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Pressure builds on Morrison over vaccines as SA enters lockdown and Victoria extends Covid restrictions

Anthony Albanese accused the prime minister of going ‘missing’ in a crisis as lockdowns widened and borders closedMore than 13 million Australians are in lockdown and state borders are being slammed shut as the country scrambles to get ahead of a rapidly spreading outbreak of the Delta variant of Covid-19.As Victoria extended its restrictions for another week and South Australia became the latest state to enter into lockdown, Labor ramped up its pressure on the Morrison government, saying the la...
Tags: Labor, World news, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, South Australia, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Coronavirus


Coalition’s Queensland women set to highlight growing policy divide in party

LNP women’s conference will rally support for an anti-abortion bill, urge more action on Brittany Higgins’s allegations and push against quotasGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingSupport for a controversial anti-abortion bill, a push against quotas, reuniting families separated by the pandemic and demands for an investigation into the exploitation of backpackers on working visas are among the resolutions the women of the LNP are fighting for, highlighting the growing divide in t...
Tags: Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Brisbane, Liberal party, Canberra, LNP, Liberal National Party, Brittany Higgins


NSW records 77 new cases and one death as new mask and travel rules issued – as it happened

Masks must be worn in all indoor construction sites across NSW and from 13 July in residential common areas as new restrictions placed on people entering greater Sydney. This blog is now closedWhat went wrong: how Delta exposed the NSW approach to Covid‘Stuffed’: how Australia’s ‘unconscionable’ gamble on Covid vaccines backfiredLatest Sydney lockdown restrictions explainedDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 8.42am BST That’s where we’ll end today’s live coverage o...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Ama, Australian Medical Association, Gladys Berejiklian, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners


Australia Covid update live: NSW records 77 new cases and one death as new mask and travel rules issued

Masks must be worn in all indoor construction sites across NSW and from 13 July in residential common areas as new restrictions placed on people entering greater Sydney. Follow liveWhat went wrong: how Delta exposed the NSW approach to Covid‘Stuffed’: how Australia’s ‘unconscionable’ gamble on Covid vaccines backfiredLatest Sydney lockdown restrictions explainedDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 2.28am BST Berejiklian says it is clear that “the numbers aren’t goin...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Gladys Berejiklian, Berejiklian, Coronavirus


Australia Covid update live: Victoria and Qld record no new cases as new mask and travel rules issued for NSW

Masks must be worn in all indoor construction sites across NSW and from 13 July in residential common areas as new restrictions placed on people entering greater Sydney. Follow liveWhat went wrong: how Delta exposed the NSW approach to Covid‘Stuffed’: how Australia’s ‘unconscionable’ gamble on Covid vaccines backfiredLatest Sydney lockdown restrictions explainedDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 1.22am BST However, Victorian residents should be aware of this lates...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, Qantas, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Launceston


Australia Covid update live: dozens of exposure sites across Sydney announced overnight and new mask rules issued

Masks must be worn in all indoor construction sites across NSW and from 13 July in residential common areas as new restrictions placed on people entering greater Sydney. Follow liveWhat went wrong: how Delta exposed the NSW approach to Covid‘Stuffed’: how Australia’s ‘unconscionable’ gamble on Covid vaccines backfiredLatest Sydney lockdown restrictions explainedDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 11.25pm BST Additional mask rules have been announced for Greater Syd...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Delta, New South Wales, Sydney, Vaccines and immunisation, Labor party, Liberal party, Gladys Berejiklian, Brad Hazzard, Naaman Zhou, Greater Sydney, Coronavirus


‘Menacing controlling wallpaper’: Julia Banks says her three months under Scott Morrison were ‘gut-wrenching’

