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Flights from the UK to Rwanda suspended, Anthony Albanese’s response in China and Australia’s warning of inflation

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Good morning This is Wednesday, June 15, 2022, and here’s the eyeliner of the latest news.

The flights of asylum seekers from the UK and Rwanda have been suspended

The first flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda as part of Britain’s controversial policies has been canceled, a group on migrant rights said on Tuesday.
“The last ticket has been canceled. NO ONE IS GOING TO RWAND,” Care4Calais tweeted amid last-minute legal decisions that reduced the number of passengers.
The European Court of Human Rights has said it has blocked the removal of one of the seven passengers who were due to leave on Tuesday night.
In a statement, the court said it had given an “urgent interim measure” to prevent the extradition of the Iraqi.

The United Kingdom Court of Appeal in London has ruled that a flight carrying asylum seekers to Rwanda could continue.

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Refugee activists have launched a legal case to try to prevent the British government from sending asylum seekers to Rwanda for consideration.
A full legal review of the controversial policy will be conducted between today and the end of July.
Campaign member James Wilson of Detention Action said he hoped the review would lead to a repeal of the policy.

“We hope that the courts will take a different view at this lengthy hearing in July, because this is a fundamentally illegal policy that claims that asylum is a human right and Rwanda is not a safe country to return people to.” he said.

Inflation could reach seven percent in 2022

The head of the Reserve Bank Philip Lowe says that by the end of the year inflation could reach seven percent.
Mr Lowe added that interest rates could reach two and a half per cent, leading to a significant increase in the cost of living.
He told ABC, despite the challenges, is confident the economy can withstand the pressure.

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“The economy is doing very well and unemployment is at a 50-year low, the largest proportion of the population has jobs than ever before, households have created very large financial buffers, people have amassed very large financial buffers over the past couple of years,” he said. he.

“Over the last couple of years, people have set aside an extra $ 250 billion, that’s a lot of money. And the savings rate is still high. And the number of people lagging behind on mortgages is actually shrinking, not growing. So there’s a lot of resilience in the home sector.”

A decision was made on the minimum wage

Today, the Fair Work Commission is due to adopt an annual minimum wage definition.
The unions say they need to increase by 5.5 percent to outpace the current inflation rate of 5.1 percent.
The Australian Industrial Group has argued that any increase should be limited to 2.5 per cent.

Last year, the country’s minimum wage rose 2.5 percent to $ 772.60 a week or $ 20.33 an hour.

Electricity shortage

Federal Energy Secretary Chris Bowen remains confident that the light will remain on in Queensland and New South Wales, despite concerns about severe electricity shortages.

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The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has been forced to limit prices in an attempt to fight high rates across the country and is ordering companies to continue generating electricity to meet forecast deficits.

Mr Bowen said AEMO’s intervention in the system would continue as long as necessary and the situation was exacerbated due to the fact that coal-fired power plants were offline.

Chris Bowen

Energy Secretary Chris Bowen. Source: SBS News

“AEMO’s work with us, our work with states so far has avoided any deception, and I am confident that they will be able to continue to do so in the event of any unexpected outages,” he said.

Anthony Albanese is in charge of China

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese responded to a congratulatory message from Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang, but would not disclose details of what he said.
Relations between China and Australia have been strained recently, after the previous Morrison government called for an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and China imposed tariffs on Australian wine and barley.

Last weekend, Defense Minister Richard Marles met with his Chinese counterpart in Singapore, the first high-level contact between the two countries in more than two years.

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The Prime Minister of China wrote to Mr. Albanese to congratulate him on winning the election.
The prime minister said the message and his response would remain private.

“There were prime ministers who opened text messages and correspondence, I’m not one of them. I answered accordingly,” he said.

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/morning-briefing-anthony-albaneses-china-response-electricity-shortages-and-reserve-banks-inflation-warning/g5wt8ptp8

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