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Budget 2021 updates: billions for aged care and mental health as treasurer prepares to deliver federal budget – Australia politics live

Ailing sectors targeted, as federal parliament returns in Canberra with question time and Josh Frydenberg preparing to release Australia’s 2021 budget. Follow all the latest news as it happens • Aged care, women and infrastructure: what to expect from the budget • Australia’s housing crisis: how is the Coalition going to fix it? • Australia’s federal court rejects urgent bid to overturn India travel ban • Guardian Essential poll: Australians divided over government’s ban on travel from India 2....
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra, Annastacia Palaszczuk, Australian economy, Josh Frydenberg, Blue Mountains, Johnsen


Australia news live update: Covid restrictions for greater Sydney as medical chief says ‘missing link’ in NSW cases still unknown

Mask wearing mandatory for all indoor public venues, including public transport, as health authorities brace for more cases due to the level of activity of a man in his 50s while infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsSydney Roosters caught up in Covid-19 scare as NRL players sent for testingTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’NDIS on track to be more expensive than Medicare, Lin...
Tags: Health, Australia, US, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics, Assisted dying


Australia news live: NSW contact tracers scramble to contain spread following local Covid case in Sydney’s east

Health authorities are expecting more cases due to the level of activity of the man while potentially infectious. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid case: man tests positive in SydneyNSW Covid hotspots: Sydney and regional case locationsTweaked Moderna vaccine ‘neutralises Covid variants in trials’ 11.16pm BST The Queensland police service blocked academic research seeking to scrutinise its response to domestic violence cases and the attitudes of officers – sending rejection letters that denied ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, United States, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, World Health Organization, New South Wales politics, Labor party, Liberal party, South Australia, South Australian politics


Australia news live: Penny Wong says she understands why people think government’s India travel ban is racist

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 12.33am BST Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese is speaking now from MacKay in Queensland. 12.33am BST While we have a second why don’t we jump back to the prime minister’s comments this morning. Scott Morrison has told Seven’s Sunrise that the government will not jump to conclusions as the defence department reviews a Chinese’...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Scott Morrison, Darwin, Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong, Paul Kelly, Mackay, Seven, Michael Slater, Coronavirus


Australia live news: Brittany Higgins speaks after meeting with Scott Morrison

Former Liberal staffer says there is a ‘consensus’ that change is needed; Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive. Follow the latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 8.16am BST It’s not so much a war footing as a regu...
Tags: Health, Google, Business, Australia, Germany, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Western Australia


Australia live news: Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive; Brittany Higgins to meet with PM

Traveller tests positive after inadvertently entering airport’s ‘green zone’; former Liberal staffer to speak with Scott Morrison in Sydney. Follow the latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 7.24am BST Former prime minister Julia Gillard is...
Tags: Health, Business, Japan, Labor, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Julia Gillard, Tasmania


Australia live news: Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller positive; Brittany Higgins to meet with PM

Traveller tests positive after inadvertently entering airport’s ‘green zone’; former Liberal staffer to speak with Scott Morrison in Sydney. Follow the latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 3.13am BST It's capital "I' and lower case 'w'.Th...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Western Australia, Australian economy


Australia live news: Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive; Brittany Higgins and PM to meet

Former Liberal staffer will speak to Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in Sydney. Follow latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 2.20am BST The state’s first mass vaccination hub is set to open at Wayville Showground at midday. Just 150 fr...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Western Australia, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese


Australia live news: Australia live news: Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive; Brittany Higgins and PM to meet

Former Liberal staffer will speak to Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in Sydney, and Brisbane and Melbourne on Covid alert. Follow latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 1.24am BST Clive Palmer has been ordered to pay Universal Music $1....
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Netherlands, Queensland, Palmer, New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Clive Palmer, Melbourne, Tasmania


Australia live news: Brittany Higgins and PM to meet; Morrison says he ‘hasn’t seen’ Laming’s empathy course

Former Liberal staffer will speak to Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in Sydney, and Brisbane and Melbourne on Covid alert. Follow latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 12.12am BST I’m am sharing this tweet only because I think it’s so ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Joe Biden, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Tasmania, Canberra, Scott Morrison


Australia live news: Brittany Higgins and PM to meet; Brisbane and Melbourne on Covid alert

Former Liberal staffer will speak to Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in Sydney as the leaders seek to cooperate on parliamentary workplace reforms. Follow latest updatesSome 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey findsIndia wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out?Coronavirus WA: Perth Covid lockdown rules and Western Australia’s coronavirus restrictions explained 11.16pm BST "The budget would be in much b...
Tags: Health, Business, Labor, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Brisbane, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Melbourne, Tasmania, Scott Morrison


Health officials beg for hotel quarantine to be upgraded but Paul Kelly insists it is fit for purpose

