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Australia news live updates: Dutton confirms bid for Liberal leadership; Albanese flags need to ‘respond’ to China’s Pacific plan

PM says Australia needs to ‘respond’ to China’s Pacific plan; Plibersek apologises for comparing Dutton to Lord Voldemort as former defence minister launches charm offensive; new foreign affairs minister Penny Wong turns her focus to the Pacific. Keep up with all the day’s developments hereAustralia ‘louder than we should have been’ in criticising China,...

Texas gunman posted his plans on Facebook before attack, governor says

Greg Abbott said the attacker’s last post, about 15min before the shooting, said: “I’m going to shoot an elementary school.”The gunman in the Texas school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers posted messages about his plans on Facebook prior to the attack, the governor of Texas said at a press conference on Wednesday.Greg Abbott said the...

Partygate live: Boris Johnson says no plan to resign over Sue Gray report despite Tory MP calling for him to step down – as it happened

Prime minister feels it is his ‘job to get on with my job’ despite report detailing major leadership failures at No 10. This live blog is now closed. You can find our latest Partygate stories below:Staff at No 10 parties believed they were ‘work events’, says PMBreakdown of findings from the reportFive quotes that show No 10 staff knew they were in...

Refugee children handed anti-‘illegal migration’ playing cards, Australian charity says

Cards branded with Australian government’s Zero Chance logo and QR code to border force website distributed in IndonesiaFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingPlaying cards adorned with the Australian government’s Zero Chance campaign against “illegal migration” were distributed...

Australia news live updates: Peter Dutton confirms he will stand for Liberal leadership; Penny Wong flies to Fiji

Former defence minister launches charm offensive with media blitz while the new foreign affairs minister turns her focus to the Pacific. Keep up with all the day’s developments hereAustralia ‘louder than we should have been’ in criticising China, says former Asio chiefNew Coalition MP was founding member of club promoting climate science denialFrance...

Australia ‘louder than we should have been’ in criticising China, former Asio chief says

Sharp critique from Duncan Lewis comes as Chinese foreign minister embarks on ‘extraordinary’ Pacific island nation tourGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingAustralia’s former intelligence chief Duncan Lewis says Australia has been “rather louder than we should have been” in public criticism of China when a better approach, given escalating...

Boris Johnson maintains ‘work events’ defence after damning Gray report

PM says he takes full responsibility but insists it never occurred to him the gatherings he attended broke rulesBoris Johnson has insisted he was oblivious to a culture of excessive drinking and partying in Downing Street during lockdown, despite a damning report laying bare a litany of rule-breaking behaviour at the heart of government.Sue Gray’s final...

Donald Trump said maybe mob was right to chant ‘Hang Mike Pence’ – report

New York Times reports witnesses told Capitol attack committee about ex-president’s comment, made on day of January 6 riotDonald Trump reportedly reacted to chants about hanging his vice-president, Mike Pence, during the US Capitol attack by saying maybe the mob was right.The New York Times reported the bombshell White House comment on Tuesday. Continue...

‘This is on you’: Beto O’Rourke confronts Texas governor over mass shooting

Democratic gubernatorial candidate confronts Republican Greg Abbott during press conference, saying: ‘You are doing nothing’Beto O’Rourke publicly confronted Texas’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, during a press conference on Wednesday about a mass school shooting in the town of Uvalde where 19 children and two teachers were killed.As seen in a video...

Rishi Sunak to announce windfall tax on energy firms

One-off levy to fund support package amid cost of living crisis which could include increase in benefitsRishi Sunak will push the button on a controversial windfall tax on energy companies on Thursday, as he lays out measures to ease the pain of rising household bills.Treasury sources did not deny reports the chancellor would use his announcement to...

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