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Australia plans to shelve AstraZeneca Covid vaccine by October

Controversial vaccine to be given only by request later this year when Moderna and Pfizer will dominateThe federal government has announced it will shelve the controversial AstraZeneca vaccine by October, suggesting it will have enough supplies of other vaccines to meet “allocation horizons” for vaccinating the population by the end of the year.The government released a revised planning document on Wednesday outlining how it intended to direct supplies over the rest of the year. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Astrazeneca, Pfizer, Moderna, Coronavirus


Water war: rejuvenated Nationals spring Murray-Darling Basin demands on Liberals

Nationals propose ban of water buybacks as party uses return of leader Barnaby Joyce to reassert influenceAn emboldened National party is flexing its muscle under returned leader Barnaby Joyce, demanding the Liberals adopt major changes to the Murray-Darling Basin plan as the two parties enter negotiations on a new Coalition agreement.On Wednesday the Nationals blindsided Liberal colleagues by introducing amendments to a government bill to reduce environmental flows under the basin plan, reveali...
Tags: Environment, Water, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Liberal, National party, South Australia, Barnaby Joyce, Murray Darling Basin


Australia politics live update: Sydney declared a Covid hotspot by commonwealth as new restrictions and border closures announced

NSW urgently investigating four mystery cases overnight as premier Gladys Berejiklian announces Sydney restrictions. Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 9.28am BST That’s where we will wrap up the blog for this evening. ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Wellington, Augusto Pinochet, Gladys Berejiklian


Robodebt: government fights to keep secret documents that may show ‘what went wrong’

IT expert Justin Warren seeks documents using FOI but government lawyer tells tribunal confidentiality in ‘public interest’The Morrison government is fighting to keep under wraps documents that a former public servant says could show “what went wrong” with Centrelink’s botched robodebt program.The man seeking the documents, IT expert Justin Warren, argues they should be released so the public could learn lessons from the scandal. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Welfare, Australian economy, Morrison, Centrelink, Centrelink debt recovery, Justin Warren, Robodebt


Australia politics live update: Sydney declared a Covid hotspot by commonwealth; three members of Biloela family granted bridging visas

NSW urgently investigating four mystery cases overnight as premier Gladys Berejiklian announces Sydney restrictions. Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 7.35am BST Patricia Karvelas asks Matt Canavan whether he believes ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Wellington, Michael McCormack, Patricia Karvelas


Australia politics live update: new Sydney Covid restrictions and WA closes border to NSW after 16 cases; Victoria to ease rules

NSW urgently investigating four mystery cases overnight as premier Gladys Berejiklian announces Sydney restrictions. Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 5.31am BST The head of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade,...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Great Barrier Reef, Victoria, Labor party, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce


Australia politics live update: NSW reports 16 new Covid cases; premier Gladys Berejiklian announces new Sydney restrictions; NZ, Qld and Victoria tighten borders

NSW urgently investigating four mystery cases overnight. Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 3.28am BST The Nationals leader in the Senate, Bridget McKenzie, has contributed to the Murray Darling debate in the Senate.McK...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Wellington


Australia politics live update: NSW reports 14 new Covid cases; premier Gladys Berejiklian announces new Sydney restrictions; NZ, Qld and Victoria tighten borders

NSW urgently investigating four mystery cases overnight. Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 2.28am BST If you live in the Blue Mountains or elsewhere and work in the city, what do you do?Gladys Berejiklian:That’s why we...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Lga, Wellington, Blue Mountains


Australia politics live: NZ, Qld and Victoria tighten border restrictions amid NSW Covid outbreak

Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 1.24am BST This just turned up on the government notice paper very suddenly:NEW QUARANTINE FACILITY IN VICTORIA—APPROVAL OF WORK 1.14am BST Over in the Senate and the Nationals see...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, National party, South Australia, Barnaby Joyce


Australia politics live: NZ, Qld and Victoria tighten border restrictions amid NSW Covid outbreak, net zero stoush continues

