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Here are the main stories of the day.Here are the main stories of the day.
A second person was found dead in Victorian flood waters and more than 100,000 people remain without power as a wild weather crisis in the state’s east entered its second day. A second person was found dead in Victorian flood waters and more than 100,000 people remained without power as wild weather lashed the state’s east for a second day.
Victoria recorded no new local cases of Covid, in a boost to Melburnians emerging from a two-week lockdown.Victoria recorded no new local cases of Covid, in a boost to Melburnians emerging from a two-week lockdown.
Queensland also recorded no local cases, two days after a confirmed case entered the state from Victoria.Queensland also recorded no local cases, two days after a confirmed case entered the state from Victoria.
The federal judge blasted the federal government’s robodebt scheme as “shameful chapter” in public administration, as he approved a $1.8bn settlement. A federal judge blasted the government’s robodebt scheme as a “shameful chapter” in public administration, as he approved a $1.8bn settlement.
Scott Morrison landed in the UK, lauding “bold thinker” Boris Johnson, ahead of the G7 summit.Scott Morrison landed in the UK, lauding “bold thinker” Boris Johnson, ahead of the G7 summit.
The ABC confirmed its ‘Qanon’ Four Corners episode would air, following claims that it had been delayed due to management concerns. The ABC confirmed its “Qanon” Four Corners episode would air, following claims that it had been delayed due to management concerns.
Scott Morrison has landed in the UK and immediately launched a love bomb in Boris Johnson’s direction, declaring the UK leader to be a “big, bold thinker”. Morrison is one of the G7 Plus invitees to the Cornwall summit, where he’ll be chatting to world leaders in person, for one of the first times since the pandemic began.Scott Morrison has landed in the UK and immediately launched a love bomb in Boris Johnson’s direction, declaring the UK leader to be a “big, bold thinker”. Morrison is one of the G7 Plus invitees to the Cornwall summit, where he’ll be chatting to world leaders in person, for one of the first times since the pandemic began.
Climate, and in particular Australia’s lack of climate policy, is one of the big issues, but upon arriving in the UK, Morrison was keen to speak about commonalities. One of those being Johnson’s ‘vaccinate the world’ push.Climate, and in particular Australia’s lack of climate policy, is one of the big issues, but upon arriving in the UK, Morrison was keen to speak about commonalities. One of those being Johnson’s ‘vaccinate the world’ push.
“No- one is ever going to accuse the prime minister of Great Britain of lacking ambition when it comes to anything. I think that is one of his great assets, he is a big, bold thinker and he gets out there and I’m happy to get in there behind him with this, as I’m sure all the other leaders are,” Morrison said.“No- one is ever going to accuse the prime minister of Great Britain of lacking ambition when it comes to anything. I think that is one of his great assets, he is a big, bold thinker and he gets out there and I’m happy to get in there behind him with this, as I’m sure all the other leaders are,” Morrison said.
“It does require that sort of an effort and I think he has laid that marker down quite firmly and I think that is a good thing and very consistent with his well-known character.”“It does require that sort of an effort and I think he has laid that marker down quite firmly and I think that is a good thing and very consistent with his well-known character.”
Morrison said Australia is doing its part when it comes to its own part of the world:Morrison said Australia is doing its part when it comes to its own part of the world:
But at the same time, Australia has not yet agreed to waive the patent, which would allow developing countries the ability to produce the vaccine themselves. So a slight omission there.But at the same time, Australia has not yet agreed to waive the patent, which would allow developing countries the ability to produce the vaccine themselves. So a slight omission there.
Asked about Boris Johnson’s push to have the world vaccinated by the end of next year, Morrison says the UK PM is a “big, bold thinker”.Asked about Boris Johnson’s push to have the world vaccinated by the end of next year, Morrison says the UK PM is a “big, bold thinker”.
