Brekky Wrap: Libspill Bullying Claims Deepen, Outrage After Journalists Jailed
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A Liberal senator has vowed to use parliamentary privilege to name and accuse her colleagues of bullying and intimidation.
South Australian Lucy Gichuhi told ABC Radio that members of the Liberal Party pressured her during the bitter leadership spill which ousted Malcolm Turnbull. She also revealed one party figure asked her whether she wanted the former prime minister to lead the party two months ago during her pre-selection process.
It follows the resignation of fellow Liberal MP Julia Banks, who also cited bullying and intimidation.
The Greens and Labor will support a motion of no confidence in Peter Dutton over his involvement in granting visas to au pairs. Pressure is mounting on the home affairs minister to explain his intervention in cases to save two European nannies from deportation in 2013. Greens MP Adam Bandt said he will move the motion when parliament resumes next week, with crossbencher Andrew Wilkie and Labor vowing their support.
A devastated mother has begged people to be aware of the symptoms of meningococcal disease following the death of her daughter on the New South Wales Central Coast. Health authorities on Monday confirmed Mischelle Rhodes, a 19-year-old university student, died from the disease at Gosford Hospital last week, but have not confirmed the strain. She is the second person to die from the disease on the Central Coast this year.
A man has been charged with murder after another man was fatally shot in south-east Queensland. Police found a 35-year-old with a gunshot wound to his sternum in the front yard of his Deception Bay home shortly after 11.30pm on Sunday. He was pronounced dead a short time later. A 26-year-old Rothwell man is due to appear in court on one count of murder and failure to appear in accordance with undertaking.
Eight people, including a 17-year-old boy have been shot at a California apartment complex. Police in the city of San Bernadino said they were unsure of what motivated the shooting late on Sunday in an outdoor area where people had gathered. Two people, incuding the young boy, were sent to hospital in a critical condition.
The United Nations and press freedom advocates have called for the release of two journalists who were jailed for reporting on the massacre of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
A court sentenced Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28 to seven years in prison for illegal possession of official documents. UN High Commission for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the verdict "sends a message to all journalists in Myanmar that they cannot operate fearlessly, but must rather make a choice to either self-censor or risk prosecution".
Officials in Brazil have blamed lack of funding for a fire that gutted the country’s National Museum, destroying most of the $20 million worth of valuables inside. The deputy director of the museum said the dilapidated state was due to lack of adequate government support.
In sports news, England’s leading test run scorer, Alastair Cook has announced he will retire from international cricket after his fifth test against India, beginning on Friday.
The 33-year-old, England's all-time leading test scorer, said he “has given everything and there nothing left in the tank” but will continue to play for Essex.
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