NSW Liberals to Challenge Berejiklian
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Sydney- M E Times Int'l: Conservative Liberals could launch the biggest challenge against Gladys Berejiklian's premiership with the controversial abortion bill set to overshadow the state party's council meeting on Saturday. A motion will be moved which will condemn the approach taken with the abortion bill, as there are concerns the bill has been rushed through parliament and given priority over other state issues. The meeting will also seek to establish a committee to look into abortion law reform. Earlier this week Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies and Riverstone MP Kevin Conolly threatened to plunge the NSW government into minority by quitting the Liberal party room and moving to the crossbench over the controversial bill. The bill will be introduced into the upper house on September 17.
NSW Police Arrest Man After Alleged Threats Against Mosque
Sydney: New South Wales Police have arrested a man who allegedly made threats against a mosque on Facebook. Officers from Newcastle Police District arrested the 43-year-old at Hamilton, north of Sydney, on Thursday. He's been charged with using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend and was refused bail.
Aust Catholic bishops target tech giants
Sydney: Australia's Catholic bishops say tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Twitter put profits before people and should be fined for spreading fake news and offensive content.
The core business of social media platforms is to sell advertising and maximise profits, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference says.
The ACBC has called for greater regulation of digital platforms and co-ordinated efforts by governments around the world, in a statement on social media being launched in Sydney.
The bishops want action to ensure users' personal data is protected and basic standards are not undermined by a drive for profit and market domination.
Aus schools to prioritise 'creative thinking' over specific subjects
Canberra: A government review into schooling has been told thinking creatively and solving global problems should take precedence over specific subject areas. The government has reportedly been told to "focus more on skills and competencies, rather than specific content areas", to ensure Australia has a world-class curriculum. This includes critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability and ethical understanding.
School boy hit and killed by a car of Disqualified driver
Sydney: A 36-year-old disqualified driver has been charged with manslaughter after a 12-year-old boy died after being pinned underneath the car outside a school at Hurstville in Sydney's south.
Police said he was walking to Sydney Technical High School where he was a student.
NSW Ambulance said bystanders attempted to resuscitate the child before emergency services arrived at the scene.
A 36-year-old male disqualified driver has been charged with manslaughter and will appear in court on Saturday.
The driver was arrested at the scene and has been refused bail.
FIRST CLASS Views From Western Sydney Airport Experience Centre
Sydney: Locals and tourists will be able to take in Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport years before a plane even takes off with recent’s unveiling of the world-class experience centre.
Designed in conjunction with the local landscape, the centre will guide visitors through an exhibition space before opening to a viewing area where they will be able to see airport construction underway. Major earthworks are set to begin in early 2020.
NSW Labor Leader, Jodi McKay: "Parents would be frustrated and despairing"
Sydney: The chief of Schools Infrastructure NSW Erik Maranik told a NSW Parliamentary hearing that some schools will have to wait five years before their air conditioners are installed.
Last November the Premier promised to air-condition the schools as part of her Cooler Classrooms package.
NSW Labor Leader, Jodi McKay said parents would be frustrated and despairing.
“Our kids shouldn’t have to swelter in tinderboxes while doing their best to learn. So why after eight years in government is Ms Berejiklian forcing some students to wait another five years to get air-conditioning?”
'We’re not going to allow the Tamil family to game the system'
Canberra: Prime Minister Scott Morrison is resisting widespread calls for the government to allow a Tamil family facing deportation to remain in Australia.
A rare alliance of conservative commentators, opposition parties and coalition backbenchers is urging the prime minister to let the family of four stay.
But Mr Morrison has dismissed their pleas as "Twitter public sentiment".
Peter Dutton says “I haven’t allowed people to come by boat, I haven’t had a single person drown on my watch at sea, and I’m not about to start now”. The Home Affairs Minister told press the Tamil family case was “a tough case, an emotional case” but “we’re not going to allow people to game the system”. The Tamil family-of-four is currently on Christmas Island awaiting the outcome of an asylum request for their youngest daughter, after being torn away from their home in Biloela, Queensland, when the mother’s visa expired in 2018. Mr Dutton admitted it was “a difficult circumstance for the family” but said granting the family an exception would open the gate to asylum seeker boats.
