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Victoria Police assistant commissioner Luke Cornelius (Image: AAP/James Ross*)


Victorian Police have this morning arrested and charged a 27-year-old man with the murder of Courtney Herron, whose body was found in Melbourne’s Royal Park over the weekend. Twenty-five-year-old Herron was the victim of a “horrendous bashing”. The man will appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later today, the ABC reports.

The Age reports that Herron, who was “part of a beautiful, caring Greek-Aussie family”, had previously worked for a government department but had fallen on hard times and was homeless at the time of her death. Assistant Commissioner Luke Cornelius told reporters that “this is about men’s behaviour”, while Council to Homeless Persons chief executive Jenny Smith told The Age that a dire shortage of social housing is putting the state’s most vulnerable people at risk.

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Scott Morrison has announced his new front bench, including several firsts for a cabinet($). The Australian notes that a record seven women will be included in cabinet, Nationals deputy Bridget McKenzie will be the first female agriculture minister and Ken Wyatt will the first Aboriginal minister for Indigenous Affairs ($) and first Indigenous person in cabinet.

Melissa Price has been dumped as environment minister despite claims she wouldn’t be, with Sussan Ley replacing her after previously being demoted over her use of parliamentary expensesMichaelia Cash has stayed Minister for Small and Family Business but has also become Minister for Employment, while Stuart Robert has been appointed Minister for Government Services and placed in charge of new agency Services Australia in what The Sydney Morning Herald calls “the most significant new post”.

Elsewhere, Arthur Sinodinos and Mitch Fifield will be ambassador to the United States and representative at the United Nations, respectively. Sinodinos will replace Joe Hockey, walking straight into a nasty fight with Trump, The Age reports.


Nominations for Labor leadership close this morning, with Anthony Albanese expected to be the only candidate. Richard Marles is expected to be the only candidate for deputy, after Clare O’Neil confirmed to ABC’s Insiders that she would not run, backing Marles. Emily’s List national co-convenor Tanja Kovac told the Sydney Morning Herald that the likely all-male leadership team was “disrespectful.”

The Australian reports that Labor Right has pushed for Bill Shorten, who campaigned against Albanese’s appointment, to remain on the front bench ($). Jim Chalmers will likely be Labor’s Treasury spokesman.


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Barnaby Joyce

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Albanese will have to confront a collapse in the progressive vote

“Along with Turnbull and the now long-retired Lindsay Tanner, Albanese is the only senior politician of recent years who speaks exactly the same way in public as he does in private. Nearly every politician adopts a persona when they speak in public, and usually go from charming, thoughtful and human in private to robotic, tedious and focused only on talking points. Julia Gillard didn’t do it until she became prime minister, but it removed in a moment one of the most compelling parts of her political identity.”

Does Labor have a problem with religious voters?

“The evidence that marriage equality lost Labor the election is disputable — and much of it is anecdotal — but there may be some truth to it, particularly when looking at electorates that overwhelmingly voted against marriage equality in 2017 and their swings against Labor in this election.

In western Sydney, there were sizeable swings against Labor in traditionally safe Labor seats from electorates that also saw a high No votes in the marriage equality plebiscite.”

The resurrection and redemption of Barnaby Joyce

“Joyce’s swing might read as tacit endorsement for his performance; proof that there will be little impetus for change. But, though he’s won their votes, some locals say he’ll need to win back their respect. They want to see him “buckling down and getting on with it” and listening more to his constituents.”


Recognition to bridge the gulf of respect  – Peter Hartcher (The Sydney Morning Herald): “Even if Australia can manage to close the gap on practical measures of Indigenous quality of life, our country is still blighted by the less tangible gap – the great gulf of respect, recognition and self-esteem that has trapped Indigenous Australians at the lowest level of the system of social order. This is not some waffly concept but a central tenet of the human spirit. The ancient Greeks had a word for it. Thymos – the part of the human soul that craves recognition. With it, we are empowered and ennobled. Without recognition, we are less than fully human.”

John Setka should stand down, or be sackedJane Gilmore (The Age): “Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, who has championed prevention of men’s violence against women and publicly called out sexism in the past, has not (yet) called for Setka’s resignation, saying it would be inappropriate to comment while the matter was before the courts. That reason is wearing thin, and the Premier’s credibility on this issue will take a huge hit if he doesn’t apply his stance to his allies as strongly as he applies it to everyone else.”

Why working-class Aussies flipped their vote ($) – James Morrow (The Daily Telegraph): “Here’s an interesting fact about north and south: every now and then, they simply switch positions. Scientists aren’t quite sure why it happens, but they believe that since the planet was born, magnetic north and south have swapped about 183 times. Something similar can happen in politics: One end of the spectrum will up and start voting as if it was on the other side, and vice versa.”


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  • National Reconciliation Week 2019 begins, with the theme of “Grounded in Truth: Walk Together with Courage”. A full list of events can be found on the NRW website.


  • Monday will be a public holiday in honour of Reconciliation Day.

  • Glebe Park will play host to Reconciliation in the Park, with activities reflecting the National Reconciliation Week theme. Melbourne duo The Merindas will perform as the headline music act, bringing their fusion of Indigenous, electro-tribal pop sounds.

  • INTERPOL will release details of a major operation targeting illicit reptile trafficking, with rare items from the department’s “seizure shed” on display.


  • Artist, social worker and businessman Stan “Yarra” Yarramunua will give “A Man Called Yarra” talk at the Newport Community Hub as part of National Reconciliation Week.

  • The Victorian government will hand down its budget in parliament following a media lockup.

  • Australia’s champion food eater Cal Stubbs will attempt to best his personal record by eating a burger containing more than 22 patties, as part of National Burger Day and Chapel Street Precinct Champion Awards.

  • A committal hearing will begin for Denis George Mackenzie, Julie-Ann Kerin and Darrell John Fraser, charged by IBAC over a failed learning tool for Victorian state schools. 


  • Amber Holt, who allegedly tried to egg Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a Country Women’s Association event, is due to face court.


  • The first case management hearing will be held for Nationwide News’ and journalist Jonathan Morans’ appeal in the Geoffrey Rush defamation case.


  • The Taigum Kids Early Learning Centre will celebrate National Reconciliation Week by helping children expand their knowledge of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture.


  • The Queensland State of Origin team to hold their fan day at Charleville.