Australia news live: Labor MP calls for action on crime in ‘under siege’ Alice Springs

LIVE – Updated at 07:44 Follow live.   07:44 The day that was, Monday 23 January We will wrap up the live blog for Monday here.

Thanks for spending time with us. Here’s what made the news today: First Nations leader Noel Pearson warned the Coalition’s demand for more detail on the Indigenous

voice to parliament was a “complete diversion” and a “spoiling game” that threatened to end the chance for reconciliation for ever. Labor MP Marion Scrymgour said the

proposed voice “couldn’t be further from people’s view” in Alice Springs, and that residents felt “under siege” amid concerns about crime. The opposition leader, Peter

Dutton, called on the prime minister to reinstate alcohol bans in remote Indigenous communities. An age pensioner who was initially told she had one month to pay back a

$65,000 robodebt will “never get over” what happened to her, a royal commission has heard. A Victorian magistrate has granted a suppression order in the matter of Greg

Lynn, a former airline pilot charged with the murder of two elderly campers. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners warned the government’s proposed

changes to Medicare could make matters worse. One of the nation’s biggest consultancy firms painted a bleak picture for the year ahead, saying Australians were at the

mercy of the central bank and warning of a possible recession. The Queensland government will make changes to the criminal code and increase jail terms for vilification

as it cracks down on hate crimes after a series of “horrific” antisemitic and Islamophobic incidents.