Live: NSW Now: Embattled MP Andrew Constance ontdaan van de hoge parlementaire rolmei 9, 2020
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Constance loses senior parliamentary role
The NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has been dumped as the Government’s Leader of the House.
Attorney-General Mark Speakman will take on the role, which oversees the legislative program and parliamentary tactics in the Lower House.
A Government source said Mr Constance had been replaced because he had “so much on his plate”.
This week, Mr Constance announced he would leave state politics to contest the Eden-Monaro by-election, but pulled out less than 24 hours later, blaming a smear from Deputy Premier John Barilaro.
The source also told the ABC that all ministers “have been put on notice that once the worst of the pandemic is over” there will be a major Cabinet reshuffle.
Millions defrauded from school
A man has been charged after allegedly defrauding a school of more than $7.4 million in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
The 57-year-old man allegedly redirected 402 transactions to his personal bank account during his employment at Moriah College in Queens Park.
Police alleged the man’s fraudulent activity at the school began in 2004 and went on for 12 years.
He was arrested yesterday following a joint investigation between NSW Police and the Australian Tax Office and will appear in court today.
Newmarch testing reduced
A daily testing regime of staff at Newmarch House has been reduced to every second day, despite the aged care home scrambling to manage a cluster of coronavirus.
A total of 16 residents at the facility have died after being infected with COVID-19, and earlier this week three more workers tested positive.
Operator Anglicare appointed an external adviser to help contain the outbreak, which has seen nearly 70 infections among elderly residents and staff.
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Bus driver spat on
Police are appealing for public assistance after a woman allegedly spat on a bus driver in Sydney’s CBD on Wednesday.
Police say the woman boarded a bus on Eddy Avenue in Haymarket while carrying a dog about 5:00pm.
The bus driver advised her that dogs were not permitted on board the bus and asked her to leave.
After first refusing to leave the bus and sitting on a rear seat, the woman allegedly stood up and spat on the bus driver before disembarking.
Online drug supply sting
A 28-year-old Sydney man has had eight additional charges laid against him after 52 kilograms of prohibited drugs worth $2.5 million were seized.
The man remained before the courts, along with two others alleged to have been involved in the operation.
NSW Police said they intercepted parcels last September and identified substances which included 22kg of steroids and 4.6kg of MDMA.
The 28-year-old man was refused bail and will appear before the courts today to face the large drug charges, including two pertaining to amounts greater than a commercial quantity.