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Australia’s 10 most powerful people for 2020 are revealed and Gladys Berejiklian was the only woman

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Public figures in a list of Australia’s ten most powerful people in 2020 all played a part in the nation’s coronavirus recovery plan, but only one woman made the ranking.

From political leaders to health experts and economic heavyweights, the Australian Financial Review revealed the Aussies who have made the biggest impact this year.

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was the only woman to make the list, but slipped from her 2019 third place spot. 

Daily Mail Australia takes a look at the list of Australia’s most influential figures for 2020.

1. Prime Minister Scott Morrison

For the second year running, the nation’s leader topped the list of Australia’s most powerful people.

Mr Morrison has enjoyed skyrocketing popularity in the polls during the pandemic, in contrast to the public’s response to his handling of the bushfire crisis.

Accused of abandoning the nation in its time of need when he was spotted holidaying in Hawaii, and insisting that ‘he doesn’t hold a hose’, his popularity nosedived after winning Labor’s ‘unloseable’ election months earlier. 

But Australia’s 30th prime minister has turned his fortunes around throughout the COVID-19 crisis by offering financial support, boasting a calm demeanor and trusting the advice of medical professionals in his circle.

Australia’s handling of the pandemic has been praised globally and has earned Mr Morrison high-levels of support from many Australians.

For the second year running, the nation's leader (pictured)  topped the list of Australia's most powerful people

For the second year running, the nation's leader (pictured)  topped the list of Australia's most powerful people

For the second year running, the nation’s leader (pictured)  topped the list of Australia’s most powerful people

2. Josh Frydenberg 

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been responsible for delivering and monitoring Australia’s economic handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He had hoped to deliver a budget surplus for 2020, but instead is about to reveal an enormous deficit due to government spending during the crisis.

Mr Frydenberg has dished out about $315billion in emergency economic measures to keep Australia afloat, including the landmark JobKeeper and JobMaker payments, as well as the boosted JobSeeker.

Mr Frydenberg maintained his second place position in the list for the second year running, ahead of the budget announcement on Tuesday.

3. Brendan Murphy

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy skyrocketed to third on the list, despite never once previously getting a mention.

His role within the government has been at the forefront of decision making and policy change throughout the pandemic, and he has single-handedly influenced the way the Australian public lives. 

Mr Murphy has been shoulder-to-shoulder with Mr Morrison in every stage of the coronavirus response, appearing in press conferences and dictating many of Mr Morrison’s decisions.

Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy skyrocketed to third on the Australian Financial Review's list despite never once previously getting a mention

Australia's Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy skyrocketed to third on the Australian Financial Review's list despite never once previously getting a mention

Australia’s Chief Medical Officer Brendan Murphy skyrocketed to third on the Australian Financial Review’s list despite never once previously getting a mention

4. Gladys Berejiklian

The New South Wales premier slipped down the power rankings to fourth in the 2020 polls, but tops the list for female representatives. 

Ms Berejiklian, as the leader of Australia’s biggest economy, has been praised for her handling of the crisis and refusal to close down businesses and risk economic destruction.

Instead, her methods have included minimising the harm to the community while also still allowing residents to largely carry on with their lives.

Ms Berejiklian became a key voice at the national cabinet meetings while also forging ahead with her own plans, and isn’t up for re-election again until 2023.

The New South Wales premier (pictured) slipped down the power rankings to fourth in the 2020 polls, but tops the list for female representatives

The New South Wales premier (pictured) slipped down the power rankings to fourth in the 2020 polls, but tops the list for female representatives

The New South Wales premier (pictured) slipped down the power rankings to fourth in the 2020 polls, but tops the list for female representatives

5. Daniel Andrews

The embattled Victorian premier controversially slipped into the top half of the list for Australia’s most powerful people in 2020.

While once enjoying popularity with some Victorians, the state’s Labor leader has been slammed for his response to the crisis, particularly after the bungled hotel quarantine program let out a second wave of coronavirus.

