Australia news updates live: Queensland floods death toll reaches seven, schools closed and travel warnings amid more weather warnings

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If it’s flooded, forget it: Morrison

Scott Morrison has spoken to 4BC Radio in Brisbane about flooding throughout Queensland and northern NSW.
Morrison said it was a “very serious and anxious time” and the commonwealth has “activated assistance in a range of areas” including the ADF and emergency payments of $1,000 per adult and $400 per child to flow from tomorrow.

He said:

The most important thing is to be in a safe place, because moving around is very dangerou. If it’s flooded, forget it. If you are in a place of safety, remain there… [People think] ‘I could get across there, I need this’. But a moment’s convenience could turn very fatal.

Morrison also spoke about Australia’s announcement it would finance lethal aid for Ukraine to combat the Russian invasion. A further humanitarian aid package is also being developed.

Asked about Vladimir Putin putting nuclear forces on high alert, Morrison said it was a “reckless thing to say in these circumstances”. The invasion has “focused the minds of the world” on the division between “autocratic, bullying states” and “liberal democracies that aren’t going to stand for it”, he said.

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Evacuation order for Lismore

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Frydenberg says Putin has territorial ambitions beyond just Ukraine

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Frydenberg discusses financial support for Ukraine

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Good morning

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