Australia coronavirus live update: deputy CMO says no medical reason for state border closures

Deputy chief medical officer Paul Kelly says there is no medical justifications for states keeping borders shut and offers to brief premiers. Follow updates live

7.49am BST

Many farmers are worried about the consequences of Australia’s deteriorating relationship with China, according to Labor’s agriculture spokesman, Joel Fitzgibbon.

The comments come amid reports Beijing may be planning to widen the trade dispute by targeting other lucrative exports, including wine and dairy.

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7.40am BST

The National Tertiary Education Union has endorsed a deal to save academic jobs in exchange for paycuts of up to 15%.

In a statement this afternoon, the NTEU says the national jobs protection framework was put to a vote before 107 national councillors, and 80% voted in support.

We have been guided by the urgent need to save as many careers and livelihoods as we possibly can.

Now is the time for union members to unite to pressure the Federal Government and universities to support the framework.

It is unclear whether Melbourne University believes it will not need to cut staff, or whether it wants freedom to respond to the financial crisis triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic to restructure their staff and shed casuals.

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