NSW has 12,818 new virus cases and 30 deaths; 34 more people die in Victoria after testing positive; Queensland heatwave warning; QLD records 10 deaths, 7,588 new cases

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The Prime Minister was peppered with tough questions during his first major speech of the election year at the National Press Club.

Australian interest rates remain unchanged at a record low of 0.1%, despite soaring inflation and rising costs of living. It was last modified in November 2020.

NSW records 12,818 new cases of COVID-19 and 30 deaths. Health Minister Brad Hazzard said elective surgery will also gradually resume from February 7.

Victoria records 11,311 new cases of COVID-19 and 34 deaths as it lags behind most countries in its rollout of recalls. Now 39.3% of eligible Victorians over the age of 18 have received a booster shot, while over two million are eligible.

Parts of the Kimberley in northwest Australia have been hit with torrential rains the likes of which have not been seen in the past 120 years.

As Queenslanders swelter in a severe heat wave, prompting warnings of possible power outages as suppliers predict ‘record demand for electricity’.

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