Brekky Wrap: Corporate Tax Cuts Under Scrutiny And 14 Dead In Earthquake
All the news you need to know this Monday.
While Labor managed to retain all four of its seats in Saturday's by-elections, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said they have "nothing to crow about". Amid Labor's victory, there's fresh scrutiny over if the government should drop or re-model their corporate tax cut policy. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has campaigned heavily against the tax cuts, saying that giving billions of dollars of taxpayer funds to big banks and multi-national companies is a terrible idea. Finance Minister Mathias Cormann has said that the government will push ahead with the original policy and that they will try to convince the Senate to agree to it in the coming months.
Publisher of the New York Times, AG Sulzberger has met with U.S. President Donald Trump to talk about Trump's harmful press rhetoric. Sulzberger said he “implored him to reconsider his broader attacks on journalism, which I believe are dangerous and harmful to our country”. Sulzberger also said Trump attacks on the media were bad for America's democracy. Trump tweeted that the pair also discussed the rise of fake news and how much it is published in the mainstream media.
14 people have died and hundreds are injured after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian tourist destination island of Lombok. Emergency tents have been set up in the worst hit areas of the island to treat the injured and electricity has been cut off. There have been over 100 aftershocks since the quake but as it was an on-land quake, a tsunami warning has not been put in place.
The Cambodian People's Party (CPP) has declared victory in the nation's general election -- a win that has been denounced as a sham by rights groups. The CPP won nearly 80 percent of the vote meaning they will hold 100 of the 125 parliamentary seats. Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has been in power for more than three decades, won the landslide victory without competition from the main opposition party the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) which was dissolved in 2017 by the Supreme Court. Some European nations alongside the United States and some local and international rights groups agreed the polls are not credible.
Commuters in Sydney could face more delays this morning following the replacement of a signalling box that took much longer than expected on Sunday. People were left waiting on platforms and around stations for about three hours while engineers worked to resolve the issue. Sydney trains has confirmed that a team of engineers has been working throughout the night to minimise any delays on Monday morning, saying that upgrading the signalling box to a digital system is a complex procedure.
News presenter Lee Lin Chin delivered her final bulletin for SBS World News on Sunday evening complete with a special message for fans. Dressed in transparent black vinyl, Chin said she was sad to leave her colleagues, but saddest of all the leave the audience of the show. Chin also said ahead of her final bulletin she would be happy to talk to fans, as long as they followed the required guidelines. “I’m not disappearing from the face of the earth, so if they see me I will have all the time in the world to engage with them … as long as they don’t ask for selfies," she said
Geraint Thomas has become the first Welshman to win the Tour de France, arriving in Paris dressed in the yellow jersey. Thomas secured his lead in Saturday's time trial and said he was "overwhelmed" by the win. "I didn't think about it all race and now suddenly I won the Tour," he said. Thomas is Sky's sixth victory in the last seven years.
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