Another one bites the dust

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Bad things often come in threes – and I guess that old saying may ring true for NSW Parliament. It all started when former Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigned last week. This was followed by Transport minister Andrew Constance’s announcement that he would be departing state politics in an effort to chase a Federal seat. And this morning, Deputy Premier and National Party leader John Barilaro tendered his resignation as well. Barilaro’s candid announcement made it clear that he would not be seeking a federal seat like Mr Constance. “In public office, everything is laid out to bare and in my life over this journey. I’ve been quite honest with the media and the public about moments in my life, the good days, some of the tough days, even my own personal experiences. That in itself has shaped who I am as the style of leader who I am,” he said. “It’s unbelievable that I have to defend myself from vile and racist attacks in a social media setting by individuals and a trillion-dollar company like Google allow that sort of vile, racial attack on any individual, regardless of public figure or not, to remain is something that I can’t believe in 2021 still exists.” This means the new NSW government leadership will face three by-elections in the coming months for the seats of Willoughby, Bega and Monaro, on top of delayed local government elections in December. Phew! Luckily, it already seems one political race might already have a clear winner – the race to become NSW’s new Premier. Current Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is tipped to become the state’s 46th Premier after a Liberal Party faction deal was made overnight. Planning minister Rob Stokes has also thrown his hat in the ring, but all pundits say the deal has already been done. Either way, we’ll know for sure tomorrow. Water minister Melinda Pavey has also announced her tilt at the National Party Leader gig despite Barilaro appearing to back his deputy, Paul Toole. In some non-political news for NSW, the Penrith Panthers took out the 2021 NRL Grand Final last night. It was a nice redemption arc for the team after last year’s almost-but-not-quite effort. And it was a pretty good game to boot. Down in the ACT, one-third of the state’s teachers are concerned that schools will not be a safe place to be despite high COVID-19 vaccine rates among educators. There are calls for public transport drivers in Melbourne to have access to rapid COVID-19 tests given major disruptions across the network due to the Delta outbreak. Australian Medical Association Tasmania president Dr Helen McArdle said attracting GPs to remote rural areas was a chronic problem in the southern-most state. “Once upon a time, it was a very popular speciality, but in more recent times it’s been more difficult to attract graduates into the speciality, largely because of the Medicare freeze, difficulties with remuneration and also the stress associated with general practice,” she said. Queensland only recorded one new case of Coronavirus today. The case was not linked to any current clusters and was infectious in the community for 10 days. However, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she’s reassured because Queensland Health had done more than 100,000 tests in the past week. Can you believe it’s only Monday? Sit tight, folks; I feel like there’s a big week in store. Did you know you can receive this daily digest by email? Sign up here THE NEWS YOU NEED TO KNOW:

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Bad things often come in threes – and I guess that old saying may ring true for NSW Parliament.

It all started when former Premier Gladys Berejiklian resigned last week.

Barilaro’s candid announcement made it clear that he would not be seeking a federal seat like Mr Constance.

“In public office, everything is laid out to bare and in my life over this journey. I’ve been quite honest with the media and the public about moments in my life, the good days, some of the tough days, even my own personal experiences. That in itself has shaped who I am as the style of leader who I am,” he said.

“It’s unbelievable that I have to defend myself from vile and racist attacks in a social media setting by individuals and a trillion-dollar company like Google allow that sort of vile, racial attack on any individual, regardless of public figure or not, to remain is something that I can’t believe in 2021 still exists.”

This means the new NSW government leadership will face three by-elections in the coming months for the seats of Willoughby, Bega and Monaro, on top of delayed local government elections in December.

Luckily, it already seems one political race might already have a clear winner – the race to become NSW’s new Premier.

Either way, we’ll know for sure tomorrow.

Water minister Melinda Pavey has also announced her tilt at the National Party Leader gig despite Barilaro appearing to back his deputy, Paul Toole.

It was a nice redemption arc for the team after last year’s almost-but-not-quite effort. And it was a pretty good game to boot.

Australian Medical Association Tasmania president Dr Helen McArdle said attracting GPs to remote rural areas was a chronic problem in the southern-most state.

“Once upon a time, it was a very popular speciality, but in more recent times it’s been more difficult to attract graduates into the speciality, largely because of the Medicare freeze, difficulties with remuneration and also the stress associated with general practice,” she said.

However, Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young said she’s reassured because Queensland Health had done more than 100,000 tests in the past week.

Can you believe it’s only Monday?

Sit tight, folks; I feel like there’s a big week in store.

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