The Informer: Do you know your ABC? Appreciation, Budget, Coronavirus

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Picture: Sitthixay Ditthavong

It's a day for showing appreciation to all - whether you're mother to humans, fur children, or mainly specialise in asking your house plants what on earth they need to survive.

As the weekend comes to a close, chatter about Tuesday's budget is building. As has become custom, pre-budget announcements have continued ahead of Tuesday (what will they have left to tell us then?). Following yesterday's news of home deposit boosts for single parents was today's pitch to women.

Packages previewed - on Mother's Day - include $354 million to improve health outcomes for women and girls, a reported $680 million revamp of domestic violence prevention measures and a $1.7 billion package to make childcare more affordable, particularly for parents of multiple children.

However, Labor has criticised the Morrison government, saying areas such as these had been neglected for much of the Coalition's eight years in government, describing the measures as attempts at "managing a political problem".

Aged care will also get a budget look-in, with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg saying his third budget would include an aged care pledge bigger than the $10 billion over four years previously speculated.

"We don't move ahead of the health advice, we've got to ensure that our communities stay safe, and when we suppress the virus as we've successfully done, our economy recovers," he said.

And in demonstration of the way daily life must flex around coronavirus, most measures in Sydney were extended today after a recent COVID-19 outbreak in which an infected east Sydney man caught the virus and passed it to his wife. Authorities remain unsure how he became infected.

Masks will be required indoors across Greater Sydney for another week, despite zero new local cases of the virus. Retail customers are no longer obliged to wear masks but staff must do so.

And that's a wrap on today's biggest news - but be sure to check out what's happening across all regions at the links below.

*This edition of The Informer was written by The Canberra Times producer Victoria Lee. If you'd like to show your support for the team behind The Informer, why not forward us to a friend?

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