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Former Speaker of the House Bronwyn Bishop says the real question in the Morrison ministerial scandal is whether the former prime minister Scott Morrison “misled the House”.

“Because when you mislead the House, you’re telling the people,” she said.

Ms Bishop added that she hadn’t seen a “mess like this” since Whitlam and Barnard “gave themselves 27 portfolios to share, and then, of course, we had the Khemlani affair”.

“But the problem is here is that there is an obligation for the Prime Minister to report to the Parliament any change in ministerial arrangements,” she said.

“Clearly, swearing himself in … to those additional ministries is a change in ministerial arrangements.”

The odds of another wet spring and summer are looking more probable for Australians after the Bureau of Meteorology issued an alert warning of another La Nina weather event.

The BOM issued the alert on Tuesday, declaring there was a 70 per cent chance or three times the normal likelihood of La Nina forming in 2022.

It will be the first time Australia has had three La Nina’s and two negative IODs back-to-back since records began in 1900.

NDIS and Government Services Minister Bill Shorten says the NDIS scheme is sustainable “because every dollar we spend on a person with a disability is an investment”.

“And it generates economic activity,” he told Sky News Australia.

“Today in parliament … we’ve got 75, 80 people, many of whom are participants in the scheme … talking about how we can improve employment opportunities for people in the scheme.

“And also how we can draw people to work in disability, which is a rewarding career.”

Former Liberal MP Dave Sharma says former prime minister Scott Morrison’s secret portfolio appointments are “unconventional and unorthodox”.

“I’m not convinced that these sorts of extraordinary arrangements were necessary to ensure continuity of government,” Mr Sharma told Sky News Australia.

“I don’t understand why those normal procedures were not followed in this instance.

“I think the public deserves an explanation.”

The gap between wage growth and inflation in Australia is getting wider, with the Bureau of Statistics set to release wage growth numbers today.

Sky News Business Reporter Ed Boyd says the expectation is wage growth will increase by 2.7 per cent.
“Which sounds great, but it is less than half the rate of inflation,” he said.

Mr Boyd said it will “take until 2024 for this gap to close”.

“So until then, in real terms, wages for Australians are unfortunately going to be going backwards for the next couple of years.”

A drastic plan is being considered in New South Wales to fix the state's teacher shortage.

A parliamentary committee, headed by NSW One Nation Leader Mark Latham, is promoting a plan to have teachers work from 8am to 5pm, including during school holidays.

The proposal would require staff to stay on school grounds during their work hours in return for a pay increase of at least 10 per cent.

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has thanked frontline volunteers who assisted in the Northern Rivers flood crisis earlier this year.

“We are incredibly blessed as a state and as a country to have so many people who risk their lives each and every day to look after every one of us,” Mr Perrottet said during a media conference on Wednesday.

“Whether that’s our SES, our RFS, or all our volunteer organisations – you are truly heroes.

“We thank you for everything that you do.”

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet has released the independent inquiry into the state's flood disaster, and the government has “accepted every recommendation” made.

Mr Perrottet admitted some recommendations will take longer to implement than others.

He said the focus of the government will be to ensure the recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible.

“I don't care about political sensitivities, I care about our people and looking after them, getting them back into homes and rebuilding our communities in the Northern Rivers,” Mr Perrottet said during a media conference on Wednesday.

“This will take time but as far as I’m concerned as Premier, this is the top priority for our government.

“Rest assured that the New South Wales government will be with you every step of the way.”

New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet has claimed the recruitment process that led to former deputy premier John Barilaro's appointment to a New York trade commissioner role was "flawed".

Sky News Meteorologist Rob Sharpe explains the wet weather spreading across southern parts of Australia.

Psychiatrist Tanveer Ahmed says people have become “super sensitive to psychological harm” in the last decade or so.

“And it reflects a broader cultural shift,” he said.

Dr Ahmed added that we place “subjective experience at a much higher level”.

