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Australia News Live: Albanese To Visit Alice Springs Amid Law And Order Crisis; Two Dead After Sydney Police Chase

NT chief minister flies into Alice Springs amid crisis

Good morning and welcome to our rolling news coverage. I’m Martin Farrer with the main overnight updates before my colleague Natasha May takes over.

There’s a strong political flavour to our top two stories this morning. According to our latest Essential poll, Anthony Albanese’s approval rating has dropped five points over the summer from 60% to 55% as the Labor government battles high inflation, rising interest rates and high energy prices. The prime minister is also entering a high-stakes effort to secure a referendum win over the voice to parliament, writes our Indigenous affairs editor, amid spoiling tactics from the opposition leader, Peter Dutton.

Our other big story out of Canberra is an exclusive interview with defence minister Richard Marles in which he says government does not have “limitless” resources and faces tough choices on military spending. He explains that while he will increase spending as per Labor’s election pledge, he could rule out that the first of the new nuclear submarines could be built overseas. And he signalled that Australia’s defence priority would be driven by “how we hold any potential adversary at risk at greater distance from our shores”.

Pressure is mounting on the Northern Territory government this morning to ban alcohol sales in Alice Springs in an attempt to restore law and order to the troubled town. Alcohol-related problems have been on the rise since intervention-era bans on alcohol in remote Aboriginal communities came to an end in July, when liquor became legal in some communities for the first time in 15 years and others were able to purchase takeaway alcohol without restriction. The chief minister, Natasha Fyles, is flying to Alice today to listen to concerns but has told the Australian that she will not back any “race-based” intervention.

Yesterday, Northern Territory senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price called for the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, to visit Alice Springs to see the situation on the ground for himself.

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Price is the former deputy mayor of the town, which has been experiencing soaring crime rates in recent months.

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The NDIS minister, Bill Shorten, has told Channel Nine this morning the prime minister will be visiting Alice Springs in the “near future” but did not say precisely when the visit would take place. Sky News reports that Albanese’s visit will be today.

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Shorten told Channel Nine the federal government will address the situation in partnership with the territory government:

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Let’s just acknowledge there are big problems in the Alice. This has been a problem brewing. In terms of the Prime Minister he visits everywhere – I am sure he will visit in the near future. I know that our Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney was there last year.

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You can read more on the issue from our Indigenous affairs reporter, Sarah Collard:

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Thanks so much to Martin for kicking the blog off for us.

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Let’s start with Alice Springs. Malarndirri McCarthy, the assistant minister for Indigenous Australians, has criticised the opposition leader, Peter Dutton, who yesterday called for the Australian federal police to be deployed into Alice Spring to manage crime rates.

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McCarthy told the ABC:

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It’s totally rich for Peter Dutton to come out having a say now, when he was completely silent in his time in the Scott Morrison government.

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If you empower local communities to step up and stand up, they will find the solutions.

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The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, has affirmed that he believes solutions should come from local communities themselves, and that he will not be deploying the AFP.

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In Sydney, as mentioned, two people have died after a car rolled and caught fire during a high speed police pursuit at Strathfield in the city’s inner west about 12.30am this morning.

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Hobart City Council has voted to stop holding citizenship ceremonies on 26 January from next year. It comes after Labor reversed the Coalition ban on councils holding citizenship ceremonies outside Australia Day late last year.

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As school kids start heading back to classrooms after the summer holidays, Albanese has wished them well, sharing a picture of himself in his early school years.

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In tennis news, the last Australian left in the singles, Alex de Minaur, was defeated pretty convincingly in straight sets by Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Park last night. Despite the Serbian’s dominance, de Minaur says the defeat will “add fuel to the fire.”

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I want to do better than fourth round at a slam. It’s great, I’m happy, but I’m not content. I want more.

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Let’s get into it!

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Two people have been killed when a car rolled and caught fire during a police chase in Sydney.

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NSW police have launched a critical incident investigation into the crash, which happened just before 12.30am on Tuesday at Strathfield, in the city’s inner west.

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Highway patrol officers were patrolling Centenary Drive when they attempted to stop a silver Audi.

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Police said the driver failed to stop the car as directed and they started a pursuit, but a short time later the car crashed on the entry ramp to the M4 motorway.

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The car rolled on its roof and caught on fire, and the occupants couldn’t be freed despite attempts by police and bystanders. The two people are yet to be formally identified.

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Police said their investigation into the incident would be subject to independent review.

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One lane remained closed on the motorway at 6am, causing heavy traffic to build up in the area.

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– via AAP

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Good morning and welcome to our rolling news coverage. I’m Martin Farrer with the main overnight updates before my colleague Natasha May takes over.

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There’s a strong political flavour to our top two stories this morning. According to our latest Essential poll, Anthony Albanese’s approval rating has dropped five points over the summer from 60% to 55% as the Labor government battles high inflation, rising interest rates and high energy prices. The prime minister is also entering a high-stakes effort to secure a referendum win over the voice to parliament, writes our Indigenous affairs editor, amid spoiling tactics from the opposition leader, Peter Dutton.

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Our other big story out of Canberra