Change coming to Victoria's COVID rules as NSW kids head back to school

Nationals MPs will back Scott Morrison taking a 2050 net zero carbon emissions target to the COP26 UN climate change summit in Glasgow next week, on conditions agreed to with the Prime Minister.

The exact conditions were not spelled out when Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce emerged from the party room meeting on Sunday evening. Mr Joyce said the process would continue, with the government drafting a cabinet submission containing the agreed terms.

Change coming to Vic COVID rules

Premier Daniel Andrews has announced major changes to Victoria's roadmap when the state reaches its next two major vaccination milestones.

With Victoria set to hit its 80 per cent full vaccination target ahead of schedule sometime next weekend, restrictions will ease further and align across the state from 6pm on Friday.

The ban on travel between Melbourne and regional Victoria will be scrapped; masks will no longer need to be worn outdoors, entertainment venues, gyms and retail stores can reopen indoors for fully vaccinated patrons, and capacity limits will increase for restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Students from every year level across the state also return to full-time, face-to-face learning on November 1 before Tuesday's Melbourne Cup public holiday.

Berejiklian and Maguire face ICAC 

Former NSW premier Gladys Berejiklian and ex-MP Daryl Maguire will give evidence this week at anti-corruption hearings into whether the pair breached public trust.

Former deputy premier John Barilaro will give evidence on Monday, with Mr Maguire on Wednesday and Ms Berejiklian slated to appear on Thursday and Friday.

The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption is investigating allegations Mr Maguire breached public trust by using his public office and parliamentary resources to improperly gain a benefit for himself or those close to him.

The commission is also investigating whether Ms Berejiklian breached the public trust when she supported projects proposed by Mr Maguire, with whom she was in a secret relationship.

Search for Cleo continues

Police have sought more information about a car seen near the campsite where missing girl Cleo Smith disappeared.

Detectives believe Cleo was taken from the tent at the Blowholes site on the state's northwest coast in the early hours of last Saturday morning.

The WA government on Thursday issued a $1 million reward for information on her whereabouts.

WA Police Detective Superintendent Rod Wilde said a car was seen turning south off Blowholes Road between 3am and 3.30am that morning.

NSW kids back at school

Remaining pupils will return to NSW classrooms with the premier optimistic about face-to-face education despite some schools already closing for deep cleaning after COVID-19 cases.

Kindergarten, year 1 and year 12 students went back to school in NSW last week and remaining students return to classrooms on Monday.

Ed Sheeran has COVID-19

British pop star Ed Sheeran says he has tested positive for COVID-19 and will do interviews and performances from his home while he self-isolates.

Sheeran, 30, broke the news on social media days before his new studio album is due out

- with Australian Associated Press

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