Australia Politics Live: Fallout Continues Over Morrison’s ‘Blessed’ Comment; ask for food aid; 27 registered Covid deaths | australian elections 2022

Scott Morrison will give his press conference very soon.

Dice scott morrison People may not have heard what he actually said last night, here’s the video:

This is the moment Scott Morrison told the mother of a son with autism that he and Jen were “blessed” that he didn’t have a son with disabilities. Harmful ignorance.

—Matt Burke (@matttburke) April 20, 2022

Given that the Coalition has had the run of the NDIS for the last nine years or so, and the complaints about cutting funding and reworking plans without consulting with those for whom they are/families/carers and the government is funding lawyers to argue against the AAT’s decisions, this does not appear to be the defense that some government deputies believe it to be.

The Coalition’s defense of “blessed” is that the “blessing” is not having children without disabilities, it’s not having to deal with the NDIS.

Which is quite revealing, that they know the scheme has become a bureaucratic nightmare designed to deny/cut off people’s supports.#auspol

– Pablo Karp (@Paul_Karp) April 20, 2022

Food aid groups ask for support

It hasn’t come up in the campaign as much as it should, but the cost of living is really biting.

Australia’s main food aid groups have come together to call for more attention from the Coalition and Labor parties, given the pressure on their services:

Australia’s national food aid sector has come together to ensure that those experiencing hardship are not forgotten in the run-up to the federal election and beyond. Foodbank, OzHarvest and SecondBite are calling on all sides of politics to provide better food relief funding and tax incentives to help reduce food waste and feed more people.

The three charities work towards the common goals of ending hunger and halving food waste by 2030. They act as a vital frontline safeguard in times of individual and community adversity, whether brought on by disasters such as the recent floods, the global pandemic and the Black Summer forest fires. , or everyday poverty and inequality.

Together, the organizations provide food aid to more than a million people per month across Australia, distributing more than 85 million kilograms of food and groceries in fiscal year 2021. Yet despite these record volumes, the current need of the community is not being met and federal government funding for the food aid sector is not confirmed beyond the next fiscal year.

Ahead of the federal election, Foodbank, OzHarvest and SecondBite are seeking three key commitments from all parties and independents to ensure vulnerable people have consistent and reliable access to food:

    1. Sustained and adequate funding for food relief

    2. The establishment of dedicated disaster preparedness and emergency food aid programs.

    3. The introduction of a national tax incentive for food waste, making it easier for the food sector to redirect its surplus to food relief.

We support Joesphine’s concern for the weather.

Anthony Albanese now visits an assisted living facility in Gilmore. One resident, Josephine, exclaims “that looks like Albo” when she walks in.

However, he tells me that he will vote for the Greens because climate change is his biggest concern in this election.

— Annabel Hennessy (@AnnabelHennessy) April 21, 2022

It is the Reserve Bank (an independent statutory body) that sets the cash rate, on which interest rates are based.

But this chart shows how governments are seen as having that power.

Economic impacts of the Labor and coalition government. “P. Would each of the following be higher under a Labor or coalition government?

— Stilgherrian (@stilgherrian) April 21, 2022

scott morrison he should hold his press conference very soon.

It is in Queensland, in the constituency of Longman (which is held by the LNP). Labor are targeting it but are unlikely to see a win there.

175,000 Australians watched the first leaders debate on television

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amanda meade

The leaders’ debate on Sky News Australia on Wednesday night drew 175,000 viewers nationally, according to OzTAM ratings figures.

Sky News People’s Forum was the most watched program on subscription television last night, beating Gogglebox (111,000) and Paul Murray Live (85,000).

The Morrison v Albanese contest had a larger audience than the Friday night contest in 2019 between Morrison and the then Labor leader. Bill shorten (95,000), according to analysis by TV Tonight.

However, the latest free talks on Seven and ABC in 2019 attracted more than 550,000 and 600,000 respectively.

OzTAM’s figures do not include those who viewed it via a free live stream on and, or those who viewed it via the Flash news subscription service.

SBS on Demand also produced a Mandarin and Arabic version and the show was broadcast on free-to-air television via Sky News Regional.

The highest-rated free-to-air show on Wednesday night was Seven’s The Voice (629,000 metropolitan viewers). The season finale of Mad as Hell on ABC won its spot with 401,000.

