Brekky Wrap: PM Cancels COAG Meeting, Strawberry Export Laws Announced
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delayed his first meeting with state and territory leaders next month, as he deals with a growing chorus of complaints of bullying and intimidation within the Liberal Party, and fallout from the leadership spill. The COAG meeting planned for next month, which will deal with school and hospital funding and indigenous issues, is expected to be held in mid-December.
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A Senate inquiry into Peter Dutton's use of ministerial powers in securing visas for au pairs will report on Wednesday. The inquiry into the Home Affairs Minister's conduct held one public hearing and received 10 written submissions, revealing claims he helped powerful friends and their foreign workers with visa problems.
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Strawberry exporters will have to screen their fruit through a metal detector or X-ray machine before being issued a permit. The strict export rules were introduced as the saga of contaminated fruit widens and stretches to a third product. Queensland Strawberry Industry Officer Jennifer Rowling said some trade partners in Russia and the UK have already blocked Australian imports.
Overseas, China and the United States have plunged deeper into a trade war after Beijing added US$60 billion in tariffs on US goods to start Monday. The move comes in retaliation of President Donald Trump's planned US$200 billion package of tariffs on Chinese products, which will also come into effect on September 24.
A homeless man has attacked and killed a top amateur golfer from Spain who was playing near her university campus in central Iowa, leaving her body in a pond on the course, police said. Collin Daniel Richards, 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Celia Barquin Arozamena, a student at Iowa State University.
The leaders of North and South Korea have begun talks aimed at advancing their faltering nuclear diplomacy at a three-day summit. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un greeted South Korean president Moon Jai-in with hugs and smiles in Pyongyang as the pair look to ease a military standoff and promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.
The United Nations special envoy for Syria is calling on Russia, Syria and Israel to "refrain from military actions" following the downing of a Russian military aircraft which killed 15 crew members. Moscow is blaming Israel for the crash, saying the aircraft was caught in the crossfire as four Israeli fighter jets attacked targets in north-western Syria.
Prince William has walked in his late-mother’s footsteps, visiting the Children’s Hospice Princess Diana opened 30 years ago. He told well-wishers it was "fantastic" to return three decades after his mother, unveiling a plague to commemorate the charity's 30th anniversary.
In sports news, the Australian men's volleyball team are through to the next round of the World Championship in Italy. The Volleyroos defeated Tunisia in four sets, securing their place after Russia beat Cameroon 3-0.
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