Morning all,

Here’s today’s headlines:

News

  • Further delays in extradition of accused child abuser Malka Leifer (ABC)
  • Why a senator wants you to give that fidget spinner on your desk to fire-affected families (ABC)
  • New federal govt bushfire-affected farmer grants ‘will mean so much’: Pavey (Sky News)
  • Pollution experts team up for landmark study into health impacts of bushfire smoke (ABC)
  • Major charities receive $50m injection to help bushfire victims and local economies (SMH)
  • Yorta Yorta woman dies in custody in Victoria (NIT)
  • Opinion

  • In this bushfire crisis, Canberra could learn from Victoria’s response (ABC)
  • The poll surprise is that Scott Morrison’s popularity hasn’t taken an even bigger hit | Peter Lewis (The Guardian)
  • Rubbery figures on emissions hide poor performance (SMH)
  • With ‘Megxit’, we’ve fallen into a lazy, unfair and age-old misogynist trap (ABC)
  • Rumours of Will Hodgman’s resignation had been circling, but it still came as a surprise (ABC)
  • Australia needs to punch above its weight on carbon emissions (SMH)
  • Business

  • Historic Jenolan Caves House survives bushfire but tourism takes a hit (ABC)
  • Christopher Pyne formally warned he is banned from lobbying for defence contractor (The Guardian)
  • Suncorp and IAG temporarily stop selling insurance in fire-affected areas of Victoria and NSW (The Guardian)
  • Steve Bracks flags ‘fewer but larger funds’ as superannuation industry enters new era (New Daily)
  • Investment in renewables key driver of $56b fund’s growth, says Cbus chief (SMH)
  • Australians will pay more for fresh food as a result of bushfires, government warns (New Daily)
  • World

  • Macron calls on US in anti-jihadist fight in Sahel, but solutions lie in Africa and may not be military (France 24)
  • WHO warns mysterious China coronavirus linked to SARS could spread as new case detected (ABC)
  • Winter avalanches claim at least 69 lives across Kashmir in Pakistan and India (ABC)
  • EU launches ‘fair minimum wage’ initiative (Deutsche Welle)
  • Erdogan would not refrain from ‘teaching a lesson’ to Haftar (Al Jazeera English)
  • Ex-pope backtracks on book warning against relaxing priest celibacy rules (Deutsche Welle)
  • Climate

  • In this new world of bushfire terror, I question whether I want to have kids (The Conversation)
  • Bushfire victims urged to put remains of cash in zip-lock bag and take it to local bank for compensation (ABC)
  • Appalachian shale producer EQT Corp. may take $1.8 billion fourth quarter charge (IEEFA)
  • Australia fires: Murdoch’s son criticises News Corp coverage (BBC News)
  • Neoen wants Tesla big battery expansion to be on line in March (Renew Economy)
  • South Australia home battery scheme now half the size of Tesla big battery (Renew Economy)
  • Sport

  • Watch: Spurs v Middlesbrough, plus updates from four other FA Cup ties (BBC Sport)
  • Australia’s Warner and Finch smash tons to thrash India in first ODI (The Guardian)
  • India v Australia: David Warner and Aaron Finch hit tons in 10-wickets win (BBC Sport)
  • Siya Kolisi’s inspiring example wins deserved acclaim from rugby scribes | Robert Kitson (The Guardian)
  • David Warner, Aaron Finch dismantle India with record stand (Cricinfo)
  • No soft launch for Australian Open as Melbourne chokes on smoke | Jonathan Howcroft (The Guardian)
  • Further reading

  • The NSA found a dangerous flaw in Windows and told Microsoft to fix it (MIT Tech Review)
  • Ten Celestial Events You Don’t Want to Miss in 2020 (Smithsonian)
  • Bad Pain, Good Parrots, and Better Sex Ed (Jstor)
  • Baker Archaeological Site in Baker, Nevada (Atlas Obscura)
  • At a performance of The White Album, I found the community I needed in a time of crisis (The Conversation)
  • Symphonie diagonale (Aeon)

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