Budget 2021 updates: billions for aged care and mental health as treasurer prepares to deliver federal budget – Australian politics live

This budget is delivering on the promises we made at the last election. We went to the last election saying that we would invest in the economy, to grow jobs and to fund the essential services that Australians rely on. That’s why we have the focus on growing jobs. Yes, we didn’t see at the … Read more

Australian politics live: Coalition talks up spending on infrastructure and women’s health on budget eve

You’ve got to have the preconditions there, which is keeping Australians safe is the first priority. And that means getting quarantine right, getting vaccination right. We should be, as well, producing our own mRNA vaccines. We should have started that process last year. And one of the things that concerns me about this budget is … Read more

Australia news live: minister to hold urgent roundtable with Indian-Australian community leaders

A big old hello to you all on this fine Wednesday morning. Matilda Boseley here, ready to guide you through this Wednesday’s worth of news. Now, it probably comes as no surprise that all eyes are once again on India today, as federal immigration minister Alex Hawke moves to an urgent roundtable with Indian-Australian community … Read more

Australia news live: medical chief did not advise jail time for India arrivals; over-50s eligible for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

12.38am BST00:38 Department of health secretary Brendan Murphy and Aged care minister Richard Colbeck are fronting a Senate estimates committee this morning. Colbeck has been asked about the new sanctions on returning Indian citizens, saying “there is not a specific sanction in relation to [India]”, but said those sanctions were a result of the Biosecurity … Read more

Australia live news: Australia live news: Covid breach at Brisbane airport after traveller tests positive; Brittany Higgins and PM to meet

Former Liberal staffer will speak to Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese in Sydney, and Brisbane and Melbourne on Covid alert. Follow latest updates Some 16% of public servants have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, survey finds India wants access to cheap copies of Covid vaccines. So why is Australia holding out? Coronavirus WA: Perth … Read more

Australia news live: two men reported to have died of blood clots after receiving Covid vaccine

Well, in terms of that, we’ll allow the court process to take its course. The electors of Braddon, on Saturday, will be able to make a decision about Mr Brooks and that’s what a democracy is all about …. As I’ve said, innocent until proven guilty. We’ll allow that process to take its court: The … Read more