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PM announces concession card holders can get free RATs, but other Australians will have to pay; Victoria cancels most elective surgery; PM says Novak Djokovic must provide evidence to support vaccine exemption. Follow all the day’s news

ACTU president Michele O’Neil wrote to Scott Morrison late yesterday to ask him to reconsider the federal position on rapid antigen tests and make them free.

Overnight the UK PM Boris Johnson announced that his Conservative government will provide 100,000 critical workers with free rapid tests to help keep essential services and supply chains running, allowing workers to take a test every working day.

Unfortunately, to date you have left this problem in the hands of the market. Now, with Omicron upon us, PCR testing sites are at risk of being overwhelmed, Australians are scrambling to find Rapid Antigen Tests and struggling to afford them.

This puts at grave risk public health and our country’s economic recovery.

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