Australia news live: Albanese to get Covid jab; government under pressure over handling of Higgins' claim

Welcome again to Politics Reside.

It’s Tuesday, this means that it’s birthday party room assembly day, so there’s a little little bit of regulation to get thru.

First off – the dangerous information. The federal government is having a look at expanding the unemployment cost by way of simply $50 a fortnight when the Covid complement ends on 31 March. Any person who has needed to survive the jobseeker cost (and let’s simply get it directly, it’s not a call, poverty is rarely a call) is aware of the sheer terror of looking to make the cheap paintings. The pandemic made it a bit of more straightforward – other folks had the gap to shop for new sneakers, get pressing automobile maintenance, purchase contemporary produce and paintings to get a role they have been proper for, as a substitute of trudging to interview after interview to fulfill a mutual legal responsibility requirement which wasn’t going to guide any place.

However as Luke Henriques-Gomes reviews, looks as if we’re about to position other folks proper again there.

The similar Nationals that insist on protecting directly to the previous for power use are making an attempt to flex their muscle on different problems they don’t have any exact concept on, as Paul Karp reviews:


George Christensen’s proposal to require medical doctors to supply help to foetuses with indicators of lifestyles all through an abortion has been labelled “nonsensical” by way of a number one abortion care professional.

Catriona Melville, the deputy clinical director of Marie Stopes Australia, stated the Nationals MP had proposed “coverage for a circumstance that by way of the character of the process wouldn’t happen”.

Christensen says he’s going to introduce a non-public member’s invoice to overturn medical tips in Queensland that state “if [during an abortion] a reside beginning happens … don’t supply life-sustaining remedy” and identical regulations in different states.

And Peter Dutton desires the ability to cancel visas the usage of ‘secret’ proof.

All spherical simply nice spaces.

In the meantime, Brittany Higgins’s bravery manner the federal government can’t break out answering questions over the tradition, or the dealing with of her case, with Katharine Murphy confirming a 2d staffer within the high minister’s place of work was once conscious about no less than some main points:


Mum or dad Australia has now showed a 2d staffer lately hired within the high minister’s place of work knew information about the termination of Higgins’ former colleague as a result of that senior staffer was once hired previously as an adviser to Alex Hawke when Hawke was once particular minister of state.

In accordance with questions from Mum or dad Australia, a spokesperson for Morrison stated: “Because of a prior position, the adviser was once conscious about the termination of the staffer concerned within the safety breach in Linda Reynolds’ place of work in March 2019.”

The federal government nonetheless gained’t say whether or not the staffer who is said to have raped Brittany Higgins won a termination payout.

In different information, the vaccine roll out continues – this morning, Anthony Albanese will obtain the vaccine in Canberra.

There was once some kerfuffle over whether or not Albanese and the high minister have been each intended to obtain the vaccine in combination, which clearly went out the window when Scott Morrison won his on Sunday. By no means let a well being message get in the way in which of politics, I assume.

We’ll duvet all of that and extra because the day rolls on. Only a reminder that we’re pre-moderating feedback to give protection to each you and us given the legalities round a few of what we’re protecting. If you wish to have to achieve me, you’ll in finding me right here – with the volume of messages I’m receiving in recent times, it’s the very best position for me to catch them.

You may have the standard staff – Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp, Daniel Hurst and naturally, Mike Bowers, to take you throughout the day. And also you’ll have me, Amy Remeikis all day at the weblog.

I’m simply going to get my fourth espresso and we’ll get into it.

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