Here's what we know about the news in Australia

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Here's what we know about the news in Australia

It's Tuesday, April 19 and you're reading The Loop, a quick wrap-up of today's news.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has doubled down on his support for the controversial Liberal candidate for Warringah Katherine Deves.

Some members of the Liberal Party have renewed calls for her to be disendorsed, but Mr Morrison continues to throw his support behind her, saying he thinks she will make a great member of parliament. You can catch up on the PM's comments in more detail here:

Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese says that the Warringah candidate's stance on transgender people is divisive within the community but also divisive within the Liberal Party.

Russia is now focused on the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, close to the Russian border after withdrawing its troops from Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy says it is an offensive Ukraine has been expecting and its military has been preparing for - here's why Russia has eyes on Donbas and how Ukraine is defending it.

A World Title Elimination weigh-in has sparked chaos after Michael Pretty Boy Zerafa and Issac The Headsplitter Hardman appeared to forget that their scheduled fight isn't until Wednesday. The bitter rivals traded a flurry of shots before being separated and the staged weigh-in was cancelled tomorrow ahead of their high-stakes middleweight showdown at the Melbourne Convention Centre.

Ryan Campbell. After suffering a heart attack, the former Australian ODI wicketkeeper is fighting for life in a London hospital. The 50-year-old was at a playground with his children on the weekend when he collapsed.

After he and her partner Georgina died, friends and fans are sharing messages of support. The couple says that the birth of our baby girl gives us the strength to live this moment with some hope and happiness. They have three older children together, and Ronaldo also has an 11-year-old son.

After her shock resignation from professional tennis, sports lovers Australia-wide and tennis fans are desperate for news on Ash Barty's next career move.

In the short term, it looks like she's going to be spending a bit of time, as the former world number one is a pretty handy golfer.

The 25-year-old was named to play in the golf's inaugural Icon Series in Jersey City in June, where a USA team is set to battle sporting stars from around the globe.

The relentless competition will feature a 10 hole team match-play tournament format, unprecedented access for a global audience, and showcase sporting stars like never before, according to the event's website.

Barty will be captain of the team at Rest of the World, which also features boxer Canelo Alvarez, footballer Harry Kane and Golf Hall of Famer Ernie Els.

We'll see you again tomorrow, thanks for reading.