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Why lockdown is FAILING in Victoria as infections rise in some hotspot suburbs by 1000%

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Victoria’s lockdown could be extended until Christmas if its coronavirus cases continue to surge, experts have warned. 

The state recorded 403 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – its third highest daily total since the pandemic began – and five deaths. 

Despite the lockdown, which was imposed on Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire residents two weeks ago, some postcodes have still seen case numbers skyrocket.

In Brimbank, in Melbourne’s outer west, the number of cases has increased by almost 1,000 per cent compared to when the stay-at-home orders were introduced on July 2, with 411 active cases now reported.

As Melbourne’s outer suburbs continue to cop the brunt of the fresh infections, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has issued a desperate plea for young people to abide by social distancing restrictions to slow the spread of the virus. 

‘I’m not singling younger people out for the purposes of blame, I’m just, it is a significant part of our new cases, and there’s no getting around that,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘There are a lot of young people who have died of this in other parts of the world.’ 

Melbourne city is seen with only a dozen commuters are the lockdown was imposed two weeks ago. Experts are now warning the lockdown could be extended if case numbers continue to rise

Melbourne city is seen with only a dozen commuters are the lockdown was imposed two weeks ago. Experts are now warning the lockdown could be extended if case numbers continue to rise

Melbourne city is seen with only a dozen commuters are the lockdown was imposed two weeks ago. Experts are now warning the lockdown could be extended if case numbers continue to rise

A couple are seen wearing masks as they go for a stroll on a bridge crossing Melbourne's Yarra River

A couple are seen wearing masks as they go for a stroll on a bridge crossing Melbourne's Yarra River

A couple are seen wearing masks as they go for a stroll on a bridge crossing Melbourne’s Yarra River

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Pictured: Hotspot map of Melbourne’s coronavirus infections. Melbourne’s north-western suburbs continue to cop the brunt of the fresh infections, with Brimbank reporting a whopping 64 new cases on Thursday, taking its total to 643

Earlier this week he berated Victorians for not self-isolating as new figures showed 90 per cent of patients failed to isolate between falling sick and getting tested.

There was also 53 per cent of people who had failed to self-isolate while waiting for the result.

‘Unless we have people who get tested, staying at home and isolating until they get their results, then we will not see these numbers go down,’ Mr Andrews said. 

With the continued spike in cases, epidemiologists are now predicting the six-week lockdown will be extended. 

Mr Andrews is reportedly desperate to reopen his state to avoid economic ruin, but is resolved to only do so when cases dramatically drop to single digits. 

Melbourne University epidemiologist Professor Tony Blakely told news.com.au it would likely take longer than the remaining four weeks for cases to drop to single digits. 

He said in four weeks the number of cases could drop to ‘a couple hundred a day’. 

‘If tight suppression is defined as 10 cases or less a day, then I think it’s unlikely that the remaining four weeks of enhanced stage 3 restrictions will get us there,’ he said.

‘It depends on what you want to do as a society, if you are willing to accept a couple of hundred cases a day until a vaccine is found, you don’t need to do more than four weeks.’

Professor Catherine Bennett, who is Chair in Epidemiology at Deakin University, said the process could be sped up if residents continue to wear masks.

From Thursday, Victorians in locked-down areas of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must cover their faces when they leave the house or risk a $200 fine. Pictured: A woman in a face mask walks in front of Flinders Street Station

From Thursday, Victorians in locked-down areas of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must cover their faces when they leave the house or risk a $200 fine. Pictured: A woman in a face mask walks in front of Flinders Street Station

From Thursday, Victorians in locked-down areas of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire must cover their faces when they leave the house or risk a $200 fine. Pictured: A woman in a face mask walks in front of Flinders Street Station

A lone woman makes her way across the empty road in Melbourne, where COVID-19 cases continue to rise

A lone woman makes her way across the empty road in Melbourne, where COVID-19 cases continue to rise

A lone woman makes her way across the empty road in Melbourne, where COVID-19 cases continue to rise

A woman is seen in a face mask as she goes on a stroll along St Kilda beach in Melbourne

A woman is seen in a face mask as she goes on a stroll along St Kilda beach in Melbourne

A woman is seen in a face mask as she goes on a stroll along St Kilda beach in Melbourne

But Professor Bennett warned ‘getting down to double digits within two weeks is a big ask’.

