Good morning, Matilda Boseley here to see off the week with you. (Well, I mean I’m working Saturday, but I’ll try not to resent you too much for that).
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The Melbourne hotel quarantine cluster has grown overnight with 13 cases now associated. The two new cases are both household contacts of previously announced cases, which mean they notionally will have been isolating for at least some of their infectious period.
But at least one exposure site has been added to the Victorian health department list overnight, with everyone who visited the Brunetti cafe in terminal 4 of Melbourne airport between 4.45am and 1.15pm on Tuesday now asked to isolate immediately for 14 days and get tested for Covid-19.
This is obviously a pretty large period of time, in a fairly popular cafe, so we will keep an eye on any fallout from this today.
In news from the business world, former AFL chief Andrew Demetriou has reportedly stepped down from the Crown Resorts board, making him the fourth directorial casualty of a scathing review of the casino giant.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Demetriou hit back at the report in his official statement:
In taking this decision I believe the comments directed at me in the report are unfair and unjust and I will defend my reputation at every opportunity.
It’s widely expected that Crown chief executive Ken Barton will be the next to announce his departure.
This mass exodus of Crown leadership was precipitated by a report from commissioner Patricia Bergin, which found Crown is not currently fit to run the new casino at Sydney’s Barangaroo.
The NSW Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority chair suggested on Thursday that Barton and Demetriou would have to leave the company for it to have a chance of keeping the licence for its Sydney casino, and even the Crown chairman Helen Coonan conceding there needed to be a “‘root and branch’ change,” in the company.
Obviously, we will be keeping a close eye one this today, with better business minds than me (senior business reporter Ben Butler) stepping in on the blog to explain all the ins and out.
Well, with that, why don’t we jump into the day.