Squiz Today / 09 June 2022

Squiz Today – 9 June 2022

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“Disneyland stands for dreams. Our moment was destroyed.”

Said a disgruntled theme park-goer whose proposal to his partner in front of Sleeping Beauty’s castle was disrupted by a well-meaning employee. Or not so well-meaning – you be the judge

A trio of big immigration/citizenship cases

It was all happening yesterday with 2 notable decisions in the High Court and the Murugappan family making their way from Western Australia to Queensland ahead of their return to Biloela – 4 years after the Federal Government detained them when deportation efforts stalled.

First up, the High Court has ruled that suspected terrorists can’t be stripped of their citizenship by the Home Affairs Minister. That happened to Delil Alexander in July last year after he went to Syria and joined Islamic State. He was jailed there in 2019 but later pardoned. A dual Aussie/Turkish citizen, Alexander couldn’t be released because neither country would have him. Yesterday, the High Court said only an Aussie court could remove citizenship – and the Albanese Government’s going to have a look into it… The High Court also found that keeping an Indigenous man in immigration detention was legal. Kiwi-born Brendan Thoms – who doesn’t have Aussie citizenship – was to be deported after a stint in jail. That was until a 2020 High Court ruling that Indigenous Australians could never be “alien”, no matter where they are born. However, at the time of his detention, the court yesterday said authorities had reasonable grounds to hold him. That ends Thoms’ bid for compensation.

To recap: parents Nades and Priya came to Australia separately by boat in 2012 and 2013 following Sri Lanka’s civil war. They had their children Kopika and Tharunicaa in Australia. The family lived for 4 years in Biloela in Central Queensland – a community that has vocally supported the family’s efforts to remain here. However, the family’s temporary bridging visa ran out in March 2018, and their claim for refugee status was rejected. That saw the family detained in Melbourne, Christmas Island and Perth as legal challenges were mounted. The change of government last month saw the family granted new bridging visas – and that means the family can get back to the town that loves them. They touched down in Brissie late yesterday, and tomorrow it’s on to Biloela. Their advocates have welcomed the developments but want to see them granted permanent residency.

Australian News

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Powering through an energy crisis

Australia’s energy ministers have met and agreed on the way to ensure there’s enough electricity to keep us up and running – and warm/cool during extreme weather events. Discussions about a ‘­capacity mechanism’, which pays the electricity generators to always have enough in baseload power (the stuff we rely on day in, day out), was front and centre. Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen says it’s set to be released “in coming days” and will be implemented as “a matter of some urgency”. This is an issue right now because about a quarter of the east coast’s power supply generated by coal-fired generators is down, and there’s a squeeze on gas. So locking in the power companies with supply contracts will incentivise them to keep the electricity coming. Our governments unanimously backed 11 “points of action” to keep the lights on. Bowen says there are no “silver bullets or magic answers”, but it’s a step forward.

Australian News

Recession will be “hard to avoid” for many countries

That’s according to the World Bank, which has warned that all countries face the prospect of a sustained economic downturn the longer the Ukraine war continues. The bank downgraded its 2022 global economic growth outlook to 2.9% – down from January’s forecast of 4.1% when a bounce out of COVID was the main game. These days, President David Malpass says “the war in Ukraine, lockdowns in China, supply-chain disruptions and the risk of stagflation” are the big issues. Stagflation – the combination of high inflation/unemployment and low growth – hasn’t really been a thing since the 1970s, so yikes… Meanwhile, Australian Treasury Secretary Steven Kennedy says the new Albanese Government needs to curb spending on some election promises and tighten taxes on companies/the wealthy to get government debt under control (paywall). He says inflation is on track to rise “potentially well above 6%” this year.

Business & Finance World News

Merkel regrets nothing…

That’s probably not true – we all have regrets. But when it comes to former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s dealings with Russian President Vladimir Putin, she says she has “nothing to apologise for”. World leaders say he’s a tricky character, but they were known for their respectful relationship. Since February, Merkel has been criticised for establishing business ties with Russia, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called her opposition to Ukraine’s efforts to join NATO in 2008 a “miscalculation”. Yesterday, Merkel made her first public appearance since leaving office last year and she defended her government’s actions, saying Germany and Russia had to “co-exist despite all our differences”. Merkel also shared snippets from her civilian life: going for solitary ocean walks, wearing a hoodie as a disguise, and listening to an audiobook of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Very on-brand… #SquizShortcut

World News

It’s Queensland for the win

NSW went in as favourites, but Queensland has pulled off a surprise victory in game 1 of the State of Origin series, taking it out 16-10. The Maroons had to deal with injuries, a late fightback by NSW, and a crowd of more than 80,000 Blues fans. Queenslander Cameron Munster was Mr Everywhere – he was named man of the match for his efforts. And new Queensland coach Billy Slater says “Yes, footy was important and the way that we played – but it was the Queensland spirit and the diving on loose balls and those little moments. That is what wins you the games.” Our friends at Sport Today tell us that the winner of the first game has won 30 of the 40 State of Origin series – soz NSW… We can test the theory on Sunday, 26 June, when the 2nd match is hosted in Perth.


The Spotification of music

Since the early days of vinyl and its 44-minute limitation, technology has influenced the way we listen to music. But now, with young ‘uns increasingly turning to the likes of Spotify and social media platforms, that too is affecting the way songs are written or recorded. According to researchers, 25% of listeners will hit the skip button in the first 5 seconds – which is why so many songs now begin with the hook or chorus. Song lengths have also shortened, with the average UK #1 single clocking in 3 minutes 16 seconds – 26 seconds less than the average song a decade ago. Swedish pop star Tove Styrke is among those saying they’re “sick of everything being the exact same formula”. But she’s not against change altogether… After her 2014 single Borderline went viral on TikTok, she said she was “glad that songs … can have a second life and live on and be relevant.”

Entertainment Technology

Apropos of Nothing

The family of Ignacio Echeverría are calling for him to be recognised as a saint after using his skateboard to protect people from the London Bridge terrorists in 2017. The Spanish business analyst died from his injuries. With skateparks, plazas and a musical already named in his honour, canonisation seems to be the next step…

Norwegian scientists have answered a question asked by many a washeruperer: is a sponge or brush more hygienic? The brush came out on top, with scientists saying a sponge “can harbour a higher number of bacteria than there are people on Earth”. Eww…

If you’re a Ted Lasso fan, we hate to break it to you… but the 3rd season will be the last. Brett Goldstein (aka sweary Roy Kent) says that’s how the show was written, and “Spoiler alert: everyone dies.” Maybe Ted makes a mega batch of poisoned shortbread?

Quirky News

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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern arrives in Oz and will have dinner with PM Anthony Albanese

Birthdays for author Patricia Cornwell (1956), and actors Michael J Fox (1961), Johnny Depp (1963), and Natalie Portman (1981)

Anniversary of:
• China leasing Hong Kong’s new territories, including Hong Kong, to the UK for 99 years (1898), as well as the anniversary of the lease expiring, handing the city back to China (1997)
• the first appearance of Donald Duck in The Wise Little Hen (1934)
• the Ghost Train fire at Luna Park in Sydney that killed 7 (1979)

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