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ASX up, housing plan to begin and 6 other things to start your day

The ASX board showing company price changes and the roofs of houses overlooking the Sydney CBD.
The ASX is expected to rise this morning. (Source: Getty)

ASX: The local share market is expected to edge higher this morning despite a lacklustre session in the US overnight.

Housing plan: Stretched renters, disillusioned first-home buyers and those experiencing homelessness will be at the centre of a long-awaited national housing plan.

Consultation on the Albanese Government's 10-year plan to deal with Australia's chronic housing challenges will start in the coming months.

Glass ceiling: Australia is failing to break down economic and social barriers to work and leadership, according to a new report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA).

Men and women continue to be in traditional, gender-based occupations, and executive positions remain skewed to men, CEDA found.

Paid leave: Workers will be able to access their full pay rate while on domestic and family violence leave from this week.

The new laws give full-time, part-time and casual workers up to 10 days of paid domestic violence leave. Small businesses have been given a grace period until August 1 to enact the changes.

Bank on it: The small New South Wales town of Junee is locked in a David-and-Goliath battle with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in a bid to keep their bank branch.

The Big Four banks have shut hundreds of country branches around Australia in recent years, but Junee residents are angry they will have to make a one-hour round trip to Wagga Wagga to do their banking, or use an ATM - which charges fees.

EV grants: More than 1,000 extra electric vehicles will hit Australian roads over the next nine months after the NSW government announced a new round of subsidies.

Twenty organisations will receive financial help to electrify their fleets as part of the government's $105 million program, with most funding going to ride-share and vehicle-subscription firms.

Research: Funding for Australian cancer research has more than tripled in the past 20 years but experts say more investment is needed to tackle the nation's leading cause of death.

Around $934 million was invested in cancer research from 2018 to 2020 compared to $292 million between 2003 and 2005, according to Cancer Australia's latest audit.

Art on loan: Notice to Australia's galleries: Jackson Pollock's Blue Poles is available for loan.

Controversially acquired by the National Gallery of Australia (NGA) for $1.3 million in 1973, Blue Poles has almost always been on display in Canberra since the gallery opened in 1982.

But NGA director Nick Mitzevich said he was open to lending out the abstract expressionist painting if he was convinced it would be looked after and would make an impact.

- With AAP

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