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The Loop: calls for return of COVID leave payment, Crazy Rich Asians star explains why she disappeared and why milk prices are rising


Hello It’s friday july 15. Here’s what you need to keep up to date with today’s news.

In case you missed it, the $750 Pandemic leave payments were available for those forced to self-isolate or care for someone with COVID-19.

The program ended two weeks ago, but there are growing calls for it to be reinstated amid rising COVID-19 cases across the country.

federal deputy Mike Freelanderwho is a practicing pediatrician, said the payment should be reinstated and people in his community would suffer without it.

“It’s going to put a lot of pressure on people to go to work when they’re not well and it’s going to increase the spread of variants, putting pressure on hospital systems that are already overstretched.”

NSW Labor Leader Chris Minn called on the federal government to reconsider its decision.

“If you are a casual worker and you have to spend seven days in isolation, you may not have access to any funds.

Acting Leader of the Opposition Susan Ley said that even though the payments were halted by his government, the current government should restore them.

“[The leave payment] is there for people who just don’t have any money to fall back on, and as we head into the studio today, past the people cleaning the stations, setting up the cafes, $750 is a lifeline for them.

Now the Australian Medical Association joined calls for the return of payments.

“[People have] have the choice of not being paid for an entire week – potentially limiting their ability to put food on the table or pay their rent – ​​or they will either have to not get tested, or skip that test, go to work and potentially infect their colleagues,” President Omar Khorshid said.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanian said the concerns would be discussed at a national cabinet meeting on Monday.

Stay tuned.

Anthony Albanese traveled to Fiji to meet Pacific Island leaders.

Here is the result of the forum:

  • Australia seems ready to sign a joint declaration which should declare a “climate emergency”
  • The joint statement also calls for rapid and deep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming.
  • The statement, which has yet to be released, has been endorsed by all Pacific leaders
  • The project endorsed Australia’s application to co-host the 2024 climate change conference with Pacific countries
  • The document stresses that climate change remains the greatest existential threat to the Pacific, and there is an urgent need for global warming is limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius

The news Australia is looking for

  • Ivana Trump: The first wife of former US President Donald Trump and the mother of his three oldest children has died in New York at the age of 73.
  • Constance Wu: The American actor, who starred in the films Crazy Rich Asians and Hustlers, has declared a backlash online after a comment she made in 2019 almost caused her to take her own life.
The backlash came after a sitcom she had starred in was renewed for another season. When a Twitter user called it “good news,” she replied, “No it’s not.”(Reuters: Mike Segar)
  • Kevin Spacey: The Oscar-winning actor will stand trial in London next year after pleading not guilty to sex offense charges dating back nearly 20 years

News you may have missed

  • Sri Lankan parliament officially announces president’s resignation Gotabaya Rajapaksawho fled the country after mass protests

Supermarket giants blamed higher supply chain costs, including payments to farmers.

“Farmgate prices paid to dairy farmers have increased significantly this season and as a result we are paying our branded suppliers more for milk,” a Woolworths spokesperson said.

But relieved dairy farmers said the supermarkets themselves caused the sudden price hike.

Indeed, in 2011, supermarkets reduced the price of milk by a third and launched the $1 per liter milk campaign.

President of the Australian Dairy Producers Association Rick Gladigau said the decision was “to go home to roost”.

“We have seen the exodus of farmers. Now we see that there is a shortage of milk in the country,” Mr Gladigau said.

That’s all for the moment

We’ll be back on Monday with more.