Morning Mail: credit rating fears for NSW after GST hit; Bendigo doctor’s supervision order suspended; Ukraine welcomes US aid

<span>The NSW treasurer Daniel Mookhey warns the state will “almost certainly’ lose its top-notch AAA credit rating.</span><span>Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP</span>
The NSW treasurer Daniel Mookhey warns the state will “almost certainly’ lose its top-notch AAA credit rating.Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Good morning. A Victorian doctor who allegedly made racist and homophobic comments to patients has had restrictions imposed by the medical regulator paused, due to their “significant financial imposition” on one of the last bulk-billing clinics in his region.

Meanwhile, NSW stands to lose its top-notch debt rating after a GST carve-up, and Ukraine’s leader welcomes a long-delayed US aid package.



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How ‘childcare deserts’ are holding Australia back

More than 9 million Australians live in areas with limited or no childcare services, and the problem is only exacerbated in regional and remote areas – forcing many mothers to take a break from their careers. Guardian Australia columnist Gabrielle Chan tells Nour Haydar about her experience as a working mother in a regional area – and about whose responsibility it is to give towns the childcare services they need.


Stanley Kubrick, the relentless perfectionist who directed some of cinema’s greatest classics – including Spartacus and 2001: A Space Odysseywas so sensitive to criticism that, in 1970, he threatened legal action to block publication of a book which dared to discuss flaws in his films. Now, 25 years after his death, the book Kubrick did not want anyone to read is being published.

The Magic Eye: The Cinema of Stanley Kubrick by Neil Hornick, 84, was commissioned more than 50 years ago, with Kubrick and the publisher agreeing that the director could check it for factual errors. “I didn’t expect the whole book to be rejected,” Hornick said.

Not the news. But is it art?

A gum tree in the outback festooned with bras. Another, up the road, with branches covered in old shoes. Whether the decor is thongs or hats, mugs or teddy bears – why do Australians so love hanging things in trees?

“They seem to me like Banksy or the Big Banana, someone trying to express something artistically,” says John Malouff, an associate professor from the University of New England’s school of psychology.

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The Australian says its latest Newspoll shows that a majority of voters back Anthony Albanese’s Future Made in Australia policy, but his approval ratings remain stuck in negative territory. The police officer who heroically confronted and killed the Bondi knife attacker comforted mourners at a vigil for the six people murdered, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The Courier Mail mapped more than 20 makeshift campsites as the homelessness crisis grips south-east Queensland. Here’s a lovely story in the Mercury about a new soccer club spreading the joy of the game.

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