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12.28am GMT

The education minister of Australia, Dan Tehan, is speaking now in relation to a fraud operation that involved childcare operators allegedly registering “phantom” children in order to gain millions of dollars of additional government funding.

Raids across Melbourne and Sydney have led to multiple arrests, including a 42-year-old woman identified as the company owner.

The government is absolutely determined to make sure that it continues to crack down on any fraud that is occurring against the Australian taxpayer.

We have now seen savings of $3.1bn made as a result of activity against fraud of the childcare system. We will continue to crack down on anyone who seeks to defraud the taxpayer …

12.09am GMT

The Australian state of New South Wales has recorded another day of no new locally acquired cases, bringing its virus-free streak to 21 days.

The state recorded eight new cases, but all from returned overseas travellers in hotel quarantine.

People who can cool their home through a combination of fans, air-conditioning and closed blinds are asked to do so and stay at home. This is so physical distancing in other indoor spaces where people may seek respite from the heat is not compromised.

People going to the beach or pool should keep 1.5 metres from anyone other than those in their own household …

NSW recorded no new cases of locally acquired #COVID19 in the 24 hours to 8pm last night.

Eight cases were reported in overseas travellers. This brings the total number of cases in NSW to 4,375 since the start of the pandemic.

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