Welcome again to Politics Stay.

It’s Tuesday, which suggests it’s social gathering room assembly day, so there’s a little little bit of laws to get via.

First off – the dangerous information. The federal government is taking a look at growing the unemployment fee by simply $50 a fortnight when the Covid complement ends on 31 March. Anybody who has needed to stay on the jobseeker fee (and let’s simply get it straight, it isn’t a selection, poverty is rarely a selection) is aware of the sheer terror of attempting to make a funds work. The pandemic made it just a little simpler – folks had the house to purchase new footwear, get pressing automobile repairs, purchase recent produce and work to get a job they had been proper for, as a substitute of trudging to interview after interview to satisfy a mutual obligation requirement which wasn’t going to guide anyplace.

However as Luke Henriques-Gomes reviews, appears like we’re about to place folks proper again there.

The identical Nationals that insist on holding on to the previous for power use are trying to flex their muscle on different points they don’t have any precise concept on, as Paul Karp reviews:


George Christensen’s proposal to require docs to supply help to foetuses with indicators of life throughout an abortion has been labelled “nonsensical” by a number one abortion care professional.

Catriona Melville, the deputy medical director of Marie Stopes Australia, stated the Nationals MP had proposed “coverage for a circumstance that by the character of the process wouldn’t happen”.

Christensen says he’ll introduce a non-public member’s invoice to overturn scientific tips in Queensland that state “if [during an abortion] a stay start happens … don’t present life-sustaining therapy” and comparable guidelines in different states.

And Peter Dutton desires the ability to cancel visas utilizing ‘secret’ proof.

All spherical simply nice areas.

In the meantime, Brittany Higgins’s bravery means the federal government can’t escape answering questions over the tradition, or the dealing with of her case, with Katharine Murphy confirming a second staffer within the prime minister’s workplace was conscious of a minimum of some particulars:


Guardian Australia has now confirmed a second staffer presently employed within the prime minister’s workplace knew particulars in regards to the termination of Higgins’ former colleague as a result of that senior staffer was employed previously as an adviser to Alex Hawke when Hawke was particular minister of state.

In response to questions from Guardian Australia, a spokesperson for Morrison stated: “As a result of a earlier function, the adviser was conscious of the termination of the staffer concerned within the safety breach in Linda Reynolds’ workplace in March 2019.”

The federal government nonetheless gained’t say whether or not the staffer who’s alleged to have raped Brittany Higgins obtained a termination payout.

In different information, the vaccine roll out continues – this morning, Anthony Albanese will obtain the vaccine in Canberra.

There was some kerfuffle over whether or not Albanese and the prime minister had been each meant to obtain the vaccine collectively, which clearly went out the window when Scott Morrison obtained his on Sunday. By no means let a well being message get in the best way of politics, I suppose.

We’ll cowl all of that and extra because the day rolls on. Only a reminder that we’re pre-moderating feedback to guard each you and us given the legalities round a few of what we’re masking. If you should attain me, you’ll find me right here – with the quantity of messages I’m receiving recently, it’s the best place for me to catch them.

You may have the same old crew – Katharine Murphy, Paul Karp, Daniel Hurst and naturally, Mike Bowers, to take you thru the day. And also you’ll have me, Amy Remeikis all day on the weblog.

I’m simply going to get my fourth espresso and we’ll get into it.

Prepared?