The Informer: The dumpster fire that is 2020 burns less brightly

The dumpster fire that is 2020 burns less brightly

Will it be one of those moments Victorians tell their kids? Where were you when news of lockdown ending came through?

Right now it certainly seems a substantive event. In years to come - particularly if 2020 is any weird guide - it might not even register on the scale of Victorians' mass memory. It could be just something else consigned to the dumpster fire that was indeed 2020.

Either way, after the disappointment of Sunday, when Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews was slammed from all corners for delaying the announcement of the easing of COVID-19 restrictions, it is an uplifting afternoon fr millions.

That "ring of steel" otherwise known as Melbourne's lockdown will be lifted on November 8 - when, the premier said poetically, "the state will become one" again.

Before then all sorts of retail operations can begin to reopen: beauty stores, tattoo parlours and the like. You can discover what opens when in Melbourne from 11.59pm on October 27 right here. There also be be changes in regional Victoria and those details are right here, thanks to the Ballarat Courier.

Victoria celebrated earlier in the day with a double donut - that is no new positive COVID tests and no fatalities either. It proved to be the ultimate Monday kickstart.

It's unlikely too many parts of the world will sail into Monday evening the way Melbourne has. It's been a bleak weekend in Europe.

In Spain on Sunday, government officials declared a state of emergency, the New York Times writes. In France, deaths were rising as hospitals struggled to keep up a rising tide of patients. And Italy, the first Western country to impose a general lockdown early in the pandemic, officials announced new restrictions, too.

Closer to home, after a series of head-shakingly shocking revelations throughout the year (and long before) Labor launched into the prime minister over delays establishing an anti-corruption watchdog during Question Time on Monday.

Independent MP Helen Haines provided the deft one-two when she prepared to introduce a bill which would see a consensus-led version of an integrity commission (with support from across the chamber) established.

Dr Haines believes it could be the defining moment of the 46th federal parliament: "This is the right bill for this parliament to debate, this is the right time for this parliament to have this debate," she told the lower house.

"This bill would restore the public's trust, confidence and pride in the integrity of their MPs and their democracy. This is a bill that could define this 46th parliament and us as parliamentarians."

Whether it would exactly restore trust, confidence and pride in MPs remains to be seen. Let's just take it a day at a time on that front for now, eh?

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