Migration program focusing on regional Australia
Canberra: The Morrison Government’s Migration Program is tackling population pressures in our major cities, and backing regional areas looking for growth to secure their economic future.
160,323 visas were granted in 2018-19 under the Permanent Migration Program, the lowest number in a decade.
The program also delivered 8987 places under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, up from 6,221 places in 2017-18 – a 44 per cent increase.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said the Government will continue to increase its focus on regional migration.
Former Labor MP reveals details of Chinese-linked donation
Sydney: Former NSW Labor MP Ernest Wong has told the ICAC inquiry Chinese billionaire and prohibited donor Huang Xiangmo told him he was going to take a bag of cash containing tens of thousands of dollars to Labor Party headquarters. It comes after Mr Wong was accused of giving false testimony to the inquiry on Friday over his knowledge of the $100,000 donation. The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption began its second week of hearings on Monday, centring around $100,000 allegedly donated by Chinese billionaire and banned donor Huang Xiangmo. Mr Wong will continue giving evidence on Monday.
Property prices rise fastest since 2017
Sydney: House prices boasted their biggest monthly gain since 2017 in August as the hard-hit markets of Sydney and Melbourne came roaring back on record low interest rates and looser lending rules.
The bounce marks an end to two years of constant decline which ate away at household wealth and confidence, undermining consumption and slowing the entire economy.
Government figures due this week are expected to show the economy expanded by just 1.4 per cent in the year to June, according to a Reuters poll, the slowest annual pace in a decade.
A revival in prices could also prove a blessing for the construction sector which has seen a severe downturn in new home approvals, particularly for the once red-hot apartment sector.
Monday's data from property consultant CoreLogic showed home prices across the capital cities rose 1.0 per cent in August, while values for the nation as a whole gained 0.8 per cent.
NSW Government Increases National Park Land
Sydney: The NSW Government has announced an addition of almost 60,000 hectares of land in the State’s north-west as a new State Conservation Area today, protecting the culturally and environmentally significant land for future generations.
Minister for Environment Matt Kean announced the new Mutawintji State Conservation Area, a two-hour drive from Broken Hill, by adding land at Nuntherungie Station into the national parks estate.
Doctors declare climate change 'emergency'
WA: Australia's top medical body has declared climate change a health emergency.
The Australian Medical Association has warned climate change could have severe health consequences for vulnerable people in Australia and the Pacific.
"These effects are already being observed internationally and in Australia. There is no doubt that climate change is a health emergency," association president Tony Bartone said.
Climate Activists Block Melbourne Traffic for AFL Fans
Melbourne: Climate activists have blocked parts of Melbourne's CBD causing headaches for some AFL fans trying to reach the MCG. A few dozen protestors gathered outside the State Library before dispersing and trying to block several intersections.
Nursing home a 'sentence' for young man
Melbourne: James Nutt, 35, views his years in a nursing home as a "sentence".
Lisa Corcoran, 43, hates living in aged care and wishes she could leave.
Life in residential aged care for people under 65 can be soul destroying, the aged care royal commission has been told.
A number of younger people who are living, or have lived, in residential aged care will tell the royal commission about their experiences during a hearing in Melbourne next week.
Mr Nutt will tell the inquiry the seven years he spent in a nursing home had a devastating effect on his mental health.
"He says he was 'sentenced' because it felt like jail," advocacy group the Summer Foundation said in its royal commission submission.
Queensland corruption watchdog won't investigate Jackie Trad
Brisbane: The Queensland Corruption Watchdog has announced it won’t investigate Deputy Premier Jackie Trad over an investment property purchase that may grow in value due to the nearby Cross River Rail project. Since the purchase of the Woolloongabba investment property was revealed to Queensland parliament, the state government has endured calls from the LNP to sack Ms Trad.