The wonderful Elias Visontay will take you through the rest of the evening, so I can go burn my laptop, which is the only acceptable way of handling this week (and apparently it is just the done thing).
Today was the last sitting ahead of a one month break for the winter holidays, so there won’t be any Politics Live for a while. But the Guardian’s news blog, Australia Live, will be with you as normal from tomorrow, which will be less politics, but just as interesting. Probably more so. Definitely less stabby-stabby.
Thank you to Mike Bowers for all that he does – we could not do this without him. It also couldn’t happen without Katharine Murphy, Sarah Martin, Paul Karp and Daniel Hurst who listen to my screams and then go find out what is actually going on. And then there is a huge list of people who make sure it not only makes sense, but that we are all legally protected (very important in this climate, although I know it can be frustrating) as well as the Guardian reporters who keep us informed of all things outside of Canberra.
It’s a huge team effort of which I am just a tiny part.
But the biggest thank you is reserved to every single one of you who read along with us – your comments, your messages and your input is invaluable and to all those who take the time to share it with us, or send it to me directly, thank you. It’s just as important as what ends up in these boxes and we couldn’t do it without you.
To everyone in Sydney, I know this is a very worrying situation and it’s exhausting having to cancel not only plans, but well deserved breaks, while living under the cloud of uncertainty. I am keeping it all crossed that this reaches a point where you can all breathe a sigh of relief, very soon. To anyone isolating, our thoughts are especially with you. What you’re doing is not easy, and we all appreciate it. Sending all the good health vibes to those who are unwell, or have been diagnosed with Covid. I’ve had friends go through it and I’m thinking of you all.
If you need to reach me while I’m off the blog for the next month or so, you can find me here or here. I’ll be back on political news in the meantime, so none of us are going far. And when we next hold Politics Live, it will hopefully be warmer. And brighter. And I think given the darkness of the last month, that is something we could all look forward to.
Please – take care of you. Ax