Good morning. It’s Tuesday, July 5, and here’s an overview of the latest news.

Disaster Recovery Payment for Flood Affected Communities

Joint has been announced for 23 local government areas in Sydney and parts of NSW.
Heavy rainfall has evacuated thousands of people in flood-affected communities.

With significant rainfall in many watersheds in the past three days, some areas are expected to approach or exceed flood levels from the recent events of March 2021 and March and April this year.

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Dozens of evacuation orders and warnings have been issued, mainly northwest of Sydney, where major flooding is occurring along the Hawkesbury and Nepean rivers at Menangle, North Richmond, Lower Portland and Windsor.
Residents in parts of Chipping Norton in south-west Sydney were ordered to evacuate before midnight, with flood warnings for the Georges and Woronora rivers.
For information on evacuation orders, road closures and weather warnings, please visit: or call 132 500 or 000 in an emergency.

Reserve Bank expected to raise cash interest

The Reserve Bank (RBA) is meeting today to discuss interest rates and is expected to raise the official spot rate by 50 basis points to 1.35 percent.
If that happens, according to RateCity, the monthly mortgage payment will increase by about $137 on a $500,000 loan with a 25-year term.

Diana Mousina, a senior economist at AMP Capital, told australiabusinessblog News that the reason the RBA is aggressive in raising rates is because of concerns that the inflation environment could spiral out of control.

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“We believe that at its July meeting, the RBA will raise interest rates by 50 basis points, following the 50 basis points we saw in June,” Ms Mousina said.

“The reason the RBA is quite aggressive in raising rates is because it fears that the inflation environment could spiral out of control. And we could see inflation rise to a much higher rate than what the RBA itself is forecasting.”

July Fourth Parade Shooting Leaves Six Dead

At least six people have been killed after a gunman fired shots during an Independence Day parade in the Highland Park suburb of Chicago.

Witnesses reported chaotic scenes of bodies covered in blankets lying in the street as people fled the sound of continuous gunfire.

Law enforcement personnel in uniforms standing on the street.

At least six people have been killed after a gunman fired shots during an Independence Day parade in the Highland Park suburb of Chicago. Source: MONKEYName Y. Huh/AP

Police say they are looking for a young white man.

The FBI assists in the manhunt. Officials have confirmed that a rifle has been recovered at the scene.

Retirement home sued for alleged COVID-19 violations

A Melbourne retirement home, where 45 people have died from COVID-19, has been charged by the workplace safety surveillance agency, with some relatives saying its managers should be jailed.
WorkSafe Victoria announced Monday that it has sued St Basil’s Homes for the Aged in Victoria for nine violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

A relative of a resident who died during the outbreak, Maxine Tilakes, told the ABC she welcomes the allegations.

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“I just didn’t think it would come to that. I was just very, very happy and surprised,” she said.
“And it’s such a long time. You know, I know there are a lot of steps and procedures, but I’m glad it’s recognized that something is wrong.”

WorkSafe Victoria alleges that in July 2020, after the home was notified of an employee who tested positive for COVID-19, St. Basil’s did not require employees to wear personal protective equipment, among other violations.

Kyrgios and Tomljanović advance to Wimbledon quarter-finals

Australians Nick Kyrgios and Ajla Tomljanović have qualified for the quarter-finals of Wimbledon, while compatriots Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler were knocked out of the tournament.

It was a big day for Australian tennis, with four players in the last 16 draws for the first time since 1999.

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In the men’s game, Kyrgios defeated American Brandon Nakashima in five sets while suffering from a shoulder injury.
In the women’s draw, Tomljanović qualified for her second consecutive Wimbledon quarter-final, which has not been done by an Australian woman since Jelena Dokic in 1999-2000.

Tomljanović defeated Alizé Cornet in three sets.

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