Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Premier avoids COVID fine

Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet has avoided a fine from the NSW police after he was seen violating the public health order at a press conference yesterday.

The perrot was seen drinking a beer while standing up at Watsons Pub in Moore Park just before speaking to the cameras, but NSW police have confirmed they have used “discretion”.

“Compliance with COVID-19 restrictions within a location is the responsibility of the business owner / manager,” a NSW police spokesman said.

“In this case, which was an organized media event before the venue opened to patrons, police have used discretion.”

NSW Police spoke to the owner but decided not to issue an infringement notice for the infringement.

Surry Hills Police Area Command officers said they have since spoken to the licensee and reminded him of his obligations under the Public Health Act.

Perrottet is the second head of state found to be violating COVID rules this week after Victorian Prime Minister Dan Andrews was fined $ 400 for not wearing a mask.

The State Parliament returns after the COVID break

The state parliament resumes today after an extended three-month break triggered by the Delta eruption.

Macquarie Street has not met since June, shortly after the unveiling of the NSW budget, in which several ministers and staff were exposed to COVID-19.

Perrottet is facing his first week in office as the new prime minister following Gladys Berejiklian’s shock resignation almost two weeks ago after being the subject of a corruption investigation.

One of the most important bills to be introduced this week will be on voluntary assisted dying (VAD), and Mr Perrottet said he would give MPs a conscience vote.

Stock guarantees for small businesses

Two men wearing aprons and face masks stand by a coffee machine holding a milk jug.
The NSW Government will guarantee the stock of small businesses affected by future lockdowns. (ABC News: Tim Swanston )

Perrottet and NSW Treasurer Matt Kean have unveiled the first key part of their economic recovery package.

In front of Parliament resuming today, the government said it was focused on supporting companies as they reopen after more than 100 days of lockdown.

The aid will include a stock guarantee for perishable goods for small and enterprises affected by future lockdowns and an increase in the rebate for costs incurred by small enterprises.

“We want companies to have the confidence to go out and use and invest in their business ahead of the busy Christmas trading period,” Kean said.

The AMA says it is too early to lift hotspot status

The Australian Medical Association has called on the Commonwealth Government to reintroduce community hotspot status in NSW.

AMA Council Chairman Michael Bonning said being named a hotspot meant patients and doctors had access to Medicare rebates for longer telehealth consultations.

“Hotspot status gives doctors a few more tools in the toolbox to deal with the pandemic, and it’s too early to cut it short,” said Dr. Bonning.

The entire Greater Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour areas were declared hotspots in late June, but the declaration expired yesterday.

Confusion over vaccination certificates

A woman wearing a face mask holds her cell phone to a QR code.
Hairdressers and beauty therapists were the most popular destinations.(ABC NEWS: Mridula Amin)

The country’s highest retail body says there were “teeth problems” with vaccination certificates yesterday when retail stores reopened to stores.

“There was just a bit of confusion with some of the older customers, but the frontline teams were very patient and explained it to them,” said Paul Zahra, CEO of the Australian Retailers Association.

“Overall, it has been a surprisingly hassle-free operation.”

The retail sales figures for yesterday will not be known for another six weeks, but Zahra said “the basket size was larger than usual”, with customers eager to spray out after weeks of lockdown.

Identity confirmed after river search

SEE boat down the river
The remains found in the Gwydir River have been identified as the missing man. (ABC News: Kemii Maguire)

Police say human remains in the Moree area of ​​NSW last week have been confirmed as the missing man Gordon Copeland.

The remains of the 22-year-old native were found Thursday in the Gwydir River.

He was last seen running from officers out into the river just north of Moree on July 10th.

The most recent search was the third for the missing man, who came after lobbying from his family and at the request of the NSW Coroner.

Push for ICAC funding

The Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party says it will once again press for a review of funding for the corruption watchdog as Parliament resumes today.

The shooters will reintroduce a bill calling for the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) and several other agencies to be funded through a two-party committee.

Shooters MLC, Robert Borsack says the party tried to make the change last year, but former Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian voted the bill down in the House of Commons.

“[This is] the test for Dominic Perrottet is to show people in NSW that he has impeccable credentials when it comes to properly funding the ICAC in his ability to investigate corruption, “he said.

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