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Morning mail: boat scare founders, Brexit delay, Dolly Parton's world

Helen Sullivan 10-13 minutes Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 25 February. Top stories The Morrison government’s border protection offensive has failed to turn around negative voter sentiment, according to the latest Newspoll , with Labor still ahead on the two-party-preferred measure 53% to 47%. The latest survey, published by the Australian on Sunday night, has Labor’s primary vote on 39% and the Coalition’s on 37%. The survey was taken at the tail end of a brutal parliamentary week, where senior government figures were embroiled in controversies, ranging from the finance minister, Mathias Cormann, forgetting to pay for private travel arranged through a Liberal party office holder and donor, and Michaelia Cash facing a fresh barrage of criticism for failing to provide a witness statement to police investigating a leak from her office. Scott Morrison will today deliver a speech in Me

Morning mail: UK Labour splits, Al-Araibi mistakes, Facebook 'digital gangsters'

Helen Sullivan 9-11 minutes Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Tuesday 19 February. Top stories Seven British Labour MPs have quit the party over its direction under Jeremy Corbyn, citing concerns over antisemitism, Brexit and the party’s internal culture. Tom Watson, the deputy Labour leader, has said his party faces an even more severe split if it denounces the leaving MPs as traitors instead of addressing the reasons for their departure. In an emotional statement, Watson said he sometimes “no longer recognises” his own party, as he called on colleagues not to adopt the language of betrayal towards the seven who resigned on Monday. The split is the biggest breakaway since four senior Labour figures quit on 26 March 1981 to form the Social Democratic party. BBC viewers watching the defection on Monday morning received some early, if inadvertent analysis, when a hot mic picked up a commentato

Morning mail: Burston accuses Hanson, rivers decline, Al-Araibi's victory

Eleanor Ainge Roy 10-12 minutes Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Thursday 14 February. Top stories The former One Nation senator Brian Burston has accused Pauline Hanson of making unwanted sexual advances dating back decades. The One Nation leader used a speech in the Senate on Tuesday night to accuse an unnamed senator of “serious sexual harassment”, with Burston confirming on Wednesday that he was the politician involved. But he told News Corp oHanson had “hit on me” at the first party AGM in 1998, and had propositioned him after he was elected in 2016. Hanson dismissed the allegations. Guardian Australia has seen a complaint of sexual harassment made against Burston late last year, as part of a settled unfair dismissal claim. It alleges he made an inappropriate advance on a distressed staff member. Scott Morrison is expected to update parliament on Closing the Gap targets today , wit

Morning mail: Coalition's historic defeat, Mount Isa floods, El Chapo found guilty

Helen Sullivan 10-13 minutes Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Wednesday 13 February. Top stories The Morrison government has suffered a historic defeat, losing the first substantive vote on the floor of the House of Representatives since 1929 , after Labor and the crossbench stared down a bare-knuckle tactical offensive by the Coalition, including late advice that the medical evacuations bill was unconstitutional. The bill cleared the House after a day of high brinksmanship in Canberra, which started with backroom negotiations between Labor and key crossbenchers to adjust legislation passed by the Senate last December, and culminated with the government producing advice from the solicitor general that the proposal breached section 53 of the constitution. Katharine Murphy writes in her analysis of the evening’s events that while Scott Morrison has endured an acute parliamentary humiliation, hi

Morning mail: Libs and Nats at war, Menindee accusations, support for pill testing

Helen Sullivan Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Tuesday 15 January. Top stories A bitter feud between the Liberal and National parties has broken out in the seat of the deputy prime minister, Michael McCormack. Wagga Wagga Liberal branch president Colin Taggart has unleashed on his Coalition partners , blaming the Nationals for the loss of the local state seat to an independent candidate in a 2018 byelection and threatening to run an independent Liberal if the Coalition agreement prevents a Liberal from running in the NSW state election. Describing the National party as a “barnacle on the backside of a major party” that “get less votes than the Greens”, Taggart said: “ The Nats are plagued by scandal , vested with bullies and riddled with incompetence. The one thing they were supposed to be good at were looking after farmers and they have failed at that.” Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has said t

Morning mail: Trump's 'massive fraud', Brexit reckoning, swift parrot's last chance

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theguardian.com Morning mail: Trump's 'massive fraud', Brexit reckoning, swift parrot's last chance Eleanor Ainge Roy Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Monday 10 December. Top stories New court filings show Donald Trump was “at the centre of a massive fraud” against the American people, the incoming chair of the House judiciary committee said on Sunday. Jerrold Nadler, a New York Democrat set to take over the panel in January, said Trump would have committed impeachable offences if it is proven that he ordered his lawyer to make illegal payments to women to keep quiet about alleged sexual encounters. “What these indictments and filings show is that the president was at the centre of a massive fraud – several massive frauds against the American people,” Nadler said on CNN’s State of the Union. Another top Democrat, the California representative Adam Schiff, said Trump

Morning mail: Paris riots, energy warning, ethics plan for MPs

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Helen Sullivan Good morning, this is Helen Sullivan bringing you the main stories and must-reads for Monday 3 December. Top stories France’s President Emmanuel Macron will hold an emergency meeting of senior ministers after central Paris experienced its worst unrest in a decade on Saturday , when about 5,000 masked gilets jaunes (yellow vests) protesters, demonstrating against fuel tax rises, marched down the Champs Élysées. Some carried roses, many shouted: “Macron, resign!” and sang the national anthem. Violence erupted on the margins of the demonstration, as protesters fought running battles with police, set fire to cars, banks and houses and burned makeshift barricades. On Sunday morning trucks began removing burnt cars from the scorched pavements of some of Paris’s most expensive streets. More than 400 people were arrested on Saturday, and 130 people injured, while one protester is in a coma. Across France, more than 75,000 gilets jaunes demonstr

Morning mail: big business blasts energy plan, Clinton's warning, media awards Morning Mail I The Guardian.

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theguardian.com Eleanor Ainge Roy Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 23 November. Top stories The Business Council of Australia has blasted the Morrison government’s energy plan , declaring it will exacerbate sovereign risk, interfere with market outcomes and discourage investment in critical infrastructure . The BCA has used a submission to the Treasury to launch an excoriating critique of the government’s price regulation measures, and the so-called “big stick” divestiture policy. The proposed introduction “of these heavy-handed, intrusive treasurer-ordered remedies in the energy sector sets a dangerous precedent for other sectors of the economy and threatens our economic attractiveness by sending a signal to the world that investing in Australia comes with considerable risks”, the Business Council said. Europe must get a handle on immigration to combat a growing threat from rightwing populists, Hillary Cl

Morning mail: Trump op-ed denials, vale Burt Reynolds, Germaine Greer on rape | Australia news I The Guardian

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theguardian.com Richard Parkin Good morning, this is Richard Parkin bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 7 September. Top stories US vice president Mike Pence has denied he was the author of an explosive anonymous op-ed piece attributed to a “a senior official in the Trump administration” that ran in the New York Times on Wednesday and reportedly enraged president Donald Trump. Pence, secretary of state Mike Pompeo, and US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, have all issued public statements denying authorship, while White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has attacked the media’s “wild obsession with the identity of the anonymous coward”. The Washington Post claims Trump’s reaction was “volcanic” anger, with the president tweeting that the Times should hand the person responsible over to the government “for National Security purposes”. Meanwhile it’s been revealed that a government photographer edited official pictu