The NSW government has pledged to boost hospital frontline staff including 5000 extra nurses and midwives over the next four years.
The match play round of the World Super 6 Perth is under way and West Australian Min Woo Lee has won to progress to a showdown with Thomas Pieters.
No less than 10 senior players will pull on the green and gold for the first time in Australia's final two FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
The Blues appear to be a different proposition this season and will mount a credible threat to every team in Super Rugby, says Crusaders coach Scott Robertson.
Lionel Messi was one of two from the penalty spot as Barcelona accounted for Real Valladolid in Spain's La Liga while Atletico Madrid won to go second.
Milder weather overnight has helped firefighters to contain bushfires raging in northern NSW, which have destroyed more than 20 homes.
Marnus Schoeman has scored a hat-trick of tries as the Lions overcame the Jaguares 25-16 for their first Super Rugby victory in Buenos Aires.