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Victorian Premier Warns "Third Wave" Of Coronavirus

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 26 August 2020

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Premier Daniel Andrews speaks about extending the state of emergency.(Getty)

Daniel Andrews seeking to ability to declare state of emergency at any time over the next 12 months.

Security (Health), Political // BLUF: Daniel Andrews, the premier of the Australian state of Victoria, has said that the state could face a 'third wave' outbreak of coronavirus if he isn't granted powers to declare a state of emergency at any time during the next 12 months.

During a press conference today, Andrews said that extending emergency powers would allow authorities react quickly to new outbreaks. Andrews said that without the extension of powers, “That will lead to rather than businesses recovering, workers getting back to work, families having that sense of financial security, we will just be essentially in the beginning of a third wave.”

The state of emergency is due to end at 11.59 pm on September 13.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 26 August 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES, IRAN - Security, Political: U.N. Security Council president dismisses U.S. sanctions move on Iran

FYSA: The president of the U.N. Security Council, Indonesia, said on Tuesday it was “not in the position to take further action” on a U.S. bid to trigger a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran because there is no consensus in the 15-member body. Thirteen council members expressed their opposition on Friday, arguing that Washington’s move is void given it is using a process agreed under a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers that it quit two years ago. Indonesia’s U.N. Ambassador Dian Triansyah Djani, council president for August, was responding to a question from Russia and China on the issue during a meeting on the Middle East. U.S. Ambassador Kelly Craft hit back after Djani spoke. “Let me just make it really, really clear: the Trump administration has no fear in standing in limited company on this matter,” she told the council. “I only regret that other members of this council have lost their way and now find themselves standing in the company of terrorists.” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he triggered on Thursday a 30-day process to reimpose all international sanctions on Iran by lodging a complaint with the council accusing Iran of breaching the 2015 nuclear deal. Russia’s U.N. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia said he hoped the United States would now drop its bid to snapback Iran sanctions, “which is not only illegal, but simply will not lead to achieving the result that was envisaged by the United States.” (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. ISRAEL, UAE - Security, Political: Israeli delegation to visit UAE next week, accompanied by Trump aides

FYSA: An Israeli delegation and top aides to U.S. President Donald Trump will fly together to the United Arab Emirates on Monday for talks on cementing the two Middle East countries’ deal to normalise relations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. The high-level meeting would be the first between the three parties since Trump announced the U.S.-brokered accord on Aug. 13. The deal still awaits negotiations on details such as opening embassies, trade and travel links before it is officially signed. White House senior adviser Jared Kushner, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, U.S. Middle East envoy Avi Berkowitz and other U.S. officials will travel together with an Israeli delegation led by national security adviser Meir Ben-Shabbat, Netanyahu said in a video statement. A senior U.S. administration official confirmed the participation of Kushner, O’Brien and Berkowitz, and said U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook would also be on the flight. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

3. HONG KONG - Security, Political: Hong Kong pro-democracy lawmakers arrested over 2019 Yuen Long protests

FYSA: Hong Kong police have arrested pro-democracy lawmakers over involvement in protests in 2019, including one who was injured when a large group of thugs attacked protesters and civilians at the Yuen Long transport station. The arrests come amid a crackdown on dissent and freedom of expression. The Democratic party said two members – the legislators Ted Hui and Lam Cheuk-ting – were arrested at their homes on Wednesday morning. It said both men were suspected of offences related to a protest on 6 July 2019 outside the Tuen Mun police station. A post on Lam’s Facebook page said he was suspected of conspiracy to destroy property and obstruction of justice. It said he was also arrested on suspicion of rioting at the now infamous Yuen Long MTR incident, when armed thugs reportedly connected to triads attacked protesters and civilians. Lam was injured at Yuen Long and hospitalised with facial injuries requiring stitches. Over time the narrative of the incident changed and Lam has since been accused, including by pro-Beijing legislators, of bringing protesters to the station. A small rally in January called for his arrest. Lam has maintained the white-clad men were attacking people before he arrived at the station, citing CCTV footage as evidence, and has been critical of police for an apparent lack of action against the attackers. Victims of the attack, including Lam, filed a civil suit against Hong Kong’s police commissioner earlier this year accusing the force of failing to protect people.(The Guardian. See link in heading for further reading)

4. AUSTRALIA - Political, Security (Health): Victorian premier warns of "beginning of third wave"

FYSA: The Victorian Premier has said that unless he is granted the ability to enact a state of emergency at any time during the next 12 months, Victoria could see the "beginning of a third wave". Speaking today, the Premier said the extension to the sweeping powers was essential to quickly jump on new outbreaks. If that didn’t happen “we all know where that leads,” he said. “That will lead to rather than businesses recovering, workers getting back to work, families having that sense of financial security, we will just be essentially in the beginning of a third wave.” But there could be some movement this afternoon on a deal on extending the emergency powers. A cross bench MP, whose vote is vital, has said a compromise could be reached – but it won’t be for the 12 months the Premier was hoping for.  Meanwhile, Mr Andrews has slammed conspiracy theorists who think the pandemic isn’t real, or those who believe you should “let it rip”. Victoria recorded its second deadliest day of the pandemic on Wednesday, with 24 deaths and 149 cases. (News.com.au. See link in heading for further reading)

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