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 Covid live update: Victoria records 24 local cases; states and territories on edge as more than 13 million under lockdown

1.28am BST01:28 Anne Davies Analysis – If you find the daily 11am press conferences from Gladys Berejiklian frustrating, there’s a simple reason. After the headline numbers on cases and deaths, it’s practically a fact-free zone, with the next 45 minutes often filled with confusing messages and slogans. Over the past week, as the cases have … Read more

Australia news live: medical chief did not advise jail time for India arrivals; over-50s eligible for AstraZeneca Covid vaccine

12.38am BST00:38 Department of health secretary Brendan Murphy and Aged care minister Richard Colbeck are fronting a Senate estimates committee this morning. Colbeck has been asked about the new sanctions on returning Indian citizens, saying “there is not a specific sanction in relation to [India]”, but said those sanctions were a result of the Biosecurity … Read more