Reports have emerged that Australia has stripped citizenship from three dual nationals in Syria, as Turkey begins its invasion of the country. The Morrison government is under pressure to evacuate about 80 Australians from Syria held in camps for Daesh-affiliated prisoners, which are guarded by Kurdish forces being redeployed ($) to defend against the Turkish assault. According to The Australian ($), the number of dual nationals to lose their citizenship has increased by three since the Morrison government last reported numbers in September. Among them is Zehra Duman, who was notified of her retroactive loss of citizenship this week, with The New Daily reporting this leaves the citizenship status of two of her infant children unclear.
Turkey invades: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced via Twitter on Wednesday that the attack aims to "prevent the creation of a terror corridor across our southern border." The Turkish military is targeting US-allied Kurdish fighters who helped defeat Daesh, but have been left exposed after US President Donald Trump unexpectedly announced the exit of American forces from the region. Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Syrian Democratic Forces, tweeted that Turkish warplanes had begun air raids on civilian areas, triggering “a huge panic among people of the region”. SBS News reports that Kurds on Wednesday protested in Sydney over the situation.
Plans for rising emissions: Planned fossil fuel developments across the north of the country could see Australia linked to 13 per cent of the greenhouse gases that can be emitted if the world is to meet the Paris climate agreement goals, reports The Guardian. Also under the microscope are 20 companies responsible for over one-third of all energy-related carbon dioxide and methane emissions worldwide since 1965. The Labor Party is debating whether to scale back carbon emission reduction plans, as moderate Liberals join a crossbench-led climate group. Meanwhile, the Extinction Rebellion protests are prompting intense debate about their effectiveness, new legislation to jail protesters in Queensland, and threats of violence from media personalities. In Britain, where nearly 600 protesters have been arrested, the father of the country’s conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke at a climate rally to offer his support. The developments come as new research links the rise in spring bushfires to climate change.
NSW corruption inquiry: Former New South Wales Labor boss Jamie Clements has told the Independent Commission Against Corruption inquiry that billionaire Huang Xiangmo gave him $35,000 in a wine box to cover his legal bills. Clements said he worked as a consultant for the wealthy developer after leaving the party, and was paid $624,000 over three years from February 2016.
Shonky products recognised: Exclusion-riddled pet insurance, an IKEA fridge that doesn’t keep food cold, Medibank Private's "rip-off" basic health cover, and a breakfast cereal that claims “a bag of sugar is healthy" are among the winners of consumer group Choice’s annual Shonky awards. Choice chief executive Alan Kirkland said the winners were chosen for having “ripped off, misled and treated Australians like cash cows to be exploited.”