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PM reveals new security pact with US, UK; includes nuclear-powered subs

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson have joined forces to make an international security announcement.

Federal cabinet ministers were summoned to a secret meeting in Canberra on Wednesday ahead of the announcement.

US publication Politico reported that US President Joe Biden was set to announce a new working group to allow the three countries to share technology including cyber, artificial intelligence, underwater systems and long-range strike capabilities.

Domestically, it's all about COVID. The next stage of reopening in NSW will be triggered once the state reaches 80 per cent double-dose coverage.

The government is still working out what that looks likes, the premier said, but it's likely that unvaccinated people will continue to miss out. Nervous businesses are seeking more clarity and rules from the NSW government, as they approach the date they'll start having to turn unvaccinated people away.

In Melbourne, public transport will be suspended this weekend to prevent protesters travelling to the CBD for an anti-lockdown rally.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton has announced public transport to and from the city will shut down from 8am to 2pm on Saturday, the day of a worldwide series of "freedom" rallies.

A Tamil family's legal fight to remain in Australia is scheduled to return to court today.

Lawyers for the Murugappan family will head to the Federal Circuit Court on Thursday, to challenge a decision denying another bridging visa application by parents Nades and Priya, and daughter Kopik.

Their current bridging visas are set to expire on Wednesday. If the bid to re-apply for the visas fails, the Muruguppan family could be sent back to immigration detention or community detention, or removed from Australia.

Meanwhile former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins' alleged rapist is due to face court in Canberra for the first time.

The 26-year-old man was in August summonsed to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on the charge of sexual intercourse without consent at Parliament House in March 2019.

More Australians will be working from home compared to pre-pandemic levels even after COVID-19 restrictions are eased, a new Productivity Commission report has found.

And the report said the move to large numbers of employees working from home could increase the country's productivity levels.

- with AAP

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