Coronavirus pandemic to dominate Pacific Islands Forum agenda; Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe to deliver key speech. Follow live
- Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly will ‘wait to see the evidence’ before getting Covid vaccine
- More than 17,000 jobs lost at Australian universities during Covid pandemic
- Exclusive: Auditor general to investigate jobkeeper after it was used to pay dividends and executive bonuses
Earlier, Tanya Plibersek spoke to 2GB Radio’s Ray Hadley, continuing to court the conservative outlet (she is now making regular appearances) by commenting:
“Ray, you’d be surprised how often I agree with you – more often than you’d imagine.”
I don’t expect Craig Kelly to agree with me, but I do expect him not to say things that contradict the chief medical officer, the prime minister and the health minister – all of our medical advice. The government is rolling out a $24m campaign to encourage people to take thevaccine when it’s available but you have Craig Kelly giving the opposite message. The NSW government says to wear a mask, but he says it’s child abuse.”
Michael Sukkar has an update on the home loan deposit scheme – the policy where the government essentially acts as the deposit guarantor. It has been extended until 30 June.
In just three months, over 4,200 first home buyers have accessed the extended Scheme to build or buy a new home which runs until 30 June 2021.
Since the commencement of the Scheme a year ago, there has been an extraordinary take up of guarantees by first home buyers with more than 15,000 first home buyers already settled and moved into their home since 1 January 2020.