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Kristy McBain claims Labor victory in Eden-Monaro by-election

Berejiklian will look to shut the border between the states

Up to 4,000 Virgin staff tipped to be sacked

Youth withdrawing super 'economic vandalism'

Trump vows to defend America's history




Kristy McBain claims Labor victory in Eden-Monaro by-election

5 July 2020

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Sydney - M E Times Int'l: Labor's Kristy McBain has officially claimed victory in the Eden-Monaro by-election, saying her party has clinched the marginal seat after preference flows secured her lead.

Late last night, ABC's chief election Antony Green called the by-election result for Labor, but up until now, the Opposition was yet to officially claim victory.

About 80 per cent of the votes in the by-election have been counted, slowed by more than 44,000 pre-poll and postal votes.

This afternoon, Ms McBain said her lead of more than 1,000 votes over opponent Fiona Kotvojs meant the Liberal Party would need a 63 per cent vote on a two-party preferred basis to win.

The count at the time showed Ms Kotvojs still ahead on first preferences, but falling just short on a two-party preferred basis at 49.1 per cent.

She said Ms Kotvojs had not contacted her to concede defeat.

"On all metrics, it looks like the Labor Party will secure the seat again," Ms McBain said.

The former Bega mayor thanked her opponent for running and pledged to avoid hyper-partisanship and work with leaders across the community.

The election, Ms McBain said, was fought on local issues including bushfire relief, the economic impacts of COVID-19 and drought.

"I know there is a lot of work to do right across this electorate," she said.

"It's a great privilege, one that I'm very chuffed that voters got behind me on."

 Strong chance' Berejiklian will shut NSW-Vic border - YouTube

Berejiklian will look to shut the border between the states

Sydney: If Victoria’s COVID-19 infections continue to increase, there is a "strong chance" that New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian will look to shut the border between the states, according to media sources.

“Her ministers in cabinet tomorrow I’m told may well push for this, it all depends on the numbers,” Mr Clennell said. “Gladys Berejiklian probably doesn’t want to look like a hypocrite given she had a go at Annastacia Palaszczuk for keeping her borders shut.

“But that was an entirely different scenario to 100 new cases a day in a state.”

 Up to 4,000 Virgin staff tipped to be sacked | Sky News Australia

Up to 4,000 Virgin staff tipped to be sacked

Sydney: Half of Virgin Australia's 9000 workers could lose their jobs as the airline's new owner looks to downsize the domestic carrier. Pilots, crew and non-operational staff and workers at the now defunct TigerAir possibly will be let go by Virgin's new owners Bain Capital. Staff are expected to learn their fate in the next fortnight.

 Youth withdrawing super 'economic vandalism'

Youth withdrawing super 'economic vandalism'

Sydney: Lower income people dipping into their super to pay debts is “an act of economic vandalism” according to UNSW Business School’s Tim Harcourt.

 “Low paid people and young people dipping into their super to pay of gambling debts, short term debts is really bad,” Mr Harcourt said.

 “It’s going to not only hurt them in the shirt run, but they’re going to have very little in future to live on in retirement. “Which means ultimately governments will have to pay a lot more pension money out.

“So fiscally it won’t be good for future governments.”

 Trump vows to defend America's history | Sky News Australia

Trump vows to defend America's history

US President Donald Trump has vowed to defend America’s history in a patriotic speech, in the shadow of Mount Rushmore.

Mr Trump headed to South Dakota to mark Independence Day and declared he is waging a war against far-left fascism that seeks to erase history.

President Trump announced that he would be signing an executive order to establish a "National Garden of American Heroes."






 














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