Morning Buzz: ‘Yes’ side of same-sex marriage set for victory

Good morning and welcome to the Morning Buzz for Tuesday, September 12. It’ll be warmer today with a sunny top temperatures of around 30 degrees. Enjoy your day!

Fairfax-Ipsos poll shows 70 per cent support for same-sex marriage among those 'certain' to vote

The poll results paint a good picture for same-sex marriage supporters.

The poll results paint a good picture for same-sex marriage supporters.

The "yes" side on same-sex marriage is headed for a resounding victory with seven out of 10 definite voters backing a change to the law, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll has found.

Some 65 per cent of respondents rated themselves "certain" to take part in the voluntary postal survey, and of those 70 per cent said they would vote "yes". 

The overall level of support for marriage equality, including those who were not certain they would vote, was also 70 per cent – a figure unchanged since July last year.

The results herald a promising start for same-sex marriage supporters as the Australian Bureau of Statistics starts distributing the first of 16 million survey forms on Tuesday. Read more.

Ed Husic: Costco shows need for M9

M9: "This project needs to go ahead to unlock business development," Chifley MP Ed Husic said. Picture: Dean Sewell

M9: "This project needs to go ahead to unlock business development," Chifley MP Ed Husic said. Picture: Dean Sewell

Megastores bringing hundreds of jobs to Marsden Park are providing the employment boom western Sydney needs, according to Ed Husic.

The Chifley MP praised the opening of Costco and IKEA at Sydney Business Park, with the stores to create 200 and 300 jobs respectively.

Mr Husic said 75 per cent of those positions would go to local residents, and the business park would generate 60,000 in the next decade. Read more.

Sydney University ranked fourth in world for graduate employability

A total of eight Australian universities have been listed among the top 100 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Photo: Ryan Osland

A total of eight Australian universities have been listed among the top 100 in the QS Graduate Employability Rankings. Photo: Ryan Osland

The University of Sydney has been ranked fourth in the world for graduate employability, coming in ahead of leading institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge University and the University of Oxford for its effectiveness in "preparing students for the workplace". 

The University of Melbourne is closely behind with a rank of seven in the latest QS Graduate Employability Rankings, followed by the University of NSW at 36, the University of Queensland at 49 and the University of Technology Sydney at 69. Read more.

The  Sydney hospitals where you'll wait more than four hours in emergency

NSW hospital emergency departments are recording rising numbers of presentations.  Photo: Damian Shaw

NSW hospital emergency departments are recording rising numbers of presentations. Photo: Damian Shaw

Emergency departments at four Sydney hospitals have recorded significant blow-outs in the proportion of patients waiting too long to be treated.

More than 60 per cent of patients who presented at Westmead Hospital's emergency department were not treated within the clinically recommended timeframe in April to June this year, found the Bureau of Health Information's latest quarterly report.

The results meant the majority of people who came through the hospital's ED did not have their treatment start on time compared to just under 46 per cent over the same period in 2016. Read more.

Livvi’s Place opens at Bernie Mullane Reserve

MAKING A SPLASH: Jackson, Joshua and Sam have fun in the water play area. Picture: Isabella Lettini

MAKING A SPLASH: Jackson, Joshua and Sam have fun in the water play area. Picture: Isabella Lettini

THERE is finally a water play area and playground for children of all abilities in The Hills.

The highly anticipated Livvi’s Place was officially opened on Friday, with many children and their parents testing out the new play equipment at Bernie Mullane Reserve in Kellyville. Read more.

Forget scary clowns, here's what It is really about

It Follows, a horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist and Olivia Luccardi.

It Follows, a horror film written and directed by David Robert Mitchell, stars Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist and Olivia Luccardi.

Ask anyone what the horror movie It is about and you'll likely get the obvious answer: a scary clown. Leaving aside the tautology - I mean, when is a clown not scary? - that's accurate enough. But as with many of the best horror films, It is about so much more than the obvious.

Stephen King's 1986 novel is almost a meta-horror story, with frighteners drawn from the back catalogue of Hollywood ghouls (a werewolf, a mummy, Frankenstein's monster), nature gone mad (plagues of leeches and piranhas, a fish-man), and sci-fi weirdness (It is in fact a creature from outer space; the known universe was vomited up by a turtle called Mataurin).

