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Sydney News: ‘Proactive NSW policing’ in place after two women were shot and killed

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

‘Proactive police’ in place after double homicide

Detectives say ‘pro-active policing’ is on the way to prevent retaliatory attacks after a double murder in south-west Sydney.

Two women, aged 48 and 39, were killed when their car was sprayed with bullets in Revesby on Saturday night.

Yesterday Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said the case had been allocated significant resources, including officers from the gang squad, Strike Force Raptor.

“And it’s always a concern: what are the repercussions of all this? But we’re going to do our best to try [to] remove that,” he said.

Police say the elderly woman was known to them and believe she was targeted because of her “past relationships with other known identities”.

A 16-year-old girl and a 20-year-old man, who were also in the car during the attack, were uninjured and are cooperating with police.

Detectives are working to determine if several burnt-out cars found nearby are related and are asking anyone with information to come forward.

NSW Labor leader failed to investigate bullying allegations

The Leader of the Opposition says Labor has an independent complaints system.(Facebook: Chris Minns)

Opposition Leader Chris Minns did not investigate allegations of workplace bullying by his first MP, Walt Secord, saying it was in line with Labor Party complaints policy.

Mr Secord “unreservedly apologized” for his conduct on Friday and said he may have been “too blunt and overly direct”, after an ABC investigation found several of his current colleagues and elders alleged that he engaged in bullying behavior.

The Leader of the Opposition says Labor has an independent complaints system.

“It is essential that the process remains independent and, therefore, above the competence of any parliamentary or party official,” Minns said.

“Any grievance pursued outside of this risks supplanting the independent process and the purposes for which it was designed: to protect complainants and to handle their complaints with care, respect and without prejudice.”

The allegations against Mr Secord coincided with the publication of the Broderick Review, which found bullying is systemic in the New South Wales parliament.

Barilaro’s internal review on appointment due today

John Barilaro waves his hand
John Barilaro was to resume the investigation on Friday but was unable to due to illness. (AAP: Bianca De Marchi)

An internal review of John Barilaro’s controversial appointment to a lucrative New York trading post is set to be released today.

The review – by NSW Civil Service Commissioner Graeme Head – was announced by Prime Minister Dominic Perrottet in late June and is separate from the parliamentary inquiry into the appointment.

Head’s review has already led to the resignation of Stuart Ayres from the cabinet and as leader of the NSW Liberal Party after he ‘raised concerns’ about his conduct around Mr Barilaro’s appointment .

Ask for more visas for Afghans

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Today marks the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul to the Taliban.(Reuters: Ali Khara)

A Sydney human rights lawyer is calling on the federal government to provide 20,000 emergency humanitarian visas to people stranded in Afghanistan.

Today marks a year since the capital, Kabul, fell to the Taliban.

During this period, dozens of civilians have been killed or injured, women’s rights have been curtailed and food insecurity has increased, according to a recent report by Amnesty International.

Arif Hussein, from the Refugee Advice and Assistance Service, said increased protections should be prioritized.

“To allow people, refugees from Afghanistan currently in Australia living on temporary visas to stay here permanently and allow family reunification visas to be processed more quickly,” he said.

City2Surf a boost for businesses

people dressed in costumes taking part in a race
Around 60,000 people took part in this year’s City2Surf, which returned to the streets of Sydney after a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.(ABC News: Helena Burke)

The mayor of Waverley in Sydney’s east hopes this year’s City2Surf will have boosted the local economy.

About 60,000 people took part in the fun 14-kilometer race, which has been running virtually for two years.

People came from all over Australia to take part in the event.

Mayor Paula Masselos said businesses in Bondi are rebounding.

“The cafes, the shops were packed. It was really fabulous to see the atmosphere there,” she said.

“It was happy. It was positive. COVID had a significant impact. City2Surf and other events like this are really important to help the local economy.”