Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me on the dwell weblog this afternoon. I’m signing off for tonight, however I urge everybody to head over to our devoted dwell weblog on tonight’s federal price range, with Latika Bourke on the helm.
Here’s a recap of as we speak’s headlines:
- The jury within the trial of former political staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been despatched dwelling for respite after being unable to achieve a verdict after 4 days. Lehrmann has pleaded not responsible to a single cost of sexually assaulting his former colleague Brittany Higgins.
- The Senate formally referred Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe to the privileges committee over her undisclosed relationship with a former bikie boss whereas on the joint committee on regulation enforcement.
- Medibank Non-public revealed the information breach was wider than beforehand thought, with hackers accessing buyer information together with delicate medical data from its flagship model, in addition to its price range model ahm and worldwide scholar clients.
- Reactions rolled in after Rishi Sunak clinched the management of Britain’s ruling Conservative occasion, which can make him the subsequent prime minister after the short-lived management of Liz Truss. Treasurer Jim Chalmers known as him “a good friend to Australia”, Senator Mehreen Faruqi stated she disagreed together with his politics however the elevation of a South Asian as prime minister was notable, and environmental teams are cautiously optimistic his insurance policies will probably be extra climate-friendly than these of Truss.
Again to tonight’s federal price range, an formidable settlement between the federal and state governments will construct an extra 20,000 inexpensive properties over 5 years.
The coverage goals to spice up the extent of housing development to greater than 200,000 properties a yr to assist tackle the nation’s housing disaster.
The federal government will spend an additional $350 million on constructing an extra 10,000 inexpensive properties within the 5 years from 2024, and states and territories have additionally agreed to contribute funding or in-kind assist to construct one other 10,000 inexpensive properties in that timeframe.
These commitments are on high of the federal government’s beforehand introduced goal of constructing 30,000 social and inexpensive properties within the first 5 years of the Housing Australia Future Fund.
The scheme to construct 1 million new properties, as reported this morning, was confirmed by the federal government forward of Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ first price range speech this night.
Nonetheless on the subject of Britain’s new prime minister, Alexander Downer has revealed that he might have influenced Rishi Sunak’s exhausting line on immigration.
Downer is Australia’s former overseas minister and the previous excessive commissioner to the UK. He joined the Conservative Get together in 2018 after his time period ended as excessive commissioner, giving him a say in management contests.
Sunak will take over from Liz Truss as British prime minister after being elected chief of the ruling Conservative occasion yesterday.
In an interview with Latika Bourke, Downer revealed that Sunak approached him for recommendation on immigration coverage in the course of the first management contest. Downer had just lately handed down his assessment of the UK’s Border Power.
Sunak, a Brexiteer, has subsequently taken a tough line on immigration, one of many fault traces throughout the authorities, and promised to curb it.
He has additionally praised the plan to ship boat migrants to Rwanda and pledged to see it via, saying it’s extra compassionate to cease harmful Channel crossings – a direct echo of the case made by Downer’s former boss, John Howard, about boats from South-East Asia.
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Earlier as we speak I requested our nationwide setting and local weather editor Nick O’Malley what the management of Rishi Sunak as British prime minister would imply for local weather change insurance policies.
Britain beneath Boris Johnson had formidable plans for chopping greenhouse emissions, however Liz Truss had used her marketing campaign interval and quick time in workplace to take intention at renewable vitality and champion fracking.
Considered one of Truss’ first acts as prime minister after the mourning interval for Queen Elizabeth II was to advise King Charles III to not go to the subsequent spherical of United Nations local weather talks.
COP27 will probably be held in Egypt in just a few weeks, after Britain hosted COP26 in Glasgow final yr. Three generations of royals – the late queen, her son Charles, and grandson William – performed a pivotal function on the Glasgow assembly.
As chancellor of the exchequer (akin to treasurer) beneath Johnson as prime minister, Sunak additionally gave a speech at COP26 to put out plans to make Britain “the world’s first net-zero aligned monetary centre”.
Charles was usually criticised for political interference when he was Prince of Wales, in distinction to the late queen, who was praised as a mannequin monarch for preserving her opinions personal.