Experts call on federal advisory group to reflect importance of airborne spread, as WA asks commonwealth to repurpose immigration detention facilities and airbasesAustralia’s chief medical officer, Prof Paul Kelly, has said the country’s hotel quarantine system is fit for purpose and has been “very successful” – but he admits improvements could always be made.Kelly was questioned on Tuesday night by a parliamentary committee examining the federal government’s handling of Covid-19. He was quizzed...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Victoria, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Paul Kelly, Kelly, WA, Perth Continue, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus


Australia news live updates: Tokyo-bound Olympians and Paralympians to be vaccinated; flights from India suspended over Covid cases

National cabinet agrees to give athletes priority in vaccine rollout; two more Aboriginal deaths in custody confirmed; Australia to India amid country’s coronavirus surge. Follow the latest Peter Dutton sues refugee activist for defamation over tweetFewer than 50% of Australians over 50 willing to get Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccinesWestern Australian Covid hotspotsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 9.10am BST New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian (who we heard earlier spoke to pri...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Tokyo, Pfizer, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, Morrison, Gladys Berejiklian


Australia news live updates: two more Indigenous deaths in custody confirmed; PM says flights from India suspended over Covid cases

National security committee meets to consider request for oxygen from India as new Covid cases there topped 350,000 on Monday. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Mark McGowan says commonwealth looking to ban flights from India Fewer than 50% of Australians over 50 willing to get Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccinesWestern Australian Covid hotspotsQueensland has 86 domestic violence specialist police to handle 107,000 casesFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.21am BST And the Austral...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Pfizer, Western Australia, Australia Post, Mark McGowan, Sarah Hanson Young, Tony Nutt, Coronavirus


Australia news live updates: Scott Morrison says flights from India suspended due to coronavirus cases and Australia to send medical aid

National security committee meets to consider request for oxygen from India as new Covid cases there topped 350,000 on Monday. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Mark McGowan says commonwealth looking to ban flights from India Fewer than 50% of Australians over 50 willing to get Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccinesWestern Australian Covid hotspotsQueensland has 86 domestic violence specialist police to handle 107,000 casesFollow our global coronavirus live blog 6.26am BST Morrison was as...
Tags: Health, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Scott Morrison, Western Australia, Morrison, Mark McGowan, Howard Springs, Coronavirus


Australia news live: WA premier says flights from India set to be suspended due to Covid crisis as Morrison government considers aid

National security committee meets to consider a request for oxygen from India as new Covid-19 cases there topped 350,000 on Monday. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Fewer than 50% Australians over 50 willing to get Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccinesWestern Australian Covid hotspotsQueensland has 86 domestic violence specialist police officers to handle 107,000 casesFollow our global coronavirus live blog 3.29am BST The incoming most senior US military commander in the Indo-Pacific re...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, India, US, Australia news, Taiwan, Australian politics, Queensland, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Western Australia, US Navy, Morrison, WA, Indo Pacific


Australia news live: Morrison government considers aid to India for Covid crisis and reduced flights

National security committee meets to consider a request for oxygen from India as new Covid-19 cases there topped 350,000 on Monday. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Fewer than 50% of over-50s willing to get Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccinesQueensland has 86 domestic violence specialist police officers to handle 107,000 casesFollow our global coronavirus live blog 11.13pm BST Albanese also backed states such as WA and Queensland who have called on the federal government to take a lea...
Tags: Health, Abc, Australia, India, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Astrazeneca, Christian, Pfizer, Scott Morrison, Western Australia, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, WA, Albanese


Australia news live update: WA premier Mark McGowan says lockdown ends at 12.01am but some restrictions remain

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; Facebook says independent federal MP had repeatedly breached its misinformation policy. Follow all the latest updates, liveHotel quarantine ‘a human rights catastropheWA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sitesPerth and WA Covid lockdown rules explainedWA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 7.18am BST Bit of an update on this very odd story about missing...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live update: WA premier Mark McGowan says lockdown ends at 12.01am; Facebook removes Craig Kelly’s page

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; Facebook says MP Craig Kelly has repeatedly breached its misinformation policy. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveHotel quarantine ‘a human rights catastropheWA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sitesPerth and WA Covid lockdown rules explainedWA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 6.09am BST It has not taken long for WA premier Mark McGowan to...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, AFL, West Coast Eagles


Australia news live: AMA says WA Covid hotel quarantine not ‘fit for purpose’; Facebook removes Craig Kelly’s page

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; WA premier Mark McGowan to decide today whether Perth and Peel can reopen after three days of lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live• Hotel quarantine ‘a human rights catastropheWA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sites• Perth and WA Covid lockdown rules explained• WA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 5.25am BST Victoria has joined We...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live: AMA says WA hotel quarantine not ‘fit for purpose’ for containing Covid

Top doctor says leaks continue to happen because federal experts ‘deny’ virus is airborne; WA premier Mark McGowan to decide today whether Perth and Peel can reopen after three days of lockdown. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • WA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sites • Perth and WA Covid lockdown rules explained • WA premier furious that Australian residents are travelling to ‘Covid-infected countries’ 11.35pm BST Now they are putting them out at 8.30! Pick a time Victoria, o...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese


