Here’s a summary of the day’s headlines:
- Stuart Ayres ignored a cabinet decision to make trade roles ministerial picks before John Barilaro quit his role as US trade commissioner today.
- Students are filling ambulance roster holes in Victoria amid fears of mass resignation.
- There will be major disruptions for the Sydney rail network as unions push ahead with action on Friday.
- China says it was insulted at the NATO ‘threat’ label, as Russia reacts to alliance expansion.
- Channel Seven has made moves to terminate its Cricket Australia deal over alleged Big Bash League breaches.
- Guy Sebastian’s former manager Titus Day was found guilty of embezzling the musician’s money.
- Health Minister Mark Butler will order a lightning-fast inquiry into the purchases of COVID-19 vaccine to investigate how Australia was caught short at the height of the pandemic and whether existing stocks are adequate.
- Thousands of public and Catholic school teachers marched down Macquarie Street in Sydney’s CBD this morning demanding reduced workloads and a pay rise above the 3 per cent on offer. It’s the first time in more than 25 years public and Catholic teachers have joined forces.
- Victorian households will be able to claim a bonus payment of $250 if they shop around for a better energy deal from tomorrow under an expanded state government program to reduce cost of living pressures.
South by South West (SXSW) will be brought from Austin, Texas to Sydney in October 2023. The Sydney addition will be the first time the global music, talks and film festival has left its home state of Texas since its launch in 1987. It will comprise 1000 sessions, screenings and performances, activations and parties across the city.
- Australia’s energy market operator is preparing for more coal-fired power stations to close down many years earlier than was planned, and expects all of Victoria’s coal plants to be shut by 2032, demanding a massive expansion of renewable energy and 10,000 extra kilometres of power lines to connect the grid.
About two thirds of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children struggle with developmental skills when they begin school, according to new data released on Thursday by the Productivity Commission.
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