Brekky Wrap: France In Chaos, Malcolm Turnbull Slams The PM
All the news you need to know this Monday.
160 fire crews were on the ground in Queensland Monday morning, as the bush fire crisis entered its second week. More than 115 blazes were burning across the state, and the Bureau of Meteorology has warned there is no relief in sight. Strong winds and high temperatures are expected to continue for days yet.
Federal Parliament will head into the last sitting week of the year on Monday. The Coalition had its sights set on passing new anti-terror laws, which would force tech companies to hand over encrypted data. Labor is against the move, saying it would expose Australians to other risks, such as hacking.
Malcolm Turnbull is back in the headlines. He slammed a plan by the Liberal Party to save the career of MP Craig Kelly, on Sunday night. Reports suggest Mr Kelly could quit the liberal party to become an independent MP. In a series of tweets, Mr Turnbull labelled the push to prevent Mr Kelly from losing preselection as the “worst and weakest response to such a threat”. Mr Turnbull also called for an early election.
NSW Police will begin digging underneath the home of a 19-year-old Blue Mountains woman who went missing 20 years ago. Belinda Peisley hasn't been seen since 1998. A 2013 inquest fund she likely died around the time of her disappearance but couldn't establish a cause of death. Nobody has been charged.
France is considering a state of emergency after the worst riots in more than 50 years. More than 100 people were injured and 412 arrested as thousands took to the streets on Saturday and Sunday to protest against petrol prices and President Emmanuel Macron’s leadership.
New research from St George Bank has revealed Australians will be relying more heavily on credit cards this Christmas. Forty-six percent of Aussies have failed to stash away money for the festive season, while 30 percent say they would turn to credit to survive.
In sports news: Wayne Bennett's 25-season reign with Brisbane is over, the NRL club sacked the coach on Sunday and announced Anthony Siebold would take over immediately. It's not game over for Bennett though, he's on his way to South Sydney having signed a three-year deal with the club.
There are rumours of a growing rift between Kate and Meghan, with reports on Monday suggesting they will be spending Christmas apart. It’s believed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will join the Middleton family at Bucklebury Manor in Berkshire, while the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will spend the day with the Queen at Sandringham
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