In the meantime, some recommended reading:
From our chief political correspondent Sarah Martin on Labor’s preselection fight to succeed Joel Fitzgibbon in the New South Wales seat of Hunter.
Will Daniel Repacholi’s working-class credentials will win back voters, or is the decision to back the Olympic shooter just the endorsement of a regional caricature?
If you were expecting a slow start to the morning before we get into the Covid numbers pressers, you’d be mistaken.
We’re expecting to hear from the prime minister, Scott Morrison, relatively soon after the meeting of the “Quad” in the United States.
Hello and welcome to today’s live blog.
This is Ben Smee and good morning from the Hermit Kingdom of Queensland. I’ll be with you as we unpick the day’s events, case numbers and whatever else is in store.
Yesterday, New South Wales recorded 1,043 new cases and 11 deaths; Victoria had 733 cases and one death.
Saturdays have been focal points for protest activity in recent weeks, so we’ll be watching closely to see whether more unrest occurs in Melbourne and Sydney.
Organisers in Melbourne are withholding the locations for protests until an hour before the start time while protests are reportedly planned for local parks in Sydney.
A total of 215 people were arrested in fifth day protests in Melbourne’s CBD and inner-north on Friday.
On Friday, Victorian health minister Martin Foley conceded the state was unlikely to hit 80% first dose vaccination coverage of the eligible population on Sunday as initially forecast, with the figure currently sitting at 76.3%.
“Let’s all redouble our efforts over this weekend,” he said.
Hundreds of people gathered at Bondi on Friday evening before being dispersed by police around 7.30pm.
NSW recorded 1,043 local Covid-19 cases and 11 deaths on Friday while Victoria reported 733 new local Covid-19 cases and one death.
Meanwhile, in the ACT, health officials have flagged more cases among residents and staff at the Calvary Haydon Retirement Community after two fully vaccinated workers tested positive on Friday.
Stick a pot of coffee on, we could be here a while. Let’s go.