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Coronavirus update: State of emergency lifted in Tokyo - ABC News
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifts a state of emergency in Tokyo and four other areas where it was still in place, as businesses across the country begin to reopen.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted a state of emergency in Tokyo and four other areas where it was still in place. French government measures to prop up the economy during the coronavirus crisis have cost 450 billion euros ($750 billion), the equivalent of 20 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the nation's Finance Minister. Talks about a trans-Tasman bubble are gaining momentum, but New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said it will not happen before travel between Australian states is allowed. Meanwhile, Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has praised Australians' response to restrictions on everyday life, which has seen the growth rate of new coronavirus cases shrink significantly. This story will be regularly updated throughout Monday. Monday's key moments: Coronavirus 'state of emergency' lifted in Tokyo Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted a state of emergency in Tokyo and four other areas where it remained in place in the country. Experts on a government-commissioned panel approved the change in Tokyo, neighbouring Kanagawa, Chiba and Saitama prefectures, and in Hokkaido to the north. Mr Abe said the the lifting of the state of emergency did not mean the pandemic was over. He said the goal was to balance preventive measures with the keeping the economy afloat until vaccines and effective drugs become available. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the pandemic is not over.(Akio Kon/Pool Photo via AP) Despite its softer restrictions, Japan, with about 16,600 confirmed cases and about 850 deaths, has so far avoided a large outbreak like those in the US and the Europe. Under the state of emergency, people were asked to stay at home and non-essential businesses were requested to close or reduce operations, but the rules were not enforced. Since May 14, when the measures were lifted in most of Japan, more people have left their homes and stores have begun reopening. A fifth of France's wealth put 'on the table' French government measures to prop up the economy through the coronavirus crisis have cost 450 billion euros ($750 billion), the equivalent of 20 per cent of gross domestic product, according to the nation's Finance Minister. The Government has implemented measures, including state-subsidised furloughs, state-guaranteed loans, tax deferrals and handouts to small businesses, since mid-March. "If we take everything that has been done with the budget and in support of businesses' cashflows, it's 450 billion euros," Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on BFM TV. "20 per cent of the nation's wealth on the table." He added that state-guaranteed loans, for which a total 300 billion-euro limit had been set, only had a direct impact on the budget if the borrower went bankrupt and the guarantee had to be used. So far, the Government has budgeted 110 billion euros in direct crisis support for the economy, but it is due to update that figure with a bill revising the 2020 budget on June 10. Among the most costly measures are the state-subsidised furloughs. During the crisis, the state has reimbursed firms for 70 per cent of the gross wages paid to furloughed employees. The French Government has reimbursed firms for 70 per cent of the gross wages paid to employees put on leave during the crisis.(AP: Michel Euler) Mr Le Maire said that amount paid to companies would be gradually reduced. Sectors hit particularly hard by the coronavirus outbreak are to benefit from specific support plans. The Government has already produced one for the tourism industry, another for car makers is due on Tuesday and a third for the aerospace sector is expected before the revised budget bill in June. Mr Le Maire said President Emmanuel Macron would announce "strong measures" for car makers that would boost demand, but would require them to re-locate some production to France in exchange. Flattening Australia's curve 'extraordinary national achievement' Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has praised Australians for the way they have dealt with restrictions.(ABC News: Matt Roberts) Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has praised Australians' response to restrictions to everyday life, which has seen a significant flattening of new cases of coronavirus. Mr Hunt was speaking at a media conference where he announced the third stage of the Government's mental health response to COVID-19 including a $20 million package focusing on suicide prevention, medicines, as well a study into the mental health impact of COVID-19. ""We now have over five consecutive weeks ... in which the [daily] growth rate of new cases in Australia has been less than half a per cent," Mr Hunt said. "That's an extraordinary national achievement and I want to say to Australians, 'thank you'. "We continue with our border measures and the importance of those is emphasised by the fact that a significant proportion of new cases are those that show up in hotel quarantine. "Border protection and hotel quarantine is literally saving lives and protecting lives and will continue to be a fundamental part of our national health and strategic defence going forward." Talks around trans-Tasman travel bubble ongoing Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern are both wary of exporting cases.