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The Senate side of Parliament was evacuated this morning in Canberra, as part of a test evacuation drill.

Luckily, photographer, Mike Bowers was there to capture all the drama, with our best and brightest left to stand on the lawn awkwardly for an hour or two.

Butler also called on the government to do more to help control the outbreak in Papua New Guinea:

We should have very strong discussions with all of our international partners about the crisis that is emerging in PNG and make sure, as far as possible, that PNG – particularly those frontline health workers, and then the broader community – is able to get access to vaccines to deal with that crisis…

We’ve said a couple of weeks ago now, as the depth of the crisis became clear, that Australia needed to act firstly as a good neighbour, but also in our own national interest, given the closeness of our countries geographically, to release vaccines to ensure that frontline health workers were vaccinated as a matter of urgency.

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