Australia news live updates: Marise Payne won’t be drawn on whether Liberals should dump Katherine Deves; PM to name health minister

1.54am BST 01:54 Tasmania has recorded one Covid-19 death and 1,212 new cases. It takes the number of Covid-19 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic to 43. There are 47 patients in hospital, including one person in intensive care. Updated at 1.55am BST 1.32am BST 01:32 The ABC reports about concerns … Read more

Australia politics live updates: unemployment still 4%; Morrison denies breaking Icac vow; new Russia sanctions; at least 35 Covid deaths

3.37am BST 03:37 The ABS, as you might have guessed, are the last people to fall for “gotcha” questions from journalists or anybody else. Given the sensitivity around what the jobless rate is, and whether it would this time be “the lowest since the 1970s” as the Morrison government initially wrongly claimed a month ago … Read more

Australia news live updates: Ukraine ambassador flags need for further support; 30 Covid deaths recorded

River level rises were observed across the Hawkesbury Nepean Valley due to heavy rainfall Wednesday night and Thursday. Heavy rainfall has eased overnight Thursday. Further showers are forecast for Friday and Saturday which are not expected to produce renewed river level rises. A moderate flood peak higher than the March 2022 floods passed Camden Thursday … Read more

Australia news live updates: Albanese calls Berejiklian ‘straight talker’ after leaked Morrison texts; 22 Covid deaths recorded

Can I just say one more thing, there is a website, that has been bought by someone associated with the Liberal Party but then, when someone clicks on it, it refers people straight to the Liberal party site. This is a test of integrity for Scott Morrison and for the Liberal party. Are they … Read more

Australia v England: Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 final – live!

5.38am BST 05:38 Australia 356-5 Megan Maurice Well if you’re just waking up in England, I don’t have great news for you. This has been pure domination from Australia. Some late wickets from England stemmed the flow of runs the tiniest little bit, but they have an absolutely huge chase on their hands. As I … Read more

Australia live news updates: NSW reports 13 Covid deaths and Victoria three; Tehan to sign trade pact with India; NSW to be lashed by wild winds

Good morning! Tory Shepherd here, only just emerging from a budget week-induced haze. Speaking of which – the budget fallout continues, as does the fallout from Labor’s budget reply. And the fallout from the floods. And more. There’s a lot of falling out, I’ll bring you whatever lands today as it happens. An interim free … Read more

Australia news live updates: PM confirms ADF will send vehicles to Ukraine; Albanese criticises delayed election call; nation records 12 Covid deaths

Scott Morrison says Bushmaster vehicles bound for Ukraine after confusion in Senate estimates; PM delaying election announcement to run political ads, Albanese claims; Michele Bullock becomes first female deputy governor of RBA; Victoria reports six Covid deaths, Queensland three, NSW two and ACT one. Follow all the day’s news live Zali Steggall more likely to … Read more

Australia news live updates: NSW flood risk remains as Sydney records wettest start to year; Ukraine’s Zelenskiy to address parliament; 32 Covid deaths

David Irvine will be deeply missed. As a director-general, diplomat and the chair of the foreign investment review board, David made an enormous contribution to the security and safety of Australia over many decades. David served as director-general of Asio from March 2009 until September 2014. He was an exceptional, wise and humble leader. Prior … Read more

Australia v West Indies: ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup 2022 semi-final – live!

6.01am BST 06:01 22nd over: West Indies 91-3 (Taylor 19, Campbelle 0) Matthews had the right idea, at least. Might as well swing for it as sputter out. 6.00am BST 06:00 WICKET! Matthews c King b Jonassen 34, West Indies 91-3 The demand takes its toll. The number one bowler in the world hasn’t even … Read more