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Australia politics live: AFP warns Scott Morrison about delays in reporting alleged criminal conduct

NSW, Victoria and Tasmania join Queensland in suspending quarantine-free travel from Auckland after the city reported three new local Covid casesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 2.22am GMT Former UK prime minister Gordon Brown has retracted a claim in a review he wrote for the Guardian, that Kevin Rudd had to be physically restrained at a 2009 cli...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Gates, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian media, Guardian, Victoria, Liberal party, Tasmania, Gordon Brown


Australia politics live: Peter Dutton defends decision not to tell PM about rape allegation

NSW, Victoria and Tasmania join Queensland in suspending quarantine-free travel from Auckland after the city reported three new local Covid casesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 10.32pm GMT And how much did Qantas get in jobkeeper? Glad you asked. From the half-year accounts: “As one of the most heavily impacted companies, the Qantas Group recogn...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Australian media, Qantas, Victoria, Liberal party, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Auckland


Australia politics live: questions surround timing of AFP decision to notify Dutton of alleged rape

NSW, Victoria and Tasmania join Queensland in suspending quarantine-free travel from Auckland after the city reported three new local Covid casesMan accused of raping Brittany Higgins returned to Parliament HouseDutton says police told him about rape allegation days before story brokeFollow our global coronavirus live blog 9.35pm GMT Peter Dutton is now having to address questions about why he was informed of Brittany Higgins’s allegations by the AFP on 11 February - and why he didn’t tell t...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Australian federal police, Auckland, Australian economy, Brittany, Afp


Media bargaining code passes Senate – as it happened

Eleventh-hour amendments made to bill to address Facebook’s concerns; Queensland ends quarantine-free travel with New Zealand as South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. This blog is now closed Senate passes media bargaining code legislationNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 8.54am GMT With that, I will leave you for the day. Here’s a recap of today’s news: 8.43am GMT NSW Health has issued a health alert for arrivals from New Zealand, after three...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia


Australia news live: media bargaining code passes Senate

Eleventh-hour amendments made to bill to address Facebook’s concerns; Queensland ends quarantine-free travel with New Zealand as South Australia and NSW ease restrictions. Follow the latest updates, liveNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 8.27am GMT The media bargaining code bill will now return to the lower house, where the amendments can be agreed and passed into law. For more on the amendments, and Facebook’s backflip, here’s Peter Lewis’ take from y...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia


Australia news live: doctor who gave wrong vaccine dose had not completed training, Greg Hunt says

Linda Reynolds has been taken to hospital and Covid restrictions to be eased in South Australia and NSW. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveNSW loosens some Covid restrictionsFollow the global coronavirus live blog 5.30am GMT Adam Bandt is also asked about a doctor being able to administer the Pfizer vaccine, without receiving the required training (the government had to correct the record, after originally being advised that the doctor had received the necessary training)I guess I ...
Tags: Health, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia, Peter Dutton, Greens, Afp, Samantha Maiden, Adam Bandt, Craig Kelly, Linda Reynolds


Australia news live: Linda Reynolds taken to hospital; Kelly's exit from Libs prompts Nats leadership talk

Defence minister admitted as precautionary measure on advice of her cardiologist. Follow all the latest news and updates, liveFollow the global coronavirus live blog 11.24pm GMT Media group Nine Entertainment Group, which owns the Nine TV network and the former Fairfax mastheads, has joined the rush to repay jobkeeper subsidies received during the pandemic.It’s all the rage in corporate circles these days, piling pressure on companies that have so far resisted, such as Solomon Lew’s Premier ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, National party, Peter Dutton, Nats, Kelly, Fairfax, Harvey Norman, Solomon Lew, Craig Kelly, Gerry Harvey, Libs, Linda Reynolds


Australia news live: Reynolds warns of war risk and faces fresh questions over Higgins case

Defence minister to tell press club there is an increased risk of war in Indo-Pacific region. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.16pm GMT Always handy when public entities refuse to answer questions over whether procedure was followed.Totally worth keeping secret. Just more evidence that it was absolutely the right decision to move the AFP from the attorney-general portfolio and place it under home affairs and Peter Dutton. Never any conflict.If they were, he likely would have kn...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Afp, Reynolds, Higgins, Dutton, Murph, Indo Pacific, Craig Kelly, Coronavirus


