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Letter from lockdown: ‘I love my hospitality job but I wish I wasn’t a casual in the middle of a pandemic’

Work has stopped but the bills have not. As we moved into the second week of this lockdown, panic once again settled inI love my job, my workmates and the people I work for at a sports bar on the Mornington Peninsula.We have a steady flow of tourists all year round and our regulars are extremely loyal to “their local”. For me, work is my life – my workmates and customers are like an extended family and I wouldn’t change that for the world. Continue reading...
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Victoria reports four positive coronavirus cases from Melbourne’s northern suburbs – politics live

New Covid infections are among families in two households; Labor questions PM over pace of change following Brittany Higgins allegations; NSW Upper Hunter byelection results heap pressure on ALP. Follow all the updates live• Two people in Melbourne’s north ‘likely’ test positive to Covid • PM’s claim Australia’s carbon emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’• ‘Punitive’ ParentsNext program should not be expanded, experts warn 7.22am BST Amanda Stoker has responded to Grace Tame’s comments ...
Tags: Health, Energy, Business, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Melbourne


Grace Tame says Amanda Stoker not up to job as women’s safety minister – politics live

Anthony Albanese questions Scott Morrison over pace of change following Brittany Higgins allegations, while NSW Upper Hunter byelection results heap pressure on Labor. Follow all the updates live.• Two people in Melbourne’s north ‘likely’ test positive to Covid • PM’s claim Australia’s carbon emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’• ‘Punitive’ ParentsNext program should not be expanded, experts warn 6.20am BST Tony Smith is answering Craig Kelly’s question about whether his ban on Facebook...
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Victoria reports two new ‘likely’ Covid cases in Melbourne as federal parliament resumes – politics live

Mike Pezzullo announces digital permit system to verify vaccination status; NSW Upper Hunter byelection results heap pressure on Labor as federal politicians return to Canberra. Follow all the updates live • Two people in Melbourne’s north ‘likely’ test positive to Covid • PM’s claim Australia’s carbon emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’• ‘Punitive’ ParentsNext program should not be expanded, experts warn 3.19am BST It is surprisingly quiet today, particularly for a Monday. It has much...
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Victoria reports two new ‘probable’ local Covid cases in Melbourne as parliament resumes – politics live

Mike Pezzullo announces digital permit system to verify Covid vaccination status; NSW Upper Hunter byelection results heap pressure on Labor as federal politicians return to Canberra. Follow all the updates live • Coalition expects 2m doses of Pfizer vaccine a week by October • PM’s claim Australia’s carbon emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’• ‘Punitive’ ParentsNext program should not be expanded, experts warn 1.21am BST Labor has decided to just take over all of estimates - it is also...
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NSW Upper Hunter byelection results heap pressure on Labor as parliament resumes – politics live

Vaccines, borders and the federal budget will also be high on the agenda as federal politicians return to Canberra. Follow all the updates live • Coalition expects 2m doses of Pfizer vaccine a week by October • PM’s claim Australia’s carbon emissions are falling does ‘not stack up’ • ‘Punitive’ ParentsNext program should not be expanded, experts warn 11.22pm BST Joel Fitzgibbon meanwhile, has just told ABC RN Breakfast that Labor’s brand “will go the same way as the Kodak brand” if it doesn’...
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Coalition spent 30 times more on tax cuts than women’s economic security in 2021 budget

The budget does nothing to specifically support single mothers on low incomes or older women facing homelessness, report findsIt was billed as the “women’s budget” before its delivery earlier this month but new analysis of the Coalition’s eighth budget has found it spent 30 times more on tax cuts than it did on women’s economic security.The Australian Council of Social Service analysis found the 2021-22 budget provided a boost to services for women’s safety, but fell short in the necessary inves...
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Shark attack injures diver in Broome – as it happened