There were 201 people in Victorian hospitals with COVID-19 on Thursday, 40 of those patients were in intensive care. 

Mr Andrews has warned that his state’s health system could soon be on the brink if Melburnians ignore lockdown rules and the daily number of coronavirus infections does not start to decline. 

Two women in face masks go for a walk across Princes Bridge in Melbourne on Thursday

Two women in face masks go for a walk across Princes Bridge in Melbourne on Thursday

Two women in face masks go for a walk across Princes Bridge in Melbourne on Thursday

Medical staff are seen in face masks in Melbourne on Thursday as Victoria recorded another 403 coronavirus cases

Medical staff are seen in face masks in Melbourne on Thursday as Victoria recorded another 403 coronavirus cases

Medical staff are seen in face masks in Melbourne on Thursday as Victoria recorded another 403 coronavirus cases 

Fears grow that the lockdown could cause further damage to the economy (pictured: A 'For Lease' sign is seen across a vacant retail space in Melbourne)

Fears grow that the lockdown could cause further damage to the economy (pictured: A 'For Lease' sign is seen across a vacant retail space in Melbourne)

Fears grow that the lockdown could cause further damage to the economy (pictured: A ‘For Lease’ sign is seen across a vacant retail space in Melbourne)

‘When you get swamped every day with additional cases, and every case represents the better part of four or five contacts, that’s always going to push you,’ Mr Andrews said.

‘No health system would cope if this got away from you to the point where you have got thousands of patients presenting.’

‘What we know is if numbers continue to grow, there will be a percentage of people within that cohort who will sadly die,’ he said.

Victoria’s coronavirus death tally climbed to 49 on Thursday, taking the national toll to 133.

The latest deaths are three aged care residents – a woman in her 70s, two men in their 80s and 90s, as well as two men aged 50 and 70.

From Thursday, Victorians in locked-down areas of Metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire have been required to cover their faces when they leave the house or risk a $200 fine.  

Victoria recorded 403 new coronavirus cases on Thursday - the state's third highest daily total since the pandemic begun

Victoria recorded 403 new coronavirus cases on Thursday - the state's third highest daily total since the pandemic begun

Victoria recorded 403 new coronavirus cases on Thursday – the state’s third highest daily total since the pandemic begun

Pictured: COVID-19 testing in Bondi, Sydney's eastern suburbs, on Wednesday

Pictured: COVID-19 testing in Bondi, Sydney's eastern suburbs, on Wednesday

Pictured: COVID-19 testing in Bondi, Sydney’s eastern suburbs, on Wednesday

There have been more than 1,214 fines issued to Victorians over the past fortnight, with more than 200 caught breaking the rules at vehicle checkpoints.  

According to The Age, one in five fines issued since the re-introduction of stage three restrictions on July 9 were handed out to Victorians attempting to leave locked-down zones. 

On Tuesday, Victoria Police conducted almost 5,000 spot checks at homes, businesses and public places and issued 61 infringements.  

Victorians caught flouting the stay-at-home orders can receive the $1,652 infringement. 

VICTORIA’S LATEST COVID-19 NUMBERS: 

* 403 new cases, the 18th consecutive day of a triple-digit increase, taking active cases to 3630, an increase of 3570 in six weeks.

* Five more deaths, bringing the state’s toll to 49 and the national figure to 133. Most deaths in a day for any state.

* The latest deaths are three aged care residents – a woman in her 70s, two men in their 80s and 90s, as well as two men aged 50 and 70.

* 201 people in hospital and with 40 in intensive care.

* 1,413,115 tests have been done in the state since January 1, with 27,151 on Wednesday.

* Of the new cases, 69 are connected to known outbreaks and 334 are under investigation.

* This is Victoria’s third-highest daily case total, after 484 on Wednesday and 428 on Friday.