Follow all the latest updates, liveNew Zealand suspends travel bubble with NSW as Victoria shuts border to parts of SydneyNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspotsWellington may face lockdown after visit by infected Australian tourist 12.28am BST Why the sudden change to lock out those Sydney areas?Dr Jeannette Young:The 21 cases that we’ve seen and just the large number of exposure venues. There’s well over 120 exp...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Zambia, Victoria, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce


Australia politics live: NZ and Victoria tighten borders amid NSW Covid outbreak, net zero stoush continues

Follow all the latest updates, liveNSW mask restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Victoria Covid hotspots 10.28pm BST Happy Wednesday, everyone. We’ve made it half way through the last sitting week before the winter break. It’ll be another Barnaby day in the parliament as Labor continues to sideline the prime minister from question time and everything else the opposition can manage. Late last night, Labor and the Greens took advantage of a no-s...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Greens, Barnaby Joyce, Nz, Angus Taylor, Pauline Hanson, Coronavirus


Getting Australia’s trade deal over the line with lamb, pavlova and a side of ‘soft diplomacy’ | Katharine Murphy

Scott Morrison’s free trade agreement with the UK is a win for the Nationals, but the return of coal-loving Barnaby presents a new challenge for the PMOn Monday morning, we saw one of those organic redirections that sometimes happen in politics. If the Nationals hadn’t lunged to take out their leader Michael McCormack, another story about Scott Morrison and an undeclared pilgrimage in Cornwall to engage with his convict ancestry would have dominated the day.If you missed this story in the melee,...
Tags: Business, UK, London, Australia, International Trade, Economics, Australia news, Australian politics, Cornwall, Scott Morrison, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Morrison, Michael McCormack, Barnaby, Katharine Murphy


Wage growth slowdown under Coalition costs average worker $254 a week, study finds

Exclusive: New analysis by the McKell Institute blames a suite of government policies for suppressing wagesThe average Australian worker would be earning $254 more a week if wages growth had continued at the rate achieved under the last Labor government, according to a new analysis.The progressive thinktank, the McKell Institute, will release a report on Wednesday analysing the impact of a slowdown in average weekly ordinary time earnings since the Coalition gained power in September 2013. Wage...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian economy, McKell Institute, Wages growth


Australians have lost trust in Chinese government but don’t want to be dragged into war, poll finds

More people view China as a security threat than an economic partner, while US standing improves under Joe Biden, Lowy Institute survey suggestsThe Australian public’s trust in the Chinese government has collapsed after a year of trade sanctions while the Morrison government has received a mediocre score for its handling of the worsening relationship.The Lowy Institute’s annual poll shows that, for the first time, more Australians view China as a security threat than an economic partner, despite...
Tags: Australia, China, US, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Morrison, Lowy Institute, Australian foreign policy, Joe Biden Lowy Institute


Senate sinks Angus Taylor’s plan to allow renewables agency to invest in fossil fuel technologies

Government had wanted Arena to invest in carbon capture and storage as well as ‘clean’ hydrogen made using gasThe Australian Renewable Energy Agency will not be able to invest in carbon capture and storage after the Senate voted to disallow a government instrument expanding its investment remit.Labor, the Greens and crossbench senators combined on Tuesday night to disallow a controversial instrument written by the energy minister, Angus Taylor, to allow investment in a broader range of technolog...
Tags: Senate, Renewable Energy, Australia news, Fossil Fuels, Australian politics, Arena, Angus Taylor, Labor the Greens, Renewable Energy Agency


Labor says parliament complaints mechanism should be able to investigate allegations against departed staff

The opposition responds to Foster review undertaken by Scott Morrison’s department following the Brittany Higgins furore Labor says a new independent complaints mechanism to be established for federal parliamentary staff in the wake of the Brittany Higgins furore needs a broader remit so it can retrospectively investigate serious incidents.The opposition has responded to the main recommendations of the Foster review undertaken by a deputy secretary in Scott Morrison’s department after the Higgi...
Tags: Gender, Australia news, Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Higgins, Brittany Higgins, Brittany Higgins furore Labor


