Live breaking news: Food prices to stay high for up to two years, industry warns; 'Multiple fatalities' at supermarket shooting in USA – 9News

Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Wednesday, November 23, 2022. There are reports of 'multiple' people dead at a supermarket shooting in the USA. Food prices could stay high for up to two years, industry bosses have warned, hours after the Reserve Bank governor also advised Australians to brace for further economic pain. Disgraced ex-NRL player Brett Finch has been spared jail. Weather extremes continue across the east coast as multiple states shiver through a cold snap a week out from summer. A piling rig has collapsed onto the roof of Frankston Hospital in Melbourne. And Nurses and midwives in New South Wales are staging a 24-hour strike.
Multiple people killed in USA supermarket shooting, police say
Melbourne hospital evacuated after piling rig collapses onto roof
Aussies warned to brace for higher prices, lower wages
Brutal cold snap grips east coast as floods emergency continues
NSW nurses hold fourth strike in push for better pay, staffing levels
We'll round off the 9News.com.au live blog for Wednesday, November 23, 2022 there.
Here's what happened:
There are reports of "multiple" people dead at a supermarket shooting in the US.
Food prices could stay high for up to two years, industry bosses have warned, hours after the Reserve Bank governor also advised Australians to brace for further economic pain.
Disgraced ex-NRL player Brett Finch has been spared jail.
Weather extremes continue across the east coast as multiple states shiver through a cold snap a week out from summer.
A piling rig has collapsed onto the roof of Frankston Hospital in Melbourne.
And nurses and midwives in New South Wales are staging a 24-hour strike.
We'll return tomorrow with all the latest breaking news.
Until then visit Nine.com.au and 9News.com.au for the latest updates.
Both sides have now been given time to pitch to voters in a closing statement.
"I say to Victorians that you have to start to consider what is happening with emergency services and health in Victoria," Battin said.
"The Labor Government has continued to fail and the worst aspect is that they have not released any annual reports in relation to emergency services."
"We need to make sure we get back on track in the future."
In response, Symes said the current government was supporting emergency services personnel with infrastructure, resources and funding.
"We have demonstrated this with ESTA and we ensure that they are meeting the benchmarks that they were meeting pre-pandemic," she said.
"Emergency services are not just about response and we are seeing that now in the floods."
The Firefighters Union has previously called for the Emergency Services Minister to resign claiming that their equipment including their fire trucks are out of date.
The minister has been asked about this, and said the government has dedicated mechanics working with both the CFA and Fire Rescue Victoria to ensure the trucks are safe.
"They are safe and they have had contingency plans in support vehicles and backup vehicles if there are any issues identified," Symes said.
"Of course, there is no way they are unsafe trucks having firefighters in Victoria."
Whereas, the head of the Victorian Ambulance Union has described the former Coalition Government as a virus.Battin said that commentary was unnecessary.
"It isn't necessary to say the Liberal Party is the virus when we have a plan around health," he said.
"We have said we will increase funding and we have made tough decisions to shelter the project for (first stage of the Suburban Rail Loop) to put that money across to building hospitals in Victoria."
The Emergency Services Minister has been asked about whether Victorians can have confidence ambulances themselves won't be delayed under a re-elected Andrews Government.
It comes after Ambulance Victoria enacted an emergency "code orange" overnight to bring in extra staff to meet demand.
"What we know is that we work fantastically as a government with our hard-working paramedics," Symes.
"Paramedics have suffered huge amounts of unprecedented demand, because of the health crisis which has impacted every state and country around the world."
Shadow Minister Battin said ambulance delays were a product of a troubled health system.
"This is an issue with the entire health system," Battin said.
"The failure to invest has caused most of these delays. Ambulances are ramped at hospitals nearly every night and we saw the code orange again last night."
In response, the shadow minister said his party has pledged an extra $125 million dollars to upgrade ESTA's IT systems.
The Coalition will reprioritise money from the first section of the Suburban Rail Loop.
"The most important thing ESTA staff have been speaking to us about is the backup system," Battin said.
"The government has failed to fix that system for such a long time and, as heard in media reports going to pen and paper, we are not a thoughtful country with a country that should have one of the best systems in the world."
Battin said the previous Coalition Government didn't make a mistake to privatise ESTA.
"I don't think it was a mistake to privatise but one thing that is an issue is a need to be treated as emergency service and to ask the staff if they would like to be treated as an emergency service," he said.
With just days until the Victorian election, 9News is hosting an emergency service debate to help Victorians decide who they want to take the reins for the next four years.
The third and final debate is underway between Emergency Services Minister Jaclyn Symes and Shadow Emergency Services Minister Brad Battin.
Both sides have just been asked why Victorians should trust their party to fix the triple zero crisis, which resulted in the death of at least 33 people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Minister Symes is first to respond saying that a re-elected government would rebrand Emergency Services Telecommunications Authority (ESTA), which is Victoria's triple zero agency to Triple Zero Victoria.
The re-brand is hoped to bring major change and reform to performance standards.
"In relation to call taking delays, what we have done is respond with a massive injection of funds and support for that organisation," she said.
"They have a benchmark of entering 90 percent of calls in under five seconds. They were meeting that benchmark before the pandemic and they are now meeting that benchmark again.
"In relation to the report which identified 33 people who had lost their lives in connection or part of his investigation did not of course attribute because or blame for a delay in relation to that result."
You can watch live on 9News in Victoria, or on 9Now.
Local media is reporting a night manager armed himself with a gun, shooting a number of employees who were in a break room, before firing the weapon through the store and then turning the gun on himself.
Police have said a number of people are dead and injured – but no further details have been released.
There is a massive police presence at the store – with more than forty emergency vehicles there.
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