Senior ACT officials say extra funding for the Bureau of Meteorology would help them more in future fire seasons than "shiny" new trucks or helicopters.
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Hundreds of properties razed by bushfires are still waiting to be cleared, wo weeks out from the June 30 deadline.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese has lashed the Morrison government's $2 billion bushfire recovery fund as overly bureaucratic and poorly targeted.
The announcement was made by federal and state Nationals leaders Michael McCormack and John Barilaro in Queanbeyan.
A "significant" reporting error has seen the cost of the Morrison government's $130 billion JobKeeper scheme revised down to $70 billion, after some businesses filled out the application form wrong.
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.
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