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Australia live news: CMO Paul Kelly rejects Liberal MP Craig Kelly's Covid claims; Queensland orders hundreds to restart quarantine

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for hotel quarantine rethink after cluster discovered; NSW records one new community case. Follow all the latest news and information, liveState by state restrictions explainedCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingFollow the global coronavirus live blog 5.23am GMT The challenge is to make sure that the community knows where to get good health information and knows how to recognise crack...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland politics, Guardian, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Liberal


Australia live news: Queensland orders hundreds to restart quarantine over fears of UK Covid variant

Annastacia Palaszczuk calls for hotel quarantine rethink after cluster discovered; NSW records one new community case. Follow all the latest news and information, liveState by state restrictions explainedCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or fallingFollow the global coronavirus live blog 12.22am GMT So while the Mount Druitt Hospital case has been genomically linked to the Berala cluster, we still don’t know exactly how ...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, National party


Australia live news: McCormack under pressure over Covid misinformation; Victoria records no new cases

Doctors call on acting PM to stop MPs spreading medical misinformation; NSW races to solve 14 mystery cases. Follow all the latest news and information, liveState by state restrictions explainedCovid hotspots Victoria; NSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsNSW and Sydney trend map: where cases are rising or falling 9.10pm GMT It’s the news I look forward to every 8.04am. Victoria records zero new locally acquired cases. It’s not quite the “triple doughnuts” that we have come to know and love, as ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Queensland politics, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, National party, Daniel Andrews


Australia politics live: Kevin Rudd says Morrison 'misled' parliament by implying former PM received Covid travel exemptions

NSW reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 7.23am GMT The ACTU secretary Sally McManus has just issued this statement responding to the government’s new wage theft proposal. McManus:We welcome any laws that will address wage theft,...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Adelaide, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations


Australia politics live: WA to reopen borders; NSW and Victoria lose AAA credit rating

NSW reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 6.25am GMT Good afternoon! It’s so nice outside (if you’re in Sydney)! You should be outside enjoying the weather, but also still constantly and anxiously checking this blog obviously. The...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison


Australian politics live: WA to reopen borders; NSW and Victoria lose AAA credit rating

NSW reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 5.22am GMT It looks like Bridget Archer is abstaining again - I can’t see her in the chamber. 5.21am GMT The third reading debate is happening on the cashless debit card legislation v...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, House, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Greg Hunt


Australian politics live: WA to reopen borders; NSW and Victoria lose AAA credit rating – question time

NSW reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 4.23am GMT For those asking, South Australians travelling to WA will have to quarantine for two weeks (at the moment)NSW and Victoria (along with every other jurisdiction other than SA) wi...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, National party


Australian politics live: NSW reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions – question time

NSW to lift tranche of restrictions while in Victoria it will no longer be compulsory to wear face masks in offices or cafes; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 3.23am GMT Andrew Wilkie has the independent’s question today:Centrelink’s automated data matching system is now terrorising pensioners this time with...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Greg Hunt


Australian politics live: NSW reports no new locally acquired Covid cases; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions

NSW to lift tranche of restrictions while in Victoria it will no longer be compulsory to wear face masks in offices or cafes; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 1.17am GMT Christian Porter said once the IR bill is introduced to parliament (most likely Wednesday) it will go to committee for review and further c...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison


Australian politics live: Queensland reports three Covid cases in hotel quarantine; NSW and Victoria to ease restrictions

NSW to lift tranche of restrictions while in Victoria it will no longer be compulsory to wear face masks in offices or cafes; federal parliament returns for the final sitting week of 2020 – latest updates Global coronavirus news – liveCoalition may strip casuals of up to $39bn in claimsChina boycott to hit Australian wine harder than expected 12.14am GMT NSW has recorded no locally acquired Covid cases in the past 24 hours. Four people in hotel quarantine have tested positive.We are still w...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Victorian politics, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Industrial relations, Greg Hunt


Australian politics live: Twitter flags tweet about ADF as Chinese state media ridicules apology demand

Scott Morrison had called on China to apologise and sought removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 6.26am GMT The ASX200 has had its best month on record, with gains of 9.96 per cent coming amid optimism for a coronavirus vaccine and US election results.The record, set af...
Tags: Health, Energy, Australia, China, US, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Tasmania


