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 Covid news live: Scott Morrison announces change to isolation time as nation records more than 32,000 cases

In NSW we are not seeing it going anywhere near the peak yet. So numbers will keep going up at an exponential rate unless something else happens. Modelling, as least for South Australia, has put the likely hospitalisation rate at 5%. Now, when you are starting to get 20,000 cases a day, that’s an awful … Read more

Australia live news updates: Pfizer provisionally approved for five to 11-year-olds; Victoria records 980 new Covid cases and seven deaths

This is the key point. This is the key point, we saved more than 700,000 jobs. And as a result, unemployment now is at 5.2%, lower than when we came to government.Now, the way to get higher wages is to get a tighter labour market. We’re starting to see workforce shortages which will have some … 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 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

Australia news live update: SA premier won’t ask for Vickie Chapman’s resignation; Tyrrell search enters fifth day

2.01am GMT02:01 Looks like NZ journos weren’t given warning about the trade meeting between our two countries today. Andrew Macfarlane (@andrewmacfnz) If anyone’s curious, here’s what happens when you call a press conference between Australia and New Zealand’s Trade Ministers, and only give the NZ media 15 minutes notice… pic.twitter.com/EukvpOQnxs November 19, 2021 1.54am GMT01:54 … Read more

Australia news live update: Tyrrell search continues; Victoria Covid restrictions to ease; pandemic powers bill debate postponed

Victorian pandemic powers bill debate postponed; Search for remains of missing NSW boy William Tyrrell enters fourth day; Victoria Covid restrictions to ease as federal Labor condemns threats of violence from protesters; Victoria records 1,007 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths; NSW records 262 new cases – follow all the day’s news Victoria’s pandemic bill … Read more

Australia news live update: NT on edge over growing Covid cluster; debate about Victoria’s pandemic laws rages

One of the things that people have recognised during Covid is that fibre is better than copper and that people need high-speed broadband in order to for students to study, in order for businesses to operate, in order for people to work from home. And the fact is, people would get it when this government … Read more

Australia news live update: Forbes evacuation likely over NSW floods; calls for condemnation of Victoria politicians at pandemic laws protest

A NSW central west town is preparing to evacuate as flooding from days of heavy rain raises rivers across the state, reports AAP. Of prime concern to authorities is the swollen Lachlan River, with more than 8,000 people in the town of Forbes in its path. The Bureau of Meteorology forecast major flooding in the … Read more