Good morning, early birds. Attorney-General Christian Porter was warned by then-prime minister Malcolm Turnbull in 2017 after reportedly being spotted "kissing and cuddling" a young staffer, and early trials of drug company Pfizer's vaccine candidate suggest it may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
The government is planning for a business-led recovery — using a trillion dollars of public money. It's a strange mix of ideology for a post-COVID recovery.
Good morning, early birds. Josh Frydenberg has unveiled a budget that pushes Australia's debt ceiling to $1.1 trillion, and Labor leader Anthony Albanese has criticised Scott Morrison and Frydenberg for having "no plan for the future". It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
This budget for winners will deliver a political benefit to the government: massive tax cuts are a tactic to deliver the next election.
The government has introduced a suite of wage subsidies to get young people into jobs, but eligibility is on a tight leash.
While spending in restaurants and cafes has plummeted, we've more than made up the difference at the supermarket... and the bottle shop.
Good morning, early birds. Police, cleaners, and medical staff working at Melbourne’s "hot" COVID-19 hotels reportedly contracted the virus after the original quarantine scheme was shut down, and Scott Morrison will offer visa extensions and financial incentives to encourage people to pick fruit. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Good morning, early birds. Fines for "unlawful gatherings" have increased under Victoria's accelerated roadmap to nearly $5000, and former trade union leader Ingrid Stitt will reportedly assume a vacancy in Victoria's cabinet after former health minister Jenny Mikakos resigned. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
We swear we've heard this funding announcement before. Plus it's one step forward and two steps back for the mental health crisis.
Good morning, early birds. The Morrison government will reportedly extend Medicare-subsidised telehealth sessions for an extra six months, and national cabinet members will be asked to expand their hotel quarantine capacities to help lift the number of stranded Australians allowed home each week from 4000 to nearly 6000. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.