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A BRIDGE TOO ANTIFA

After footage went viral of New York police shoving 75-year-old peaceful protester Martin Gugino and then ignoring him as he lay on the ground bleeding from his ear, CNN unpacks how Donald Trump has attempted to chum the water with a fabricated conspiracy theory that Gugino was an “Antifa provocateur”.

As George Floyd’s funeral begins today in Houston, here are a few more updates on why thousands continue to march:

There is, however, another victory of sorts for protesters: IBM has announced plans to get out of the facial recognition business.

NATIONAL CABINET LIKELY TO DELAY ACCELERATED LIFTING OF RESTRICTIONS

Announced with all the emphasis you’d expect from the national broadsheet, The Australian ($) reports that concerns over last week’s Stop Black Deaths in Custody protests will see the national cabinet ditch their idea to bring recovery plans forward by at least a week, “potentially costing the economy more than $1 billion and preventing tens of thousands of people getting back to work”.

Elsewhere, in an interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt has confirmed that community consultations on the proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament will progress this year, even if the pandemic has postponed plans for a referendum — potentially, until after the next election.

PS: While thousands may have turned up in Australia last weekend, a new Essential poll at The Guardian suggests 80% of Australians believe US police forces have institutional racism, but only 30% see the same in Australia. Reminder: more than 400 Indigenous Australians have died in police custody since 1991, and absolutely zero officers have been been convicted.

TURNING THE PAYG

According to the AFR ($), Assistant Treasurer and Housing Minister Michael Sukkar will announce plans to defer $1 billion worth of forecast pay as you go (PAYG) tax receipts from businesses and high-income earners for the 2020-21 financial year on Wednesday “to help them with cash flow during Covid-19”.

WHAT ISN’T BEING REPORTED TODAY? Despite that little drop in the Oz yesterday, the Coalition did not discuss incarceration targets or the Black/Indigenous Lives Matter protests in yesterday’s party room meeting, although Josh Frydenberg did, reportedly, condemn UK protesters for defacing a statue of Winston “I hate Indians” Churchill.

MORE BAD NEWS FOR AUSTRALIAN JOURNALISTS

Just a week after a survey of bushfire-affected residents showed that 60% of them relied on the ABC to stay safe, The Guardian reports that the national broadcaster will have to cut 250 staff across news, entertainment and regional divisions to meet a $41 million annual budget cut.

That shortfall, which comes under a $84 million cut announced in 2018, puts the total funding slashed by the Coalition since taking office in 2014 at $783 million.

Additionally, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that dozens of metro staff at News Corp publications will be cut as part of mass syndication efforts across The Herald Sun, Daily Telegraph and, to an apparently lesser degree, The Australian.

STATE VIRUS WATCH: NSW’S SAFETY CHECK FOR BUSINESS

In a short but positive note to end on, Australia yesterday recorded our first day since the pandemic’s peak with no new recorded cases due to community transmission, with just two overseas arrivals testing positive in NSW.

THEY REALLY SAID THAT?

[ABC’s Lisa Miller]: Just last week, the prime minister was saying JobKeeper was there for six months, until September. You really blindsided people in the industry [with the July 20 end date for childcare workers]. Did the prime minister misspeak?

No the prime minister was talking about the legislation that is there that guarantees that the JobKeeper package will be there for six months.

Dan Tehan

After Scott Morrison absolutely last week claimed “the six months provision of JobKeeper” would last until September, the Education Minister puts on his bravest face to argue that only referred to the little piece of paper the scheme is written on.

CRIKEY RECAP

Mesh-injured women win in the courts and Senate yet still wait for compensation

“When more than 1300 women with pelvic mesh devices won a seven-year legal battle against Johnson & Johnson in November, the judgement was so lengthy that one Federal Court staffer remarked they’d ‘need a forklift’ to carry the printed version.”


How Black Lives Matter will impact the race to find Richard Di Natale’s replacement

“As the dust settles on the Black Lives Matter protests across the country, it is worth contemplating the potential Australian impacts flowing from George Floyd’s murder in Minneapolis.

“The push to change Australia Day will gain momentum, as will community and political support for the voice to parliament campaign, along with treaty proposals such as what is being pursued by the Victorian government.”


Independent. Always? Liberal-linked Nine joins the Liberal war on industry super

“It seems that the Nine media company is quite taken with Liberal Senator Andrew ‘virus guy’ Bragg.

“Last week The Sydney Morning Herald gave, in effect, a free ad for his new book attacking Australia’s compulsory superannuation model, ran an excerpt from it, and ran a follow-up story the next day recycling one of its core myths — that industry super funds are major political donors.”

READ ALL ABOUT IT

‘I can’t breathe’: Danny Richards’ family seek answers to custody death

Reconciliation Australia ends partnership with Rio Tinto over destroyed heritage site

Greens activist Jonathan Peter Doig arrested over alleged child sex abuse offences ($)

Morrison signals more help for Australian manufacturing

Mental heath nurses to be based at police stations

Australian government considers appealing against judgment on 2011 live cattle export ban

Deputy Premier John Barilaro launches campaign to open stadiums and bring NRL fans back ($)

‘Miss Hitler’ pageant entrant and her partner jailed for belonging to neo-Nazi group

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza dies of heart attack, aged 56

THE COMMENTARIAT

Premier needs to act on model to save black livesTeela Reid (The Sydney Morning Herald): “In 2018, the Walama Working Group officially presented the business case for the Walama Court to the NSW government directly to the office of the NSW Attorney-General Mark Speakman. We understand Premier Gladys Berejikilian is aware of the proposal, although the State Parliament is yet to act on its implementation by passing the legislation required for its establishment.”

Aussie dollar’s unfortunate popularity ($) — Karen Maley (AFR): “Does the new-found popularity of the Australian dollar represent a further impediment to our post-coronavirus pandemic economic recovery? That’s the question occupying the minds of top policymakers as the Australian dollar has climbed more than 20% against the US dollar since mid-March, making it one of the top-performing currencies in the world over the past few months.”

The NYT admits key falsehoods that drove last year’s coup in Bolivia: Falsehoods peddled by the U.S., its media, and the NYTGlenn Greenwald (The Intercept): “As usual, the two news outlets most influential in disseminating and ratifying false anti-democratic claims from the U.S. government were the Washington Post and — though they neglected to mention it in their article yesterday on the debunked OAS findings — the New York Times itself. The Post, in its article the day after Morales was forced to leave, ratified the election fraud accusation in its headline: ‘Bolivia’s Morales resigns amid scathing election report, rising protests.’”

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