Australia news live: Linda Reynolds taken to hospital; Kelly’s exit from Libs prompts Nats leadership talk

It’s understood the government and Naval Group are currently discussing alternative arrangements for a meeting (the defence minister, Linda Reynolds, had been originally due to meet with the French submarine group’s global chief executive, Pierre Éric Pommellet, this afternoon, but she is now on medical leave).

LNP senator Matt Canavan is not the only parliamentarian to have met with Elliott Charng, representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Australia. We understand Labor senator Kimberley Kitching – co-chair of the hawkish Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China – will also be meeting with him. There are probably others. We’ll let you know the details when we have them.

Australia’s competition regulator Rod Sims has told parliament he was surprised at Facebook’s “unusual” decision to block news on their platform last week.

Facebook announced on Tuesday news would be returning to their Australian platform over the next few days after they came to an arrangement with the Morrison government over changes to the news media bargaining code.

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Sims, who leads the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission which drew up the code, told the economics committee that even though he expected “brinkmanship” over the code he did not expect Facebook’s dramatic move as he thought they were successfully negotiating with media companies, and “I thought all was well”.

Sims said he was pleased with the code, which would pass into law, despite the last-minute amendments. He said he had spoken to media bosses who were already planning on hiring more journalists and that was the whole intention of the code.

Queensland is doubling the number of Indigenous land and sea rangers who work on conservation and biodiversity projects across the state to 200, environment minister Meaghan Scanlon has just told state parliament.

We can all benefit from listening and learning from those whose lands, air and water we all now share,” Scanlon said.

The government was opening applications for 50 of the new land and sea rangers today, Scanlon said, as part of the extra 100 rangers to be added to the program over the next three years.

She said:

That means new jobs while supporting the critical role of First Nations people in Queensland’s environment and cultural heritage.”

Rangers already worked across a wide range of projects, including protections for marine turtles, dugong, shorebirds and weed and pest management. Rangers also protected cultural sites and carried out youth engagement activities.

Lincoln Hopper is CEO of St Vincent’s Care Services, which manages the Holy Spirit Nursing Home Carseldine in Brisbane.

He’s held a press conference about the two residents who were wrongly given an excessively high dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

Hopper said the health of the two residents is being closely monitored and no adverse effects have yet been identified. The error will be reported to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency [AHPRA].

This incident has been very distressing to us and to their family and it is also very concerning,” he said.

It has caused us to question whether some of the clinicians given the job of administering the vaccine have received the appropriate training. Certainly, health authorities and contracted vaccination providers should be re-emphasising to their teams the need to exercise greater care so an error like this does not happen again.”

One of the residents is in hospital, Hopper said. The two residents affected by the error are an 88 year-old man and a 94 year-old woman.

The regulator will need to understand what happened and what caused the error but it is distressing to us, our residents and their families,” Hopper said.

You can imagine how upset they would be. Having had this road to travel over the last 18 months to get to this end of the vaccination and then to have an error that threatens the health of their loved ones, they are very concerned about this, as we all are. The families are doing OK in the context of the situation but certainly we need to continue to monitor the residents. They are not out of the woods in that sense and so we are very concerned for their welfare.”


St Vincent’s Care Services CEO, Lincoln Hopper is seen during a press conference at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home, Carseldine in Brisbane on Wednesday.

St Vincent’s Care Services CEO, Lincoln Hopper is seen during a press conference at the Holy Spirit Nursing Home, Carseldine in Brisbane on Wednesday. Photograph: Darren England/AAP

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