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Australians head to the polls to choose their new leader

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In less than 24 hours’ time, Australian residents will head to the polls for the nation’s federal election, as the Prime Minister and Opposition leader make their final election pledges

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is promising leadership of change, vowing to be less of a “bulldozer” if he retains the top job.

Opposition and Labor leader Anthony Albanese says Australians deserve better and it’s time for a new government.

So what issues are at the forefront of this election?

The economy is currently close to breaking point, with the nation’s budget soaring to almost 1 trillion dollars in debt.

A debt that will ultimately have to be paid back, but which leader is best to drive this economic recovery? A question on voters’ minds as they cast their vote.

“The conventional mechanisms for growing the economy aren’t available to leaders in the same way.”

Prof. anne tiernan, political analyst

Cost-of-living is also rapidly rising, with fuel and food prices causing havoc to Australians everyday life.

Both Governments are facing pressure to come up with a solution to not only the rising costs of homes but also to deal with the lack of available housing.

Both parties are making housing affordability a priority.

The government is promising a Super Home Buyer Scheme if re-elected, which will allow first-home buyers to tap into their superannuation to purchase a property.

Some say this will only fuel further inflation and cause more economic turmoil for Australians in the future.

Labor has unveiled plans to subsidise up to 40 percent of a new home and up to 30 percent of an existing home, under their ‘Help to Buy Scheme’.

When it comes to national security, there are no real major policy differences between the two major parties.

Many have raised concerns that Morrison has been politicising the issue, by accusing Albanese of being the “Chinese government’s pick at this election”.

“We’ve got low unemployment, we’ve got stagflation… Some things we haven’t seen since the 1970’s”

A federal integrity commission has also been a hot topic, with both the Coalition Government and Labor proposing two different models.

The Coalition’s Commonwealth Integrity Commission proposal was first released in 2021 and met with widespread criticism.

Meanwhile, Labor has proposed its own National Anti-Corruption Commission by the end of 2022, which the party says will have “teeth”.

Ticker News spoke with Political Analyst Anne Tiernan for a full analysis of the fight for the top job.

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Should a non-strike rule apply to UK emergency staff?

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Thousands of UK emergency workers are preparing to walk off the job, just days before Christmas

Thousands of UK Ambulance workers are preparing to go on strike, just days before Christmas, on December 21.

All over a pay dispute, 25,000 emergency staff are expected to walk off the job.

Hospital bosses are warning the strikes will put lives at risk and make wait times significantly longer.

“Our priority is to ensure emergency services continue to operate for those who need it.

People should continue to use NHS 111 online for urgent healthcare advice and call 999 if it is a life-threatening emergency.”

STEVE BARCLAY, Health Secretary
FILE PHOTO: Downing Street Chief of Staff Steve Barclay arrives at 10 Downing Street, in London, Britain May 25, 2022. REUTERS/Toby Melville

UK PM Rishi Sunak was pressed about the potentially fatal outcome, but Downing Street says it’s important not to ‘speculate.’

“Our focus now is on mitigating any potential detrimental impact these strikes could have.”

UK Prime minister’s office

Speaking on behalf of the workers, the health Union says the Government needs to start “genuine conversations about pay.”

“The Government will only have itself to blame if there are strikes in the NHS before Christmas.
“Ambulance staff don’t want to inconvenience anyone but ministers are refusing to do the one thing that could prevent disruption — start genuine talks about pay.”

Sara Gorton, head of health at Unison
UNISON’s Sara Gorton. Unison Centre, London, UK.

“Patients’ lives are already at risk but this government is sitting on the sidelines.
“Fail to act now to avert these strikes and the blame will rest firmly at the Government’s door.”

SHAron graham, Unite general secretary

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Bella Hadid named Model of the Year 2022

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At The Fashion Awards 2022, American Bella Hadid has been crowned Model of the Year

At The Fashion Awards 2022, American Bella Hadid has been crowned Model of the Year.

In London, the 26-year-old was named winner of the prestigious award.

A title that runs in the family, with her sister Gigi claiming the win in 2016.

Unable to attend in person, Hadid sent a pre-recorded video message, with a special thanks to her refugee father and immigrant mother.

“Being the daughter of a refugee father from Palestine, and an immigrant mother from Holland, there’s a sort of work ethic that runs in our blood…

It’s not to be the best. It’s not to be better than others. It’s just to be able to succeed because our ancestors have never had an opportunity like this in their lifetime. This is for the Palestinian children. This is for the Dutch children. This is for any child, immigrant or refugee.”

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BALANCE OF POWER: Georgia Senate Runoff

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The Senate is currently split 50-50, with Democrats controlling the chamber due to Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote

It is decision day in Georgia where for the second time in a month, voters are heading back to the polls to select who they want to represent them in the divided U.S. Senate.

Voters in the Peach State are choosing between Republican challenger Herschel Walker and incumbent Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock.

This race in particular will have broad implications for the rest of the country—as this matchup will determine whether Democrats increase their power in the Senate or if Republicans can hang on to their 50 seats.

On Tuesday—the final day of the election—both candidates made their final pitches.

In summing up the fight, Walker said, “A vote for my opponent is a vote for Joe Biden and a vote for Chuck Schumer and he’s showing you that. A vote for me is a vote for Georgia values.”

Meanwhile, Warnock expressed confidence but warned supports against being complacent.

“I worry that we will see this massive early voter turnout, and some will decide, ‘we don’t need your voice’ and we do. There is still a path for Herschel Walker to win this race,” Warnock said.

Election officials are expecting record turnout with more than one-million votes already cast in early voting. Polls will close this evening a 7pm and official results are expected late Tuesday evening.

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