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Hello, and thanks for reading our live news coverage so far – that’s it from us for today. Here is a quick recap of the news of the day:
The Reserve Bank of Australia has increased official interest rates for a record fifth consecutive month, lifting them by another half a percentage point to a seven-year high of 2.35 per cent.
The Seven Network and Foxtel will retain the hotly contested AFL broadcast rights for $4.5 billion over seven years.
A detective who played a key role in the Cleo Smith rescue last year has been stood down amid a joint WA Police and Corruption and Crime Commission investigation. Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine was stood down as an investigation into “alleged misconduct” continued.
Jetstar has lost half its long-haul fleet to engineering issues and cannot say when the planes will all be back in service to help rectify widespread cancellations that have stranded thousands of customers overseas. The Qantas-owned budget airline has cancelled eight return services from Sydney and Melbourne to Bali since September 1, plus more from Thailand and Japan, and has been unable to offer some customers new flights home more than a week after their original travel dates.
Broede Carmody will be back with you bright and early tomorrow morning to take you through all the news on Wednesday.
A state memorial service for Seekers singer Judith Durham is due to start at Hamer Hall in Melbourne at 7pm tonight.
The singer died in palliative care aged 79 due to complications from chronic lung disease on August 5.
The service will be streamed at this link from 6.30pm.
It will also be broadcast live on 774 ABC Radio Melbourne and ABC Radio Tasmania.
View images from the memorial service here.
The national tally of new COVID cases is still sitting below 10,000 each day.
The number of new cases reported today was 9154, which is 2536 more than Monday’s figure.
There were 90,094 active cases on Tuesday, 4000 fewer than the previous day.
The number of people in hospital was 2599, about 100 fewer than on Monday. There were 77 people in ICU (7 fewer than on Monday) and 75 deaths (64 more than on Monday).
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has launched an extraordinary attack on Australia, blasting the Albanese government’s offer to help pay for the Pacific nation’s elections as “an assault on our parliamentary democracy”.
Sogavare, who is seeking to delay next year’s elections to 2024, said Australia’s offer of assistance constituted “direct interference by a foreign government in our domestic affairs”.
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has blasted Australia’s offer to help fund the Pacific country’s next election.Credit:AP
Foreign Minister Penny Wong said on Tuesday the government had formally offered to help fund the Solomons’ next election, saying Australia has a longstanding commitment to promoting democracy throughout the region.
Sogavare’s broadside follows his signing of a controversial security pact with China earlier this year and his recent decision to temporarily ban naval vessels from countries such as the US from docking in the country.
An upbeat Boris Johnson has spoken his final words as UK prime minister, praising his own record and declaring that his successor, Liz Truss, will see the country through the energy crisis, prevail over Russian leader Vladimir Putin and win the next election for the Conservatives.
The country’s 55th prime minister bid farewell early on Tuesday morning (London time) following an ousting by his party earlier this year.
Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks outside Downing Street in London today.Credit:AP
Truss was elected by Tory members to replace him yesterday, albeit by the lowest margin of any Tory leader elected in a race.
With no hint of sadness or anger in his voice, he said his commitment to Ukraine had arguably changed the course of the war in Europe. He also praised his vaccine rollout and the civil servants who had delivered Brexit.
“That is government for you; that is Conservative government,” he said.
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While there is speculation Johnson is eyeing a comeback, he likened himself to a rocket that had fulfilled its purpose as he addressed his future employment prospects.
“Let me say that I am now one of those booster rockets that has fulfilled its function, and I will now be gently reentering the atmosphere and splashing down invisibly in some obscure and remote corner of the Pacific,” he said.
Read the full story here.
Outgoing UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson will give his final speech as leader outside Downing Street in London after Liz Truss was selected as his successor yesterday. Watch live from 4.30pm AEST.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has lampooned former prime minister Scott Morrison’s stunt of bringing a lump of coal into parliament by urging Liberal Party nuclear-enthusiast Ted O’Brien against trying something similar.
Then-treasurer Scott Morrison holding a lump of coal during question time in 2017.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
O’Brien, the opposition’s climate change and energy spokesman, asked when Australians would receive their promised $275 reduction in energy prices.
Albanese responded by ridiculing O’Brien’s promotion of nuclear power as an alternative to pursuing renewables and referencing the famous lump of coal moment in which Morrison urged people not to be “scared” of it.
“I’ll give them this bit of advice now they’re going down the nukes option,” Albanese said. “Don’t bring in a bit of uranium and pass it around because that won’t work well.”
A detective who played a key role in the Cleo Smith rescue last year has been stood down amid a joint WA Police and Corruption and Crime Commission investigation.
Homicide squad Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine was stood down as an investigation into “alleged misconduct” continued.
Detective Senior Sergeant Cameron Blaine at a press conference outside the Carnarvon Courthouse in November last year.Credit:Philip Gostelow
Blaine led the on-ground search for four-year-old Cleo after her kidnapping in October 2021. He was one of four detectives who found her locked in a house in WA’s Gascoyne region and was the officer who famously asked her name after she was rescued.
In a joint WA Police and CCC statement on Tuesday morning, the two agencies confirmed a senior WA officer had been stood down.
“As a result of a cooperative investigation between the Corruption and Crime Commission and WA Police Force, a senior detective has today been stood down as investigations into alleged misconduct are ongoing,” the statement said.
The Seven Network and Foxtel have announced that they have retained the AFL broadcasting rights beyond 2024 after agreeing to a fresh seven-year deal worth $4.5 billion.
A senior media industry source confirmed to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that the deal would run for seven years and was a significant increase on the previous deal, which was worth $946 million over two years.
Seven and Foxtel were considered the front-runners despite Nine Entertainment Co making an offer on Monday worth about $500 million a year.
At Tuesday’s announcement, AFL chairman Richard Goyder said it was a historic day for the supporters of the AFL and for the future of the sport.
Read the full story here
Speaker Milton Dick has let slip an open secret when coaching a new opposition MP about the pomp of question time.
Liberal MP Keith Wolahan, who delivered his first speech yesterday, wanted a “simple yes or no” from the prime minister on whether the government would impose further taxes on families before the end of the year.
Anthony Albanese said the government was introducing cost-of-living measures, including reducing the price of certain medications, with legislation to be introduced into parliament tomorrow.
Wolahan, who represents Menzies in outer Melbourne, interjected, asking the PM to answer the question.
Dick had some advice for him: “I can appreciate that you would like a ‘yes or no’ answer, but that’s not how question time works.”
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