Squiz Today / 01 August 2022

Squiz Today – Monday, 1 August

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“I´d like you to note that I am not wearing a tie.”

Said Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to workers who are sweating through a hot summer. He hopes ditching neckties could reduce aircon usage – that would ease Spain’s dependency on Russian energy and “the aggressor, (President Vladimir) Putin.” Put that under ‘unintended consequences’ of the war in Ukraine…

Albanese raises the Voice

The Albanese Government has started the ball rolling on implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart by offering some draft words on the referendum question on enshrining an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution. In a speech to the Garma Festival in northeast Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory on Saturday, PM Anthony Albanese said writing the Voice into our nation’s founding document means it will “exist and endure outside of the ups and downs of election cycles and the weakness of short-term politics.”

Let’s start at the beginning…

The Uluru Statement from the Heart came from a big convention of Indigenous leaders in mid-2017. It’s a short document that calls for 3 things – a Voice, a Treaty, and Truth. What Albanese announced on the weekend has to do with the first of those.

The ‘Voice’ would be a formal body of Indigenous representatives advising the Parliament and the government of the day on the issues affecting their communities.

• Enshrining the Voice in the Constitution requires a referendum, and all registered voters would get a say on it. And on the weekend, Albanese said the yes-or-no question could be: “Do you support an alteration to the Constitution that establishes an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice?” And there’s a suggestion on the words to be put into the Constitution too.

Nothing’s ever that simple… Australia has a record of voting down referendums – there have been 44 proposals put to the people in 19 referendums, and only 8 changes have passed. This time, criticism centres on the scant details being offered – there’s nothing on how the reps would be picked, what will the Voice advise on, how it will work with government etc… Albanese – who’s recorded a record high satisfaction rating in this morning’s Newspoll – says the finer points would be nutted out after a referendum. He says he recognises that’s a risk, but he also wants bipartisan support from the Coalition. In their comments to date, senior Coalition MPs say they have open minds but believe disclosing the details will be essential to getting Aussies onside. And with a referendum set to happen during this term of government, you can bet we’ll be hearing a lot more about it…

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Zelensky tells east Ukrainians to get out

Citizens still living in parts of Ukraine’s eastern Donetsk region that are still under the wartorn country’s control have been told to evacuate. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky delivered a late-night address on Saturday telling locals to get out. “The more people leave Donetsk region now, the fewer people the Russian army will have time to kill,” he said. The fighting there is bad, and the coming winter will be worse with Russia expected to cut the region’s energy supply, leaving the region without electricity and heating. Officials reckon there are between 200,000 and 220,000 civilians to be evacuated. Meanwhile, Ukraine’s military says its making progress in the south, but one of its richest citizens has been targeted and killed in Mykolaiv. The region is the focus of a Ukrainian counteroffensive where they are destroying their own bridges in an attempt to weaken Moscow’s supply lines.

World News

What the bin Ladens did next…

There’s been a lot of focus on Prince Charles’s charities of late. In June, the latest was that Charles accepted stacks of cash in shopping bags and suitcases handed over by former Qatari PM Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim. This time, it’s about a £1 million donation from Bakr bin Laden and his brother Shafiq – half-brothers of dead al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden who have no ties to terrorism. And yesterday, the Prince of Wales’ Charitable Fund acknowledged it had received the donation in 2013 after Charles met the men in London. Reports say there were objections from the Prince’s personal advisers and those with the Prince of Wales Charitable Fund who said “it would not be good for anybody” if it emerged that he had accepted the money. But his people say he had nothing to do with it, and accepting the donation was a call made by the charity’s trustees. While there are calls for more transparency, charities in the UK are not required to disclose their supporters.

