Brekky Wrap: Female MP Names Her Bullies, Scott Morrison Says He Won't Abandon Paris Climate Agreement
All the news you need to know this Tuesday.
Outgoing federal MP Anne Sudmalis has named one of her colleagues and the NSW Liberal Party over claims of bullying and intimidation that moved her to quit parliament. Sudmalis, who will not re-contest her seat of Gilmore at the next election, called out Gareth Ward in the House of Representatives on Monday night. He refuted the claims, challenging her to make them outside of Parliament where she is not protected by parliamentary privilege.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has reaffirmed his government's commitment to an international climate change agreement to lower greenhouse gas emissions. In an interview with Sky News, he warned against calls from conservatives to abandon the Paris agreement, saying the move would not lower electricity prices but could compromise national security.
Greens Senator Jordon Steele-John has made an emotional plea for people with a disability to be included in the the royal commission into aged care. Steel-John, the first person with a disability to sit in the Upper House, said the same factors leading to horrendous abuse in the aged care system are rife in the disability sector, an "almost identical" framework.
It comes as a crowd-sourced investigation by the ABC revealed staff who are under pressure in nursing homes across the country.
A tiny environmental charity focusing on the Great Barrier Reef will face a Senate Committee after it was gifted nearly $450 million by the federal government. Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation Dr John Schubert will be one of seven representatives to give evidence on Tuesday over how it plans to use the money, and why it was granted without going to tender. Labor and the Greens have both criticised the lavish "cash splash".
A teacher will face court on Tuesday over the alleged indecent assault of a student on several occasions last year in Sydney's south-west. Police allege the 28-year-old man indecently assaulted a 13-year-old girl in the classroom of a Liverpool primary school. He was arrested last week and charged with two counts of indecent child assault under 16.
Hopes of finding survivors in the rubble of a huge landslide in the Philippines have faded as rescuers struggle to reach dozens of people feared trapped in the aftermath of a powerful typhoon. The village of Ucab in the Cordillera region was hit by one of 50 landslides triggered by heavy rains brought by Typhoon Mangkhut. Of 55 people who were missing in Ucab, six of them children, only three have been rescued.
In the US, floodwaters are continuing to rise as former hurricane Florence continues to ravage the Carolinas, where 18 people have died. The storm still had abundant rain and winds around 50km/h on Monday, with forecasters expecting it to pick up speed as it makes a turn towards the northeast.
Lawmakers from both sides of U.S. politics have called for a delay on a planned Senate vote on President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following sexual misconduct allegations. Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California, has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her 36 years ago. He has called the allegations "completely false", while a lawyer said his accuser is willing to publicly testify before a Senate panel.
The Dutchess of Sussex has chosen to work with families affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in her first solo project as a royal. The duchess is supporting Together, a cookbook produced by cooks at the Hubb Community Kitchen that showcases over 50 recipes from woman from the Grenfell community.
In sports news, Australia has moved one step closer to qualifying for next year's basketball World Cup after defeating Kazakhstan 94-41 in Bendigo.
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