Welfare raise deemed 'inadequate' by unions; government reaches media code agreement – as it happened

ACTU president Michele O’Neil says jobseeker changes not enough for people to ‘live with dignity’; social media giant reaches agreement with Australian government. This blog is now closedBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackHiggins’ rape allegation has launched five inquiries. Here’s the breakdownWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 8.07am GMT With that, I will leave you for the day. Here’s a recap of toda...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Australia news, House Of Representatives, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Higgins, ACTU, Rebekha Sharkie, Centre Alliance, Michele O'Neil, Coronavirus, Bob Katter Helen Haines Andrew Wilkie


Australia news live: ACTU says $50 jobseeker raise is 'inadequate'; Facebook to restore Australian news pages

ACTU president Michele O’Neil says jobseeker changes not enough for people to ‘live with dignity’; social media giant reaches agreement with Australian government. Follow the latest updates liveBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackHiggins’ rape allegation has launched five inquiries. Here’s the breakdownWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 7.23am GMT Reset Australia, an initiative working to counter digita...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Anthony Albanese, Kevin Andrews, Higgins, Christian Porter, ACTU, Michele O'Neil, FamilyVoice Australia, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Facebook to restore Australian news pages; Labor pursues Morrison over Craig Kelly resignation

Social media giant reaches agreement with Australian government; Morrison faces mores questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations. Follow the latest updates liveBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackHiggins’ rape allegation has launched five inquiries. Here’s the breakdownWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 4.34am GMT The LNP senator James McGrath seems to be taking Craig ...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Labor, Australia, Australia news, House, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Higgins, LNP, James McGrath, Craig Kelly, Louise Milligan


Australia news live: Labor grills Morrison over Craig Kelly resignation; jobseeker to increase by $50 a fortnight

Kelly says he will support government on confidence and supply; Morrison faces mores questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations. Follow the latest updates liveBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackHiggins’ rape allegation has launched five inquiries. Here’s the breakdownWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 3.34am GMT The crux of the IR stuff today is that the gig economy h...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Kelly, Fair Work Commission, Higgins, Craig Kelly, Ian Ross, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Craig Kelly resigns to join crossbench; jobseeker to increase by $50 a fortnight

Kelly says he will support government on confidence and supply; Morrison faces mores questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegationsBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 2.29am GMT The government still as a one-seat buffer, as it hold 76 seats of 151 in the House of Representatives including speaker Tony Smith.Labor is saying the Morrison go...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, House Of Representatives, Australian politics, Qantas, Rex, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Smith, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Kelly, Higgins, Consumer Commission, Tony Smith


Australia news live: Craig Kelly quits Liberal party to join crossbench; Albanese gets Covid vaccine

Kelly says he will support government on confidence and supply; Morrison faces mores questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegationsBrittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 1.35am GMT Michaelia Cash on the new mutual obligations:In the first instance there will be a require for job seekers to attend face-to-face appointments with their provider...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Kelly, Higgins, Albanese, Craig Kelly, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Albanese gets Covid vaccination; government under pressure over handling of Higgins' claim

Labor leader has Covid-19 jab; Morrison face mores questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations. Follow live Brittany Higgins’ partner abandons Canberra job due to fears of paybackWhen will I get the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia?Follow our global coronavirus live blog 11.22pm GMT AAP has taken a look at Australian consumer confidence in the wake of the vaccine roll out:Australians are hardly punching the air that the coronavirus vaccine has arrived to lead t...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, United States, Australian politics, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Higgins, Albanese, Coronavirus, Brittany Higgins


Australia news live: Albanese to get Covid vaccination; government under pressure over handling of Higgins' claim

Labor leader will receive Covid-19 vaccination today; Morrison to face more questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations. Follow live 10.24pm GMT The Labor leader was also asked about the reported increase to Jobseeker - just $50 a fortnight, or an extra $3 a day on the pre-covid rate.Anthony Albanese says Labor will ‘look at it’ once it is announced:I said very clearly that $40 a day wasn’t enough to live on. It’s one of first announcements I made as Labor ...
Tags: Health, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Higgins, Albanese, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: Albanese to get Covid jab; government under pressure over handling of Higgins' claim

