Brekky Wrap: Liberals Change Spill Rules And Attenborough On Global Warming
All the news you need to know this Tuesday.
Two thirds of federal Liberal MPs will need to agree to spill the leadership of a sitting Prime Minister under new party rules. The rules are designed to stop the revolving door of Prime Ministers after Malcolm Turnbull was ousted from the leadership in August. After a late-night meeting in Canberra on Monday night, the Liberals voted to change the party rules so a leader elected to office will serve a full term. Current PM Scott Morrison said these rules are vital to securing the faith of the Australian people.
Authorities are hoping the fires still alight in Queensland will continue to ease. While there are over 100 fires still burning across the state, only two of them are at a Watch And Act warning level. Firefighters were closely watching blazes at Deepwater, Captain Creek, Baffle Creek, Rules Beach, Winfield and Lowmead in central Queensland on Monday, telling residents to be prepared to evacuate if necessary. Authorities believe the end of the unprecedented fire disaster is in sight.
Actress and women's right activist Rose McGowan has added her voice to a pay gap event that will occur on Wednesday. Women in Sydney are being called on to walk out of their jobs at 3.50 pm to represent the time women stop getting paid for their work each day as compared to men. McGowan said the #WalkoutOz event will send a message to employers about wage inequality. "Australia, women and men, speak up against inequality in wages," McGowan said in a video post. Join us, be brave, speak up."
Sir David Attenborough has warned the collapse of world civilisations is on the horizon. Speaking at a United Nations Climate Change Summit in Poland, the naturalist urged world leaders at the event to lead the world on implementing promises made in the 2015 Paris climate deal. “The world’s people have spoken. Time is running out. They want you, the decision-makers, to act now. Leaders of the world, you must lead," Attenborough said. Recently studies show the top four warmest years on record have been in the last four years, with 20 of the warmest years occurring in the last 22 years.
An 80-year-old woman has been killed in the French city of Marseille during violent protests over fuel prices. The woman lived in an apartment close to where Saturday's protests were being held when she was hit in the face with a teargas canister as she tired to close her window shutters. Local media reports the woman was taken to hospital for surgery, where she later died. Police have also confirmed another three people have died since the protests started more then two weeks ago.
The protests over a hike in gasoline tax have grown into passionate demonstrations about high costs of living in France, with 'Yellow Vest' protesters gathering all around the nation to urge President Emmanuel Macron to reverse the tax changes.
Former first lady Michelle Obama has given some advice to Duchess of Sussex about how to adapt to a life of public service. Obama said she can imagine Meghan, like herself, never imaged she would have a life so public and so scrutinised. She said she dealt with this by taking her time to adjust to her new role. "So my biggest piece of advice would be to take some time and don't be in a hurry to do anything," Obama said. I spent the first few months in the White House mainly worrying about my daughters, making sure they were off to a good start at school and making new friends before I launched into any more ambitious work. I think it's okay -- it's good, even -- to do that."
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