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There are many big news stories today, from ongoing criticism of the federal budget to the flooding situation in northern NSW.

This is what’s making headlines in Australia’s two largest cities.

Sydney

Thousands of nurses and midwives from across Sydney and regional NSW marched down Macquarie Street this morning, on strike for better staff-patient ratios and a 4.5 percent pay rise.

Nurses from Wyong Hospital were on a train at 7 a.m. (AEDT) this morning to reach the city for the strike action. They dressed as maidservants from Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Taleas they said, they felt “silenced”.

NSW Health Secretary Brad Hazzard. Credit:Flavio Brancalone

“You know what it’s like to say to a paralyzed patient, I know you need me, but I just need to find someone else,” said Kelly Falconer, co-chair of the Wyong union.

It is the union’s second strike in seven weeks. Nurses and midwives from 161 hospitals went on strike 24 hours a day.

The crowd chanted “not happy, Brad” [Hazzard]not happy, Dom [Perrottet]’ as they passed the workplace of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Health. However, the most heard cry was: “What do we want? proportions. When do we want it? Utilities!”

Melbourne

Television personality Eddie McGuire says Shane Warne’s family was “delighted” with last night’s memorial service at the MCG.

McGuire, a friend of the Warne family, previously told Melbourne radio station 3AW that there were concerns that the cricketing great’s body would not be repatriated to Australia within three months.

Jackson Warne speaks at his father's public memorial service at the MCG.

Jackson Warne speaks at his father’s public memorial service at the MCG. Credit:Joe Armao

Warne died on March 4 in Thailand of a heart attack. His body returned to Melbourne six days later, on March 10.

Meanwhile, McGuire also spoke about the incident where a stranger got into an ambulance with Warne’s body. He said he was with the family when they saw it on television and “that’s the first thing they saw” [of] the”.

“It just shook everyone,” he said.

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