Scott Morrison (right) shakes hands with Anthony Albanese, during the first leaders' debate of the 2022 federal election campaign.
Scott Morrison (right) shakes hands with Anthony Albanese, during the first leaders’ debate of the 2022 federal election campaign. Photograph: Jason Edwards/News Corp Australia/AFP/Getty Images

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Our New Zealand friends are seeing inflation take off, with the headline CPI for the March quarter coming in at 6.9%.

A warning coming from all Dutch, with headline CPI rising 6.9% in the March quarter (yoy). Australia’s turn will come on April 27, with a rise of around 4.5% expected by the market. (RBA says it will be “above 3%).

—Peter Hannam (@p_hannam) April 21, 2022

The reading will be watched by few on this side of Tasmania, not least because we are also a smallish open economy, largely at the whim of global markets.

The consensus CPI expectation, according to the ANZ Bank, was 7.1%. (It can be a bit cruel, but we wonder how many people make up the “consensus” given that New Zealand’s economy is so much smaller than, say, the economy of Victoria or New South Wales.)

Of interest to Aussies will be what has been rising in price, especially as we will get the Q1 CPI result in April 27. This week’s RBA minutes said they were expecting a figure “above 3%”, which was not very illuminating as inflation was already running at 3.5% for 2021.

As the ANZ noted, food prices are the ones that contribute the most (a third) to the quarter-on-quarter increase of 1.8%. Thanks to the Russian invasion of Ukraine for that.

Gasoline prices were up 32.5% from a year earlier and 8.8% higher in the quarter. New Zealand, like Australia, cut its fuel tax at the end of last month, but only for three months (vs. six months here).

The NZ25 cent cut (from about NZ$0.70 to NZ$0.45) will ease some of the pressure on prices in the current quarter and, along with the Reserve Bank of New ZealandAlready raising the interest rate, economists expect the CPI rise to be near its peak.

Regardless, whatever Australia’s CPI number is, it is unlikely to push the RBA to raise the cash rate target at its May meeting. June, however, seems like a strong bet.

What the April 27 figure may do, however, is put “cost of living pressures” back on the campaign trail.

The issue was absent from much of last night’s “leaders debate,” which was a surprise, but perhaps points to the government’s success with its budget in neutralizing the problem by halving excise duties on the $3 billion fuel. We’ll see if it stays neutralized.

Apple to roll out child safety feature on iPhones in Australia

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joseph taylor

Apple will soon launch a new iPhone feature in Australia that, when enabled, will scan messages sent to and from children for nudity in photos.

Parents can turn on the feature, called communication security in Messages, and when a message that is detected as a nude photo is trying to be sent or received, it will be blurred and warn the child that it may contain sensitive content. .

It will direct the child to online child safety resources, and the child will be given the option to tell an adult about it.

All scanning is done on the device, which means Apple never sees your messages, photos, or collects any scan data.

Customers and staff inside an Apple Store in Sydney
Customers and staff inside an Apple Store in Sydney Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters

apple said:

Messages scans image attachments and determines if a photo contains nudity, while maintaining end-to-end encryption of messages. The feature is designed so that no indication of nudity detection comes out of the device. Apple does not have access to messages and notifications are not sent to parents or anyone else.

The company first launched the product in the US, but will now expand it to other markets, including Australia.

My colleague alex hern wrote about the product in depth for the overnight UK ad.

How would China handle a Labor government?

Anthony Albanese:

The issue with Beijing will be problematic. Regardless of who is in government because Beijing’s stance has changed. I have said it repeatedly. But my philosophy, and I’m going to end this. My philosophy is consistent with the Biden administration…where he talks about competition without catastrophe. We have to recognize what is happening in the region, we have to recognize that China is more progressive. They are looking to increase influence in the region and we need to respond to that. We have to denounce China’s behavior in imposing sanctions against Australian companies, because that sanctions Australian jobs. And it’s totally inappropriate.

The press conference ends.

Labor instigated Medicare, the NDIS and the old-age pension, so what “big thing” is Labor offering this campaign?

Anthony Albanese:

The most important thing is to take clean energy and use it to bring manufacturing back to this country and make Australia a renewable energy superpower. That clean energy to generate jobs and advanced manufacturing. Jobs that exist for domestic purposes, but also for export. We see in the Sun Cable project, for example. An opportunity is there. The Sun Cable project gave Australia renewable energy, solar power, which powers Singapore. Driving Singapore. An extraordinary project. We have an incredible opportunity to do more things here and in the next few days, hopefully you’ll be with us, we’ll be visiting places where we want to do more things here.

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