Coronavirus Australia update: PM apologises for pain and hardship caused by robodebt – politics live

Scott Morrison says where there are lessons to be learned, they will be learned. Follow updates Prime minister says sorry for ‘hurt or harm’ caused by robodebt Sign up for Guardian Australia’s daily coronavirus email Download the free Guardian app to get the most important news notifications 8.02am BST On…

Coronavirus Australia live update: PM tells colleagues of 'difficult decisions' looming

Scott Morrison tells Coalition it should stick to its principles in coming challenges; ABC offers redundancies to meet budget cut; crowds to be allowed at Adelaide Oval for AFL showdown. Follow the latest news, live ABC announces job cuts PM warns ‘difficult decisions’ looming Berejiklian says NSW will punish businesses…

Homebuilder was a blunder – spend the money retrofitting social housing instead | Jeremy Burke

We could create a virtuous circle of investment and cost savings, alongside warmer, healthier homesRight now, we are choosing the course of our economic recovery. We can choose to stimulate the economy in the short term, make huge progress on climate and take care of vulnerable people.Last week’s homebuilder policy…

Coronavirus Australia live updates: free childcare to end on 12 July, government says, as New Zealand drops all social restrictions – latest news

Dan Tehan concedes reintroduction of childcare fees will place pressure on families where work has been lost but says activity test changes will help support them, while Labor condemns care ‘snap back’ New Zealand ditches Covid-19 restrictions, bar border controls Australia plans to ban dodgy NDIS providers Childcare fees to…

Renewable energy stimulus can create three times as many Australian jobs as fossil fuels

Government spending on clean energy would deliver 100,000 new jobs, EY assessment findsStimulus programs backing clean energy as a path out of recession would create nearly three times as many jobs for every dollar spent on fossil fuel developments, according to a financial consultancy analysis.The assessment by professional services firm…

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