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Emergency service volunteers in New South Wales’ far west are under-resourced and under-supported, leaving large stretches of the region without local road crash rescue services, former volunteers say.

And as state and international borders open up, traffic is expected to increase, which will lead to more crashes, raising fears about the State Emergency Service’s ability to respond in the region.

Graeme McCrabb, a Menindee local and former SES volunteer, said it had been a “downward spiral for five years”.

“We’ve been scraping through by the skin of our teeth and at some point that’s not going to be the case,” McCrabb said.

Minutes from a Central West & Far West Combined Region Rescue Committee meeting in March reveal widespread problems in local SES units. Many units, including Walgett, Lightning Ridge and Ivanhoe were listed as offline, while others, including Menindee, Nyngan and Cobar, were operating at reduced capacity.

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Scott Morrison will meet with state premiers and territory chief ministers this afternoon for the first national cabinet meeting in more than a month.

We’re told the agenda includes an update on international border arrangements and an update on testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine protocols.

There will also be an update on vaccination booster shots.

Still in the update category: leaders will hear the latest on a few other elements of the Covid response including on the Halton Review, the Doherty Institute work, and health system capacity.

Leaders will discuss Indigenous vaccination programs and community Covid readiness. They will also consider the AHPPC recommendation of mandatory vaccination for disability and homecare workers by the end of the year.

The meeting is expected to begin at 2pm AEDT.

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Top End town plunged into lockdown after mystery Covid case

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The Coalition’s voter ID bill could be challenged in court as a disproportionate measure that excludes people from voting, constitutional law expert Prof Anne Twomey has warned.

The Morrison government insists nobody would be completely prevented from voting but Twomey argues the proposed legislation could still be struck down for the “imposition of additional administrative burdens that make it more difficult to vote or discourage people from voting”.

In addition to concerns about the bill’s impact on groups including Indigenous Australians and people experiencing homelessness, Labor is warning the bill “is a recipe for disaster on polling day” because it could add to queues and be inconsistently applied.

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Hopes that enough of the Great Barrier Reef could escape global heating long enough for it to recover have been challenged by research finding less than 2% of its coral reefs have escaped bleaching since 1998.

The world’s largest coral reef system has suffered five mass bleaching events in that time – caused by rising ocean temperatures driven by the burning of fossil fuel – which have undermined its survival. The most recent event was the most widespread yet.

In a study released on Friday, James Cook University’s Prof Terry Hughes and colleagues studied the locations of bleaching events and found only 1.7% of individual reefs had avoided bleaching. Almost all of the places that escaped damage were in an area known as Swain reefs in the southern section of the world heritage listed marine park.

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Vaccines and hospitals on national cabinet agenda

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