• 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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