The Informer: Don't hide it, COVID truth shall set you free

Don't hide it, COVID truth shall set you free

How many times have you heard this: "I don't care what you've done, just tell me the truth."

It was a common refrain of my childhood. My teenage years. And yes, probably some of my adulthood.

Anyway ... that was how my brain interpreted these two sentences from Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews today: "You don't get in trouble if you tell the full story, I want to make that clear to people. You potentially do get into trouble if you don't."

And the character who wasn't 100 per cent up front about his travel across regional Victoria is soon to find that out first-hand.

This man was the source of a new COVID-19 cluster in Shepparton revealed today. The connections don't stop there but rather serve as yet another perfect example of the highly contagious nature of this virus.

Truth was also high on the agenda at the ICAC hearing which captivated parts of NSW again, this time with ex-MP Daryl Maguire, one-time beau of the NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, giving evidence.

His testimony was a mix of admissions and memory failures which barely touched on his relationship with the NSW Premier. He will reappear tomorrow.

Ms Berejiklian, meanwhile, survived a noisy no-confidence motion in the NSW parliament and slammed the brakes on easing more restrictions, as the state recorded another 11 locally transmitted cases of the coronavirus.

A national cabinet meeting on Friday will see Mr Morrison, currently on a budget promo tour in Queensland, returning to Sydney, which is classified as a COVID-19 hotspot by Queensland.

The prime minister will have to spend 14 days in the ACT before again entering Queensland, meaning he would only be able to come back one day before the state election.

And while we're talking Queensland, a woman in her 30s who tested for positive for COVID-19 in Victoria after visiting several Queensland cities has triggered a coronavirus scare, with several people in the state ordered to isolate themselves for 14 days.

And if that was a reality check for Queensland so too was the news that some Australian businesses which have been propped up by government support measures during the coronavirus pandemic are calling it a day.

New figures show the number of businesses entering into administration rose 11 per cent in September, the first increase since June.

Another side effect of the pandemic - the drop in draught beer sales - is in part responsible for the closure of the historic West End brewery in Adelaide. The 160-year-old business will close in June next year.

But fear not beer buffs, West End beer will continue to be manufactured interstate and sold locally. That's something, right?

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