The Informer: When brides, borders and recorders combine

When brides, borders and recorders combine

As Victoria does its best to please authorities so restrictions can be further eased, it must look over the metaphorical fence and eye roll at NSW regularly.

But today was an exercise in bringing to life that old saying: "be careful what you wish for".

Yes, there are lots of wonderful opportunities which now present themselves for New South Welshies as Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced a bevvy of rule relaxations today - the same day South Australia opened its doors to Gladys' gang again.

Most notably, bridal parties of up to 20 will now be permitted to dance at weddings and wind instruments may be used again.

So, bridal parties can now expect competitive dance-off auditions before their involvement in the big day is confirmed and, well, sorry NSW parents - but, recorders are back. You see why it's important to "be careful what you wish for".

In more serious news, Victoria's Health Minister Jenny Mikakos became the latest in a penguin parade of politicians and bureaucrats to distance themselves from the state's chaotic hotel quarantine program

Ms Mikakos denied responsibility for the program despite admitting her department was the control agency for the government's response to COVID-19 and oversaw the hotel quarantine program.

In her written statement to the inquiry, Ms Mikakos said the Department of Health and Human Services developed a plan on June 24 to replace the guards with a mixture of Victoria Police, Protective Services Officers, sheriffs, health workers and a "small number of Australian Defence Force personnel".

The plan was rejected "by other parts of the government".

On the positive news-front, Victoria has recorded just 12 new cases and two more deaths. Premier Daniel Andrews has confirmed more lockdown restrictions will be eased this weekend beyond those he's flagged previously.

In Western Australia, the Claremont serial killings case, one Australia's longest-running and most expensive criminal investigation came to an end - in a way.

Justice Stephen Hall delivered his long-anticipated verdicts, finding confessed rapist Bradley Robert Edwards guilty of murdering Jane Rimmer and Ciara Glennon more than 20 years ago but not guilty of murdering Sarah Spiers.

WA Premier Mark McGowan tweeted: "Every Western Australian is thinking of the families of Sarah, Jane and Ciara today. What happened to these young women changed our State. It caused unimaginable heartbreak and haunted those involved for almost 25 years."

Edwards will be sentenced on December 23.

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