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July

3 July

The TWU turns on winning Virgin bidder Bain Capital after a photo emerges showing the private investment firm’s team celebrating the deal at a Sydney restaurant. In an interview with The Australian, TWU national secretary Michael Kaine says, “The private equity world may involve a culture of winners and losers, but when thousands of jobs and livelihoods are on the line we expect the gravity of the current situation to be understood and accepted.” The intervention, hours after the airline increased flights, is hugely significant given the business’ employees together account for 9,020 of the total number of creditors and are owed $451 million.

4 July

The government announces it is to introduce arrival caps for international passengers returning to Australia from abroad, to ease pressure on the country’s government isolation facilities. It comes after some blamed apparent breaches in Victoria for causing a second wave of COVID-19 cases. “There will be continuing access to Australia but the number of available positions on flights will be less and I don’t think that is surprising or unreasonable in the circumstances,” PM Morrison says. “The decision that we took to reduce the number of returned travellers to Australia at this time was to ensure that we could put our focus on the resources needed to do the testing and [contact] tracing and not have to have resources diverted to other tasks.”

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