(AAP: David Rowland) New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she cannot put a timeline on a possible future travel bubble with Australia. Australian and New Zealand officials have been working on resuming travel between the two countries, both of which have been successful in containing the spread of coronavirus. But speaking on Radio New Zealand, Ms Ardern said a trans-Tasman bubble would not be opened up before travel restrictions between Australian states were lifted. "The last thing either Prime Minister Morrison or myself want and we've discussed this is exporting cases to each other. That's a burden no-one wants," she said. "So I think once we both feel satisfied that we're not running those risks, then you'll see some movement. But of course, there are matters that Australia has to be able to move around domestically too." Dark Mofo likely to be local art show in 2021 The 2020 edition of Dark Mofo was cancelled in March.(Supplied: Dark Mofo) The creative director of Dark Mofo says it is highly likely next year's festival will have no international artists. This year's Dark Mofo was one of the first events cancelled in the state because of coronavirus. Leigh Carmichael said artists would typically be locked in from July for the following year, but said next year's event would be very different. "I don't think it will be like it was, I think we might have to look at an event without international artists," he said. "I think we might have to be more community-focused. It's not all negative, but I think it will be very different." The year-ending Taste of Tasmania festival is expected to be the next major event in the state to be cancelled, after Hobart City Council officers suggested the event not go ahead this year. Japan to announce stimulus package worth 100 trillion yen Japan unveiled another relief package worth more than $1 trillion last month.(AP: Eugene Hoshiko) Japan is finalising a coronavirus relief package worth more than 100 trillion yen ($1.4 trillion), following last month's 117-trillion-yen stimulus, according to reports in the Nikkei newspaper. The package, to be funded by a second extra budget for the current fiscal year beginning in April, would be the latest effort by Tokyo to support an economy on track for its deepest slump since World War II, as the pandemic crushes businesses and consumer spending. Japan ended state of emergency measures for most regions and plans to hold a panel discussion on Monday to decide whether to lift them in remaining places, including Tokyo. Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreak "Japan's economy is in an extremely severe state and we need to pull out of this situation as soon as we can," Finance Minister Taro Aso said last week. The Government is expected to approve the budget after Japan's economy slipped into recession in the last quarter, with analysts expecting another 22 per cent contraction in April-June due to the hit from the health crisis. The deepening pain from the pandemic is forcing the Government to add to Japan's huge debt pile, which is already twice the size of its economy, to pay for big spending plans. According to a study by Columbia University economics professor Ceyhun Elgin, Japan has some of the most aggressive relief spending of any country, with its last package worth more than 20 per cent of the country's GDP. That compares to around 14 per cent in the US and 11 per cent in Australia spent on bailouts and stimulus. Iconic Birdsville races cancelled, organisers hoping for record crowd in 2021 The races are famous for the plumes of dust kicked up as the thoroughbreds round the track.(Supplied: Birdsville Races) The Birdsville races, known as the Melbourne Cup of the outback, will not go ahead this year due to coronavirus concerns. Famous for its dusty track in the Simpson Desert, the two-day event draws thousands of people to the small town in Queensland's Diamantina Shire, which normally has a population of just 115 people. The races were set to be held on September 4 and 5, but have been cancelled in a devastating blow for the town's economy. "As much as we were holding onto the hope that we could run them, we're at a point where we've had to concede defeat. The health of our patrons, and those who live in Outback Queensland, is of paramount importance to us and it is impossible to know what the status with COVID-19 will be come September," Birdsville Race Club president Gary Brook said. Organisers hope a boom in domestic tourism on the other side of the pandemic shutdown could bring record crowds in 2021.(Supplied: Salty Dingo) "We have been following the Queensland Government's roadmap for easing of restrictions, and with the easing of restrictions on mass gatherings not currently part of the roadmap, it is too much of a stretch to expect that by September we could safely host thousands of people in Birdsville." Birdsville has hosted the races since 1882 but it was last cancelled as recently as 2007, due to equine influenza. The 2021 edition of the races has been pencilled in for September 3 and 4, when organisers are hoping for a record crowd thanks to a possible boom in domestic tourism. Austrian President in hot water after breaking curfew Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen has apologised for staying at a restaurant more than one hour past the nation's coronavirus curfew came into effect. According to local media, police caught