Brekky Wrap: Bishop Calls Out MPs' 'Appalling' Behaviour, Nerve Agent Suspects Charged, Aged Care Assault
Everything you need to know this Thursday morning.
Julie Bishop has called out "appalling" and unprecedented behaviour of bullying from her parliamentary colleagues. In her first address since resigning as Foreign Minister, Bishop told an Australian Women's Weekly event the recent leadership spill had opened up debate around bullying and harassment of women in the workplace. She said it was "not acceptable" that less than one quarter of MPs in the Liberal Party were women.
British authorities believe they have enough information to charge two Russians with the attempted murder of a former Russian spy and his daughter.
Police revealed images of the two men they said had flown to Britain for a weekend in March to kill former spy Sergei Skripal with a military grade nerve agent. His daughter Yulia also fell ill. British Prime Minister Theresa May told parliament the government concluded they were officers in Russia's military intelligence service, the GRU. The UK is not asking Moscow to extradite the men due to Russian laws, but has obtained a European arrest warrant.
A powerful 6.7-magnitude earthquake has hit Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, collapsing walls and some buildings but not triggering a tsunami. It struck as parts of the country were battered with its biggest typhoon in 25 years that has killed at least six people and injured 300.
Meanwhile, Japan has for the first time acknowledged that a worker at the Fukushima nuclear power plant died from radiation exposure.A 9.0 earthquake struck in March 2011, triggering a tsunami that killed some 18,000 people and the world's nuclear worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl 25 years earlier. The Health, Labour and Welfare Minister has ruled compensation should be paid to the family of the man, in his 50s, who died from lung cancer.
A man is due to face court charged with murder after a woman's body was found in a Perth backyard. Police were investigating the disappearance of 32-year-old Fahima Yusuf at a Carlisle home when they made the discovery on Wednesday. The body has yet to be identified but police believe it to be that of Yusuf.
An aged care employee has been accused of assaulting a resident at an aged care facility on Sydney's northern beaches. The 35-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday after allegedly assaulting an 82-year-old man at a facility on Sydney Road in Seaforth. He was charged with two counts of common assault and use of an offensive weapon.
Two men have been rescued after becoming trapped halfway down a coal mine shaft south of Sydney. The pair was left stranded about 160 metres down a shaft at the Tahmoor Coal Mine near Wollongong following a lift malfunction on Wednesday night. Four crews, including specialist rescue squads, worked to bring them to the surface.
A plane has been quarantined at a New York airport after at least 19 people aboard fell ill. Emirates flight 203, from Dubai, landed at John F Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning (local time) after as many as 100 passengers and crew reported felling sick, authorities say. Of the 19 confirmed ill, ten were taken to hospital while the other nine declined treatment.
In sports news, boxer Anthony Mundine has been threatened with a multimillion dollar fine if he fails the weigh in for a fight against Jeff Horn in November. Both boxers have signed a contract, agreeing to weigh 71 kilograms or under, in what some are calling the most anticipated all-Australian battle in boxing history.
And actor Jeff Goldblum has given commuters at a London train station a thrill with a solo piano performance, playing some tunes from his forthcoming jazz album.
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With AAP / Reuters.