Brekky Wrap: Family Court System Overhaul, Barnaby Joyce On Leave And Hit Sitcom Roseanne Axed
All the news you need to know this Wednesday morning.
Australia's family law system is set to undergo a major overhaul, to deliver “faster, simpler and cheaper” decisions on cases. The Family Court of Australia will be rolled into the Federal Circuit Court, with Attorney-General Christian Porter unveiling the government's plan to reduce a massive backlog of 12,000 cases and delays.
Former Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce has been granted extended leave after meeting with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. After facing a mounting public backlash from colleagues over a $150,000 paid interview, he will be on leave for 11 weeks and won’t return until the next Parliamentary sitting in August.
A gunman has killed two police officers and a civilian in the Belgian city of Liege, before being shot dead in what authorities are treating as a terrorist attack. The 36-year-old alleged assailant was shot dead at a school in Liege during an exchange with law enforcement and is believed to have been recently released on parole from prison.
A high-ranking North Korean official has travelled to New York in preparations for the historic summit between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un. Vice Chairman of North Korea Kim Yong-chol will meet with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to finalise details of the summit scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.
U.S. President Donald Trump also confirmed that a top North Korean official was en route to New York.
Rescuers have battled to save a distressed 10-metre humpback whale, that was caught in fishing rope off Sydney's coast. Crew members on board a whale watching vessel were able to cut the animal free of the fishing trap and some of the rope it was entangled in, but not all of it.
America's ABC network axes hit sitcom Roseanne after comedian Roseanne Barr made a racist slur about former Obama aide, Valerie Jarrett. ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told media on Tuesday that Roseanne's Twitter statement towards the former aide was "abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show."
The star has since apologised, saying she would be quitting Twitter.
Hugh Jackman has appeared on the cover of GQ magazine on the eve of his 50th birthday, marking his fifth cover with the title. The Aussie actor took time to reflect on his career and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movement, in light of the Harvey Weinstein scandal that has gripped Hollywood.
Aussie tennis player Ash Barty will face off against grand slam champion Serena Williams, in the third round of the French Open. Catch up on the rest of the sports news with Tim Gossage's sports Brekky Wrap.
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