• Queensland police say they cannot find records of whistleblower complaints (The Guardian)
  • Turkish President to meet with Mike Pence to discuss Syria (ABC)
  • Arthur Sinodinos on tax reform, social issues, Bill Shorten and the difficult business of politics (SMH)
  • Do the maths: Women winners dominate at the Prime Ministers science awards (ABC)
  • The Snowy Hydro Scheme: 70 years old and still never fails to surprise (SMH)
  • Threat from extreme rightwing terrorism in Australia has increased, Asio says (The Guardian)
  • Finance

  • Alleged former arms dealer linked to war criminal flouted UN sanctions to gamble at Crown casinos (ABC)
  • ‘100,000 members ripped off’: CBA’s super arm hit with class action (SMH)
  • Bankers miss out on $35m payday as Latitude Financial’s $3.2bn IPO collapses (The Guardian)
  • Calls for roadside memorial to be erected in tribute of chickens ‘burned alive’ in truck fire (ABC)
  • ‘Very wrong’: NBN boss slams critics of Australia’s broadband speeds (SMH)
  • ‘You retire on three times the amount of money’: Renting may not be so bad after all (ABC)
  • Opinion

  • Rhetoric vs reality (The Monthly)
  • Mapping back to a lost childhood (Pursuit)
  • What’s an opposition leader to do? (Inside Story)
  • Dirt Music and the ‘unfilmable’ novel (Overland)
  • Clang, clang, clang: ‘Judy’ (The Monthly)
  • The personal problem at the heart of Australia’s current economic conundrum (ABC)
  • World

  • Opinion: Poland solidifies its illiberal politics (Deutsche Welle)
  • Who are the major players in northern Syria? (Deutsche Welle)
  • Why won’t Democrats vote to authorise impeachment? (BBC News)
  • Turkey-Syria offensive ‘not our problem’ – Trump (BBC News)
  • Catalonia protesters begin march toward Barcelona (Deutsche Welle)
  • Turkish President to meet with Mike Pence to discuss Syria (ABC)
  • Climate

  • Climate change increases risk of mercury contamination (Science Daily)
  • Are we underestimating the benefits of investing in renewable energy? (Science Daily)
  • Galapagos study highlights importance of biodiversity in the face of climate change (Science Daily)
  • Extinction Rebellion’s car-free streets showcase the possibility of a beautiful, safe and green future (The Conversation)
  • Sport

  • Brooks Koepka: World number one dismisses notion of McIlroy rivalry (BBC Sport)
  • Rugby World Cup: How Japan became a force to be reckoned with (BBC Sport)
  • El Clasico: La Liga ask for Barcelona-Real Madrid game to be moved (BBC Sport)
  • Formula 1 reveals plan to stage Miami race at Dolphins stadium (BBC Sport)
  • Further reading

  • Rooted (Aeon)
  • Do we possess our possessions or do they possess us? (Aeon)
  • How the Zamboni Changed the Game for Ice Rinks (Smithsonian)
  • “The West is divided. This is the worst of all worlds.” (MIT Tech Review)
  • You can sign up to receive this briefing via email here.