/ 26 February 2021

Meanwhile, in other AusPol news…

• Facebook has restored Australia’s news media providers’ pages following the mandatory media bargaining code legislation’s clearance by the Federal Parliament yesterday. The code will make Facebook and Google pay for news on their platforms – if they don’t do deals with the news companies themselves. #SquizShortcuts

• A letter from Federal Police Commissioner Reece Kershaw to PM Morrison has warned of the risks of delaying reports of criminal conduct in the wake of the alleged rape of Brittany Higgins. The advice was requested by Morrison for passing on to MPs seeking guidance on what to do if a staff member reports alleged wrongdoing, as Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins did in 2019. She opted out at the time saying she felt her job was at risk, but filed an official complaint with police this week.

• And in Western Oz, Liberal leader Zak Kirkup has already conceded the 13 March state election, saying he expects to lose… by a lot. “I have to be real with the people of Western Australia,” he said. Labor Premier Mark McGowan has super high approval ratings amid the COVID crisis. Like, people have even stood in their driveways to give him a round of applause…

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