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Evacuation resulting from failing dam in Echunga, South Australia

Natasha May

Natasha Might

Dipping out of politics for a second for an emergency warning in South Australia:

A dam is failing within the Adelaide Hills city of Echunga with locals evacuating beneath an emergency warning.

The South Australian SES (State Emergency Service) issued a Dam Failure Emergency Warning this morning, with residents instructed to relocate outdoors the warning space.

David O’Shannessy, a spokesman for the SA SES instructed Guardian Australia that the Echunga dam’s wall has been compromised as a result of a mixture of situations from current moist climate with the dam full and the bottom sodden.

O’Shannessy mentioned that there are 60 properties within the warning space, that are a mixture of some properties and companies.

The dam is 10 megalitres, which for context is in regards to the dimension of 4 Olympic swimming swimming pools.

Key occasions

The Royal Australian School of GPs is sounding a really loud alarm in regards to the disaster impacting GPs – in the event you suppose it’s laborious to get in to see a physician now, if issues don’t change, it’s about to get even tougher. And in some areas, notably regional Australia, not possible.

The school’s president Adj. Professor Karen Value says “until issues change, an increasing number of practices will face the not possible resolution of mountain climbing charges for sufferers or closing up store.”

“Simply 13.8% of future docs are selecting common apply as their profession and sourcing and retaining GPs has now develop into the very best precedence problem reported by apply homeowners in 2022,” she mentioned.

“The disrespect and disinvestment on the whole apply has had predictable and shameful results.

“Authorities may also help safe the way forward for the GP workforce by instantly boosting funding on the whole apply care in order that it’s placed on a extra sustainable, long-term monetary footing. This can assist ease the strain on susceptible sufferers, their GPs, and common apply groups. Correct resourcing will assist entice extra future docs to the occupation and ensure all sufferers, together with these in distant and rural areas, get the care they want after they want it.”

What would assist? Lifting a number of the administrative burden and doing one thing in regards to the Medicare price freeze.

Basic apply is at breaking level, and one thing must be carried out instantly to keep away from Australia working out of GPs. The @RACGP has referred to as a Basic Follow Disaster Summit in Canberra on 5 October to sort out probably the most urgent points affecting affected person care. #RACGPSummit2022

— Royal Australian School of GPs (RACGP) President (@RACGPPresident) September 26, 2022

Evacuation resulting from failing dam in Echunga, South Australia

Natasha May

Natasha Might

Dipping out of politics for a second for an emergency warning in South Australia:

A dam is failing within the Adelaide Hills city of Echunga with locals evacuating beneath an emergency warning.

The South Australian SES (State Emergency Service) issued a Dam Failure Emergency Warning this morning, with residents instructed to relocate outdoors the warning space.

David O’Shannessy, a spokesman for the SA SES instructed Guardian Australia that the Echunga dam’s wall has been compromised as a result of a mixture of situations from current moist climate with the dam full and the bottom sodden.

O’Shannessy mentioned that there are 60 properties within the warning space, that are a mixture of some properties and companies.

The dam is 10 megalitres, which for context is in regards to the dimension of 4 Olympic swimming swimming pools.

Optus knowledge breach substitute paperwork

Again on the Optus knowledge breach, many of the states are coming to the social gathering and permitting individuals who have been recognized as a part of the information breach to get a brand new licence (and quantity) with out having to attend till they’re a sufferer of fraud.

In NSW you may get a brand new digital licence just about instantly, and a card will observe.

Victoria and Queensland are additionally permitting the change, as is South Australia.

Western Australia is a bit more difficult – you get a licence quantity for all times there, so there isn’t a straightforward resolution as but. And the ACT hasn’t shifted as but – you need to show id fraud earlier than you may get a brand new card.

So what about passports? Nicely that’s a piece in progress. It appears to be like like one thing will likely be shifting there very quickly, however the sticking level is the price, with a push for Optus to pay.

Passage just isn’t assured

The principle sticking level within the integrity fee laws (which we haven’t seen as but) is the brink for public hearings.

The Coalition appear pleased the place that threshold has landed, which supplies the federal government an choice to go it within the Senate with out the Greens and the cross bench.

However the Coalition hasn’t dedicated to passing it. Which implies in the mean time it’s large open. Plus, there’s nonetheless the committee overview to come back, which might change issues once more.

So in the mean time, everybody continues to be a participant.

Greens have considerations about anti-corruption public hearings

Over on ABC radio RN, Greens senator David Shoebridge says the Greens have been in good religion negotiations with the federal government, however they’ve considerations with the brink for public hearings.

We had the earlier Morison authorities wanting all of it to be in secret, the preliminary discussions and communication we’d had with the Labour authorities was that that they weren’t going to go anyplace close to that, they had been going to undertake a way more discretionary take a look at. However within the final 24 hours, we’ve seen … the Labor authorities return in direction of one thing a lot nearer to Morrison’s mannequin and that’s that’s not good for combating corruption.

Top-of-the-line methods of combating corruption is openness … daylight is a good disinfectant relating to public corruption.

Sally McManus at press membership

Sally McManus will likely be on the press membership as we speak. The union chief has been pushing very laborious for wage development, which has been invigorated by the roles summit, so count on her to go laborious on that.

Good morning

We’ve made it to the final day of the make-up sitting – after this, the MPs received’t be again in Canberra for a month after they’ll return for the finances.

So it’ll be a giant day with tons to get by way of. In any case, finances week makes it laborious to get clear air for something aside from the finances, so if you’d like a music and dance over what you’re doing, you’ve received to get in earlier than or after.

The prime minister is again from Japan, simply in time for the federal government to introduce the nationwide anti-corruption fee laws. It’ll be the primary time a significant social gathering has launched laws for a federal Icac (the crossbench, particularly Helen Haines tried). The Morrison authorities “tabled” its publicity draft however by no means really launched laws into the parliament.

After it’s launched, the invoice will go straight to a committee for overview, the place the excessive threshold for public hearings is anticipated to get a exercise – to date, from what’s been launched, it’s probably the most controversial half. However we’ll discover out extra when it’s formally launched – and Paul Karp will likely be throughout that like me on cake.

Value of residing can even dominate the parliamentary group chat (query time) with the gas excise pause expiring at 11.59pm. Will there be queues for petrol as we speak? In all probability not. Gas is already costly. However from tonight it should improve by what the ACCC thinks ought to be, on common, by 25 cents a litre. Nonetheless, it should come as a shock for lots of people to see petrol leap up in a single day and add gas (in the event you like) to the fireplace for the federal government to do one thing on the price of residing. We all know that the federal government is planning a “bread and butter” finances (the opposition is repeating the road it’ll be all Australians can afford growth tish – as a result of struggling to make ends meet is outwardly pun worthy) so there received’t be numerous deliberate reduction. However gas is one thing everybody can see going up. The excise pause was all the time resulting from expire tonight – that’s what the earlier authorities set – and Jim Chalmers has been making the argument that to increase it should price $6bn. It’s nonetheless going to harm although.

We’ll cowl all of the day’s occasions – and reactions – so thanks for becoming a member of us . You’ve got Sarah Martin, Paul Karp and Josh Butler on deck, and Mike Bowers is off his challenge and again the place he belongs – strolling the hallways and stepping into mischief for you. You’ve received Amy Remeikis on the weblog for many of the day.

Prepared? It’ll be a four-coffee day, minimal, over right here, so let’s get into it.

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