Straya Briefly for 22/10/2019


  • ‘Repetitive and disorderly’: British Speaker denies Boris Johnson a vote on new Brexit deal (ABC)
  • Chart topper Jeremy Marou says it’s time for him to speak up on climate impacts in Torres Strait (The Guardian)
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gives up on forming government (ABC)
  • ‘Workers and consumers are the ultimate losers’: Consumer advocates back press freedom campaign (SMH)
  • MP urges ban on ‘enormously wasteful’ bunting outside polling booths (SMH)
  • Clive Palmer company re-applies for mine four times size of Adani’s Carmichael (The Guardian)
  • Finance

  • Stigma, work hours, and stale culture shutting women out of construction (ABC)
  • Huang Xiangmo given 21 days to declare all of his global assets to Australian court (The Guardian)
  • Italy’s biggest bank’s plan to revive its fortunes? Be less Italian (SMH)
  • Billion-dollar correction in Future Submarine budget blamed on ‘typo’ (ABC)
  • Leading Australian engineers turn their backs on new fossil fuel projects (The Guardian)
  • Young Australians need more clarity about jobs of the future (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • ‘The goose came first’: game development as a cultural project (Overland)
  • Canon salute (The Monthly)
  • Hard-pressed (The Monthly)
  • If you are in the market for a mortgage, you may already be too late. Here’s why (ABC)
  • I’m often labelled as an ‘Aboriginal writer’ but I’m more than a category | Raelee Lancaster (The Guardian)
  • George Johnston’s ‘majesties of nature and monstrosities of man’ is my Sydney | Paul Daley (The Guardian)
  • World

  • Israel’s Netanyahu gives up mandate to form government (Deutsche Welle)
  • What’s behind wealthy Chile’s deadly protests? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Israel’s Netanyahu says he can’t form a government (BBC News)
  • African women earn more than male migrants in Europe: UN study (Deutsche Welle)
  • US mulls leaving some troops in northeast Syria to guard oil (Al Jazeera English)
  • Botswana’s 2019 election: A baptism of fire for democracy (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • Large-scale afforestation of African savannas will destroy valuable ecosystems (Science Daily)
  • To fight climate change, science must be mobilised like it was in World War II (The Conversation)
  • Antarctic ice cliffs may not contribute to sea-level rise as much as predicted (Science Daily)
  • IEA: Renewable generation capacity expected to climb by 1,200GW in next five years (IEEFA)
  • Sport

  • Women’s Ballon d’Or: Lucy Bronze and Ellen White shortlisted for award (BBC Sport)
  • Ballon d’Or: Virgil van Dijk, Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane on shortlist for award (BBC Sport)
  • Warren Gatland urges Wales to seize their chance of Rugby World Cup glory (The Guardian)
  • Rugby World Cup: Wales add Owen Lane to squad as Josh Navidi ruled out (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Madagascar: a treasured island (Aeon)
  • A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise (Smithsonian)
  • Houses of horror (Aeon)
  • Acting changes the brain: it’s how actors get lost in a role (Aeon)
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    Straya Briefly for 21/10/2019


  • Johnson insists Brexit will go ahead despite sending mixed signals to EU (ABC)
  • ‘Right to know’ campaign not just for journalists (SMH)
  • Labor to grill Coalition on delays and underspending on key infrastructure projects (The Guardian)
  • Home affairs officials left scrambling over $7m strategic review that didn’t exist (The Guardian)
  • Queensland police gave serving officer permission to run rightwing gun blog (The Guardian)
  • Gunfight between Indian and Pakistan forces kills nine in Kashmir (ABC)
  • Finance

