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.
Labor leader Anthony Albanese will today offer the Morrison government bipartisan support to design a new energy policy, including potential backing of controversial carbon capture and storage technologies. In a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison and a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra today, Albanese will push for a new policy mechanism that features scalable emissions reduction targets, so future governments can either increase or decrease goals “in the context of future scientific advice”. He is prepared to support development of carbon capture technologies to aid the coal sector, on the proviso they are not funded by the Clean Energy Finance Corporation or the Australian Renewable Energy Agency, which Labor endorses for continued funding. Albanese is prepared to walk away from a Clean Energy Target but remains opposed to the Coalition’s Emissions Reductions Fund and nuclear energy. “We have an opportunity to move past partisan approaches to energy policy, to draw on the community’s clear desire for more bipartisan approaches to difficult policy areas,” he wrote in the letter to Morrison.
Former high court justice Dyson Heydon was known as “Handsy Heydon” due to his behaviour towards young female students when teaching at Oxford University. Following revelations that an independent inquiry by the high court found Heydon had sexually harassed six associates, The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Heydon was accused of inappropriate touching in 2014 while teaching in England. Oxford University decided not to renew Mr Heydon’s visiting professorship, although heavily redacted documents obscured the reasons why. It comes as Arthur Moses, SC, former president of the Law Council of Australia, has called for a federal judicial commission to deal with complaints of predatory behaviour in the profession.
ABC managing director David Anderson will today unveil a “Five Year Plan” expected to include 250 job cuts and an overhaul of the ABC Life website. The cuts come in response to a federal government funding freeze expected to cost the broadcaster a further $84 million over three years. The ABC board will take a pay cut for six months, receiving consent from the Remuneration Tribunal to cut its fees by 10 per cent.
World No. 1 men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic has tested positive for Covid-19 after organising a controversial tennis exhibition series in Serbia and Croatia. The Serbian player is the fourth player to test positive for the virus after competing in the tournament, which featured packed crowds and little social distancing. Djokovic’s wife Jelena also tested positive, but their children tested negative. “I am so deeply sorry our tournament has caused harm,” he wrote. “Everything the organisers and I did the past month, we did with a pure heart and sincere intentions.”