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.
The International Monetary Fund has warned governments that a sudden end to wage subsidies would jeopardise the recovery, as updated forecasts indicated the world will be left with more debt than at the end of World War II. The IMF projects a deeper global recession than it did in April, estimating the world economy will shrink by 4.9 per cent this year. Australia’s economy is expected to shrink by 4.5 per cent in 2020 and grow by 4 per cent in 2021, a forecast that Treasurer Josh Frydenberg welcomed as “the second-best among all advanced economies”. Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers says the assessment highlights the dangers of government plans for a “snapback” after JobKeeper and JobSeeker support expires in September. The recovery will also depend on how well Covid-19 is suppressed, with Victoria calling in the Australian Defence Force to help manage increasing infections. The IMF also recommended that economic supports are withdrawn, they should be replaced with broader spending on climate change action and social safety nets. Meanwhile, a new study finds 11,000 jobs in renewable energy are expected to be lost in two years under current government policies.
A Senate committee has been told that a bill allowing Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to ban mobile phones in onshore immigration detention centres would damage refugees’ mental health and may be unconstitutional, reports Guardian Australia. The acting immigration minister, Alan Tudge, argued in parliament in May that the bill was needed to stop the spread of drugs and contraband items in detention centres. The UN refugee agency said in a submission that phones were a “lifeline” for refugees in detention, as important as basic needs such as water, food and energy. The Australian Medical Association said detainees were a “high-risk” group for suicide and removing phones would make it difficult to maintain contact with people who supported their mental health. Lifeline 13 11 14
Kosovo President Hashim Thaci has been accused of war crimes by a special international prosecutor in The Hague. The prosecutor said Thaci and nine others “are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders”, torture and enforced disappearances during Kosovo's independence war against Serbia in 1998-1999. The BBC reports that a pre-trial judge now has six months to decide if the court will issue charges. Thaci denies the allegations.
In sport, Australia and New Zealand are set to find out if their bid to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s football World Cup has been successful. Colombia is the other candidate. It comes as the US Open tennis wheelchair competition in New York has been restored after widespread criticism of its original cancelation due to Covid-19 disruption. Australian wheelchair tennis champion Dylan Alcott had called the move “disgusting discrimination”.