Welcome to the 9News.com.au live blog for Monday, November 21, 2022. Victoria and New South Wales are being hit with more wild weather today, with damaging winds up to 100km/h and heavy rain. A 'major emergency' has been declared in South Australia ahead of expected floods. Sydney students have suffered burns in a suspected explosion at a school. A Nationals candidate has died suddenly ahead of the Victorian election. And the Queensland Premier said the inquiry into the state Police's response to domestic and family violence is "raw and confronting", as the Queensland police commissioner apologised.
– Children injured in 'explosion' at Sydney school
– Three states in firing line as chaotic weather continues
– Nationals candidate for regional seat found dead
– Families warned of e-device fire risk ahead of Christmas
We'll wrap up our 9News.com.au live blog for Monday, November 21, 2022 there.
Here's what happened.Victoria and New South Wales are being hit with more wild weather, with damaging winds up to 100km/h causing hundreds of Sydneysiders to call for help.
A 'major emergency' has been declared in South Australia ahead of expected floods.
Sydney students have suffered burns in a suspected explosion at a school.
And the Queensland Premier said the inquiry into the state Police's response to domestic and family violence is "raw and confronting", as the Queensland police commissioner apologised.
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Hundreds of Sydneysiders have called for help as wild winds smash the city.
Over the past day NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) have had over 270 storm-related calls for help, with at least 150 requests involving trees being blown over due to winds up to 100km/h.
Others were for roof damage as far south as the Illawarra.
NSW SES Assistant Commissioner Sean Kearns told people to secure or move items which could be blown away, such as trampolines, and beware of parking cars under trees.
"Residents can prepare for winds by removing tree branches over buildings, and ensuring roofing is in good order," he said.
Meanwhile in the Central West of the state crews are still helping in flood stricken areas.
The Lachlan River at Condobolin peaked on Sunday at a near record 7.59 metres, just below the predicted 7.8 metres
.International helpers from New Zealand are also helping at the incident control centre at Parkes, while flood rescue operators from Singapore are assisting in Deniliquin and to communities along the Lachlan River.
Kearns said there were currently 102 warnings across the state, including 12 emergency warnings related to flooding.
"More than 1000 damage assessments have been undertaken in Forbes, where more than half have experienced some level of damage," he said.
Two flood rescues have been carried out in the past 24 hours.
Carroll said the Queensland Police Service was aware of the toxic workplace issues including racism, sexism and misogyny occurring within the ranks.
"We did not sweep these issues under the table. We knew there were issues," she said.
"It is difficult to stand here and acknowledge our people have done and said awful things.
"It is like someone has stabbed you in the heart."
She said workers who do not stand with the police service's values will need to leave and flagged one officer will be served a notice to stand down in the coming days.
Carroll said she is reviewing other cases as well.
Carroll said she has a "renewed focus" in light of the recommendations made by the police inquiry.
"I am 100 per cent committed to seeing this reform through, working with the recommendations and delivering the outcomes in the intent of the report," she said.
Carroll said she considered standing down in light of the inquiry but the premier's vote of confidence made her stay.
"The premier is very firm with me that I am the right person to lead this reform. I have read the comments and I'm sure you can appreciate those are incredibly difficult," she said.
The report raised concerns about leadership within the Queensland Police Service and Carroll flagged changes to the structure in the coming days.
"There will be many changes in leadership in coming days… but predominantly most leaders are there for the right reasons and with the right intent," she said.
Queensland police commissioner Katarina Carroll has welcomed the royal commission's report into the service's toxic culture and handling of domestic and family violence cases.
"The report is a very difficult read. It presents many examples where we should have done better," she said.
"I acknowledge these issues and how they have affected the way we interact with the most vulnerable people in the community.
"I am deeply sorry."C
arroll added the $100 million government funding boost will accelerate reform in the police service, although it will take time.
Palaszczuk said the revelations of poor treatment of domestic and family violence victims and toxic culture in the police service are issues faced in other Australian police services.
"Not for one moment would you expect the issues that have been uncovered in Queensland Police Service not to be in other police services around the nation," she said.
"This is a wake up call for the Queensland Police Service to do better."
She also said today's report shows decades of misogyny, sexism and racism in the police service.
Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman said to the victims of domestic and family violence who came forward during the royal commission into the police service's treatment of the crimes, "we have heard you, we believe you, we are taking action".
Fentiman said there are significant issues in the Queensland Police Service around sexism, racism and misogyny, but the report provides a roadmap to improve the system.
She added in response to the Women's Safety and Justice Taskforce $225 million has been allocated to reform the justice system.
This funding will go towards establishing a victim's commissioner, upgrading courthouses to allow women to give evidence via videolink, integrated responses between sexual assault services and the police, and a community awareness campaign to prevent sexual assault.
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