Here’s what you need to know this morning.
The investigation into Daryl Maguire, a former MP and former partner of NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, amid corruption allegations has been extended for a second time.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) confirmed yesterday afternoon that its investigation into former Wagga Wagga Liberal MP was continuing.
Mr Maguire admitted to running a “cash for visa” scam for Chinese nationals and to seeking payment for property deals while he was an MP.
Ms Berejiklian admitted to the ICAC that she had been in a secret relationship with Mr Maguire since 2015 which continued after he was forced to resign from parliament in 2018.
The Premier, who is not accused of any wrongdoing, told the commission the relationship ended a few months before public hearings began
The NSW Liberal Party has for the first time adopted a code of conduct for members, with bullying, sexual harassment, vilification, physical violence and discrimination deemed unacceptable behaviour that could see perpetrators expelled.
The code was developed after a 2019 scandal that saw several Young Liberals expelled from the party after making lewd comments about women on an online chat group meant for election campaigning.
The Liberal party’s vice-president Mary-Lou Jarvis said the rape allegations that have rocked Federal Parliament have highlighted the “critical importance” of getting such a code in place.
“For example, a request for sex is regarded as inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour [and] sexually explicit posts on social networking sites,” she explained.
“It goes into quite a level of detail as to what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.”
A new refuge for the platypus is being built at Taronga’s Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo with a pledge from the zoo to save the native species from extinction.
Taronga’s chief executive Cameron Kerr said the platypus has been the zoo’s emblem since it opened its gates just over a century ago in 1916.
The state government will fund the new refuge, which will have the capacity to care for up to 65 platypuses at a time.
Mr Kerr said platypus numbers were in “serious decline” and hoped the refuge would help save the animal under threat from drought and bushfires.
Puppy prices could double in NSW as hobby breeders struggle amid a crackdown on rogue operators in the industry, experts have warned.
Hobby breeders, who may oversee only a couple of litters per year, claim they have become collateral damage in the NSW government’s decision to step up policing on large “puppy farms”.
Patricia Smith is one of two people in Australia who breeds Basset Fauve de Bretagne puppies but is worried she will not be able to continue.
Police are appealing for information after a man was stabbed in a barber shop in Punchbowl overnight.
Two men entered a barber on Arthur Street just after 6:00pm and assaulted the 33-year-old man, thought to be the owner.
He was treated for two puncture wounds at the scene before being taken to Liverpool Hospital.
The men were last seen getting into a car on Arthur Street and police have encouraged anyone who knows more to come forward.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will hold her weekly crisis cabinet meeting this morning and vaccines are expected to be on the agenda.
Ms Berejiklian has expressed frustration that the federal government has not provided clarity on the number of vaccines her state will get.
NSW is on track to deliver 35,000 Pfizer vaccines to quarantine and frontline workers in the first three weeks but the scope of doses beyond that is unclear.
With the arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine on shore, it’s thought Ms Berejiklian may this morning outline the next phase of the state’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout.
Today marks the seven-day ultimatum given to the Sutherland Shire Council to save Jannali residents who were told to leave their homes to make way for a car park.
The NSW government wants to build a multi-storey commuter car park near Jannali train station but has been in a deadlock with Sutherland Shire Council over its proposed location for two years.
Transport for NSW issued the council an ultimatum to hand over a shopping centre car park in seven days or nine homes will be demolished in Sydney’s south.
Sutherland Shire Council is now calling on the state government to come back to the negotiating table after councillors voted in support of a plan which would allow the delivery of a commuter car park on council-owned land.
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