Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has thrown his support behind a push to unseat conservative Liberal backbencher Craig Kelly in a preselection contest. At the urging of prime minister Scott Morrison, the New South Wales Liberal executive will vote this week on whether to endorse all sitting MPs in the state, potentially saving Kelly from losing preselection to Sutherland Shire councillor Kent Johns. Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Turnbull said he had told NSW Liberal executive members that “the Party’s democratic processes should operate in the normal way” and that “it is time for the Liberal Party members in Hughes to have their say about their local member and decide who they want to represent them”. Kelly, who supported the leadership challenge against Turnbull in August, has reportedly threatened to “bring down the government” by moving to the crossbench if he loses preselection. On Sunday, Kelly swore at Liberal Sutherland mayor Carmelo Pesce in an Engadine gym for refusing to shake his hand, calling him a “fucking prick”.
Victims of irresponsible financial practices and misconduct have demanded a second royal commission into the banking and financial services industry. Commissioner Kenneth Hayne adjourned the royal commission on Friday, with findings from the 68-day inquiry due to be delivered to Governor-General Peter Cosgrove by February. Geoff Shannon, the founder of a support group for victims of financial misconduct, told Guardian Australia the commission had “not even scratched the surface in terms of bank scandals”. The federal government resisted calls to extend the commission, despite the inquiry hearing from fewer than 30 victims out of more than 10,000 submissions.
Australian Border Force staff have reported a culture of bullying, abuse and harassment in their workplaces and at the agency’s training college. Fairfax reports that an ABF employee who died by suicide in 2016 left a note that detailed “difficulties in the workplace”, while documents uncovered through Freedom of Information showed that dozens of ABF staff made compensation claims for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Speaking anonymously, a former student at the college said training was “really sloppily done,” and that at least one trainer was a “bully” who singled out and intimidated students.
And United States president Donald Trump has broken with other world leaders at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, refusing to reiterate his country’s commitment to the Paris accord on climate change. While all nations agreed to non-binding statements on reforming the World Trade Organisation and women’s economic empowerment, Australia, the US and Turkey pushed back against a proposed statement showing support for migrants and refugees. Trump quizzed prime minister Scott Morrison on August’s leadership spill when he met the Australian PM on the sidelines of the G20, while German chancellor Angela Merkel consulted notes explaining who Morrison was during their meeting.
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