Australia live news updates: Alex Hawke argues Novak Djokovic a ‘talisman’ of anti-vaccine sentiment; Victoria reports 23 Covid deaths, NSW 20

Despite my acceptance above that Mr Djokovic’s recent infection with Covid-19 means that he is at a negligible risk of infection and therefore presents a negligible risk to those around him, I am concerned that his presence in Australia, given his well-known stance on vaccination, creates a risk of strengthening the anti-vaccination sentiment of a … Read more

Australia news live update: Djokovic releases statement; nation records 49 Covid deaths and 3,900 cases in hospital; $1,000 fines in NSW for not reporting positive RATs

Hobart grandmother Susan Neill-Fraser is appealing to Australia’s highest court for a second time in a bid to have her murder conviction overturned. The 67-year-old was sentenced to 23 years in jail for killing partner Bob Chappell aboard the couple’s yacht, the Four Winds, on Australia Day 2009. Her appeal before Tasmania’s court of criminal … Read more

Australia live news update: NSW bans singing and dancing in venues and suspends elective surgery; Coalition defends Djokovic visa decision

Some more details from that Victorian press conference first: The Victorian government says it hasn’t seen correspondence between the federal government and Tennis Australia that stipulated Novak Djokovic would not be allowed to enter the country if he did not meet Atagi criteria. Since the tennis star landed in Australia on Wednesday night the federal … Read more

Australia politics live: Biloela family await news on their future, Morrison and Johnson discuss trade deal

10.23pm BST22:23 Good morning Welcome to a new sitting fortnight and a new round of Politics Live. As is usual in sitting weeks, the blog will become more politics heavy as we focus on what’s happening in Parliament House (and the corridors) but we’ll keep you updated on any other important news as well. Most … Read more

Biloela Tamil family’s plight back in the spotlight: how the story unfolded – video

The plight of the Biloela family who have been stuck in immigration detention for years has again hit the news headlines after the three-year-old Australian-born Tharnicaa was flown from Christmas Island to Perth Children’s hospital with suspected blood poisoning. Questions have been raised about the adequacy of the medical care given to the child, who … Read more

Australia news live: renewed calls for Biloela family to be resettled, Melbourne enters 12th day of lockdown

I think what is “worth it” is that we do have strong border protections in this country that has made sure that we don’t have the atrocious and tragic trade of people that we saw around 10 years ago … Of all of the courts, none have found that this family has refugee status. Therefore, … Read more

Victoria reports two new ‘likely’ Covid cases in Melbourne as federal parliament resumes – politics live

This bill makes fossil fuel companies liable for climate change damage, giving victims of climate change, such as the 2019–2020 bushfire survivors, the right to bring an action against thermal coal, oil and gas companies for climate change damage. Major emitters of greenhouse gases, including fossil fuel producers and owners or operators of coal-fired power … 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