Brekky Wrap: Opera House Protest And Labor To Increase Public School Funding
All the news you need to know this Wednesday.
More than 1,000 people gathered to protest the six-minute projection of The Everest horse race contenders on the Sydney Opera House on Tuesday night. People stood at the foot of the landmark with torches, mobile phone lights and lamps as they tried to obstruct the projection. People were chanting 'shame on you' as the barrier numbers were splashed across the famous sails and it seems the protest did have some effect on the visuals of the light show.
Public schools will be offered a $14 billion cash boost over the next ten years should a Labor government rise to power following the next federal election. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will announce the policy on Wednesday, where he will dedicate more funding to every public school across the country, which will add to the $23.5 billion spending increase legislated by the Turnbull government last year. States and territories will also be called on to increase their funding to public schools. Labor also claims the new plan will not disadvantage private schools.
A 71-year-old woman and two boys who were missing following an alleged 'domestic-related incident' in Ootha in NSW's central west have been found safe. Police believe a 41-year-old woman is still missing following the alleged incident and they still hold concerns for her safety. Police arrested two men in relation to the event near Sackville in NSW and they were taken to Windsor police station for questioning.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to visit his country, South Korean officials have said. The invitation will be delivered by South Korean President Moon Jae-in who will visit the Vatican next week as part of a wider European tour. To date, no pope has ever visited North Korea however, late Pope John Paul II was once invited.
The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley has resigned, announcing that she will leave her role at the end of the year. Haley gave no reason for her exit from the post after two years of service and she dismissed rumours that she would run for president in 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump said he accepted the surprise resignation and said Haley had done an "incredible job".
Meanwhile, Donald Trump has said he likes Taylor Swift "25 percent less" following the pop star's decision to break her silence on political issues. Swift posted to Instagram on Tuesday, throwing her support behind two Democratic candidates ahead of the U.S. mid-term elections in November. "In the past I've been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now," Swift wrote. Previous to his election, Trump called Swift " fantastic" and " terrific".
Turkey announced on Tuesday that it would search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi Washington Post contributor was seen walking into the consulate in Istanbul just before he disappeared and Turkish officials fear he may have been killed on the premises. Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia and has been a long time critic of the country's political regime.
Australia has been bowled out for 202 on day three of their test against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates. In a dramatic collapse, Australia lost all 10 wickets for just 60 runs after Usman Khawaja (85) and debutant Aaron Finch (62) managed to gain 142 runs before the first wicket. Pakistan now lead by 280 runs but didn't enforce the follow-on.
Footballer Romain Salin of Portuguese club Sporting CP has been saved by teammate Sebastian Coates after he collided with a pole. During a Portuguese Primeira Liga match on Sunday, the goalkeeper collided neck-first with the goal post. He fell to the ground, chocking until Coates came to his rescue, pulling his tongue out from his throat so that the could breathe again.
Shane Gould is the winner of Australian Survivor: Champions vs Contenders, gaining just one vote over her competitor and friend Sharn. The final tribal council saw both women pitch loyalty as a big part of their game, however, Sharn's failure to inform Mat of rumours he would be voted out saw her argument unravel. Shane now holds the title of Sole Survivor and is $500,000 richer. Read more about Tuesday night's finale here.
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