Australia news live: half-price airline tickets in bid to revive tourism; PM under pressure over Porter

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8.55pm GMT

Key crossbench senator Rex Patrick has warned Scott Morrison the Christian Porter saga will become an “albatross around his government’s neck” unless action is taken.

Morrison has so far resisted calls for an independent inquiry into rape historical rape allegations level against the attorney general, saying NSW police have declared the case closed and Porter is an “innocent man under our law”.

Asking Michaelia Cash to step in and do the negotiations where Christian Porter has had significant involvement in this negotiation from the get go is unreasonable.

That may suit him politically, but he is a little bit naive in that this will become an albatross around his government’s neck if he does not act…

[Porter] has to have his name cleared so that he enjoys the trust of government and indeed the trust of the Australian public.

8.46pm GMT

So I know you are all desperate to here which Aussie tourism destinations will be included in this half-price flight package, and who am I to deny you.

Currently, the locations include:

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Source: The Guardian
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