Rumors that Berejiklian could be dropped are ‘fabrication’, says NSW police minister
So there has been a rumor floating around over the past few days that preparations and plans that could happen could be made in case the NSW chief, Gladys Berejiklian, got a boot. (You know, with record high case numbers and whatnot.)
But the NSW police minister David Elliot flatly denied that there was any truth to these stories while talking to Sunrise this morning.
Host Natalie Barr:
There is talk of grief in government, talk of planning in the wake of who will lead the state if he steps down. Are you on the run yet?
You know, if Gladys Berejiklian going, I will chase him to bring him back.
He led us with power and intelligence, and that is what we need today.
I think any suggestion that there would be a movement at the top is fact given that he showed his metal in this response.
Host of ABC Michael Rowland seemed not in the mood to pull the punch this morning and went for the murder by mentioning the whole pesky “near-imminent potential for a second recession in two years” thing.
You said you expect the economy to contract 2% this quarter. The Prime Minister believes in miracles. It would be a miracle, wouldn’t it, if Australia could avoid another recession by the end of the year?
In terms of September, all that was put to me was that the economy would contract at least 2%. We are only halfway through the September quarter and we know the economy is quite resilient.
That was characterized by yesterday’s numbers but it was also underlined by the fact that both businesses and households had accumulated $ 290 billion on their home and business balance sheets compared to the start of the pandemic last year.
That’s the money to spend while reducing restrictions and we also know from banks that the level of poverty and anxiety is not as acute as they saw at this time last year across the economy.
We are very hopeful and confident that with the Doherty Institute numbers, we will reach the targets and allow the restrictions to be reduced.
So you may remember that we mentioned yesterday that unemployment fell to 4.6% in July down from 4.9% in June.
This sounds like good news, but here’s the catch, that fall was largely driven by a reduction in the participation rate.
The number of working people actually fell by 39,900 and participation (the number of people actively looking for work) also fell from 62.2% to 62%.
Federal administrator Josh Frydenberg is out and about this morning trying to get us to focus on the silver lining, not on the storm clouds.
Here we talk about the statistics at ABC News Breakfast:
The headline count is 4.6%, this is the lowest in 12 years but it doesn’t tell the whole story.
What it says is a story of what is happening in New South Wales, where hours worked have fallen 7% in the month while the survey period considers the second and third weeks of lockdown in New South Wales.
With Victoria, Victoria was coming out of lockdown at the time and we saw a 9.7% increase in hours worked indicating that the economy could rebound very strongly once restrictions are reduced and that’s what we’re shooting for, with 70 and 80% vaccinations targets
They will be critical that we reach and people are getting vaccinations at higher numbers every day.
If you want to read more about the tension between ACT and NSW leaders so far you can check out the political editor Katharine Murphy ‘Story that explains it all below:
Good morning everyone, and look at that, we finally arrived on Friday!
There is some (reasonably) good news to start today. The first plane full of evacuees from Afghanistan arrived in Perth this morning.
This will be one of the expected many homecoming rounds as Australia continues a complex rescue operation after the Taliban take over Kabul.
The flight included 90 evacuees who flew from Kabul to Dubai and then to Australia. (Not all of them were evacuated on ADF planes, as the Australian government is working with other governments to evacuate people as well.)
They have now been transferred to hotel quarantine, the WA government agreeing to accept them more than usual with international caps on arrival.
Yesterday 76 Australian citizens and Afghans with protection visas were airlifted from Kabul by the Australian government. Those flights also brought 40 ADF personnel and provisions to help with the ground rescue mission in Kabul.
Close to home federal, state and territory Australian leaders are preparing to convene today for another round of the national cabinet, and tensions look set to run.
Prime Minister of the ACT Andrew Barr was accused premier NSWGladys Berejiklianof putting young people at risk by not tightening restrictions in greater Sydney, and called on him to stop showing 70% or 80% vaccination targets as “independence day”.
Barr said Berejiklian’s rhetoric that all Australians would eventually have to “learn to live with the Delta” was making a decision not only for its own territory, but for the entire east coast of Australia, and that was “about sa “.
NSW at Victoria Both are conducive for growing case numbers today as the ACT and NT are both trying to control their own outbreaks.