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- Thorpe storms out of hearing after MP calls her a ‘disgrace to her people’
- Wagner’s leader says 20,000 of his troops died in Bakhmut battle
- Rock legend Tina Turner dead at 83
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Thorpe storms out of hearing after MP calls her a ‘disgrace to her people’
Senator Lidia Thorpe walked out of a parliamentary hearing after being called a disgrace to the Indigenous community by Labor’s assistant minister for Indigenous Australians.
Thorpe and Malarndirri McCarthy, who is also Indigenous, shouted over one another during a Senate estimates conversation about the National Indigenous Australians Agency’s funding of Northern Territory police.
Lidia Thorpe at yesterday’s Senate hearing.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
Thorpe repeatedly asked the federal body’s bureaucrats whether what she called “black money” was being spent on police at the same time youth organisations in the territory lacked funding.
When told about $14 million provided to police to administer community safety programs, Thorpe said: “Disgusting. I am so violated from that answer, I am so disgusted.”
The full story is here.
Wagner’s leader says 20,000 of his troops died in Bakhmut battle
The head of the Russian private army Wagner has again broken with the Kremlin line on Ukraine, saying its goal of demilitarising the country has backfired, acknowledging Russian troops have killed civilians and agreeing with Western estimates that he’s lost more than 20,000 men in the battle for Bakhmut.
Yevgeny Prigozhin said about half of those who died in the eastern Ukrainian city were Russian convicts recruited for the 15-month-old war. His figures stood in stark contrast to Moscow’s widely disputed claims that just over 6000 of its troops were killed throughout the war as of January.
The head of Wagner Group Yevgeny Prigozhin says 20,000 had died in the battle for Bakhmut.Credit: Prigozhin Press Service
By comparison, official Soviet troop losses in the 1979-89 Afghanistan war were 15,000.
Ukraine hasn’t said how many of its soldiers have died since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in February 2022.
Read the full story here, from international wire service AP.
Rock legend Tina Turner dead at 83
Tina Turner, the American-born singer who left a poor farming community and abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time, has died at the age of 83.
She died peacefully after a long illness in her home in Küsnacht near Zurich, Switzerland, her representative said on Wednesday (local time).
Tina Turner began her career in the 1950s during the early years of rock and roll and evolved into an MTV phenomenon.Credit: AP
More details available here.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day. It’s Thursday, May 25.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- Labor and the Coalition joined forces in federal parliament to block a bid to tighten safeguards on major road and rail projects that would reveal more about the $120 billion cost behind the infrastructure projects.
- The ABC’s managing director is concerned about the abuse the broadcaster’s Indigenous staff may face in ahead of the Voice referendum, as he conceded management fell short in supporting presenter Stan Grant.
- Senator Lidia Thorpe walked out of a parliamentary hearing after being called a disgrace to the Indigenous community by Labor’s assistant minister for Indigenous Australians.
- The health minister Mark Butler is concerned about Australian start-ups selling drugs online without doctors ever seeing patients’ faces or fully checking their identity.
Senators Malarndirri McCarthy and Lidia Thorpe clash in Senate estimates.Credit: SMH
- Leading economists and credit agencies say while Victoria’s treasurer took steps in the budget to begin repairing the state’s finances, the debt burden will not “decline meaningfully” soon
- In NSW, Clare Nowland, the 95-year-old woman who was allegedly Tasered by a police officer at her nursing home has died. The police officer has since been charged.
- Rock icon Tina Turner has died at the age of 83. The American-born singer left a poor farming community and abusive relationship to become one of the top recording artists of all time.
- In other overseas news, the head of Russian private army Wagner acknowledged Russian troops killed civilians and that up to 20,000 of his troops died in the battle for Bakhmut.
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