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 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: 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

Budget 2022 live updates: federal treasurer Josh Frydenberg delivers budget speech with cash payments and tax relief – latest news

9.52am BST 09:52 In lockup, we got a late delivery of the defence media statement, hand-delivered. Why the delay? It might have something to do with veterans’ affairs and defence personnel minister, Andrew Gee, declaring he would quit cabinet if the backlog of veterans’ claims wasn’t cleared. There he is, in the release, listing a … 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 live news updates: landslide win for Labor in SA election; Australia bans aluminium ore exports to Russia

Labor leader Peter Malinauskas on course for a decisive win with Liberal premier Steven Marshall conceding defeat after one term. Follow all the day’s news Labor wins government as Liberal premier Steven Marshall concedes Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Looks like we will be hearing from the newly elected SA … Read more

Australia live news update: 15 Covid deaths recorded; close contact rules under review; floods clean-up continues

There is enormous distress in the community, which is absolutely understandable. I actually met some time ago and spoke with people from Yuendumu, and I think the most important thing is to put this in context. And that is that this is the place where the last sanctioned massacre of Aboriginal people took place, called … Read more

Australia news live update: Morrison says Qld premier ‘consulted’ on emergency declaration; Rio Tinto ditching Russia; 21 Covid deaths

6.24am GMT 06:24 In-person visits in Victorian prisons will resume on 12 March, having been restricted as part of Covid control measures. At 6 March, there were 14 total active Covid-19 cases in Victorian correctional facilities according to Corrections Victoria. PK (@paulkidd) People incarcerated in correctional facilities in Victoria will be allowed to have in-person … Read more

Australia news updates live: crash closes Sydney Harbour Bridge; PM flags ‘enormous’ flood recovery effort; Turnbull criticises submarine base plan

Good morning, Mostafa Rachwani with you this morning, and for the start of another week of rain. The prime minister, Scott Morrison, was up this morning, saying an “enormous effort” going into flood recovery, adding that it was an almost it was an “unimaginable” situation. He described the floods as like “nothing in living memory” … Read more