Libs make Bragg preselection call
The state liberals will have just two female MPs in the lower house of parliament after former party staffer Jack Batty was overwhelmingly approved last night to replace the outgoing Vickie Chapman in a pre-selection match.
It is clear that behind closed doors, senior figures from the moderate wing of the party had strongly advocated Bragg preselectors to support a woman in the vote.
But that plea was ignored with Batty, a mainstay of a moderate faction who has worked for former federal minister Christopher Pyne and Australian High Commissioner to the UK George Brandis, winning in a landslide.
He got 113 votes, while his closest rival, attorney Melissa Jones, got just 33. Highly touted businesswoman Cara Miller got 12 votes, while Sandy Biar — the Australian Republican Movement national director, former adviser to ex-minister Stephen Wade and one-time Australian Democrat candidate — got just eight.
Miller’s political aspirations continued to be haunted by an ongoing dispute with her late husband’s family over his estate, an issue previously raised during her previous failed pre-selection bid in Waite, as revealed by InDaily last year.
Chelsey Potter, a prominent former staffer and whistleblower against alleged sexual assault, was barred from taking part in the vote, but is expected to decide soon whether to run as an independent candidate.
With Chapman’s departure, only two Liberal women remain in the House of Representatives: Penny Pratt and Ashton Hurn, both of whom were elected in March.
Adelaide weather abates after a weekend soak
The Bureau of Meteorology has withdrawn a severe weather warning for the Adelaide metropolitan area after a massive rainstorm over the weekend.
It comes after the BoM’s Adelaide (Glen Osmond) station registered 54.8mm of rain on Sunday, while Adelaide (West Terrace) received 43mm of rain.
The 43mm on West Terrace yesterday represents about 60 percent of the station’s average annual rainfall in June.
The downpour closed part of Greenhill Road south of the park to eastbound traffic due to flooding.
Cudlee Creek Road in Cudlee Creek was also temporarily closed due to a landslide near the Hannaford Road intersection. The case reopened around 7:20 p.m. on Sunday, police said.
The SES responded to about 90 incidents on Sunday, including overnight flooding in the Burnside Village shopping center in the eastern suburbs.
The BoM this morning withdrew a severe weather warning in effect for the Adelaide metro region.
Maximum temperatures in the urban area will remain around 14 degrees for the rest of the week.
The latest bout of wild weather comes just a week after a ‘mini-tornado’ hit the Salisbury area, damaging some 65 properties and leaving more than 4,000 homes without power.
Birmingham gets foreign affairs in new Lib front bench
Senior South Australian Liberal Simon Birmingham has been given the Foreign Affairs portfolio by opposition leader Peter Dutton’s shadow ministry.
In the role, Birmingham will shadow South Australian Labor Senator and Foreign Secretary Penny Wong.
Birmingham said it “looks forward to the opportunity to contribute to this crucial policy space”.
“Australia’s foreign policy institutions enjoy significant bipartisan support,” he said on Facebook.
“We should try to engage the world with one voice wherever possible and, where necessary, I look forward to working constructively with Secretary of State Penny Wong.”
Dutton yesterday announced the coalition’s front bench after its defeat in the May 21 election.
The 24-member team is made up of 10 women, including another South Australian Senator, Anne Ruston, who has been given the portfolio of health and aged care.
Ruston was former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s pick for the role should the coalition win last month’s election.
Former Energy Secretary Angus Taylor was given the coveted role of shadow treasurer.
Albanian meets Indonesian president
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says he wants to strengthen relations not just with Indonesia, but with the entire region, as he arrived in Jakarta ahead of important talks.
Albanians will meet with Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday to discuss trade, climate and regional issues.
Arriving in Jakarta on Sunday evening, the prime minister said strengthening ties with Indonesia is critical amid mounting tensions in the Indo-Pacific.
“We want to strengthen the relationship with Indonesia, but also with Southeast Asia we see ASEAN at the center of the region,” he told reporters upon arrival in the Indonesian capital.
“Lately, I think there’s some evidence that we need to strengthen that relationship.”
The Prime Minister will be traveling with a large Australian delegation, including Foreign Secretary Penny Wong, Commerce Secretary Don Farrell, Industry Secretary Ed Husic and Darwin MP Luke Gosling.
He will also be joined by 11 prominent Australian business leaders, including Telstra chief executive Andrew Penn, Commonwealth Bank chief executive Matt Comyn and Business Council of Australia chief executive Jennifer Westacott.
Albanian starts his first full day in Indonesia with a business breakfast before going one-on-one with President Widodo.
The meetings come as China tries to convince Pacific island nations to join a regional security partnership.
The Prime Minister will also meet with ASEAN Secretary General Dato Lim Jock Hoi, before taking part in a wreath-laying ceremony and then a business dinner.
On the last day of the Prime Minister’s visit to Indonesia, he will fly to Makassar in the east of the country on Tuesday.
Queen makes surprising appearance to end anniversary party
Queen Elizabeth says she has been “humbled and deeply moved” by the number of people coming out to celebrate her platinum anniversary, as she made a surprise appearance to cap off four days of festivities marking her 70th anniversary in Britain. mark throne.
Tens of thousands of people have attended street parties or cheered on parades through central London, while millions watched a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace which was broadcast live on television.
In her message to the nation, she thanked the public for their well wishes and the role they had played.
“When it comes to how to celebrate 70 years as your queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I am humbled and deeply moved that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my platinum anniversary she said in a statement on Sunday.
The Queen herself had to miss some of the big events due to mobility issues, but was able to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace on Sunday to wave to cheering crowds during Sunday’s final of the celebrations.
“While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart was with all of you; and I remain committed to serving you as best I can, supported by my family,” she said.
“I have been inspired by the kindness, joy and kinship that has been so evident in the past few days, and I hope this newfound sense of togetherness will be felt for many years to come.”
Rafael Nadal wins 14th French Open title
Rafael Nadal has beaten Casper Ruud to win a record-lengthening 14th French Open trophy and extend his lead at the top of the list of men’s Grand Slam champions.
The Spaniard, who turned 36 on Friday, defeated Norwegian Ruud 6-3 6-3 6-0 on a balmy Sunday afternoon in Paris to ensure he won a slam slam every time he reached the final on the clay court.
By lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires again, Nadal is halfway through the Grand Slam calendar for the first time in his career after winning the opening major of the year at the Australian Open.
The win gave Nadal a record 22nd slam, putting him twice more than Serbian No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Switzerland’s Roger Federer in the men’s race for most major titles.
Like his lead up to the Melbourne Park major, Nadal arrived at Roland Garros with lingering doubts about his fitness after suffering a rib stress fracture and a chronic foot injury.
But Nadal, who passed compatriot Andres Gimeno as the oldest Roland Garros men’s singles champion, proved once again that even at less than 100 percent, he is still a mountain too steep to conquer on the red clay of Roland Garros.
Nadal said he will play Wimbledon later this month if his body allows it.
“I’ll go to Wimbledon when my body is ready to play Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament I want to miss,” he said after the match.
“Wimbledon is a priority, always has been a priority. If I can play with anti-inflammatories, yes.
“To play with anesthesia injections, I don’t want to put myself in that position again. It may happen once, but no, it’s not the philosophy of life I want to follow.
“Let’s see. I’m always a positive guy and always expect things to go well. Let’s have faith, be positive and see what’s going on.”
– With AAP and Reuters
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