Malcolm Turnbull has asked voters to snub minor parties in favour of supporting a stable coalition government for this Saturday’s election.
Speaking on Radio 2SM this morning Mr Turnbull warned of the possibility of a “rag-tag” Parliament, with “unions, Greens and independents pulling the strings.”
“This is not a time for protest votes or voting for independents or parties you want to give some support to but don’t want to form government,” Mr Turnbull said.
UN may list Barrier Reef “in danger” again
Following further coral bleaching, the Great Barrier Reef may be re-listed as “in danger” by the United Nations World Heritage Committee. A group of lawyers, scientists and NGOs wrote to the committee asking for urgent action to protect the reef. Scientist have said the current policies and funding proposals are not acceptable and up to $16 billion is needed. Australia is required to report back to the committee in December this year outlining what is being done to deal with the widespread bleaching. Should the committee find that not enough is being done to deal with the issue, the reef will have to wait until 2017 for another chance to be placed back on the “in danger” list.
Drug stash found at pharmacist’s home
Police allegedly found boxes of prescription medication, steroid injections, pseudoephedrine and dexamphetamine tablets after searching the house and home-pharmacy of a 36-year-old man last night. The pharmacist will face Maitland Local Court today, charged with five counts of supplying a prohibited drug, two counts of supplying an indictable quantity of a prohibited drug and possessing a precursor substance. Strikeforce Blacklock, which targets illegal drug supply in the central Hunter region, also charged another man with drug supply and dealing with the proceeds of crime after raids on two houses uncovered cocaine and cash.
Sydney woman charged after stabbing partner
A 33-year-old woman will face Penrith Local Court today after she was arrested last night for malicious wounding and breaching an AVO last night. Police alleged the woman stabbed a 36-year-old male in the shoulder during a domestic dispute in Kingswood. The man was taken to a Sydney hospital in a stable condition.– Luke Cullen