Intense low-pressure system that formed off the east coast over the weekend has weakened, satellite images show, but major flooding could continue for several days with rivers and dams already at full capacity.
About 50,000 residents in New South Wales, bulk in Sydney's western suburbs, ordered to leave homes, up from Monday's 30,000, officials say.
"We have seen rivers rise fast, a lot quicker than expected," says Ashley Sullivan, a senior emergency agency official, adding about 32,000 people are under evacuation orders or warnings in New South Wales.
Australian authorities have issued at least 18 evacuation orders in western Sydney as heavy rainfall batters the region.
The distinctive black, red and yellow flag will fly alongside the Australian flag and New South Wales state flag at the top of the bridge as part of a "broader move towards reconciliation."
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says French submarine maker Naval Group has agreed to a "fair and an equitable settlement" for Australia, ending a decade-old multi-billion-dollar submarine contract.
Minor to major flooding occurring from Queensland to Victoria provinces, officials say, warning of tough 24 hours or even 48 hours ahead.
Residents in eastern regions express frustration over slow relief and recovery while Sydney braces for more heavy downpours as part of what PM Morrison calls "floods that we have not seen in living memory."
Torrential rains have killed at least 10 people in eastern Australia as the wild weather slowly shifts south toward Sydney.
Australia's largest city shut down 13 beaches after a swimmer was killed in a shark attack, the first such fatality in nearly 60 years.
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The deal abolishes 99 percent of taxes on exports, saving Australia about $10 billion and saving Britain about $144 million a year.
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