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- Labor leaders aiming for national plan to boost renters’ rights
- Ukraine says Russian missiles kill nine, destroy hotel
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Labor leaders aiming for national plan to boost renters’ rights
Australians will be promised a national plan to strengthen renters’ rights under a deal to be struck by state and federal Labor leaders amid a growing dispute with the Greens over the housing crisis.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seeking the deal at a national cabinet meeting in Brisbane next week while also negotiating new commitments on planning laws to add 1 million homes across the country.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seeking the deal at a national cabinet meeting in Brisbane next week.Credit: Dan Peled
But the prime minister will leave it to states and territories to set the rules that influence housing supply and prices after dismissing calls from the Greens for sweeping federal intervention in the rental market.
Albanese is holding out against the Greens’ demands to increase the $10 billion Housing Australia Future Fund, which is stalled in the Senate, and will instead use the national cabinet meeting to pursue other ways to tackle housing shortages and soaring costs.
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Ukraine says Russian missiles kill nine, destroy hotel
Russian missiles struck the eastern Ukrainian city of Pokrovsk twice on Monday night, killing nine people, wounding scores and destroying apartments and a popular hotel, officials said.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that 82 people were wounded in the attack, and rescue operations in Pokrovsk, about 75 km (45 miles) southwest of Bakhmut in eastern Donetsk, had been completed.
“Everyone is provided with the necessary assistance. There are two children among the wounded,” Zelensky said in his evening address.
Volodymyr Zelensky attends an event marking Statehood Day in Kyiv on Friday, July 28.Credit: AP
Separately, Russian-installed Donetsk Mayor Alexei Kulemzin accused Ukraine in a social media post of shelling the city of Donetsk, killing three people and wounding 10 on Tuesday.
In the Pokrovsk strikes, two missiles hit the centre of the city, which had a pre-war population of about 60,000, within 40 minutes of each other, witnesses said.
Pictures posted online by officials showed that Druzhba (Friendship) Hotel suffered a direct hit, with several floors missing.
Residents said the hotel was popular with journalists, aid workers and the military. It was one of the few still operating in the eastern Donetsk region, close to the frontline.
Witnesses told a Reuters cameraman that two emergency workers were killed in the first strike, and the interior ministry said 29 police officers and seven rescuers were injured in the second strike.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
It’s Wednesday, August 9. I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- The country’s top marine science agency warned the Great Barrier Reef is at increased risk of severe damage from coral bleaching this summer.
- Former cabinet minister Stuart Robert held multiple meetings with a tech company that won lucrative contracts to build a government payment system.
- The ABC has spent more than $700,000 in defamation settlements over the past three years, documents filed by the national broadcaster show.
- Australians will be promised a national plan to strengthen renters’ rights under a deal to be struck by state and federal Labor leaders.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese arrives for question time.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
- The prosecutor in the Bruce Lehrmann case would have to apply to practise as an ACT barrister after his resignation as the territory’s DPP takes effect.
- As evidence mounts that consumers are shutting their wallets, a key measure of confidence fell despite interest rates remaining steady.
- PwC’s former chief executive, Carlton Football Club president Luke Sayers, denies knowing about the leak of confidential tax plans embroiling the firm.
- And overseas, the number of soldiers killed or injured on both sides in the illegal invasion of Ukraine has been said to run into the hundreds of thousands.
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