Mr Andrews is the longest serving state premier and once enjoyed a good relationship with Mr Morrison, but relations seem to have soured through the course of the pandemic. 

He has been widely criticised for his ‘draconian’ response to the pandemic, plunging Victoria into lockdown and keeping millions from going to work. 

2020 marks the first year the Victorian premier made the top ten list.

The embattled Victorian premier (pictured) controversially slipped into the top half of the list for Australia's most powerful people in 2020

The embattled Victorian premier (pictured) controversially slipped into the top half of the list for Australia's most powerful people in 2020

The embattled Victorian premier (pictured) controversially slipped into the top half of the list for Australia’s most powerful people in 2020

6. Greg Hunt

The Federal Health Minister has become the third most important person in federal government throughout the coronavirus crisis.

Mr Hunt was critical in securing personal protective equipment for the public. 

It is the first time he has made the list, and his handling of the nation’s post-pandemic response will secure his status.   

7. Matt Comyn

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s chief executive Matt Comyn debuted on the 2020 list in seventh spot.

Mr Comyn has been crucial in deferring loan repayments for individuals and businesses who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

He is also the chair of the Australian Banking Association and is good friends with Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.

Mr Comyn has the tough job of rebranding the banking sector after the royal commission and money laundering scandals while also navigating the first recession in decades.   

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia's chief executive Matt Comyn (pictured) debuted on the 2020 list in seventh spot

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia's chief executive Matt Comyn (pictured) debuted on the 2020 list in seventh spot

The Commonwealth Bank of Australia’s chief executive Matt Comyn (pictured) debuted on the 2020 list in seventh spot

8. Philip Lowe 

The Reserve Bank Governor plunged from fourth place in 2019 to eighth place in 2020 as political and health figures dominated the Australian landscape throughout the pandemic.

But Mr Lowe has the power to impact the cost of borrowing – both for personal and business reasons – and is highly respected among business and political circles.

Mr Lowe’s opinions are highly sought after and he often helps to push federal government reform.   

9. Mark McGowan

The West Australian Premier enjoys the highest approval ratings in the country – with one recent poll earning him 90 per cent of public approval.

But Mr McGowan has had a controversial stance on the coronavirus crisis, locking his state off from the rest of Australia and refusing to commit to opening by Christmas.

Mr McGowan is spending billions on economic stimulus within his state, and is refusing to reopen his borders until the rest of the nation almost entirely eradicates the virus.   

The tough-talking premier is up for re-election in March 2021.

The West Australian premier (pictured) enjoys the highest approval ratings in the country - with one recent poll earning him 90 per cent of public approval

The West Australian premier (pictured) enjoys the highest approval ratings in the country - with one recent poll earning him 90 per cent of public approval

The West Australian premier (pictured) enjoys the highest approval ratings in the country – with one recent poll earning him 90 per cent of public approval

10. Anthony Albanese

The opposition Leader has struggled to have much of a voice during the pandemic given Mr Morrison’s leadership and handling of the crisis.

Mr Albanese has vowed to put more pressure on the government and question the handling of the pandemic, while also trying to support the nation’s recovery.

He dropped from fifth on the 2019 power rankings to barely scraping in during the 2020 year.   

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Rapper Offset livestreams himself being arrested in Beverly Hills  

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Rapper Offset has been arrested for allegedly ‘waving guns at people’ while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles. 

The 28-year-old recorded himself being pulled over by police in Beverly Hills on Saturday afternoon.  

In a video shared to his Instagram Live, the rapper refused to turn off his car engine and step out of his vehicle while being questioned by cops – one of whom has a weapon drawn.  

That officer states that there were reports that Offset was ‘waving guns at people’ as he drove through the area. The rapper replies that Trump supporters had hit his car with a flag.  

The Los Angeles Police Department has not responded to a request for comment.  

The rapper’s wife, Cardi B, was also spotted on the scene in videos captured by bystanders. 

