Australia politics live news updates: Asic takes ‘multiple’ actions against Westpac; national cabinet to discuss spread of Omicron Covid variant

What we’re done in Australia is very proportionate and measured and the intent is to slow any spread of this new variant into Australia whilst we learn more about the virus. We’re in a very good position here. Our vaccination coverage is good. The virus does appear to be showing indications it causes mild illness … Read more

Australia politics live update: national cabinet to discuss Omicron response as Covid variant detected in NSW; ABC announces new RN Breakfast host

Following further consultation, the Australian government today confirmed that a site for the location of our country’s national radioactive waste management facility has been selected, near the town of Kimba in South Australia. The government has acquired approximately 211 hectares of land at Napandee, 24km west of Kimba, where the facility will be built after … Read more

Australia Covid news live: country braces for Omicron as states and territories tighten border restrictions on overseas arrivals

Allowing travellers from Japan and South Korea into Australia without needing to quarantine from Wednesday will go ahead as planned at this stage, Trade Minister Dan Tehan says. However, the Morrison government is keeping a watchful eye on developments surrounding the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus. Australia has shut its borders to nine southern … Read more

Australia live news updates: nation on alert over Omicron Covid strain; five coronavirus deaths in Victoria; Warragamba Dam spills amid NSW flood warnings

Good morning everyone and welcome to Saturday. This is Ben Smee in Brisbane bringing you the weekend version of Guardian Australia’s live news blog. As always, there’s a bit to get through. All eyes are on Australia’s reaction to the new and stronger Covid variant threatening to spread from southern Africa. The latest variant, given … Read more

Australia news live update: flood warnings for NSW; police and defence personnel fly to Solomon Islands; Victoria records 1,362 Covid cases

10.19pm GMT22:19 And some more info on Victoria case numbers from AAP: Victoria has recorded 1362 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths, as the state’s full vaccination mandate kicked in for about a million authorised workers. It is the highest daily number of infections reported since November 1. The new infections bring the number of … Read more

Australia politics live update: Morrison introduces religious discrimination bill; Victoria records 1,254 new Covid cases

12.27am GMT00:27 Tony Burke is pointing out that Andrew Wallace has declared the noes as having won the motion, without having declared the question/outcome. Peter Dutton is now trying to back in Wallace, while telling him what he needs to do. Burke is arguing against him It is, as they say, a complete mess on … Read more

Australia politics live news: Penny Wong defends Labor on China; Scott Morrison faces growing backbench unrest

It’s the first hump day on the last sitting fortnight of the year, which means nothing other than we are all one day closer to this being over. Which no one seems to want more than the prime minister. It hasn’t exactly been the greatest of times for Scott Morrison. After launching the pseudo-election campaign, … Read more

Australia news live update: Labor to oppose Coalition’s voter ID bill; Jacqui Lambie says Scott Morrison is worst PM ‘on record’

At the time of the Aukus announcement 68 days ago the Labor party rushed out and couldn’t have been any stronger in [their] support, at least at that time for the AUKUS announcement, it has taken 63 days and we have seen Senator Wong set out with a speech which could have been written by … Read more

Australia politics live update: Albanese says PM ‘responsible’ for not condemning protesters’ violent threats; parliament returns

As I said here before, we want to look forward not back, and looking back is looking at lockdowns. That’s why booster shots is so important and we have been able to secure that vaccine so people should be encouraged to get the booster shot when they are eligible, but I think we can live … Read more

Australia news live updates: more storms to lash NSW as flood risks remain

International students returning after almost two years separated from Australian campuses during the pandemic will hopefully be the first of many, says the head of the nation’s peak university body. The contingent has arrived on flights touching down in Sydney and Melbourne from Singapore as part of the two-way travel bubble between the two countries. … Read more