Live breaking news: Chris Dawson declines to apply for bail; Biggest drop in home prices for 40 years; Nurses and midwives strike across – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Thursday, September 1, 2022. Australian property values have suffered their biggest monthly drop in almost 40 years as the market's downturn accelerates, data released today shows. Thousands of nurses and midwives across New South Wales are today taking their turn to walk off the job for 24 hours, just a day after the Sydney public transport network effectively shut down. And convicted killer Chris Dawson today opted against applying for bail.
Aussie property prices see biggest drop in value in almost 40 years
Nurses walking off job as NSW strike crisis continues
Dawson police say 'still work ahead' as bail bid expected
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Convicted murderer Chris Dawson has already faced "constant threats" during his first hours in jail, a court has heard. Dawson's sentencing date has been set for November 11, and he today opted against applying for bail.
Australian property values have suffered their biggest monthly drop in almost 40 years as the market's downturn accelerates.
The AFL is investigating a video which appears to show Richmond superstar Dustin Martin touching the breasts of a topless woman. The Tigers play Brisbane tonight in the opening match of the finals series.
Sydney's long-running rail industrial dispute looks set to drag on even longer, with union secretary Alex Claassens saying the RTBU will not advise its members to vote for the government's latest offer. Premier Dominic Perrottet previously said he would take the RTBU to the Fair Work Commission if the offer isn't accepted.
And the long-awaited jobs summit began today, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announcing the federal government will fund another 180,000 free TAFE positions.
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David Elliott, the NSW Transport Minister, is expected to speak to the media at 4:15pm as the state's rail dispute drags on.
Elliott and Premier Dominic Perrottet have this week threatened to take the Rail, Tram and Bus Union to the Fair Work Commission if it doesn't accept the latest offer from the government – and RTBU NSW secretary Alex Claassens said earlier today the union wouldn't be advising its members to vote in favour of the offer.
Three teenagers have been arrested after ploughing an allegedly stolen car into a business in Melbourne's outer west.
Police allege the car crashed into Werribee Foot Clinic on Derrimut Road at about 12.10pm.
Two teenage boys were arrested by police nearby and a third teen was arrested a short time later.
Rail union secretary Alex Caassens has accused the NSW government of telling senior rail bureaucrats to stop negotiations with the union, meaning Sydney's long-running train dispute could drag on for a while longer yet.
"This morning, we were faced with the CEOs of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains who told us they had been instructed by the departmental secretary that they were no longer negotiating, they were terminating the negotiation," NSW Rail, Train and Bus Union secretary Claassens said.
He also accused the government of "butchering" the new intercity fleet deed which had been sent to the union last week, which included a commitment from the government to commence work on safety modifications to the new foreign-made trains.
"The deed (sent to the union this morning) doesn't look anything like the one we'd agreed to last week. It's been butchered," Claassens said.
Claassens said the RBTU will advise its members not to vote for the latest government offer, which could see the dispute head to the Fair Work Commission.
Robson has accused the federal government of having an each-way bet when it comes to reducing the isolation period, pointing out that seven days is still required in some settings.
"The government admits that seven-day isolation is required for vulnerable settings, but only five for other settings," he said.
"But they completely there may well be vulnerable workers in workplaces, or they're going home to vulnerable family members… you can't have a bet each way, which is what they seem to be doing at the moment."
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