Australia news updates live: bus and train drivers strike in NSW, flood warnings for parts of Queensland | Australia news


Good morning, everyone! It’s Matilda Boseley here, back on the blog with you this morning.

I hope you all had a relaxing weekend and are ready for another week of news. At least parliament is over for the year, so I mean, the news can’t be that bad! Right? Right!

First up, if you are in the inner west of Sydney I hope you left plenty of extra time for your bus commute because that’s where the planned widespread strikes across NSW’s public transport sector have begun.

The industrial action was prompted by the ongoing dispute over pay equality and on Tuesday bus drivers in the south-west of Sydney will go on strike too, before the two groups combine to go on strike for two hours during the Friday afternoon peak.

Tomorrow Rail, Tram and Bus Union members won’t be driving foreign-made trains – which run three-quarters of the services on the network. The RTBU has been negotiating a new enterprise bargaining agreement for months, after the old one expired in May.

The union’s NSW secretary Alex Claassens said:

We don’t like it, but we don’t have any other options at this stage … The good news is that the NSW government can put a halt to this by simply delivering on some basic requests.

Sydney Trains chief executive Matt Longland says the strikes are disappointing because there have been “more than 40 meetings” between Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink and the union.

Up north, across the border, authorities have warned Queensland’s flood-hit areas that heavy rain is set to return.

The Bureau of Meteorology warned heavy rain was expected to be back mid-week to the three areas of concern in Queensland – the Dawson River near Theodore, the swollen Macintyre River around Goondiwindi and the Condamine River at the township of Condamine.

BOM meteorologist Shane Kennedy told AAP:

For the areas currently in major flooding the rain will return on Wednesday with widespread rainfall, unlike today where it was very isolated.

The Macintyre River peaked at 10.43 metres at Goondiwindi in the state’s south-west border on Saturday, receding to about 10.10 metres yesterday afternoon. It’s the biggest flood in a decade for the town.

The river is expected to remain above the major flood level through to today.

OK, party people, with that, why don’t we jump right into the day?


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