Australia politics live: Morrison considers cabinet reshuffle, NSW MP Michael Johnsen denies rape allegation

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Christian Porter set to be shifted and Linda Reynolds dumped in changes to Coalition frontbench; Australia considering Myanmar sanctions. Follow all the developments live

  • Speculation grows about cabinet reshuffle
  • Michael Johnsen to take leave after NSW parliament told government MP allegedly raped sex worker

11.50pm GMT

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11.41pm GMT

The Australian government has confirmed it is considering expanding sanctions against military figures in Myanmar, amid concerns the situation in the country is “highly volatile” and deteriorating.

Ridwaan Jadwat, a Dfat official, tells Senate estimates nationwide protests and civil disobedience continues to grow, and the response from the military is increasingly violent.

We have five people listed currently … and I am continuing to take advice on that and reviewing that with colleagues.

It is an important matter, I take it seriously and undertake to engage appropriately with the committee on that.

There is no clear path, senator, in relation to how to work with with partners to address the impacts of the coup and how to engage with the leaders of the regime, if and how that is appropriate and what form that would take.

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Source: The Guardian
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