CLUSTERS TO WATCH:

* 293 cases among residents of public housing towers in Flemington and North Melbourne (increase of two since Wednesday)

* 60 linked to various public housing towers in Carlton (increase of 3)

* 182 cases linked to Al-Taqwa College

* 73 at St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Fawkner (an increase of 4)

* 67 linked to Estia Health in Ardeer (increase of 13)

* 55 linked to Menarock Life aged care in Essendon

* 34 linked to Estia Health in Heidelberg (increase of 8)

* 33 linked to Arcare Aged Care in Craigieburn (increase of 3)

* 21 cases linked to Baptcare Wyndham Lodge in Werribee (increase of one)

* 20 linked to Embracia Aged Care Moonee Valley in Avondale Heights (increase of two)

* 72 linked to Somerville Retail Services in Tottenham (increase of 12)

* 58 linked to JBS in Brooklyn (increase of 11)

* 29 linked to Australian Lamb Company in Colac (increase of 12)

* 21 linked to Clever Kids Childcare in Ashburton

* 10 linked to Bertocchi Smallgoods in Thomastown

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Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko suddenly sworn in for a new term in unannounced inauguration

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Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been sworn in for a new term in an unannounced inauguration after six weeks of mass protests against his election victory.

The ceremony was conducted earlier today in Minsk with several hundred top government officials present, according to reports.

The 66-year-old placed his right hand on a copy of the constitution and swore the oath of office in front of several hundred top government officials, news agency Belta said.

‘The day of assuming the post of the president is the day of our victory, convincing and fateful,’ he said at the ceremony. 

‘We were not just electing the president of the country – we were defending our values, our peaceful life, sovereignty and independence.’  

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (pictured) has been sworn in for a new term in an unannounced inauguration after six weeks of mass protests against his election victory

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (pictured) has been sworn in for a new term in an unannounced inauguration after six weeks of mass protests against his election victory

Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko (pictured) has been sworn in for a new term in an unannounced inauguration after six weeks of mass protests against his election victory

The 66-year-old placed his right hand on a copy of the constitution and swore the oath of office in front of several hundred top government officials

The 66-year-old placed his right hand on a copy of the constitution and swore the oath of office in front of several hundred top government officials

The 66-year-old placed his right hand on a copy of the constitution and swore the oath of office in front of several hundred top government officials

He added that the country needed safety and consensus ‘on the brink of a global crisis’ in an apparent reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘I cannot, I have no right to abandon the Belarusians,’ he said.

The inauguration, which would normally be publicised in advance as a major state occasion, follows a disputed election on August 9. 

Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994 and will now begin his sixth term, claimed a landslide victory with the opposition accusing him of massive vote-rigging. 

But Belarus, an ex-Soviet nation of 9.5 million, is facing the prospect of US and European Union sanctions over the disputed election after it was followed by a crackdown by Lukashenko’s security forces against opposition protests demanding his resignation. 

United Nations human rights investigator Anais Marin said last week that more than 10,000 people had been ‘abusively arrested’ since the election with more than 500 reports of torture and thousands ‘savagely beaten’. 

Belarus authorities have previously said the police are humane and professional but have declined to comment on specific allegations of abuses. 

Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994 and will now begin his sixth term (pictured at today's inauguration), claimed a landslide victory with the opposition accusing him of massive vote-rigging

Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994 and will now begin his sixth term (pictured at today's inauguration), claimed a landslide victory with the opposition accusing him of massive vote-rigging

Lukashenko, who has been in power since 1994 and will now begin his sixth term (pictured at today’s inauguration), claimed a landslide victory with the opposition accusing him of massive vote-rigging

An opposition politician, Pavel Latushko, said the swearing-in was like a secret ‘thieves’ meeting’.

‘Where are the jubilant citizens? Where is the diplomatic corps?’ he posted on social media.

‘It is obvious that Alexander Lukashenko is exclusively the president of the OMON (riot police) and a handful of lying officials.’

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said on Twitter: ‘Such a farce. Forget elections… His illegitimacy is a fact with all the consequences that this entails’. 

Belarus is crucial to Russia as a buffer state against NATO and a conduit for Russian exports of oil and gas to Moscow (Lukashenko pictured alongside Vladimir Putin Putin last week)

Belarus is crucial to Russia as a buffer state against NATO and a conduit for Russian exports of oil and gas to Moscow (Lukashenko pictured alongside Vladimir Putin Putin last week)

Belarus is crucial to Russia as a buffer state against NATO and a conduit for Russian exports of oil and gas to Moscow (Lukashenko pictured alongside Vladimir Putin Putin last week)

Belarus is crucial to Russia as a buffer state against NATO and a conduit for Russian exports of oil and gas to Moscow.

