- Push to substantially increase regional Australia’s population
- Heckler arrested after shouting ‘sick old man’ at Prince Andrew
- Albanese pushed to pass ‘urgent’ integrity reforms
- Huge crowds swamp Edinburgh as royal siblings stand vigil
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Push to substantially increase regional Australia’s population
Some of the nation’s biggest companies are backing a push to substantially increase regional Australia’s population over the coming decade.
The Commonwealth and National Australia banks, Woolworths and Australia Post are among the businesses supporting the Regional Australia Institute’s target of 11 million people living outside capital cities by 2032.
Geelong has absorbed much of the flow of residents leaving Melbourne. Credit:Justin McManus
The population outside Australia’s major cities is projected to grow from 9.5 million people in 2021 to 10.5 million in a decade.
The Regional Australia Institute is calling for a population increase of 500,000 above those projections, which it argues would deliver $13.8 billion in economic benefits to the nation by 2032.
More on the proposal here.
Heckler arrested after shouting ‘sick old man’ at Prince Andrew
A man has been arrested after shouting at Prince Andrew as the Queen’s disgraced son walked behind the late monarch’s coffin during a procession in Edinburgh.
The man, who later identified himself to Scottish media as “Rory”, positioned himself in the front row of the huge crowds that had gathered to watch the Queen’s flag-draped coffin travel through the city to St Giles’ Cathedral, where her body is now lying-in-state.
The Queen’s four children – King Charles III, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, Prince Andrew, the Duke of York and Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex – were walking behind the coffin when the man repeatedly shouted: “Andrew, you’re a sick old man”.
Andrew was stripped of royal duties, military affiliations and patronages following a disastrous 2019 television interview in which he attempted to defend his friendship with the convicted late paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
The Queen’s son has also claimed that a photograph of him with Virginia Giuffre, who alleges she was forced to have sex with the prince on three occasions when she was 17, was faked.
Read the full story here.
Albanese pushed to pass ‘urgent’ integrity reforms
Independent MPs are urging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to honour his election pledge to pass laws this year to create a national integrity commission amid growing fears he will miss the deadline and deliver a weaker watchdog than they want.
Concern at the delay has spread among crossbench MPs after the government suspended Parliament to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II, fuelling a row over the power of the new commission to combat corruption.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, at a press conference yesterday, said his commitment was to introduce integrity legislation this year.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen
Advocates for the new commission have also called on Albanese to ensure the federal agency cannot only investigate public officials, but also third parties such as individuals who bribe or corrupt those in government.
More on this issue here.
Huge crowds swamp Edinburgh as royal siblings stand vigil
As regular readers of this blog will know, our Europe correspondent has been in Scotland to witness the Queen’s coffin make its way from her beloved Balmoral to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh.
Her oak casket has now been moved to St Giles’ Cathedral. There, members of the public are being allowed to file past to pay their respects.
Here’s a taste of Rob Harris’ latest story:
To near-silence the Queen’s coffin journeyed up Royal Mile. Four siblings, united in grief, walked slowly behind, their faces drawn and grim.
Tens of thousands mourners solemnly watched as King Charles III, dressed in ceremonial military uniform, carried a baton presented to him by the late Queen when he became Field Marshal a decade ago. Beside him strolled sister Anne, the Princess Royal, along with Andrew, the Duke of York and Edward, the Earl of Wessex.
Such was the crowd’s focus, former British prime minister Gordon Brown walked past without anyone raising an eyebrow.
Read the full piece here.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning and thanks for your company.
It’s Tuesday, September 13. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started.
- The Queen’s oak casket has now been moved to St Giles’ Cathedral, writes Europe correspondent Rob Harris. King Charles III, Princess Anne and Prince Andrew walked behind the hearse. Members of the public will now be allowed to file past the oak casket to pay their respects.
- Meanwhile, a man has been arrested after shouting at Andrew during the procession. He was wearing a Melbourne City FC shirt and labelled the prince a “sick old man”. Latika Bourke has the full story.
- In other news, David Crowe reports that independent MPs are urging Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to honour his election pledge to pass integrity laws this year. The PM is up on breakfast radio later. Stay tuned.
- And Benjamin Preiss writes that some of the nation’s biggest companies are backing a push to substantially increase regional Australia’s population over the coming decade.
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