Mr Van der Bellen and wife Doris Schmidauer in an Italian restaurant garden in Vienna on Sunday after 11:00pm. This chart uses a logarithmic scale to highlight coronavirus growth rates. Read our explainer to understand what that means and how COVID-19 cases are spreading around the world. Restaurants and cafes in Austria were allowed to reopen last week, but were told they had to close by 11:00pm. Mr Van der Bellen apologised on Twitter saying he simply lost track of time. "I went out to eat for the first time since the lockdown with two friends and my wife. We then chatted and unfortunately lost track of time. I am truly sorry. It was a mistake, " he tweeted. The restaurant could be fined for breaking curfew, but Mr Van der Bellen said he would take responsibility "should the host suffer any damage". No major changes to JobKeeper, but tourism sector may get more help Treasurer says there are no plans to expand JobKeeper scheme The Government does not plan to expand the criteria or the timeframe for JobKeeeper and JobSeeker payments introduced during the pandemic, according to the Treasurer. Despite the Government having to spend $60 billion less than expected on JobKeeper payments due to errors made by businesses filling out applications, Josh Frydenberg told News Breakfast there were no plans for "wholesale changes". Mr Frydenberg emphasised both the new JobKeeper program and the boosted JobSeeker payment (formerly Newstart) are "temporary, targeted and proportionate to the challenge we face". Find out more He did, however, flag that the tourism sector could be in need of more assistance, with international borders set to remain closed even as the rest of the country opens up, which would be a topic of conversation at a scheduled review of JobKeeper next month. "The tourism sector could be one sector in need of further support. That's what we'll look at in the context of the economic situation at the time. You'll continue to see our international borders closed for some time," he said. "It's estimated some 850,000 people will be back in work as a result of those three stages of restrictions being lifted. That's the way to get people back into a job." Europeans flock to the beach, succumbing to the allure of summer Beaches in Spain are reopening with strict enforcement of social distancing. Umbrellas on the beach must be 4 metres apart.(AP: Emilio Morenatti) Europeans soaked up plenty of sun where they could over the weekend, as governments grappled with how and when to safely let in foreign travellers to salvage the vital summer tourist season. Across Europe, a mishmash of travel restrictions appears to be on the horizon, often depending on where travellers live and what passports they carry. Germany, France and other countries aim to open their borders for European travel in mid-June, but it isn't clear when intercontinental travel will resume. Spain, one of the worst-hit countries in the pandemic and also one of the world's top destinations for international travellers, says it won't reopen for foreign tourists until July. In Germany, domestic tourists will be allowed to return to Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the north-east home to the country's Baltic Sea coast and to hotels in Berlin this week. The La Grande-Motte resort beach in France came up with a way to control its usual weekend crowds by introducing a booking system. Beachgoers must pre-book an 8-square-metre patch of sand online, and that area will will be roped off to keep them a safe distance from others. Reservations are free but required, and there is already a two-day waiting list. In Paris, where all city parks remain closed, locals soaked up the sun along the embankments of the Seine River and lounged on ledges outside the Tuileries Gardens. Trump bans travel from Brazil The ban on travellers from Brazil will come into effect on Thursday night.(AP: Evan Vucci) From Thursday, the White House will start denying admission to foreigners who have been in Brazil during the two-week period before they hoped to enter the US, broadening its travel ban against countries hit hardest by coronavirus. President Donald Trump had already banned travel from the United Kingdom, Europe and China, and flagged last week that he was considering similar restrictions for Brazil. The US leads the world in the number of confirmed cases, with more than 1.6 million, followed by Brazil (363,000) and Russia (344,000). An adviser to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said the restrictions followed previously established benchmarks, playing down the move from Mr Trump, whose support Mr Bolsonaro has touted. "There is nothing specific against Brazil. We hope that'll be temporary," tweeted Filipe Martins, an advisor on international affairs to the Brazilian President. Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Mr Trump's latest move was designed to "protect our country", which is expected to pass 100,000 coronavirus deaths in coming days. As with the other bans, it does not apply to legal permanent residents or spouses, parents or children of US citizens or legal permanent residents. Brazil has recorded more than 22,000 deaths the fifth highest tally in the world. Read more about coronavirus: Americans celebrate Memorial Day weekend Beachgoers in Texas were urged to practice social distancing.