Former MP has privacy concerns about Jenkins report into workplace culture based on ‘first-hand’ experience with Morrison governmentDownload our free news app; get our morning email briefingFormer Liberal MP Julia Banks says she will send a copy of her new memoir to the Jenkins review of workplace culture in Parliament House, but will not give a formal interview or make a submission to the inquiry because she lacks confidence in the confidentiality of the process.Australia’s sex discrimination c...
Tags: Gender, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Morrison, Jenkins, Parliament House, Kate Jenkins, Julia Banks, Brittany Higgins


Canadian Government Now Wants All Vehicles Zero-Emission By 2035

The Canadian government has said it wants to accelerate its self-imposed deadline to ensure the sale of all light-passenger vehicles be of the zero-emissions variety by 2040. According to statements made by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra on Tuesday, Canada’s new target should be 2035. That presumably leaves customers with a little over a decade to enjoy […] The post Canadian Government Now Wants All Vehicles Zero-Emission By 2035 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
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South Australia does not need fresh water, Nationals claim in fiery Murray-Darling Basin plan debate

Party’s push to rewrite the government’s water policy described as ‘wacky, dangerous and anti-science’The Nationals have sensationally claimed that science does not support South Australia “needing fresh water” through the Murray-Darling Basin plan, while suggesting rising sea levels could replace environmental flows to the lower lakes.The claims, made as part of an unsuccessful push to rewrite the government’s water policy, came at the culmination of a Nationals-led insurrection over the plan t...
Tags: Australia, Environment, Water, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Liberal party, Party, National party, South Australia, Murray Darling Basin


Australia politics live: second Victorian tests positive to Covid after NSW records 11 cases and Qld three

Victoria turning away people from Sydney hotspots; Queensland warns residents against travel to NSW. Follow latest updatesCovid update: NSW faces ‘scariest period’ as Sydney records 11 new cases‘It’s in the air’: what you need to know about the Delta variantBorder closures and travel bans Sydney prompt ‘mass cancellations’NSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; Australia travel restrictionsDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 10.22am BST That’s where we will wrap up the blo...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, National party, Barnaby Joyce


Australia politics live: Sydney won’t enter Covid lockdown after 11 new NSW cases; Qld records three new local infections and Victoria one

Victoria turning away people from Sydney hotspots; Queensland warns residents against travel to NSW. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid update: health minister self-isolating‘It’s in the air’: what you need to know about the Delta variantBorder closures and travel bans Sydney prompt ‘mass cancellations’NSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; Australia travel restrictionsDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 5.23am BST Scott Morrison’s dixer is on what the government has done – t...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Speaker, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, National party


Australia politics live: Gladys Berejiklian provides NSW Covid update after 11 new cases; Qld records three new local infections and Victoria one

MP Adam Marshall dined at Sydney pizza restaurant with person who later tested positive to coronavirus; Queensland warns residents against travel to NSW. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid update: health minister self-isolating‘It’s in the air’: what you need to know about the Delta variantBorder closures and travel bans Sydney prompt ‘mass cancellations’NSW restrictions; NSW hotspots; Australia travel restrictionsDownload the free Guardian app; Get our morning email briefing 4.25am BST Victoria...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, National party, Barnaby Joyce


Australia politics live: NSW minister one of 11 new Covid cases; Qld records three new local infections and Victoria one

Adam Marshall dined at Sydney pizza restaurant with a person who later tested positive to coronavirus; Queensland warns residents against travel to NSW. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid update: health minister self-isolating‘It’s in the air’: what you need to know about the Delta variantAustralia plans to shelve AstraZeneca Covid vaccine by OctoberBorder closures and travel bans Sydney prompt ‘mass cancellations’Covid travel restrictions in AustraliaNSW Covid restrictions; NSW and ACT coronavirus ...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Astrazeneca, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, National party, Barnaby Joyce


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 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...
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: 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...
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: 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...
Tags: Health, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales politics, Vaccines and immunisation, Victoria, Pfizer, Labor party, Liberal party, Birmingham


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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NSW reports positive Covid case visited Bondi; Melbourne travel limit scrapped as Victoria eases restrictions – as it happened

