Federal government announces $1.2bn tourism package with 800,000 subsidised airfares; key crossbench senator warns PM the Christian Porter saga will become an ‘albatross around his government’s neck’. Follow latest updates

9.10pm GMT

Speaking of the deputy prime minister, (and minister for transport, regional development and infrastructure) Michael McCormack has just spoken with ABC news breakfast.

McCormack was asked if travel agents and other axillary travel industry workers would miss out:

They benefit too, because there’s a $132 million package in addition to the $128 million that we’d already had on the table for those travel agents.

And I know the Federation of Travel Agents are delighted with this package, because that is going to support them.

9.06pm GMT

We are expecting to hear from the prime minister and the deputy prime minister shortly. They are at Syndey airport to launch this new travel package.

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