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

Cricketer Michael Slater adds to voices condemning ban after chief medical officer Paul Kelly warns it could cause the deaths of Australians overseas. Follow live 11.16pm BST Scott Morrison has been asked why Australia didn’t ban travellers from the US or UK despite similar rates of infection during their respective spikes, and if the characterisation of the Indian policy as “racist” is fair. Morrison’s tactic when asked this is to talk about China, which by the most generous of characterisa...
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Australia news live: Penny Wong says she understands why people think government’s India travel ban is racist

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


‘Fuel on the fire’: war of words between Australia and China stokes tension

Scott Morrison wants to ‘pursue peace’ but ‘drums of war’ speeches from his government have raised hacklesScott Morrison says Australia’s defence policies are “designed to pursue peace” – but some analysts are worried the increasingly stark warnings from his government about the threat of a military clash with China could fuel panic.“I think while there are good reasons to increase our defence spending and to raise public awareness of the challenges that loom in our region, there are also real r...
Tags: Australia, China, International Trade, Australia news, Taiwan, Asia Pacific, Australian military, Victoria, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Northern Territory, Darwin, Penny Wong, Kevin Rudd, Morrison, Lowy Institute


Labor pushes Morrison government to clarify whether it views Xinjiang human rights abuses as genocide

Penny Wong calls for Australia to consider targeted sanctions on foreign entities directly profiting from forced Uyghur labourThe Morrison government must explain whether it sees human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region as a case of genocide, the federal opposition says.Labor’s foreign affairs spokesperson, Penny Wong, also called on the government to “consider targeted sanctions on foreign companies, officials and other entities known to be directly profiting from Uyghur forced labour and...
Tags: Human Rights, Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Xinjiang, Penny Wong, Morrison, Uyghurs, Australian foreign policy


Australia condemns 'indefensible' killings in Myanmar but stops short of imposing sanctions

Marise Payne says Australia is ‘gravely concerned about the rising death toll’ after 38 people were reported killed during peaceful protestsThe Australian government has called on Myanmar’s security forces to cease the violent response to protests, voicing grave concerns about the rising death toll and condemning the killings of minors as “indefensible”.But the government has stopped short of outlining any additional sanctions against figures in Myanmar’s military, as the deadliest day of violen...
Tags: Protest, Australia, Australia news, Australian politics, Myanmar, Canberra, Penny Wong, Marise Payne, Australian foreign policy


Historical rape claim against current minister a 'test' for PM, Albanese says

Labor leader says Scott Morrison must satisfy himself ‘the current make-up of the cabinet can continue’Anthony Albanese has said a historical rape allegation against a current cabinet minister is a “test” for Scott Morrison, who must satisfy himself it is appropriate for the man to continue in his current position.While agreeing that police were best to investigate the complaint of sexual assault, which allegedly occurred in 1988, the Labor leader argued on Sunday that Morrison must separately “...
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Australia politics live: Scott Morrison and AFP reportedly told of historic rape allegation against a cabinet minister

Victoria reports two new local Covid cases; remains of missing businesswoman Melissa Caddick found; 85% of Australians likely to get vaccinated. Follow liveMelissa Caddick: remains of missing businesswoman found months after disappearanceHarvey Norman to keep $22m in jobkeeper despite profits doubling to $462m in pandemicAustralia considers relaxing temperature controls on Pfizer vaccineFollow our global coronavirus live blog 7.55am GMT Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has also released he...
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Labor pursues Craig Kelly over conspiracy theories in fiery question time – Australian politics live

PM calls Kelly after he publicly clashed with Tanya Plibersek in press gallery corridor over coronavirus misinformation. Follow liveKatharine Murphy: Scott Morrison must heed the lesson of Donald Trump and slap down Craig KellyNationals coal push disrupts Scott Morrison’s climate policy pivotWA Covid restrictions explained; WA hotspot locationsFollow our global coronavirus live blog 4.34am GMT The Craig Kelly fracas continued n the Senate.Labor’s Senate leader, Penny Wong, asked about commen...
Tags: Business, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Scott Morrison, Tanya Plibersek, Donald Trump, Western Australia, Australian economy, Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong, Kelly, WA, Matt Canavan, Craig Kelly, Coronavirus


Labor says government must explain claim it called for Covid inquiry so it could make an announcement

Penny Wong says foreign minister must respond to allegation push for review of pandemic’s origins was timed for announcement on InsidersPenny Wong has accused the government of failing to consult Labor on foreign policy and demanded the foreign minister explain a report that the timing of Australia’s push for a Covid-19 inquiry was motivated by a desire to make an announcement.The shadow foreign minister appeared on Insiders on Sunday, questioning the Coalition’s apparent lack of strategy on Chi...
Tags: Labor, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Scott Morrison, Penny Wong, Marise Payne, Australian foreign policy, InsidersPenny Wong


Australian politics live: Queensland border reopens; Morrison condemns China tweet

