South Australia has left border restrictions with Victoria, New South Wales and the ACT in place, as SA police fined two Victorians who illegally crossed into the state.
An interim report into gaps in South Australian disability care sparked by the “disgusting and degrading” death of Ann-Marie Smith will be handed to the State Government today – but it won’t be publicly revealed immediately.
SA Police Commissioner Grant Stevens has ruled out granting further COVID-19 exemptions for more anti-racism rallies in Adelaide and warns attendees they risk being fined, saying the exemption he granted a Black Lives Matter protest which attracted more than 6000 people on Saturday was a one-off that won’t be repeated for public health reasons.
News Corp has officially killed off its free Messenger community newspapers in South Australia, which will now only be available online behind a paid subscriber paywall as part of a national digital push that will axe more than 100 print titles and an undisclosed number of jobs across the nation.
Human Services Minister Michelle Lensink says Ann-Marie Smith’s paid care worker had likely worked “many years” with vulnerable people without correct screening approval, with “systems failures” to blame for the State Government giving the care worker an official clearance weeks after Smith’s death in hospital following prolonged neglect.
UPDATED | A parliamentary committee has heard that Ann-Marie Smith’s carer was given an official state government clearance to work with vulnerable people after her client’s death in degrading circumstances. The committee also heard the carer had been interviewed after money went missing from a previous client’s home seven years ago.
The National Disability Insurance Scheme says it wasn’t told about Ann-Marie Smith’s “appalling” death for two weeks – and even then not by the Adelaide agency paid to ensure her welfare – despite it being required to report it within 24 hours.