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.
Australian troops and warships will join major military exercises ($) with the US and Pacific allies, as China and India seek to de-escalate following a violent border confrontation. Australia is planning to participate in joint exercises in Hawaii and Guam, and is expecting an invitation from India to participate in naval exercises in the Bay of Bengal, reports The Australian. It comes as Chinese officials say that the country has agreed with India to peacefully resolve their Himalayan border confrontation, which left at least 20 soldiers dead. The relationship between Australia and China continues to deteriorate, with Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian responding to Foreign Minister Marise Payne’s accusation that China is using social media to spread disinformation online regarding racism against Chinese students in Australia, claiming “disinformation is Australia’s expertise”. He said Australia needed to listen to the voices of victims and face up to the problem.
Former Victorian minister Adem Somyurek has released a series of private text messages to the media in apparent payback over his ousting from the Andrews government. In the messages, leaked to both The Age and The Australian ($), federal Labor MP Anthony Byrne called former colleague Sam Dastyari a "crooked, corrupt f---", called an unnamed female Labor activist a “ratf---er” and said he wanted to “piss on ... the corpse” of former Left faction powerbroker Alan Griffin. The release came after Byrne to assist inquiries over branch stacking in the Victorian ALP, which featured in leaked video recorded in his office. The Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission, Victoria’s corruption watchdog, on Wednesday confirmed it would investigate “serious allegations of corrupt conduct” in the party.
Police in South Australia are investigating an officer over a racist social media post directed at Sudanese-Australian lawyer and human rights advocate Nyadol Nyuon. A Facebook message was sent to Nyuon on Monday evening, a week after appearing as a guest on the ABC's Q+A program. The message told her “If it's so f---ing bad here f--- off back to the war-torn s--thole country you came from.” The move comes after Police Commissioner Grant Stevens denied systemic racism within the police force, as experts labelled the violent arrest of an Indigenous man on Monday as a case of racial profiling.
About 350 international students will come to Canberra on a charter flight from an Asian airline hub next month under a planned pilot program. Students will quarantine for two weeks in hotels, with flight costs to be shared by students and universities. The quarantine accommodation and support will be funded by the universities, while logistical support will be provided by the ACT. South Australia has announced a separate plan to bring in 800 overseas students. Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan commended the plans, stipulating that he would support the return of international students when a given state or territory opened its borders to domestic travel and the university campus is open for on-campus learning for domestic students.