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Covid support package pits Victoria against NSW; lockdown extension looms; teachers want jabs access

Tension between states has ramped up after the Prime Minister delivered more financial support for people unable to work because of the NSW lockdown.

The Victorian government called out what it considers double standards in the delivery of federal financial support, describing Scott Morrison as the "Prime Minister for NSW".

"Victorians are rightly sick and tired of having to beg for every scrap of support from the federal government," a government spokesperson said in a statement.

"It shouldn't take a crisis in Sydney for the Prime Minister to take action, but we are seeing the same double standard time and time again.

"His job is not to be the Prime Minister for NSW."

At the heart of one south-western Sydney suburb where the state's latest outbreak is focused, one mayor hit out at yesterday's change of rules for essential workers.

A new public health order requires Fairfield residents who work in other areas to be tested for COVID-19 every three days, even if they do not have symptoms.

"This announcement without any consultation treated our community with disrespect, without the resources to cater for tens of thousand of tests and this will occur every night this week unless more clinics are opened," Fairfield mayor Frank Carbone told the NSW Premier.

"Your monumental stuff up in letting the virus free in the community for over four weeks since the limo driver caught the virus in the inner city, has meant that now Fairfield residents are bearing the brunt of the virus, financially and mentally."

The NSW government is expected to extend the lockdown today, with health authorities desperate to see the number of cases out in the community plummet.

Regional NSW Teachers have heightened their calls for all school staff to be given priority access to COVID-19 vaccinations, saying there is in a critical window of time without any active cases.

NSW Teachers Federation senior vice president Amber Flohm said teachers were considered essential workers and "priority must go along with that essential service".

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