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China sticks the landing

Last weekend, China launched a Long March 5B rocket carrying the 2nd of 3 modules that China needs to complete its new Tiangong space station. That’s all fine, except the massive main-core stage, which weighs 22.5 tonnes, made an uncontrolled return to Earth yesterday. China didn’t share any information with other nations or space agencies about where the possible debris was set to fall. “All space-faring nations should follow established best practices and do their part to share this type of information in advance,” NASA administrator Bill Nelson said. “Doing so is critical to the responsible use of space and to ensure the safety of people here on Earth.” China said it was closely tracking the debris and that it posed little risk to anyone on the ground – what was left splashed down somewhere in the Indian Ocean near Sarawak in Malaysia. As long as it wasn’t in the Snowy Mountains, which has had its share of space junk recently…


Gold standard drama in the pool

Australia’s top of the Commonwealth Games medal tally by some way – and there have been some standout performances. Emma McKeon drew level with legends Susie O’Neill, Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones to claim 10 Comm Games gold medals – and this morning, she’s won her 11th in the 50m freestyle. After the race, she said she tries her best at every competition. She’s also involved in an ongoing saga with her ex, Kyle Chalmers. McKeon is now dating former popstar/swimmer Cody Simpson, and Chalmers is sick of being asked about it. After a gold medal-winning turn yesterday, Chalmers told the media to back off. Getting back on track, the Aussie women dominated the marathons with Jess Stenson winning in 2:27.31 and Madison de Rozario taking out the women’s T53/54 event in 1:56. In the men’s marathon, electrician Liam Adams missed out on bronze by 7 seconds having led for almost half of the race. So cruel…


Vale Archie Roach

The much-loved musical performer/storyteller/Indigenous activist died on Saturday at 66yo. He came to national attention in 1990 with the song Took the Children Away – music icon Paul Kelly has talked about what it was like to see Roach perform in those days with audiences stunned into silence by his mastery. Roach was a member of the stolen generations – he was taken from his parents at 4yo and placed with a Scottish couple in Melbourne. He took off at 15yo and met his beloved wife Ruby Hunter in Adelaide, but alcoholism and homelessness dominated life for the next 15 years. It was the late 1980s when his music career got on track, and over the next 30 years, he gained global recognition. Roach had a lung removed after a cancer diagnosis a decade ago, but he continued to perform with an oxygen tube. His sons have permitted his name, image, and music to be used so that his legacy can continue to inspire.

Australian News Entertainment

Apropos of Nothing

Several decades after losing his Matchbox Ford Capri as a kid living in Wellington in the UK, Tim Goodwin (who’s since moved to Oz and runs the Post Office in Peak Hill in central NSW) has found it on eBay and bought it back… He blamed his brother for taking his prized toy car, but all’s well that ends well.

Also found thousands of kilometres away is Bob the homing pigeon. The bird somehow crossed the Atlantic Ocean and made it to Alabama after setting off from Guernsey in the Channel Islands. He’s on his way home and will not be racing again…

And if your Monday motivation is flagging, spare a thought for a Chicago resident/syndicate after winning a US$1.337 billion Mega Millions jackpot on the weekend. The pot got so big after 29 consecutive draws without a winner. Imagine the stress of thinking about how to spend all that money…

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9.00pm (AEST) – Commonwealth Games – Netball – Australia v South Africa – Birmingham

Picnic Day public holiday (NT)

Bank holiday in NSW

Property data analysts CoreLogic releases its July home prices report

Switzerland’s national day

Start of World Breastfeeding Week (until 7 August)

Start of Dental Health Week (until 7 August)

Start of Pawgust (for Guide Dogs Australia)

Start of Homelessness Prevention Week (until 7 August)

Birthdays for director Sam Mendes (1965), actor Jason Momoa (1979) and all Aussie horses

Anniversary of:
• English chemist Joseph Priestley discovering oxygen by isolating it in its gaseous state (1774)
• the publication of the first Michelin Guide by the brothers Édouard and André Michelin (1900)
• Mahatma Gandhi founding the Non-Cooperation Movement aiming to end British rule in India (1920)
• the production of the first Jeep car (1941)
• te reo Māori becoming an official language of New Zealand (1987)
• the publication of George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones, the first in his series A Song of Ice and Fire (1996)

2.00am (AEST) – Commonwealth Games – Men’s Hockey – Australia v New Zealand – Birmingham

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