As Christian Porter names himself as the cabinet minister accused of rape, and denies the allegation, his office walks back the attorney-general’s claim that the last time he saw his accuser was in January 1988.[This] cannot be the standard that we adopt, particularly when the alleged perpetrator is the first law officer of the country.
The world faces “untold suffering” from climate change unless there are deep and lasting shifts in global society, warn more than 11,000 scientists. In a paper published in the journal BioScience on the 40th anniversary of the first climate summit, the report urges six actions including the end of fossil fuel extraction, stabilising population growth, and greatly reducing meat consumption. Co-author Dr Thomas Newsome from the University of Sydney said governments needed to set “clear policy that signals to the business community that they are going to act on climate change”. A second report claims nearly three-quarters of the climate pledges made under the Paris Agreement are inadequate to slow climate change. The news comes after the United States yesterday gave one year’s notice that it will withdraw from the Paris Agreement, which would come into force one day after the country’s next election. Ahead of a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron said co-operation between Europe and China on emission reductions would be “decisive”. A new book released by economist Ross Garnaut lays out how three policies could see Australia reach 100 per cent renewable energy. The world experienced the hottest October on record last month, and Australia its second-hottest.
Strip-searching minors: New South Wales police strip-searched more than 122 girls under the age of 18 in the last three years, including two 12-year-olds and eight 13-year-olds. Guardian Australia reports that according to data obtained under freedom of information laws by the Redfern Legal Centre, since 2016 there have been 3919 strip-searches by police on women in NSW. Young women aged 25 and under accounted for almost half the searches, while the oldest woman strip-searched was 72 years old. The news comes as the NSW police watchdog investigates the allegedly illegal strip-search of a 16-year-old girl at a music festival. Sam Lee, Redfern Legal Centre’s police powers solicitor, told The Saturday Paper: “It’s the only law in NSW that allows two adults holding firearms to order a child as young as 10 to take off all their clothes in a strange environment.”
Jobs and growth compromised: Commonwealth Auditor-General Grant Hehir has delivered a scathing review of the Morrison government's management of a $220 million “jobs and growth” program promised at the 2016 election. According to The Sydney Morning Herald, Hehir found the jobs scheme was riddled with conflicts of interest and intervention by ministers.
Russian Brexit influence: United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been too preoccupied with Brexit to read a report on Russian meddling in the country’s elections, foreign office minister Chris Pincher concedes. Johnson is accused of suppressing the report, which was sent to the government for final confirmation nearly three weeks ago, for political reasons ahead of a December election. The report may not be released until the middle of next year. The inquiry was launched after Russia-based Twitter accounts posted more than 45,000 messages about Brexit in two days during the 2016 referendum.
In sport: Batsman Steve Smith has led Australia to a seven-wicket win over Pakistan in a T20 International clash in Canberra. Smith scored a spectacular 80 off 51 balls to surpass Pakistan’s score of 6-150 with nine balls remaining.