Australian politics live: Twitter flags Chinese government's tweet with fake image of ADF soldier

Prime minister calls on China to apologise and seeks removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 5.33am GMT Elaine Pearson, the director of Human Rights Watch in Australia, told Guardian Australia the tweet is “breathtakingly, gobsmackingly hypocritical”.Obviously war crimes ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Hong Kong, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Un, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australian politics live: Scott Morrison says Chinese government should be ashamed of 'repugnant' tweet on ADF soldiers

Prime minister calls on China to apologise and seeks removal of tweet; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow all the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 3.29am GMT The Labor opposition leader, Anthony Albanese, backed Morrison’s stand, arguing the tweet was gratuitous, inflammatory and deeply offensive. “Australia’s condemnation ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


Australian politics live: Scott Morrison says Chinese government should be 'ashamed' of tweet on Afghan killings by Australian soldiers

China foreign ministry says it is ‘shocked’ by Brereton report’s findings; Victoria revamps hotel quarantine program under single agency with private security banned. Follow the latestChina condemns ‘murder’ of Afghans by Australian troopsFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 2.29am GMT “The only thing that has brought shame today is this appalling post by the Chinese government,” says Scott Morrison.Morrison is having audio problems, so there is a del...
Tags: Health, Energy, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, National party


Australian politics live: Chinese foreign ministry condemns 'murder' of Afghan civilians by Australian soldiers

China ‘shocked’ by Brereton report’s findings; Daniel Andrews announces department of health to be split; NSW reaches 23rd day in a row with no new infections; PM remains at the Lodge after trip to Japan. Follow the latestFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 1.17am GMT After the news that Russia had raised concerns about Australian special forces’ actions in Afghanistan, China too is speaking up over the findings of the Brereton report.Zhao Lijian, a ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, Abc, China, Russia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australian politics live: emissions figures released as NSW approaches Covid elimination

State reaches 23rd day in a row with no new infections; PM remains at the Lodge after trip to Japan; international students return to Darwin; pressure grows for tougher anti-corruption body. Follow all the latest updatesFollow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 12.26am GMT There is about to be a cabinet reshuffle, so all the government MPs are being a little more sensitive, and bolshy, than usual. It’s like all the worst drama kids are fighting to be the u...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


Australian politics live: Morrison still in isolation as parliament returns for final 2020 sitting

PM remains at The Lodge after trip to Japan; pressure grows for tougher anti-corruption body; 2020 emissions figures to be released; and office workers return in limited numbers in Melbourne. Follow all the latest updates Follow our global live blogAustralia’s restrictions explained: state by state 9.18pm GMT Asked about just speaking to his counterparts in China, Simon Birmingham says:Well, I can pick up the phone, but they’re not choosing to do so. If you’re calling and no one is answering...
Tags: Health, Energy, Japan, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


Coronavirus Australia live update: jobseeker rate will be extended into 2021 'if required', minister says

Eight new WA Covid cases from cargo ship; Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry told security decision influenced by police preference; Vic records three deaths and five new cases; NSW reports zero. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 9.33am BST With that we’ll be closing the blog for today. Thanks for reading along an...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, New Zealand, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Carmichael, Victoria, Labor party


Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria hotel quarantine inquiry finds private security decision influenced by police preference

Melbourne’s stage four restrictions ease as Victoria records three deaths and five new Covid cases and NSW reports zero. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 5.12am BST In Victorian hotel quarantine inquiry news.BREAKING: Counsel assisting Ben Ihle tells hotel quarantine inquiry it can “comfortably find” Victorian G...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, New Zealand, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, National party


Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews holds press conference as Victoria records five new Covid cases and three deaths

Melbourne’s stage four restrictions ease, with more people returning to workplaces. Meanwhile, analysts urge government to spend more to support recovery as jobseeker wage subsidy cut. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 2.34am BST Q: Would you consider giving up payroll tax in return for something like an increase...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, New Zealand, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Canberra


Coronavirus Australia live update: Daniel Andrews to hold press conference as Victoria records five new Covid cases and three deaths

