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Australia news live updates: Scott Morrison says no ‘knee-jerk reactions’ to rising living costs in budget; industrial action for NSW paramedics

Lismore flood victims to dump debris at protest; Victoria records 7,531 new Covid cases and no deaths; NSW records four Covid deaths and 14,970 new cases; Malinauskas to take oath at Government House in Adelaide after Labor’s thumping win in South Australian election; industrial action for NSW paramedics. Follow all the day’s news * ‘Stunning pay rise’: commodity boom to fuel improved Australian budget * Coalition expands recycling, carbon credit scheme by $60m amid claims of climate ‘fraud’ by thinktank * Exclusive: Citipointe Christian College teachers threatened with dismissal for expressing homosexuality * Follow the Ukraine live blog * See all our coronavirus coverage * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing For almost four years, Suzanna Sheed has started each parliamentary sitting week by moving the same motion. The independent MP for Shepparton, a rural electorate of almost 50,000 people in northern Victoria, asks for a non-government business program to be reinstated in the state’s lower house. But what we do as a government is we don’t have knee-jerk reactions, we think through carefully how we can best provide the sort of support that we believe the federal government can deliver. Continue reading...

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