(AP: Eric Gay) The Memorial Day weekend, which marks the unofficial start of summer in the US, meant big crowds at beaches and warnings from authorities about people disregarding the coronavirus social-distancing rules. Americans traditionally spend the weekend travelling to beaches, gathering at backyard barbecues and unfurling picnic blankets in parks. Among those soaking in the sun and enjoying a bit of travel on Saturday was President Donald Trump, who was seen golfing at his Trump National Golf Club in northern Virginia, his first golf outing since the White House declared a national emergency over the coronavirus outbreak in March. Boris Johnson backs his aide over lockdown travel Dominic Cummings is UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's most senior adviser.(AP: Alberto Pezzali) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has backed senior adviser Dominic Cummings, despite calls from within his own Conservative Party for the aide to resign for travelling more than 400 kilometres during the coronavirus lockdown. "I conclude that in travelling to find the right kind of childcare, at the moment when both he and his wife were about to be incapacitated by coronavirus, and when he had no alternative I think he followed the instincts of every father, and every parent. And I do not mark him down for that.," Mr Johnson said. "I believe that in every respect he has acted responsibly and legally." Mr Cummings, who masterminded the 2016 Brexit campaign, came under pressure after it emerged that he had travelled from London to Durham in late March while showing symptoms of COVID-19, when Britain was under a strict lockdown to combat the outbreak. Another confirmed case in English Premier League brings total to eight Since players returned to limited group training earlier this week, eight positive tests for the virus have been confirmed at England's top football clubs. Six individuals, including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa and Burnley assistant manager Ian Woan, were positive in the first round of testing on May 17-18. A Bournemouth player was one of two people working for Premier League clubs who tested positive following a second batch of testing No matches have been played in the Premier League since March, but the UK Government has given the go-ahead for elite sport to resume from June 1. The Premier League's Project Restart envisages a return to competitive action in June, although no date has been fixed. Similarly, the Spanish La Liga competition has been given the green light by Spanish authorities to return to action from June 8. All organised soccer in Spain was provisionally suspended on March 12, although clubs in the top two divisions have since returned to group training. La Liga has yet to officially confirm a date on which it will resume, although its president Javier Tebas had said previously he hoped the season could restart on June 12. What you need to know about coronavirus: ABC/wires
NASA astronauts complete dress rehearsal for groundbreaking SpaceX launch - ABC Technology and Games
NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken will be part of the first attempt by a private company to send astronauts into orbit, and it is going to be "quite a show", according Elon Musk's SpaceX.
Two US astronauts have completed a dress rehearsal ahead of their groundbreaking journey to the International Space Station in a partnership between NASA and SpaceX.
- The astronauts will be the first to be sent into orbit by a private company
- There is only a 40 per cent chance of favourable weather for the launch
- SpaceX says the launch is going to be "quite a show"
Bushfire royal commission: 'Black Summer' played out exactly as scientists predicted it would - ABC News
The Bureau of Meteorology tells a royal commission that the 2019-2020 bushfire season "played out" the way its forecasts said it would.
The Bureau of Meteorology has told the royal commission into last summer's bushfires the season "played out" the way its forecasts said it would. The commission, which is hearing about how Australia can better prepare for, and respond to, natural disasters, today heard from its first witnesses, who focused on climate change and the financial impact of the fires. Catch up on some of the highlights of the commission's first day of evidence below. Monday's key moments: Bureau of Meteorology forecasted 'Black Summer' The commission started its first day of witness hearings with Dr Karl Braganza from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), who said the weather forecasts ahead of the last bushfire season proved to be very accurate. Dr Braganza told the commission a mix of climate drivers in the past few years led to an extended dry period, hotter-than-average temperatures and reduced humidity, particularly over the south-eastern states. "We were getting strong indications of our seasonal drivers that we were going to favour hotter and drier conditions," he said. "Unfortunately, the conditions turned out to be very severe. "Things really played out the way our forecast models, both in climate and weather, suggested they would. Dr Braganza said the outlook for the next fire season was that it would be milder, thanks to wetter conditions throughout the year compared to the past two years. But he noted while it was difficult to make accurate predictions without knowing what weather systems would develop in the Pacific and Indian oceans, the forecast was that fire seasons would not only start earlier and finish later, but become worse and more extreme. "The trends probably load the dice towards worse fire seasons in general," Dr Braganza said. "This isn't a one-off event that we're looking at here." Bushfire assistance needs to be streamlined, survivor says Sue Townsend lost her house near Tumbarumba during the fires.