If it all sounds like the work of a drug-addled mind, that's because it was: King was in the grip of a raging addiction to cocaine and alcohol when he wrote It, later claiming to have been sober for no more than three hours a day at the time. Read more.

Han Lim Chin told his wife Qian Liu he adored her before she stabbed him, court hears

Qian Liu has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband.  Photo: AAP

Qian Liu has pleaded not guilty to murdering her husband. Photo: AAP

"Oh wife, do believe me. I do love you very much."

As Han Lim Chin lay with his head in his wife's lap, bleeding after she wounded him with a knife, he spoke to her adoringly, a court has been told.

Qian Liu, 35, described seeing Mr Chin carrying the knife in their Riverwood granny flat during an argument on January 3, 2016, before she grabbed it from his bum bag, and accidentally wounded him as she turned around to escape his bedroom. Read more.

Great white shark rescued, goes for a swim in Manly pool

A juvenile great white shark swims by onlookers at Fairy Bower pool in Manly. Photo: James Brickwood.

A juvenile great white shark swims by onlookers at Fairy Bower pool in Manly. Photo: James Brickwood.

A baby great white shark has been rescued after washing up on Manly Beach in Sydney's north.

The shark washed ashore around midday and was unable to return to the water, floundering in the shallows.

Several members of the public tried a number of times to help the shark back into the water but were unsuccessful. Read more.

Parramatta's Mitchell Moses has perfected a wonder pass with very little practice

Crowd control: Mitchell Moses has been in outstanding form for Parramatta. Photo: NRL Imagery

Crowd control: Mitchell Moses has been in outstanding form for Parramatta. Photo: NRL Imagery

Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses says he's spent very little time perfecting the highlight reel, no-look inside pass that has led to two Eels tries over the past fortnight.

Moses showed off his skills in executing the play against the Storm last Saturday afternoon, sending Will Smith over for a try with a pass that would have made Andrew Johns proud.

The no-look pass to an out-of-sight player on the inside shoulder has the potential to go horribly wrong, but it appears everything Moses touches will turn to gold at the Eels as the former Tiger looks to guide the club to its first grand final since 2009. Read more.

The decision that saved Bryce Cartwright’s season

Tough year: Bryce Cartwright looked back to his best against Manly last weekend. Photo: AAP

Tough year: Bryce Cartwright looked back to his best against Manly last weekend. Photo: AAP

Bryce Cartwright's decision to take personal leave mid-season to deal with a range of mental and physical issues has been described as the catalyst for his resurgence in the opening week of the finals.

The Panthers believe they have rediscovered the missing ingredient that could propel them to the grand final, describing a rejuvenated Cartwright as their semi-final X-factor.

A knee injury midway through the season would have seen most players sidelined for around a month. But, given the off-field issues that surfaced at the start of the year, the Panthers gave Cartwright the option to take up to three months away from the game. Read more.

Cronulla and Manly facing hefty fines as NRL cracks down on blaming referees

Laying down the law: NRL chief Todd Greenberg wants coaches to stop berating match officials. Photo: AAP

Laying down the law: NRL chief Todd Greenberg wants coaches to stop berating match officials. Photo: AAP

Cronulla and Manly will be hit with fines of as much as $20,000 over the criticism of referees by Shane Flanagan and Trent Barrett, with the Sharks facing the heaviest of the sanctions after claiming on their website that finals crowds were beneath expectations because of blunders made by whistleblowers.

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg on Monday took aim at what he called a culture of blaming match officials for losses, saying the "game had to grow up" and that the Sharks and Sea Eagles would be receiving breach notices.

It followed separate tirades launched by Cronulla coach Flanagan and Manly mentor Barrett, who were livid over contentious calls after their sides were eliminated from the finals. Read more.

GWS Giants Jeremy Cameron and Shane Mumford ruled out for season

The Giants have been dealt a major double blow ahead of Saturday's knockout semi-final against West Coast, with key big men Jeremy Cameron and Shane Mumford ruled out for the rest of the season.

Cameron tore his left hamstring in last week's qualifying final loss to Adelaide, while Mumford picked up a fractured foot in the same clash. Read more.