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Australia news live: Qld ends Brisbane lockdown after one new local Covid case; Commonwealth Bank wrongly charges nearly 1 million people

Queensland premier says noon lockdown finish allows Easter weekend travel to start; NSW reports no new local infections. Follow the latest updates, live

Asked about delays to the vaccine roll out, McCormack says:

We’re getting on with the vaccine, we’re working with states, as you’d expect us todo, and the pleasing thing is that we haven’t had a death from Covid this year. So, that’s the important thing. We are the envy of the world when it comes to what we have done right through COVID-19. Many other countries, their vaccine rollout might be ahead of us, but they’re still having a tragic number of deaths each and everyday, each and every hour of each and every day.

Michael McCormack is at Sydney airport spruiking the government’s half-price travel scheme.

He’s asked if he thinks the Queensland government’s decision to lock down Brisbane spooked any travellers.

Get in early. That’s my message, get in early. Plan, make sure that you have that holiday on us. These Brisbane lockdowns, yes, we’ed prefer, of course, that everything was open for business but that is a decision taken by the Queensland government. They are acting on their best medical advice, I understand that. I understand that they wanted to make sure that the health, safety precautions are taken but as I say there’s plenty of places in Australia crying out for visitors and this scheme enables them to do just that.

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