School climate strikers call on federal government to do more on climate change; Scott Morrison says this is ‘worst time’ for Victoria to lift taxes; some Covid vaccination sites reportedly operating at less than a quarter of capacity. This blog is now closedFacebook removes 110,000 pieces of Covid misinformation posted by Australian usersIsrael Folau stands by social media posts as Clive Palmer sponsors league returnHow to reopen Australia: experts explain what’s needed for post-coronavirus int...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Clive Palmer, Melbourne, Liberal party, Scott Morrison


Australia news live: shark attack injures diver in Broome; Australia in ‘sprint to the finish’ on UK trade deal

School climate strikers call on federal government to do more on climate change; Scott Morrison says this is ‘worst time’ for Victoria to lift taxes; some Covid vaccination sites reportedly operating at less than a quarter of capacity. Follow liveFacebook removes 110,000 pieces of Covid misinformation posted by Australian usersIsrael Folau stands by social media posts as Clive Palmer sponsors league returnHow to reopen Australia: experts explain what’s needed for post-coronavirus international t...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Clive Palmer, Melbourne, Liberal party


Australia news live: thousands of striking school students march in climate change protest across country

Student demonstrators call on federal government to do more on climate change; PM says this is the ‘worst time’ for Victoria to lift taxes; some Covid vaccination sites reportedly operating at less than a quarter of capacity. Follow liveHow to reopen Australia: experts explain what’s needed for post-Covid international travelJust three of 13 promised vaccine hubs for Australia’s young aged care workers have openedChanel Contos to meet Scott Morrison to discuss sex consent education reforms 6.27...
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Australia news live: thousands take to streets as school climate strikers march across country

Student protests call on federal government to do more on climate change; PM says this is the ‘worst time’ for Victoria to lift taxes; some Covid vaccination sites reportedly operating at less than a quarter of capacity. Follow liveHow to reopen Australia: experts explain what’s needed for post-Covid international travelJust three of 13 promised vaccine hubs for Australia’s young aged care workers have openedChanel Contos to meet Scott Morrison to discuss sex consent education reforms 5.18am B...
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Australia news live: Scott Morrison condemns Victoria’s tax hike on business, as school climate strikers gather

PM says this is the ‘worst time’ to increases taxes; reports some Covid vaccination sites are operating at less than a quarter of capacity; students around Australia skip school to protest for climate action. Follow live How to reopen Australia: experts explain what’s needed for post-Covid international travelJust three of 13 promised vaccine hubs for Australia’s young aged care workers have openedChanel Contos to meet Scott Morrison to discuss sex consent education reforms 4.14am BST Anothe...
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Australia news live: Scott Morrison condemns Victoria over tax hike on business

PM says this is the ‘worst time’ to increases taxes; reports some Covid vaccination sites are operating at less than a quarter of capacity; students around Australia to skip school to protest for action on emissions. Follow live How to reopen Australia: experts explain what’s needed for post-Covid international travelJust three of 13 promised vaccine hubs for Australia’s young aged care workers have openedChanel Contos to meet Scott Morrison to discuss sex consent education reforms 3.20am BST ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Queensland politics, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Contos


Australia news live: Covid vaccine doses pile up as hesitancy grows; school strikes for climate

Reports claim some vaccination sites are operating at less than a quarter of capacity; students around Australia to skip school and protest for action to cut emissions. Follow live Just three of 13 promised vaccine hubs for Australia’s young aged care workers have openedChanel Contos to meet Scott Morrison to discuss sex consent education reforms 11.07pm BST A man died last night after being tasered by police, AAP report.The 27-year-old man in the northern NSW town of Gunnedah died after bei...
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Corporate watchdog considers complaint about Premier Investments not revealing jobkeeper payments

Asic said it would make ‘initial inquiries’ into Premier’s jobkeeper disclosure but had ‘not yet decided what action if any we will take’The corporate watchdog is making inquiries into the failure by Premier Investments, the retailer controlled by billionaire Solomon Lew, to tell the market how much jobkeeper it has received.After intense political pressure Premier earlier this month said it would return what it called the “net benefit” it received from the wage subsidy, of $15.6m. However, it d...
Tags: Business, Australia news, Australian politics, Welfare, Australian economy, ASIC, Solomon Lew, Coronavirus, Premier Investments