Melbourne’s stage four restrictions ease, with more people returning to workplaces. Meanwhile, analysts urge government to spend more to support recovery as jobseeker wage subsidy cut. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 1.34am BST The Victorian premier has begun his 88th consecutive press conference All five death...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, New Zealand, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne


Coronavirus Australia live updates: Victoria records five new Covid cases and three deaths as Melbourne curfew lifts

Melbourne’s stage four restrictions ease, with more people returning to workplaces. Meanwhile, analysts urge government to spend more to support recovery as jobseeker wage subsidy cut. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 12.23am BST You can follow along with all the international news, with Helen Sullivan, here R...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, New Zealand, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne


Coronavirus Australia live updates: curfew lifts in Melbourne as jobkeeper payment cut

Melbourne’s stage four restrictions ease, with more people returning to workplaces. Meanwhile, analysts urge government to spend more to support recovery as jobseeker wage subsidy cut. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 11.23pm BST Michael McCormack was also on Sydney radio 2GB this morning, where he said taxpayer...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, US, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Welfare, New Zealand, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party


Australia coronavirus: Tasmania to close hotspot hospitals and shut down retail trading in north-west – as it happened

Sixty-one of the state’s 133 confirmed cases are linked to the hospitals and 35 are healthcare workers. This blog is now closedFollow our global coronavirus live updatesSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics 9.51am BST That’s where we will leave the live blog for Easter Sunday.This is what happened in all news coronavirus-related today:...
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Australia coronavirus update live: Tasmania to close hotspot hospitals and shut down retail trading in north-west – latest news

Sixty-one of the state’s 133 confirmed cases are linked to the hospitals and 35 are healthcare workers. Follow updates liveFollow our global coronavirus live updatesSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics 9.29am BST The deputy CMO Michael Kidd has been on ABC News Radio. He believes Australia isn’t currently missing that many cases that ...
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Australia coronavirus update live: Victoria extends state of emergency as travellers fly in from cruise nightmare – latest news

Premier Daniel Andrews says state of emergency will be extended for a further four weeks as Australians trapped on Antarctic cruise ship arrive in Melbourne. Follow updates liveFollow our global coronavirus live updatesSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics 1.20am BST A little bit more from Victorian premier Daniel Andrews, who also gav...
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Australia coronavirus update live: travellers fly in from cruise nightmare as Christians adapt to Easter in a pandemic – latest news

Australians who were trapped on the Antarctic cruise ship Greg Mortimer have finally arrived in Melbourne, where they will be quarantined. Follow updates liveFollow our global coronavirus live updatesSign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statistics 12.23am BST The Treasurer Josh Frydenberg is speaking to David Speers on the ABC’s Insider’s progra...
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Donald Trump tweets on Reserve Bank of Australia's interest rates cut – as it happened

President compares Australian and US rates, Scott Morrison confirms ‘gossip’ around 2019 White House dinner and Labor renews pursuit of PM over sports rorts. This blog is now closedScott Morrison confirms he sought White House invite for Hillsong pastor Brian HoustonReserve Bank of Australia cuts interest rates to record low 0.5% amid coronavirus concerns 6.37am GMT It has been a pretty gross day, so we are going to close off the blog.We’ll be back tomorrow morning with whatever else the sit...
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Scott Morrison admits his office put forward Hillsong leader's name for White House dinner – politics live

PM confirms ‘gossip’ around 2019 Trump dinner, while Labor renews pursuit over sports rorts and the government urges calm on coronavirus. All the day’s events, live 5.34am GMT I’m sorry. Amy can’t come to the blog right now. Why? Oh, she smashed her head against the desk so hard, it is rolling down the parliament lawnsFollowed by One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts who questions a tweet from ABC Chair Ita Buttrose which says "Australia is committing climate suicide".Asks for the scientific ev...
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Reserve Bank cuts interest rates to new record low of 0.5% – politics live

Labor renews pursuit of PM over sports rorts during question time, while earlier the government beefs up biosecurity laws and urges calm around coronavirus. All the day’s events, live 4.29am GMT The opposition hold up signs thanking AAP journalists, photographers and camera operators as the PM Scott Morrison & Opposition leader Anthony Albanese made speeches after qt on the closure of the news wire service @AmyRemeikis @GuardianAus #politicslive pic.twitter.com/ZvvaN1M7da 4.20am GMT Scot...
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