Australia live news updates: ‘no such thing as absolute freedom’, China ambassador says after protesters interrupt speech

Daniel Andrews nominates Jacinta Allan to be deputy premier; Queensland drops vaccine mandate for teachers; protester interrupts Chinese ambassador’s Sydney address; Chris Bowen says energy market has returned to ‘normal market conditions’; report of aged care providers operating at a loss; Victoria records 20 Covid deaths, NSW records 14, Queensland records six, South Australia four. Follow the day’s newsVictorian cabinet to get major overhaul as deputy premier and three senior ministers confirm retirementsQantas to cut domestic flights as fuel prices soar‘Considerable strain’: how Australian officials saw the China riftGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingQantas is forecasting a loss of up to $550m this year, despite strong demand for domestic and international flights allowing it to reduce its net debt to $4bn by the end of this financial year.That’s a $1.5bn improvement in the past six months. We don’t want a circumstance whereby there’s risk to Australian personnel by undertaking such a visit, but we’ll take that advice and we’ll act accordingly.We’ve formed a special bond with Ukraine. President Zelenskiy is one of the century’s great heroes, and he’s provided inspiration not only to his people but to the rest of the world as well.I hope that we can visit in due course and if the prime minister is able to visit, if that’s the security advice he’s received, that it’s safe for him and for his delegation to visit, then I think it’s entirely appropriate that he would. Continue reading...

Australia live news updates: ‘no such thing as absolute freedom’, China ambassador says after protesters interrupt speech

Daniel Andrews nominates Jacinta Allan to be deputy premier; Queensland drops vaccine mandate for teachers; protester interrupts Chinese ambassador’s Sydney address; Chris Bowen says energy market has returned to ‘normal market conditions’; report of aged care providers operating at a loss; Victoria records 20 Covid deaths, NSW records 14, Queensland records six, South Australia four. Follow the day’s news

Qantas is forecasting a loss of up to $550m this year, despite strong demand for domestic and international flights allowing it to reduce its net debt to $4bn by the end of this financial year.

That’s a $1.5bn improvement in the past six months.

We don’t want a circumstance whereby there’s risk to Australian personnel by undertaking such a visit, but we’ll take that advice and we’ll act accordingly.

We’ve formed a special bond with Ukraine. President Zelenskiy is one of the century’s great heroes, and he’s provided inspiration not only to his people but to the rest of the world as well.

I hope that we can visit in due course and if the prime minister is able to visit, if that’s the security advice he’s received, that it’s safe for him and for his delegation to visit, then I think it’s entirely appropriate that he would.

Continue reading...