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 news live updates: Albanese calls Berejiklian ‘straight talker’ after leaked Morrison texts; 22 Covid deaths recorded

Can I just say one more thing, there is a website, that has been bought by someone associated with the Liberal Party but then, when someone clicks on it, it refers people straight to the Liberal party site. This is a test of integrity for Scott Morrison and for the Liberal party. Are they … 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: 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: 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: Queensland floods death toll at seven; PM offers military support for Lismore; nine Covid deaths recorded

Okay, so it’s a bit confusing so here is a recap of the situation this morning. The Brisbane River has believed to have peaked around 8am this morning at 4.0 meters, with large amounts of debris, boats and even potentially small homes seen floating down it. Across the south-east of the state, thousands of homes … Read more

Live news updates: Morrison says Australia may help provide ‘lethal aid’ for Ukraine; flood warnings for NSW; 25 Covid deaths

Heed the warnings that we give … and keep safe. We don’t want to lose any more community members to this significant event. The difference with this significant weather event is we’re coming out of a very wet period for La Niña and we’re not in a drought. We’ve had saturated lands right across NSW. … Read more

Australia news live updates: NSW government drops case against rail union; 33 Covid deaths recorded

2.50am GMT 02:50 Elliott is asked if he thinks it is acceptable that we still don’t know the justification for the shutdown: That is a matter for you to take up with Transport for New South Wales. Those questions should be directed to them. 2.48am GMT 02:48 Elliott – perhaps making the worse case for … Read more

Australia politics news live updates: calls for next budget to address climate crisis; at least 22 Covid deaths recorded

12.57am GMT 00:57 New guidelines here – hopefully will help families see their loved ones: Australian Government Department of Health (@healthgovau) [NEWS] New visitation guidelines for aged care residents. Senior Australians in residential aged care will have greater access to visitors and reduced lockdowns under new visitation guidelines response to the pandemic. Read more at: … Read more