Brekky Wrap: Dutton Faces No Confidence Vote Over Au Pairs, Husband Of Missing Woman Charged
All the news you need to know this Thursday morning.
Peter Dutton is facing a no confidence vote over his dealings with several foreign au pairs who were given visas despite immigration department recommendations. A Labor-led Senate committee alleged the home affairs minister misled parliament over his answers about his links to the employers of au pairs, recommending he should be censured by parliament. But a dissenting report from Coalition members said Dutton should ignore the report, calling it a "witch hunt" and a "damp squib".
Pauline Hanson is expected to move a motion in the Senate that "it is okay to be white". In a Notice of Motion, addressed to the Senate President, the One Nation leader wants the "deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilisation" to be acknowledged.
The government will introduce tougher laws on food tampering to parliament on Thursday as it attempts to contain the widening food contamination saga. The legislation would increase the penalty for those found guilty from ten to 15 years, adding an offence for reckless behaviour. More than 100 reports of needles found in fruit are now being investigated by police, many of which are believed to be fake or copycat cases. One boy has been arrested in NSW over behaviour "that could be called a prank".
A woman has been attacked by a shark while swimming off a yacht in the Whisundays region of Queensland. The 46-year-old was winched to safety and transferred to Mackay Base Hospital on Wednesday night with injuries to her leg and torso, reportedly in a critical condition.
South Australian Police have charged the husband of missing woman Colleen Adams with her murder. Adams was last seen in 1973 at her home in Maitland where she lived with her husband and children. Police on Wednesday arrested Geoffrey Adams, 70, at his Wallaroo home before travelling to the Maitland property, where detailed excavation work will take place on Thursday in a bid to recover the woman's remains.
President Donald Trump has visited the storm-ravaged state of North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Handing out hot dogs and hugs, he sought to comfort those who suffered losses, saying "American grieves for you". When asked for help "cutting red tape" to provide federal recovery assistance to the state, he said "we will be there 100 percent".
The President has deepened his attacks on his Attorney-General, Jess Sessions, claiming "I don't have an attorney-general". Trump told local station Hill.TV he was "so sad over Jeff Sessions", whom he had repeatedly denounced for recusing himself from the Russian investigation.
The leaders of the Koreas have vowed steps towards completing de-nuclearisation of the North at a summit in Pyongyang. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to permanently dismantle a missile engine test site and a launch pad, and take further steps, including permanently dismantling its main Nyongbyon nuclear complex if the U.S. takes corresponding measures. According to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the U.S. is ready to restart negotiations "immediately".
A one-month-old meerkat has gone missing from Perth Zoo shortly after it started venturing out of its nest box, leaving heartbroken keepers fearing it has been taken by a predator or stolen. Staff have not yet determined its sex and given it a name, and were planning to unveil the mob's newest addition at a media event on Thursday.
Australia has avenged its Commonwealth Games netball final loss to England with a win in Newcastle. Trailing in the first quarter of their Quad Series game, the Diamonds went on on to score a 52-47 victory over the Roses.
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