Live: NSW Now: Bob Hawke esky fetches $5k at auction, ALP boss takes the stand at ICAC
Here’s what you need to know this morning.
Hawke auction fetches thousands
Hundreds of people bid online and in person at last night’s auction of former prime minister Bob Hawke’s belongings, with prices far exceeding expectations.
An esky went for $5,000, a silver bowl from the US former defence secretary Dick Cheney went for $7,500, and two silver meat dishes with four frogs on them fetched $22,000.
Newcastle man Ryan Papworth was at the Paddington RSL for the auction and forked out $10,000 for a painting of Bob Hawke smoking a cigar.
He said he would hang it in his pool room and while he spent more than he planned to, it was something he said he would cherish forever.
Labor figure before ICAC
Kaila Murnain will be quizzed about a ‘bag of cash’ allegedly delivered to ALP headquarters. (Facebook: NSW Labor)
Kaila Murnain’s job as NSW Labor general secretary will be on the line today when she takes the stand at the Independent Commission Against Corruption.
She will be forced to explain what she knew and when, after the inquiry heard yesterday she saw a bag of cash that was brought in by a Chinese billionaire.
The ABC understands while there is still support for Ms Murnain, those who have had a troubled relationship with her in the past were using it as an opportunity to try and oust her.
It could all hinge on her evidence at the inquiry into illegal donations, which allegedly occurred before she took the top job.
Citizen of the year revoked
The City of Newcastle has officially revoked its citizen of the year award and the freeman of the city given to former Anglican dean Graeme Lawrence.
Lawrence was convicted last month of the aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy in 1991.
Newcastle Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes addressed child sex abuse survivors in the public gallery as the council voted unanimously to strip Lawrence of his awards.
“This is a small thing in light of the magnitude of what has happened, and all I can say to that is that on behalf of the citizens we stand with you,” he said.
NSW NAPLAN results
The NAPLAN results show an improvement in writing across the country. (ABC News: Emma Rebellato)
The 2019 preliminary NAPLAN results have been released and NSW students have come out on top compared to most states, with the biggest improvements in writing.
NSW students in Year 3 performed significantly better in writing than last year and other grades stayed largely consistent across reading, writing and numeracy.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) said there was a “pleasing improvement” in writing across the county.
Despite computer glitches and other technological issues that disrupted some testing this year, independent experts said the online and paper testing were comparable and the same assessment scale had been used.
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