Good morning. Peter Dutton has accused refugee activist Shane Bazzi of showing malice in the minister’s defamation suit, citing a tweet labelling him a “cunt” and a “fucken scumbag”. Bazzi denies that he defamed Dutton and is using the defences of fair comment and honest opinion, invoking Dutton’s statement that he didn’t know the “she said, he said” details of former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins’s allegation of rape. In his reply Dutton argues that Bazzi cannot rely on honest opinion because his “rape apologist” tweet was “actuated by actual malice”.
New South Wales premier Gladys Berejiklian has warned this is the “scariest period” the state has faced during the pandemic after reporting 11 new local Covid cases on Thursday. Meanwhile a police investigation into the limousine driver who sparked Sydney’s current Covid outbreak has expanded to include the company that employed him to drive international aircrews to and from Sydney airport.
At least one person is dead, 10 injured and as many as 51 people are unaccounted for after a condominium building collapsed in Miami. Rescue crews were searching for survivors through the rubble after 70 of the development’s 130 apartments were destroyed. Witnesses said the sound of the collapse was “like a bomb going off”. Officials said at a morning press conference that the reason for the collapse was not yet known. “It’s the unimaginable,” Daniella Levine Cava, the Miami-Dade mayor, said. “A massive search and rescue mission is under way. We are going to do everything we can possibly to identify and rescue those who have been trapped in the rubble.”
A dossier of rape allegations against former attorney general Christian Porter has been made public for the first time. Released on the first anniversary of the woman’s death, the dossier details her allegation that Porter raped her three times in the early hours of 10 January 1988, which Porter strenuously denies. “We didn’t have anything of that nature happen between us,” he said. The dossier was sent to the prime minister Scott Morrison earlier this year and has been circulated among politicians and members of the media since it was first released. The ABC’s reporting of the dossier sparked Porter to commence defamation proceedings against the public broadcaster, which has since been settled.
Veteran political commentator Niki Savva has quit her column for the Australian newspaper after Sky News host Peta Credlin joined as a columnist. Savva had criticised Credlin and Tony Abbott in her book Road to Ruin and felt she would be constrained if their columns were published side by side.
An internal email reveals Adani executives adopted a deliberate media strategy to obscure details about its plans to source large volumes of water for the Carmichael coalmine, raising concern among environmental groups and water experts about how the company intends to cover an 8bn litre annual shortfall.
Young people ages 15-24 experienced higher rates of psychological distress, job loss, and educational disruption during the Covid-19 pandemic than older Australians, new research has revealed.
A parliamentary inquiry will examine NSW’s use of environmental offsets to compensate for habitat destruction caused by major developments after a Guardian Australia investigation revealed serious concerns about the system, including instances where promised offsets never eventuated.
A former residential school in Canada has discovered 751 unmarked graves just weeks after a similar discovery in British Columbia prompted a fresh reckoning over the country’s colonial past.
A former NRA chief has been tricked into giving a speech to 3,044 empty chairs, representing US seniors from this year’s graduating class who died from gun violence.
Rudy Giuliani is suspended from practicing law in New York state over his “demonstrably false and misleading statements” following the 2020 US presidential election.
At least 64 people have been killed and 180 injured in an Ethiopian airstrike on a market in the war-torn Tigray region. The UN has called for an urgent investigation into the strike.
Sound waves can’t travel in the almost perfect vacuum of space – no one can hear you scream, as the tagline from Alien goes. But electromagnetic and gravitational waves can, and a new album has turned these signals from space into musical tracks. The track Cataclysm incorporates a “chirp” of gravitational waves – ripples in spacetime – emitted by the merger of two black holes, which took place 1.3bn light years away and was detected for the first time in 2016. “This is so much grander than even what I can conceive as a person,” said Kim Cunio, an associate professor and convenor of musicology at the Australian National University.
Being a geographical polyamorist with Victoria and Sydney worked pre-Covid for Brigid Delaney. But once the pandemic arrived, it became clear that belonging to two states would be more problematic, maybe impossible. “It was like moving up to the hardest level of a game. This level had a deadly virus and hard borders and restrictions and cancelled flights and lockdown orders. Your challenge – be where you need to be, avoid the virus, avoid quarantining, stay housed, stay employed, stay sane.”
Thirty years in the works, We Were Not Men by Campbell Mattinson tells the story of two twins touched by trauma – and the grandmother seeing them through. “Things unfold in well-paced vignettes. But over a sprawling 342 pages, the steady rhythm of trauma and incident mutes the emotional impact of the story’s central drama: two boys, divided by love, recovering from loss, trying to save their friendship,” writes Imogen Dewey. “As titles go, We Were Not Men makes a strong promise, but ultimately says little on the subject of contemporary masculinity.”
The government’s reaction to the possibility of the Great Barrier Reef being listed as “in danger” and a leadership change in the National party have highlighted Australia’s toxic politics around global heating. In today’s Full Story, editor Lenore Taylor and head of news Mike Ticher discuss how these issues are playing out and the media’s role in reporting them.
Phil Gould has got it wrong on 18-year-old Reece Walsh’s State of Origin selection, says Nick Tedeschi. “Gould claimed ‘bringing him into a team that was beaten 50-6 …. [is] not fair on the kid’. It’s ‘not how you develop talent’. History suggests, though, that being thrown into Origin with little NRL experience and at a tender age will hardly stymie a player’s development.”
Scott Morrison has called on state leaders to reconsider travel exemptions for fully vaccinated people to encourage more Australians to get the Covid jab, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. WA Community Development and Justice chair Libby Mettam has called for an inquiry into the safety of women on mine sites in the wake of allegations of sexual assaults, says the West Australian. And in the Courier Mail, Scott Morrison has offered to pay for a 1,000 bed purpose-built quarantine facility next to Brisbane Airport in a letter to Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Mining companies to front inquiry into regulation of investment in coal.
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