Brekky Wrap: Nun Faces Court, Accused Of Helping Priests Rape Deaf Children

All the news you need to know this Wednesday.

The government's multi-billion-dollar tax package has cleared its first hurdle, passing the lower house overnight. It will now head to the Senate for debate. The government needs the support of four out of six crossbenchers to pass the bill. If successful millions of Australians could have an extra $1080 in their banks next week.

READ MORE: Federal Government's $158 Billion Tax Cuts Package Passes Lower House

Australian Federal Treasurer Josh Frydenberg. Photo: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Prime Minister Scott Morrison will today meet with Labor Leader Anthony Albanese to discuss a parliamentary inquiry into press freedom. It comes in the wake of federal police raids on the ABC’s Sydney headquarters and the Canberra home of a Newscorp journalist.

Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese speaks to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Photo: AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Three of the four big banks have confirmed they won’t pass on yesterdays interest rate cut in full. The Reserve Bank slashed the official cash rate to a record low of one percent. ANZ is the only bank passing on the full reduction.

READ MORE: Reserve Bank Drops Interest Rates To Even Lower Historic Low

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Eight people have been charged over a drug ring operating in Sydney’s south-west. Police raided homes in five separate suburbs yesterday, seizing a loaded .38 calibre handgun, two loaded pen guns, mobile phones, knives, drugs and more than $100,000 cash. Several of those arrested are due in court today.

There has been a spike in the number of NSW school staff claiming compensation for trauma. Principals, teachers and admin staff lodged 689 workers compensation claims for suffering emotional and psychological injury in 2018, according to The Daily Telegraph, up 20 percent from 2015. Violent students, pressure from parents and excessive work loads were the biggest drivers.

A Roman Catholic nun is due face court tomorrow, after a new request for 'preventative detention' was made following a new accusation of abuse. Kosaka Kumiko allegedly helped priests cover up rape at an institution for deaf students in Argentina. The abuse allegedly took place in bathrooms, dorms, a garden and a basement at the school north west of Buenos Aires. Five priests were arrested following raids in November 2017,  Kumiko was taken into custody in April 2017. The accused, who was released on bail of $2 million, claims she is innocent and will fight to clear her name.

Roman Catholic nun Kosaka Kumiko is escorted out of a police station, May 4 2017. Photo: Andres Larrovere/AP

June was the hottest month ever recorded on earth, according to new figures from the Copernicus Climate Change Service. The average temperatures in Europe were, on average, two degrees Celsius above the defined normal range.

READ MORE: Hottest June Since Records Began Recorded Last Month

France has just endured a record-breaking heat wave. Photo: Getty Images

NASA has successfully tested a crucial part of a spacecraft it hopes will carry the first woman to the moon in 2024. The Orion’s abort system, which can outrun a speeding rocket and pull astronauts to safety during an emergency, safely fell back to the earth. NASA expects to retrieve 12 data recorders ejected by the capsule to provide more of an insight into the system's performance.

Ascent Abort-2 successfully launched. Photo: NASA

In sport, world number one Ash Barty has booked a spot in the second round of Wimbledon with a straight sets win over China's Zheng Saisai. Nick Kyrgios, Alex Diminaur and John Milman are also through, Kyrgios' next challenge will be Rafael Nadal.

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