Australia news live updates: power shortfall warning as energy crisis escalates; Robert Hughes set for release | Australian politics

Before we jump into the inevitable flow of politicians making the media rounds this morning, I wanted to point to Emma Kemp’s ongoing live blog of Australia’s World Cup qualifier.

Earlier this morning, Australia beat Peru on penalties to make their fifth consecutive World Cup:

You can also read the match report, linked here.

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Good morning, and happy World Cup qualification day! Mostafa Rachwani with you this morning, to take you through the day’s news.

We begin in New South Wales, where energy authorities are on high alert for possible power shortfalls hitting homes and businesses tonight. It comes after queensland only narrowly avoided blackouts last night, after the Australian Energy Market Operator worked to head off a gap projected at one stage to be 1,454 megawatts.

In federal politics, deputy prime minister Richard Marles will be in Tokyo today, maintaining the jet-setting ways of this new government. Marles will be calling for stronger military ties between Japan and Australia, emphasizing the need to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.

Back in NSW, the state government there has unveiled its signature budget policy, which will allow private childcare operators to expand or build new centres, in the hopes of creating an extra 47,000 places across the state.

finally, prime minister Anthony Albanese is considering whether to attend BORN summit in Madrid at the end of the month, and to support the alliance toughening its stance against Russia.

There is still much going on, so let’s dive in.

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