It's not often I agree 100% with the Prime Minister but panic buying toilet rolls (again) is ridiculous. Can't people just dismantle the toilet roll wall they created for their dog to jump over? Or use a real ball to play keepy uppy?
Woolies have reinstated a two pack limit on toilet paper and paper towel after Sydneysiders followed yesterday's the trend in Melbourne of stocking up. At a press conference in Canberra, Mr Morrison repeated his earlier blunt warning to selfish shoppers: "Stop it, it's ridiculous."
"I'm sure it will pass as it did last time," he continued. It's unclear if his constipation pun was intentional toilet humour.
Virgin Australia has been saved and hopes to resume flying next month, although it's workforce could be cut from 10,000 to 6000 employees. American private equity firm Bain Capital was the last hope for the ailing airline. Creditors still need to agree to the deal. Virgin Australia chief executive Paul Scurrah, who has been working with Bain on the deal, called it a "great day for Virgin Australia and a huge milestone".
In much better news, Australia and New Zealand will host the Women's World Cup in 2023. Some Australians may not be excited about this news as we struggle through a global pandemic and a massive economic crash. But this is a great achievement for Australia and it a sign of optimism for the future. More than a billion people tuned in for the 2019 event in France, with fans gathering from around the world providing colour and energy to the host cities. It will also supercharge the growing strength of women's professional sport in Australia, not just soccer but all codes. Let's enjoy that positivity for at least a moment.
International borders will closed for a while yet but there is some movement on domestic borders. Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein announced today that borders are set to reopen from July 24, but only if it is safe to do so. "Some people would prefer borders to remain closed, and others have been pushing for it to happen immediately, but we must follow public health advice," Mr Gutwein said. Melbourne is the main gateway to Tassie, by air and sea, and the Premier is rightly concerned about the spike in Victoria. The Tasmanian government is in talks with other states for direct flights and also looking at how people could transit at Tullamarine airport in Melbourne. Victoria announced another 30 cases today.
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