A Sydney man in his 60s who works as a driver, including transporting international flight crew, tests positive. This blog is now closed.New Sydney Covid case visited Bondi venues while potentially contagious 9.49am BST That’s where we will leave the live blog for Wednesday.Here’s what made the news for the day: 9.46am BST Scott Morrison was asked whether Australia would put up more candidates for international posts after former finance minister Mathias Cormann secured the top job at t...
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Australia live update: NSW reports positive Covid case visited Bondi; Melbourne travel limit scrapped as Victoria eases restrictions

A Sydney man in his 60s who works as a driver, including transporting international flight crew, tests positive. Follow latest updatesVictoria’s Covid restrictions explainedNSW Covid hotspots; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listResources minister attacks ‘green activists’Nurses choosing better-paid shifts at vaccination hubs adding to crisisVictoria halts Pfizer bookings and locks down Melbourne unit block 7.21am BST Penny Wong is asked about Karen Andrews comments from earlier today ...
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Australia politics live: Melbourne travel limit scrapped as Victoria eases Covid restrictions; Morrison hails UK trade deal

Parliament will sit in Canberra today and Victoria to relax coronavirus restrictions. Follow latest updatesVictoria’s Covid restrictions explainedNSW Covid hotspots; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listResources minister attacks ‘green activists’Nurses choosing better-paid shifts at vaccination hubs adding to crisisVictoria halts Pfizer bookings and locks down Melbourne unit block 5.23am BST We are back to ‘how much does Michael McCormack not know’ and this time, it is on the vaccine r...
Tags: Health, UK, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian politics, Victoria, Pfizer, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Parliament, Canberra


Australia politics live: Morrison hails UK free trade agreement; Victoria records five new local Covid cases

Parliament will sit in Canberra today and Victorians wait to hear if restrictions will be eased further. Follow latest updatesNSW Covid hotspots; Victoria exposure sites; Qld hotspots listResources minister attacks ‘green activists’Nurses choosing better-paid shifts at vaccination hubs adding to crisisVictoria halts Pfizer bookings and locks down Melbourne unit block 12.14am BST Not everyone in the Labor party is in raptures over the UK free trade deal.So-called Aust-UK ‘trade deal’ is just ...
Tags: Health, UK, Labor, Australia, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Victorian politics, Victoria, Pfizer, Labor party, Melbourne, Liberal party, Parliament


Biloela family to be reunited in Perth but will remain in community detention

Immigration minister says Murugappan family, who have been detained on Christmas Island, will not be returned home to Biloela while they pursue legal action The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, has confirmed the Murugappan family will be released from detention on Christmas Island and allowed to reunite on the Australian mainland while they pursue ongoing legal action.Hawke confirmed in a statement on Tuesday morning the family would not return to their local community in Biloela, the Queenslan...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Migration, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Refugees, Liberal party, Perth, Western Australia, Christmas Island, Sri Lanka, Hawke, Biloela, Alex Hawke, Law (Australia


Biloela family to reunite on Australian mainland but visa status expected to remain unchanged

The immigration minister, Alex Hawke, is set to announce the Murugappan family will be released from detention on Christmas IslandBiloela fights for Tamil family: ‘We fell in love with them’Katharine Murphy: if you think Australia making an example of a sick three-year-old is an exception, think againThe immigration minister, Alex Hawke, is set to announce on Tuesday that the Murugappan family will be released from detention on Christmas Island and allowed to reunite on the Australian mainland.H...
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Two Coalition MPs say it is time to bring Biloela family back from Christmas Island

Internal pressure on government comes as video circulates with celebrity supporters singing Twinkle Twinkle Little StarBiloela fights for Tamil family: ‘We fell in love with them when they were here’Katharine Murphy: if you think Australia making an example of a sick three-year-old is an exception, think again. This is what we doTony Abbott said Biloela family could have a case to be settled in AustraliaTwo government MPs have expressed support for the Murugappan family and called for them to be...
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