Briefing documents for a senior Defence official reveal the Australian Defence Force’s wishes to install civil and military technology in Antarctica despite the Antarctic Treaty which bans military activity. The speaking notes intended for a “future strategic leaders’ congress” describe “valuable opportunities to enhance military capability by implementing certain technologies in the Antarctic”. The Antarctic Treaty advocates for the continent to be a scientific preserve only, and deters militarisation of the continent. The documents that reveal Defence’s intentions, obtained under freedom of information laws, did not explain which technologies would be used. Currently, the United States, China and Russia have “dual-use” satellite navigation technology on Antarctic territory.
Analysis of cost of living figures since 2013 by the Reserve Bank of Australia shows the cost of government services is outpacing inflation. Government-controlled costs such as healthcare, childcare, property rates and education jumped by about a quarter, while the consumer price index has increased only 10.4 per cent since 2013. Wage growth in this time increased by 13.4 per cent.
The fallout from Alan Jones’ comments on New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern continues, with a growing number of brands ($) pulling advertising with Macquarie Radio, the home of Sydney radio station 2GB. where shock jock Jones is a broadcaster. Overnight Media Watch identified another soundbite from his radio show, in which Jones said he hoped Scott Morrison would get “tough” with Arden “with a few backhanders”, contradicting the broadcaster’s claims that the comments about shoving a sock down the throat of the New Zealand PM were a slip of the tongue. “Climate change is real, violence against women starts with words and the bloke has had too many chances ... @2GB873 time to wake up," said one advertiser.
A man who has been on the run since the murder of his brother two years ago has been arrested and charged following an assault in Melbourne’s Hosier Lane, near Flinders Street. Jonathan Dick, 41, has been wanted by police since January 2017, when his brother David Dick, 36, was killed with a sword at Doncaster Shopping Centre. Police say Jonathan Dick was recognised by someone he knew in the lane was held until police arrived.