Labor leader will received Covid-19 vaccination today; Morrison to face more questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.26pm GMT Kevin Rudd has denied former UK prime minister Gordon Brown’s account of a 2009 climate summit, which he wrote as part of a review of Bill Gate’s new book, How to Avoid a Climate Disaster.Brown wrote Rudd had to be restrained from getting physical with a Chinese negotiator:I look ba...
Tags: Health, Europe, UK, Australia, US, Australia news, Australian politics, Bill Gates, Victoria, Gordon Brown, Scott Morrison, Copenhagen, Rudd, Anthony Albanese, Kevin Rudd, Morrison


Australia news live: Covid vaccine rollout begins; more questions over rape allegations

Phase 1a of the vaccine program starts today; questions about the government’s response to Brittany Higgins’ rape allegations likely to dominate parliament. Follow all the latest news and updates, live 9.18pm GMT There’s some more good news for Victoria.Yesterday there were no new cases reported. 8,277 test results were received. Got symptoms? Get tested. #EveryTestHelps.More later: https://t.co/lIUrl0ZEco#COVID19Vic #COVID19VicData pic.twitter.com/7VAlFNuVMX 9.14pm GMT There is still a...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Anthony Albanese, Coronavirus, Brittany Higgins


Coronavirus live news: Australia begins vaccine rollout; Israel says Pfizer jab 96% effective

PM Scott Morrison one of the first to be vaccinated; Ireland’s pubs to stay closed until summer; all UK adults to be offered vaccine by ‘end July’. Follow latest updatesUK: Ban on outside sport can end, top scientist urges JohnsonLong Covid: ‘It’s a year since I’ve felt like myself’Surge in referrals for eating disorders among under-18s during CovidSee all our coronavirus coverage 2.34am GMT Mexico’s health ministry on Saturday reported 7,785 new confirmed coronavirus cases in the country an...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Mexico, China, Israel, Society, World news, Ireland, Vaccines and immunisation, Pfizer, Scott Morrison, Shijiazhuang, JohnsonLong Covid, Gaocheng


Covid-19 vaccinations begin in Australia with Scott Morrison among first group

Initial group, which includes aged care residents and staff as well as chief medical officer, will receive Pfizer vaccine on SundayThe prime minister, Scott Morrison, will be among a small first group to be vaccinated against Covid-19 on Sunday – a step the government says is intended to build public confidence in the safety of the vaccines.On Sunday the Australian prime minister will receive the Pfizer jab in an initial group that includes several aged care residents, aged care staff, the chief...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Pfizer, Greg Hunt, Scott Morrison, Coronavirus, COVID


Australia news live: Victoria records three new Covid cases; PM refuses to give in to Facebook news ban

Scott Morrison vows to push ahead with media bargaining code after social media giant blocks news in Australia. Follow all the developments liveScott Morrison attacks Facebook for move to ‘unfriend Australia’Even for a company that specialises in PR disasters, Facebook has excelled with its Australian blackoutFollow our global coronavirus live blog 10.13pm GMT Victoria’s health minister, Martin Foley, has announced the first doses of the Pfizer vaccine will be delivered to frontline workers...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Greens, Rudd, Murdoch, Kevin Rudd, Morrison, Foley, AAP, Sarah Hanson Young


Australia news live: PM refuses to give in to 'arrogant' Facebook; parliament rape allegation response questioned

Scott Morrison vows to push ahead with media bargaining code after social media giant blocks news in Australia. Follow all the developments liveScott Morrison attacks Facebook for move to ‘unfriend Australia’Even for a company that specialises in PR disasters, Facebook has excelled with its Australian blackoutFollow our global coronavirus live blog 9.21pm GMT Opposition leader Anthony Albanese says it is “beyond belief” that the prime minister’s chief of staff was unaware of the alleged rap...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Parliament House, ABC News Breakfast, Albanese, Katharine Murphy, Prime Minister 's Office, Department of Parliamentary Services, Christopher Knaus


Australia news live: Victoria Covid lockdown to end at midnight as mass vaccination urged before winter