Australia news live: AMA calls for dedicated Covid quarantine facilities; Flight Centre CEO says deaths when border opens is ‘inevitable’

Businessman Govind Kant is the second Australian to die from coronavirus in India; Morrison condemns Virgin boss’s ‘insensitive’ border comments. Follow all the day’s newsVirgin boss says Australia’s borders should reopen sooner than mid-2022 even though ‘some people may die’How Covid changed the way Australians move: more traffic jams, less public transportOnly 999 out of 26,000 Australian disability care residents vaccinated 7.28am BST Good news for Bill Shorten, who received his Covid-19 ...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, India, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Bill Shorten, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison


Australia news live: man dies after shark attack on NSW mid-north coast; PM condemns Virgin boss’s ‘insensitive’ border comments

Businessman Govind Kant is the second Australian to die from coronavirus in India; Morrison refuses to commit to a vaccination level at which regular flights will resume. Follow all the day’s news Virgin boss says Australia’s borders should reopen sooner than mid-2022 even though ‘some people may die’How Covid changed the way Australians move: more traffic jams, less public transportOnly 999 out of 26,000 Australian disability care residents vaccinated 4.28am BST The AAP has some details on ...
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Australia news live: PM condemns Virgin boss’s ‘insensitive’ comments that border should open even if it results in deaths

Scott Morrison’s comments come amid intensifying calls from business sector to open border before mid-2022, but PM refuses to commit to a vaccination level at which regular flights will resume. Follow all the day’s news as it happens. 1.28am BST If you remember yesterday we found out under 1,000 (less than 4%) of all disability care residents had been vaccinated with a single dose so far. The program was labelled an “abject failure” at a disability royal commission hearing on Monday.Morriso...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Morrison


Budget 2021: how do the speeches from Australia's major parties compare? - video

How do Australia’s two major parties compare on key policies after the federal budget was delivered? Treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivered his budget address on Tuesday, pledging his budget spend would allow Australia to bounce back from a Covid recession by extending tax cuts for business and workers as well as providing a multibillion-dollar boost to aged care, childcare and espousing his government’s plans for housing. In response, opposition leader Anthony Albanese says Labor will establish a ...
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Australia live news: 70 people barred from first India repatriation flight; Morrison comments on Israel-Palestine conflict

Around 70 people due to be evacuated from New Dehli have either tested positive for Covid or are close contacts of cases; PM talks about ‘deeply sensitive’ Middle East situation. Follow the latest updatesMore than 70 out of 150 Australians in India unable to fly on first repatriation flightNSW MP Gareth Ward steps down as minister over sexual violence allegations which he deniesAnthony Albanese pledges $10bn social housing fund in Labor’s federal budget reply 7.26am BST Incidents of family v...
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Australia live news: 70 people reportedly barred from first India repatriation flight; Morrison comments on Israel-Palestine conflict

Around 70 people due to be evacuated from New Dehli have either tested positive for Covid or are close contacts of cases; PM talks about ‘deeply sensitive’ Middle East situation. Follow the latest updatesNSW MP Gareth Ward steps down as minister over sexual violence allegations which he deniesAnthony Albanese pledges $10bn social housing fund in Labor’s federal budget reply 6.12am BST It’s been reported that about 70 Australians will be unable to fly on the first repatriation flight schedule...
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Australia live news: NSW government further in minority after MP moves to crossbench; Labor bets big on housing

The state’s Coalition has been forced further into minority after it lost its second MP to sexual assault allegations. Follow the latest updatesNSW MP Gareth Ward steps down as minister over sexual violence allegations which he deniesAnthony Albanese pledges $10bn social housing fund in Labor’s federal budget reply 4.29am BST Okay the ABC cut away from the PM’s speech, so I will try to find a stream or just return when we get the broadcast again. 4.28am BST Scott Morrison says if Austral...
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Australia live news: NSW government in minority after MP moves to crossbench; Labor bets big on housing

