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The "challenging question" of when unvaccinated people can take part in society remains undecided by the NSW government, but the state's treasurer says "open up" once everyone has been offered two jabs.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet has said he does not want a "two-tiered society" in NSW.

"Once every single person in this state has had the opportunity be vaccinated with two doses then we should open up for everyone," Mr Perrottet told Sydney radio 2GB on Friday afternoon.

The freedoms to be reinstated once the state reaches the 70 per cent target next month are limited to those who are fully vaccinated, with those who have not received two jabs will not be able to attend restaurants, shops, pubs and other places that are set to reopen.

The NSW premier has discouraged people from thinking of the state's reopening next month as "Freedom Day".

Meanwhile, Melburnians will have to wait a little longer to hit the golf course or tennis court, with Victoria set to miss its first COVID-19 roadmap target this weekend.

The state is 3.7 per cent shy of reaching 80 per cent first dose vaccination coverage for Victorians aged over 16.

With vaccination rates typically lower over the weekend, Health Minister Martin Foley conceded the state was likely to hit 80 per cent first dose mark mid to late next week instead of Sunday as initially forecast.

The delay will prevent Melburnians from being granted additional freedoms this weekend, including the resumption of contactless sport for up to five fully vaccinated adults and the expansion of the city's travel limit from 10km to 15km.

More than 200 protesters were arrested across Melbourne as part of the fifth day of the recurring protests, with police expecting to issue 215 fines for health direction breaches.

Professor Sutton said it would take a couple of weeks to learn whether the protest was a super-spreading event.

In other news, the AFL has confirmed the start time for the history-making 2021 AFL Grand Final between Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs in Perth.

For the first time in AFL history, the game will not be played at the sport's spiritual home, the MCG, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown in Victoria.

The decision to move the grand final to Perth was made at the end of August and, on Saturday evening the flag decider comes down to Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs

Due to Australian time zones, the traditional Saturday afternoon game is impossible. Instead, the match will be played during the "cool" of the WA evening.

Here's what that means for the rest of us.

Starting times for those watching around Australia

7.15pm (AEST) - ACT, NSW, QLD, TAS, VIC

5.15pm (AWST) - WA

6.45pm (ACST) - SA, NT

Now we've sorted all that out, here's why ACM columnist Rohan Connolly believes you should settle in and watch. You can read more here.

On the climate front, Barnaby Joyce has called for caution on net zero target.

The deputy prime minister has warned the Nationals will not back a 2050 net zero greenhouse gas emissions target without power reliability guarantees.

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg acknowledged a split within the coalition on climate change ambition after he made the economic case for a net zero target.

"Australia has a lot at stake. We cannot run the risk that markets falsely assume we are not transitioning in line with the rest of the world," he told the Australian Industry Group.

Labor's climate change spokesman Chris Bowen described the speech as a pathetic con job from someone with "net zero credibility" on climate action.

"Josh Frydenberg declaring that climate change is bad is like the captain of the Titanic deciding that icebergs are bad," he told reporters.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison insists the government has made no commitments despite mounting expectation the target will be locked ahead of a major conference in November.

Australia has become increasingly isolated over its refusal to adopt a 2050 net zero emissions goal.

In national news, Australians are shifting money out of savings accounts and into other investments.

A national survey conducted by comparison site Finder has found 29 per cent of people with a nest egg in the bank have moved at least a portion of it due to the historically low rates they're earning.

Some Aussies have opted to diversify with shares into micro-investing apps like Raiz, while others used portions of their savings to top up super or into cryptocurrency.

Record low rates have made it tough for people to earn interest on money sitting in traditional accounts, according to investing expert Kylie Purcell.

"Instead, moving a portion of savings into shares gives people the opportunity to earn a higher return," she said.

The research shows Australians, on average, men invest more heavily in shares than women ($36,004 to $9,884 respectively). They also have a higher ratio of shares to savings than women at 74 per cent compared to 29 per cent.

However, Ms Purcell says anyone keen to start investing needs to do their research before diving in. You can read more here.

- with AAP

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