aap Image/AAP

A note reading ‘No words, mourning with you’ is seen on bouquet of flowers left by a member of the public. Photograph: Aap Image/AAP

Updated

02:21

Victorian opposition leader Matthew Guy has welcomed Liberal MP Tim Smith’s decision not to contest the next election, following his drink-driving crash last weekend.

Sharnelle Vella (@SharnelleVella)

Opposition Leader Matthew Guy: pic.twitter.com/PWtf1uobtJ

November 7, 2021