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Australia live news updates: employment minister says ‘too late’ to scrap jobseeker changes; 42 Covid deaths

Tony Burke says it’s ‘too late’ to prevent rollout of new points-based jobseeker system; opposition leader takes aim at Labor and avoids voicing support for government’s renewable target; nation records 42 Covid deaths – follow all the day’s news live * ‘Fault all round’: Peter Dutton aims to deflect blame for Australia’s energy crisis * Sydney Harbour Bridge to fly Aboriginal flag permanently by end of year * Demand for rooftop solar batteries surges as eastern Australian energy prices soar * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing Dutton is being grilled (again) on where he got information that the United States could provide two nuclear submarines to Australia by the end of the decade. Speers presses Dutton on whether he used classified information to make that point, eventually gleaning from the opposition leader it was a “commonsense conclusion”. Continue reading...

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