ABC 1 Sydney - News Breakfast

11 May 2022
ABC 1 Sydney, News Breakfast

ABC 1 Sydney, News Breakfast

From 2022-05-11T06:42:28+10:00

To 2022-05-11T06:52:28+10:00

Duration 10m 0s


In this transcript:

  • Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia
  • Georgie Gardner, Presenter, Nine News
  • Eammon Ashton-Atkinson, U.S. correspondent for 10 News First
  • Bindi Bryce, Reporter ABC - Newcastle
  • Nicole Asher, ABC News
  • Claudia Jambor, News reporter


Speaker A:

And we also follow very strict biosecurity policy, and that's why I'm actually in quarantine now. So we can't just receive beetles and let them loose. What we do is receive beetles from Morocco.


They go from to France, where we have a laboratory there, clean this stuff, and then they come to us in quarantine in Canberra. And the only thing we're allowed to take out from quarantine are the eggs that have been surface sterilize.


So there really is very little risk of bringing anything. So there's no bacteria, there's no storing material on those eggs and that's the only thing out of quarantine. So really, to ensure that we don't bring any nasties with our dung beetles.


Speaker B:

That is excellent news, Dr. Valerie. I'm also going to take this that saying into the rest of my day, if you're not done, you're safe. Thank you so much for all the hard work of the CSIRO.


Good luck with introducing the new dung beetle friends.


Speaker A:

Thank you so much.


Steven Marshall:

Team. Thank you. Go. Maybe not such a huge problem after all.


Speaker C:

If you're not done, you're safe. Thanks. Thanks. Nice. I got. Let's have a look at what's making news in print and online this morning. We're joined by ABC business reporter Daniel Ziff, who is wondering how he was going to follow up on dung beetles.


Speaker D:

It's impossible. Nothing could be as good as that, so we'll just do it anyway.


Speaker C:

Let's just dive into some surprising news for some yesterday coming out of the Northern Territory. Others said we saw this coming.


Speaker D:

Territory politics is very complex. And Michael Gunner, the chief minister, has announced he is going to resign on his own terms five years into his term. He I think, like a lot of people, have reassessed their lives after COVID and he's just had a second child, which also puts a bit of focus on obviously very difficult in the territory through COVID.


They had really tough restrictions. They lived a very different life in many ways to the rest of Australia, really safe and very different one. But it's time for him.




Nicole Asher:

it could have some federal implications. There is certainly some people riding. About


Speaker E:

whether his departure might assist Labor trying to keep a hold of Warren Snowdon state that now that he's retiring because there has been, you know, a lot of conversation about crime and Michael Gunner was sort of like the lightning rod in a way for a lot of people in that campaign.


Speaker F:

In many ways, all of the state and territory leaders and also, you know, the premier of a smaller state, Tasmania, has also recently quit in their largest territory. They have been a lightning rod for some of that discontent about how we've dealt with COVID.


So it will be interesting in all of the different states to see how much of that is a factor for people who've been very affected or potentially angry about things like vaccine mandates.


Bindi Bryce:

Let's turn to the age. It has full coverage of Anthony Albanese's very firm, backing of just over 5% pay rise for people on the minimum wage, set to be a key issue on the trail today.


Speaker F:

So the cost of living has gone up by more than 5%. It's actually probably much more than that because we don't include a lot of the costs of housing in the consumer price index that we have this 5.1% figure.


If people's wages don't go up by the same amount, they going backwards, they're having a pay cut. We've seen that in recent years. Wage growth has been extremely low.


Everyone's been promised. It will come, it'll come. It'll come. It hasn't. And the promises have consistently been low. So people's wages are going backwards, their purchasing power is being eroded.


But this would be a really substantial shift. Every time I talk to business leaders and I say, should wages be higher than inflation? They're generally supportive, but they never want to say it out loud.


Speaker E:

Well, out loud. Don't they say that it shouldn't be anything more than 3%, three three.


Speaker F:

Which is a pay cut. And so economies, you know, companies have staff that they have to pay, but also they have consumers that they need to have money to buy their goods and services.


