Australia news live update: NSW floods wreak havoc in Sydney; Manly dam spills as flood waters rise; Central Coast braces for 4.5m swells

Two bodies found in Wentworthville in city’s west; evacuation alerts across NSW as Manly dam begins to spill and flooding covers Roseville bridge; NT police shoot man in Palmerston; ADF major general to lead Queensland flood recovery effort; Australia to bring in new tranche of sanctions against Russia; nation records at least 17 Covid deaths as new cases rise in NSW and WA. Follow all the day’s newsSydney floods: mother and son found dead as Manly Dam spills, bridge inundated and NSW roads closedPeter Dutton says Australians should look at ‘positives’ of flood response as Dominic Perrottet apologisesFlood map and rain charts show extent of Queensland and NSW disasterWhat is Japanese encephalitis and why is it spreading in Australia?Follow the Ukraine live blogSee all our coronavirus coverageGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingFederal opposition frontbencher Tanya Plibersek has jumped on the radio right after the premier to talk about Labor’s proposed $77m package to improve consent education at school. (Hopefully with something better than that bizarre milkshake video from last year.) Well, the national curriculum has just been strengthened in this area to say that all students should learn about respectful relationships while they’re at school ... This is making sure that we change the objective in the curriculum into real change in every classroom in Australia.... If we can change that when they are young, we can change these shocking statistics across Australia where we see one in five Australian women experiencing sexual assault in her lifetime, one in three experiencing domestic violence.Premier, can you guarantee people who lost their homes to these floods, that they will be able to rebuild where they are, or will some be forced to move to less flood-prone areas?Well, Patricia, I’ll work through that because I mean, obviously this was an unpredicted, freak catastrophe. I mean, there’s a 14 and a half metre flood in Lismore!But ultimately, in these times, we need to have frank assessments of the circumstances.Again, I don’t mean to be rude, but you say “freak” – is it really a “freak” if we’re being told we’re going to have more of these events more frequently?Should we be really describing it that way when we know that these events are going to be with us more often?We’ve never seen a 14 and a half metre flood in Lismore, I’m sure you have that. There’s no doubt that we are seeing more of these events and we need to make sure that as we rebuild, we do so in such a way that ensures that we protect people’s lives and we have communities built in a way where we mitigate flood risk or fire risk. ... So as we get to that rebuilding phase, we’ll certainly look at better planning and more flood mitigation and fire mitigation as we move through. Continue reading...

Australia news live update: NSW floods wreak havoc in Sydney; Manly dam spills as flood waters rise; Central Coast braces for 4.5m swells

Two bodies found in Wentworthville in city’s west; evacuation alerts across NSW as Manly dam begins to spill and flooding covers Roseville bridge; NT police shoot man in Palmerston; ADF major general to lead Queensland flood recovery effort; Australia to bring in new tranche of sanctions against Russia; nation records at least 17 Covid deaths as new cases rise in NSW and WA. Follow all the day’s news

Federal opposition frontbencher Tanya Plibersek has jumped on the radio right after the premier to talk about Labor’s proposed $77m package to improve consent education at school. (Hopefully with something better than that bizarre milkshake video from last year.)

Well, the national curriculum has just been strengthened in this area to say that all students should learn about respectful relationships while they’re at school ... This is making sure that we change the objective in the curriculum into real change in every classroom in Australia.

... If we can change that when they are young, we can change these shocking statistics across Australia where we see one in five Australian women experiencing sexual assault in her lifetime, one in three experiencing domestic violence.

Premier, can you guarantee people who lost their homes to these floods, that they will be able to rebuild where they are, or will some be forced to move to less flood-prone areas?

Well, Patricia, I’ll work through that because I mean, obviously this was an unpredicted, freak catastrophe. I mean, there’s a 14 and a half metre flood in Lismore!

But ultimately, in these times, we need to have frank assessments of the circumstances.

Again, I don’t mean to be rude, but you say “freak” – is it really a “freak” if we’re being told we’re going to have more of these events more frequently?

Should we be really describing it that way when we know that these events are going to be with us more often?

We’ve never seen a 14 and a half metre flood in Lismore, I’m sure you have that. There’s no doubt that we are seeing more of these events and we need to make sure that as we rebuild, we do so in such a way that ensures that we protect people’s lives and we have communities built in a way where we mitigate flood risk or fire risk.

... So as we get to that rebuilding phase, we’ll certainly look at better planning and more flood mitigation and fire mitigation as we move through.

Continue reading...