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gHello. The defense agreement of the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia has shocked not only China and France, but also climate experts. The National Secretary of Labor took to Google over misinformation concerns ahead of the federal election. And controversial British journalist Piers Morgan has joined News Corp.

China denounced Australia’s deal on nuclear submarines with the United States and the United Kingdom, raise the question of nuclear proliferation. Beijing critics have come as Morrison put it, he expected a greater US military presence in the Indo-Pacific and deeper defense ties with the UK.

The three countries fight to contain an international reaction on the pact amid fears that the alliance could provoke China and spark conflict in the Pacific. France described Australia’s surprise decision to quash its submarine deal in favor of US nuclear-powered submarines as a “stab in the back.” The timing of the Aukus deal also appalled climate experts, who fear it could negatively affect hopes for a deal with China on greenhouse gas emissions ahead of the vital UN climate talks in November.

National Labor Secretary Paul Erickson asked Google to explain the steps it has taken to ensure that the company’s advertising platforms and capabilities are not “exploited for disinformation” at the approach of the next federal election. In a letter seen by Guardian Australia, Erickson opposes recent interventions by Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly – an activity he says is undermining confidence in Australia’s public health response to Covid-19.


Strip search of Indigenous female detainee in Canberra prison earlier this year violated the territory’s human rights law, according to a damning review that also found that ACT’s policies regarding mandatory searches lack a legal basis.

In 2020, the Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded the largest influx of Australians moving to regional regions from capital cities since records began. The 2020 lockdowns hit cities much harder than regions, which recovered faster. A better way of life, the rise of homeworking and growing employment opportunities in regional areas are pushing young people away from cities, Natasha May reports for the rural network.

Queensland has passed laws that will allow voluntary assisted dying for people with terminal illness, with an overwhelming majority of MPs voting in favor. The state – often seen as Australia’s most socially conservative – becomes the fifth Australian jurisdiction to allow voluntary euthanasia.

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Study for Worn Out from 1882 on display at the Van Gogh Museum. Photograph: Koen van Weel / EPA

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has identified a previously unknown work by the artist. It is a pencil drawing of a broken old man with his head in his hands, looking utterly exhausted, and has been in a private collection in the Netherlands since around 1910. It is on display at the museum until January 2, after which it will revert to the owner.

Rupert Murdoch hired outspoken British presenter Piers Morgan for its new television channel, talkTV, which will be a rival to the struggling right-wing channel GB News. Announcing the new deal, Murdoch said, “Piers is the broadcaster all the channels want but are too afraid to hire.”

Just over a week before the German federal election, two candidates who want to replace Angela Merkel faced what has been described as their toughest grill of the election campaign – at the hands of two 11-year-olds. The questions ranged from “What would you call yourself if you were a dragon?” To a hard-hitting poll of candidates’ positions on Russian foreign policy, civil protest and the treatment of radical delegates in their own ranks.

UK students enrolled in GCSE and English Literature A level will be able to study more books by writers of color, after one of the UK’s leading examination boards announced new texts aimed at increasing diversity in the school curriculum. Among the new works is the novel Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo, winner of the 2019 Booker Prize.

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Liane Moriarty's ninth novel, Apples Never Fall, centers on a family plagued by intergenerational allegiances, grievances and friction.
Liane Moriarty’s ninth novel, Apples Never Fall, centers on a family plagued by intergenerational allegiances, grievances and friction. Composite: Random Penguin House

Everyone listens: coffee waiters, baristas, housekeepers, Uber drivers, pedicures too. And loyal hairdressers have decades of stories to share. In Liane Moriarty’s new novel, Apples Don’t Fall, a mystery unfolds in snatches and whispers – an alleged murder, a missing body – but each witness has their own story: exams to take, bills to pay, appointments on Tinder to prepare, the loneliness of widowhood. They hear what they hear because in service jobs they are treated as invisible – as inert and functional as furniture. Our loose-lipped cast might not notice them, but Moriarty certainly does, Beejay Silcox writes.

That emotional issues caused physical illness was a common belief in the nascent wellness industry of the 1980s and 1990s. Just as writer Louise Hay pushed the line that various illnesses mean personal defeat and negative feelings, the modern wellness industry advocates a similar philosophy that a strong natural immune system is the best defense against Covid, not a vaccine. But from Hay to the current crop of social media wellness influencers, there’s a common roar of neurosis beneath the bravado: that is, the need to feel in control, writes Brigid Delaney.


Rural communities are at the heart of the biggest issues facing the nation, including the immediate and lasting impacts of global warming and the continuing effects of the pandemic. But across Australia, regional newspapers have closed, leaving a void in reporting and information. In today’s Full Story podcast, Lenore Taylor and Gabrielle Chan talk to Gabrielle Jackson about the need to stay in touch with regional Australia.

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How to bridge the gap between rural and urban Australia? – with Lenore Taylor

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For today’s Australia Reads podcast, Guardian Australia Chief Information Officer Mike Ticher chose this article by Naaman Zhou about Tveeder, a no-frills live TV transcript, and its little-known founder Franco Trimboli, who still runs it from his room in Melbourne for his free time, out of his own pocket.

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Meet the man behind Tveeder, the no-frills live TV transcript who became an Australian media hero

Listen to the best of Guardian Australia journalism on the Australia Reads podcast on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Subscribe for free on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or any other podcasting app.


Quade Cooper’s performance in the Wallabies’ memorable win over South Africa was arguably one of the greatest comebacks in Australian rugby history. But due to his exceptional performance, Cooper will be under greater pressure to perform again in Saturday’s second leg in Brisbane, Bret Harris writes.

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Two unvaccinated nurses who worked at a Sydney hospital while infectious with Covid-19 have forced several cardiologists in isolation and the cancellation of several surgeries, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Australia has asked the World Trade Organization to establish a dispute settlement panel on anti-dumping duties imposed on Australian wine by China, reports the Canberra schedule. Meanwhile, Australian allies, including the United States and Canada, are taking advantage of Beijing’s trade sanctions on Australian products, filling the void left by local exporters of coal, copper, beef, barley, wood, wine and shellfish, writes the AFR.


Home quarantine for people arriving in Australia from overseas will be discussed at today’s national cabinet meeting. Queensland and South Australia are already testing mobile apps for home quarantine.

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From medieval fashions to pointy shoes to waist-cinching Victorian corsets and modern fur jumpsuits, what we wear is a window into our past. Researchers now say they have found some of the earliest evidence of human use of clothing in a cave in Morocco, with the discovery of bone tools and skinned animal bones suggesting the practice dates back to at least 120 years. 000 years old.

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