Tim Paine to take leave of absence
Not the biggest surprise but the NSW government has just confirmed that it expects Warragamba Dam to spill by Friday night.
The dam, which is about 80% of Sydney’s water storage, had been releasing water last week to create “airspace”. But there’s limited capability to reduce much more than about 1m of the water level.
The dam will spill at the rate of 100 gigalitres a day by Saturday morning.
More to come on this, as other dams in inland areas are spilling too. And more big rain events to come in the next few weeks, as the La Niña influence amps up.
Laws criminalising the use of secretly recorded vision of animal cruelty and abuse are posing “too great a burden on speech”, animal rights activists have told the high court.
The Farm Transparency Project, an Australian animal advocacy group, launched a case earlier this year arguing New South Wales laws restricting the use of covert footage were an unfair burden on freedom of political communication.
The chief minister, Scott Morrison, is in Adelaide today to spruik the Liberal candidate for the marginal seat of Boothby. Incumbent Nicolle Flint is standing down at the next election, and Liberal Dr Rachel rapid hopes to take her place.
On radio this morning, Morrison faced questions about the government’s plans for an anti-corruption watchdog.
Liberal MP Bridget Archer crossed the floor yesterday saying she was “offended” the government had prioritised its religious discrimination legislation amid “inertia” on its federal integrity commission bill.
Morrison repeated his argument that he didn’t want an NSW-like corruption commission on ABC Adelaide.
Victoria records 1,362 new Covid situations while NSW records 261
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