Brekky Wrap: Queensland Fires Escalate And Amy Shark Dominates The ARIAs
All the news you need to know this Thursday.
More than 10,000 Queenslanders have been forced to flee their homes as over 200 bushfires continue to burn throughout the state. About 8,000 people in the town of Gracemere were issued a mandatory evacuation order as the 'catastrophic' level fires scored tens of thousands of hectares of bush and farmland. As firefighters continue to try and extinguish the blaze, a hot, dry air mass is expected to pass over the state from the north which will keep temperatures high. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said federal funds are available to the victims of the fires.
The commute for people in Sydney and other parts of NSW is expected to be smoother than Wednesday, with the wild weather conditions easing in the state overnight. The weather system has tracked north and is expected to pass over sea waters, leaving behind some winds and showers on Thursday. The state received more than a month's worth of rain in just two hours on Wednesday morning, the biggest downpour in three decades, but it wasn't without its tragedy.
A 14-year-old boy was killed when the car he was travelling in crashed into another vehicle in Thornleigh on the NSW North Shore on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, a Sydney Emergency Services volunteer collapsed and died attending a job in the Illawarra.
Australian spies could get the licence to use 'responsible force' when on international missions in new laws set to be introduced to parliament on Thursday. Under the current law, ASIS officers carry a weapon on international missions, however, are only permitted to used them in self-defence. Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the change to the law to allow 'responsible force' is needed because ASIS officers often work in dangerous locations and defending themselves gives them a better chance of defending Australia.
Australian music's night of nights went off with a bang in Sydney on Wednesday evening. The ARIAs saw music royalty from Australia and all over the world gather to celebrate 2018. Country icon Kasey Chambers became the youngest woman to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, while Amy Shark and 5SOS dominated, winning multiple awards between them. 5SOS took home Apple Music Song of the Year, Best Live Act and Best Group. Shark won four ARIAs including Album of the Year and Best Female Artist. Catch up all the ARIAs action below.
New government analysis out of the UK has warned any form of Brexit deal will weaken the UK's economy. The official figures suggest the economy could shrink by 3.9 percent after 15 years under Theresa May's Brexit plan -- that's a whopping 100 billion pounds by the 2030s. May is touring Britain, Northern Ireland and Scotland to sell her Brexit plan to leaders before a parliament vote on December 11.
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US President Donald Trump has said he would be "totally willing" to shut down Congress if it doesn't approve the funds he needs to build his border wall with Mexico. Trump has pushed for $US5 billion in funding for his wall -- despite his repeated election pledge to force Mexico to pay for the structure. In an interview with Politico, Trump called the wall a "total winner" and claimed he doesn't do anything merely for "political gain".
Essendon Club legend James Hird has been hit by a car when riding his bike in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond on Wednesday evening. The Essendon player and coach suffered a broken wrist and knee injures and was taken to Epworth Hospital for treatment. It is the second time the 45-year-old has had a bike accident in three years.
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