At a summit last week, Vladimir Putin granted Lukashenko a $1.5billion loan, and the two countries are holding ‘Slavic Brotherhood’ defence exercises in Belarus.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the swearing-in was ‘absolutely the sovereign decision of the Belarusian leadership’. 

Asked if Putin was invited, he said it looked as though the presence of foreign leaders had not been envisaged.

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Bob Hawke’s widow Blanche d’Alpuget suffered cancer diagnosis and has no photos of Hawke in her home

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Bob Hawke’s widow has spoken candidly about her earth-shattering cancer diagnosis while she was mourning the death of her husband.

In February, just nine months after the former prime minister died, 76-year-old Blanche d’Alpuget discovered a lump about the size of a 10c piece in her left breast. 

Scans immediately revealed she had breast cancer. Defeated by the death of Mr Hawke, Ms d’Alpuget admitted she felt ‘ready to give up’ and considered ‘letting herself die from it’.

During an interview with A Current Affair aired on Tuesday night, Ms d’Alpuget spoke of her diagnosis – and offered an insight into her life with the larrikin former PM.

‘I could tell from the woman’s face while she was doing [tests] that the news wasn’t good,’ she said. 

‘I had eight weeks of chemotherapy, which was sheer hell… I wanted to kill the oncologist during chemotherapy. It was really awful, I was terribly, terribly sick.’

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke died on May 16, 2019. The couple are pictured together in 2013

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke died on May 16, 2019. The couple are pictured together in 2013

Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke died on May 16, 2019. The couple are pictured together in 2013

Blanche d'Alpuget, the wife of Bob Hawke, during the State Memorial service for the former Prime Minister

Blanche d'Alpuget, the wife of Bob Hawke, during the State Memorial service for the former Prime Minister

Blanche d’Alpuget, the wife of Bob Hawke, during the State Memorial service for the former Prime Minister

The lump was stage two cancer, with a few other stage one tumours surrounding it. 

But Ms d’Alpuget felt that the diagnosis ‘served her right’ after avoiding a mammogram for years.

‘I’ve been very naughty. I had one mammogram in my life and it hurt, so I hadn’t had another one,’ she confessed. 

‘It was quite a surprise. It serves me right, really, for not being more vigilant… I considered myself made of Indian rubber.’

The past 18 months have been a trying time for the author, who recently released a new book and completed the final biography of her beloved husband’s incredible life. 

After his death, she was embroiled in a bitter court battle with one of his children, who disputed the will, and was later criticised for her decision to auction off most of Hawke’s belongings.   

‘It was a conscious decision,’ she said of the auction.

Ms d'Alpuget felt that the diagnosis 'served her right' after avoiding a mammogram for years

Ms d'Alpuget felt that the diagnosis 'served her right' after avoiding a mammogram for years

Ms d’Alpuget felt that the diagnosis ‘served her right’ after avoiding a mammogram for years

Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget revealed she was ready to give up and die when she was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year after the death of her 'soulmate'

Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget revealed she was ready to give up and die when she was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year after the death of her 'soulmate'

Bob Hawke’s widow Blanche d’Alpuget revealed she was ready to give up and die when she was diagnosed with breast cancer less than a year after the death of her ‘soulmate’

‘I saw it as that life has ended, and a new life is now beginning. I’m inclined to look forward,’ she added, mimicking a sentiment Hawke made often during his long life. 

She confessed to Tracy Grimshaw that she only kept one photo of Hawke when moving into her new apartment, but that she’d since lost the photo.

‘So you’ve got no photos of him here,’ a shocked Grimshaw asked.  

Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget has been battling breast cancer

Bob Hawke's widow Blanche d'Alpuget has been battling breast cancer

Bob Hawke’s widow Blanche d’Alpuget has been battling breast cancer 

‘I kept Bob’s bed, I think its got his energy in it… I don’t sleep in it but I lay down with him every day,’ she said. 

Speaking of the lack of photographs, Ms d’Alpuget said Hawke ‘lives on in [her] head’. 

‘He lives with me anyway. After he died, I did finish what turned out to be his complete biography. Writing out his death was very cathartic,’ she said. 

After Ms d’Alpuget’s eight-week stint of chemotherapy, she underwent intense surgery to remove the lumps and followed that with immunotherapy. 

Ms d’Alpuget now considers herself lucky for finding the cancer so early on. 

