Brekky Wrap: Leadership Rumblings, Pope Condemns Church Sex Abuse And Korean Families Reunite
All the news you need to know this Tuesday morning.
Scrutiny is mounting on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull ahead of a party room meeting on Tuesday, amid rumblings of a possible leadership challenge.
It comes after the prime minister was forced to change his energy policy on Monday, caving to the rebels in his party ranks by retreating from plans to legislate an emissions reduction target.
While the party meeting could see Turnbull’s opponents bring on a challenge, Ten Eyewitness News exclusively revealed top shot Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is under his own legal cloud.
Two of the nation’s most eminent constitutional lawyers told told Ten News Dutton’s business interests could warrant his disqualification from Parliament. Read the full exclusive here.
Overseas, Pope Francis has penned an unprecedented letter to Catholics across the world condemning the “crime” of sexual abuse committed by priests and vowing there would be no more cover ups. The Catholic Church in the United States, Chile Australia and Ireland -- where the Pope is making a two-day visit this weekend -- is reeling from crises involving the sexual abuse of minors.
“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realising the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives,” the Pope wrote.
“We showed no care for the little ones’ ... we abandoned them.”
There were tears of joy and disbelief as about 90 families from North and South wrenched apart by the Korean War reunited for the first time.
About 330 South Koreans embraced 185 separated relatives at the North’s tourist resort of Mount Kumgang, with some struggling to recognise family not glimpsed in more than six decades.
The reunions were agreed to by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a summit in April, and are set to last 11 hours over the next three days.
Spanish authorities are investigating after a man who pleaded to be let into a locked police station in Barcelona then attacked officers with a knife was shot dead.
The man shouted “Allah”, among other words officers did not understand, Catalan region police second-in-command Commissioner Rafel Comes said.
The incident is being treated as an act of terror due to its serious nature as a “premeditated” attack that intended to kill police but is not believed to be linked to terror attacks last August in the city and nearby Cambrils, which killed 16 people.
The European Commission has congratulated the Greek government for ending years of financial assistance to tackle its debt crisis.
The country completed its third emergency loan program on Monday, exiting its eight-year bailout totalling about A$394 billion that will take decades to repay.
The EU’s Commissioner on Economic and Financial Affairs Pierre Moscovici said the reforms “laid the foundation for a sustainable recovery” but cautioned recovery was “not an event, but a process”.
Back in Australia, a cyclist has been killed in a collision with a driver in Sydney’s west. The 19-year-old man is believed to have collided with the SUV on Forrester Road in St Mary’s on Monday night. He died at the scene, while the male driver has undergone mandatory testing.
It comes after a female pedestrian died on Sunday night after being hit by a garbage truck in the city’s west. The elderly woman was crossing Claremont Crescent in Windsor when she was struck. She died at the scene, while the male driver was taken to hospital.
In sports news, Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt will have his first training session with the Central Coast Mariners on Tuesday after passing his medical check. If the one-time fastest man on earth can play soccer as well as he can sprint, he may be offered a permanent place in the A League.
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