(Supplied) As well as hearing from experts, the commission will hear from a number of people about their direct experience with the past bushfire season. Today, Sue Townsend, a Wiradjuri woman who lost her house near Tumbarumba, recounted her story of the day fire tore through the area she lived in as well as what she had been through in the months since. "The first day [I went back to the property] wasn't too upsetting but the next time, about five days later, I went back by myself and that's when it was really hard," she said. Professor Townsend said the financial and material assistance provided in the days and weeks immediately after the fire was confusing and she said the scheme should be streamlined. "The people who were on the ground were trying really hard but it was really bedlam because people were in shock," she said. "I think the way of moving forward from here is there needs to be a coordinated response. "People shouldn't have to, when they're in distress, jump through hoops to get help." Professor Townsend also said the coronavirus pandemic had a toll on the community as it tried to rebuild, isolating people when they needed support the most. Emissions have 'locked in' future extreme weather The CSIRO says the extremity of some future disasters are "locked in" because of past greenhouse gas emissions.(Supplied: Markus Dirnberger) While the BOM provides short-term weather forecasts, the CSIRO has been responsible for working on longer-term weather modelling for decades ahead. Dr Helen Cleugh from the CSIRO told the commission climate change was interacting with, and exacerbating, previous weather systems in a way never seen before. "This means that understanding the interaction between climate variability and these drivers and climate change is very important for building preparedness for the changing nature of climate risks into the future," she said. "Perhaps put more simply, climate change means that the past is no longer a guide to future climate-related impacts and risks." Dr Cleugh said one of the "key messages" from their data was that "Australia will continue to warm substantially", and that coupled with lower rainfall would lead to the risk of extreme fire weather into the future. But she pointed out while average rainfall levels were decreasing, when it rained it would also be much more "intense" and lead to greater instances of flooding. In her evidence, Dr Cleugh also said while reducing global emissions would help reduce the severity of future disasters, some were already "locked in". "Depending on the extreme events, there's an element of some of these are locked in because of emissions we've already had," she said. Black Summer most destructive season in nearly 20 years The Black Summer fires burned three times more land in NSW than the previously worst fire season.(ABC News: James Carmody) According to data provided to the commission by Risk Frontiers, a risk management and catastrophe modelling company, the total area of bushland burned during the Black Summer fires across Victoria and New South Wales was the largest in 19 years. Risk Frontiers' Ryan Crompton said New South Wales was the hardest-hit state. "This is particularly so in New South Wales where the area that was burnt was more than three times larger than any other season," Dr Crompton said. Risk Frontiers also analysed the people who had died during the bushfires to identify who was most at risk. Dr Crompton said it noted "the disproportionately high rates amongst professional volunteer firefighters", as well as "males aged 60 and over trying to save their own property with pre-existing health conditions, males aged 55 and over attempting their own evacuation and males and females aged 55 and over in their own house." Severe cyclones and hail storms to become more frequent Insurance Australia Group says severe hail and cyclone systems look set to happen more often.(ABC News: Tom Lowrey) While the commission was formed in response to the Black Summer fires, it is also hearing evidence about the risk to Australia from other natural disasters. Insurance Australia Group's Mark Leplastrier told the commission modelling it undertook showed while the total number of tropical cyclones in Australian waters might decline, the ones that did form would be more intense. "There's also we believe a broadening of the areas affected by cyclones ... meaning that places that are on the fringe of cyclone activity, like south-east Queensland or north-east New South Wales, are going to increasingly be exposed to cyclones going forward. "While they're not a high-risk area at the moment, we believe that's one of the faster-changing areas." Mr Leplastrier said it was a similar story for hail storms, with predictions they would occur more frequently further south and be more damaging. "There's going to be a higher frequency of the more severe, the giant hail," he said. Sharanjit Paddam from the Actuaries Institute of Australia said improving observational data and equipment was crucial to accurately understand the extremity of future weather systems. Stay across our bushfire coverage:
How a confusing JobKeeper form made the coronavirus job crisis look worse than it actually is - ABC News
What's the difference between one person and 1,500? Hundreds of businesses massively overstate how many employees they have on the books, thanks in part to a question the Government admits "could have been clearer".
