Here’s what you need to know this morning:
Second man arrested after drug transport
NSW police have made another arrest as part of Strike Force Nilland, targeting shipments of illegal drugs.
Police arrested a 36-year-old man at Sydney International Airport and charged him after 150 kilograms of pseudoephedrine were discovered earlier this year hidden in metal pallets, bags of dried coconut and hidden in mattresses.
The shipments – with a potential street value of $ 7.5 million – were destined for the streets of Sydney.
The Seven Hills man was denied bail in Central Local Court on Wednesday and was expected to reappear in March.
Another 36-year-old man was arrested earlier this year and police claim the couple worked as part of a criminal syndicate.
NSW midterm elections threaten
Premier Dominic Perrottet will face his first election in three and a half weeks when four state elections are held.
The chairman has set the date for Saturday, February 12th.
The by-election will replace Gladys Berejiklian in the seat of Willoughby, John Barilaro in the seat of Monaro, Andrew Constance in the seat of Bega and Jodi McKay in the seat of Strathfield.
Three of the four seats are held by the coalition, which is in minority government.
Government spokesman Jonathan O’Dea intends to issue the subpoenas on Friday.
HSC results out today
Students who have passed the Higher School Certificate will wake up to their test results this morning.
The results will be sent to the 76,000 students via SMS and email and published online at.
Education Secretary Sarah Mitchell said students overcame the challenges posed by the pandemic.
“The future looks so bright for the inspiring young people we celebrate today,” she said, “and for all HSC students who showed great perseverance and resilience in their final school year.”
Certificates have been issued to the 139 students who ranked first in the state for their HSC course.
US tourists are advised to avoid Australia due to ‘very high’ COVID-19 threat
The America’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has added Australia to a list of countries its citizens should not travel to due to COVID-19 risks.
The CDC has advised its citizens to “avoid traveling to Australia”, which it says poses a “very high” risk of infection.
Australia is now ranked at level four on the CDC’s risk assessment level – the highest possible level.
“If you are going to travel to Australia, make sure you are fully vaccinated before the trip,” reads the CDC’s official advice.
“Due to the current situation in Australia, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk of getting and spreading COVID-19 variants.”