Brekky Wrap: Australia's Most Trusted Politician Isn't Even An Aussie

All the news you need to know this Friday.

The Liberal party has lost another candidate just over a week out from the federal election. Gurpal Singh was vying for the Melbourne seat of Scullin but has resigned over a controversial Facebook post in which he dismissed a woman’s allegation of rape, abuse and violence by her former husband.

READ MORE: Liberal Candidate Dumped Over Controversial Social Media Posts

READ MORE: Labor Candidate Luke Creasey Resigns Over Social Media Posts


The Coalition will today promise to cut power prices by 25 percent, which could save the average household up to $185 a year. Meanwhile, Labor will unveil its policy costings today. The party expects to make budget savings of $154 billion over the next decade by cracking down on tax concessions.

READ MORE: Shorten Says Aussies Have 'Tuned Out' Of The Election, Blames Negative Politics

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A disqualified driver has been charged, accused of being drunk behind the wheel following a crash in Sydney’s north. The man, 43, allegedly blew more than six times the legal blood alcohol limit when he smashed into another car at Riverstone just after 6.00pm last night.

The winter chill will settle into the country's south-east today as a cold front brings low temperatures and cold winds. The temperature will reach 21 degrees in Sydney, but it will feel closer to 14. Snow is expected to fall in the Central and Southern Tablelands.

Pope Francis has changed Vatican law, making it compulsory for Catholic clergy, worldwide, to report cases of sexual abuse and cover-ups. Each diocese must set up clear and accessible reporting systems by June 2020. The Pope promised in February to take concrete action to tackle abuse.

READ MORE: Pope Makes Reporting Sexual Abuse Mandatory For Clerics

Pope Francis. Photo: GETTY

The American fiancé of Sydney woman Justine Ruszczyk Damond has spoken out about his loss. In a television interview with CBS, Don Damond described how he burst into tears when a jury convicted former Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor of her murder. He said he wants police across the US to learn from the tragedy, describing his fiancé’s death as a “policing issue”.

READ MORE: Justine Damond's Fiance Speaks Out About Her Death

Justine and Don Damond. Photo: AAP.

Just over a week out from the federal election, Australians have voted for their most trusted politician -- Jacinda Ardern. Millward Brown asked 1,400 Aussies to score 12 politicians across six areas: relevance, integrity, shared values, commitment, affinity and follow-through. The clear winner, with 77 out of 100 was New Zealand's Prime Minister. Labor's Penny Wong came in second with Julie Bishop and Tanya Plibersek close behind. Scott Morrison edged out Bill Shorten who sat eighth and ninth, respectively.

Jacinda Ardern. Photo: HANNAH PETERS/GETTY

David Beckham has lost his license for six months after he was caught using his phone behind the wheel of his Bentley in London. A member of the public dobbed the Manchester United star in back in November. Despite Beckham having “no recollection” of the incident, he pleaded guilty.

READ MORE: David Beckham Gets Six-Month Driving Ban For Using Phone Behind The Wheel

David Beckham
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In sport, Cronulla has come from behind to beat the Gold Coast 26-18 to open the NRL’s Magic Round in Brisbane. Tonight the Wests Tigers take on Penrith while Manly plans Brisbane. Round eight of the AFL kicks off tonight with the Swans hosting Essendon.

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