Sky News Political Editor Andrew Clennell says he’s unsure how tenable former prime minister Scott Morrison’s position is after his ministerial scandal.

“It just doesn’t make any sense at all,” he said.

“It just seems like bizarre behaviour from the former prime minister.

“To not tell his cabinet colleagues, or not tell the public – is unprecedented.

“It looks underhand.”

American biotech company Colossal Biosciences is set to invest $10 million in a University of Melbourne project aiming to bring the Tasmanian tiger back from extinction.

The funding, in conjunction with $5 million in private donations, will allow a team of 50 scientists to work on the project.

The Tasmanian tiger, otherwise known as the Thylacine, has been extinct since 1936.

Emergency response training for local volunteers is one of 28 recommendations from a report into the NSW government's management of this year’s flood disaster in the Northern Rivers.

Premier Dominic Perrottet will today announce the government's response to the report.

Queensland is waiting to learn whether it will snatch the location of this year's NRL grand final from New South Wales.

ARL Commission Chairman Peter V'landys says it’s on a “knife’s edge” after a fresh round of talks with both the NSW and Queensland governments on Tuesday.

However, commentators believe it’s all “smoke and mirrors” and that the Grand Final will be held in Sydney.

A board meeting has been scheduled for 5pm on Wednesday to make a final decision.

Deputy Opposition Leader Sussan Ley says Australians want Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to focus on the “issues in their lives”.

Ms Ley said the fact the revelations former prime minister Scott Morrison secretly took on five extra portfolios throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are still featuring so heavily is a “strong indictment of the focus and the priorities of Mr Albanese”.

“I mean, he came back from a week's holiday – on day one, he focused on his old job of being opposition leader,” Ms Ley told Sky News Australia.

“Australians want him to focus on the issues in their lives, not the issues that he has in his and nothing in this … is going to bring down your power bill, number one broken promise, see your mortgage restrained from continuing to increase or add to the jobs and skills needs of small business across the country.”

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has apologised to an actress for the abuse she suffered at the 1973 Oscars ceremony, almost 50 years after the incident.

Sacheen Littlefeather received an award on actor Marlon Brando's behalf when she was heckled and booed while speaking out against the depiction of Native Americans in films.

Over 55,000 people living on the flood plain in Sydney's West would be forced to evacuate, should a once-in-a-century flood engulf the area.

Inquiry findings into this year’s flooding and response reveal 23,000 of those evacuating would be unable to flee the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley, with current flood forecasting and road networking.

Recommendations in the report include a $2 billion investment into raising the Warragamba Dam wall.

Sydney commuters are being warned to work from home and avoid public transport as rail workers plan to strike for six hours from 10am on Wednesday.

This follows escalating industrial action over ongoing pay and working conditions negotiations.

A heavily reduced train service will be run on several lines, with authorities expecting the action to impact the entire network.

One year after the Taliban took control of Kabul, many drivers, interpreters and guides formerly employed by British forces are now in hiding.

The New South Wales government is at risk of losing the NRL grand final to Queensland, following a breakdown in talks between Rugby League boss Peter V'landys and Premier Dominic Perrottet.

The final decision will be made today at an ARL Commission board meeting.

CommSec’s Tom Piotrowski says it is going to be a “contained improvement” that we see from the local share market today.

“The futures are telling us the ASX 200 should be up by around 0.2 per cent when trade gets underway later on this morning,” he told Sky News Australia.

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GPs are urging the federal government to fix Australia's healthcare system amid fears of a bulk billing collapse.

Australian actor Ryan Corr has told Sky News Australia about the challenges he faced while filming Game of Thrones prequel ‘House of the Dragon’.

Actors, sports stars and politicians gathered at Sydney's Entertainment Quarter to celebrate the premiere.

Former prime minister Scott Morrison has apologised to his colleagues after it was revealed he secretly swore himself into five ministries during the pandemic.

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