South China Sea: UK could send aircraft carrier to back Australian vessels

Australian and British ministers hold talks amid rising tension over Beijing’s militarisation in disputed waters

Australia and the UK are discussing plans for the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth to be sent to the Pacific amid tensions over China’s militarisation in the South China Sea.

The Australian defence minister, Marise Payne, and the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, have discussed joint naval operations in the Pacific region with the UK defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, during their visit this week.

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Trump says NFL players who kneel for anthem shouldn’t play or be paid

  • President ‘can’t believe’ NFL anthem debate remains in play
  • Trump proposes two-step punishment for players who kneel

President Donald Trump is once again inserting himself into the culture war over protests by NFL athletes during the national anthem.

Trump tweeted on Friday that he “can’t believe” the debate has reignited after the Associated Press reported on the Miami Dolphins formally telling players they could be punished for protesting on the field. The NFL and NFL Players Association said in a joint statement Thursday night they were halting enforcement of all anthem rules while they work out a solution.

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Homos where the heart is: youth, queerness and the quest for belonging – in pictures

Securing suitable housing in Australia’s major cities can be challenging for young people, and it’s a challenge that’s compounded for young queer people. Whether they’ve moved back in with parents, made friends who have become a new family, or just found a place that feels safe, Charlotte Swinburn’s photographs show young members of the queer community finding houses to call home

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Juries are often prejudiced, just like society. Should we get rid of them? | Bri Lee

Getting rid of juries would give some relief to victims of sexual assault, but it wouldn’t solve the real problem

The first mistake people often make when they talk about juries is to say that they’re necessary and important because they’ve “always” been part of the justice system. As though 1) the justice system doesn’t grow and change, and 2) the way it’s always been is the way it needs to be. There’s a lot wrong with Australia’s current jury system, but more importantly, there’s a lot of simple, easy stuff we can do that would go a long way to fixing it.

When jury trials first started in Australia, only land-owning men of a certain means would be called for duty. Criminal laws (and therefore laws around juries) are legislated by state, not federally, in Australia. Queensland was the first state to allow women to serve on juries, and that was back in 1924, but according to the state library of Queensland’s archives, the first female juror wasn’t actually empanelled until 1945. Victoria didn’t catch on until 1975, and when women first started serving on juries, the Sydney Morning Herald reported they were being paid nine shillings a day compared with men receiving 16 shillings and twopence per day.

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