Thursday’s news wrap

Thursday’s news wrap


Protracted debate has been foreshadowed in the Senate today over changes to the way the Upper House representatives are elected at a federal election.

Senators are expected to debate well into the night over proposed changes to the way Australians vote, with the Coalition and the Greens set to support the measures.

“Bring your pillows, bring your mattresses, we’re not going anywhere,” Labor Senator Sam Dastyari told reporters outside Parliament this morning.

“The Government is trying to ram through legislation without having it properly debated and frankly if that’s how they want to play it, bring it on. We’re not going anywhere.”

“We’re not going anywhere.”

However it may be early tomorrow morning before the bill is voted on. The Government has extended the timetable indefinitely until the matter is dealt with.


A leading human rights organisation says addressing incarceration rates of Indigenous people needs to be part of the Close the Gap campaign.

The Castan Centre for Human Rights is using National Close the Gap day today, to call on the Commonwealth Government to add a new target of closing the gap in Indigenous and non-Indigenous prison rates.

Castan Centre Associate Dr Stephen Gray says there is an expectation within society for this to happen and the government needs to stop shirking its responsibility.


Federal Court nominee Merrick Garland. Source: The White House.

Federal Court nominee Merrick Garland. Source: The White House.

US President Barack Obama has announced a new progressive federal court judge to replace the Conservative Antonin Scalia, who died last month.

The appointment of the 63 year old Merrick Garland is being considered a tactical choice, given the lawyer’s reputation as a moderate individual motivated by legal propriety as opposed to political point scoring.

Mr Garland’s record has earned him friends from both sides of the aisle over the years.

During his announcement President Obama also warned republicans that continuing to block Senate proceedings would damage American democracy.


Australia’s leading soft drink body says sugary beverages are in fact an insignificant contributor to obesity levels.

The comments come as Australia is being urged to follow the United Kingdom in imposing a tax on soft drinks.

Britain’s Finance Minister George Osborne announced¬†overnight a levy on drinks with more than 5 grams of sugar per 100 millilitres to combat ballooning childhood obesity levels.

Prominent celebrity chef and healthy diet advocate Jamie Oliver has called on Australia to follow a similar line.

But Speaking to the ABC, spokesperson for the Australian Beverages Council Geoff Parker said if Australia wants to combat obesity levels the discussion needs to improve.


NRL – Wests Tigers second-rower Curtis Sironen has been ruled out for up to five weeks with a hamstring injury.

– NRL head of football Todd Greenberg is expected to be announced as the game’s new chief executive in the coming days.

Canterbury's Klemmer free to play tomorrow against the Eels. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Canterbury’s Klemmer free to play tomorrow against the Eels. Source: Wikimedia Commons

David Klemer is free to play this weekend after being found not guilty of a contrary conduct charge.

AFL – Brisbane’s Tom Rockliff will miss the AFL season launch today as he has decided to stay in Queensland to recover from a hamstring problem.

– Geelong captain Joel Selwood is set to play in VFL practice match on Friday.

Tennis- Belgian David Goffin has beaten Stan Wawrinka to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells Masters.

– Agnieska Radwanska has beaten Petra Kvitova to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals.

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