Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the percentage of new coronavirus cases each day is falling, as tough restrictions on movement take effect.
Minister Ann Ruston has used her new powers to extend the coronavirus supplement to students and apprentices.
The department was responding to questions about the Prime Minister's attempt to invite Hillsong pastor Brian Houston to the White House.
A drought relief grants program overseen by embattled Deputy Nationals leader Bridget McKenzie awarded money to councils that did not meet the eligibility criteria during the 2019 election campaign.
Deloitte said the esteemed Australian institution had "the communication skills of a teaspoon".
Bridget McKenzie may have breached ministerial standards by targeting marginal electorates through a $100 million sports grants program, a former Supreme Court justice says.
Timber towns ravaged by bushfires burning in south-eastern NSW and Victoria should become carbon sinks, a Canberra academic has argued.
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