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: 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 news live updates: 14 more Covid deaths; evacuation orders for parts of northern NSW; budget to address cost of living

NSW paramedics are taking industrial action in a bid to force meetings with the government to secure pay rises and more staff, Jack Gramenz from AAP reports. Members of the Australia Paramedics Association will throughout Tuesday refuse to transfer stations from the one where they start their shift to fill roster gaps, as well as … Read more

Australia news live update: Lambie says refugee deal ‘will put a line in the sand’; Dutton denies Coalition ‘dropped the ball’ on Pacific defence; 16 Covid deaths

The decision to repeal Australia’s medevac laws was the hardest I’ve ever had to make in my political career. In the end, I decided to support it. Not for nothing. I did it because I thought, on balance, that medevac gave me leverage to get people out of offshore detention. To let them move on … Read more

Australia news live updates: Nauru refugees to be resettled in New Zealand; Ash Barty speaks about retirement; 25 Covid deaths

It is clear from the report that the situation in Western Australia is broadly similar to that in New South Wales and Victoria, and that there are deficiencies with the casino operator in this state. The royal commission found that the Crown entities are presently not suitable to continue to hold a gaming licence for … Read more

Australia news live updates: Covid isolation rule changes and fourth booster shots under review

8.42pm GMT 20:42 Former federal Labor MP Craig Thomson is facing new charges this morning following his arrest over an AVO breach yesterday. Thomson has been charged by police with fraud over Covid-19 business schemes, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Thomson allegedly falsified information to obtain $25,000 from the NSW state government Covid-19 small business … Read more

Australia news live updates: Senate inquiry probes Beetaloo Basin fracking plans; 12 Covid deaths recorded

Firstly, 120,000 premises will come into the footprint, people previously served by satellite will be able to get the NBN fixed wireless. It will go to a speed of 100 megabits per second and over 750,000 premises. 85% will get a speed of 250 megabits per second. Upload speed Inverarity crease in 20 meg bites … Read more

Australia news live update: mourners farewell Kimberley Kitching; Peter Malinauskas sworn in as SA premier; six Covid deaths recorded

Police have revealed that the bodies of two people found in a dam in Queensland’s South Burnett region were chained together, AAP reports. The bodies of a man, identified as Darryl Smith, and a woman in her early 40s were found by a member of the public at the Gordonbrook Dam, about 250km northwest of … Read more