But the queen used her video tackle to COP26 to explicitly endorse her household’s environmental activism, following the footsteps of her late husband, Prince Philip.
Right here’s what O’Malley needed to say about Sunak:
Sunak’s pending prime ministership of Britain has already been welcomed by some environmental teams horrified by the insurance policies of his predecessor.
Throughout her 44 days in energy, Truss managed to unite the opposition of farmers, environmentalists and economists by shifting to outlaw solar energy on most farmland whereas championing fracking.
She voiced scepticism in direction of the formidable goal laid out by Boris Johnson of lowering emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 in comparison with 1990 ranges, advocating for scrapping a raft of environmental laws and requirements, and advocated for an acceleration of oil and fuel extraction from the North Sea.
Sunak has not but addressed his personal environmental plans, however his outlook is seen as nearer to that of Johnson, who made formidable motion on local weather change central to his prime ministership.
The Conservative Surroundings Community, a caucus of over 100 conservative UK MPs that has championed the conservative authorities’s environmental stance, welcomed Sunak’s management by way of a Twitter assertion.
“We’re delighted that [Sunak] signed our pledge to proceed the Conservative Get together’s environmental management, ship web zero by 2050 and halt the decline of nature by 2030,” it stated.
The jury charged with deciding the destiny of former Coalition ministerial staffer Bruce Lehrmann has been despatched dwelling for “respite” after it reached an deadlock following 4 days of deliberations.
Lehrmann has pleaded not responsible to a single cost of sexually assaulting his former colleague Brittany Higgins within the workplace of their former boss, Liberal senator Linda Reynolds, within the early hours of March 23, 2019.
At 3pm as we speak, the jury informed ACT Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Lucy McCallum it was unable to achieve a verdict on the cost after deliberating since final Wednesday afternoon, prompting her to ship them again in to the jury room to attempt for a unanimous verdict.
Nonetheless, minutes later the eight girls and 4 males requested whether or not they might go dwelling early and resume deliberating tomorrow, which McCallum allowed.
“Hit the health club, stroll the canine,” McCallum informed them. “Do no matter you want to do to have a little bit of respite from this arduous process.”
She stated she understood from their request, they’d “reasonably come again tomorrow than proceed tonight, however it’s possible you’ll not need to come again tomorrow”.
Circling again to at least one ultimate publish on query time, Dwelling Affairs Minister Claire O’Neil delivered a press release to the Home of Representatives in regards to the newest developments on the Medibank hack.
As Colin Kruger and Nick Bonyhady have written, Australia’s largest personal well being insurer has confirmed that the personal medical particulars of shoppers who use its flagship Medibank model have been stolen. The checklist of affected clients doubtlessly contains high-profile Australians.
Right here’s what O’Neil informed parliament:
One of many the reason why the federal government is so anxious about that is due to the character of the information that’s been held right here.
In a variety of cyberattacks, our huge fears are round identification theft and monetary crime and people are very tough advanced and necessary circumstances. Finally, one thing can often be executed to guard customers; we will substitute financial institution playing cards.
In the case of the non-public well being data of Australians, the injury right here is doubtlessly irreparable.
Australians who’re fighting psychological well being situations, drug and alcohol dependancy, with illnesses that carry some disgrace or embarrassment – they’re entitled to maintain that data personal and confidential.
For a cybercriminal to hold this over the heads of Australians is a canine act. It’s scum of the earth, lowest of the low territory.
The minister added that she’s activated the nationwide co-ordination mechanism arrange by the Morrison authorities.
The choose presiding over the rape trial of former Coalition ministerial staffer Bruce Lehrmann has informed the jury to maintain deliberating after the 4 males and eight girls stated they have been unable to achieve a unanimous verdict.
The jury had been deliberating for a complete of 4 days when its members despatched a notice to ACT Supreme Court docket Chief Justice Lucy McCallum signalling the deadlock.
McCallum informed the jury she had the ability to discharge its members in the event that they have been unable to achieve a real settlement.
“Expertise has proven that usually juries are capable of agree in the long run, if they’re given extra time to contemplate and talk about the proof,” McCallum stated.
