Australia news live: Craig Kelly resigns to join crossbench; jobseeker to increase by $50 a fortnight

Kelly says he will support government on confidence and supply; Morrison faces mores questions over releasing report into what his office knew of rape allegations

1.53am GMT

The press conference ends after Samantha Maiden asks Michaelia Cash this question:

Senator Cash, could I ask a question in relation to Brittany Higgins.

Well, that is exactly what the Defence Minister said to my Chief of Staff. There was merely a media inquiry.

I then spoke to my Chief of Staff and Brittany together.

Cash: I have absolutely not and I have made my position very clear in the Senate.

I’m sorry, I have an international call I have to make. Thanks, everyone.

1.44am GMT

Scott Morrison is asked whether allegations made against Craig Kelly’s staffer – as first reported by Anne Davies – played any role in Kelly’s decision to quit the party.

Morrison:

I have long expressed to Mr Kelly my concerns about that staff member and he has long understood what my expectations were about how he would deal with that matter.

Related: Craig Kelly’s senior aide faces multiple allegations of inappropriate behaviour made by young women

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Source: The Guardian
Australia news live: Craig Kelly resigns to join crossbench; jobseeker to increase by a fortnight