Australia live news: NSW government in minority after MP moves to crossbench; Labor bets big on housing

The state’s Coalition has been forced further into minority after it lost its second MP to sexual assault allegations. Follow the latest updates

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The ANU’s centre for social research and methods has released longitudinal survey data showing that confidence in the federal government has dipped below 50% for the first time during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The survey of 3,200 adults found a very large decline in confidence from 54.3% in January to 45.4% in April. Confidence peaked at 60.6% in May 2020, but the current score is still higher than the lows of 27.3% the federal government hit in January 2020 after the summer bushfires.

There has been a large decline in the number of Australians who said they would vote for the Coalition. In January this sat at 40.3%. In April this was 37.3%. Between January and April satisfaction with the direction of the country also declined – dropping from 78.9% of Australians saying they were satisfied to 75.7%.

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In September last year the government lost a case in the federal court which ordered it to release a Syrian refugee it was holding in immigration detention indefinitely.

Yesterday it pushed through legislation which allows it to detain refugees indefinitely, potentially for the rest of their lives.

The Morrison Government has broad powers to cancel visas of refugees for a range of minor reasons.

Now it has the power to even overturn the refugee status of these people and send them back to harm

Refugee status must not be a day-by-day propositionhttps://t.co/qbzlaoSG3X

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