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Australia’s cabinet postponed due to ‘technical problems’

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison speaks during a joint press conference held with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: Reuters. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

CANBERRA, Oct 15, 2020, News.com.au. Tomorrow’s National Cabinet meeting has been called off due to “technical problems” preventing Prime Minister Scott Morrison from returning to Sydney, News.com.au reported.

The meeting, which brings together the Premiers and Chief Ministers from all eight of Australia’s jurisdictions, was the first in four weeks.

The “technical problems” are to do with the PM’s RAAF plane.

Meanwhile, a Melbourne retailer facing a $10,000 fine for trading during lockdown has said he’ll continue to defy Victoria’s restrictions by opening again tomorrow.

Harry Hutchinson, the owner of Harry’s Clothing in Berwick, was slapped with a $9913 fine for opening his store yesterday – despite current rules in place that prevent retail operation.

The act of defiance was for “every small business out there”, Mr Hutchinson told 3AW’s Neil Mitchell this morning.

“The reason why I opened is I wouldn’t have been here by the end of October,” he said.

While police have been patrolling outside his store since this morning, Mr Hutchinson said he’d received an outpouring support from the community.

“I’d love to be trading today but we’ve got such a backlog on online order, and we’ve virtually sold out in the shop over the last two days,” he said.

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