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gHello. Tributes are pouring in for legendary Indigenous actor David Dalaithngu, who died last night. Rules that allow Christian Porter to keep his legal fee donors a secret should be overhauled, the committee said, which found he had not broken any regulations. And if you’re feeling anxious about stepping into the post-containment world, you might find solace and new communities while playing Dungeons & Dragons.

Christian Porter’s statement that part of his legal costs in a defamation case were paid by a “blind trust” did not violate parliamentary rules, a privileges committee concluded. A committee report calls for an overhaul of the rules to maintain “the intent and integrity” of the register of interests and says MPs should provide “the greatest” transparency on the source of the gifts. Porter maintains he correctly disclosed his interests in accordance with ministerial rules and standards, but resigned as minister in September on the grounds that the matter had become an “unnecessary distraction” for the government.

Natalie Baini, who was named Liberal candidate for Reid’s fringe seat in Sydney, quits the party to run as an independent, in part to protest against the handling of an internal complaint in which she alleged the “inappropriate” behavior of some senior party leaders. She accused the Morrison government of “pretending” to talk about women’s issues, saying she had raised “serious concerns” with the NSW State Division and had yet to received response. His decision is also due to his concerns about the screening process. “I think the nominations were requested in bad faith by the party and I am shouting it.”

Indigenous actor David Dalaithngu has passed away four years after being diagnosed with lung cancer. Dalaithngu, of the Mandhalpuyngu clan in Arnhem Land, made a name for himself in the 1971 film Walkabout and Storm Boy in 1976. With his characteristic dry humor, Dalaithngu told filmmaker and friend Molly Reynolds in 2020 that he was “returning to the country with a one-way ticket “. He died Monday at the age of 68.

Omicron Covid variant poses “very high” global risk and highlights what “perilous and precarious” situation the world finds itself inWorld Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says in his first substantive comments since the emergence of the new variant. He warned that the pandemic would not be over until the end of what he called the “vaccine crisis”, pointing out that low-income countries had only received 0.6% of the world’s Covid vaccines.


An annual survey of social cohesion in Australia reveals that more of us think racism is a problem and that the country benefits from multiculturalism. Photograph: Jono Searle / AAP

There has been an “almost unprecedented” increase in the number of Australians who see racism as a problem in their country, according to a survey on social cohesion. Respondents who thought racism was a problem in the country fell from 40% to 60% in 12 months.

The Australian Medical Association has joined a growing push for better social support for people with crippling but ‘unstable’ conditions, such as cancer or poor mental health. Advocates say there are many options, including increasing work maintenance allowances up to the poverty line or relaxing disability pension eligibility to allow people with temporary ailments .

Critics lambasted the Coalition’s attempt to shield Australia’s Future Fund from Freedom of Information requests about its investments, like the one that revealed that the sovereign wealth fund invests in arms manufacturers who sell arms to the Burmese army.

Storage capacity providers on Australia’s main electricity grid warn proposed rule changes amount to a tax on their operations that will deter investors and slow down the decarbonization of industry.

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Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO at the social media company and will be replaced by CTO (CTO) Parag Agrawal.

Extracts from Secret documents urging population control, massive roundups and punishment of Uyghurs in China have been posted online.

Senior French ministers accused the UK of managing a labor market bordering on slavery and called on London to open safe routes for migrants.

Arizona State University students demand that Kyle Rittenhouse be removed from online classes, despite the teenager’s acquittal of murder charges.

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For Dungeons & Dragons neurodiverse players, the therapeutic potential of tabletop role-playing has long been known.
For Dungeons & Dragons neurodiverse players, the therapeutic potential of tabletop role-playing has long been known. Photograph: Esther Derksen / Alamy

As pandemic restrictions are lifted across Australia and more face-to-face activities resume, socializing can be a source of deep anxiety for many. But what if, when you meet other people, you don’t have to be yourself? Dungeons & Dragons tabletop role-playing game provides a safe space for a wide range of people around the world, including queer and neurodiverse gamers. “It has always been a haven for people who might not feel at home elsewhere,” says Jeremy Crawford, designer of the main rules of the game. “D&D is about a bunch of people with very different backgrounds coming together to create an intentional family and overcome adversity. A group of players is stronger because of their differences from each other.

More than other fabrics, the history of silk is shrouded in mystery and folklore, which befits a fiber taken from the cocoon of the silkworm. Legends date back to 2640 BC and the fabric is still a popular choice today, although it is also difficult to keep in good condition. We asked experts for advice on how to best care for this ancient fabric.

This week’s GDP numbers should be terrible, and it would be a mistake to assume that our economic malaise is behind us, wrote Greg Jericho. “Anytime I hear about how we come out of the pandemic and things might get back to normal and so maybe we need to start focusing on other things like inflation or the public debt, I draw people’s attention to the retail figures. You don’t have to be an economist to know that something strange is still going on. “


The Coalition introduced its religious discrimination bill almost three years after its first pledge. Despite a third bill watering down a number of contentious provisions, some MPs still believe it does not go far enough to protect certain groups. In today’s full article, political journalist Paul Karp explains the contents of the bill and whether it will pass before the next election.

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Australian winger Hayley Raso is back in Australia for the first time in a long time after being kicked out due to strict Covid border closures. Now back to Sydney, Raso discusses her signature hair ribbons that inspired her writing and why City is the perfect team for her.

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The Victorian government accepted six amendments to get its controversial pandemic legislation on the line, including the creation of a new committee that will independently review appeals to detention enforced by public health orders, according to the Herald Sun. New guidelines recommend general practitioners stop referring couples to therapy if domestic violence is suspected in a relationship, report the Brisbane timetable.


The national cabinet will meet to discuss the Omicron Covid variant.

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