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Australia News Live Update: Morrison Says Time To ‘move On’ From Aukus Drama As Turnbull Slams Government’s Plan For Nuclear Subs

05:02

WA police are due to give a press conference on the rescue of Chloe Smith shortly, and you can keep up with updates from Calla Wahlquist at the liveblog linked below:

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Foreign minister Marise Payne was just on 2GB to address the growing diplomatic stoush between Australia and France, echoing the prime minister’s indication that they want to move on.

Payne was asked about the strong language used by the French ambassador earlier today, and she stood behind the government’s decision:

I certainly understand that it has been deeply disappointing for France. We have acknowledged that we’ve been very clear in saying we understand that.

But our job in working together as nations in the Indo-Pacific is to work to work through this and to prioritise, if you like, the security and the stability of this region. Certainly that is the the approach that we have been endeavouring to take and when we make a decision in Australia’s national interests, we will be clear with Australians as to the nature of that decision.

Asked what she thought of French president Emmanuel Macron calling Scott Morrison a liar, Payne pointed out that the PM “swiftly clarified that” and he “set out the timeline”.

The foreign minister Marise Payne. Photograph: Lukas Coch/AAP

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04:34

A British woman who worked as a waiter in Sydney has won a long-running legal dispute against Australia’s “backpacker tax” in the nation’s highest court.

On Wednesday the high court ruled in favour of Catherine Addy, finding the tax which slugged working holiday-makers thousands of dollars more than Australians discriminated against her on the basis of her nationality and infringed upon a treaty Australia signed with the UK.

You can read more from Paul Karp’s report here:

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04:13

South Australia has once again recorded zero locally acquired Covid cases. The state also has zero active cases for the first time since 1 February.

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03:59

And a curt Scott Morrison wraps up his presser, but not before a journalist gets in one last question on what it would take to “work through this.”

The PM gave another short, almost irrelevant answer:

The objections to the Australian decision not to proceed with those submarines, and go forward with nuclear powered submarines, was made in the interest of Australia, those who have elected to that decision have objected for various obvious reasons, for various obvious motives, but I know what side I’m on. Thank you.

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03:56

A reporter has asked how any world leader can trust Morrison in light of the leaked text messages.

I have outstanding relationships with so many leaders around the world.

It appears to be a recurring theme here today.

03:54

Morrison is asked point blank what he will do to repair the relationship with France, in light of the ambassador claiming he had stabbed France in the back.

I’m going to move on and get the job done.

Claims were made and claims were refuted, what is needed now is for us to move on, that is what is important the Australian people, the United States and UK get on with the historic agreement we came to to deliver an incredibly important capability to Australia to keep us safe and defend and protect Australia. That’s the most important thing, that is what is at issue here, that is the thing that matters most to Australians that we do everything we can to ensure the Australian defences are the best they possibly can be and the men and women who serve get the best. That’s what I was seeking to do if others have other motives, others have other agendas, well that’s for them.

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03:52

Ok we’ve gotten to the juicy part, with a reporter asking if leaders should be wary of dealing with him, in light of the leaks.

Morrison summed it: We should “move on.”

I was very clear about what that communication was, and what was necessary in the matters raised, I don’t think there is any further profit for anyone continuing down this path, we made the decision we did to make in the Australian national interest, we understand the concerns and actions that have come in relation to that, they were understood when we made the decision and this was the decision Australia needed to make in our national interest and that something I’m responsible for and I’m very keen to make sure now we move on and deliver that capability. That certainly will be my focus.

03:48

So the PM has given a rough summary of his perspective on the Glasgow summit, largely repeating some of the points he made during his speech earlier in the week:

In terms of where we have just been, over in Glasgow, those talks will continue. Australia was able to go there and outlined very clearly not just what our commitments were, because Australia always meets and beats our commitments. But when it comes to addressing the real threat of climate change.

Not just in terms of emissions reduction but support for developing country, particularly in our part of the world our Pacific family and Southeast Asia, to deal with the adaptation challenges they have right now. Australia has been a leader in that area providing that support for resilience in countries and has also been an important part of Cop26, which is of course about reducing emissions but also about dealing with the impact right now.

Our technology led approach was well received by all of those I spoke with and they understand, like we understand, that if we want to actually deal with this, you must drive the costs of low emission technologies down. They are realising and scalable so it is affordable not just in developed countries like Australia but realisable and affordable in countries like Indonesia and Vietnam and of course China and India.

