Good morning. Energy ministers will meet today to discuss gas supplies and electricity price increases impacting pressures on the cost of living. And the Socceroos are keeping their World Cup hopes alive.
The Albanian government has been urged to provide a $1,000 emergency payment to those on fixed incomes before electricity bills rise amid a “full cost-of-living crisis”† The Australian Council of Social Services has written to the new Federal Energy Secretary, Chris Bowen, warning that it is “deeply concerned about the financial pressures on those on very low fixed incomes”. Bowen will meet today with state and area energy ministers to respond to a “perfect storm” of pressure on the cost of living. Ministers are also under pressure to agree on “a faster step” away from natural gas. Industry leaders have written an open letter calling on politicians to improve supply and increase efficiency in energy markets.
First-time homebuyers likely to be hit hardest by an onslaught of rate hikes, say analysts. Analysts warn that the economic fallout from RBA’s attempt to contain inflation, by raising the official spot rate by 50 basis points to 0.85% and signaling further hikes to come, will disproportionately hit those who live in the suburbs. Its treasurer, Jim Chalmers, acknowledged that the rate hike — the highest single hike in more than 20 years — would hurt homeowners already struggling with “towering” pressures on the cost of living. Westpac was the first of the major banks to emerge.
Rebel Conservative UK MPs draft “vote strike” plans in attempt to cripple legislation and capitalize on Boris Johnson’s dramatic no-confidence vote† Some of the 148 MPs who voted to impeach the prime minister on Monday said they would try to thwart his legislative agenda, as happened at the end of the Theresa May era, by abstaining from key laws. They plan to begin a showdown over a bill to nullify parts of Northern Ireland’s protocol.
Australia beat the United Arab Emirates 2-1 in the World Cup qualifier in Qatar and advanced to a final play-off for a spot in the 2022 World Cup. Now the Socceroos must prepare to face Peru in a final, sudden-death play-off next Monday in Doha (Early Tuesday AEST).
An Australian traveler, Jack Dunn, was denied entry into the US, the cavity searched, sent to jail and then deported due to a little-known US entry requirement – a rule that requires those who have introduced a visa waiver to have booked either a return flight or transit to a non-US border country.
Twice as much greenhouse gas could leak out coal mines than is reported in official government accounts, according to a report using data from the International Energy Agency. The report from the Ember think tank suggests that coal is contributing more to the climate crisis than all the cars on Australia’s roads.
Sydney experiences the coldest winter start in 30 years while parts of northern Australia are sweltering due to near-record high temperatures in June.
Suicide-related ambulance presentations in Australia have increased by more than 50% in the first year of the Covid pandemicsuggests research.
The controversial buy now, pay later sector will be regulated under the same laws as credit cards. Financial services minister Stephen Jones says the government will also take steps to regulate cryptocurrency exchanges like other financial markets.
Israel’s coalition government teeters on the brink of collapse after a law renewing legal civil rights for Jewish settlers in the West Bank was not passed Monday night, in what Israeli media describes as “one of the most surreal voices in Israeli history” and “political suicide.”
Ukraine has accused the Russian army of kidnapping about 600 residents in the Kherson region of the south of the country and keep them in “torture chambers”† Meanwhile, Moscow forces control 97% of Luhansk in eastern Ukraine, according to Russia.
Culture workers, artists, professors and environmentalists in Rome have urged UNESCO to remind the city council of its duty to protect the world heritage while decrying “humiliating” scenes of trash and other signs of decay.
When many of her fellow Muscovites began to describe the destruction of the Ukrainian city of Mariupol as a “liberation,” Laura Fernandez had come to a decision. The star ballerina, who is half Ukrainian and half Spanish, fled Moscow on April 20 and her position as principal soloist at the Stanislavsky Theater. Before a performance in Sydney she tells us about her future.
Famed chef slash restaurateur Matt Moran is a prominent Australian who will lift the lid on his family history when Who Do You Think You Are returns to SBS on June 21. For Moran, the experience was an exciting opportunity — especially since some “absolute doozies” about his ancestors were revealed in the process. His work makes Moran regard a particular kitchen tool as his most useful object. The chef tells us about the knives he couldn’t live without, as well as the stories behind some of the prized collections.
All the 90s kids are being chased by Miss Trunchbull – but revisiting Danny DeVito’s 1996 film Matilda is a crazy and joyous experience, writes Shaad D’Souza. “Matilda is an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1988 book of the same name. However, unlike most Dahl adaptations, the changes make it even better; keeping the weird, witty spirit of the original lyrics and building the story into something that doesn’t feel flimsy when spread out over 90 minutes.”
Tonight is no ordinary Wednesday night for the Cherbourg Sports Complex. More than 1,100km to the south, one of Cherbourg’s favorite sons will take his first step on the rugby league’s biggest stage and the sports complex he knows so well will open its doors to an Indigenous community on a wave of emotion inspired by Selwyn Cobbo’s incredible rise from Brisbane Broncos rookie to State of Origin sensation.
Serious concerns were raised about UEFA’s security department earlier this year when an English security expert with decades of experience stepped down from his role as an adviser to the governing body of European football.
A Melbourne City Council marathon meeting has brought the construction of more cycle paths in the Hoddle Grid to a halt for a year after significant backlash from some city merchants, residents and motorists, the report said. Herald Sun† Police are investigating how two women in their 20s died after their bodies were found in a flat in south-west Sydney after being there for several days. Daily Telegram†
The Murugappan family will leave Perth to return to their hometown of Biloela in Queensland.
The NSW public sector starts a 24-hour strike.
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