Here’s what you need to know this morning:
Budget fell short on health funding: AMA
Doctors’ groups have welcomed the inclusion of pandemic funding in yesterday’s State Budget, but are concerned recurrent funding levels won’t be enough to keep up with patient demand.
NSW President of the Australian Medical Association, Danielle McMullen, said there was a “colossal backlog” of patients needing essential care, with demand over the last decade up by 40 per cent but inadequate funds to match that.
She said ageing population, combined with the fact many people have ditched their private health cover, has added pressure to the public system.
“There will be a tipping point, and if we don’t start to see some strong increases in funding and a review of how all that’s done, we could tip the balance in a bad way,” she said.
Gambling revenue springs back
After a brief slump during the pandemic, State Budget papers reveal revenue from the pokies is “roaring back” in NSW.
Gambling tax revenue is expected to be nearly $3 billion this financial year, an increase of around $50 million since the half-yearly review.
Tim Costello from the Alliance for Gambling Reform said the Government continues to ignore the personal impact of gambling on families and individuals.
“Fairfield residents who are already poor are contributing to treasury disproportionately.”
Two men charged over $2.3m money laundering
Two men have been charged with money laundering offences allegedly linked to the illegal transfer of more than $2.3 million into offshore accounts.
Sutherland police officers searched two homes at Cronulla and Kirrawee yesterday, following a joint investigation with the cybercrime and financial crimes squad and the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC).
Police will allege the two men, aged 40 and 49, facilitated the money transfers.
Both will appear at Sutherland Local Court today.
Crown Casino gaming
The operators of Sydney’s Crown Casino are likely to find out today if gaming can commence if it opens next month as planned.
The Independent Liquor and Gaming Authority is deciding whether to impose temporary restrictions on gaming at the new casino, given its ongoing inquiry into the gambling giant.
Crown has previously stated it planned to open its casino at Barangaroo on December 14.
The gaming regulator is expected to reach a decision this afternoon.
Car crashes into police station
A 38-year-old man has been charged with reckless driving after his car crashed through the fence and into the foyer of the Lightning Ridge Police Station.
Noone was in the building at the time, but the front doors and foyer were badly damaged.
The driver was taken to hospital for observation.
He has also been charged with destroying or damaging property and hindering attempts to take a blood or urine sample.
Car driven off seawall
An elderly driver and passenger have been injured after accidentally driven their car off a seawall in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The car hurtled off Vickery Avenue in Rose Bay about 5:00pm yesterday, leaving a man in his 80s with a head injury and a woman in her 80s with arm and leg injuries.
NSW Ambulance’s Michael Corlis described it as “quite the ordeal for pair” and thanked members of the public for comforting them until paramedics arrived.
They were both taken to St Vincent’s hospital in a stable condition.