Here’s what you need to know this morning.
NSW Budget to focus on job creation
As Dominic Perrottet prepares to hand down his fourth budget tomorrow, the Treasurer is forecasting the Government’s stimulus measures will put 270,000 people back in work by 2024.
The current unemployment rate in NSW is 7.2 per cent, which is expected to increase and peak at 7.5 per cent in the December quarter.
The Treasury predicts the rate will drop to 5.25 per cent in June 2024, but that does not return it to the pre-COVID rate of 4.4 per cent.
Mr Perrottet said creating jobs would be a focus of tomorrow’s budget.
“We will continue to lead the way in job creation and supporting business through the 2020-21 Budget,” Mr Perrottet said.
The debt position that will come as a result — understood to be in the tens of billions of dollars — will not be revealed by the Treasurer until tomorrow.
Elderly man injured in paragliding accident
A 91-year-old man has walked away with only minor cuts and bruises after his paraglider crashed into the ocean on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Emergency services were called to a cliff face near Warriewood Surf Club shortly before 6:00pm after reports the aircraft has crashed.
The man was able to get himself out of the water and was assisted by emergency services up onto the rock shelf.
He spent the night in Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital in a stable condition.
Fatal stabbing in Toongabbie
A man has died after being stabbed in Sydney’s west overnight.
The 49-year-old was found by emergency services outside a house in Toongabbie with multiple stab wounds to his chest.
He died at the scene and a report will be prepared for the coroner.
Police from the Homicide Squad are assisting the investigation.
Qantas celebrates 100 years in the skies
Despite many of its aircraft being grounded, Australian airline Qantas is today celebrating 100 years of operations.
What began as a Queensland based two-plane mail service has now grown to a global venture, usually flying more than 50 million passengers around the world every year.
But with just a select few domestic routes still open in the pandemic, thousands of staff remain stood down.
The airline is expected to hold a subdued reception today, to thank staff and mark the company’s major milestone.
Free mental health support after bushfires
All Australian first responders, and their family members, who faced horror bushfires last season are being offered specialist mental health support for free.
The program is being funded by the Federal Government and will be delivered by the Black Dog Institute and University of New South Wales’ PTSD, anxiety and stress clinics.
“We have got to make sure they [first responders] are fit and functional to be able to do that job this summer, and next summer and the summer after,” the Black Dog Institute’s chief psychiatrist Sam Harvey said.
“So the message we are trying to get out there is, it’s okay to ask for help, there’s lots of different kinds of help you can get.”
Under the program, people will get up to 12 one-on-one sessions with experts, and options to tailor how they receive help, including confidential online mental health assessments.