Australia politics live update: NSW extends mask restrictions after 10 new Covid cases; Barnaby Joyce sworn in as deputy PM

Sydney’s Bondi cluster grows to 21, while Queensland opens borders to Victorians. Follow all the latest updates, liveNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Vaccine rollout trackerKatharine Murphy: Barnaby Joyce, the friend of fossil fuels 3.18am BST New South Wales will achieve a quicker-than-expected turnaround from the Covid-19 downturn, with the state expected to be back in the black by 2024-25 with a $466m surplus. In the meantime...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Anthony Albanese, Bondi, Menzies, Howard, NSW, Gladys Berejiklian


Australia politics live: Barnaby Joyce sworn in as deputy PM, more Sydney Covid sites named

Follow all the latest updates, liveNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspotsCovid travel restrictions in Australia; Vaccine rollout trackerKatharine Murphy: Barnaby Joyce, the friend of fossil fuels 11.19pm BST Sussan Ley will hold a press conference at 9am.The government is very, very worried about the Unesco draft decision to list the Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’. 11.09pm BST Well that was quick. It was almost like Anthony Albanese’s social team had this plannedAus...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Unesco, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Great Barrier Reef, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Sussan Ley, Anthony Albanese, Gladys Berejiklian, Coronavirus, Victoria Covid


Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘in danger’, Unesco recommends

Australian government ‘stunned’ by recommendation and will strongly oppose draft decision, environment minister Sussan Ley saysThe Great Barrier Reef should be placed on to a list of world heritage sites that are “in danger”, according to a recommendation from UN officials that urges Australia to take “accelerated action at all possible levels” on climate change.The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization says the world’s biggest coral reef system should be placed on the...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Unesco, Australian politics, Queensland, United Nations, Un, Great Barrier Reef, Sussan Ley


Guardian Essential poll: majority of voters fear Australia will be left behind on climate change

Poll finds 59% believe Australia needs to follow the lead of other countries and make action a priorityA majority of voters fear Australia will be left behind unless the Morrison government follows the lead of other countries in prioritising serious action to combat global heating, according to the latest Guardian Essential poll.The findings from the fortnightly survey of 1,087 respondents come as Barnaby Joyce deposed Michael McCormack and returned to lead the National party after a week where ...
Tags: Climate Change, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Barnaby Joyce, Morrison, Michael McCormack, Essential poll


Rural women say ‘astounding’ return of Barnaby Joyce proves Nationals ‘not listening’

Australian Women in Agriculture founding member says Joyce trapped in culture dominated by ‘power plays between the boys’Prominent rural women have blasted the Nationals for reinstating Barnaby Joyce to the leadership, saying the return of the ousted MP shows the party is “not listening” to regional women.Joyce, who successfully toppled Michael McCormack in a leadership spill on Monday, subsequently claimed he was a “better person” following three years on the backbench when he had reflected on ...
Tags: Gender, Australia news, Australian politics, National party, Barnaby Joyce, Joyce, Michael McCormack


Australia politics live news: Barnaby Joyce returns as Nationals leader; Senate hearing on Covid-19 begins

Barnaby Joyce set to become Australia’s new deputy PM after retaking Nationals leadership; Senate Covid committee hears from authorities and TGA. Follow latest updatesJoyce to return as deputy PM after deposing McCormackNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspots 10.28am BST Skerritt also adds that although the Delta variant is very transmissible, data out of the UK suggests it can still be vaccinated against, but two doses are better than one. 10.25am BST The TGA’s John Sk...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australia politics live news: Barnaby Joyce returns as Nationals leader; Sydney mask rules likely to continue after two new Covid cases in NSW

Barnaby Joyce set to become Australia’s new deputy PM after retaking Nationals leadership from Michael McCormack. Follow latest updatesJoyce to return as deputy PM after deposing McCormackNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspots 8.28am BST This afternoon, the Home to Bilo campaign sent out this video of the Murugappan family daughters, Kopika and Tharnicaa, out shopping in Perth.When they were on Christmas Island they were not allowed to go to the shops like this, and all tr...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, New Zealand, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party


