Coronavirus Australia live update: Qantas and Jetstar to scale up flights in June and July

By Luke Henriques-Gomes (now) and Amy Remeikis (earlier)

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Further to my last blog post on the Australia and India virtual summit, the two countries have agreed to work together to support the rules-based maritime order in the Indo-Pacific region.

A statement issued by Australia’s foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, said the two countries would expand their cooperation on maritime safety and security, including by building stronger links between coastguard and civil maritime agencies, and by developing deeper navy-to-navy engagement.

Payne did not directly mention China or the territorial disputes in the South China Sea, but underlined the need to respect the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

She said the Joint Declaration on Maritime Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific “commits our nations to supporting the rules-based maritime order in the region, founded on respect for the sovereignty of all nations and international law, particularly the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea”.

“Importantly, the partnership extends to working together to strengthen maritime domain awareness throughout the Indo-Pacific, and combating transnational challenges such as people smuggling, arms and narcotics trafficking, climate change, terrorism, and illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing.”

Payne said the two sides had also signed an agreement to cooperate on cyber and critical technology issues. They would aim to “promote and preserve an open, free, safe and secure Internet, enhance digital trade, harness critical technology opportunities and address cyber security challenges”.

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Morrison meets Modi via video-link

Because of coronavirus-related travel restrictions, Scott Morrison met with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, by video-link this afternoon.

In the “virtual meeting” – the opening portion of which was open to the cameras – the pair agreed to elevate the relationship between Australia and India to a comprehensive strategic partnership.

Previously Australia and India had what the diplomats call a “strategic partnership”.

Morrison went big on the theme of building trust:

“In a time like this we want to deal very much with friends and trusted partners, and this is a partnership which has stood the test of time, and is during the course of this current crisis.”

Morrison told Modi he hoped to see an increase in the levels of trade and investment flows between Australia and India, because the current levels were “not where you or I would both like them to be, but they are growing, and they can grow a lot faster”.

“But I think the comprehensive strategic partnership that we are forming today going to a whole new level of relationship will continue to build the trust. Because we want commercial and training relationships that are built on trust.”

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Avani Dias (@AvaniDias)

#BREAKING The NSW Police watchdog - the Law Enforcement Conduct Commission - will look over the police investigation into the arrest of an Aboriginal boy in Sydney which was caught on video https://t.co/iXAGalRGWX

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Victorians urged not to attend Black Lives Matter protests due to coronavirus

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A local councillor from the Hills District in Sydney has refused calls to perform an Acknowledgment of Country at official meetings and events.

A young constituent called for the acknowledgement and got this reply from a councillor. via @_angemccormack https://t.co/2D5iwrHvqE pic.twitter.com/K3UTjaFMd4

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