THAT’S A WRAP FOR G20
The G20 summit has wrapped up in Hamburg over the weekend, with North Korea and climate change hot topics. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told Chinese President Xi Jinping he needs to rein in North Korea in a private meeting and in a public statement, reports The Australian. Turnbull said China was in a “unique position” to bring North Korea to its senses without using military action. In The Sydney Morning Herald, James Massola reports that Turnbull was disappointed that the G20 leaders hadn’t condemned North Korea’s ballistic missile tests last week. Turnbull has also appeared with French President Emmanuel Macron to confirm new Australian submarines will be built starting in 2021 by French company DCNS.
On the sidelines, Turnbull and Finance Minister Mathias Cormann lobbied the United States and won an exemption for Australian steel and aluminium from harsh new US import fees, according to an exclusive report by the Australian Financial Review‘s Phillip Coorey.
SHORTEN GAINING GROUND IN NEWSPOLL
A new Newspoll published in The Australian has Opposition Leader Bill Shorten closing in on Turnbull as preferred prime minister. The poll has 41% of voters naming Turnbull as their preferred PM, to 33% choosing Shorten. According to the poll, Labor comes out ahead in two-party preferred terms, 53% to 47%. The poll also shows the government’s primary vote has dropped a percentage point to 35%.
The poll comes as Western Australian Liberal MP Dean Smith says he’s working on a private member’s bill to legalise same-sex marriage.
SHAROBEEM FABRICATED CHILD BRIDE STORY
Disgraced former Australian of the Year finalist Eman Sharobeem will face the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in Sydney again this week, and The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Michael Evans and Farid Farid have revealed more details of her alleged fabrications in an exclusive story. They report that her claims of being a child bride were fabricated, that the honorary doctorate she claims to have is denied by the university, and a former employer questions the authenticity of a reference.
RICHIE PORTE CRASHES OUT OF TOUR
Australian Tour de France hopeful Richie Porte has crashed out of the race overnight on the ninth stage, on the final descent into Chambery. Porte fractured his collarbone and pelvis in the crash, when he missed a bend. He’d been placed fifth overall. Colombia’s Rigoberto Uran won the stage and Chris Froome is currently race leader.
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WHAT’S ON TODAY
Sydney: Amber Harrison‘s court case with Seven West Media will be back in court after she announced on Friday she was pulling out of a settlement deal.
Cairns: Protesters opposing the Adani mine will protest outside Queensland cabinet drinks this evening.
Power to ease energy crisis rests with the states — Josh Frydenberg (The Australian $): “It is the states, not the commonwealth, that have in the past and still today own a significant proportion of generation, transmission and distribution assets. It is the states, not the commonwealth, that own the resources under the ground. And it is the states, not the commonwealth, that were granted constitutional authority for energy policy.”
G20 leaders give Malcolm Turnbull cover on climate change — Jennifer Hewett (Australian Financial Review $): “The Liberals coalescing around the “wrong way, reverse, go back” signals from Tony Abbott may be happy to argue that Australia, like the US, can afford to be diplomatically isolated on the issue. But it makes it a slightly less comfortable place to be when leaders like the German Chancellor Angela Merkel openly “deplore” the US approach and popular new French President Emmanuel Macron announces another meeting in December on the two-year anniversary of the deal.”
Turnbull’s preferred PM rating under two-pronged attack — David Crowe (The Australian $): “The campaign to weaken Malcolm Turnbull’s authority is paying dividends. Voters have marked down the Prime Minister after a sustained attack on his leadership from both ends of the political spectrum over the past three weeks.”
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has visited Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State since 2014, declaring the city to be fully liberated. Iraqi forces aided by Kurdish Peshmerga, militia groups and US air cover have slowly pushed IS out. There are still some reports of gunfire in the city, however, with a small number of militants reportedly still present. — BBC
Turkish opposition leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu has addressed a crowd numbering in the hundreds of thousands in Istanbul, riding a wave of anger unleashed by the jailing of a parliamentarian. The protest march and rally targeted President Tayyip Erdogan, who has also recently angered rights group Amnesty International by detaining its Turkey director. — Reuters
US President Donald Trump says he “strongly pushed” Russian leader Vladimir Putin over allegations Russia interfered in the US election. The pair’s meeting has led to criticism back home for Trump, including from senior Republicans. Trump’s announcement of a joint cyber unit has dismayed hawks like Senator Marco Rubio. The situation won’t be helped by new reports that Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer before the election, after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. — New York Times
WHAT WE’RE READING
Nick Kyrgios, the reluctant rising star of tennis (The New Yorker): “I asked Kyrgios why he doesn’t quit. “I’d rather be doing that than working at Chipotle or something,” he said.”
The people defending Cardinal George Pell (The Saturday Paper): “Has the Catholic Church been unfairly targeted? The royal commission has now run for five years. It has yielded extraordinary data on a crime for which there is famously little. So much data that we might confidently answer the question of whether Catholic institutions were disproportionately abusive. The simple answer is: yes, they were.”
The new nation-states (New Republic): “It’s ironic that global warming might be the wedge issue for the rise of ‘subnationalism.’ After all, if you ever wanted an argument for world government, climate change provides it. But the United Nations has been trying to stop global warming since the days when we called it the greenhouse effect. And national governments, hijacked by the fossil fuel industry, have intervened again and again to obstruct any progress ..”
Self-appointed ‘King’ Macron is no antidote to Trump (Huck Magazine): “Macron’s weird stabs at royalty aren’t a betrayal of his sensible managerial centrism; they’re the same thing. His politics are an antipolitics – during the election, he announced that he was ‘neither left nor right,’ ni droite ni gauche, which also happens to have been a slogan of the interwar French fascist party.”
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