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Australia Covid news live update: Victoria records 1,466 cases and eight deaths; NSW records 360 cases, five deaths ahead of recovery package announcement

Victoria records 1,466 new local Covid-19 case and eight deaths as state ALP braces for second day of Ibac branch-stacking inquiry; NSW records 360 local cases and five deaths; NSW premier Dominic Perrottet to outline economic recovery package as parliament sits; new domestic airline coming in 2022. Follow all the day’s news live

Federal health minister Greg Hunt has celebrated Australia’s vaccination rate passing that of major global powers, including the US and the EU.

“We’ve now passed the [United States], we’ve passed Israel, we’ve passed the [European Union] over the weekend, Germany and the OECD,” Hunt told RN Breakfast on Monday.

Victorian Labor MP Luke Donnellan has resigned from cabinet after an Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission hearing heard he had paid for other people’s party memberships.

In explosive evidence given on the first morning of public hearings, federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne said that Donnellan, the Victorian minister for disability, ageing and carers, and the minister for child protection, had paid for party memberships.

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