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Noel Towell is State Political Editor for The Age

Powerful nurses' union defends Mikakos amid call for resignation
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Powerful nurses' union defends Mikakos amid call for resignation

Nurses' union dismisses attack on Health Minister Jenny Mikakos as a factional hit as the Premier backs his Health Minister.

  • by Noel Towell, Melissa Cunningham, Ben Schneiders and Rachael Dexter

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15 minutes to diagnosis: the quick COVID test that could 'change the game'
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15 minutes to diagnosis: the quick COVID test that could 'change the game'

A Melbourne doctor is in talks with the state government about rolling out nasal swab tests that can identify the coronavirus within 15 minutes.

  • by Sumeyya Ilanbey and Noel Towell
Ministers claim they were in the dark as hotel quarantine program went wrong

Ministers claim they were in the dark as hotel quarantine program went wrong

Senior Andrews government ministers have admitted they had little or no knowledge of key decisions about the ill-fated hotel quarantine program until after they were made.

  • by Noel Towell and Tammy Mills
Health Minister Jenny Mikakos was not briefed on crucial welfare concerns

Health Minister Jenny Mikakos was not briefed on crucial welfare concerns

Health Department boss Kym Peake failed to tell her minister, Jenny Mikakos, about serious welfare concerns held by Victoria's three most senior health experts over the disastrous hotel quarantine system.

  • by Tammy Mills and Noel Towell
Falling cases to accelerate Melbourne's road back from restrictions
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Falling cases to accelerate Melbourne's road back from restrictions

Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed more restrictions will be eased this weekend, beyond those he previously flagged, after declaring the state is winning the battle against coronavirus.

  • by Rachael Dexter, Noel Towell, Sumeyya Ilanbey and Michael Fowler
'Unconstrained powers': Top legal minds warn Andrews government bill enables arbitrary detention

'Unconstrained powers': Top legal minds warn Andrews government bill enables arbitrary detention

The Victorian Bar has written to state Attorney-General Jill Hennessy expressing deep concern over legislation that would allow non-public servants to detain anyone they suspect may negligently spread COVID-19.

  • by Paul Sakkal, Noel Towell and David Estcourt
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'Acute phase' of state's aged care COVID-19 crisis ends

'Acute phase' of state's aged care COVID-19 crisis ends

After 604 deaths, the task force set up to tackle widespread outbreaks at aged care centres has shifted its focus to prevention and recovery mode.

  • by Noel Towell
'Is that what we doing?': Confusion over ADF at top level of Andrews government

'Is that what we doing?': Confusion over ADF at top level of Andrews government

Text messages from Police Minister Lisa Neville revealed at the hotel quarantine inquiry show how disorganised the government was when it came to calling in the military.

  • by Tammy Mills and Noel Towell
Aged care lockout 'heartbreaking', but Andrews says it's here to stay

Aged care lockout 'heartbreaking', but Andrews says it's here to stay

Premier says visiting residential aged care will not return to normal until there's a vaccine or a rapid test, which could screen visitors as they arrive.

  • by Noel Towell
Decentralised contact tracing model 'can't come soon enough'

Decentralised contact tracing model 'can't come soon enough'

Experts say new suburban hubs for disease detectives are crucial to Melbourne's hopes of a faster-than-expected exit from lockdown.

  • by Noel Towell and Sumeyya Ilanbey
Debt fears over Victoria's $3b business relief plan

Debt fears over Victoria's $3b business relief plan

The state government's rescue package has been welcomed, but there are warnings of problems down the track.

  • by Noel Towell and Paul Sakkal