We made it through the third last sitting week of the year.
We all get a short break from parliament before it returns for the final sitting fortnight at the end of the month.
In that time, Scott Morrison will go to Japan and Papua New Guinea, quarantining on his return, which means for the first of those sitting weeks he will be appearing via video link. Should make for a very interesting question time.
But he’s been holding meetings and discussions almost all year over video link so he should at least be practised at it and know to unmute the microphone.
He’s holding another of those meetings today – national cabinet meets at 10am where, as always, borders and stranded Australians are on the agenda.
The domestic borders are taking care of themselves. From Saturday, WA’s hard border comes down to everyone but Victoria and NSW – and those jurisdictions will soon follow if all keeps tracking as it is.
Queensland will make its decision on borders closer to the end of the month, as is normal, with greater Sydney on track to be allowed in. Victoria may take a little longer – one more cycle of no transmissions would be what Dr Jeannette Young was looking at but so far the country looks set to be open by Christmas.
At this stage Morrison is pushing the states to get there, but if they had already agreed to try (except WA at that stage) and they are getting there themselves, I am not sure how much credit he can really take.
Stranded Australians is a whole other case. Ankle bracelets are being considered, but there are still logistical issues – like entire households having to quarantine. That one is looking less likely to happen by Christmas.
We’ll cover that, the wash-up from the week, and of course the Covid situation. It feels good to be able to write Covid as the third in that list. We’ve come a long way, Australia, and you’ve done great.
You have Amy Remeikis with you, for most of the day. Ready?