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.
A joint bid from Australia and New Zealand has edged out Colombia to win the right to host the 2023 FIFA Women’s football World Cup. In the early hours of Friday, FIFA announced that Australia and New Zealand received 22 of the valid 35 votes from the organisation’s council. The tournament will take place between July and August 2023 across 12 cities, with the opening match to be played at Eden Park in Auckland and the final in Sydney. Lobbying for the event continued through to the final moments, with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern personally hitting the phones to push the bid. Matildas star Sam Kerr responded by tweeting a gif of her celebrating a goal with a backflip – an image also projected onto the Sydney Opera House. Australia and New Zealand’s bid had been assessed by FIFA’s technical committee as stronger on the grounds of commercial return, stadia, facilities, fan engagement and potential legacy of improving women's football.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will meet premiers for national cabinet today to discuss clamping down on localised outbreaks and hotel quarantine arrangements, with both issues linked to a rise in cases in Victoria. The state recorded 33 new cases on Thursday, sparking a testing blitz across 10 hotspot suburbs. Morrison will also push for agreement on a timetable to allow live entertainment, to complement a $250 million arts support package launched on Thursday. The package, which earmarked $90 million for concessional loans for new productions, received a mixed reaction from the sector. “This package is another slap in the face for the thousands of arts and entertainment workers who are not eligible for the JobKeeper income subsidy scheme,” Media, Entertainment & Arts Alliance chief executive Paul Murphy said.
Qantas is on track to make a small profit ($) in 2020, with 6000 jobs cut and a further 15,000 employees already stood down, reports The Australian. The airline was expected to record a loss of about $700 million in the second half of the 2020, seeing the airline break even for the full year or make a modest gain. ACTU national president Michele O’Neil described the cuts as “deplorable and premature” and accused airline chief executive Alan Joyce of prioritising profits over workers. Joyce said plans to resume significant numbers of overseas flights had been put back to the 2022 financial year, with grounded planes to be mothballed in the Mojave Desert in California. The Australian Financial Review reports the federal government ($) is working on another assistance package for airlines.
In response to a question on notice from crossbench senator Rex Patrick, the federal government revealed it has so far spent $2 million prosecuting lawyer Bernard Collaery and former intelligence officer Witness K. It is pursuing Collaery and Witness K over their role in exposing Australia’s bugging of Timor-Leste during oil and gas negotiations. “Perhaps the government doesn’t mind the cost of these proceedings ... in comparison to [the] value of the natural resources Australia ultimately took from the then newest and most impoverished country in the world,” Patrick told Guardian Australia. ACT Law Society chair Michael Kukulies-Smith said it was an “outrageous” amount of money to spend on a case still at the pre-trial stage.