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Officials have not reported any survivors after a Lion Air passenger plane carrying 189 people crashed into waters off Jakarta yesterday.

According to The Guardian, flight JT610 lost contact with air traffic control shortly roughly 13 minutes after leaving for the island of Banka yesterday, shortly after its pilot asked to return and, according to flight data, before the plane made a sudden dive into the sea. Officials have recovered human remains from the crash site, and said they did not expect to find any survivors.


The head of a global mining council has welcomed the industry’s role in a renewable future and argued a new minerals boom will become “critical to enabling the decarbonisation of the planet”.

Ahead of the International Mining and Resources Conference in Melbourne, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that chief executive of International Council on Mining and Metals Tom Butler argued that both a carbon price and new minerals for renewable technologies, specifically copper and lithium, will be required to achieve the IPCC’s climate goals.

Rio Tinto’s chief executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques has been less positive ahead of the conference, labelling the mining industry “one of the least-trusted on the planet”, while a new University of NSW study urges government assistance in transitioning power workers ahead of the closure of Australia’s 23 coal-fired power stations.


German chancellor Angela Merkel has announced she will step down at the end of her fourth term in 2021, following a string of poor election results for her centre-right party Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

The BBC reports that Merkel, who will also not seek re-election as party leader in December, will take “full responsibility” for recent setbacks, with both CDU and national partners the Social Democrats dipping 10% at a state Hesse poll on Sunday. Merkel’s announcement is reportedly meant to silence critics in her party and bring back voters who had deserted for both left (Greens) and far-right (AfD).


Health services on Nauru for boat people are much more extensive than the health services that a lot of regional towns get here in Australia.

Tony Abbott

Australia’s former prime minister dismisses both Nauru’s overwhelmingly confirmed medical emergency and, falsely, the majority of people detained offshore for five years as “economic migrants”.


“Under the pretence of national security, prosecutors want to conduct the trial out of the public eye to avoid embarrassment — and perhaps worse — for a number of figures, while K and Collaery’s lawyers are arguing the prosecution should be conducted in open court. In a hearing originally set down for today but now to be held Thursday morning, we’ll find out whether the two sides have been able to reach agreement.”

“Any time you think the situation for refugees and people seeking safe harbor in Australia can’t possibly get any worse, it always does. This has been the safest bet in bipartisan refugee policy for as long as I can remember. No matter how pointlessly counterproductive or cruel the strategy for destroying the physical and mental health of refugees in our detention camps, there was always an Abbott or a Dutton out there trying to make it worse.”

“The attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, which, in taking the lives of 11 worshipers, represents the worst attack on the Jewish people on US soil. The shooter was explicitly anti-Semitic and white supremacist, telling the SWAT officer who apprehended him, ‘They’re committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.’ An investigation into his history showed he had spat virulent anti-Semitism to no one in particular on alt-right social media platform of choice Gab and collected an arsenal of weapons.”


Moving Australia’s embassy in Israel will have ‘a very negative reaction’ in Indonesia: Turnbull

Farmers federation’s Fiona Simson urged to run as independent against Barnaby Joyce

Newspoll: federal leadership turmoil hits Victorian Liberals’ campaign ($)

Justice delayed, justice denied as OPP loses control of rape cases

Why Liberal MPs bought 614 copies of one book for $9000

‘No party poppers’ for Centrelink’s 48 million unanswered calls

Bolsonaro wins Brazil election, promises to purge leftists from country

Papua New Guinea’s bid for Australian military hardware ($)


Finally, Keating can see the folly of his super scheme ($) — Judith Sloan (The Australian): “If you were in any doubt our system of compulsory superannuation is essentially pointless, other than making industry players extremely wealthy, check out the latest suggestion from the father of the scheme, former prime minister Paul Keating. Evidently, superannuation is of no use to many people over 80 because their superannuation balances will be largely exhausted.”

Angela Merkel, the West’s most enduring leader, has run out of timeNick Miller (The Sydney Morning Herald): “She is not hated – far from it. Her popularity has never plumbed the depths reached by (for example) the UK’s Theresa May or France’s Emmanuel Macron. But the Germans are weary of her and want a fresh start. Though opinion polls show they respect her intelligence, competence and strength, they also showed this year an increasing perception that she was dictatorial and out of touch.”

I returned to my prison on Manus Island and was stunned by what I saw — Behrouz Boochani (The Guardian): “I also saw a tree that was in Delta prison, which we called “the suicide tree”. I saw the location of Chauka, the Green Zone, and Bravo, all solitary confinement cells. It was there that they imprisoned human beings and inflicted psychological torture on them. All these places were now gone; there was not one sign of them left.”


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  • Australian Conservation Foundation chief executive Kelly O’Shannessy will address the National Press Club.

  • The Royal Australian Mint and Senator Zed Seselja will unveil Australia’s newest circulating coin at the Australian War Memorial’s 62,000 Poppies display.


  • NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian will speak on day two of the Australian Council of Social Services conference.

  • A federal senate inquiry will examine Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century.

  • Former Climate Change Minister Greg Combet will launch a new report on energy transition and the future for coal power workers and communities at a McKell Institute event. Other speakers will include CFMEU National President Tony Maher and report author Professor Peter Sheldon.

  • Shadow Employment Minister Brendan O’Connor, NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley, National Secretary United Voice’s Jo-anne Schofield, and club workers will address a press conference on penalty rate cuts as final arguments start before the Fair Work Commission Full Bench today.


  • Labor deputy leader Tanya Plibersek will make a $10 million announcement with the party’s candidate for the new federal seat of Macnamara, Josh Burns, and Victoria’s Equality Minister Martin Foley.

  • Writs will be issued for the November 24 Victorian election, while both Labor and Liberal parties will drive campaign busses around Melbourne.

  • Day one of the three-day International Mining and Resources Conference, with WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum Bill Johnston and multiple other state representatives to speak. Climate change activists will also protest outside.

  • New Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert will, for the first time since his appointment, give his first major speech to the super industry at the Super Fund of the Year Awards 2018.


  • Shadow Assistant Minister for Ageing Senator Helen Polley, Centre Alliance MP Rebekha Sharkie, Greens Senator Rachel Siewert and more will discuss aged care workforce issues as part of a final day panel at the 2018 LASA National Congress.

  • Final submissions from counsel assisting in the royal commission into the Murray-Darling Basin plan.


  • Winners of the 2019 Western Australia Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Local Hero will be announced.

  • Former AFL player Ben Cousins is due to face court on drug charges.


  • The Coalition will announce that 800 call centre workers in Brisbane will be outsourced to private contractors.

  • Together Queensland unionists will rally against the state government’s public service pay outside Parliament House.


  • The Australian Human Rights Commission will conduct policy and employer consultations for the national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Tullamarine, Victoria

  • A federal senate inquiry will examine the Treasury Laws Amendment (Improving the Energy Efficiency of Rental Properties) Bill 2018.


  • Polling closes for Tasmanian local government elections.

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