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Australia news live: Andrew Laming apologises over accusations of online harassment, flood cleanup under way | Australia news From “World news | The Guardian”



Good morning, Matilda Boseley back on the blog and ready to see off the week in style.
Well, not too much style, because that’s right guys, there is yet another scandal about the mistreatment of women from parliament.
Liberal MP Andrew Laming has apologised to two Brisbane women who accused him of online abuse in a Nine news report last night.
Laming conceded commentary he made via social media had caused significant distress to two highly respected people.
Nine News reported Laming accused one woman, Alix Russo, of misappropriating charity funds, which she denies. Russo told Nine that the exchange had led her to contemplate taking her own life.
This apology came in the form of a written letter and in a statement delivered to parliament, issued shortly before Nine news aired the accusations of online abuse.
Now, in NSW, the long and arduous cleanup process as the majority of floodwaters across the state have receded and evacuation orders begin to lift.
Flood evacuation orders were lifted in several areas of north-western Sydney late on Thursday night including South Creek at Mulgrave and the Hawkesbury River from Wisemans Ferry to Brooklyn and in Vineyard.
But not everywhere is out of the woods, with major flooding continuing this morning in Maclean in the northern rivers region, and while the situation in Grafton and Ulmarra they are still experiencing moderate flooding.
The NSW premier, Gladys Berejiklian, said between 3,000 and 4,000 people returned to their homes over the past 24 hours and pleaded with people not to drive through floodwaters on their way back.
Now some other things to look out for:

We are keeping an eye out for any clue as to when the federal cabinet reshuffle will be announced. It looks like Scott Morrison may move frontbenches around, in part to get beleaguered ministers Christian Porter and Linda Reynolds out of their current, super senior, positions. Although he says they will still be part of the cabinet.
SA premier Steven Marshall and opposition leader Peter Malinauskas will go toe to toe at the SA Press Club today, as they begin the long race to the election this time next year.
Australia will fly its national flag at half-mast to mark the death of Tanzania president John Magufuli, a prominent coronavirus sceptic.
And finally, unions are set to push for a $26-a-week rise in the minimum wage, suggesting if pay packets don’t rise then Australia’s economic pandemic recovery could falter.

If there is something you reckon I’ve missed or think should be in the blog but isn’t, shoot me a message on Twitter @MatildaBoseley or email me at matilda.boseley@theguardian.com.







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