“For that motive, judges often request juries make an additional try to achieve a verdict … I ask you to retire once more to see in the event you can attain a verdict on this trial.”
Lehrmann is accused of sexually assaulting his former colleague Brittany Higgins at Parliament Home within the early hours of March 23, 2019, after the pair spent a Friday night time ingesting with workmates.
He has pleaded not responsible and denies ever having intercourse with Higgins.
On Monday, McCallum informed the jury to not bow to any public stress to ship a fast verdict within the high-profile case, including it ought to take on a regular basis it wants after the panel despatched a notice to the choose asking for “a bit additional time to finish our deliberation”.
“There’s no rush, there’s no time restrict,” McCallum stated on Monday.
“For those who’re feeling any stress from the information that individuals are ready for the decision, there’s no stress from anybody on you … we’ll hear from you once we hear from you.”
The day remains to be younger, however Assistant Treasurer Stephen Jones has delivered what’s actually one of many zingers of the day.
Requested a Dorothy Dixer in regards to the significance of accountable price range spending, the federal Labor MP acknowledged college students from his voters current within the public gallery. Tonight’s price range, he stated, was for them.
Jones then had this to say of the Coalition:
We now have inherited an absolute fiscal mess from this mob on the opposite aspect. An absolute fiscal mess.
And I hear them shrieking, I hear them shrieking like a mob of political bin chickens scratching round for relevance.
However the reality of the matter is, $1 trillion price of debt and the most important price range deficits this nation has ever seen.
A number of of the native faculty college students coated their mouths to stifle bouts of laughter. Former prime minister Scott Morrison might be seen on the backbenches shaking his head.
Staying with federal query time, and Infrastructure Minister Catherine King has been requested about a number of the cuts and delays to infrastructure packages that will probably be in tonight’s price range.
As common readers of this weblog will know, the Nationals have been saying that Labor isn’t prioritising rural and regional Australia.
Right here’s what King informed the Home of Representatives:
[Tonight’s budget] cleans up tasks courting again to 2016 that stay undelivered and uncontracted and, in some circumstances, with none proponents. Not like the Nationwide Get together, we don’t imagine that areas are solely worthy of funding in the event that they elect a Nationwide Get together member.
Each single portfolio has a task to play. That’s the reason the price range tonight will ship amongst the most important funding in regional communications that we now have seen.
Together with powering the areas, the unique first dwelling purchaser assure, investments in First Nations’ communities and – after all – defending and defending the sustainability of the [National Disability Insurance Scheme] and Medicare on which our areas so fiercely rely.
And thru all of it, we are going to after all proceed to ship flood and catastrophe affected communities. Serving to them develop into extra resilient and to construct again higher. One thing the earlier authorities didn’t do.
It is a price range that delivers for all Australians.
Query time is formally underway within the Home of Representatives.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese opened query time by advising the Home that the treasurer gained’t be attending as a result of tonight’s price range.
“The assistant treasurer will reply questions on the treasury’s behalf given we solely have one treasurer,” Albanese stated, referring to the Scott Morrison portfolio saga.
Opposition Chief Peter Dutton fired again that voters will probably be reminded of Labor’s “financial illiteracy” tonight.
One of many first questions was from deputy Liberal chief Sussan Ley. She needed to know: Will the Albanese authorities apologise to struggling Australians after promising to cut back their vitality payments?
Right here was Vitality Minister Chris Bowen’s response:
I verify this authorities won’t cover the details from the Australian folks like my predecessor did. I can even verify we will probably be getting on with the job.
The most cost effective type of vitality is renewable vitality, Mr Speaker. We all know we have to improve the electrical energy grid. What are the opposition saying about that?
The shadow water minister issued a launch saying this was a sweetheart deal between us and the Victorian authorities. [But there was also] an announcement made by the prime minister and I in Hobart with the Liberal premier of Tasmania.
Mr Speaker, I’m not likely positive what they assume. We don’t know what they consider many issues.
We all know what this authorities is getting on with. The duty of rebuilding the vitality system on this nation after 10 years of denial and delay is what we’re getting on with.
The speaker has repeatedly reminded members of each the federal government and opposition to not interject whereas questions are being requested and responses given.