MY QUEEN, MY COUNTRY
Australia’s nationwide day of mourning doubled as a tribute and a trial. Near 700 high-profile figures packed into Parliament Home in Canberra for a service to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese mentioned he hoped she could possibly be memorialised by collective commitments to “obligation”, “service” and “respect for all” quite than one other marble monument, SBS studies.
Across the nation, many extra took to the streets to protest in opposition to the continued “racist colonial imperialism” of the British monarchy and “every little thing her regime stole” from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, writes the ABC. Demonstration organisers Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance referred to as for recognition, the return of land, “reality, accountability and justice” and an finish to black deaths in custody. (A NSW Closing the Hole report launched yesterday discovered suicide and incarceration charges of First Nations peoples has risen, The Canberra Instances/AAP studies.) Struggling was expressed by smoking ceremonies, speeches and extra symbolic gestures like dousing the Australian flag in faux blood, slicing it up and setting it alight. Federal Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe advised a Melbourne crowd: “The crown’s boot is on our neck and we’re sick of it.” Each homes of Parliament will reconvene right now for a day devoted completely to the dying of the queen and ascension of King Charles III.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy needs world leaders to punish Vladimir Putin. Putin, in the meantime, will punish his individuals with as many as 1 million Russians to be conscripted within the coming days, The Guardian studies. The Russian defence ministry mentioned the call-up could be restricted to 300,000 reservists, however inside sources say Putin signed off on six zeros. The announcement has prompted a mass exodus of fighting-fit males, says The Australian ($), with vehicles queued on the border and aircraft tickets offered out. A seat from Moscow to Dubai is buying and selling at $13,450. As 1000’s fled, 55 Russians returned residence in trade for 215 captured Ukrainians, Reuters studies.
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The Kremlin’s dedication to counter Ukraine’s counteroffensive with extra Russians and extra weapons sparked anti-war protests throughout the nation, writes SMH/Reuters. 1300 individuals in 38 cities have been arrested by Russian police and will resist 15 years behind bars. Abroad, International Affairs Minister Penny Wong joined world leaders on the UN Basic Meeting to sentence the Kremlin’s nuclear threats, says Guardian Australia. She mentioned extra navy help was on the desk and that Australia may transfer to expel the Russian ambassador. Opposition international affairs spokesman Simon Birmingham needs extra sanctions to “tighten the stress additional on Russia”, The Age ($) studies.
FIND ME SOME FOREIGN FUNDING
One more secret examine from the Morrison period will quickly turn out to be public property, the AFR ($) studies. The 2019 feasibility report carried out by Treasury and Workplace of Nationwide Assessments official John Eyers urged DFAT to refocus international support within the Pacific and South-East Asia on “personal sector funding”, quite than a “conventional strategy of handouts and low cost loans”. This might assuage a regional urge for food for infrastructure improvement whereas additionally satisfying Australian geopolitical objectives. In brief: bolster model Australia and counter Chinese language affect.
Former international affairs minister Marise Payne stored the report underneath wraps for 3 years, with DFAT constantly rejecting freedom of knowledge requests. All of the whereas, support budgets have been reduce. The Albanese authorities has opted for public launch of the unbiased evaluate. Worldwide Improvement and Pacific Minister Pat Conroy referred to as it a “invaluable contribution” that ought to be launched within the pursuits of “larger transparency”.
ON A LIGHTER NOTE
It’s not exhausting to really feel like a fish out of water going by airport safety. Recall the chaos and the confusion. Now spare a thought for the fish in water that came upon at check-in it didn’t qualify for carry-on. Kira Rumfola, 19, turned as much as the airport along with her fish Theo solely to be advised that it was not match to fly, The Washington Put up studies. However she bought fortunate when customer support agent Ismael Lazo determined he was available in the market to fish-sit. He gave Rumfola his quantity (which she saved as “Airport Fish Taker”) and promised to deal with Theo till she returned. And so started a brief and candy story of two cities.
Examine this with the pet coverage of Australia’s esteemed “nationwide provider”, Qantas. It advises reserving a pet on a flight earlier than reserving your self (maybe to compensate for the truth that it might nicely arrive after you?). Pooches, flocks of birds (max 4) and domesticated fish “with no aeration necessities” will not be entitled to frequent flyer factors, however they do qualify for absolutely versatile bookings as much as 14 days earlier than departure. In-flight leisure isn’t supplied for these travelling within the aircraft’s underbelly. Neither is meals, which I’d argue is a missed advertising and marketing alternative given Qantas’ shift to all-meat meals.
