The Andrews government cannot identify any legislation it needed to override, but experts say that is the point.When Daniel Andrews signed a declaration for a state of disaster in Victoria at 1.43pm on Sunday, it was a part of a final salvo in a battle to control a resurgent and invisible enemy.
Senator Jacqui Lambie has asked the Morrison government to consider New Zealand’s offer to receive offshore asylum seekers, as she weighs her critical vote on whether to repeal the medical evacuation laws. The Tasmanian independent issued a statement on Wednesday that she had placed a single condition on supporting the repeal of laws that allow asylum seekers to go to Australia for critical medical attention, but would not disclose publicly what it is due to national security concerns. The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald report that sources with knowledge of Lambie's negotiations have revealed she sought a third party resettlement arrangement for asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, as offered by New Zealand. Senator Lambie said the condition she had put to the government was a "sensible and reasonable" proposition that is “within the capacity of the government to accept”.
Morrison phone call: A former senior judge and New South Wales anti-corruption commissioner David Ipp is the latest prominent voice to criticise Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s phone call to the New South Wales police commissioner. Morrison called to discuss an active investigation into energy minister Angus Taylor allegedly creating falsified documents. Ipp said the call appeared to be an inappropriate attempt to use his position. Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said he would not have made the call.
100 new fires in 24 hours: More than 160 fires are burning across NSW after about 100 fresh bushfires ignited in a 24-hour period, with 75 uncontained. The developments come as scientists issued a new warning that the world is dangerously close to a series of climate tipping points, and may have already passed some of them, with an immediate cut in emissions needed.
Homeless older women surge: A new report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute finds that soaring rent prices are forcing thousands of older Australians out of their homes, with older women the fastest-growing group of people experiencing homelessness. The report comes ahead of Friday's Council of Attorneys-General in Adelaide, where the age discrimination commissioner Kay Patterson wants to discuss the issue of elderly people being at risk of exploitation because states and territories have inconsistent approaches to dealing with powers of attorney.
ARIAs: Toni Watson, aka Tones and I, dominated Wednesday night’s ARIA Awards, winning best pop release, best female artist, breakthrough artist and best independent release, the latter of which involved a controversial mix-up.
Clive James death: Acclaimed Australian critic and broadcaster Clive James has died at the age of 80, almost 10 years after being diagnosed with leukaemia, kidney failure and lung disease. The star of Britain’s Clive James on Television show in the 1980s, and the author of bestselling autobiography Unreliable Memoirs, James maintained a short biography on his website which he hoped would serve as a template for any future obituaries, recommending: “shorter is better, and that a single line is best”.