No more plastic licences if Baird elected
NSW will be the first to see digital licences if Premier Mike Baird is re-elected this month. The changes will apply over the next four years to photo identification cards, boat and fishing licences and drivers’ licences. Instead these will be issued in a digital format that users can access on a secure NSW government phone app. By taking cost, security and ease of use into consideration, the council advised the government that this is the best way of storing and displaying the digital licences. “There are currently over 123 different licence types and we issue over 2.8 million plastic cards each year, costing us tens of millions of dollars in printing,” said Finance and Services Minister Dominic Perrottet.
Bali Nine executions not up for negotiation
Jakarta has criticised Australia for revealing details of an offer to pay for the life imprisonment of the Bali Nine pair. The published corresepondence between the two countries’ foreign ministers, Julie Bishop and Retno Marsudi, showed Australia had made the offer after an earlier prisoner exchange deal was rejected. Jakarta said the executions of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are not open for negotiation. An Indonesian Foreign Ministry spokesman said sparing the lives of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was “not a matter of negotiation“.
Lazarus goes it alone
Clive Palmer has accused Glenn Lazarus of “spitting the dummy” over his wife’s dismissal from the Palmer United Party. Senator Lazarus announced his resignation from PUP on his website and Facebook page, just hours after wife Tess was sacked from the Party’s headquarters. Mr Lazarus denied the decision had anything to do with his wife, citing the party’s “different view of teamwork” as the reason to pursue his Senate position as an independent member. The move, which follows the resignation of Tasmanian PUP Sanator Jackie Lamby last month, leaves PUP with just two members in parliament – Clive Palmer and West Australian Senator Dio Wang.
Baird to bring the Grand Prix to Sydney if re-elected
Premier Mike Baird wants to bring the Grand Prix to Sydney if his party is re-elected at this month’s state election. Mr Baird’s bid team would include Sydney 2000 Olympics bid head Rod McGeoch and former News Corp CEO John Hartigan, who now chairs Destination NSW. The team would look into the financial and cultural benefits of hosting the Formula One event, which is currently held in Melbourne. A public holiday could be held on the Friday of the race, if the plans went ahead. – Compiled from web and agency sources
Top photo by Mohammad Rassawala.