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Chris Woods — Reporter

Chris Woods

Reporter

Chris is a political, immigration and science journalist, who currently writes for Crikey, The Mandarin, and our morning newsletter, the Crikey Worm.

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Don't come around here no more

Good morning, early birds. Residents from eight of Melbourne’s nine previously locked down public housing estates are now free to leave under stage three quarantine rules, and the Chinese government has accused Australia of “gross interference” after Scott Morrison suspended an extradition treaty with Hong Kong. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Crossing a line

Good morning, early birds. More than 50,000 people have crossed the NSW-Victoria border ahead of last night's closure, and the Morrison government is reportedly preparing to extend JobKeeper, provide further relief for insolvent trading, and bring forward tax cuts. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Lockdown not so open and shut?

Good morning, early birds. Concerns about guards and staff flouting hygiene protocols in hotel quarantine continue, despite last week's announcement of an inquiry, and a new report has warned that a second wave of outbreaks could cost Australia up to $100 billion. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Ghislaine Maxwell arrested and charged

Good morning, early birds. Ghislaine Maxwell, the long-time confidante of deceased accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, has been arrested by the FBI, and the Australian Federal Police have reportedly asked prosecutors to consider charging journalist Dan Oakes for publishing classified information concerning possible war crimes in The Afghan Files. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Hongkongers protest new law

Good morning, early birds. Hong Kong police have fired water cannons, pepper spray and pellets at people protesting the new national security law passed by China this week, and Scott Morrison will reportedly seek to end interstate border restrictions at tomorrow's national cabinet meeting. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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There's always money for war, apparently

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison will reportedly announce a 10-year, $270 billion military package today, and 10 Melbourne postcodes will re-enter stage three "Stay at Home" restrictions from midnight tonight. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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We're not masking a lot

Good morning, early birds. Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton has warned the state's outbreak "will get worse before it gets better" and that a second shutdown for hotspot areas is "absolutely an option", and AAP has been sold to a not-for-profit investment consortium. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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'Poor moral leadership' led to war crimes

Good morning, early birds. A senior officer in charge of Australia’s special forces has reportedly admitted that some elite soldiers committed war crimes in Afghanistan, and the federal government will potentially need to inject another $70-90 billion over the next six months to survive the post-COVID economic shock. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Backyard blitz

Good morning, early birds. Victoria has launched a COVID-19 testing blitz across 10 priority suburbs, and ABC chairwoman Ita Buttrose has reportedly accused Communications Minister Paul Fletcher of lying about the national broadcaster's efforts to collaborate with SBS. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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State of the arts

Good morning, early birds. Scott Morrison has outlined a $250 million arts package, and a new analysis shows up to 11,000 renewable energy jobs could be lost over the next two years if the Morrison government does not renew the 2020 renewable energy target. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.