Polling places are set to close in the United States congressional midterm elections. The vote marks the first large-scale electoral test of US president Donald Trump’s administration, with Trump having the lowest approval rating of any president at their two-year mark in modern history. Democrats are increasingly confident of retaking the House of Representatives, while Republicans are attempting to maintain control of the Senate. The campaign has been marked by far-right political violence, openly racist messaging from Republican politicians, and widespread voter suppression in electorates with large communities of non-white voters. The first polls will close in parts of Indiana and Kentucky at 10am AEDT. You can track results here.
Fires have broken out at the Don Dale youth detention centre in the Northern Territory as detainees seized parts of the facility. Armed police and emergency services were called to the juvenile prison on Tuesday, with a number of detainees reportedly throwing objects at police officers from the roof of one building. “This is the police. Drop your weapons. Your actions are being monitored. There will be consequences. Stop putting yourself and others at risk. Surrender yourself to the police,” warned a police broadcast at the facility. Don Dale became infamous in 2016 when the ABC’s Four Corners published details of children being tear-gassed, beaten, abused and restrained by guards.
Two prominent charities are under investigation following revelations that much of the money donated to drought relief efforts was not going to those in need. The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission sought assurances from Aussie Helpers and Rural Aid that millions of dollars donated during recent charity drives was being spent on farmer relief. ACNC commissioner Gary Johns told Fairfax on Tuesday that “ACNC staff have visited the operations of the charities and we are working with them to understand their work and confirm they have procedures and practices in place to manage the large number of donations they have received”.
A NSW Police officer has pleaded guilty to making a threatening phone call to the office of Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young. Senior constable Sean Daniel Murphy entered a guilty plea on one count of using a carriage service to menace, harass or offend at the Downing Centre Local Court in Sydney on Tuesday. Murphy called Hanson-Young’s Adelaide electorate office in July after seeing her on television, telling the staffer who answered the phone that he wanted to rape one of Hanson-Young’s child female relatives. Murphy made a similar call to Hanson-Young’s Canberra office the next day which was not reported to police, during which he said “did you know in Islam you can fuck 9-year-old girls?” He will be sentenced in February.
Irish horse The CliffsofMoher has been euthanised after sustaining an injury during the Melbourne Cup. The five-year-old stallion was put down on the track after fracturing its shoulder about 600 metres from the starting gate. The incident marks the sixth horse death at the Melbourne Cup since 2013. RSPCA Australia spokesperson Jane Speechley said the animal welfare organisation “has long voiced its concerns about the welfare of racehorses, including the use of inhumane devices such as whips and tongue ties, as well as the risk to injury and death during races”.
And former Labor leader Mark Latham has joined Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, because misery loves company.