Australia coronavirus live update: jobseeker on the agenda in parliament; NSW cluster warnings – latest news

Legislation to extend but reduce jobkeeper and jobseeker payments will be considered by the Senate today, as the Sydney CBD cluster grows. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

10.39pm BST

So should Daniel Andrews just stop listening to the medical advice?

Josh Frydenberg:

What we need to do is focus on the medical advice, but we haven’t been told by the Premier what is an acceptable level of new coronavirus cases.

Again, we need to hear that from the Premier. What I do know is that yesterday, there were seven cases in New South Wales. Yet, that economy is open. That with the top testing and tracing that they’ve had there, they’ve been able to manage the virus.

Yesterday, there were four cases in Queensland. Outside of Victoria, jobs have come back and the virus has been controlled.

10.37pm BST

Josh Frydenberg is asked whether he believes Daniel Andrews will keep Melbourne under a lockdown ‘an hour longer’ than is necessary.

He tells the ABC:

We haven’t seen a definite plan from the Victorian Premier, and just yesterday, he said it’s too early for that. I disagree with him on that and so do Victorian businesses and many Victorian families, because they need to hear more about the road out as opposed to a longer road in with the talk of the extending emergency powers for 12 months.

If you’ll remember back on in crisis, we worked on a 3-stage process for easing restrictions. It had detail about the nature of the activities that were allowed, the number of people who could gather.

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