New South Wales opposition leader Michael Daley has vowed to stay on after leading the state Labor Party to an emphatic defeat at Saturday’s election. Despite polls showing Labor neck-and-neck with premier Gladys Berejiklian’s Liberals, Labor had picked up just one extra seat as of Monday, with counting still under way in East Hills and Lismore. State member for Kogarah, Chris Minns, said on Sunday he would challenge for the Labor leadership if he held his seat, saying “after three election losses the party has to reassess what we are offering the people of NSW”. Labor’s campaign was derailed last week after comments Daley made in September last year that “foreigners are moving in and taking their jobs” were made public.
Minor parties have increased their presence in both houses of NSW parliament, with the Nationals losing several seats to the Shooters, Fishers and Farmers. The state Greens held on to three lower house seats, while independent Mathew Dickerson and Nationals candidate Dugald Sanders were locked in a tight count for the seat of Dubbo. In the upper house, former federal opposition leader Mark Latham won a seat for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation, while Labor and the Coalition garnering less than 60 per cent of the vote between them.
Leaked footage of detention centre guards harassing and using excessive force against detainees has highlighted conditions in the centres for people awaiting deportation. Guardian Australia reports that much of the footage shows emergency response team guards throwing and pinning detainees to the ground, while one video shows a Serco guard boasting that he has never been investigated for his conduct, despite having “no idea how many complaints I’ve ever had”. A federal court ruling in June allowed detainees to keep and use mobile phones while in detention, giving outsiders a glimpse into facilities the federal government tries to keep secret. Several people detained at Villawood detention centre in Sydney have died by suicide this year.
One million people have marched through London demanding a new referendum on whether Britain should leave the European Union. EU leaders agreed last week to give Britain until April 12 to ratify an exit agreement, but prime minister Theresa May’s Brexit proposal has been repeatedly rejected by parliament. Pro-Brexit Conservative MPs told the BBC on Sunday they would consider voting for May’s proposal if she agreed to resign, while May has indicated she would not bring her deal to a third vote if there was insufficient support.
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