Australia live news update: NSW reportedly to reintroduce Covid restrictions, home affairs minister defends Djokovic visa decision

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Malcolm Farr on prime minister Scott Morrison:

His problem is that even insulting and exploiting the world’s best tennis player will not be sufficient distraction from the growing confusion over the response to Omicron as it overwhelms towns and cities.

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