The Loop: One-time cash payment revealed ahead of budget announcement, alleged poisoning of Russian oligarch, Will Smith apologizes to Chris Rock


Salvation. This is Tuesday 29 Marchand you stay in The Loop with this quick recap of today’s news.

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It’s budget night. And, with an election due to be called any day, that budget should be substantial.

Treasurer Josh Fridenberg unveil key details and promises of this year’s budget in a speech 7:30 p.m. EDTwhich you can watch live on ABC News, stream on ABC iView, or follow on our 2022-23 Budget Live Blog.

This will be Josh Frydenberg’s fourth federal budget.(PA: Lukas Coch)

Now tonight’s loop will not be updated once the treasurer has delivered his speech and the budget documents have been revealed. So if you’re reading this after 7:30 p.m. AEDT, here is the link this will take you straight to our live blog where you can get the absolute latest updates as they come in.

What else is going on

  • Several areas in and around northern New South Wales have been ordered to evacuate as dangerous flooding threatens properties in the second time in a month. The NSW Government has acknowledged there were failures in the response during last month’s emergency
  • The Northern Territory Anti-Corruption Commissioner has announced he will investigate the decision to arrest and charge a police officer Zachary Rolfe on the fatal shooting of Kumanjayi walker in 2019.

What Australia searched online

zendaya on the red carpet wearing a white silk collared crop and a silver sequin skirt
*Chef’s kiss*. (Reuters: Eric Gaillard)
Actress Zendaya poses at a post-Oscars event wearing a black suit, magenta shirt and black tie with her hair slicked back
And a moment of silence for this fierce after-party look.(PA: Evan Agostini)
  • Roman Abramovich. The Russian billionaire and owner of Chelsea FC reportedly suffered symptoms of suspected poisoning earlier this month after a meeting in kyiv, alongside at least two other Ukrainian peace negotiators.

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One more thing

Actor Will Smith issued a written apology to Chris Rock after this Oscars incident yesterday, with the Academy confirming they are investigating the incident.


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Will Smith hits out at Chris Rock after the comedian makes a joke about his wife.(© 2022)

Smith said his behavior was “inexcusable” and that he was “offline” — and that Rock’s joke about his wife’s medical condition was “too much to bear.”

Rock joked Jada Pinkett Smithwho suffers from alopecia – a hair loss condition – could star in a sequel to GI Jane, the film for which Demi Moore shaved her head.

The incident sparked a strong reaction online – there was a lot of talk about Smith and Rock’s behavior, but also support for Pinkett Smith and others who live with alopecia.


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