Here’s what you need to know this morning.
SUV driver released without charge
The driver of a car that slammed into a Western Sydney women’s fashion store, injuring 14, has been released from police custody without charge.
NSW Police said it was still too early to tell whether the driver suffered a medical episode before his Mitsubishi SUV crashed into a hijab store in Greenacre.
The 51-year-old was questioned by detectives at Bankstown Police Station after undergoing mandatory drug and alcohol testing, but was allowed to return home last night.
Investigators didn’t rule out the possibility of charges being laid and appealed for witnesses to come forward.
MP pay rises to be rejected
The NSW Government will reject any increase to the salary of MPs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Government whip Adam Crouch wrote to the Parliamentary Remuneration Tribunal saying if an increase of salary was recommended the NSW Government would reject it.
“Of the 4.1 million people employed in NSW, 90 per cent are employed in the private sector and many of these are facing the prospect of massive pay cuts and job losses,” Mr Crouch wrote.
Mr Crouch said the NSW Government couldn’t support a pay rise for MPs “in these circumstances”.
Homeschooling drives parents to drink, study finds
A new study has found more than one in four parents have increased their alcohol intake during the coronavirus pandemic, especially those with school-age children.
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation surveyed 1,000 parents across Australia during the lockdown period in every state and territory.
Chief executive officer Erin Lalor said parents who had primary school-aged children and were working full time from home were the worst affected.
“About a third of parents had increased their alcohol consumption but parents with children aged nine to 12 had increased their drinking the most,” she said.
Bushfire inquiry deadline looms
The NSW Independent Bushfire Inquiry has received 1,500 submissions and is appealing for more people in bushfire affected areas to have their say before tonight’s deadline.
The inquiry has held meetings in 14 regional centres across the state as it examines the causes of, preparation for and response to the fires that killed 25 people.
Bushfire-affected residents have recounted fearing for their lives, problems with telecommunications and a lack of local knowledge about the fires.
The inquiry is set down for six months and is due to report to the Premier on July 31.