Queensland tourism operators hope reopening of border to Victoria and Sydney will help economic recovery; MPs hit back at China over provocative tweet; Reserve Bank board to meet – follow latest updatesPoll: three-quarters of Australians back target of net zero by 2030China rejects Australian PM’s call to apologise for ‘repugnant’ tweet Follow our global coronavirus live blogAustralia’s coronavirus restrictions explained: state by state 9.23pm GMT Penny Wong appeared on ABC News Breakfast th...
Tags: Health, Australia, China, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Australian military, Victoria, Labor party, Liberal party, Canberra, Scott Morrison


Coalition changes foreign veto bill to ease concerns of universities and Labor

New definition mean universities won’t have to notify the government about deals with counterparts in countries such as the UK and USThe Morrison government has narrowed the coverage of its foreign veto bill in a bid to ease concerns of the university sector and the opposition about the potential reach of the planned new powers.The changes mean Australian universities, which have been worried thousands of international research agreements could be subject to review, will likely not have to notif...
Tags: UK, Labor, China, Australia news, United States, Asia Pacific, United Kingdom, Coalition, Australian politics, Labor party, Australian education, Penny Wong, Australian Universities, Morrison, Australian foreign policy


Australian politicians rebuke Trump stating US voters 'deserve to have their voices heard'

Opposition foreign affairs spokeswoman Penny Wong says it is in Australia’s interest that America remains ‘a credible democracy’Australia’s shadow foreign affairs minister, Penny Wong, has rebuked Donald Trump, without naming him, after the US president falsely claimed victory in the 2020 election and flagged supreme court action to truncate the count.Wong on Wednesday night local time declared American voters “deserve to have their voices heard”. Continue reading...
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Senate estimates told 3,000 dead people among those owed robodebt refunds – politics live

Legal battle brews over Australia Post CEO’s status; MPs reject Qatar dinner invitation. Follow the latest liveLegal battle brewing over Christine Holgate ‘stand aside’ Follow our global coronavirus live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s weekly coronavirus email 8.21am GMT Officials won’t disclose when universities were first included in coverage of the Morrison government’s draft foreign vet...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Qatar, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Australian politics, Penny Wong, Kevin Rudd, Australia Post, Morrison, DFAT, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Christine Holgate, Frances Adamson, Coronavirus


Australian MPs pull out of dinner with Qatari ambassador over Doha airport incident

Members of security and intelligence committee snub invite in protest at invasive treatment of women before flight to SydneyAustralian politicians from the major parties have pulled out of a formal dinner at the Qatari ambassador’s residence in protest at the invasive treatment of women at Doha airport.Members of parliament’s security and intelligence committee have taken the stand as political pressure grows for the government to strengthen its response to the compulsory medical examination tra...
Tags: Human Rights, Women, Qatar, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Coalition, Australian politics, Sydney, Labor party, Canberra, Doha, Penny Wong, Marise Payne, Australian foreign policy


Michaelia Cash grilled about business grant scheme where funds flowed overwhelmingly to Coalition seats – politics live

Melbourne lockdown lifted as Victoria records two Covid cases and two deaths. Senate estimates looks at Australia’s response to Doha airport incident. Follow liveFollow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 7.22am GMT Speaking of China, Andrew Hastie MP, the chair of the joint parliamentary intelligence and security committee, has just...
Tags: Australia, Senate, Australia news, Coalition, Australian politics, Chinese communist party, Victoria, Melbourne, Scott Morrison, Daniel Andrews, Doha, Anthony Albanese, Penny Wong, Josh Frydenberg, Vic, Chisholm


'Senator, I agree': $30m Western Sydney airport land deal 'looks like' a cover-up, says infrastructure chief

Auditor general referred matter to federal police because material was ‘suggestive that the commonwealth may have been defrauded’The head of Australia’s infrastructure department has agreed that it looks as though officials attempted to cover up an inflated valuation for a controversial land sale connected to the second Sydney airport – and insists that he’s embarked on a clean-up exercise.Simon Atkinson, the secretary of the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Comm...
Tags: Australia, Senate, Australia news, Infrastructure, Australian politics, New South Wales, Sydney, Independent Commission Against Corruption, Penny Wong, Western Sydney, Michael McCormack, Simon Atkinson, Australian National Audit Office Continue


ALP pursues government over land deal as Coalition defends childcare scheme – as it happened

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; and federal parliament resumes with Senate estimates. This blog is now closed Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 9.13am BST To recap: 8.44am BST In the off chance you aren’t completely fed up with Covid-19 data, the federal health department has b...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne


Labor pursues government over airport land deal as Coalition defends childcare scheme – politics live

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; federal parliament resumes with Senate estimates. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 7.22am BST The 24 new cases in WA are linked to the Al Messilah.Other crew members of the ship had tested positive on the weekend.A further 24 crew member...
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Question time: Labor pursues government over airport land deal as Coalition defends childcare scheme – politics live

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; federal parliament resumes with Senate estimates. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 5.24am BST Labor is moving to suspend standing orders to bring on the Jobmaker hiring credit bill.The government said they wanted to get it up today, but ...
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Question time: Labor pursues government over airport land deal – politics live

