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Morrison notes that it has been one year since Australia recorded its first case of Covid-19.
What an extraordinary year it has been over these past 12 months. A year on from that fateful day, Australia, we know, has done better and managed this together, working together better than almost any other country in the world today.
As we look at the terrible situation being experienced in many parts of the world, some quite close to here, some further afield, our thoughts and support is with all the nations of the world, as we seek to get on top of what has been a calamitous event for the world over these last 12 months and indeed longer than that in some cases.
Scott Morrison is speaking now. He starts by saying he spoke to SA premier Steven Marshall about the Adelaide Hills bushfire.
Morrison says he offered federal assistance but “none is required at this stage”.Continue reading...