Australian politics live: parliament returns as Labor pushes for emissions deal; Covid pressures lead to record hospitals

Ceremonial opening to dominate Tuesday as attention remains on Labor’s agenda, and challenges

Tony Burke said the government will be able to move forward with its commitment for a 43% emissions reduction commitment without legislation.

Obviously, as we said during the election, we’ll be able to implement our commitments whether or not this legislation is passed, our preferences that it be passed, and we’re hoping that we can bring people together to do that.

I have never pretended to understand what what happens once it gets to the Senate. It is my intention, though, to get it through the House of Reps during this fortnight.

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