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; federal parliament resumes with Senate estimates. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 4.15am BST Michael McCormack has taken the despatch box, arguing that Labor should be out and about talking up the government’s budget.Or something. 4.13...
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Daniel Andrews attacks federal government for 'playing politics' over pandemic as Victoria records four Covid cases – politics live

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; federal parliament resumes with Senate estimates. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 2.05am BST The university bill is back in the House of Reps – the Senate made some changes, which means it has to go back to the House, before it is offic...
Tags: Health, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, House, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Victoria, Labor party


Federal MPs attack Victoria's Covid reopening plan as state reports four new cases – politics live

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; federal parliament resumes with Senate estimates. Follow live Follow our global live blogFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 1.23am BST Why is Daniel Andrews pointing the finger back at the federal government?Andrews:They are in charge of the borders and the bubble and the bubbl...
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Coronavirus Australia live updates: Victoria reports four new cases as Melbourne wakes up to eased lockdown

Melburnians can now travel up to 25km and spend more time out of the house; federal parliament resumes with the Coalition’s universities bill on the agenda. Follow live 11.24pm BST Penny Wong asks department of infrastructure and transport head Simon Atkinson whether or not he believes the department fell well short of “high standards” in the Leppington triangle purchase.Atkinson doesn’t really answer. 11.21pm BST Crown has just released this statement to the ASX - it is being investiga...
Tags: Health, Australia, Australia news, Infectious Diseases, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victorian politics, New South Wales politics, Indigenous Australians, Victoria, Labor party, Melbourne, Scott Morrison


Coronavirus Australia live update: Victoria's hotel quarantine inquiry to hold extraordinary sitting, as PM says 5,000 to use Howard Springs

First international tourists in six months touch down today on three flights from New Zealand as the government works on plan to repatriate Australians stranded overseas. Follow liveFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Vic hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 7.18am BST They just raised a good point on the ABC regarding that $30m Western Sydney land deal. Now that the AFP is investigating it, p...
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Foreign veto laws: Labor warns of ‘unprecedented power’ and lack of oversight

Exclusive: Penny Wong hints Labor will seek amendments as universities fear the laws would have a chilling effect on research collaborationLabor has fired a warning shot to the Morrison government over its planned foreign veto laws, accusing the Coalition of trying to give “unprecedented power” to the foreign affairs minister without adequate oversight.In a toughening of the opposition’s position on the proposed powers to scrap certain international agreements, Labor’s Senate leader, Penny Wong,...
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Coronavirus Australia update: Daniel Andrews gives press conference as Victoria reports 11 new cases and NSW 10 – live

The number of locally transmitted cases in Sydney is growing, dashing hopes of the Queensland border reopening next month. Follow liveFull Australian Covid stats; Covid restrictions state by stateNSW cases map; Vic cases mapNSW hotspots list; Qld hotspots listSign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus email 1.31am BST The tax changes have passed the senate (the cut price jobkeeper program – the labour hire credits, have been sent to a committee for review).The tax changes means the rate wi...
Tags: Health, Business, Australia, Senate, Australia news, Australian politics, Queensland, New South Wales, Sydney, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Daniel Andrews, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Annastacia Palaszczuk


Labor wants to use Coalition's proposed foreign veto powers to unwind Darwin port sale

The opposition is working up an amendment as concerns grow about the power to cancel university agreementsLabor is expected to propose an amendment to the Morrison government’s controversial foreign veto power legislation that would force the unwinding of the sale of Darwin port to a Chinese company.The government’s proposal, unveiled last week amid rising tensions between Canberra and Beijing, cleared the Coalition’s party room meeting on Tuesday and is expected to be introduced to the House of...
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Penny Wong says coronavirus catastrophe fuelling 'a macho strain of nationalism'

Labor’s Senate leader warns against ‘anti-China rhetoric’ during Covid-19 crisis and says climate change will be ‘the next pandemic’Sign up for Guardian Australia’s coronavirus emailDownload the free Guardian app to get the most important news notificationsThe Covid-19 catastrophe has “reinforced a macho strain of nationalism” while fuelling damaging levels of “mistrust” between countries, and Australia cannot afford to stand by as the pandemic speeds up threats to the world order, Penny Wong ar...
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Australia will 'continue to welcome' Hong Kong residents as calls mount to match UK's offer of safe haven

MPs urge the government to help people fearing China’s planned security lawsThe Australian government has declared it will “continue to welcome” Hong Kong residents, but it won’t be drawn on calls for it to match the UK’s offer of safe haven for people fearing China’s planned security laws.Australian parliamentarians from across the political spectrum are urging the government to help the people of Hong Kong, amid growing international concern about the impact of Beijing’s decision on the city’s...
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Morrison urged to confront Trump over concerns US-China trade deal is hurting Australia

Labor’s Penny Wong says PM should ‘pick up the phone’ to US president and Mike Pompeo warns Victoria over cooperation in China’s Belt and Road projectLabor has called on Scott Morrison to pick up the phone to Donald Trump to pursue concerns the US president’s trade deal with China is hurting Australian farmers and exporters.The push comes as Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, urges the Victorian state government to tread carefully before it embraces potential projects under China’s Belt and...
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