He says:He says:
A reporter notes that Morrison has landed in the UK, where the pandemic is still raging. He replies:A reporter notes that Morrison has landed in the UK, where the pandemic is still raging. He replies:
Morrison notes the events in Victoria:Morrison notes the events in Victoria:
Morrison says issues on the agenda include “big challenges of climate change, and the new energy economy, which Australia is determined to be a very positive part of. But of course, the Indo-Pacific and securing a free and open Indo-Pacific, so central to Australia’s interests, but increasingly so much more central to global stability”.Morrison says issues on the agenda include “big challenges of climate change, and the new energy economy, which Australia is determined to be a very positive part of. But of course, the Indo-Pacific and securing a free and open Indo-Pacific, so central to Australia’s interests, but increasingly so much more central to global stability”.
He says:He says:
The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is speaking live from the UK. He’s just touched down ahead of the G7 Summit.The prime minister, Scott Morrison, is speaking live from the UK. He’s just touched down ahead of the G7 Summit.
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The Northern Territory’s under-fire Indigenous treaty commissioner, Prof Mick Dodson, has formally resigned amid abuse allegations.The Northern Territory’s under-fire Indigenous treaty commissioner, Prof Mick Dodson, has formally resigned amid abuse allegations.
Dodson has been under pressure to step down since he was accused of verbally abusing and threatening an Aboriginal woman at an interstate football game in Darwin in January.Dodson has been under pressure to step down since he was accused of verbally abusing and threatening an Aboriginal woman at an interstate football game in Darwin in January.
The 71-year-old is also alleged to have called a second woman offensive names during an angry exchange at a casino five months before he was appointed to the role.The 71-year-old is also alleged to have called a second woman offensive names during an angry exchange at a casino five months before he was appointed to the role.
On Friday, the former Australian of the Year agreed to step down.On Friday, the former Australian of the Year agreed to step down.
“The NT treaty commissioner Mick Dodson has tendered his resignation from the role,” a government spokesman said.“The NT treaty commissioner Mick Dodson has tendered his resignation from the role,” a government spokesman said.
“The resignation will be effective from the close of business today.”“The resignation will be effective from the close of business today.”
Dodson has not admitted the allegations and, through his lawyer, has previously said he doesn’t remember the first incident but agreed the alleged conduct was disgraceful.Dodson has not admitted the allegations and, through his lawyer, has previously said he doesn’t remember the first incident but agreed the alleged conduct was disgraceful.
The Yawuru man was named the Australian of the Year in 2009 for his work advocating for the rights of Indigenous Australians.The Yawuru man was named the Australian of the Year in 2009 for his work advocating for the rights of Indigenous Australians.
As a barrister specialising in native title and human rights, he assisted the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the 1980s.As a barrister specialising in native title and human rights, he assisted the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in the 1980s.
In 1993, he was appointed as Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner, a post he held until 1998.In 1993, he was appointed as Australia’s first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social justice commissioner, a post he held until 1998.
He was appointed NT’s treaty commissioner in February 2019 and is also a former chief executive of the Northern Land Council.He was appointed NT’s treaty commissioner in February 2019 and is also a former chief executive of the Northern Land Council.
Dodson’s role as NT treaty commissioner was to consult with Aboriginal people and develop a framework for future treaty negotiations.Dodson’s role as NT treaty commissioner was to consult with Aboriginal people and develop a framework for future treaty negotiations.
The former Liberal leader John Hewson is not holding back:The former Liberal leader John Hewson is not holding back:
Michael McGowan has the latest on the fallout from Christian Porter’s defamation case.Michael McGowan has the latest on the fallout from Christian Porter’s defamation case.
The Australian Unemployed Workers Union has responded to the robodebt court judgment and settlement.The Australian Unemployed Workers Union has responded to the robodebt court judgment and settlement.
It says:It says:
The union backed calls for a royal commission, saying:The union backed calls for a royal commission, saying:
Amanda Meade reports:Amanda Meade reports:
World Vision Australia has issued a statement on the treatment of the Biloela family.World Vision Australia has issued a statement on the treatment of the Biloela family.
CEO Daniel Wordsworth says:CEO Daniel Wordsworth says: