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- Optus boss set to face Senate grilling this morning
- Body of one Israeli hostage recovered, Gaza hospital cut off
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Greens senator slams rushed detainee laws
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young says her party is concerned about how the government handled emergency laws on how to monitor detainees released from indefinite detention.
As this masthead reported, a border protection deal between Labor and the Coalition will impose curfews and electronic monitoring devices on those released following the High Court’s decision.
Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has slammed the government for rushing through emergency legislation.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
“We’re really worried … and concerned on how the government has handled this, the High Court hasn’t even handed down their findings, their reasons,” Hanson-Young told RN Breakfast this morning.
She said if someone was dangerous, or needs to be locked up then it had to be a court’s decision.
“That should be a matter for the courts, not a matter for the minister,” the senator said.
Hanson-Young also slammed how quickly the laws were passed in parliament yesterday.
The haste that this legislation was rushed through is just astounding, and the panicked nature … I’ve read Kim Carr’s comments today, concerned that his old party acted in haste, that it was in a state of panic, that’s absolutely right.
The Labor Party reacted like this, rammed this through at the behest of Peter Dutton and the Liberal Party. Peter Dutton has been fear mongering about this all week and the Labor government couldn’t hold their nerve.”
Dutton dictates terms on quick-fix detainee visa bill
A border protection deal between Labor and the Coalition will impose curfews and electronic monitoring devices on detainees who are released from indefinite detention after days of political fury over threats to community safety.
The federal government struck the deal with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton in a lightning move to pass the new law within 12 hours of its public release and respond to a High Court ruling last week that has forced the release so far of 84 foreigners unable to be deported to other countries.
Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Dan Tehan and Opposition Leader Peter Dutton in parliament on Thursday.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
The government also signalled that another 340 detainees could be released but refused to reveal the reasons each had been detained or the nature of the crimes some had committed, although it previously confirmed the list included three murderers and some sex offenders.
Here are more details on the deal.
Optus boss set to face Senate grilling this morning
Optus boss Kelly Bayer Rosmarin is preparing to defend her leadership publicly after two high-profile disasters within 13 months today.
During the 12-hour network event last week, more than 10 million Australian individuals and businesses were unable to make calls, access the internet or complete transactions.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
She will front a Senate inquiry this morning, with politicians set to demand answers in a two-hour grilling to be chaired by Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young.
The public mood against Optus remains one of acute anger and a source, close to Optus who is not authorised to speak publicly, said that Bayer Rosmarin had spent much of the past week calling the telco’s small business customers to personally apologise for the outage.
The outage came just over a year after Optus fell victim to cyberattack that compromised the data of millions of Australians, and caused the Medicare, licence and passport numbers of 10,000 customers to be stolen and leaked online.
Learn more about what questions Hanson-Young is to ask the chief executive here.
Body of one Israeli hostage recovered, Gaza hospital cut off
In an update to the Israel-Hamas war, Palestinian medics said they are afraid for the lives of hundreds of patients and medical staff at Gaza’s biggest hospital, cut off from all links to the outside world for more than a day after Israeli forces entered.
The body of Yehudit Weiss, one of around 240 hostages taken by Hamas gunmen when they stormed into southern Israel on October 7 was recovered by troops in a building near Al Shifa hospital in Gaza, Israel’s military said.
Israeli soldiers in the grounds of Al Shifa hospital in Gaza City.Credit: IDF via AP
It said the body had been identified by forensic examiners and the family had been informed.
Israel said its commandos were still searching through Al Shifa hospital overnight, more than a day after they entered its grounds as part of an offensive Israel says aims to wipe out Hamas militants in the Palestinian enclave.
“The operation is shaped by our understanding that there is well-hidden terrorist infrastructure in the complex,” an Israeli official said, declining to be identified.
Here’s more on the situation, from Reuters and AP.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
It’s Friday, November 17. I’m Caroline Schelle, 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:
- Optus boss Kelly Bayer Rosmarin will be questioned about the telco’s outage in front of a Senate committee today.
- Whistleblower David McBride has lost his appeal to overturn a judge’s ruling he couldn’t argue he was duty-bound to disobey military orders, which could lead to a guilty plea.
- The federal government struck the deal with Opposition Leader Peter Dutton in their haste to pass the new law within 12 hours of its public release.
- The new head of the Productivity Commission Danielle Wood says she won’t allow big reports about improving our standard of living gather dust on shelves.
- Gregory Andrews was once an Australian high commissioner, now he is starving himself and says he won’t give up until the government meets five demands for climate change action.
- Independent senator Lidia Thorpe says she spent months living out of a suitcase in “exile” due to far-right threats.
- And in overseas news, the UK prime minister announced an “emergency” law to overcome the British Supreme Court’s ruling that his plan to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda was unlawful.
- Meanwhile, theUS and China have agreed to work together to stabilise their relationship and re-establish military communications to avoid the risk of an unwanted conflict.
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