Wishing you a no-fluff Friday, people.
How may Biden not lose rattling face if these fuckers don’t move it in Congress?
Yoon Suk Yeol
The South Korean president’s delicate diplomatic diatribe was picked up by a scorching mic on the sidelines of the UN Basic Meeting International Fund convention in New York. He eloquently concluded that US counterpart Joe Biden’s plans to up the ante on funding for HIV, TB and malaria weren’t with out political threat. Yoon Suk yeol was already within the scorching seat for skipping an appointment to see the late queen mendacity in state. Why? Allegedly “heavy visitors”.
“Non-public Media, Crikey’s writer, has filed its defence in opposition to allegations by Lachlan Murdoch that Crikey defamed him in an article printed in June in regards to the function of Fox Information in inciting the January 6 US revolt. The Federal Courtroom will shortly launch the doc, which has already been canvassed in different information media. Non-public Media’s CEO Will Hayward launched an announcement yesterday in textual content and video type in regards to the firm’s defence.”
“Ordered to terminate a being pregnant. Compelled to interrupt up with companions — and supervised whereas doing so. Cellphone numbers modified and communication with household monitored. The allegations from a evaluate into racism on the Hawthorn Soccer Membership, as revealed by the ABC, are surprising.
“They expose an alleged tradition underneath four-time premiership coach Alastair Clarkson and former assistant coach Chris Fagan of abuse, deeply entrenched racism and management over Indigenous gamers’ lives and households.”
“With Qantas’ snub to vegetarian, kosher, halal and gluten-free passengers nonetheless thrilling loads of media curiosity yesterday, rival Virgin was solely too comfortable to level out it doesn’t share the contempt of the ‘nationwide provider’ for anybody who doesn’t like consuming animals. Virgin continues to supply vegetarian meals to all enterprise and financial system passengers, it mentioned yesterday.
“Whereas the character of the meal you get on board may not outweigh flight availability and worth for many travellers, the newest insult by Qantas is all a part of what is likely to be referred to as the Joycification of the airline, wherein a creeping contempt slowly extends throughout all sides of the corporate — first to its staff, after which to clients — that reduces the Qantas expertise to a succession of impositions, insults and inconveniences supplied by overworked, underpaid and wholly unappreciated workers.”
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Tribunal upholds Khmer Rouge’s Khieu Samphan’s life sentence (The Australian)
Hobbits and the exhausting proper: how fantasy evokes Italy’s potential new chief (The New York Instances)
How NFL hiring practises block Black coaches from high jobs (The Washington Put up)
Bread-and-butter finances we simply need to have — Jim Chalmers (The Australian): “We all know it’s uncommon at hand down a second finances this 12 months, however this can be a new authorities and these are uncommon circumstances. It made no sense to us to attend 13 months between budgets when the duties are so pressing, the challenges so confronting and the wants so substantial.
“This shall be a reasonably commonplace bread-and-butter finances as a result of, for the occasions we’re in, that’s what it must be. It shouldn’t be seen in isolation from the opposite two or three we hand down this parliamentary time period. It’s the start, not the top, of a giant nationwide dialog about our financial challenges, the structural place of the finances going ahead, and the sorts of decisions we have to make as a rustic sooner or later about what our priorities are, what’s inexpensive and what’s honest.”
ClubsNSW has misplaced its ethical compass over pokies — “The Herald’s View” (SMH): “Final November, a senior gaming regulator advised the Herald that he believed about $1 billion is laundered annually by golf equipment in Australia, a lot of it by NSW’s 85,000 poker machines. The Day by day Telegraph this 12 months leaked particulars of a confidential state authorities report which mentioned investigators suspected organised crime had laundered $5.5 million although 178 Sydney venues in a single seven-week interval.
“ClubsNSW’s common denials of the dimensions of the issue are paying homage to the denials by on line casino operators Star Leisure and Crown Resorts earlier than quite a few inquiries confirmed they have been facilitating systematic cash laundering by their gaming tables. ClubsNSW has made noises about combating each cash laundering and the equally major problem of dangerous playing however in actuality it has dragged the chain.”
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