The state’s Coalition has been forced further into minority after it lost its second MP to sexual assault allegations. Follow the latest updatesNSW MP Gareth Ward steps down as minister over sexual violence allegations which he deniesAnthony Albanese pledges $10bn social housing fund in Labor’s federal budget reply 11.28pm BST To return to the federal budget:Jessica Sier reports: Related: Federal budget fails to address Australia’s housing shortage and homelessness, experts say 11.19pm ...
Tags: Health, Business, Labor, Australia, Housing, Israel, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Gaza, New South Wales, New South Wales politics, Scott Morrison, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, NSW


Budget 2021 reply speech: Anthony Albanese delivers Labor response to Australia federal budget

Labor leader set to continue attack over sluggish wages growth; NSW Liberal minister Gareth Ward steps down over allegations which he denies. Follow latest updates Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses How will the Moderna vaccine boost Australia’s vaccine program?Why the budget was light on climate and environment measuresThe secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mothers scrapped, budget papers revealConfusion over...
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Australian politics live: Anthony Albanese to deliver budget reply; police investigate allegations against NSW MP

Labor leader set to continue attack over sluggish wages growth; NSW Liberal minister Gareth Ward steps down over allegations which he denies. Follow latest updates Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses How will the Moderna vaccine boost Australia’s vaccine program?Why the budget was light on climate and environment measuresThe secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mothers scrapped, budget papers revealConfusion over...
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NSW MP Gareth Ward steps down as minister over police investigation – politics live

Matt Canavan crosses Senate floor over India repatriation; Anthony Albanese to deliver budget reply speech, expected to continue opposition attack over sluggish wages growth Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses How will the Moderna vaccine boost Australia’s vaccine program?Why the budget was light on climate and environment measuresThe secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mothers scrapped, budget papers revealConfu...
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Labor pursues Coalition for ‘keeping wages low’; Matt Canavan crosses Senate floor over India repatriation – politics live

Anthony Albanese will deliver his budget reply speech, which is expected to continue the opposition’s attack over sluggish wages growth Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses How will the Moderna vaccine boost Australia’s vaccine program?Why the budget was light on climate and environment measuresThe secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mothers scrapped, budget papers revealConfusion over vaccination targets as Fryde...
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Australia news live: Labor pursues Coalition for ‘keeping wages low’; Matt Canavan crosses Senate floor over India repatriation

Anthony Albanese will deliver his budget reply speech, which is expected to continue the opposition’s attack over sluggish wages growth Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses How will the Moderna vaccine boost Australia’s vaccine program?Why the budget was light on climate and environment measuresThe secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mothers scrapped, budget papers revealConfusion over vaccination targets as Fryde...
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Australia news live: Labor pursues Coalition for ‘keeping wages low’; Matt Canavan crosses Senate floor over India repatriation – question time

Anthony Albanese will deliver his budget reply speech, which is expected to continue the opposition’s attack over sluggish wages growth • Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses • How will the Moderna vaccine boost Australia’s vaccine program?• Why the budget was light on climate and environment measures• Albanese’s budget reply to focus on entrepreneurs, renewable energy• The secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho• ‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mo...
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Australia politics live: 25m doses of Moderna Covid vaccine secured; Labor prepares for budget reply

Anthony Albanese will deliver his budget reply speech which is expected to continue the opposition’s attack over sluggish wages growth • Moderna signs deal with Australia to supply 25m vaccine doses • Why the budget was light on climate and environment measures • Albanese’s budget reply to focus on entrepreneurs, renewable energy • The secret of the budget? The fact we’re stuck here | Greg Jericho • ‘Demeaning’ crackdown on single mothers scrapped, budget papers reveal • Confusion over vaccinat...
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