Good morning. It’s Wednesday 15 June 2022 and here’s a round up of the latest news.
UK-Rwanda asylum seeker flights grounded
The United Kingdom Court of Appeal in London had ruled a flight taking asylum seekers to Rwanda could proceed.
“We hope the courts in July in that longer hearing will take a different view because it’s a fundamentally unlawful policy, claiming asylum is a human right and Rwanda is not a safe country to which people can be returned,” he said.
Inflation could hit seven per cent in 2022
“Over the past couple of years people have put away an extra $250 billion, that’s a lot of money. And the saving rate is still high. And the number of people who are falling behind their mortgages is actually declining, not rising. So there’s a lot of resilience in the household sector.”
Minimum wage decision due
Last year the national minimum wage increased by 2.5 per cent to $772.60 a week or $20.33 an hour.
Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen remains confident that the lights will remain on in Queensland and New South Wales, despite concerns about serious electricity shortages.
Mr Bowen said AEMO’s intervention in the system will continue as long as necessary, and the situation’s been exacerbated by coal-fired power stations being offline.
Energy Minister Chris Bowen. Source: SBS News
“AEMO working with us, working with the states has avoided any low cheating to this point and I have confidence they’ll be able to continue to do that, subject to any unexpected outages,” he said.
Anthony Albanese responds to China
Over the weekend, Defence Minister Richard Marles met his Chinese counterpart in Singapore, the first high level contact between the two countries in more than two years.
“There have been prime ministers who reveal text messages and correspondence, I’m not one of them. I responded appropriately,” he said.