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Things aren’t so open and shut

Good morning, early birds. Dan Andrews' cautious approach to reopening Victoria has been criticised, and hundreds of Australian citizens have been caught up in a global tax evasion probe. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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What was that about being OK for Xmas? Lockdown life in Melbourne shows no let up

With cases stubbornly staying in the double digits, is there any light at the end of the tunnel?

The Melbourne Cricket Ground in August, 2020 (Image: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

Lockdowns save lives. But how many and at what cost?

When remembering how many lives our COVID-19 response has saved, it's important to remember how many may be lost elsewhere.

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Things may be Orwellian, but not in the way the right believes

The right should be careful about who they invoke: Orwell would have zero compunction about putting one or two COVID denialists up against a wall in certain circumstances.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground in August, 2020 (Image: AP/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake)

What it’s like: life under lockdown in the city of dead malls and muzzled citizens

Weeks of lockdown and alien routine have changed us, but we do not fully know how yet.

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A process of elimination

Good morning, early birds. The Victorian government has released its roadmaps to reopening metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria, and the federal government has called on the Andrews government to strengthen contact tracing "to the highest possible levels". It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Law and disorder

Good morning, early birds. Counsel assisting the Lawyer X royal commission have reportedly accused Victoria’s former top cop Graham Ashton of failing to ensure officers acted ethically and within the law, and the Andrews government's planned six month extension of the state of emergency has passed the upper house. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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On the road again?

Good morning, early birds. Dan Andrews is set to outline a "traffic light system" plan for reopening Victoria, and an Australian anchor for China's state-run English news channel has been detained in Beijing. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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We’ll give it a shot

Good morning, early birds. The Morrison government has signed an agreement to produce a COVID-19 vaccine developed at Oxford University if trials prove successful, and NSW health authorities are reportedly investigating how a security guard became infected while working at the Marriott Hotel at Circular Quay. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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Return to lockdown

Good morning, early birds. New Zealand has ended its 102 day COVID-19-free streak, and Federal Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has rejected Dan Andrews' suggestion that Australian Defence Force personnel were not offered up to help with hotel quarantine. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

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