Rapper Offset has been arrested for 'waving guns at people' while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles

Rapper Offset has been arrested for 'waving guns at people' while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles

Rapper Offset has been arrested for ‘waving guns at people’ while driving through a Trump rally in Los Angeles

During the livestream video, Offset can be heard telling officers: ‘I’m a f**king celebrity, do you know who I am? I’m Offset from [hip-hop trio] Migos’.

He continues: ‘You told me to put my hands up, I’m not doing that. There’s 25,000 people [watching] on my livestream. You’re gonna get sued publicly.’

Another of the cops subsequently attempts to reach into Offset’s car and open the door from the inside. 

‘You can’t do that! It’s not legal!’ the star snaps. 

I’m gonna sue the s**t outta you. Ya’ll know who I am?’ he asks the officers. 

The stream ends after the officer opens the door and Offset steps out. 

Separate video showed him being placed into handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters waving flags look on.  

Video later posted by an onlooker showed the musician in handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters stood looking on

Video later posted by an onlooker showed the musician in handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters stood looking on

Video later posted by an onlooker showed the musician in handcuffs as a crowd of Trump supporters stood looking on 

Hundred of Trump supporters turned out in Beverly Hills to show their support for the President ahead of the election

Hundred of Trump supporters turned out in Beverly Hills to show their support for the President ahead of the election

Hundred of Trump supporters turned out in Beverly Hills to show their support for the President ahead of the election 

Police have not confirmed whether Offset waved a gun at the supporters as he drove by in his luxury vehicle

Police have not confirmed whether Offset waved a gun at the supporters as he drove by in his luxury vehicle

Police have not confirmed whether Offset waved a gun at the supporters as he drove by in his luxury vehicle 

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B.  

The couple – who tied the knot in 2017 – recently reconciled following a short split. 

Cardi also took to Instagram on Saturday evening, sharing video which showed her sitting in the backseat of a Rolls Royce as it drove through Beverly Hills. 

The vehicle then passed the Trump rally as she stated: ‘I don’t like this!’

It’s currently unclear whether the pair were traveling in separate vehicles st the time of Offset’s arrest. 

Together they share two-year-old daughter, Kulture.  

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B

Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrencville, Georgia, is the on-off husband of Cardi B

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Morgan Hipworth reveals his secret to the perfect French fries that’s TASTIER than McDonald’s

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A teenage baker has revealed his secret to making perfectly crispy French fries at home every time without using a deep fryer.

Morgan Hipworth, founder of the Melbourne business Bistro Morgan Bakehouse, shared a now-viral TikTok video exactly how he made the homemade chips crunchy and golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside.

The 19-year-old used four ingredients – red skinned potatoes, olive oil salt, and herbs.

‘Let’s make fries that are tastier and healthier than McDonald’s,’ Morgan claimed.

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A teenage baker has revealed his secret to making perfectly crispy French fries at home every time without using a deep fryer

A teenage baker has revealed his secret to making perfectly crispy French fries at home every time without using a deep fryer

Morgan Hipworth shared a now-viral TikTok video exactly how he made the homemade chips crunchy and golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside

Morgan Hipworth shared a now-viral TikTok video exactly how he made the homemade chips crunchy and golden on the outside and fluffy on the inside

Morgan Hipworth (pictured) has revealed his secret to making perfectly crispy French fries at home every time without using a deep fryer

How to make Morgan Hipworth’s perfect French fries 

INGREDIENTS

Red skinned potatoes 

Olive oil

Salt

Herbs (optional)

METHOD

Preheat oven to 200C. 

Peel and cut potatoes into fries. Place fries into a pot of cold, salted water.

Bring the pot to boil, then boil for a further two minutes. Drain the potatoes and transfer them to a baking tray. Season with salt and your favourite herbs.

Bake for 25 minutes at 200C or until crispy and golden all over.

Remove the tray from the oven and serve.

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He started by peeling and cutting the potatoes into sticks. 

‘First up, we need to peel and cut the potatoes into fries. Add the fries to a pot with cold water and sea salt,’ Morgan explained.

Then he parboiled the fries, bringing the potatoes to boil for a further two minutes.

