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Russell Crowe to build northern NSW film studio

It looks like the NSW north coast could soon become home to some of the biggest film stars, with legendary actor Russell Crowe pledging to build a massive movie production studio in the humble region.

It’s understood the studio will be built in Coffs Harbour at the Pacific Bay Resort, which would allow actors to reside with their families whilst filming is underway.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the NSW Government is expected to officially confirm the exciting news on Wednesday morning.

The announcement is expected to be made at the resort by Deputy Premier and minister for regional NSW John Barilaro and Crowe himself.

The Oscar-winning actor has long called the north coast home with a property at nearby Nana Glen.

Speculation now surrounds whether or not Crowe’s new psychological thriller film Poker Face will be shot at the Coffs Harbour studio.

All will be revealed later this morning.

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Shock data reveals 38% of Aussies will quit their jobs this year

Surprising new data has revealed 38% of Australians plan to quit their jobs and look for a new one within the next 12 months.

According to the findings from recruitment company Hays, another 39% of the more than 3,800 employees surveyed said they are open to new opportunities.

The revelation was due to a number of reasons, with a “lack of promotional opportunities” topping the list.

An “uncompetitive salary” came in as the second reason people wanted to leave their jobs for something new, while other factors included a “poor management style or workplace culture”.

A lack of new challenges, concerns about job security and poor training and development were also among the reasons listed.

“Financial year end, like New Year, is also a seasonal peak time of the year for people to review whether they should stay or change jobs,” Nick Deligiannis, Managing Director of Hays in Australia & New Zealand said.

“For employers, this movement of people will add to their staff retention challenges, which are already heightened in response to a gap in salary increase expectations between organisations and their employees”.

Interestingly, the survey also found that only 46% of those interviewed were satisfied with their current job, while 55% were satisfied with their manager.

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Parts of Gold Coast wake to early morning blackout

More than 1500 homes and businesses are without power across the Gold Coast this morning.

The most affected suburb appears to be Surfers Paradise, with more than 757 homes waking to darkness.

More than 604 properties in Broadbeach Waters are also without power.

While around 200 homes in Bundall are blacked out.

Energex says crews are currently on scene working to fix the issue as soon as possible.

It’s not yet known what has caused the outage.

Morrison lands Singapore deal ahead of G7

Scott Morrison has got off to a flying start on a three-nation tour by reaching a deal with Singapore to work on the conditions for a travel bubble.

Mr Morrison made a brief visit to Singapore on Thursday for talks with his counterpart Lee Hsien Loong.

It was the first stop on his way to Cornwall for the G7 leaders’ summit, as well as trade and security talks in London and Paris.

Over the past week Singapore has recorded an average of just four local COVID-19 cases a day, with its vaccine rollout well under way, restrictions easing and rapid test kits about to go on sale to the public in pharmacies.

Mr Morrison said systems will be put in place to enable the two countries to open up in a similar way to the Australia-New Zealand bubble “when we are both in a position to do so”.

“There is nothing impeding us – as we discussed today – from getting on with the job of putting systems in place that will enable such a bubble to emerge between Singapore and Australia,” he said.

Students would get priority when the bubble was established.

Mr Lee said at the joint media conference the world was now moving into the “next phase of the fight”, in relation to the pandemic.

The “safe and calibrated” air travel bubble would start with mutual recognition of vaccine certificates, he said.

“When ready then we can start small with an air travel bubble to build confidence on both sides,” he said.

The two leaders signed a memorandum of understanding on health care and health technology and agreed to start talks on a “fintech bridge” which would make it easier to cooperate on financial technology.

As well, a “green economy” agreement will be negotiated, alongside greater collaboration on hydrogen and other low-emissions fuels.

Beyond the pandemic, Mr Morrison and Mr Lee discussed regional security, which will also be the focus of talks in Cornwall, London and Paris.

At the G7, Mr Morrison will attend three sessions – on health, the economy and climate – and meet with US President Joe Biden, Japanese leader Yoshihide Suga and Korea’s Moon Jae-in.

After the summit he’ll meet with British PM Boris Johnson in London and hold talks in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron.

“There has never been a more important time for Australia to be at the table with the world’s largest liberal democracies and advanced economies,” Mr Morrison said in a statement.

“The global pandemic and the recession it has caused means like-minded countries and businesses need to work together to lead the global recovery to restore lives and livelihoods.

“There is a lot at stake for Australia, the region and the world.”

While Mr Morrison is not expected to make any new commitments on climate, Australia is facing calls to support a so-called “carbon border adjustment mechanism” – a levy on the carbon content of emissions-intensive imports.

However, the prime minister considers any form of “carbon tariff” to be against Australia’s national interest.

Mr Morrison said while tackling climate change would be a key issue, other focus areas would be preparedness for future pandemics, business-led growth, free and fair trade and the international rules-based order.

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Maroons decimated by the Blues in State of Origin thumping

More than 28,000 fans who packed into Queensland’s Country Bank stadium have been left devastated after the Maroons copped an absolute thumping at the hands of the Blues.

NSW ran in eight tries, with a hat-trick from star centre Tom Trbojevic the icing on the cake for the Blues, who went on to annihilate Queensland 50 points to just six in Townsville.

It’s New South Wales biggest winning margin in State of Origin history and now leaves the Maroons with just 18 days to try and find their form before facing another home crowd at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium for Game Two on June 27.

Speaking following the clash, Queensland Captain Daly Cherry-Evans admitted just how dangerous man-of-the-match Trbojevic is.

“He’s one of those players that he’s just continually going to put himself in the picture,” Cherry-Evans said.

“I don’t think we realised how much he was going to be in the picture tonight but now we understand I know we will be far better prepared.

“You can limit it, and we didn’t even limit it tonight it was just a free for all.”

The emotional skipper said it’s clear his side has a lot to work on over the next two weeks.

“Obviously to rock up and play like we did tonight, we’ve got a few things wrong,” he said.

“Not just the execution tonight but probably in the way we prepared, so we’ve got a bit of time to think about it and the right people to fix it.

“We can turn the tide but they have a lot of momentum in their corner so we have a lot of work to do.”

If there is one positive for Queensland to take into Game Two, it’s that the Blues have lost their last couple of clashes at Suncorp.

“We haven’t won at Suncorp for three years now,” NSW Coach Brad Fittler said.

“That’s the challenge. This is over now so the challenge is Suncorp. That’s the goal ahead of us.”