  • Everlasting flower duo nails the ‘perfect’ native wildflower crop from a simple gift (ABC)
  • Labor to grill Coalition on delays and underspending on key infrastructure projects (The Guardian)
  • Scott Morrison’s surplus obsession is hurting the economy (SMH)
  • Fears mount that defamation laws are being unleashed on booksellers (SMH)
  • World’s longest commercial flight successfully touches down at Sydney Airport (ABC)
  • Nazi-era bunker designed to accommodate 18,000 people during air raids to be converted into luxury hotel (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • The thin line between fake and fact (Pursuit)
  • It’s not hard to see who benefits from Trump’s disasters in Syria and Ukraine (ABC)
  • ‘Canberra needs a change’: Liberals channel Whitlam in bid to overturn two decades of history (ABC)
  • Wallabies’ failed Rugby World Cup campaign signals time for regeneration (ABC)
  • Markets take ‘possible’ fixes as a reason to buy risk, but should they be so confident? (ABC)
  • Lavish TAFE fee cuts expose Mark McGowan’s bigger plan to win the next election (ABC)
  • World

  • In Brazil photographer Sebastiao Salgado finds hope in reforestation (Deutsche Welle)
  • SDF fighters evacuate from besieged Syrian town of Ras al-Ain (Al Jazeera English)
  • Deadly Bangladesh riot over Facebook post about Islam (Deutsche Welle)
  • Russia arrests 3 over gold mine dam collapse (Deutsche Welle)
  • Greens surge in Swiss general election (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters rally in defiance of police ban (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • A monster rally for climate change, but divergent goals hinder the fight (The Conversation)
  • Land management practices to reduce nitrogen load may be affected by climate changes (Science Daily)
  • Semi-naked activists protest against National Portrait Gallery’s links to BP (The Guardian)
  • UK urges World Bank to channel more money into tackling climate crisis (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • Wales v France player ratings: Justin Tipuric the pick of quarter-final thriller (The Guardian)
  • The Hundred – full list of squads (BBC Sport)
  • Watch: The Hundred Draft – world’s best cricketers up for grabs (BBC Sport)
  • A super Saturday for England rugby, The Posh and Brexit | Brief letters (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Antibiotics Are Getting into Everything (Jstor)
  • How to Control the Privacy of Your Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat Posts (Wired)
  • Rare, Centuries-Old Korean Buddhist Masterpiece Goes on View (Smithsonian)
  • The Air Force Ditches Its Nuclear Command Floppy Disks (Wired)
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    Straya Briefly for 20/10/2019


  • British MPs vote to delay Brexit deal decision in fresh blow for Boris Johnson (ABC)
  • Scott Morrison says drought the Coalition’s ‘first call’ – but makes no mention of climate (The Guardian)
  • Wallabies exit Rugby World Cup at the hands of ruthless England (ABC)
  • Murder suspect who triggered Hong Kong’s extradition bill protests turns himself into Taiwan authorities (ABC)
  • Best of cartoons, October 20, 2019 (SMH)
  • ‘We’ve still got a way to go’: Labor looks to Nordics for next paid parental leave plan (SMH)
  • Finance

  • She was the ‘Kim Kardashian of K-Pop’ but her death could change a $10 billion industry (ABC)
  • Boeing staff sent text messages about ‘real fundamental issues’ with 737 Max safety in 2016 (ABC)
  • At just 23, Olivia is not your typical fintech entrepreneur (SMH)
  • ‘An absolute disgrace’: Tyre recyclers milking disposal fees (SMH)
  • Ancient bones reinterred after being dug up during homeowners’ earthworks (ABC)
  • Multiple skills key to a medical research career (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Frequent flyer points are in the crosshairs. This is why they should be scrapped (ABC)
  • ‘The Weekend’ by Charlotte Wood (The Monthly)
  • Test after test, day after day — this is the reality for kids inside coaching colleges (ABC)
  • What are Queensland’s new dangerous devices laws and will they stop Extinction Rebellion? (ABC)
  • Parliament’s looking more and more like an episode of Seinfeld (ABC)
  • He’s a fauxgan not a bogan, but Scott Morrison’s blue-collar drag is brilliant marketing | Van Badham (The Guardian)
  • World

