Details have emerged that contradict a loaded Sept. 30 New York Times report that claimed President Donald Trump “pressed” Australia’s leader and used “American diplomacy for potential personal gain.”
The New York Times ran a report late Sept. 30 citing two anonymous U.S. officials who said President Donald Trump “pushed” and “pressed” Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison in a recent telephone call to help Attorney General William Barr in the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) probe into origins of the Russia investigation. One of the sources said that Barr had asked Trump to speak to Morrison.
Source: Australia Offered Help Long Before NYT Claim: ‘Trump Pressed Australian Leader’
The anti-extradition protests in Hong Kong have spilled over onto the campus of an Australian university where clashes broke out between pro-Beijing and pro-Hong Kong students.
On Wednesday, dozens of students from Hong Kong staged a sit-in protest outside of a coffee shop on the campus of the University of Queensland, holding up signs which, among other things, called for the university to close its Confucius Institute and “stop taking CCP blood money.”
After about an hour, the protest was interrupted when dozens of Chinese students arrived with speakers blasting the Chinese national anthem and chanting out slogans.
The tense situation eventually kicked off when some of the Chinese students started grabbing the protesters’ signs and ripping them. The situation devolved from there into pushing and shoving.
“I saw some of the anti-CCP (Chinese Community Party) organizers being punched and shoved onto the ground. I saw someone smash a drink against someone’s head and a security guard was bitten by one of the (pro-Beijing) protesters,” journalism student Nilsson Jones told news.com.au.
Source: Chinese students interrupt pro-Hong Kong rally at Australian university, chaos ensues – Shanghaiist
Shortly before the State Government headed into crisis talks this afternoon, it was revealed a mining safety committee has been idle for six months because it could not reach a gender quota — during which time four miners have died.
The Mine Health and Safety Advisory Committee was dissolved in late 2018, before a spate of deaths that has thrown the industry into the spotlight.
Source: Queensland Government wraps up crisis talks with mining industry after sixth death – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)