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It is the second day of the session week, which means that it is a day of the meeting in the party room, which means that most of the action will take place outside the chamber as usual.

If you missed yesterday Brittany Higgins‘Accusation that she was raped by a colleague in Linda ReynoldsThe ministerial office in March 2019 dominated almost everything.

Scott Morrison was asked about the allegation during Question Time. He’s at an ovarian cancer teal ribbon breakfast event this morning that will no doubt ask him again.

We will bring you all updates as soon as they occur.

Morrison wasn’t there Greg Hunt The first shipment of vaccines had arrived in Australia yesterday – although it was the focus of almost all other vaccine announcements.

However, the government is hoping that the arrival of the vaccine will leave room for good news as it prepares for the first bursts to begin on February 22nd.

This comes at the same time as the news that a new variant of Covid has been found in Australia. You don’t know much about it yet – it has surfaced in Denmark and the UK too – but it seems more contagious and could “weaken” some of the protective measures a vaccine provides:

That is to be expected – for example the flu. There are many varieties of this, and not all of them respond as strongly to the vaccine as others. Still, it is a reminder that even as we learn to live with it, we must learn a lot about this virus.

The Royal Disability Commission will also meet again today. The Senator of the Greens Jordon Steele-John fought for more privacy for those who give testimony. Steele-John was instrumental in bringing this royal commission into being and drawing attention to it in and outside of parliament.

We will also learn a little more about the Media Negotiating Code and what nationals have decided against the non-existent net zero engagement of 2050 and the non-existent mechanism to get there since the party’s MPs are already doing it Threatening to cross the floor on something that doesn’t exist.

They got the Canberra crew from Katharine Murphy, Daniel Hurst and Paul Karp, and of course Mike Bowers is on the way causing all kinds of good problems.

Amy Remeikis carries you through most of the day, supported by more coffee than recommended. Huzzah for Tuesday.


Let’s get into that.



Robert Dunfee