Good morning, early birds. Stories about Cardinal George Pell have swept the nation following a guilty verdict for historic child sexual abuse, and staff of beleaguered security contractor Paladin have gone on strike on Manus Island. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Despite bureaucrats' attempts to justify the appointment of the mysterious Paladin company to provide offshore processing services, plenty of questions remain about the scandal.
Home Affairs has failed to learn the lesson of previous contract debacles by letting controversial detention firm Paladin self-report with little risk of audit.