Brekky Wrap: $5 Billion Drought Fund And More Explosive Packages In US
All the news you need to know this Friday.
The federal government is set to announce a $5 billion Future Drought Fund on Friday which aims to help farmers prepare their land for future drought. The plan will be unveiled at a national drought conference bringing together state and federal governments, farm lobbyists and charities in Canberra. The government will initially commit $3.9 billion to the fund and it will be gradually increased to $5 billion by 2028. Sums of $100 million will be available each year from 2020.
The notion to establish a federal anti-corruption commission could be an early test for the minority Morrison government after the expected Liberal defeat in Wentworth. The Greens are set to introduce a Senate motion calling on the government to establish a national anti-corruption commission. Greens senator Larissa Waters told the ABC she believes there are the numbers for the motion to require immediate debate in the lower house. "We know that, with the fall of Wentworth, a majority of crossbenchers and Labor and the Greens in both houses of Parliament want an ICAC," Waters said.
The investigation into the murder of Queensland woman Toyah Cordingley continues on Friday. Police say they are following more than 50 leads after the 24-year-old's body was found on a beach in far north Queensland. Drones will be used to search for clues along the beach and surrounding areas. On Thursday, Police started conducting DNA tests on residents in suburbs near the beach were Cordingley's body was discovered.
Actor Robert De Niro and former US vice president Joe Biden became the seventh and eighth people targeted in an "act of terror" that saw packages with explosives devices sent to a number of Donald Trump critics. Authorities now say 10 packages have been intercepted before they could reach their intended recipient, meaning no one has been hurt in the attempted attack. Explosives were also sent to former president Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, democratic congress representative Maxine Waters and the New York CNN office.
The son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left Saudi Arabia after a travel restriction on his passport was lifted. Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi is a dual US-Saudi citizen, he left the country as Saudi officials admitted the murder of Jamal was premeditated. On Thursday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman spoke publicly about Khashoggi's murder for the first time, calling it a 'heinous" crime and vowing to find those responsible.
Former world number one tennis player Caroline Wozniacki has revealed she was recently diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. The 28-year-old said she was shocked by the news of having the illness but says she wants to become a role model for people with the condition. Wozniacki said she started to notice bad fatigue after Wimbledon and one morning couldn't lift her arms above her head. There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis, but there are treatments that can be used to manage the disease.
The Tour de France route for the 2019 race has been revealed and it is the highest one ever. The course includes a record 30 mountain passes and five summit finishes. The 2019 route is 3,460 kilometres long and spans over 21 stages.
Taite got a second chance at a date on Thursday night's episode of The Bachelorette where he and Ali went on a treasure hunt and made out in the woods. While Ali and Taite seemed to connect, it was our Bachelorette's friend and cousin who were the judges of that. They liked all the guys in the house -- except Robert -- which was a major shock to both us at home and Ali herself. Read more about Thursday night's episode here.
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