She was so sick from the chemo she was forced to stay in bed for days after each treatment, bedridden with nausea, exhaustion and even bleeding. 

Shortly before surgery in April she revealed her battle for the first time to the media with the hopes of warning other women to make sure they check for cancer.

‘You never think you’re going to get cancer — not at my age, but it happens. I’d like to encourage all older women to have their breasts checked. I found the lump by accident,’ she said at the time. 

In Ms d’Alpuget’s circumstance, she said she was simply putting on her nightie one evening when she discovered the lump.

Mr Hawke married Ms d'Alpuget in 1995 after splitting from his wife of 38 years. The Hawke family is pictured during the 1987 election campaign. Daughter Sue is cradling her daughter Sophie, Mr Hawke's wife Hazel is next to him and daughter Rosslyn is next to her

Mr Hawke married Ms d'Alpuget in 1995 after splitting from his wife of 38 years. The Hawke family is pictured during the 1987 election campaign. Daughter Sue is cradling her daughter Sophie, Mr Hawke's wife Hazel is next to him and daughter Rosslyn is next to her

Mr Hawke married Ms d’Alpuget in 1995 after splitting from his wife of 38 years. The Hawke family is pictured during the 1987 election campaign. Daughter Sue is cradling her daughter Sophie, Mr Hawke’s wife Hazel is next to him and daughter Rosslyn is next to her 

Former prime minister Bob Hawke did not leave a cent to the three children he raised with first wife Hazel in his will - a copy of which has been obtained by Daily Mail Australia. Mr Hawke's entire estate went to his second wife and former mistress Blanche d'Alpuget. (Both pictured)

Former prime minister Bob Hawke did not leave a cent to the three children he raised with first wife Hazel in his will - a copy of which has been obtained by Daily Mail Australia. Mr Hawke's entire estate went to his second wife and former mistress Blanche d'Alpuget. (Both pictured)

Former prime minister Bob Hawke did not leave a cent to the three children he raised with first wife Hazel in his will – a copy of which has been obtained by Daily Mail Australia. Mr Hawke’s entire estate went to his second wife and former mistress Blanche d’Alpuget. (Both pictured)

‘I thought a mushroom had come up overnight,’ she said.

‘It really is an epidemic and I have to admit I had been quite foolish.’ 

In the horrific surgery the tumours were removed and the 76-year-old’s breast was reconstructed using body fat across her stomach.

Three surgeons worked on her for eight-and-a-half hours and she ended up in the Intensive Care Unit for four days with dangerously low blood pressure.

Ms d’Alpuget said if it weren’t for the ICU and being pumped ‘full of drugs’ to stabilise her blood pressure, she would have died.

Since the surgery she was told the operation was a success and is now undergoing immunotherapy which will ‘recognise cancer cells and jump on them’.

The cancer diagnosis came just two months before Mr Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon, 59, had a legal stoush with the 76-year-old over the former prime minister’s estate. 

Ms d'Alpuget (left) and Mr Hawke (right) arrive for his 80th birthday party at the Sydney Opera House

Ms d'Alpuget (left) and Mr Hawke (right) arrive for his 80th birthday party at the Sydney Opera House

Ms d’Alpuget (left) and Mr Hawke (right) arrive for his 80th birthday party at the Sydney Opera House

Ms d’Alpuget faced her stepdaughter for a private mediation on May 7 – less than two weeks before the first anniversary of Mr Hawke’s death.

That case revealed friction between 59-year-old Ms Dillon and 76-year-old Ms d’Alpuget but was settled out of court in May with the terms to remain confidential. 

The former prime minister, who held office from 1983 until 1991, died aged 89 on May 16, 2019.

Former prime minister Bob Hawke's daughter Rosslyn Dillon wants $4.2million from her father's estate

Former prime minister Bob Hawke's daughter Rosslyn Dillon wants $4.2million from her father's estate

Former prime minister Bob Hawke’s daughter Rosslyn Dillon wants $4.2million from her father’s estate 

Ms d’Alpuget said she was happy with the outcome despite it being a ‘challenge’. 

Mr Hawke didn’t leave a cent to his three children he raised with his first wife Hazel but the entire estate – including most of the $9.2million proceeds of selling a Sydney harbourfront home – went to Ms d’Alpuget. 

Documents revealed the only gifts the Labor legend left to his children were five sentimental mementos including a photograph of Mr Hawke as a youth with his beloved father Clem.

