A former adviser to US President Donald Trump has said it is time for payback for former Australian foreign minister, diplomat and “Clinton ally” Alexander Downer, who he claims was “spying” on him. In an interview with The New Daily, George Papadopoulos praised Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison for co-operating with an inquiry designed to discredit the investigation into Russian interference in the US election. “My message to Scott Morrison is he is doing the right thing putting the relationship between the US and Australia above the personal interests of a Clinton ally who I reported to authorities for suspicion of spying on me,” said Papadopoulos, who served 12 days in a US federal prison for matters relating to the investigation. The interview comes as Guardian Australia reports that the Australian government did not authorise Downer to report claims made by Papadopoulos, which first sparked the Russia inquiry, to US officials.
China 70th anniversary: An 18-year-old Hong Kong student protester is in a critical condition after being shot in the chest with live rounds by local police. Hong Kong police chief Stephen Lo said the responsible officer “believed his life was in peril”. Tens of thousands of protesters defied a ban not to protest on the date of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, with some clashing with police who used live ammunition and tear gas. As Hong Kong protested, festivities in Beijing included a colourful evening gala, and a military parade that featured 15,000 soldiers marching with intercontinental missile systems on display. Prime Minister Scott Morrison took to social media network WeChat ($) to pay tribute to China’s “tremendous achievements”.
Abbott on Brexit: Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has told the UK Conservative Party conference that a no-deal Brexit is “no big deal”. Abbott, who was yesterday appointed to the Australian War Memorial Board, also called the UK’s House of Commons a “contemptible parliament” for obstructing British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s agenda. The speech came as Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney described Johnson’s reported plan to install customs checkpoints a few kilometers either side of the Irish border as a “non-starter”.
Nauru teacher sues: A former English teacher is suing the operator of offshore detention centre in Nauru over health problems caused by exposure to black mould in her accommodation. According to Guardian Australia, Dorothy McDonald is the latest person to sue operator Broadspectrum over health issues related to exposure to black mould while she was on Nauru teaching asylum seekers and refugees.