Squiz Today / 10 June 2022

Squiz Today – Friday, 10 June

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And another week bites the dust.

Today’s listen time: 9 minutes

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Squiz Sayings

“Crocodiles are one thing, but pigs – they’ll chase you a bit further than a croc.”

Said Townsville local Lee Verrall, who is angry that droves of feral oinkers are tearing up backyards and community parks. It’s desperate times when a croc is a preferred visitor to, well, anything really…

Albanese and Ardern say g’day/kia ora

Kiwi PM Jacinda Ardern is the first foreign leader to be hosted by freshly minted PM Anthony Albanese – she jetted into Sydney late yesterday for an informal dinner ahead of formal talks. That doesn’t mean it was trackie dacks and Thai takeaway last night before moving on to a black-tie event today… It means the pair have had a chance to have an off-the-record chinwag – and there’s a lot to discuss given their connection through the progressive side of politics. (Fun fact: the last time Oz and New Zealand had Labor/Labour leaders was in 2008 – the first year of Kevin Rudd’s government and Helen Clark’s last – and that was the only year of the past 32…) And today brings the down-to-business, head-to-head discussions that national leaders do.

Well, the last time Ardern was here was 28 February 2020 – the day New Zealand reported its first COVID case. And as it was that day, ‘501 deportees’ are top of Ardern’s list. That’s a reference to the Kiwis we deport using powers under section 501 in the Migration Act if they don’t pass a character test regardless of whether they still have a connection to New Zealand. More than 8,500 people have been sent ‘home’ to New Zealand since 2015, including many born there but have pretty much lived their whole lives here. And there is a criminal element with Kiwi authorities blaming 501 deportees for escalating gang problems. The Morrison Government was not for turning, but Kiwi media has noted Albanese said during the election campaign that he wanted better relations with our neighbour.

Just the little matter of relationships in the Pacific region… Australia and Kiwiland are on a joint ticket of concern about China’s ambitions in our neck of the woods. Ardern was admonished by Beijing last week after meeting with US President Joe Biden. The pair said they are worried China might establish a military presence in the Pacific, and they talked about human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. But the key takeout could be a very personal one for Albanese and Ardern. As one Kiwi commentator said of the visit, “Australia remains New Zealand’s closest ally, second-largest trading partner and most important diplomatic relationship”, so the “personal chemistry and rapport at the top level will be key things to watch.”


Squiz the Rest

The battle for Donbas heats up

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky says the city of Severodonetsk is seeing the war’s worst fighting, and what’s happening now will decide the fate of the country’s eastern Donbas region. After failing to capture the capital Kyiv, Russia is seeking to “liberate” the Donbas region, a 3rd of which was held by Russian-backed separatists before February’s invasion. Severodonetsk is one of the region’s last cities under Ukrainian control, and Zelensky yesterday said that it is “a very fierce battle, very difficult.” Also making news from the war this morning: 2 Britons and one Moroccan who had been fighting with Ukraine have been sentenced to death by a court Russia has set up in eastern Ukraine. They were charged with being mercenaries, but the Brits’ families say they are long-serving members of the Ukrainian military. UK politicians have accused Russia of undertaking “a form of hostage-taking”.

World News

Aussie physio charged as US gymnasts seek justice

Former Australian Olympic swimming team physiotherapist Peter Wells has been charged with 3 counts of indecent treatment of children under 16yo – incidents alleged to have occurred in Brisbane between 2007-10. The 51yo treated Aussie athletes at the Olympic Games in Beijing, London, Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro. Wells had his bail extended after he was arrested last month, and his case is expected to be heard in July. The abuse of young elite athletes has been front and centre this week after several US Olympic gymnasts, including Simone Biles, revealed a lawsuit against the FBI. They are seeking US$1 billion for the agency’s alleged mishandling of the investigation into former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar is in jail, but the women say the FBI ignored reports of Nassar’s abuse for years.

Australian News Crime

Paul Dawson fronts brother’s murder trial

The identical twin of former teacher/rugby league player Chris Dawson has made headlines with his murder theory… Paul Dawson reckons the former schoolgirl who became Chris’ 2nd wife “had a motive” to kill his first wife Lyn in 1982. Prosecutors say Chris killed her to pursue a relationship with ‘JC’, who was a teenager when she moved into the Dawsons’ Northern Beaches home. In previous testimony, JC said Chris treated her like his “slave“, but when his brother Paul took the stand yesterday, he accused her of being “cruel” towards Chris and his 2 daughters. And in an intercepted 1999 phone call between the brothers played in court yesterday, Paul told Chris that JC “had more motive” to kill Lyn. The trial began on 9 May and is expected to last another week.

Australian News Crime

New study reveals overtreatment of breast cancer

A new study has revealed that some breast cancer patients have received invasive and life-changing treatments that may have been unnecessary. It’s the first study to examine how ‘overdiagnosis’ and ‘overtreatment’ of the disease have caused harm. Overdiagnosis occurs when cancer is correctly diagnosed but identified at such an early stage that the cancerous cells are unlikely to do damage in a person’s lifetime, and overtreatment is when those cells are treated with major surgery. It’s a growing issue thanks to new technology detecting cancer more often – and it’s also a problem faced by prostate cancer patients. Expert/surgeon Prof Chris Pyke says it’s a conversation worth having because there are “a certain number of people diagnosed with diseases that would never have affected the person”. Meanwhile, a small but “groundbreaking” cancer drug trial has become the first to have a 100% success rate. Not a bad result…


A new place to shop for baby names

Swedish retailer IKEA is well-known for its distinctive product names, but its Norwegian branch hopes to help new parents with its ‘name bank’. IKEA Norway says a recent baby boom has presented “a challenge in finding unique names,” so it’s drawn up a guide covering 800 names from its catalogue, including Malm, Kivik and Trotten. There’s a whole system to how IKEA chooses its product names, with founder Ingvar Kamprad moving away from product numbers in 1948 because his dyslexia made it difficult. IKEA products are identifiable using various Scandinavian words that are distinctive to their category. For example, bathroom items are named according to Swedish lakes and bodies of water, bedcovers are named after flowers and plants, and children’s products are named after animals. Not that it will make your next shop any easier…

Quirky News

Friday Lites – Three things we liked this week

Having mostly dealt with the horror that came from wearing anything other than trackie dacks post-COVID lockdowns, we’re seeing more and more articles pop up about (re)defining your personal style. This was a good one, along with the TikTok account it refers to where a fashion expert liberally compares bad outfits to “hotdog water”.

Nine ways to boost your tax return – yes, please. You’ll find us looking for a new work bag costing exactly $299….

We take our long-weekend braises seriously, but we’re away from home until Sunday night. So we’re making this today and putting it in the fridge for the flavours to develop for our return. Coq au Riesling, you little beauty. Don’t be thrown by the mushrooms – we use the button mushies from the supermarket.

Friday Lites

Do the Squiz Quiz

Reckon you know what activity saw Indonesian President Joko Widodo and visiting PM Anthony Albanese break the ice this week? Have a crack at the Squiz Quiz. 

Squiz the Day

Bilateral discussions between PMs Anthony Albanese and Jacinda Ardern

Deputy PM Richard Marles heads to Singapore for his first overseas trip as Defence Minister for the Shangri-La Dialogue

Anniversary of:
• the first victim of the Salem witch trials being hanged for witchcraft in Massachusetts (1692)
• the Myall Creek Massacre, which saw 28 Indigenous Australians murdered (1838)
• the birthdays of Prince Philip (1921) and actor Judy Garland (1922)
• the launch of the Spirit Rover, beginning NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover mission (2003)
• the death of muso Ray Charles (2004)

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