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The Victorian Greens will on Saturday launch its election platform, proposing the reintroduction of a social housing levy on property developers and a requirement that 30% of homes in large developments are set aside for first-home owners.

Good morning everyone.

This is Cait Kelly and I will be with you for the first half of this Saturday. Before we get going, let’s take a look at the big headlines from around the country this morning.

The big story of the day is Russian President Vladimir Putin signing “accession treaties” formalizing Russia’s illegal annexation of four occupied regions in Ukraine – Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Luhansk and Donetsk – marking the largest forcible takeover of territory in Europe since the second world war. Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, has meanwhile announced in a video address in Kyiv that his country is formally applying for fast-track membership of the Nato alliance. Expect a chorus of condemnation of Russia’s actions from Australian politicians throughout the day.

The Conservative Political Action Conference returns to Sydney today, with key speakers including Northern Territory senator Jacinta Price, former prime minister Tony Abbott and former leader of the UK Independence and Brexit parties Nigel Farage speaking today.

Health mandatory advocates have warned the decision to scrap isolation periods for people infected with Covid-19 risks putting more strain on the hospital system if more highly transmissible variants emerge.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese yesterday announced that national cabinet rule with the exception decided to scrap the mandatory five-day Covid isolation 14 October, 14 October, of those working in health or aged care. Sick leave payments tied to the isolation period will also be phased out.

Millions of Australians are still wondering if they need to replace their passports as fallout continues from the massive Optus data breach. The company on Friday agreed to cover the costs for replacement passports following the company’s massive data breach.

But just how many of the almost 10 million Australians who had their identity data stolen by hackers is unclear, although it was confirmed this week that at least 10,000 parcels of ID were put on the dark web.

Australian federal police assistant commissioner of cyber command Justine Gough admitted on Friday investigators were trying to tally the number of affected Optus customers. The 10,000 people already confirmed as having their data exposed will be prioritized by a new AFP task force, Operation Guardian, established to shore up their security and prevent them from becoming victims of financial fraud.

And with that, let’s get into it.

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