Goodmorning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Wednesday, February 8. Rain and mild highs of 26 to 27 degrees are expected across Sydney today.
News BuzzSET FOR SOAKING:A house collapsed, major roads slowed to a crawl, lightning strikes closed the airport and even the Salvation Army needed emergency help as a series of intense thunderstorms drenched many parts of Sydney. And they are on the way again today.
TERROR CHARGE:A man and a woman have been charged with planning to carry out a terrorist act in Sydney. The 19-year-olds, who have been in custody since they were arrested last year, will appear in Central Local Court on Wednesday.
NO MORE FREE TRAVEL: A notorious parliamentary perk that gives retired politicians free business-class travel on the taxpayer will be scrapped under a new plank of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s crackdown on the political entitlements system.
BERNARDI SPLIT:Inside the Coalition party room itself, it’s easy to place most MPs in the “moderate” or “conservative” camps. But those labels disguise deep divisions.
MILLENNIALS LOSE FAITH:Millennials in Australia no longer consider it the “lucky country” and are less optimistic about the future than their counterparts in developing economies including the Philippines, Indonesia and India.
HIGH SPEED RAIL:High-speed rail between Sydney and Melbourne would be used to decentralise Australia’s urban population and open up cheaper housing under a radical plan now endorsed by a parliamentary committee.
DEATH TAX: Young Australians should be given a grant funded by an inheritance tax on wealthy estates to help them enter the housing market, pay university fees or start a business, a senior union figure says.
Sports BuzzGIANT IN DOUBT:Marquee Giants midfielder Emma Swanson will be given a late fitness test this week as ahamstring strain threatens to further delay her AFL Women’s debut ahead of a crunch clash with competition heavyweights Carlton.
AUS v IND:Declaring Australia is capable of doing “some damage”, Australian spinner Steve O’Keefe says the right call was made to cut short his Big Bash League season and focus on red-ball cricket ahead of this month’s Test series opener against India.