Australia news live update: wild weather lashes east coast, with more flooding expected today

Australia news live update: wild weather lashes east coast, with more flooding expected today

Flood warnings in place across most of the country as NSW, Queensland and Victoria brace for more torrential rain. Follow all the day’s news

Sixteen people have died while in Australia on the government’s troubled seasonal workers program since the beginning of the pandemic.

The figures have come to light as the scheme faces widespread accusations of exploitation and “inhumane conditions”, as well as a potential class action.

Extinction Rebellion’s message is simple: the Cop26 climate summit was bullshit, and Australia’s contribution stunk most of all.

Not only did the Morrison Government take a weak, non-binding ‘plan’ with no new policies or mandates, it also refused to sign global pledges aimed at limiting methane emissions and phasing out fossil fuel production.

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