A scan might have found the cancer now killing Daniel van Roo. Instead his doctor gave him 50 STI tests, which van Roo believes was because he is gay.If I hadn’t taken action and if I hadn’t seen a doctor then, you know, then where I am is just where I am. But because I did do those things, I am probably going to be upset about it when I am laying in the hospital bed at the end.
Papua New Guinea's Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Petrus Thomas, claims that only nine people remain at the asylum seeker detention centre on Manus Island. Transfers have reportedly occurred daily since last week, with most asylum seekers moved to Port Moresby, including journalist and author Behrouz Boochani, who has written detailed accounts of the issues facing detainees. The refugees are being kept in hotels, but have been told accommodation facilities are being prepared. Shaminda Kanapathi, a Sri Lankan refugee, told the ABC it was the first time he had set foot outside Manus Island for almost six years. “I came to Manus not knowing my future and today I leave Manus, not knowing my future,” he said. Of the men deemed non-refugees, 53 have been put in a detention centre in Port Moresby. Concerns have been raised that the centre’s detainees are denied contact with the outside world, including with their families and lawyers. The Refugee Action Coalition accused the Australian and Papua New Guinean governments of merely “shifting the detention deckchairs” as they race to close Manus.
Gladys Liu China connections: The Liberal MP Gladys Liu has said she “cannot recall” being a member of two organisations connected to Chinese political influence operations. In an interview with Andrew Bolt on Sky News on Tuesday night, Liu suggested that her name had been put down as a member of two provincial chapters of the China Overseas Exchange Association, as revealed by the ABC, without her knowledge. In the interview she also refused to condemn Beijing's actions in the South China Sea as unlawful.
Perth skyscraper parachuters: A 35-year-old Scarborough man has been summonsed to appear in court on a trespass charge, after a team of BASE jumpers disguised in business suits made it to the roof of Perth's 40-storey Exchange Tower on Tuesday before leaping off the edge. A car wanted in relation to the incident was tracked down to a house in North Perth, where the man was found. Police are calling on the public for help in identifying the three others. Alex Bennett, who works on the ninth floor of a nearby building, said he saw the jumpers land.“I was just doing my work and out of the corner of my eye I saw something strange,” he said. “I walked over to the window and saw one dude landing right here with a parachute and I was like, ‘What the hell?’”
West Bank annexation: Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has detailed plans to annex almost 30 per cent of the occupied West Bank if he wins re-election next week, in a speech broadcast live on Israeli TV on Tuesday. About 65,000 Palestinians and 11,000 Israeli settlers live in the area. Netanyahu said he was waiting to annex the territory “in maximum co-ordination with [Donald] Trump,”, suggesting the US President would soon release a Middle East peace plan that does not include a Palestinian state. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Netanyahu was a “a prime destroyer of the peace process”.