Welcome to the second week of parliamentary sittings, which will likely be lots like the primary – not lots happening.
Covid journey restrictions imply we have now just about the identical solid within the parliament in Canberra this week, which isn’t many, though the principle gamers will after all be round.
You’ll hear lots about how polls don’t matter – the most recent Newspoll, first printed by the Australian, reveals the two-party-preferred vote has moved one level in Labor’s favour – 54 to 46, with the Coalition’s major vote dropping three factors to 36. That assist appears to have gone to minor and fringe events – neither One Nation or the Greens noticed a lot motion.
The drop in major will likely be one of the worrying outcomes for the Coalition. Whereas there was a variety of commentary about Labor’s major vote, the Coalition’s has been largely ignored. And ultimately, on election day, the one challenge will likely be the place these preferences stream – do they go to the Coalition, or to Labor?
The outcomes come whereas NSW continues to report ever-higher Covid day by day circumstances (1,218 yesterday) similtaneously ongoing reviews of the well being system underneath growing strain.
If you happen to haven’t already, learn this story from Elias Visontay which works into among the element of what’s occurring in NSW hospitals:
Two ICU nurses from Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred and St Vincent’s hospitals have independently raised issues that when working in non-Covid ICUs in current weeks, the strain that surging Covid circumstances had positioned throughout the well being system has left them understaffed to the purpose that growing sedative dosage is the most secure method they’ll handle their affected person load.
Guardian Australia doesn’t recommend the nurses have administered sedatives their sufferers weren’t already prescribed by a physician.
Moderately, the ICU nurses, who oversee the infusion of sedatives and administer various ranges inside a sure dose vary prescribed by a physician – referred to as titration – report that when employees are stretched, selections have been made to extend sedation to the utmost allowed dose “to knock the affected person out” so nurses can make sure the affected person will stay protected when they should divert their consideration elsewhere.
Victoria has additionally not managed to get a lid on its outbreak, and each states are coping with a variety of lockdown-fatigued folks. Which is the place the nationwide plan is available in – however the remainder of the nation, which has seen lockouts however not as many lockdowns, isn’t as keen to open up because the plan calls for.
Throw within the Afghanistan withdrawal, and the federal authorities is on the again foot in a couple of method.
We’ll cowl all of that, in addition to what is occurring with Covid because the day unfurls. You might have Amy Remeikis with you on the weblog, together with Mike Bowers who’s after all, already at work. Katharine Murphy, Sarah Martin, Paul Karp and Daniel Hurst will likely be with you in the course of the day, with the Guardian brains belief making certain you don’t miss something.
It’s going to be a busy day – I’m on espresso quantity three.
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