Parboiling potatoes in a pot of salted water will slash the roasting time in the oven and ensure the insides become really fluffy. 

He drained the potatoes and transferred them onto a baking tray.

‘Bake with olive oil, salt and your favourite herbs at 200 degrees Celsius for 25 minutes,’ he said.

‘Boom, there you have it. The perfect French fries.’

He started by peeling and cutting the potatoes into sticks

He started by peeling and cutting the potatoes into sticks

Then he added the fries into a pot of cold water and sea salt

Then he added the fries into a pot of cold water and sea salt

The 19-year-old used four ingredients – red washed potatoes, olive oil salt, and herbs. He started by peeling and cutting the potatoes into sticks. Then he added the fries into a pot of cold water and sea salt

Once the potatoes are parboiled, the 19-year-old transferred them onto a baking tray where he seasoned with salt

Once the potatoes are parboiled, the 19-year-old transferred them onto a baking tray where he seasoned with salt

He suggested using your favourite herbs for the fries

He suggested using your favourite herbs for the fries

Once the potatoes are parboiled, the 19-year-old transferred them onto a baking tray where he seasoned with salt and herbs

His video has since been viewed more than 4.6 million times, with hundreds amazed at how simple and easy it was to create the fast food-inspired fries at home.

‘No way are you serious these are baked fries? They look so real,’ one said.

Many who recreated the fries at home claimed they tasted just as good as McDonald’s version. 

‘I made them the way he did and they turned out really good, like actual fries,’ one said, while another wrote: ‘I just made them for dinner and they were so good.’

Some suggested roasting the potatoes with the skin on. 

‘I made them and they are super good but you can leave the skin on,’ one said.

However, others said nothing could ever beat the classic McDonald’s fries.

‘You can try and do it but nothing is better than a McDonald’s fries,’ one said, while another added: ‘No chip that is baked in a oven is better than frying it’s just a rule of life.’

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NSW records another day of no community transfers of COVID-19

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NSW has recorded no community transmissions of coronavirus for the third consecutive day.

There were seven new cases of COVID-19 reported in the state, with all of them returned travellers who are in hotel quarantine.

There were 12,465 tests reported, compared with 12,890 the day before, with the new cases bringing the total number of cases in NSW to 4,193. 

NSW has recorded no community transmissions of coronavirus for the third consecutive day. Pictured: customers wearing face masks queue outside the Apple Store on George Street

NSW has recorded no community transmissions of coronavirus for the third consecutive day. Pictured: customers wearing face masks queue outside the Apple Store on George Street

NSW has recorded no community transmissions of coronavirus for the third consecutive day. Pictured: customers wearing face masks queue outside the Apple Store on George Street

NSW Health are treating 77 COVID-19 cases, with no patients in intensive care.

Despite the low numbers, authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant with the disease, particularly in south western Sydney, western Sydney and south eastern Sydney, where there have been locally transmitted cases recently.

‘It’s vital that you come forward for testing right away if you have even the mildest of symptoms,’ Dr Christine Selvey said. 

There are more than 300 COVID-19 testing locations across NSW.

After easing some restrictions on Friday, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian could be under more pressure to lift remaining rules being placed on the state’s residents.

From Friday, up to 30 people are allowed to gather outdoors, group bookings at hospitality venues have been extended from 10 to 30 people and up to 300 are allowed at places of worship.

Protesters can also gather en masse, with up to 500 people allowed to convene outdoors.

Staffing regulations at gyms across NSW have also been relaxed, with a safety marshal only required when more than 20 people are working out.

However, with severe thunderstorms and rainfall forecast throughout much of the state, the larger outdoor gatherings may be held off for another week.

A man is temperature tested outside Lakemba Mosque before the midday sermon on Friday. From Friday, 300 people are allowed to attend places of worship

A man is temperature tested outside Lakemba Mosque before the midday sermon on Friday. From Friday, 300 people are allowed to attend places of worship

A man is temperature tested outside Lakemba Mosque before the midday sermon on Friday. From Friday, 300 people are allowed to attend places of worship

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