Australia politics live news: Nationals leadership spill; Sydney mask rules likely to continue after NSW reports two new Covid cases

Barnaby Joyce set to become Australia’s new deputy PM after retaking Nationals leadership from Michael McCormack. Follow latest updatesJoyce to return as deputy PM after deposing McCormackNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspots 5.26am BST Josh Frydenberg is yelling about the economy, having once again forgotten how microphones work.It seems impossible for that knowledge to stay in his memory. 5.21am BST Some new federal vaccine data has come in.As at midnight 20/06/2021...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party


Australia politics live news: Barnaby Joyce to be new deputy PM after Nationals spill; NSW reports two new Covid cases

Joyce retakes leadership of National party from Michael McCormack. Follow latest updatesMasks compulsory indoors in parts of Sydney as Covid cluster growsNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspotsBarnaby Joyce could retake Nationals leadership on Monday, opponents say 3.23am BST Here is Barnaby Joyce casually playing catch with a piece of coal in question time back in 2017 (it had been brought in by Scott Morrison).It’s nice they get to play together again. 3.12am BST Here...
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Australia politics live news: NSW reports two new Covid cases; Nationals in disarray as spill called

Barnaby Joyce goes head to head with Michael McCormack for leadership of the National party. Follow latest updatesMasks compulsory indoors in parts of Sydney as Covid cluster growsNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspotsBarnaby Joyce could retake Nationals leadership on Monday, opponents say 2.29am BST They’ve gone back into the party room.Honestly. This can not be difficult. 2.27am BST Sarah Martin says Matt Canavan said he would “leave it to others to announce” what ha...
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Australia politics live: Nationals in disarray amid spill rumours as PM and premiers to meet for emergency Covid national cabinet – live

Barnaby Joyce denies he will challenge Michael McCormack for leadership of the National party as a spill is widely anticipated. Follow latest updatesMasks compulsory indoors in parts of Sydney as Covid cluster growsNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspotsBarnaby Joyce could retake Nationals leadership on Monday, opponents say 1.23am BST If there is one thing we can be grateful today, it’s that it is the winter solstice – and therefore, the shortest day of the year. 1.19am ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party


Australia politics live: Barnaby Joyce denies leadership challenge; PM and premiers to meet at emergency national cabinet

Barnaby Joyce has denied he will challenge Michael McCormack for leadership of the National party as a spill is widely anticipated. Follow latest updatesMasks compulsory indoors in parts of Sydney as Covid cluster growsNSW and ACT coronavirus hotspots; Victoria Covid hotspotsBarnaby Joyce could retake Nationals leadership on Monday, opponents say 10.45pm BST Simon Birmingham was over on the ABC talking about the coronavirus vaccine rollout – the states have raised concerns about the supplies...
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Barnaby Joyce could retake Nationals leadership on Monday, opponents say

David Littleproud could be clear to run for top job if Michael McCormack stood asideLeadership rumblings in the Nationals are expected to come to a head on Monday, with opponents of Barnaby Joyce saying he could retake the top job.The other most likely leadership contender, David Littleproud, has told colleagues that as deputy leader he cannot challenge Michael McCormack. But Littleproud could be clear to run if McCormack spilled his own leadership or chose not to stand again after a successful ...
Tags: Energy, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, National party, Barnaby Joyce, McCormack, Michael McCormack, David Littleproud, Littleproud


Marise Payne says net zero is government’s ‘broad position’ as she plays down Nationals’ climate revolt

Foreign affairs minister says net zero emissions target preferable by 2050 even as Liberals’ coalition partner shoots down ideaMarise Payne has said that net zero emissions as soon possible and preferably by 2050 is “the broad position of the Australian government”, playing down claims by the Nationals their agreement wasn’t sought or given for a net zero target.In an interview on ABC’s Insiders, the foreign affairs minister also said Australia’s position matters because climate change is a “key...
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