  • Mysterious crates washing up on Brazil’s oil-stained beaches (Deutsche Welle)
  • Egypt boasts biggest ancient mummy find in over a century (Deutsche Welle)
  • Morocco: Journalist’s pardon for ‘abortion’ reflects societal split (Deutsche Welle)
  • British MPs approve delay to Brexit deal decision (Deutsche Welle)
  • Lebanon reforms ‘must start from politicians’ bank accounts’ (Al Jazeera English)
  • Spain dismisses call for Catalan talks amid violent protests (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Guardian climate pledge 2019: ‘With air travel, it’s best to take a flexitarian approach’ (The Guardian)
  • ‘Older generations can’t understand’: XR Youth on being heard (The Guardian)
  • India planning 1GW floating solar project in Madhya Pradesh (IEEFA)
  • At the ballot box, cast a vote for climate change innovation and investment (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • European Open: Andy Murray beats Ugo Humbert to set up Stan Wawrinka final (BBC Sport)
  • Haringey Borough v Yeovil Town: FA Cup tie abandoned after reports of racial abuse (BBC Sport)
  • ‘Some big men are in tears’: Rory Best rues Ireland’s World Cup failings (The Guardian)
  • Almighty All Blacks lay waste to the side that inspired their rebuild | Liam Napier (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Following Haajar’s Footsteps to a Feminist Reading of Islam (Jstor)
  • Zuckerberg’s Warped History Lesson and the Age of Incoherence (Wired)
  • The Tragic Story of America’s First Black Music Star (Smithsonian)
  • National Zoo Says Bye Bye to Bei Bei (Smithsonian)
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    Straya Briefly for 19/10/2019


  • Shackling dying man Eric Whittaker to bed was ‘horrific’, coroner hears (The Guardian)
  • Irrigators slam Murray-Darling Basin Authority for releasing satellite images (ABC)
  • Australian man accused of trying to sell North Korean missiles overseas refused bail (The Guardian)
  • Shelling in in northeast Syria continues despite five-day truce (ABC)
  • Jordan Petaia will ‘lift to the challenge’ for Wallabies against England (ABC)
  • Calls for Nationals MP Kevin Humphries to face Icac over alleged advice on land clearing (The Guardian)
  • Finance

  • Text messages reveal Boeing employees knew in 2016 of problems that turned deadly (SMH)
  • The fight for your money on your phone won’t go unregulated (ABC)
  • Tips for making the most out of a networking event (SMH)
  • China’s economy hits three-decade low, with GDP growth falling to 6pc (ABC)
  • Aboriginal group triumphs over billionaire Andrew Forrest as native title challenge thrown out (ABC)
  • ‘Absolute devastation’: The whistleblower who will ‘never work again’ after helping tax watchdog (SMH)
  • Opinion

  • Notes on Shanghai (Overland)
  • The NBN-ding story (The Monthly)
  • Face to face with the future (Inside Story)
  • Migration policy enters uncharted waters (Inside Story)
  • ‘We will be free’: on the West Papua Movement (Overland)
  • How much more gambling harm can we put up with? We need a royal commission | Tim Costello (The Guardian)
  • World

  • EU sets out plans for budget climate (Deutsche Welle)
  • DW News Africa with Christine Mhundwa 18 October 2019 (Deutsche Welle)
  • Becoming mother has been ‘struggle’, says Meghan (BBC News)
  • No better outcome than my deal, Johnson says (BBC News)
  • Hong Kong protesters defy face mask ban — with humor (Deutsche Welle)
  • Space walking into ‘her-story’ (Al Jazeera English)
  • Climate

  • Climate: Uncertainty in scientific predictions can help and harm credibility (Science Daily)
  • Analysts see big job cuts on horizon for U.S. coal mining sector as demand continues downward (IEEFA)
  • Spanish solar installations expected to total 12.5GW over next five years (IEEFA)
  • Extinction Rebellion’s right to protest must be respected | Letters (The Guardian)
  • Sport

  • England v Australia: Michael Hooper braced for breakdown battle (BBC Sport)
  • No quarter given: World Cup comes to life as the knockout stage begins | Andy Bull (The Guardian)
  • Problem of plenty for Sri Lanka’s selectors as team sets off for Australia (Cricinfo)
  • Rugby World Cup 2019: five things to look out for in the knockout stage (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • Neurosymphony (Aeon)
  • Is there anything we can do to tackle space debris? (MIT Tech Review)
  • Living with ADHD: how I learned to make distraction work for me (Aeon)
  • The Offensive Joke Trap (Jstor)
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