Australia news LIVE: VCE results released; Bruce Lehrmann … – WAtoday

We’re sorry, this feature is currently unavailable. We’re working to restore it. Please try again later.
2 of 4
This is Caitlin Fitzsimmons and I’m anchoring the news blog for the rest of the afternoon. Thank you for joining me.
Here’s what you need to know:
Earlier today, we told you that Foreign Minister Penny Wong is leading a bipartisan mission to the Pacific over the next few days.
Pacific Minister Pat Conroy has also tagged along. The first leg of the trip is Vanuatu.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong lands in Vanuatu. Credit:DFAT
Liberal senator Simon Birmingham and former Nationals leader Michael McCormack are also part of the delegation.
Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Pacific Minister Pat Conroy.Credit:DFAT
Real estate agents and landlords will be prevented from creating bidding wars for rental properties in NSW under new state government regulations.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet announced a crackdown on “rent bidding” today in an attempt to address Sydney’s soaring rental market.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet. Credit:Kate Geraghty
“The search for a rental property is tough enough without it turning into a bidding war that pushes people beyond their comfort level,” Perrottet told reporters.
However, the new regulations will not stop prospective tenants from offering an unsolicited higher bid for a property.
The regulations will only prevent agents and landlords from asking for higher prices than what has been advertised.
Asked whether the government could do more to prevent renters offering higher prices on their own accord, Perrottet said the state’s response is part of a suite of measures.
“We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” Perrottet said.
Earlier today, NSW Labor announced it would legislate to end rental bidding if it wins next year’s election. Rental bidding is already banned in places like Victoria.
The health minister isn’t the only senior federal politician to speak to the media this afternoon.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has held a doorstop in Toowoomba. Here’s what he told reporters when asked for his position on Labor’s plan to cap the price of gas:
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has criticised the ALP over the power price deal.Credit:Nine News
If you’ve got a situation where you have more and more demand in the system for gas and you’re restricting supply, the prices will go up. And we have been very clear for a long period of time now – you need to introduce more gas into the system. That is the advice that’s there from Treasury, from industry, and from every economist that looks at this debate. They’re all telling the government to put more gas into the system. And yet, in the budget, this government funded the environmentalists who are taking court action against the companies that want to bring more gas supply into the system.
You can’t have it every way. And the prime minister, on the one hand, is providing relief, and on the other is making decisions to restrict supply into the system, which is going to drive up prices. What you know in this situation that the government’s presiding over is that, if you provide more pressure on inflation, you’ll see interest rates go higher than they otherwise would be.
That’s always been the case under Labor. You always pay more in your mortgage payments each month under Labor than you do under the Coalition.
Federal Health Minister Mark Butler has just reaffirmed Labor’s commitment to spend millions of dollars next year on special COVID measures.
From January 1, the federal government will – among other things – extend:
Federal Health Minister Mark Butler.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer
However, Butler did not announce any extension to the program allowing for 10 additional Medicare-subsidised psychology sessions (which was funded through to the end of this year).
The minister said a review found those extra sessions contributed to longer wait times and were more likely to benefit existing users and those on higher incomes.
“This plan strikes the right balance … to protect vulnerable Australians to protect the integrity of our hospital and health system while transitioning out of the pandemic,” Butler told reporters.
Meanwhile, federal Health Minister Mark Butler is in Adelaide today and is also due to hold a press conference around 12.30pm AEDT.
The minister is expected to discuss Australia’s COVID-19 arrangements.
Watch that press conference here.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is due to discuss his government’s position on rental bidding around 12.30pm AEDT.
Watch live below. The premier will be joined by Fair Trading Minister Victor Dominello.
Meanwhile, in Victoria, high-profile crossbench MP Fiona Patten has conceded her upper house seat after weeks of counting.
Patten leads the secular-liberal Reason Party and was its sole MP in any Australian parliament.
Adem Somyurek is set to win the upper house previously seat held by Fiona Patten.Credit:Justin McManus; Paul Jeffers
Here’s what she told her Facebook followers a few moments ago:
After a wonderful eight years representing Northern Metropolitan, I’d like to congratulate the successful candidates for the region and indeed all successful candidates at the 2022 Victorian state election.
Sadly, I will not be joining them in the 60th parliament but I do have some homework for them.
While the result is disappointing for me, it has been such an uplifting, enlightening privilege to serve the voters of this vast and diverse electorate, and to have achieved progressive change. I certainly won’t die wondering.
Patten said that during her time in the Legislative Council, she pushed the state Labor government to implement voluntary assisted dying laws, harassment-free zones outside abortion clinics, decriminalise sex work and establish a medically supervised injecting room and was proud of those achievements.
The Reason Party leader’s seat is set to be taken by former Labor MP Adem Somyurek, who ran in the recent state election under the banner of the Democratic Labour Party.
To state news now, and NSW Labor would legislate to end the practice of rent bidding if it wins next year’s election.
The promise comes amid skyrocketing rents in both Sydney and regional areas. NSW’s median rent increased from $386 to $420 a week between 2016 and 2021.
NSW Labor leader Chris Minns, left, and NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer; Rhett Wyman
With one in three NSW households now renters, Opposition Leader Chris Minns says Labor has prepared legislation banning secret bidding – a practice where perspective tenants are pitted against each other to secure properties.
“If parliament sits before the March election, we’ll have legislation ready to go to make renting fairer to end the secret bidding wars that drive up the cost of rentals, and for a portable bond scheme,” Minns said.
Responding to reports the Perrottet government is also poised to ban rent bidding, Greens MP Jenny Leong welcomed the move but also called for an end to no-grounds evictions as well as a rent freeze.
“The Greens welcome this reform as a good first step but also recognise that a great deal more can and should be done to protect the millions of renters across NSW.”
Rental bidding is already banned in places like Victoria.
NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet is due to speak to the media around 12.30pm AEDT. Stay tuned.
with AAP
The National Gallery of Australia is headed for a financial cliff next year and contemplating drastic measures including forced redundancies, the closure of the Canberra building two days a week and the possible reintroduction of entry fees.
On top of this, the owner of the country’s most valuable public-funded art collection is facing a $265 million funding shortfall over the next 10 years to waterproof its 40-year-old building and bring it up to standard.
The NGA’s looming cash crisis.
The extent of the crisis facing Australia’s leading cultural institution is detailed in a letter NGA board chairman Ryan Stokes sent the new Arts Minister Tony Burke on September 9.
In the letter, obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age under freedom of information laws, Stokes foreshadows a budget crunch in June 2023 when a short-term funding injection of $24.77 million ends.
Read the full story here.
2 of 4
Copyright © 2022


Leave a Comment