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Australia politics live update: Anthony Albanese to launch Labor campaign in battleground state of WA | Australian election 2022

With the Labor party looking to build enthusiasm with its launch in Perth today, there is no official word yet about when the Coalition will hold its own launch.

Next Sunday would have been a good moment as the country enters the closing weeks of the campaign but with a leaders debate organised for that day the prospect of an election launch seems unlikely.

The alternative is for the Coalition wait to the bitter end and hold their launch in the final week of the campaign in an effort to convince undecided voters to go with what they know.

This would be a risky gambit as there would be little time to correct course if something goes wrong.

Amy Remeikis

Amy Remeikis

Been busy? Work or family taking up all your mental bandwidth? Checked out of the campaign and need a catch up so you can maintain the illusions of having kept up with events?

Amy Remeikis has you covered with a wrap of all the major events from week three of the federal election.

Think of it as the SparksNotes for Australian politics.

Australian election 2022: week three of the campaign with Amy Remeikis – video

NSW reports five Covid deaths and 9,303 new cases

Five people with Covid-19 have died in New South Wales overnight, with the state recording 9,303 new cases on Sunday morning, 1,604 people in hospital, and 75 in ICU.

COVID-19 update – Sunday 1 May 2022

In the 24-hour reporting period to 4pm yesterday:

– 96.2% of people aged 16+ have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
– 94.8% of people aged 16+ have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine pic.twitter.com/ND87Tqpsxk

— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) April 30, 2022

– 62.4% of people have had three doses of a COVID-19 vaccine*
– 83.2% of people aged 12-15 have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine
– 79.5% of people aged 12-15 have had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine
– 50% of people aged 5-11 have had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) April 30, 2022

– 1,604 hospitalisations
– 75 people in ICU
– 5 lives lost
– 9,303 positive tests: 4,607 RAT & 4,696 PCR

*Includes both immunocompromised people who have received a third dose and all people aged 16+ who have received a booster.

More info: https://t.co/stL6XYAdUs

— NSW Health (@NSWHealth) April 30, 2022

Victoria reports seven Covid deaths and 7,654 new cases

Seven people with Covid-19 have died overnight in Victoria. The state recorded 7,654 new cases on Sunday, with 437 people in hospital, 30 in ICU and three on ventilation.

3 doses (18+): 67.7%
2 doses (12+): 94.5%
Doses yesterday: 2,389
Doses total: 6,203,279

Hospital: 437
ICU: 30
Ventilated: 3
Lives lost: 7

New cases: 7,654 (Rapid antigen test cases: 5,095, PCR test cases: 2,559)
PCR tests: 14,866
Active cases (all): 55,513

— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) April 30, 2022

We’re picking up the live blog once more on this fine Sunday morning when all eyes will be on Western Australia as Labor prepares to officially launch its campaign – into week four of the 2022 federal election race.

The state was the scene of a rout for the Coalition at the last state election, which left the WA Liberal party holding just two seats in the state’s lower house. Now the federal government is on the defensive in the west, pitching to voters they can have both Labor premier Mark McGowan and Scott Morrison as PM.

So it’s hardly surprising federal Labor wants to make a show of their launch in Perth. It’s hoping Swan (on a 3.2% margin), Pearce (5.2%) and Hasluck (5.9%) could fall with a swing just one-third as big as McGowan’s.

Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese is expected to announce a $329m housing initiative for low and middle income Australians during the event, which will kick off about 1pm AEST. Guardian Australia’s political editor Katharine Murphy is on the ground in Perth to bring all the latest news and analysis.

I’m Royce Kurmelovs, taking the blog through the first part of the morning, with Tory Shepherd taking over mid-morning to bring you the latest political twists and turns.

With that, let’s get started …

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