Brekky Wrap: Turnbull Lobbying From NYC And Apple's New iPhones
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Malcolm Turnbull has been texting and calling former Liberal party colleagues from New York, urging them to refer Peter Dutton to the High Court. It comes amid ongoing concerns, first reported by Ten, that Dutton's family childcare business makes him ineligible to sit in Parliament.
Two strawberry brands have been withdrawn from shelves after sewing needles were found embedded in the fruit. It's believed to be the work of a "disgruntled ex-employee". The brands are Berry Obsession and Berrylicious, but Australians are being urged to throw out any strawberries recently bought, just in case.
Alan Jones is considering appealing his record $3.7 million defamation payout. He admitted he had "let people down" when blaming the Wagner family for 12 deaths during the 2011 Lockyer Valley floods, but said that he and his employers 2GB and 4BC will read the 344-page judgement "very carefully" to see if a reduction in payout is possible.
Donald Trump has signed an executive order to authorise sanctions against any countries or individuals found interfering in US elections. National Intelligence Director Dan Coats said the directive was in response to alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, but some lawmakers are frustrated that it could undercut congressional efforts to deter meddling.
Social media reactions to the deaths of two Indigenous boys who drowned while trying to avoid police point to an underlying "entrenched colonial racism", said Aboriginal Legal Service chief executive Dennis Eggington. "It's worse than discrimination, it's something must more evil," he told AAP.
Apple has unveiled three new iPhones, introducing a 'budget' model for the first time. Although the XS and XS Max models are relatively the same -- boasting dual 12-megapixel cameras, OLED displays and faster A12 Bionic chips -- the XR comes in with slimmed down features for a slimmed down price. The phones will be available next week.
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A young Queensland girl who is refusing to stand for the national anthem appeared on The Project with her dad to defend her decision. Harper Neilson, 9, said that 'Advance Australia Fair' erases Indigenous Australians, and was originally written to mean advancing "white" Australia. Her dad said Harper's decision came after she started questioning the anthem, and that he's very proud.
Osher Günsberg has opened up about the day he 'lost his mind' for R U OK Day. "It was as if the final Jenga block that was holding my teetering sanity was knocked into white-hot, unstoppable, irrational fear," The Bachelor host wrote for ten daily. "I descended rapidly into paranoid delusions which had me convinced that the world was going to end that day -- and I was the only one who knew it."
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The Hockeyroos have kicked off their Four Nations Tour with a 2-0 victory over Japan. The Aussies will now face Korea in their second game tonight.
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