The Headlines: Liz Truss Quits as Britain’s Prime Minister After Just 44 Days

Australia stands on the precipice of another weekend. However, before you can get to sleeping in, smashing pancakes, and pretending you’re too tired to go to that party, there’s another day of news to get through. So, to help you out, here are this Friday’s biggest headlines:

Liz Truss, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Has Resigned

After replacing Boris Johnson, Liz Truss has also hit the prime ministerial chopping block. She was United Kingdom’s PM for only 44 days before deciding to officially skedaddle. 

“I cannot deliver the mandate on which I was elected by the Conservative party. I have therefore spoken to His Majesty the King to notify him that I am resigning as leader of the Conservative party,” said Truss.

Since becoming prime minister, some major disputes that’ve hurt Truss and Boris’ Conservative Party have continued to be problems. One of her major controversies was having to ditch a major tax cut for the rich that caused a lot of pandemonium in the financial markets.   

“We have agreed there will be a leadership election to be completed in the next week. This will ensure we remain on a path to deliver our fiscal plans and maintain our country’s economic stability and national security,” said Truss. 

“I will remain as prime minister until a successor has been chosen. Thank you.”

Parts of NSW and Victoria Are Still on Flood Alert

Unfortunately, some more rain might be smashing part of NSW and Victoria. To make matters worse, this rain may create some more floods.

“Another low-pressure system is set to form over southern NSW and that will drive further showers and storms into mid-next week,” said a senior meteorologist for the Bureau of Meteorology, Jonathan How

“Thunderstorms have been quite hit and miss, but some locations have seen more than 100mm.”

The Victorian Government also gave an equally foreboding message when discussing its own wet weather situation. This is because the state is expecting up to 30mm of rain in parts of northern Victoria, an area that’s already saturated. 

“We know the threat is not over,” said Victoria’s Emergency Services Minister, Jaclyn Symes.

“There is more rain. The message remains to stay vigilant.”

If you need to stay up-to-date in regards to this situation, go to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Warnings Index and learn what your local State Emergency Service branch is saying.

Author, Thomas Keneally, Donates a Massive $50,000 Worth of Prize Money

In some very wholesome news, the Aussie novelist, Thomas Keneally, has donated $50,000. This money was given to Keneally for winning the ARA Historical Novel Prize with his new book, Corporal Hitler’s Pistol. However, instead of keeping it, he has split this cash between the runners-up. 

”I wanted to look after some of the other writers on the longlist because writing, for young and old, is often a matter of combining pittances to make a living,” said Keneally.

The other books Keneally has written include the likes of Schindler’s Ark, which was later adapted into Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List.

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