Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Galleries, museums stand to lose millions
Multi-million-dollar funding cuts for some of the state’s cultural institutions, including the Art Gallery of NSW, the Australian Museum and the Opera House, have been flagged by the NSW Treasury.
The proposed budget cuts were contained in documents tabled in Parliament.
The Australian Museum is facing a loss of $13 million annually, the Art Gallery’s budget would be reduced by $9 million, and the State Library, Historical Houses Trust and State Archives are also in the firing line.
The Opposition’s arts spokesman, Walt Secord, said it did not make sense.
“This will devastate and paralyse arts organisations across the state. These are significant and savage cuts,” he said.
Arts Minister Don Harwin has been approached for comment.
Fatal house fire
A man died in a house fire in Sydney’s south-west this morning.
Emergency services were called to River Avenue in Carramar about 7:15am and found a person outside the single-level villa suffering from smoke inhalation.
A man in his 40s was removed from inside the building and paramedics performed CPR, however, he could not be revived.
The fire has been extinguished and once the site is declared safe, fire investigators will begin their examination of the scene.
Labor announces Upper Hunter candidate
NSW Labor has endorsed local coal miner Jeff Drayton as their candidate to contest the Upper Hunter by-election next month.
The by-election comes after Nationals MP Michael Johnsen was forced to resign after he was accused of raping a sex worker and inviting her to Parliament House for sex.
Mr Drayton, who is a district vice-president for the CFMEU, said he was putting his name forward as he was “sick of the Upper Hunter being forgotten” by the Nationals.
“Whether it’s people having a go at coalminers who are the backbone of our community, our manufacturing jobs and industries being shipped overseas, or our local TAFE campuses being sold off — we just don’t get a fair go here. We feel like we’ve been taken for granted,” he said.
The Islamic holy month of Ramadan where many Muslims fast from dawn to dusk officially began last night.
After spending the previous Ramadan in isolation due to coronavirus restrictions, Muslims are excited to return to prayer services across Sydney.
The month is a time of increased self-reflection, gratitude and generosity and sees families and friends gather each night for an ‘Itfar’ where they break their fast.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a statement sending warm greetings to Australians marking Ramadan.
“In keeping and sharing this tradition, you enrich our wider Australian community as well,” he said.
Police officer hit by car in Neutral Bay
Two men have been charged after a police officer was hit by a car in a suburban car park during a drug bust on Sydney’s north shore.
Around 4:20pm yesterday an officer was hit by a car while attempting to arrest a 24-year-old man in Neutral Bay.
The detective fired shots at the car after being hit, causing the 25-year-old driver to crash into a bollard.
The driver of the car and the 24-year-old were arrested and have been refused bail.
The detective suffered minor injuries to his legs, elbows and wrists.
Menulog drivers’ work conditions change
Food delivery giant Menulog has announced it will run a trial in Sydney’s CBD to employ riders directly, giving them a minimum wage and other entitlements such as superannuation and sick pay.
It comes on the back of a campaign by unions to highlight the poor pay and poor conditions in the industry, which they say have contributed to a recent spate of rider deaths.
An upper house inquiry has heard claims that Uber Eats is paying riders below the minimum wage.
Menulog’s decision has been welcomed by ACTU secretary Sally McManus, who said Australia currently lagged behind other countries in terms of delivery workers’ rights.
“So called gig economy corporations have benefited from unfair competition, undercutting and undermining not just workers’ rights but local businesses that do the right thing. This has to stop.”
Pedestrian in critical condition
A driver has been charged after he allegedly hit a 57-year-old pedestrian at Yagoona early on Monday morning.
The pedestrian was treated by paramedics on the Hume Highway and taken to Liverpool Hospital where he remains in a critical condition.
A 56-year-old Cabramatta man driving a Toyota Yaris hatchback was arrested at Fairfield Police station on Tuesday,
The man faces a number of charges including dangerous driving occasioning grievous body harm.
He was granted conditional bail and is expected to appear in Bankstown local Court on Thursday April 29.
Quantum computing breakthrough
Sydney university student Pablo Bonilla, 21, had his first academic paper published overnight and it might just change the shape of computing forever.
As a second-year physics student at the University of Sydney, Mr Bonilla was given some coding exercises as extra homework and what he returned with has helped to solve one of the most common problems in quantum computing.
His code spiked the interest of researchers at Yale and Duke in the United States and the multi-billion-dollar tech giant Amazon plans to use it in the quantum computer it is trying to build.
“It’s very exciting because quantum computing is very much in its infancy but there are so many talented people around the world working on this,” Mr Bonilla said.
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