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 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 live news updates: WA premier says no decision on border yet; at least 47 Covid deaths recorded nationwide

The Cancer Council and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency have together urged Australians to choose lotion over aerosol sunscreen as much of the spray is lost in the wind, rendering it less effective. Their research into the impact of wind on the application of sunscreen has found the proportion of aerosol sunscreen … Read more

Australia politics live news updates: PM apologises to Brittany Higgins as parliament acknowledges history of bullying, harassment, sexual assault

In the final sitting week of 2021 the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces was published by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. Today, on the first sitting day of 2022, we deliver this statement on behalf of the Parliamentary Cross-Party Leadership Taskforce recommended by Commissioner Jenkins and as a reflection of the Parliament. We … 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 politics live update: Porter and Hunt to depart as parliament sits for final day of the year

8.47pm GMT20:47 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been on ABC radio this morning, talking up the nation’s economic recovery (this was a strong theme in parliament yesterday, and is sure to be a recurrent theme today). RN Breakfast (@RNBreakfast) Australia’s economic recovery will hinge on households and businesses spending some of the $370b in savings socked … 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 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 news: government faces net zero ‘plan’ fallout; Covid vaccine booster shots approved; overseas travel for fully vaccinated

3.44am BST03:44 Helen Haines on what she believes regional communities are worried about: The regional people that I represent have real concerns for those communities. They want to see them transition to these new high-tech renewable economies. They do. My constituents also want to see what’s in it for the communities that they are in. … Read more