Mostafa Rachwani with you this morning, taking you thru the day’s information.
We start with federal politics, with stories this morning that the prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going through stress from state leaders to chop a few of the authorities’s petrol and diesel excise, as gas costs skyrocket.
Talking to Channel 9 yesterday, Morrison didn’t rule out chopping the excise, repeatedly referring to the federal funds due on the finish of the month.
Petrol costs have soared to as much as $2.20 a litre, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the US resolution to ban importation of Russian oil.
Elsewhere, the opposition chief, Anthony Albanese, has drawn degree with the prime minister within the newest Newspoll outcomes for the primary time in almost two years.
The Australian reported the outcomes, which confirmed Labor sustaining a six-point lead over the Coalition. Albanese yesterday instructed 60 Minutes he was “hungry” for victory within the upcoming federal election.
In New South Wales, the SMH is reporting that the state authorities requested Australia Defence Pressure personnel to assist flood-affected communities in northern NSW as much as 5 days earlier than media stories of troops heading there.
It comes after NewsCorp reported on Sunday that the NSW authorities had truly rejected presents from the ADF to assist, in an indication of escalating tensions between the NSW and federal governments as to why there was a delay in responding to the floods.
In the meantime, the NSW transport community remains to be below stress as we speak, with delays and cancellations as a consequence of flood harm to trace works. It comes as industrial motion by the Electrical Trades Union is because of start as we speak, stopping members from doing sure upkeep throughout the community, probably growing delays.
We’ll even be maintaining a tally of Covid numbers as we speak, and on ongoing discussions across the flood response, in addition to the whole lot else taking place throughout the nation.