In Hong Kong, more than a million people have marched in protest against proposed laws that would allow extradition to China. Under Hong Kong’s One Country, Two Systems policy set down when the former British colony was returned to China in 1997, Hong Kong runs its own legal system and has never granted a Chinese extradition request. The laws, proposed by pro-Beijing Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam, would establish procedures by which foreign fugitives would be transferred to countries with which Hong Kong does not already have extradition agreements. Chinese authorities frequently kidnap Hong Kong pro-democracy activists, publishers and booksellers.
The federal Labor Party pushed for a police investigation into the leaks that led to an Australian Federal Police raid on News Corp journalist Annika Smethurst last week. Nine newspapers reported at the weekend that shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus urged then prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to investigate the leak of correspondence discussing the expansion of the Australian Signals Directorate’s powers to spy on Australian citizens. The revelation undercuts Labor’s attempt to criticise the Coalition over the raids, with deputy Labor leader claiming on Sunday that Labor has been “responsible for amendments which go to the question of there being national interest tests which protect the freedom of the press”.
Australian tennis player Ash Barty has won the French Open, beating Czechia’s Marketa Vondrousova in two sets. A Ngarigo woman, Barty paid tribute to tennis champion Evonne Goolagong Cawley, the first Indigenous person to win a grand slam title. “It's amazing how she's created this path for Indigenous tennis in Australia and I think now it's becoming more nationwide”, Barty said. Since re-entering the World Tennis Association rankings in 2016, Barty rose from 325th to eighth in the WTA rankings, and will rise to second in the world following her Roland Garros win.
Veteran political journalist Barrie Cassidy has hosted his last episode of the ABC’s Insiders. The host of the Sunday morning political chat show for 18 years, Cassidy used his final to-camera address to pay tribute to the Insiders audience, which grew to more than 600,000 people ahead of the last federal election. “I’ve been, over the years, pulled up in the street so many times. So many emails from people who essentially make the same point that they change their routine, they change the way that they manage their Sunday mornings, around Insiders. I just loved hearing that”, Cassidy said.
Lastly, as of 6:30am, I have just realised that it is a public holiday and I did not need to do The Briefing today. Consider this a freebie.