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03:44

A tired looking prime minister is speaking from Dubai, and began by paying tribute to WA Police for their work in returning Cleo Smith home:

The fact that that nightmare has come to an end and our worst fears were not realised, is just a huge relief. And a moment for great joy.

This particular case, obviously, has captured the hearts of Australians as we felt such terrible sorrow for the family. I want to thank, particularly, all of the police and all of those who were involved in making sure that Cleo is safe. And we are so thankful, thank you so much for what you have done. I know you do it every day.

I know that you feel a great sense of satisfaction in the work you have done to bring her home. But we know each and every day, they are out there doing the same thing. And trying to keep our kids safe and keep our people say. So thank you so much. And thank God that Cleo is home and that she is safe.

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03:42

We’re also expecting a press conference from the prime minister shortly. Should be interesting.

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03:36

Lost among the flurry of news earlier today was NSW premier Dominic Perrottet warning that Covid cases and hospitalisations may rise again, as the state again recorded another day with fewer than 200 cases.

Perrottet told reporters that he did not intend to release his current modelling on case numbers, but asked people to remain vigilant.

Let’s not rest on our laurels here.

The reality is case numbers will increase, hospitalisations will increase, we need to learn to live alongside this pandemic – it’s not going away.

Ultimately we’re in a very strong position.

Ultimately governments get judged on their record and the reality is all about instilling confidence.

If I believe it’s in the public interest to release certain information then I will release it, but ultimately it’s not about the government providing volumes of information every week from the health and economic teams, it’s about instilling confidence.

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03:18

Ok, lets talk Victorian MP Tim Smith. He earlier gave a very dramatic press conference where he announced he’d take time out to “reflect”, but denied his political career was over.

Smith appeared to dig his heels in, after opposition leader Mathew Guy yesterday publicly said he had asked Smith to retire at the next election.

Smith, though, was (unsurpsingly to some degree) not having it:

Does one error mean a career is over forever?

I’m not unwell, I’m an idiot.

It was a terrible, terrible error, a massive error, the worst of my life.

Smith repeatedly avoided the question of whether his leader had asked him to resign, saying “recollections may differ.”

He vowed to not touch alcohol again while in “public life.”

Luke Henriques-Gomes (@lukehgomes)

Amazing press conference right now, where Tim Smith has been asked whether Matthew Guy said this dozens of times (no exaggeration) and he’s not answering. t.co/SaaHD0vUdn

November 3, 2021

03:15

Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced an enticing deal to encourage people to get vaccinated: $10 vouchers for a pub feed.

Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP)

Love a chicken schnitty and haven’t received your first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine yet?

Here’s your chance to score a $10 voucher to be used at selected local clubs across Queensland and get vaccinated at the same time. 🍗 pic.twitter.com/HihCUtQpuW

November 3, 2021

Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP)

29 clubs in Queensland will offer a total of 7,250 vouchers to those receiving their first dose of the vaccine from Thursday.

Here’s a full list of participating clubs. pic.twitter.com/WiiLAPC2Mp

November 3, 2021

If only I was offered a schnitty for my vaccine. In any case, the state has hit 64.71% fully vaccinated, with authorities pushing to lift the vaccination rate.

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02:59

House prices may be on the up and up but the same can’t be said of the supply, at least for September.

New figures out today from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show approvals for new dwellings fell a seasonally adjusted 4.3% in September, reversing some of August’s 7.6% spurt.

“The decline in the total number of dwellings approved in September was driven by a large fall in approvals for private sector houses, which fell 16%. Private sector dwellings excluding houses rose by 18.1%,” Daniel Rossi, ABS’s Director of Construction Statistics, said:

“The decline in private house approvals over recent months can be largely attributed to the end of federal and state stimulus measures. Despite the fall in September, the series remains 18.2% higher than the pre-pandemic level in September 2019.” Rossi said.

South Australia posted the biggest decline with dwelling approvals off almost 23%, while NSW went the other way, with a 27% rise driven by new apartment approvals. For houses alone, though, NSW posted a 13.9% drop in new approvals.

Australia’s housing market is now worth $9.1 trillion (with a ‘t’), with prices soaring more than a fifth over the past year, CoreLogic said earlier this week.

Interestingly Reserve Bank Governor, Philip Lowe, said his board did not dwell (so to speak) on house prices during yesterday’s meeting. He also tried to calm expectations of a near-term rise in interest rates although he did bring forward marginally the likely timing of such a move to late 2023 from previous predictions of 2024.

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