Australia politics live: government to close loophole in IR bill’s better-off test; Chalmers warns gas prices could ‘strangle’ industry

After weeks of flooding, winds of up to 90kmh have left thousands without power; more climate-focused candidates set to challenge incumbents. Follow all the day’s news

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It’s Tuesday, which means it is party room meeting day – the second last for the parliamentary year.

The house is going to be focussed on the national anti-corruption commission bill for much of this week – it has to be, because there are so many amendments, the house needs as many days as possible to get through them.

Our top story this morning is that Simon Holmes à Court’s fundraising group, Climate 200, is considering backing up to 10 teal challengers in the New South Wales election in March. After the political storm set off by independents in this year’s federal election, the Climate 200 move is set to inspire another set of tough tests for sitting MPs in the state.

As towns begin a slow recovery from flooding, more wild weather has hit New South Wales and Victoria this morning in the shape of strong winds that have left thousands of homes without electricity. A severe weather warning area covered parts of South Australia, Victoria, and the NSW and ACT on Monday, with meteorologists warning of gusts up to 100kmh.

Overseas this morning, an earthquake in Java has killed at least 160 people. The US Geological Survey said the quake, which struck late in the afternoon on Monday, was centred in the Cianjur region of West Java province at a depth of 10km.

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And Iran’s footballers refused to sing their country’s national anthem at the start of their World Cup match with England in apparent support for the anti-government protests sweeping the country. Iranian supporters in the stadium in Doha booed the anthem before the game, which England won 6-2.

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