Federal parliament to sit next week despite Covid lockdown in Canberra

Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese remain in the capital but other MPs will attend virtually due to travel restrictions Covid Australia daily stats updateFollow our live blog for latest Covid updatesRestrictions: NSW; Vic; Qld; borders. Hotspots: NSW; Vic; QldVaccine rollout tracker; get our free news app; get our morning email briefing The federal parliament will … Read more

Christian Porter tries to prevent publication of unredacted ABC defamation defence

Former federal attorney general seeks declaration that media outlets never publish ABC’s unredacted defence without judicial permission Christian Porter has revived an element of his defamation proceedings, by seeking a declaration that three media outlets never publish the ABC’s unredacted defence without judicial permission. But Nine, its subsidiary, Fairfax, and News Corp say such relief … Read more

Australia’s Pfizer purchase from vaccine-sharing Covax stockpile under fire

‘If Mr Morrison has had to resort to accessing vaccines intended for developing countries, he should be upfront,’ Penny Wong says Australia’s purchase of 500,000 Pfizer doses from the global vaccine-sharing Covax initiative has renewed debate about whether more Covid-19 vaccines should be reserved for developing countries. On Tuesday Labor and the Australian Council for … Read more