It's a $60 billion error. After touting the impact of the $130 billion JobKeeper package supposedly keeping about 6.5 million Australians connected to their employers while providing them with liveable pay the Federal Government has acknowledged its figures were massively overstated. The package is instead projected to cost only $70 billion, and the Government has confirmed only 3.5 million Australians are actually receiving the payment. It's a huge difference from what was projected, but it comes down to about 1,000 businesses messing up their paperwork while applying for the scheme. Here's what happened. One employee or 1,500? As with any application for government help, applying for the JobKeeper payment involves paperwork. Coronavirus update: Follow all the latest news in our daily wrap. More than 910,000 businesses have applied for the scheme, with 759,000 having already finalised their employee declarations, meaning they are eligible to receive payments. But some of those businesses, it seems, made mistakes while filling out their forms. According to the Australian Tax Office (ATO), which is responsible for administering JobKeeper payments, the errors weren't picked up because its focus was on processing payments as quickly as possible. Stay up-to-date on the coronavirus outbreak One of the most common mistakes noted by the ATO was businesses mixing up the number of workers they employed with the amount they expected workers to receive. For instance, 550 businesses with just one eligible employee filled out the corresponding section of their forms with "1,500" presumably in reference to the $1,500-per-fortnight payment made to all eligible workers. The Australian Government's predicted number of people being supported by JobKeeper was overstated because of employers incorrectly filling out forms.(Australian Government: JobKeeper) Those 550 businesses would have been responsible for an additional 825,000 people being added to the scheme people that did not exist. But the ultimate discrepancy between the projected and actual number of people on JobKeeper was about 3 million. This chart uses a logarithmic scale to highlight coronavirus growth rates. Read our explainer to understand what that means and how COVID-19 cases are spreading around the world. That still leaves a difference of more than 2.1 million people between the actual numbers and what was initially projected. When the Government first announced the JobKeeper scheme, it said it would cost $130 billion and help about 6 million employees. Those numbers were based on Treasury estimates on the projected need for the scheme. First estimates of the cost of the program were formulated at the height of the coronavirus crisis, with Treasury fearing the health impacts would be severe. As businesses began to register their interest in signing up for the scheme, the numbers appeared to be in line with initial estimates. But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said this afternoon that the economy was doing better than Treasury initially estimated and as a result, fewer people were signing up for JobKeeper. Confusing question may be to blame The 1,000 businesses responsible for the error represent just over 0.1 per cent of the 910,000 businesses that have registered for JobKeeper. Find out more But the $60 billion reduction in the projected cost of the scheme suggests that small portion was receiving nearly half the money allocated to the scheme. ATO Second Commissioner Jeremy Hirschhorn said it appeared those applicants misunderstood the question on their application forms. "With hindsight, perhaps the form could have been more straightforward, however I do note that only 1,000 of the 900,000 misinterpreted the question," he said. He said that no extra money was paid to businesses, as the question that was misunderstood by some was not linked to payments. "We ask a question for analytical purposes only, not for payment purposes," he said. "It made not one difference to the amount we paid." What you need to know about coronavirus:
Mining death inquest finds lack of signage and deficient record keeping led to suffocation of electrician - ABC News
When mine electrician Paul McGuire clocked on for his shift in May 2014, he was sent to his death by a job card mistakenly instructing him to access an area filled with methane.
A coronial inquest into the death of a central Queensland miner who suffocated on lethal gas has found operator Anglo American's record keeping was "grossly deficient" and his death could have been avoided. Key points:
- Father-of-two Paul McGuire died after accessing an underground area filled with methane
- Coroner David O'Connell found failures in the mine's job card system
- Six coal miners and two quarry workers have been killed on Queensland mine sites since 2018
Beijing could change national security law in Hong Kong. Here's why that matters - ABC News
Beijing's proposed national security law for Hong Kong is potentially one of the most controversial moves it has made since the end of British rule — here's what you need to know.
China's rubber-stamp Parliament is set to pass a controversial national security law on Hong Kong, a move that will almost certainly cause major upset in the former British colony. Key points:
- The new laws are expected to be formally discussed and passed on May 28
- Details are scant but they're expected to significantly limit independence movements
- Protesters have already taken to the streets and scuffles with authorities have broken out
SA pubs can reopen effective immediately, as Premier apologises for confusion - ABC News
The South Australian Government has made a snap announcement to open pubs, amid major confusion over the relaxation of restrictions in restaurants.
