Brekky Wrap: Mark Latham To Join One Nation And Melbourne Cup Fallout
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Northern Territory police have responded to a major disturbance at Darwin's Don Dale youth detention centre. Police were called to the location just before 7pm on Tuesday evening, where a number of detainees were seen on the roof and smoke was visible at the entrance. At about 10pm a fire broke out and the centre was ablaze. After midnight a number of detainees were taken from the facility to waiting police cars. Police remain on the scene, negotiating with detainees to resolve the situation.
The federal government has announced changes to their My Health Record system that aim to protect the privacy of people using the database. The penalty for misuse of a patient's information will be increased from an initial two years to five and the fine will be doubled. New measures to protect victims of domestic violence will also be put in place, making it harder for child health records to be accessed. The opt-out for people who don't want a record created on their behalf ends on November 15.
Former Labor leader Mark Latham will reportedly join Pauline Hanson's One Nation party. Latham was asked about the rumours of the move on Ben Fordham's 2GB program on Tuesday afternoon where Latham said people should "watch this space". He is expected to announce he will take on a leadership role for One Nation in NSW but he will not appear on the party's Senate ticket at the next election.
Celebrations after Cross Counter won the 2018 Melbourne Cup continued late into Tuesday night, but the race itself wasn't without controversy. Irish horse CliffsofMoher suffered a broken shoulder 600 metres into the race and had to be euthanised on the track. Hugh Bowman, the jockey who rode Marmelo to second place has been suspended for a month after pleading guilty for three charges including a careless riding charge, using the whip more than allowed before the 100-metre mark and another of weighing a kilogram over his allotted weight on Marmelo.
American voters are currently hitting polling booths in all 50 states to determine which party will hold the power in the US Congress. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 Senate seats and 36 governorships are up for grabs. The Democrats are expected to gain a majority in the House of Reps, while the Republicans are forecast to retain their majority in the Senate.
More than 200 mass graves containing the remains of thousands of ISIS victims have been discovered in areas formerly held by the militant group. A United Nations report revealed the graves could contain more than 12,000 bodies and they anticipate more graves could be discovered as investigations continue. The smallest grave was found in west Mosul with eight bodies, while the largest was in south Mosul with up to 4,000 people.
North Korea has displayed what is thought to be the first official portrait of leader Kim Jong-un. The portrait was unveiled during a visit from Cuba's president. There has not been a known portrait of Kim before, just photographs, but now with the artwork, he has been elevated closer to the cult personality status of his father and grandfather. Portraits of his predecessors hang in every building in the country.
The five-day Nepalese Hindu festival called Tihar started during the week and its second day is dedicated to honouring dogs. The 'day of the dogs' celebrates the canine creatures who are blessed by getting a coloured mark on their forehead. The animals are also given flower garlands and food as part of the celebrations.
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