Australia news live: WA Covid lockdown enters day three; Brittany Higgins to meet Morrison and Albanese

WA premier Mark McGowan will decide today whether Perth and Peel can reopen. Follow all the latest news and updates, live • WA Covid hotspots: list of exposure sites • Perth and WA Covid lockdown rules explained • WA premier furious that residents are travelling overseas as lockdown continues 10.30pm BST Good morning, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life and I hope you are feeling good!Matilda Boseley here and before we jump into the morning of news, why don’t I get you up to spe...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Perth, Western Australia, Western Australian Politics, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, WA


Peter Dutton hits back at WA premier, insisting states had agreed to manage hotel quarantine

Federal minister rejects call for commonwealth to make defence facilities available for returned travellers, saying they are too ‘austere’New Perth case confirmed as hotel quarantine failures condemnedThe defence minister, Peter Dutton, has slapped down the WA Premier Mark McGowan after he called on the commonwealth to “step up” and take responsibility for quarantining returned travellers.Dutton, who is in home quarantine in Queensland after visiting Perth last week, said the WA government had m...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, Perth, Peter Dutton, Western Australia, WA, Dutton, Mark McGowan, Coronavirus


Australian authorities say three new cases of blood clots ‘very likely linked’ to AstraZeneca vaccine

The Therapeutic Goods Administration says the patients, including an 80-year-old man, are all in a stable condition and recoveringAustralian health authorities say another three cases of rare blood clots – including in an 80-year-old Victorian man – are very likely linked to the AstraZeneca vaccine.The medicines regulator on Friday night said the suspected cases of thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) were in a 35-year-old New South Wales woman, a 49-year-old Queensland man and the 80...
Tags: Health, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Coronavirus


Australia news live: hotel quarantine hit by Covid infections; NSW says mass vaccination hubs could be running by May

Health officials investigating how Covid spread inside quarantine hotels in Perth and Sydney. Scott Morrison to meet state and territory leaders to try and reset the vaccine rollout. Follow latest updates 1.27am BST When asked, Victorian Minister @JaalaPulford says Belt and Road deal decision by @MarisePayne “is a matter for Federal Government.” Despite Victoria signing the MoU with China. @10NewsFirstMelb #springst pic.twitter.com/JCXdsmQtUr 1.18am BST Queensland is set to pass laws al...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Perth


Victoria commits $50m to make mRNA coronavirus vaccine – as it happened

Brittany Higgins to ask Scott Morrison to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House. This blog is now closedVictoria plans to domestically manufacture mRNA vaccinesAged care workers relying on spare vaccines and confusing adviceAustralia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNGDelayed vaccine rollout a life and death matter for some stranded overseasFewer than 7% of disability care residents have received Covid jab 8.52am BST That is where we will leave the blog for W...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Victorian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Greg Hunt


Australia news live: Scott Morrison says Brittany Higgins meeting ‘in process’; Victoria to make mRNA Covid vaccine

State commits $50m to domestic manufacturing of cutting-edge vaccines; former Liberal staffer to ask Scott Morrison to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House. Follow liveVictoria plans to domestically manufacture mRNA vaccinesAged care workers relying on spare vaccines and confusing adviceAustralia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNGDelayed vaccine rollout a life and death matter for some stranded overseasFewer than 7% of disability care residents have received Co...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Victorian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Canberra


Australia news live: NSW to pay Chinese company Shenhua $100m to exit coalmine; Victoria to make mRNA Covid vaccine

State commits $50m to domestic manufacturing of cutting-edge vaccines; former Liberal staffer to ask Scott Morrison to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House. Follow liveAged care workers relying on spare vaccines and confusing adviceAustralia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNGDelayed vaccine rollout a life and death matter for some stranded overseasFewer than 7% of disability care residents have received Covid jab 5.21am BST The Australian Medical Associatio...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Astrazeneca, Victorian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Liberal


Australia news live: Victoria to make mRNA Covid vaccines; Brittany Higgins outlines plan for meeting with PM

State commits $50m to domestic manufacturing of cutting-edge vaccines; former Liberal staffer to ask Scott Morrison to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House. Follow liveAustralian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey findsAustralia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNG, key Covid adviser says Delayed vaccine rollout a life and death matter for some stranded overseasFewer than 7% of disability care residents in Australia hav...
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Australia news live: Victoria to manufacture mRNA Covid vaccines; Brittany Higgins outlines plan for meeting with PM

State commits $50m to establishing domestic manufacturing of vaccines such as those produced by Pfizer and Moderna; former Liberal staffer to ask Scott Morrison to fix ‘systemic coercive control’ in Parliament House. Follow liveAustralian aged care workers relying on spare Covid vaccines and confusing advice, survey findsAustralia should consider giving more AstraZeneca vaccine to PNG, key Covid adviser says Delayed vaccine rollout a life and death matter for some stranded overseas 12.50am BST...
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