The South Australian Government has made a snap announcement to open pubs, amid major confusion over the relaxation of restrictions in restaurants. Key points:
- SA pubs can open for seated dining and alcohol
- Premier Steven Marshall said this morning only restaurants could reopen
- He acknowledged the government had created 'confusion'
Lana Del Rey has everyone upset over her Insta post, here's why - ABC News
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Lana Del Rey has entered the chat Yesterday, much-maligned muse Lana Del Rey announced via Instagram that she will be releasing her new album on 5 September. The news came in the form of a notes-based diatribe that also took aim at Beyoncé, Nicki Minaj, Doja Cat, Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Kehlani, and Camila Cabello - almost all of the biggest female pop stars right now, a majority of whom are women of colour. Skip Instagram PostFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. Overnight, the backlash to LDRs comments has been bountiful and far ranging. Some are branding Del Rey a racist for blanking on the historical contributions that women of colour have made to the genre of music Del Rey says she champions. Others say shes pulling a Taylor Swift, playing the victim while undermining the feminist call-to-action shes trying to promote. Some just felt real gross that she lashed out so fiercely only to hit us with the Anyway, buy my new album in September. Whichever way you look at it, theres something unsettling about the outburst. Skip Twitter WidgetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. Lana hasnt backed down, claiming that she never intended for her statement to be racially targeted and that the reaction to them proves her point about the treatment shes received. This did little to quell the tide of fans and foes alike pointing out what they see as the misguided hypocrisy of it all. Skip Twitter TweetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. The timing of her Insta-attack makes the whole sitch all the more baffling Lana Del Rey entered 2020 at - arguably - the top of her career. Her 2019 release Norman F**king Rockwell was the first album in her overture to gain widespread praise from both critics and the public. Skip Twitter WidgetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. Throughout her career Lana has faced sustained criticism for pandering to badly-behaving men - and it seems when shes finally clawed some concrete respect she played right into the fragile white woman archetype that she so despises. Skip Twitter TweetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. On one hand, she raised some good points about how an artist like herself will be ripped for glamourising abusive relationships yet a male artist can be literally abusive and still have a career. On the other hand, it's impossible to ignore that, instead of spitting her fury towards those deeply entrenched patriarchal structures that benefit men, she chose to target the other women that have been/are suffering. And its suffering that goes far deeper than bullshit reviews. Beyoncé was mercilessly targeted for decrying police brutality by the US police union. Kehlani has faced endless scrutiny after graduating from the girl group genre. Ariana Grand was cruelly blamed for ex-boyfriend Mac Millers relapse into substance abuse and ultimately, death. The issue of pitting female musicians against each other is nothing new As Madeleine Albright said, Theres a special place in hell for women who dont support other women. At a time when WOC are dominating US charts, Lana had the perfect opportunity to really make a statement that would have lifted her and other women up. Instead she chose, whether it be by bad phrasing or bad timing, to drag down her peers to make a point. Whats so frustrating is that the whole debacle will most likely be chalked up as another ignorant comment from a clueless white woman instead of furthering a desperately needed conversation of how female artists are treated by a male dominated industry. All in all, it's just another day in the hellscape that is being a woman in music... But hey, at least we got some spicy memes out of it Skip Twitter TweetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. Skip Twitter TweetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. Skip Twitter TweetFireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame.
Australian tennis great and former Wimbledon champion Ashley Cooper dies 83 - ABC News
Rod Laver leads the tributes for fellow Australian tennis great Ashley Cooper following his death at age 83 after a long battle with illness.
Rod Laver has led the tributes for fellow Australian tennis great Ashley Cooper following his death at age 83 after a long battle with illness.
- Rod Laver described Ashley Cooper as a "wonderful champion"
- Cooper won four major singles titles and as many doubles crowns during his career
- He enjoyed an amazing 1958 season, winning the Australian, Wimbledon and US Championships
NT Government establishes Territory Economic Reconstruction Commission to help coronavirus recovery - ABC News
The NT Labor Government establishes a new commission to help it financially recover from the coronavirus pandemic, with the former opposition leader and a former chief minister in key roles.
Chief Minister Michael Gunner says the Northern Territory is "uniquely positioned" to lead Australia's post-pandemic economic recovery and has established a special commission to figure out exactly how to capitalise on the crisis. Key points:
- The Commission will investigate how to create jobs and attract investment
- Each member can earn up to $44,000 a year for their contribution
- Yesterday, the NT announced it had zero active cases of coronavirus