Chief medical officer says as many Australians should get coronavirus vaccine as possible before middle of the year. Follow liveWarnings on privately run Australian quarantine centresAustralia’s Covid vaccine rollout: how will it happen and when can you get it?Melbourne hotspots, Victoria rules and restrictionsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.15am GMT Returning to Peta Credlin’s 2GB interview, the former top political staffer also said she was not surprised that the system had “fail...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Peta Credlin, Parliament House, Albanese, Coronavirus, Victoria Covid, Brittany Higgins


Australia politics live: Brittany Higgins accuses Scott Morrison of 'victim-blaming'

The former government staffer says in a statement ‘the government has questions to answer about its own conduct’. Follow liveWarnings on privately run Australian quarantine centresAustralia’s Covid vaccine rollout: how will it happen and when can you get it?Melbourne hotspots, Victoria rules and restrictionsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 5.16am GMT Helen Haines is asked on Afternoon Briefing about Brittany Higgins’s statement this afternoon:That is Brittany’s words and I would say t...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Brittany, Mike Bowers, Helen Haines, Coronavirus, Brittany Higgins


Australia politics live: Victoria Covid lockdown to end at midnight and PM faces more Brittany Higgins questions

Daniel Andrews says some coronavirus restrictions remain; Turnbull says it’s ‘incredible’ Morrison did not know about rape allegations. Follow liveWarnings on privately run Australian quarantine centresAustralia’s Covid vaccine rollout: how will it happen and when can you get it?Melbourne hotspots, Victoria rules and restrictionsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 3.20am GMT Scott Morrison tells Rebekha Sharkie he has taken on calls for an independent process to review the review into cu...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Victoria, Parliament, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Morrison, Turnbull, Sharkie, Mr Speaker, Indi, Rebekha Sharkie, Coronavirus


Australia news live: Scott Morrison grilled over response to Brittany Higgins; Victoria reports two local Covid cases

PM addresses former Liberal staffer’s allegation of rape; AstraZeneca vaccine approved for Australia; hotel quarantine back in the spotlight. Follow liveVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explainedFollow our coronavirus global live blog 5.27am GMT It’s been a busy day, so I’m only just now beginning to catch up on the Coalition party room meeting from earlier today. The allegations raised by Brittany Higgins dominated the discussion, ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Syria, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, New Zealand, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Patricia, Patricia Karvelas


Australia news live: TGA approves AstraZeneca vaccine for use in Australia; Victoria reports two local Covid cases

Health officials recommend 12 weeks between AstraZeneca vaccine doses; cases of B1525 with worrying mutations found in 10 countries; hotel quarantine back in the spotlight. Follow all today’s news and updates, liveVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explainedFollow our coronavirus global live blog 1.23am GMT Scott Morrison told the Coalition partyroom “we must do better, we cannot have an environment where anyone feels unsafe in their ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Brett Sutton, Coronavirus


First shipment of vaccine lands in Australia – as it happened

Parliament remembers apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed after new cases. This blog is now closed. 8.08am GMT We’ll leave it there for today. Thanks for tuning in. Here are today’s main developments: 7.54am GMT Prof Tony Blakely, a top epidemiologist at the University of Melbourne, says the federal government should set up an independent agency to accredit and audit Covid quarantine hotels. Blakely also says some federal politicians have polit...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Parliament, Scott Morrison


Australia politics live: first shipment of Pfizer vaccine lands in Australia

Parliament marks anniversary of national apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed over UK variant Covid cases. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Follow all the latest global coronavirus newsVictoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explained 5.28am GMT This looks like almost being done and dusted.Josh Frydenberg says the changes are minor, but will provide "comfort" to tech players that the c...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australia politics live: First shipment of Pfizer vaccine lands in Australia – question time

Parliament marks anniversary of national apology to stolen generations, and quarantine-free border to New Zealand closed over UK variant Covid cases. Follow all the latest news and updates, live Victoria Covid hotspotsVictoria stage 4 rules and restrictionsAustralia state by state rules explained 3.30am GMT Scott Morrison has spoken with Papua New Guinea’s prime minister about speculative announcements of possible Chinese-funded development on the PNG island of Daru, parliament has been told...
Tags: Health, Business, UK, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian media, Welfare, New Zealand, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison



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