Labor will launch its campaign in Perth on 1 May. The West Australian says (PW) it will be the first time any party has launched its Federal campaign in the state.
South Australia has a new opposition leader, with David Speirs (not the Insiders host…) replacing former premier Steven Marshall as leader of the Liberals. Former rival/deputy premier Vicki Chapman will quit politics (PW) at the end of May, forcing a by-election in her seat of Bragg.
NSW and Victoria are changing a big COVID rule. Reports this morning say the 7-day isolation requirement for household contacts of people with the virus will be scrapped at the end of this week.
Interest rates need to rise to prevent inflation from running away, according to the latest International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook. The war in Ukraine and the ongoing pandemic hangover will also see slower than expected economic growth.
Australia has fallen from 35th to 52nd on the MIT Green Future Index. The US university report says Australia’s refusal to sign a pledge to end the use of coal puts us down with the "climate laggards".
UK PM Boris Johnson has issued another apology to the Commons for breaching lockdown rules. He said in the moment, he didn’t think he was doing the wrong thing: "That was my mistake, and I apologise for it unreservedly."
If you’re wondering what to buy our major party leaders if you run into them at the pub, wonder no more (PW). Morrison will have an Indian Pale Ale from Hairy Man Brewery, and Albanese wants The Albo from Willie the Boatman Brewery.