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Australia News Live Update: NSW Hits 90% Vaccination Rate; Pfizer Covid Vaccine Approval For Children Imminent

07:15

For anyone wondering, why the Liberals are being accused of flipping on electric vehicles here is the video of Michaelia Cash attacking Labor’s electric car policy during the 2019 election.

“We are going to stand by our tradies and we are going to save their utes,” she said.

David Marler (@Qldaah)

Michaelia Cash to save the utes. Johnny’s car today wont be the one he drives tomorrow and claims 50% of the apprentices standing behind her will be driving an electric vehicle under Bill Shorten. #ausvotes #qldpol pic.twitter.com/Lzvd26vBGh

April 9, 2019

07:12

There has been a lot of talk about electric vehicles today. My colleuge Royce Kurmelovs has a really good rundown of what the PM’s plan actually is and if it will work.

07:03

In Victoria, over one thousand people are expected to rally outside parliament house this evening, to protest the state government’s proposed pandemic laws.

At least three of the state’s Liberal MPs are expected to attend the protest, which is linked to the anti-mandate movement.

Some of the main changes include giving the premier the power to declare a pandemic, allowing that pandemic status to be extended for up to three months at a time with no maximum time, and up to $90,500 fines and two years’ jail time for people who don’t comply with public health orders.

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06:49

Not so long ago Morrison said Labor’s electric vehicle policy would “end the weekend”. Now he’s spruiking his own plan, but there’s no substance to it, writes Sarah Martin.

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06:38

In Tasmania, Opposition leader Rebecca White has revealed a homeless young person was released from the state’s youth detention centre – and given a tent to live in over winter.

“It is our understanding that a young person was exited into a situation where they didn’t have a home earlier this year and that they subsequently lived in a tent,” White said.

“That is completely unacceptable for a young person to be given a tent in the middle of winter.

“We know this government has a history of providing tents to young people on care and protection orders.”

According to The Mercury, the centre will be replaced within three years.

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06:32

Anger at half-price fares!

NSW Labor leader Chris Minns says the half-price fares on offer for commuters dealing with Sydney’s light-rail fallout is not good enough.

“Look, it should be free,” Minns said.

“At the end of the day, people that use the Inner West light rail shouldn’t be paying for the government’s mistakes.

“They pay taxes, that infrastructure is in place off the back of the people of New South Wales’ hard work in terms of tax revenue, it’s completely screwed up.”

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06:25

The Bureau of Meteorology is busy briefing emergency agencies today, including the SES in NSW. Here’s the public message:

Bureau of Meteorology, New South Wales (@BOM_NSW)

Parts of #NSW are forecast to receive more than a month’s worth of rain over the three days from today. People who live close to the #Qld border and along the western slopes, should prepare for heavy #rain and possible #flooding now.

Latest forecasts: t.co/olrE8nKYXF pic.twitter.com/qM4w4NRjvz

November 9, 2021

06:16

A seriously ill 66-year-old widow has taken legal action in a bid to stop Gerry Harvey evicting her from the home she shared with her late husband, a longtime friend of the billionaire retailer.

In documents filed with the NSW supreme court, Peggy Luker alleges Harvey promised her and her husband, Garry Dent, that the home would be transferred to them as the result of property development work he did, but this never happened.

06:07

And that’s it for the day from Nino Bucci. He will be back live-tweeting Victoria’s IBAC hearings on Thursday – and I will make sure you get it on the blog.

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

That’s it for day nine. We’re back on Thursday.

November 9, 2021

06:03

Just going back to Nino Bucci – he was covering Adem Somyurek’s questioning by Victoria’s Independent Broad‑based Anti‑corruption agency today.

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

They’ve moved on to a dispute between Somyurek and the Suleymans. A 2017 text sent by Somyurek to the Suleymans appears to indicate they wanted him to organise a job for Hakki Suleyman in Anthony Byrne’s electorate office for two days a week, without Hakki having to show up

November 9, 2021

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

Somyurek denies that he organised this, or that there was anything in it for him. We’re now in discussions about more factional “war”, including between Somyurek and Stephen Conroy, who Somyurek repeatedly referred to as a gaming lobbyist

November 9, 2021

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

Somyurek says he is spilling all these factional secrets now, but that Ibac is lucky he remembers them because he’s been writing a book

November 9, 2021

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

Carr is showing Somyurek time sheets again. These ones relate to a staffer who put in two time sheets on 18 June last year: one sheet said he worked for Somyurek that day, the other says he worked for Meng Heang Tak. Both MPs signed off on the time sheets.

November 9, 2021

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

Carr: “Obviously enough, he wasn’t doing two shifts simultaneously between 9 and 5 on that day…”
Somyurek: “There’s obviously a confusion…I can’t see anything sinister in it.”

Somyurek says the staffer, Salazar Youhorn, was his electorate officer and had done factional work

November 9, 2021

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

Ibac plays a recording of an intercepted phone call between Somyurek and Rick Garotti from mid-2020. Somyurek makes clear he’s worried the phone call is being listened to, and Garotti says: “Well it’s scary mate, the territory we’re in”

November 9, 2021

Nino Bucci (@ninobucci)

Somyurek says he wasn’t trying to get Garotti to help him hide anything. He says that when “Ibac goes into something they’re going to get everything…you can’t hide”

Redlich quips: “I wish that was true Mr Somyurek, you would be surprised how limiting the legislation is”

November 9, 2021

06:00

Wilson said the government is “empowering people” to be part of the emissions reductions journey.

When asked how the government will choose who gets one of the 50,000 charging stations he said:

“That will go through a proper process to make sure that the allocation is done to ensure that it is empowering consumers.

“So those details have been worked through, but what we want to do is make sure that there is that infrastructure because there are huge consequences to seeing, particularly, electric vehicles go into the grid.”

… somehow I don’t think my rented sharehouse will be one of the 50,000.

05:56

Victorian MP Tim Wilson is on Afternoon Briefing on the ABC talking about the government’s new electric vehicle plan – which involves partnering with the private sector to fund 50,000 charging stations in Australian homes.

Asked about the government saying Labor’s 2019 election plan would “ruin the weekend” Wilson said:

“The volume of vehicles available in the marketplace and the range of them, the cost basis in the technology has markedly improved,” he said.

“You just need to talk to electric vehicle manufacturers and they will tell you how many more products in the marketplace.”

05:47

Hello, half-price fares! This from the Australian Associated Press just now:

Frustrated Sydney commuters forced on to replacement bus services after defects were discovered on the city’s inner-west light rail cars will be compensated with half-price fares.

The NSW government on Friday revealed the L1 Dulwich Hill line could – in the “worst-case scenario” – be out of action for up to 18 months to fix significant cracking found on all 12 trams.

Replacement buses have been running since last week, and are already transporting 5000 passengers a day.

Transport Minister Rob Stokes on Tuesday announced passengers on those services would have their fares halved to $1.90 each way.

However, Inner West Mayor Rochelle Porteous and NSW Labor have demanded the government provide free alternative transport.

“This is a half price refund for a broken service,” said Labor’s transport spokesperson Jo Haylen, who is also the MP for Summer Hill.

“Passengers shouldn’t have to pay for the inconvenience caused by the government’s light rail fail.”

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