September 27, 2019 07:37:24

Music festivals said the new regulations would result in skyrocketing costs. (AAP: Future Entertainment)

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Music festival regulations ditched

The NSW Government’s tough new laws for music festivals have been scrapped after Labor, the Greens and crossbenchers combined to reverse the strict licensing scheme.

The regulations were introduced in March after a spate of deaths at summer music festivals and only applied to 14 events that were deemed “high risk”.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the move was irresponsible but Labor MP John Graham said it will force the Government to sit down and consult with the industry.

A committee found the new regulations put too much financial pressure on festival operators.

Taxi driver charged for sexual assault

A taxi driver has been charged after allegedly driving one of his passengers to a different location and then sexually assaulting her in a car park.

NSW Police said on April 25, 2019, a woman was placed in a taxi by friends outside a hotel on Elizabeth Street in Surry Hills around 11:30pm.

It is alleged the driver, 22, took her to another location, moved her into another vehicle, drove her to a car park and then sexually assaulted her before dropping her home in Dulwich Hill.

The incident was reported to the police and the woman was taken to hospital, and the man was arrested on Wednesday.

Plastic bag ban passes first hurdle

Banning plastic bags in NSW is a step closer after a bill to ban single-use bags passed the Upper House last night.

Labor’s bill to ban single-use bags passed 18 to 16 and shadow environment minister Kate Washington said the prohibition was long overdue.

“NSW is way out of step with the nation, it’s way out of step with the community because they support this move,” she said

The bill, which bans thin single-use plastic bags and includes a six month transition period, will now go to the Lower House in two weeks.

NSW is the only state in Australia without a plastic bag ban.

Sydney woman contracts measles

Measles vaccine
It is safe to have another dose of the measles vaccine if you are unsure. (Reuters: Lucy Nicholson )

NSW residents are being warned to check their measles vaccinations are up to date after a Sydney woman became the latest person diagnosed with the infection.

It is not known how the woman, aged in her 30s, contracted the infection as she had not travelled overseas prior to being diagnosed.

It is the third locally acquired case of the highly contagious disease in the state and NSW Health has warmed anyone over 53-years-old is at a higher risk.

“Anyone who was born during or after 1966 needs to make sure that they’ve had two doses of the vaccine,” said NSW Health Acting Director of Communicable Disease Dr Christine Selvey.

“It’s very safe to have another dose even if you’ve already had two.”

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September 27, 2019 06:34:36