NSW Treasurer Set to Hand Down Budget Today [Headlines] – Hope 103.2

NSW Treasurer Set to Hand Down Budget Today [Headlines]

The deficit for this financial year is expected to be smaller than previously forecast. And other top stories.

By Hope NewsroomTuesday 22 Jun 2021News

Today’s headlines from the Hope News team. You can listen to hourly bulletin updates at hopenews.com.au.

NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said figures in today’s budget will show the State’s economy is bouncing back strongly from the COVID-19 recession.

The deficit for this financial year is expected to be smaller than previously forecast.

Women in the public service who suffer a miscarriage or stillbirth will be given a week of paid bereavement leave, under a policy to be included in tonight’s state budget.

The Australian reports those who give birth prematurely will also be given special paid time off.

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Paramedics are taking fresh industrial action as part of their on-going fight over pay and conditions.

Health Services Union members will only be responding to life threatening emergency calls today.

They argue even with the promised pay rise in the state budget, the pay of ambulance officers isn’t keeping up with interstate counterparts.

Barnaby Joyce has been sworn in as Australia’s new deputy prime minister.

His new position takes over the portfolio area of the man he ousted for the Nationals Leadership, Michael McCormack.

New COVID health alerts have now been issued, including a nail salon at Bondi Junction last Friday.

Two others have been issued for the CBD – a Chemist Warehouse, last Tuesday, and an ANZ Branch, last Wednesday.

A new national framework is being launched to improve the workplace response to suicide.

The document, developed by Suicide Prevention Australia, is designed to help managers and workers notice signs that a colleague may be in distress.

If you or someone you know is struggling and needs support, visit our Helpful Counselling and Community Services page for a list of support services.

More than 400 inmates at the Wellington Correctional Centre, in the central west of NSW, will be moved to other facilities because of a mice infestation.

Mice have caused extensive damage to infrastructure.