Brekky Wrap: Flooding Kills Dozens In Italy And Kerryn Phelps Officially Wins Wentworth
All the news you need to know this Monday.
Dr Kerryn Phelps will be officially declared the member for Wentworth on Monday. The announcement will come from the electoral commission weeks after the by-election for former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull's seat was held. Phelps defeated Liberal candidate Dave Sharma by 1851 votes and with a 19 percent swing against the Coalition.
The federal government has boosted funding for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority -- the independent group that supervises banking, insurance and superannuation. Following the banking royal commission's interim report, an extra $60 million has been allocated to the Authority and the tenure of chairman Wayne Byres has been extended by five years. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said that Mr Byres' early reappointment was vital to stabilise reform in Australia's banking sector during and after the royal commission.
Heavy rainfall and landslides have killed at least 29 people across Italy. Two families perished when a river burst its banks and submerged their houses in Sicily. Another three people died when their cars were swept away by currents on the southern island. Six regions remain under alert -- from Veneto to Sicily and Sardinia. Approximately 1 billion Euros worth of damage has already been done.
The people of New Caledonia have chosen to remain part of France instead of voting for independence. A record 80.6 percent of registered voters turned out to have their say with 56.4 percent choosing to stay and 43.6 percent voting for independence. French President Emmanuel Macron has said he is pleased with the result and has promised New Caledonia an open dialogue on the future.
Uber has launched a subscription service in five US cities. The membership service, called Ride Pass, allows passengers to avoid price surging when costs rise during peak hour or other popular times by locking in a price for a fare. The fixed-fare plan costs $34.66 ($24.99 USD) a month and Uber plans to expand the service to other parts of the US, but there are no plans to bring it to Australia just yet.
Aussie tennis player Ash Barty has won the WTA Elite Trophy in China. In one of the biggest wins of her career, Barty defeated Wang Qiang 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the tournament in Zhuhai, China. The win also means Barty has secured rights to an Australian Open top 16-seed.
Staying in the tennis world, and Roger Federer has weighed in on Serena Williams' controversial US Open final, saying she 'went too far'. Williams received a code violation for coaching, a penalty point for racquet abuse and a game penalty for verbally abusing the umpire. Federer told The Sunday Times, "I feel like Serena should have walked away," but he also said, "The umpire maybe should not have pushed her there. It's unfortunate, but an incredible case study".
Pete Davidson addressed his breakup with Ariana Grande on Saturday Night Live just an hour after Grande released a song about her ex-partners that references him by name. Davidson had nothing but kind things to say about Grande and the end of their relationship after a whirlwind romance and engagement. "She's a wonderful, strong person and I genuinely wish her all the happiness in the world."
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