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Good morning, this is Imogen Dewey bringing you key stories and must-reads on Monday October 26th.
Australia calls for responses after women were taken off a Qatar Airways flight and strip searched and medical examination at a Doha airport. Female passengers, including 13 Australians, were ordered to disembark and undergo a medical examination after a newborn baby was found apparently dead at Hamad International Airport. Most women were “very upset” when they returned, said a fellow passenger on flight QR908 to Sydney after intrusive inspections to see if they had recently given birth. The Australian government has registered “serious concerns” with the Qatari authorities about the incident. Qatar Airways told Guardian Australia that it could not comment.
Australia’s largest companies are run by a Directors’ Club. An important new study found that boards are not penalized for poor performance. More than a third of the vacancies on the boards of the 300 largest publicly traded companies in Australia are filled by directors of other companies in the same group, according to the proxy consultancy Ownership Matters. It comes as Corporate Australia prepares for an annual shareholders meeting that got off to a hot start last week with the general meeting of troubled casino group Crown.
Nearly 60 million Americans have voted early and next week’s elections are expected to record a record turnout. Activists and analysts say the almost certain confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett in the Supreme Court on Monday represents a “takeover” by Republicans who may be wiped out at the ballot box despite a party leader dismissing the president’s doubts about Republicans in the Senate can hold. “We’re not going to control the pandemic,” a Trump adviser admitted joylessly as the country’s leading infectious disease expert raised hopes for an approved virus vaccine by the end of the year. Meanwhile, the group behind controversial billboards in Times Square with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner refuse to give in to legal threats.
Tens of thousands of acres of bush could be at risk under a “free” land clearance plan for New South WalesThis makes life even more difficult for koalas that are already threatened.
The Victorian government has built less than 10% of the new public housing it has pledged by 2022. As the analysis shows, there are almost 30,000 children among the 100,000 people on the waiting list.
The Morrison administration is expected to come under pressure for its delay in setting up a national anti-corruption commission this week. with an independent MP introducing its own bill and Labor likely to step up the attack on Question Time.
Labor has a two-seat majority in Queensland, and recent polls suggest close competition on October 31st. But Queensland is an extremely complex state. More than 20 seats could be flipped this Saturday, and smaller parties are likely to shape the next parliament.
A revolver found in a raid on the Spanish villa of convicted Irish drug dealer John Gilligan may have been used to murder Veronica Guerin. A Dublin court acquitted Gilligan of ordering the 2001 murder of the journalist, despite “serious suspicions” of his involvement.
France is calling its envoy back to Turkey after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made “unacceptable” comments. His French counterpart suggested Emmanuel Macron and needed psychological treatment.
The attempt to hijack a crude oil tanker registered in Liberia was reported outside the Isle of Wight, where the police and Coast Guard are currently investigating the incident.
The Spanish government has declared a six-month state of emergency and ordered a nationwide curfew in order to contain the second wave of coronavirus, Italians were strongly advised to stay home.
Newly released letters from the former Australian governor general show that he viewed his forced resignation under the Fraser administration as the ultimate betrayal. Sir John Kerr’s letters to the Queen’s private secretary are “a raw sign of devastation,” writes Jenny Hocking. “A common theme emerges: the palace’s involvement in every step Kerr took and in every decision he made regarding Gough Whitlam’s dismissal and its aftermath, including even his own resignation … They tell a poignant story of the personal decline. ”
“Most of the food is not made to be sealed in plastic and bounced on the back of a scooter for 20 minutes before it gets to you.” Even so, Adam Liaw is ready to admit that we will have to accept the changes that 2020 has imposed on our eating habits. He rates the best and worst dishes to order with several surprises and one universal truth: “Getting burgers delivered generally sucks.”
Australia’s theaters are slowly reopening, but will subscribers return? “The production costs for a show remain the same, regardless of whether you play in front of 50 or 500 people,” writes Fiona Gruber. “This is a critical factor influencing theater company programming and box office revenue forecast for 2021. How many tickets can you reasonably expect to be sold? Covid disrupted the subscription funding model that most companies rely on … and it didn’t help that the only money spent on the arts from a $ 250 million bailout went to the display industry. ”
Port Augusta once provided 40% of South Australia’s electricity through its huge coal-fired power station. But the city saw the writing on the wall for fossil fuels and started campaigning for a transition to renewable energies to secure jobs for future generations. In this episode of Full Story, Jake Morcom and Adam Morton discuss what went wrong with the city’s promising renewable energy projects.
Tom Morton explains, “The Upper Spencer Gulf has become a social laboratory for the energy transition in Australia.” Despite the problems, he says there is no doubt that a major transformation is taking place.
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“If it is true that big finals don’t build character but reveal him, then Dustin Martin is the epitome of man at the moment.” writes Scott Heinrich. “We always suspected it, but now we know that there has never been someone like him.”
It started with an illegally outstretched leg and ended with a frantic boom That was almost a Penrith comeback for the ages. Ultimately, last night’s grand final confirmed Melbourne Storm as the dominant NRL team of this century.
The British Tao Geoghegan Hart has sensationally claimed the fame of the Giro d’Italia. With the Australian Jai Hindley, he gradually but inexorably gained time after he had almost reached the final stages.
The IMF urges Australia to include “longstanding recommendations” in its economic recovery from Covid-19, reported the Australian Financial Review. Analysis from the Australian Melbourne said the lengthy lockdown will cost taxpayers $ 200 million and 1,200 jobs per day. And Gladys Berejiklian’s approval rating is still high, but her reputation has taken a hit, a new poll for the says Sydney Morning Herald and Nine messages.
The House of Representatives will meet and the Senate estimates will return. Follow the latest developments on our live blog
A coronary investigation will resume the death of Nathan Reynolds, a 36-year-old Aboriginal man who died of an asthma attack in 2018 in a minimal security area of a prison on the outskirts of Sydney.
And when you’ve read this far …
A frightening find shows how Henry VIII planned every detail of Anne Boleyn’s beheading. In an obscure, newly discovered passage in a Tudor arrest warrant book, the king stipulates that Boleyn should die by “cutting off” her head. Some say this shows genuine kindness – in that way, getting your head cut off might be less horrific than getting burned alive. On the other hand, the provisions now revealed for the first time make it uncomfortably clear how thoroughly he wanted his wife to be killed.
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