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Premiers and chief ministers are expected to ask Anthony Albanese for more health funding; political, defence and media figures on Russian sanction list. Follow live * Energy markets tipped to return to normal as NSW granted emergency powers to secure coal supplies * Paul Keating urged me to work with Dominic Perrottet, Daniel Andrews reveals * Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing West Australian premier Mark McGowan said it was “very strange” that some parts of the nation are lacking in gas supply, and called for the implementation of a national gas reserve. Speaking on RN Breakfast, McGowan referred to WA’s decision in 2006 to implement a 15% gas reservation policy, which has shielded the state from the energy crisis. The gas is actually the property of the people of the state, whichever state that is, and there should have always been enough for the state and the country in question. It just seems to me to be very strange that there’s no gas for local people yet. Coal-fired power generation is very old technology and very difficult for coal plants to cope with renewables coming onto the grid, basically, new renewables every minute You look at what the Fair Work Commission head Ian Ross said in his statement – that this wouldn’t be inflationary, this was in the context of a relatively low unemployment rate which is there. And, they made the decision that given the cost-of-living pressures that people are under, if you didn’t have at least a 5.1% increase in at the minimum wage what you would be saying is that people who are the lowest paid workers in this country would get a real wage cut, and they couldn’t afford to do that, so I welcome the decision by the Fair Work Commission. Continue reading...

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