Each of Mr Hawke’s children and Ms d’Alpuget’s son were reportedly given $750,000 from the sale of the Northbridge mansion but they were not provided with any money in his will. 

Mr Hawke’s death exposed divisions in his family and led to fights over the distribution of his wealth – estimated to be at least $18million.

There were squabbles over his personal belongings being put up for public auction which led to items disappearing from the catalogue and being withdrawn from sale. 

Mr Hawke was Australia’s longest serving Labor prime minister, winning federal elections in 1983, 1984, 1987 and 1990 before going on to be a successful businessman. 

Australia’s longest-serving Labor Prime Minister: The life and times of Bob Hawke

Early life

  • Born December 9, 1929 in Bordertown South Australia.
  • A decade later his family moved to Perth, following the death of older brother Neil.
  • Attended Perth Modern School before studying law at the University of Western Australia.
  • Almost died in a motorbike accident.

Oxford University 

  • Took up a Rhodes scholarship but was only able to after his fiancee Hazel Masterton had an abortion, as it was only open to single men.
  • While his research focused on wage determination, he became better known at Oxford for making the Guinness Book of Records for downing two and a half pints of beer in 12 seconds.

Unions 

  • After returning to Australia and marrying Hazel, he joined the Australian Council of Trade Unions.
  • By 1969 he was ACTU president and the nation’s best known politician outside parliament.

MP to Prime Minister

  • First attempted to enter parliament in 1963, losing to Liberal Hubert Opperman.
  • Elected federal president of the Labor Party in 1973, while also ACTU president. 
  • He was prominent in protests in Canberra after the governor-general dismissed the Labor Whitlam government in 1975.
  • Entered federal parliament at the 1980 election as MP for the Victorian seat of Wills.
  • Became leader of the Labor Party February 1983, less than a month before the Liberal Fraser government called the election.
  • Led the ALP to victory and became prime minister with the campaign slogan Bringing Australia Together.

Achievements as Prime Minister

  • Opened the economy by floating the dollar and deregulating the financial system.
  • Cut tariffs and reformed the tax system.
  • Established Medicare in 1984.
  • Led international efforts to protect Antarctica from mining and to save Tasmania’s Franklin Dam.
  • Increased the old-age pension, doubled public housing funds and the number of childcare places.
  • Established the Asia-Pacific Economic Corporation.
  • Campaigned against apartheid in South Africa.

Downfall as Prime Minister

  • In late 1988 Hawke and treasurer Paul Keating signed the Kirribilli House pact, where he promises to hand over to Mr Keating after the 1990 election.
  • He reneged on the deal.
  • After one failed attempt, Mr Keating toppled him in December 1991. It was the first time Labor voted out a serving prime minister.

Personal life 

  • Married Hazel Masterson in Perth in 1956 and they divorced in 1995.
  • The couple had four children: Susan, Stephen, Roslyn and Robert.
  • He remarried in 1995 to Blanche d’Alpuget, the author of his 1982 biography.

 

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Letters penned by PM reveal he requested Dan Andrews to accept army troops, which were declined 

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Scott Morrison personally wrote to Daniel Andrews three times urging the Victorian premier to accept 1,000 Australian Defence Force troops to help the state fight coronavirus, bombshell letters have revealed.

Details of the letters, obtained by Sky News through Freedom of Information laws, were revealed on Wednesday night.

The letters were written as Victoria’s second horror coronavirus wave that would later send the state into lockdown began to spiral out of control.

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Mr Morrison first wrote to the Premier on July 4. 

‘I note with concern that the Victorian COVID-19 case numbers have escalated to 108 cases today, as part of an increased trend of cases during the past week,’ he wrote.

‘The Commonwealth stands ready to provide any support needed on top of the existing measures in place, including Australian Defence Force support to support planning and logistics, and Commonwealth staff to support clinical efforts, community engagement and contact tracing,”

The Prime Minister followed up with another letter three days later on July 7, followed by a third on July 11.

 ‘It is critical to the containment of the virus that the now thousands of people in isolation and quarantine are carefully tracked by phone and personal visits to ensure compliance (and to ensure their welfare),’ Mr Morrison stressed.

Mr Andrews responded on July 5, 7, 12 and 14, declining offers of Commonwealth support.

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