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Federal Government deficit hitting record highs as coronavirus devastates the economy

Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has unveiled Australia's largest budget deficit since World War II, reaching almost $86 billion dollars last financial year. → Read More

JobKeeper and JobSeeker extended for months but rates cut and eligibility tightened

The JobKeeper wage subsidy will continue for another six months but at $1,200 a fortnight, while the coronavirus-inflated JobSeeker payment will continue for another three months at $800 a fortnight after September. → Read More

Australia looks to lessen reliance on China, with UK free trade talks to commence

Free trade talks with the United Kingdom will officially begin later this month as Australia desperately seeks closer relationships with nations beyond China. → Read More

Senate seeking answers from Josh Frydenberg about $60 billion JobKeeper mistake

A Labor-led coronavirus parliamentary committee will seek to compel Treasurer Josh Frydenberg to explain how the Federal Government overestimated the JobKeeper wage subsidy program by $60 billion. → Read More

Greens demand job guarantees and free education for young people in coronavirus recovery plan

Anyone under 30 would be guaranteed a job, a better income or a free place at a university or TAFE, under a new policy position the federal Greens have launched in response to the coronavirus pandemic. → Read More

Chinese officials refuse to call Australia back as coronavirus trade tensions bubble over

High-ranking calls to China have gone unanswered amid an escalating trade dispute with Australia that has been fuelled by requests for an investigation into the origins of COVID-19. → Read More

Treasurer concedes coronavirus economic figures 'sobering' as Australia faces largest deficit in history

Josh Frydenberg, on a day he expected to deliver Australia's first budget surplus in more than a decade, says the underlying cash deficit at the end of March was $22.4 billion, almost $10 billion above earlier forecasts. → Read More

JobKeeper coronavirus wage subsidy payments start flowing to 4.7 million workers

The Federal Government is expecting more businesses to sign up to its JobKeeper coronavirus wage subsidy program as the first round of payments start flowing to employers today. → Read More

Coronavirus-safe travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand unlikely in immediate term

The Prime Minister hoses down the likelihood of a sudden opening of the Australian border to New Zealanders, insisting the initial focus is on reopening state borders. → Read More

Chief Medical Officer expects staged easing of coronavirus restrictions but wants physical distancing maintained

Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy wants a greater uptake of a coronavirus tracing app in a bid to abate lingering concerns about the containing the virus and allow leaders to ease more restrictions. → Read More

Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan demands schools re-open, accuses Victoria of taking 'sledgehammer' to sector

The federal Education Minister has lashed out at Victoria, urging parents to ignore that state's Premier and instead follow medical experts and send their children back to school. → Read More

Bridget McKenzie breaks silence over sports scandal, defending intervention in grant allocations

Former Cabinet minister Bridget McKenzie defends her actions in the sports grants scandal, saying it was her "responsibility" to exercise discretion and allocate grants to projects that had not been merit-listed. → Read More

IVF and elective surgeries to resume as National Cabinet ditches coronavirus ban

Scott Morrison says elective surgeries, including IVF, joint replacement, cataracts, breast reconstruction and dental procedures, can begin again after the Anzac Day long weekend. → Read More

Government insists coronavirus tracing app won't track people's locations

Community privacy concerns force the Federal Government to insist a coronavirus tracing app will neither track people's locations nor be available for law enforcement agencies to access. → Read More

Marise Payne calls for global inquiry into China's handling of the coronavirus outbreak

Labor backs Marise Payne's call for a global inquiry to be held into the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, with the Foreign Minister calling for the probe to be run independently of the World Health Organisation. → Read More

Coronavirus ban on elective surgery and IVF set to be ditched within days

Elective surgeries and IVF could resume within days, with the National Cabinet appearing set to sign off on a plan within days. → Read More

'Australians have done what we hoped — and more', but there's no end in sight for restrictions

Australia's effort to slow the spread of coronavirus is earning praise from the federal Health Minister, but it's coming with a warning that there's no end in sight to the restrictions that have shuttered swathes of the economy. → Read More

JobKeeper worker wage subsidy attracts 66,000 businesses within hours

Australian businesses are inundating the Australian Tax Office's website to register for a $1,500 a fortnight coronavirus wage subsidy for their employees. → Read More

Forced coronavirus quarantine for all people returning to Australia

All passengers who arrive in Australia after midnight on Saturday will go into mandatory quarantine in hotels for a fortnight, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announces. → Read More

'My bad': Minister admits Centrelink stuff-up amid predictions 1 million have lost their jobs

Centrelink is still struggling to keep up with unprecedented demand from people seeking financial assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the minister responsible saying he didn't realise what the impact of shutting thousands of businesses would be. → Read More