March 23, 2023

Australia politics live: Perth and WA's south west enter Covid lockdown as MPs quarantined in Canberra

Much of Western Australia enters lockdown with politicians returning to Canberra for parliament forced to...

Much of Western Australia enters lockdown with politicians returning to Canberra for parliament forced to isolate. Follow all the latest news and updates, live

Much of WA goes into five-day lockdown after hotel guard tests positive
Perth and regional WA coronavirus hotspot locations

10.36pm GMT

While speaking to the ABC’s Fran Kelly on RN Breakfast this morning, Anthony Albanese also addressed the leadership rumbles within caucus:

The Caucus has learned its lesson. We know what occurs when we’re focused on ourselves. And I’m just focused on making sure that we have the best platform, the best menu if you like, that we will be taking to the Australian people at the next election, very much along the themes, as you say, Fran, no one left behind, no one held back. But making sure that Australians understand that we are on their side. Whereas the Coalition Government that’s more and more focused on itself, more and more focused on looking after their mates, more and more thinking that taxpayers’ money is their own money. That’s why we haven’t seen a national integrity commission, in spite of the fact that the Government said in 2018 that they would deliver it. Where is it, Fran? Why isn’t it in place to hold the Government to account? Because one of the things that we’re seeing across politics, across the parties, is a lack of faith in integrity in our politics. And I think that’s tragic. I think most people enter politics for all the right reasons. I certainly did. I entered politics to make a difference to people’s lives, particularly the vulnerable, the sort of people who I grew up with, the family I grew up in with a single mum, and I’m determined to make a difference.

10.33pm GMT

And just in case you can’t be bothered clicking on links, the good people at About the House have tweeted out the climate change bill hearing program for you:

From 11am, the Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy is holding public hearings for its inquiry into climate change bills. The Bills seek to alter Aus’ current climate change management and establish a new Climate Change Commission. Watch

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