Australia news LIVE: Albanese warns of cuts to federal budget; Ukraine given candidate status by European Union; ABS under fire over ‘non-binary’ census question

Australia news LIVE: Albanese warns of cuts to federal budget; Ukraine given candidate status by European Union; ABS under fire over ‘non-binary’ census question

Defence Minister Richard Marles said there is “certainly work to be done with fixing the relationship with France” following the Morrison government cancellation of a $90-billion deal to purchase 12 submarines last year. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will fly to Paris to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron ahead of the NATO summit in Spain. Speaking to Today on Friday morning, Marles said the relationship with France was “critically important” because of its nearby Pacific territories such as New Caledonia. “With so many things that we have seen over the last month where the Liberals have stuffed it, we’re busily fixing it,” he told Today. “It’s going to be really important that Anthony is going to have the opportunity of meeting with President Macron to put a relationship with a …
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