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Australia news live updates: severe weather warnings for flood-hit regions of NSW and Queensland; three Covid deaths

Scott Morrison gives press conference in western Sydney; between 2,000 to 4,000 people remain homeless in Lismore; warning for more heavy rainfall and potentially life-threatening flash floods from Noosa down to northern NSW; NSW reports 16,199 new Covid cases and three deaths; Victoria records 8,739 new cases. Follow all the day’s news * Coalition unveils $17.9bn pre-election cash splash on road and rail projects * ‘Our dams are full’: northern NSW and south-east Queensland again brace for floods as heavy rain looms * Follow the Ukraine live blog * See all our Covid-19 coverage * Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing I love this series. It’s called Sorted and it’s a subjective, entirely arbitrary and fascinating ranking of things by Guardian Australia contributors. Check this out from Charmaine Manuel: If you’re in Victoria, there are planned Extinction Rebellion blockades today. XR says “the times and locations are secret”, but this morning they are targeting the Exxon Mobil depot in Yarraville. We are aiming to cause sustained disruption. Continue reading...
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