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.
Federal Labor is considering an overhaul of the party’s Victorian division, as secret recordings implicate a third state government cabinet minister in the branch stacking scandal. According to tapes obtained by The Age and 60 Minutes, cabinet minister Marlene Kairouz encouraged parliamentary staff to work on branch-stacking activities with her Victorian Right factional ally Adem Somyurek, who was sacked by Premier Daniel Andrews yesterday over the scandal. Kairouz is caught on secret recordings in the meeting earlier this year urging employees to take over a stacking operation she claims involves her senior advisers. She also describes Labor’s Left faction as "all white" branch stackers, joking that the Left is the Ku Klux Klan. It comes after assistant treasurer Robin Scott, a factional ally of Somyurek, resigned over the controversy. Federal Labor leader Anthony Albanese has vowed a “proper examination" of the Victorian division of the party. Somyurek resigned his membership of the Victorian ALP before a planned expulsion by the national executive. The origins of the recordings have not been disclosed.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and his wife Catherine Shaw billed taxpayers for return flights to Melbourne on a RAAF special purpose jet to attend an exclusive soiree at the Melbourne Cup, reports Guardian Australia. McCormack justified the trip on a government plane, believed to cost $4600 an hour, by reannouncing a three-year-old funding pledge for a sports hall. He made the trip after being gifted tickets by Tabcorp to attend the Cup in Flemington’s Birdcage, alongside other ministers, gambling executives and mining billionaire Gina Rinehart. McCormack returned to Canberra via Sydney while his wife went back home to Wagga Wagga.
New research has highlighted a raft of problems with NSW and federal government Covid-19 communication to culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Research author Dr Alexandra Grey of the University of Sydney Law School told SBS News that her work indicated the NSW government may have fabricated social media engagement with fake tweets in simplified Chinese. The research also found official pandemic material in languages other than English has not been disseminated effectively, prompting shopfronts to use unofficial signage that may not be accurate. It comes as Respect Victoria launches a six-language campaign to highlight the issue of elder abuse due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a debate on systemic racism and police brutality, following a request from Burkina Faso on behalf of 54 African countries. The body will examine the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protests” this Wednesday. The lawyer representing the family of police brutality victim George Floyd, Ben Crump, tweeted that his legal team had submitted an urgent appeal to the UN to intervene, which would include “encouraging the U.S. government to press federal criminal charges against involved officers and making recommendations for systemic police reform.” The US left the UN Human Rights Council two years ago over what it says was mistreatment of Israel.