Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Debate begins on voluntary assisted dying bill

Debate will begin in the New South Wales parliament today on a bill to legalise voluntary assisted dying in the state.

The government took the unusual step of directing parliament to sit on a Friday, in the hope that the legislation will be dealt with in the Lower House this year.

Introduced by the Independent MP Alex Greenwich, the bill’s vote will see all MPs granted a conscience vote.

Both the Premier and Opposition Leader have publicly stated they intend to vote against the legislation.

Dominic Perrottet is understood to be among the first speakers in today’s debate.

The bill is expected to pass the lower house and will then go the Upper House next year.

Captured fugitive to appear in court

Captured fugitive Mostafa Baluch was flown back to Sydney last night. (ABC News: Mark Reddie)

Accused drug smuggler Mostafa Baluch will appear in court this morning after being extradited back to Sydney on a police flight last night.

He was shackled and flanked by armed police officers as he was put on a plane at Coolangatta Airport on the Gold Coast, a day after he was discovered trying to get across the Queensland border hidden in a shipping container.

After landing at Bankstown Airport, he was driven to Silverwater jail where he was charged with a number of additional offences, including an outstanding arrest warrant.

Mr Baluch spent 16 days on the run after allegedly cutting off his ankle…

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