Brekky Wrap: Most Oppose Gay School Discrimination; Harry And Meghan Arrive In Australia
All the news you need to know this Monday.
A new Fairfax Ipsos poll shows that 74 percent of Australians oppose laws that allow religious schools to discriminate against students or teachers based on their sexuality or gender identity. Last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced laws would be introduced to prevent religious schools from being able to expel students due to sexuality. These laws are expected to have bipartisan support when parliament resumes this week.
The Ipsos poll also shows that while Labor is leading the Coalition 55 percent to 45 percent, Scott Morrison leads Bill Shorten as preferred PM 45 percent to 34. These figures were released just a week before the upcoming Wentworth by-election, the seat held by former PM Malcolm Turnbull. Independent candidate Kerryn Phelps urged voters over the weekend to use the by-election to protest ' inhuman' refugee policies. She said if elected she would work to end offshore detention.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex landed in Sydney on Monday morning, where they will begin a 16-day royal tour. The trip will see the royal pair visit Sydney, Melbourne, Dubbo, Fraser Island as well as Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand. The trip also coincides with the beginning of the Invictus Games, which were founded by Prince Harry. The games start in Sydney on October 20.
A Queensland family is recovering after they were viciously attacked by a kangaroo. Jim and his wife Linda are experienced animals carers but sustained serious injuries after the attack. Jim said he saw the animal attacking his wife, so he tried to fend it off with a shovel, so it turned on him. He said the animal grabbed him around the head and chest and kicked. Linda suffered three broken ribs, a punctured lung and a torn liver, and underwent surgery on Sunday night at Toowoomba Hospital, where she remains in a stable condition.
U.S. President Donald Trump has said he would punish Saudi Arabia if they were found guilty of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On Sunday, a joint statement from the UK, France and Germany called for an investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, who vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi embassy in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia however, has rejected the political and economic threats, saying they would respond with a bigger action if they received any backlash from western nations.
New Zealand has beaten Australia in the Netball Constellation Cup test, ending the Aussie two-year winning streak. The Silver Ferns managed to capitalise on a poor performance from the Diamonds to win 55-44. An Australian win would have been the 10th win over New Zealand in a row, which would have equalised the record set nearly 20 years ago.
Nick Cummins spoke exclusively with the Sunday Project, where he opened up about the backlash he received after The Bachelor finale. Cummins said his mental health suffered after he didn't choose a winner at the end of the season -- a decision that divided opinions across Australia. "I have never been in a mental space as low as I have been on that show," he said. Read more about Sunday night's interview here.
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