News digest: Federal Budget looms, Qld election called and Trump leaves hospital

Oct 06, 2020
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will unveil the budget tonight. Source: Getty.

Today’s headlines are dominated by the impending Federal Budget, which is due to be unveiled by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg at 7.30pm this evening. Speaking ahead of the announcement, the treasurer said the priority of this year’s budget is jobs.

“Women and young people are among those who have been heaviest hit by this crisis,” he told The Australian this morning. ‘Fortunately, more than half of those who have lost their jobs have now got back to work and we saw 54 per cent of the jobs being jobs lost by women. Sixty-four per cent of the jobs coming back are jobs that are going to women. Young people have also seen jobs come back strongly.

“The history of previous recessions in Australia, in the 1980s and the 1990s, is that it’s taken a long time to get unemployment back to where it was… in the 1980s it took six years to get unemployment back below six per cent from where it started. In the 1990s, it took 10 years. We want to move faster than that and more importantly we want to help women and young people get back to work.”

Sticking with Australian politics, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk is expected to officially call the state’s election this morning after she visited the state’s Governor. Palaszczuk and LNP leader Deb Frecklington will now spend the next three and a half weeks travelling around the state to garner support ahead of the polls opening on October 31.

The incumbent premier is hoping to secure her third term in office – and, according to a YouGov poll, Palaszczuk is currently the firm favourite, thanks to her strict border policies throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The Courier Mail reports that Palaszczuk is leading 48 per cent to 22 per cent as preferred premier.

Checking in with the country’s Covid status, Victoria recorded 15 new cases of coronavirus over the past 24 hours, as well as one further death. Every daily case figure is crucial from here on in, as metropolitan Melbourne is now in the two-week countdown to Daniel Andrews’ next roadmap checkpoint. For restrictions to ease further, Melbourne’s 14-day rolling average must fall below five new cases. It currently sits at 10.6.

And in international headlines, US President Donald Trump has been discharged from hospital just three days after checking in with Covid-19. Trump tested positive for Covid-19 last week and was moved to Walter Reed Military Medical Center as a precaution. However on Monday afternoon, the 74-year-old announced that he was leaving the military facility and said he feels “really good”.

“Feeling really good!” he wrote. “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life. We have developed, under the Trump Administration, some really great drugs & knowledge. I feel better than I did 20 years ago!”

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