Afghan women barred from boarding flights without a male relative.
The Taliban have begun ordering airlines throughout Afghanistan to stop Afghan women from boarding flights without a male relative or male escort.
Ariana Afghan Airlines and Kam Air have been ordered by the Taliban not to board women travelling alone.
The news comes as just last week, girls' secondary schools were shut down by the Taliban. The UN Security Council has expressed deep concern over this decision to deny girls access to high school education.
“The members of the Security Council reaffirmed the right to education for all Afghans, including girls,” a statement from the United Nations read.
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The real fallout for Will Smith.
It’s our Oscars special, so let's start by talking about the fact that three women hosted the show for the very first time, and we’ve got a pretty strong opinion on how they went.
And the 2022 Academy Awards turned out to be a historic night for women in general, from acceptance speeches to a heartwarming moment with a Hollywood icon, let's go through the feel-good moments from the night.
Plus, there’s been some real fallout for Will Smith after he slapped Chris Rock doing the broadcast. We now know what went down during the ceremony, what took place at the after-parties, and what the consequences for Will Smith will be following his public apology today. But there's another side of this story that still requires an explanation.
You can listen to The Spill right here!
NSW residents evacuate from floods again, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Morning everyone and happy budget day!
After weeks of chatter, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will deliver the 2022 Federal Budget tonight.
This year's budget, which comes ahead of the May election, is set to focus on the rising cost of living, with lots of talk around cheaper petrol and support for struggling first home buyers.
We'll be sure to bring you all the biggest news to come out of it tonight.
But first, let's get you across the biggest news stories you need to know this morning.
1. NSW residents ordered to evacuate as floods hit again.
Residents in parts of north and south Lismore and low-lying parts of Kyogle in northern NSW are evacuating from their homes as life-threatening flooding hits the region again.
Emergency services issued several new evacuation orders early this morning and late Monday, with moderate to major flood warnings issued for local river systems.
Residents in low-lying parts of the Northern Rivers town of Billinudgel as well as parts of Mullumbimby and Tumbulgum were warned early this morning that they need to leave.
Lismore mayor Steve Krieg said on Tuesday morning that residents were suffering from flood fatigue.
"Obviously everybody is exhausted. We've had a month of clean-up," Krieg told the ABC.
Heavy rains are forecast for northern NSW this week with high water levels possible in the flood-wrecked regional centre of Lismore.
Across the border, an emergency alert has been issued for residents in the Queensland town of Dalby as the state's southeast faces more intense rain and flooding.
One man has already died in floodwaters, and authorities have a close eye on the town 200 kilometres west of Brisbane, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.
2. Paedophile children’s nurse jailed for three years.
A Perth children’s nurse has been jailed for more than three years on child exploitation and indecent dealing charges.
Peter James De Moulipied plead guilty to 14 charges, and was on Monday sentenced to three years and five months jail time.
The ABC reports he was caught masturbating while children walked past his home on five separate occasions and used an illegal website to chat with children online and request sex acts on camera.
De Moulipied worked most recently as a children’s nurse in the operating theatres at Perth Children’s Hospital, and had worked for the Child and Adolescent Health Service since graduating in 2008.
He lived opposite a highschool, with police alerted to his behaviour after children caught him in the window of his home.
If you are concerned about the welfare of a child you can get advice from the Child Abuse
Protection Hotline by calling 1800 688 009, or visiting this website. You can also call the 24-hour Child Abuse Report Line (131 478).
3. New home buyers get deposit assistance in budget.
The government announced up to 50,000 places will be available each year under its home guarantee scheme, ahead of tonight's federal budget.
The scheme, which is expected to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of Aussies, allows budding first home buyers to enter the market with a much smaller deposit requirement.
Finance Minister Simon Birmingham said the government's retirement income review found the most important thing for people's safety and security in retirement is home ownership
"So helping people to get into home ownership as soon as possible is one of the best things any government can do to provide economic security right throughout their life into retirement years," he told reporters in Canberra.
Cheaper petrol, cash handouts, more support for struggling first home buyers and billions of dollars for infrastructure projects.— 9News Australia (@9NewsAUS) March 28, 2022
Tomorrow's budget is aimed at easing cost of living pain for families AND getting the Morrison Government re-elected. @CUhlmann #9News pic.twitter.com/QMQg2WRY1m
From July 1 there will be 35,000 places under the First Home Guarantee available each year - up from a current 10,000 - for eligible first home buyers to purchase a new or existing home with a deposit as low as five per cent.
From October 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025 there will be 10,000 places each year under the Regional Home Guarantee to support eligible homebuyers, including non-first home buyers and permanent residents, to purchase or construct a new home in regional areas.
There are also 5000 places from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2025 to expand the Family Home Guarantee that is specifically targeted at single parent families to allow them to enter or re-enter the housing market with a deposit as little at two per cent.
4. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews tests positive for COVID-19.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has tested positive to COVID-19 and will spend the next seven days isolating with his family.
The premier released a statement on Monday saying he returned a positive rapid antigen test after experiencing "mild symptoms", including a sore throat and temperature.
"So far, Cath and the kids have tested negative. As they are close contacts, they will also isolate for the next seven days," he said.
I woke up today with some symptoms and did a RAT before heading to the office. It was positive.— Dan Andrews (@DanielAndrewsMP) March 28, 2022
Cath and the kids are negative, but as close contacts will isolate with me for seven days. pic.twitter.com/V2d3RUjvOE
On Thursday, Andrews and his family attended the premier of the musical Hamilton at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne.
The positive result will see Deputy Premier James Merlino step in as Acting Premier until at least next Monday and Andrews miss tomorrow's memorial service for Shane Warne.
5. Chris Rock not pressing charges for Oscars slap.
Comedian Chris Rock has declined to press charges against Will Smith after yesterday's infamous Oscars slap.
Smith slapped Rock after the presenter made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith appearing in the film "GI Jane 2" – seemingly referencing her shaved head.
VIA JAPANESE TELEVISION: The uncensored exchange between Will Smith and Chris Rock pic.twitter.com/j0Z184ZyXa— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) March 28, 2022
"LAPD investigative entities are aware of an incident between two individuals during the Academy Awards program," the department said in a statement, according to NBC.
"The incident involved one individual slapping another," the statement continued.
"The individual involved has declined to file a police report. If the involved party desires a police report at a later date, LAPD will be available to complete an investigative report."
Following the incident, the Academy did not say whether Smith would be invited back for future shows, but said on Twitter, "The Academy does not condone violence of any form."
The Academy does not condone violence of any form.— The Academy (@TheAcademy) March 28, 2022
Tonight we are delighted to celebrate our 94th Academy Awards winners, who deserve this moment of recognition from their peers and movie lovers around the world.
And that's it, you're all up to speed. We'll be back to bring you more of the biggest news stories throughout the day.
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Yes, watching the news is feeding your anxiety.
It's hard to ignore the news, especially when so many bad things are happening across the world all at once. Between the pandemic, floods and Ukraine conflict, it's been a lot to deal with recently.
So if you want to stay informed and be able to talk about the news with your family, but also avoid feeling increasingly distressed by the headlines, what can you do to protect your mental health?
The Quicky speaks to an expert in journalism, and a specialist in psychology to find out how we and our family members can remain alert and informed, but not alarmed.
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