The news this morning has been dominated by Ukraine accusing Russian forces of war crimes and Scott Morrison responding to past allegations of racial vilification towards former Liberal preselection candidate Michael Towke.
What else is happening along Australia’s east coast?
It is expected that Sydney beaches could take up to a year to recover following one of the worst coastal erosion events in NSW since 2016.
The clean-up will likely require millions of dollars to repair the coastline, and further erosion events are predicted to take place. It comes after last week’s flood evacuation orders and severe weather warnings.
Meanwhile, thousands of health workers – including ambulance, cleaning, allied health, admin, security and catering staff – will strike this Thursday in protest of the state government’s promise of a pay rise of 2.5 per cent. The workers also want better staff-to-patient ratios.
Deputy Premier James Merlino has promised to ramp up his state’s elective surgeries to 125 per cent of pre-pandemic levels as part of a $1.5 billion “hospital blitz” package. It comes as the state government attempts to clear a massive surgery backlog.
Meanwhile, the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry has joined calls for the state’s close contact isolation rules to be scrapped, with chief executive Paul Guerra saying: “We either believe the rapid test and use it, or we don’t.”
The retail lobbyist told Melbourne-based radio station 3AW: “If you use a rapid test and you’re positive, you stay at home. If you’re negative, you go to work and you go about your daily life.
“This is having a massive impact on the workforce and that’s why we want to see it revised.”
Federal Liberal National Party backbencher George Christensen has spruiked an unapproved, ineffectual drug after revealing he tested positive to COVID-19.
The outgoing member for Dawson revealed his positive rapid antigen test result on social media yesterday, saying he is using “a couple of antivirals I can’t mention on Facebook”. But on the messaging app Telegram, the MP named the two drugs he is using – neither of which are antivirals.