From The Guardian

  • Australia news live updates: Chris Bowen blames Coalition’s ‘policy chaos’ on renewables for power price spike

    Incoming energy minister says power bill price hike the result of ‘nine years of delay and denial’; North Sydney MP rejects former PM’s election campaign claim; Liberal MP Julian Simmonds concedes in Ryan; Anthony Albanese says Australia needs to ‘respond’ to China’s Pacific plan; NSW records 30 Covid deaths; Victoria records 19. Keep up with all the day’s developments hereFive things we learned about China’s ambitions for the Pacific from the leaked dealAustralian households face steep power...

  • Lynette Dawson had ‘grapefruit-sized bruise on her thigh’, witness tells Chris Dawson murder trial

    Tennis partner Roslyn McLoughlin tells NSW supreme court she did not ask about bruising because alleged domestic violence was not discussed at timeDownload the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefingLynette Dawson was seen distressed and with bruising on her leg and arms a few weeks before she disappeared, a Sydney court has been told.

    Roslyn McLoughlin gave evidence in Christopher Dawson’s murder trial on Thursday that she had seen the injuries on Lynette Dawson during one of their...

  • Rare Aboriginal art to return to Australia after Victorian government chips in $500,000 at last minute

    Two works from 1897 by Wurundjeri artist William Barak purchased at auction in New York Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe Victorian government has contributed $500,000 to secure the purchase of two rare artworks by Wurundjeri artist William Barak at auction in New York, in order to bring them back to the state.

    The Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Corporation had raised $117,627 via a crowdfunding page to buy the artworks – a painting and a parrying shield – which...

  • Queensland to ban swastikas and strengthen hate crime laws

    Palaszczuk government will implement 17 recommendations to counter ‘devastating effects of vilification’Get our free news app; get our morning email briefingThe Palaszczuk government will introduce legislation into Queensland parliament to ban swastikas as part of a suite of changes to strengthen the state’s response to hate crime and vilification.

    The legislation would make it a criminal offence to display symbols promoting hatred and causing fear. Continue reading

  • October trial date set for Bernard Collaery nearly four years after charges laid

    Lawyers hope to appeal against decision to block access to documents about Timor-Leste espionage operationFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingBernard Collaery has been told he will face trial in October, four years after he was charged, despite his lawyers seeking more time to pursue an appeal that could be key to his defence.

    Collaery and his former client Witness K were charged in mid-2018 with unlawfully disclosing...

  • Sue Gray day: the Partygate finale – podcast

    The Partygate saga culminated with a report on Wednesday on the extent of rule-breaking in Downing Street during lockdown. Peter Walker and Jonathan Freedland analyse what it means for the PM

    For months, Sue Gray’s report on rule-breaking at the heart of Downing Street during the Covid pandemic has hung over Boris Johnson’s government like a dark cloud. Every time a new picture leaked or another allegation surfaced, there was one message from No 10: wait for Sue Gray’s report. Even as members of...

  • The rise of ‘bai lan’: why China’s frustrated youth are ready to ‘let it rot’

    Phrase bai lan gains popularity as severe competition and social expectations leave many young people despondent

    Early this month China’s president Xi Jinping encouraged the country’s youth to establish “great ideals” and incorporate their personal goals into the “bigger picture” of the Chinese nation and people. “‘China’s hope lies in youth,” he said in a major speech.

    But on China’s internet, some young people say their “ideals” simply cannot be achieved and many of them have given up on...

  • Scott Morrison confirms he will remain in politics after election defeat

    Former PM says he will back new Liberal leader and downplays loss, saying party ‘will regroup’Follow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our free news app; get our morning email briefingScott Morrison has confirmed he has no plans to leave politics after the Coalition’s election rout on 21 May and says he intends to give the new Liberal leadership “every support”.

    The former prime minister was asked on 2GB on Thursday how long he planned to “hang around” in politics given...

  • Texas gunman discussed his plans on Facebook before attack, governor says

    Attacker sent private message about 15 minutes before the shooting that said: ‘I’m going to shoot an elementary school’

    The gunman in the Texas school shooting that killed 19 children and two teachers discussed his plans on Facebook prior to the attack, the governor of Texas said at a press conference on Wednesday.

    Greg Abbott said the shooter “posted” on Facebook three times before the deadly massacre at Robb elementary school. Continue reading

  • Russia-Ukraine war: what we know on day 92 of the invasion

    Eastern city of Sievierodonetsk increasingly in danger of being encircled as Ukraine’s foreign minister says his country ‘badly’ needs multiple launch rocket systems to match Russian firepower Continue reading

  • Five things we learned about China’s ambitions for the Pacific from the leaked deal

    The draft communique reveals the ambitious scope of Beijing’s intent in the Pacific and a coherent desire from China to seek to shape the regional order

    Ten years ago, Pacific security thinkers would debate whether Chinese engagement in the Pacific was by default or by design.

    The leaked draft of the regional and economic agreement China is hoping will be signed by 10 Pacific nations next week answers that question.

    Dr Anna Powles, a senior lecturer in security studies at Massey University in...

  • Jim Jordan demands material on him before complying with January 6 subpoena

    Republican congressman sent a six-page letter to the panel asking for materials that put him under scrutiny for his cooperation

    Republican congressman Jim Jordan told the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack that he would consider complying with the panel’s subpoena only if they shared the material that put him under scrutiny, according to a letter he sent Wednesday.

    The response by Jordan – the top Republican on the House judiciary committee who spoke to Donald Trump on...