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Australia live news updates: Brisbane braces for severe flooding; at least 24 more Covid deaths






















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Queensland LNP senator James McGrath is calling for Australia to send weapons to help Ukraine and for the Russian ambassador to be immediately expelled from the country.

Senator James McGrath
(@SenatorMcGrath)

Instead of sending thoughts and prayers to Ukraine we should be sending weapons.

Instead of sanctions we should be confiscating the assets of Putin’s regime and giving them to Ukraine.

The Russian Ambassador should be expelled and put on a plane today. pic.twitter.com/kZscSZqsHL


February 26, 2022

“Instead of sending thoughts and prayers to Ukraine we should be sending weapons,” McGrath said.

“Instead of sanctions we should be confiscating the assets of Putin’s regime and giving them to Ukraine.

“The Russian ambassador should be expelled and put on a plane today.”

The Australian government has said it is providing cyber assistance and the provision of “non-lethal military equipment” through Nato partners.

The foreign affairs minister, Marise Payne, said on Saturday that the option of expelling Russian diplomats “remained a live option”.

“It is not something that we are considering currently. It enables us to have a direct line of communication with the Russian government.”

At this stage, as I said, it remains an option but not something that we are proceeding with at the moment.

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Flooding in large parts of Queensland and northern New South Wales is expected to become more severe today as downpours continue unabated.

Six people have died in Queensland flood waters in the past few days with one death in NSW. The most recent death occurred in the Brisbane suburb of Indooroopilly overnight.

About 2.30am, a 34-year-old man from Moorooka became stuck in flood waters while driving. Queensland police said the man freed himself from his vehicle and attempted to swim to safety but his body was discovered a short time later.

The Brisbane City Council says its modelling suggests several thousand properties are at risk this morning.

The immediate concern is a high tide – expected about 7.30am at the mouth of the Brisbane River – that was expected to put properties at risk. Many of the local catchments are already spilling on to roadways and into properties.

Adding to concern are necessary water releases from Wivenhoe Dam, which has gone above 120% capacity. The first release was expected at 4am – though it can take up to 24 hours for the additional water to reach suburban parts of the catchment.

The forecast remains for heavy rain to continue.










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