Hong Kong's Hospital Authority says dozens of people have been injured in the city’s protests, which escalated yesterday as police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to push back crowds away from the Legislative Council Complex. Demonstrators took shelter in shopping centres and used umbrellas to shield themselves from tear gas. Tens of thousands of protestors continue to flood the streets to stand against controversial legislation that would allow extradition to China. Critics of the bill say democracy activists, journalists and fugitives would be handed over to mainland China if the bill were to come into law.
In Russia, hundreds of protestors, including a number of journalists, have been arrested and detained during a peaceful protest in Moscow. About 1500 people marched calling for police officers to be charged for planting drugs on investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, who was facing 20 years in prison until the case was dropped on Tuesday due to lack of evidence. The demonstration was not approved by authorities and took place on Russia Day, a public holiday commemorating Russia’s independence from the Soviet Union.
A new study analysing lease terminations data of public housing has found that housing authorities are evicting domestic violence victims for the abuse they suffer, labelling it “nuisance” and a breach under tenancy laws. The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute study found women, often the sole leaseholder in these situations were carrying the burden of controlling “the misconduct of male partners and children”. Other findings revealed that a zero-tolerance approach was disrupting drug and alcohol treatment and that children were only a “marginal consideration” in cases, often being evicted into homelessness with the parents.
The Adani Carmichael mine faces a fresh hiccup in its plans after the Australian Conservation Foundation won its legal challenge to the federal government’s assessment of the north Galilee water scheme. The government admitted that it failed to properly consider responses from the public and also lost a number of submissions. This leaves the government no choice but to reopen the project for public comment and federal environment minister Sussan Ley to reassess the proposal. However, Adani will still be able to begin its construction of the coal mine if it receives approval for groundwater plans from the Queensland government.
The Western Australian opposition leader Mike Nahan stepped down from the party leadership overnight after several months of media speculation. Talking to ABC News, Nahan said it was always his intention to step aside. "I have decided to step down because I am confident we are in a good position with a number of leadership aspirants and after the Federal Election we are in a good position," he said. Nahan, who took the helm after a crushing Liberal defeat in the 2017 state election, will remain in parliament. The ABC says sources within the Liberal party regard deputy leader Liza Harvey as the frontrunner to replace Nahan.