Australia news LIVE: NSW COVID cases grow; Barnaby Joyce to be appointed deputy PM after Nationals leadership spill

Barnaby Joyce will be sworn in as deputy prime minister today, the NSW budget is about to be handed down and Victoria’s travel bubble with New Zealand is on track […]

Expanding state surveillance: Organised crime and the PM’s push for more police powers

Prime Minister Scott Morrison capitalised on the success of the global An0m sting to push for more police powers, which legal groups say pose serious privacy risks.

Senate inquiry calls for PM to apologise to Christine Holgate and Aus Post chair to resign

A contested Senate report has called for the Prime Minister to apologise to ex-Australia Post boss Christine Holgate over the Cartier watches saga.

No first-hand evidence the PM’s staff undermined Brittany Higgins’ partner

Scott Morrison’s chief of staff has reported he could only find hearsay evidence members of the Prime Minister’s office sought to undermine Brittany Higgins’ partner.

Dick says PM’s plan to keep international borders shut will hit state finances

Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick says the next state budget will need a reset after Scott Morrison’s comments on Sunday that the borders may stay closed indefinitely.