The ABC has defended a social media post and article referring to “Australia Day/Invasion Day”, as News Corp publications frame use of the dual terminology as divisive. The Australian, Sky News and the News Corp tabloids published comments from a range of parties critical of the terminology used in an ABC article outlining January 26 events, including Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt, One Nation’s Mark Latham, and the Institute of Public Affairs. An ABC spokesperson said that while “Australia Day” remained the preferred terminology “we also recognise and respect that community members use other terms for the event, including ‘26 January’, ‘Invasion Day’ and ‘Survival Day’, so our reporting and coverage reflect that.” NSW Police Minister David Elliott told The Daily Telegraph he was concerned the national broadcaster was promoting Invasion Day protests that he expected to breach COVID-19 gathering rules. He expressed no concern about Australia Day celebration plans.
Defence Minister Linda Reynolds has unveiled a $1 billion investment in long-range missile technology. The spending spree will provide the Royal Australian Navy with long-range anti-ship missiles, extended range surface-to-air missiles, advanced lightweight torpedoes and land strike capabilities. "These new capabilities will provide a strong, credible deterrent that will ensure stability and security in the region," Senator Reynolds said in a statement on Monday. The weapons will have ranges exceeding 370 kilometres for anti-ship and surface-to-air missiles and 1500km for maritime land strike missiles. The investment is part of a wider $24 billion project for maritime guided weapons for the navy, to be rolled out over the next two decades.
Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has asked Prime Minister Scott Morrison to enlist his predecessors John Howard and Kevin Rudd to help end the trade war with China, reports The Australian Financial Review. With little progress in easing tensions, Albanese has written to Morrison suggesting the enlistment of Howard and Rudd, both of whom have links with China, to help end the stand-off. It comes as new Trade Minister Dan Tehan reveals in his first interview since being appointed to the post that he will pursue a reset in trade ties. Tehan says his appointment – along with that of a new Chinese counterpart – offers the opportunity to reach a détente.
Up to 40,000 workers in the travel sector are set to be left unemployed when JobKeeper expires in March, according to a Small Business Australia survey of 700 travel agents. The survey found just one in 10 will survive beyond April 1 without targeted assistance, reports the Herald Sun. Continuing border closures have seen 95 per cent of businesses lose between 70 and 90 per cent of revenue. About 65 per cent of agents said they missed out on a federal government rescue package aimed at keeping the struggling sector afloat because of its complicated structure.