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Andrews out selling new cabinet

From AAP:

Victorian premier Daniel Andrews is selling his new cabinet ahead of incoming ministers being sworn in at Government House.

Andrews stepped out with incoming health minister Mary-Anne Thomas and newly promoted cabinet member Sonya Kilkenny on Sunday after unveiling the frontbench he will take to the November state election.

Deputy premier and education minister James Merlino, health minister Martin Foley, jobs minister Martin Pakula and police minister Lisa Neville all resigned on Friday, prompting the reshuffle.

Thomas will take over from Foley as health minister – the state’s fourth in as many years – while Natalie Hutchins is exchanging her corrections portfolio for education.

Five MPs will step into Labor’s cabinet as it seeks a third term in office, including Kilkenny, Lizzie Blandthorn, Steve Dimopoulos, Harriet Shing and speaker Colin Brooks.

Joe Hinchliffe

Joe Hinchliffe

Small plane with only pilot on board crashes in Queensland

A small aircraft has hit power lines and crashed in a paddock near Bowenville in Queensland’s Darling Downs.

Believed to be an ultralight with only the pilot on board, the plane crashed just before 2.20pm on Sunday, about 20 minutes outside of Oakey.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said shortly after 3pm that multiple paramedic crews were still waiting for the powerlines to be cut so they could attempt to rescue the patient. Marshy ground was also making access difficult and the rescuers were yet to make contact with the pilot, whose condition was unknown.

The Toowoomba Chronicle reported the plane to be upside down and that paramedics only had access by foot to the crash.

Paul Karp

Paul Karp

The education minister has blasted Senator Hollie Hughes for “crazy” comments blaming the Liberals’ low youth vote on “Marxist” teachers.

On Sunday Labor’s Jason Clare responded to the remarks, made by the New South Wales senator at a Sydney Institute federal election postmortem on Tuesday.

Eden Gillespie

Eden Gillespie

Shelley Allison will never forget the look on her dad’s face after he walked out of the house where her daughter Haley was murdered. “Before the crime scene clean-up, my father had to do a walk-through of the house and I never understood why,” Allison says. “This big man, he went white … It was heartbreaking.”

ABS to reveal impact on spending of first interest rate in a decade

From AAP:

Economic figures will show what impact higher interest rates and ongoing cost of living pressures are having on the behaviour of Australians in terms of spending and borrowing.

Consumer confidence – a guide to future household spending – has already slumped after consecutive monthly interest rate increases in the cash rate by the Reserve Bank of Australia.

Retail trade figures on Wednesday from the Australian Bureau of Statistics will show the actual impact on spending from May’s first interest rate rise in more than decade.

Economists forecasts point to a more modest 0.3 per cent rise in spending in May, coming after a solid run of monthly increases since the start of the year, a worrying sign for the economic outlook more broadly.

Their expectations range from a 0.7 per cent rise to a one per cent decline.

The RBA will release monthly credit figures on Thursday, which may also show some softening in demand for loans after a strong run-up, particularly for mortgages when interest rates were at record lows.

Nasa rocket to launch from Arnhem Land space centre tonight

From AAP:

One of the world’s oldest living cultures is helping scientists understand galaxies and stars with the launch of the first of three NASA rockets from the Northern Territory.

The rocket is scheduled to launch from the Arnhem Space Centre on the Dhupuma Plateau, near Nhulunbuy, about 10.44pm on Sunday.

It will carry an X-ray Quantum Calorimeter, allowing University of Michigan scientists to measure interstellar X-rays with precision to provide new data on the structure and evolution of the cosmos.

About 75 NASA personnel are in Arnhem Land for the launch, which is the agency’s first in Australia in 27 years and first-ever from a commercial spaceport outside the US.

The Arnhem Space Centre is seen on the Gove Peninsula in Australia’s Northern Territory May 2, 2022.
The Arnhem Space Centre in the Northern Territory. Photograph: Equatorial Launch Australia/AP

The Yolngu helped build Arnhem Space Centre, which is owned by Equatorial Launch Australia, on their land.

They’re also taking part in the upcoming launch, including retrieving rocket modules when they return to Earth.

Gumatj Corporation chairman Djawa Yunupingu says the space industry can provide opportunities for the Yolngu people.

“We want our young people to see and take up the jobs and business opportunities that come from the growth of the Arnhem Space Centre over time,” he said in a statement.

NSA will launch another two rockets from the ELA complex on July 4 and July 12.

Christine Tondorf

The northern NSW town finds solace by the banks of a river that has wrought so much destruction on it this year

Lismore’s lantern parade is a celebration of nature, to mark the passing of the longest night of winter, but the New South Wales northern rivers town has a troubled relationship with nature.

Jordyn Beazley

Jordyn Beazley

In the Moruya North Head campground where about 50 people live, there’s no power and the water in the one private shower is cold. “Sometimes you can’t handle that, so you’ve got to boil up some water and try work it that way,” says Geoff Pike as the sun dips and the winter chill sets in. Lately, it’s been getting down to 3C at night.

When kids are at school and they’re being taught all this absolute leftwing rubbish, that’s where they’re leaving school and that’s where they’re landing.

Senator Hollie Hughes blames Marxist teachers for the fact that so many young people rejected the Liberal Party at the election. pic.twitter.com/mr8pdJ6GJU

— Matt Burke (@matttburke) June 25, 2022

National Covid summary

Here are the latest coronavirus numbers from around Australia today, as the country records at least 26 deaths from Covid-19:


  • Deaths: 0
  • Cases: 819
  • In hospital: 116 (with 1 person in ICU)


  • Deaths: 7
  • Cases: 7,461
  • In hospital: 1,465 (with 48 people in ICU)

Northern Territory

  • Deaths: 0
  • Cases: 221
  • In hospital: 16 (with no people in ICU)


  • Deaths: 2
  • Cases: 3,048
  • In hospital: 556 (with 8 people in ICU)

South Australia

  • Deaths: 0
  • Cases: 1,996
  • In hospital: 216 (with 9 people in ICU)


  • Deaths: 0
  • Cases: 777
  • In hospital: 48 (with 3 people in ICU)


  • Deaths: 15
  • Cases: 5,824
  • In hospital: 451 (with 28 people in ICU)

Western Australia

  • Deaths: 2
  • Cases: 3,544
  • In hospital: 250 (with 9 people in ICU)


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