So it is not as simple that they can contain their costs and hope everyone else won't do it as well. That's what's been happening in the economy. Is that even We've


Speaker G:

got an extremely tight labor market. It's a good time to be a job seeker. I think it's a great time. But we haven't seen those wage rises translated from that desire, that demand for workers into paying them.


Well, they.


Bindi Bryce:

Have been anaemic wage, real wage increases for a long time now. And we keep hearing about productivity. This productivity that productivity is going to result in real wage increases never seems to happen.


Right. And you cover finance and economics. How realistically will it happen if Labor wins and it's now committed to this 5.1% increase?


Speaker G:

Well, what they've committed to is that they will actually give a number to the Fair Work Commission and say this is how much we think the minimum wage should rise.


By then it's.


Speaker H:

Guarantee the commission will actually accept.


Speaker G:

That's right. That's what they make. They make their own decision. Now, the minimum a lot of people were thinking, it doesn't affect me. It's about the minimum wage. It actually affects a lot of people.


There's only a small proportion of people who actually earn the flat minimum, but lots of awards and agreements are based on a multiple all that tight. So it will still be their decision.


But at the moment the government gives no direction. It doesn't make any suggestion. Business groups have been saying about 2%. Labor says if they're in government they will at least make the case that it should be higher and that would boost people's wages with other economic impacts.


Speaker I:

Okay, let's turn to the Adelaide Advertiser. And in my defence I read the front page of the paper this morning very early and I thought they'd made a spelling mistake.


Speaker G:

This is goes into the fall of very nature puns. So there is a seat called speed, but obviously if someone loses their seat they get booted. So this is really confusing because actually it won't be based on the current polling that Boothby is held by the Liberals.


It's that they, the new Liberal candidate, would be booted on current polling booth. Time for the Liberals potentially boot. Time for the Liberal too much at 4:00 in the morning.


Maybe it is news to have a puns. Don't always work. I think we can put this one in the category of one that has failed. There's quite a bit of polling.


Speaker J:

There will be some shifts at the election. There's 151 seats in the lower house. That's where you form government. And we're really only ever looking at kind of about 10 to 20% of them where there might be some shifts between which in Adelaide might be one of those ones.


And I think it's going to be a fascinating election night. Get the popcorn out. Yes.


Bindi Bryce:

And if it's close, they may not be a results on election night, but if there's always been a bit of the Holy Grail, hasn't it, for the Labor Party for election after election, they always hope the winners never get there.


It could be a very different story on May the 21st. Let's finish up with the Sydney Morning Herald has got a story on a proposal for longer school hours.


Speaker J:

Yes, this is something that the Premier, Dominic Perrottet, has been big on since he took over. And who can? Blimey, he's got six children, but he's been looking at extending school hours because of all the things in their life that have atomised and changed and exploded in recent decades.


School hours and not one of them. In fact, schools are stuck in a model where we had a nuclear family where one person, typically the male would be the breadwinner and mum would look after the children.


In most capital cities in particular. That just does not occur. Most adult couples, both people work, but school hours have not changed. There is a proposal that essentially the learning hours wouldn't change, but they would work with community groups and childcare groups to essentially provide support for those extra hours to give people more flexibility in a world where people don't work.


One adult, 9 to 5 nine A.


Eammon Ashton-Atkinson:

Indeed is a vastly different world. I think it's a great plan.


Speaker J:

By the people to be very supportive. I think there's already a lot of schools do have before and after care, but it's not really formalized as part of the education system.


So this would be a really positive recognition of the reality of the situation that actually for people in that kind of nuclear family, single breadwinner, that's less than a quarter of families now have that model.


So for most people, it's a daily struggle. It is.


Speaker K:

Dan Zipper, thanks for coming in.


Speaker L:

Lovely to be. Thanks.


Georgie Gardner:

Let's go to South Australia now where an 18 year old has died in a crash north of Adelaide. Reporter Charles Brice joins me now. Charles, what can you tell