Brekky Wrap: Child Sexual Abuse Apology And Royals At Fraser Island
All the news you need to know this Monday.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will deliver an apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse in federal parliament on Monday. As part of his apology, he will commit a new museum to raise awareness for the impacts of surviving abuse as a young person. More than 1,000 people are expected to be in Canberra for the apology, including former PM Julia Gillard, who originally set up the royal commission.
Wentworth Liberal Candidate Dave Sharma has blamed the swing against the coalition in Saturday's by-election on the recent leadership spill where Malcolm Turnbull was ousted as prime minister. He said the people of Wentworth sent a clear message to the Morrison Government about their displeasure with how their former member was removed from his leadership. As it stands, Kerryn Phelps is still the favourite to win the seat following a late surge in Sharma's favour after the postal votes were counted. The final result is yet to be officially confirmed.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will fly to Fraser Island in Queensland on Monday morning. Prince Harry will meet with the traditional owners of the land and park rangers while Meghan Markle will take some time to rest. The pregnant Meghan also took some time to rest on Sunday, where she skipped an event in Sydney. Harry spoke of his concern for his wife's health telling crowds that pregnancy takes its toll.
Russia has labelled US President Donald Trump's plan to withdraw from a Cold War nuclear weapons treaty a "dangerous step". Trump said that Russia has been violating the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty for many years. President Vladimir Putin is expected to seek answers from National Security Advisor John Bolton when he visits Russia.
At least 18 people have been killed and 178 injured after a train derailed in Yilan Country in northwestern Taiwan. The train was travelling between the cities of Shulin and Taitung when it derailed on Sunday. The train was carrying 366 passengers when all eight carriages came off the tracks. Five carriages completely overturned in the accident.
NRL star Johnathan Thurston has opened up about the sexual assault allegations that could have ended his career when he played for the Bulldogs back in 2004. In an interview with 60 Minutes, Thurston said the club told the players not to publicly address the allegations, but that he wishes he had. “I wish we could have come out and cleared our names straight away because everything was consensual at the time," Thurston said. No charges were ever laid and all players were cleared of wrongdoing.
Actress Selma Blair has revealed in an Instagram post that she has multiple sclerosis. She said that she was diagnosed in August this year and that the disease has had a profound effect on her life. “I am disabled. I fall sometimes. I drop things. My memory is foggy,” she wrote.
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