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The SAS Group will provide daily updates on the COVID-19 outbreak in Australia, including updates on Government and Department of Health announcements, travel and flight bans, and general media.

Today the Queensland Government published several media releases on COVID-19 and its effects on Queensland. The Queensland Government advised new laws would be put in place during the local government election, and that an extra voting day will be offered on Saturday, 21 March. There would be no date change for the local government elections or by-elections. The Queensland Government also announced that power disconnections would be stopped to support the vulnerable. Late yesterday afternoon, the Queensland Government also released the Government’s plan on how Queensland will brace for COVID-19 impacts.


URGENT NOTICE
MEDIA STATEMENT: Unique measures create flexibility during local government elections
Queensland Government

The Queensland Government today advised there is no need to change the date for the local government elections or the by-elections. Queensland now has new laws to maximise public safety, minimise public health risks and maintain democratic processes for upcoming local government elections. Voting is now being offered on Saturday, 21 March as well as on election day, Saturday 28 March between 9am and 5pm. The ECQ is encouraging electors that are more vulnerable to COVID-19, including Queenslanders aged 60 and over, to vote early between 9am and 11am each day. Additional ECQ staff will be available to provide support for vulnerable electors during the voting process. 

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Power disconnections stopped to support vulnerable Queenslanders
Queensland Government

The Queensland Government today announced that Ergon and Energex are to back off disconnecting power for households experiencing hardship due to the ongoing impacts of coronavirus. Vulnerable Queenslanders will not face the risk of being left without power.

More information here.


MEDIA STATEMENT: Queensland braces for COVID-19 impacts
Queensland Government 

The Queensland Government today revealed 6,700 jobs were created in Queensland in February 2020, the most of any state, according to ABS data. Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said the Palaszczuk Government has a strong plan to protect Queenslanders’ health, Queensland jobs and Queensland businesses through its $27.25 million investment to protect jobs and its extended six-month payroll tax deferral.

More information here.


 

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