Australian politics

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Australia news live update: masks compulsory on Sydney public transport after new NSW Covid case, Victoria records one new infection
Exposure sites in Canberra after Sydney man who tested positive to coronavirus visits gallery. Follow updates live

Amy Remeikis

18, Jun, 2021 @2:46 AM

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Jobseeker rights at risk under ‘sham’ mutual obligation rule change, welfare groups warn
Change will affect 144,000 jobseekers each year, with each to lose $450 in payments on average

Luke Henriques-Gomes

17, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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National Covid aged care plan did not exist before Coalition published ‘7th edition’ in late 2020
Guardian Australia FOI shows federal government ‘revising history’ by claiming earlier versions existed, experts say

Christopher Knaus

17, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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‘Acting in good faith’: Farmers who underestimated income to have welfare debts waived
Analysts say government treatment of farmers differs from debt recovery for those on other social security payments

Luke Henriques-Gomes

17, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Queensland premier raised concerns in April about giving AstraZeneca to people in their 50s
Annastacia Palaszczuk in national cabinet asked if vaccine should go to over 60s based on European findings on blood clots in women

Katharine Murphy Political editor

17, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Liberal-led committee says Angus Taylor’s planned change to renewable energy agency could be illegal
Concetta Fierravanti-Wells says agency designed to foster renewables and any change made by regulation could be disallowed in Senate

Adam Morton Environment editor

17, Jun, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Online outages as major banks go down; NSW cases rise to four – as it happened
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Josh Taylor and Amy Remeikis

17, Jun, 2021 @8:50 AM

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AstraZeneca now only recommended for Australians aged 60 and over in blow to Covid vaccine rollout
The change opens up the Pfizer vaccine to 2.1m more people, but the government played down the impact as a ‘minor adjustment’

Sarah Martin, Melissa Davey and Josh Taylor

17, Jun, 2021 @8:29 AM

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Witness K speaks for first time in open court as he pleads guilty to breaching secrecy laws
Former spy charged over his role in exposing Australia’s 2004 bugging of impoverished ally Timor-Leste

Christopher Knaus

17, Jun, 2021 @8:08 AM

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News Corp denied documents from case about Christian Porter’s star barrister Sue Chrysanthou
Publisher argued court should be as transparent as possible given ‘extraordinary’ public interest in case

Michael McGowan

17, Jun, 2021 @7:12 AM

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Pauline Hanson gets own birthday wrong in bizarre superannuation debate
The One Nation leader was accused of giving herself a ‘birthday present’ as she argued for an amendment to superannuation legislation

Paul Karp

17, Jun, 2021 @6:04 AM

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Nationals send warning to Scott Morrison on net zero emissions target
Keith Pitt, a Queensland National who sits in the cabinet, says such a climate commitment by 2050 would ‘absolutely cause damage’ in regional areas

Katharine Murphy Political editor

17, Jun, 2021 @3:29 AM

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