One Would Think the Deep triumphs in category for older readers, with Go Home, Cheeky Animals! winning early childhood prize in CBCA prizes
Stories about grief, animals and hiking through the Grampians have taken out the top gongs in this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia book of the year awards.
The fate of the Andrews Government’s controversial fire services reforms remains in the hands of the upper house crossbench after a parliamentary inquiry remained split over how new laws should be handled.
Malcolm Turnbull condemns Barcelona attack and says Australia is united with the people of Spain in fighting such acts
Malcolm Turnbull has condemned the terrorist attack in Barcelona, saying Australia stands in “absolute, resolute solidarity” with the people of Spain in their fight against Islamist terrorism.
He said “our love, our prayers” were with the victims and their families, and Australian consular officials were on their way to Barcelona from Madrid.
State mines minister rejects two applications at reserves west of Cape Tribulation which campaigners say should set a precedent
The “archaic” practice of mining rivers in north Queensland is making a mockery of Australia’s key policy to protect the Great Barrier Reef, wasting multimillion-dollar efforts to cut runoff pollution, its opponents say.
“Instream” mining in Queensland, the only state still allowing the excavation of rivers for gold, tin and silver, is unleashing torrents of fine sediment in one of the reef’s largest catchments.
Ash Barty’s Cincinnati Open campaign comes to an end after she loses in straight sets to former world number one Caroline Wozniacki.
South Australian senator Nick Xenophon is making inquiries with the British Home Office about his citizenship status because his father is from Cyprus, which was a British colony until 1960.
Surgery on an injured shoulder forces Southern Stars skipper Meg Lanning out of this year’s multi-format Women’s Ashes series, starting in October.
The Australian foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, says one woman believed to be from New South Wales is in a serious but stable condition and two young Australian men who were ‘directly affected’ by the fatal van attack in Spain would seek medical help in the morning. Bishop urged all Australians in the area to contact consular authorities to let them know they are safe. The Australian prime minister, Malcolm Turnbull, spoke later of the global battle against terrorism, adding: ‘We stand in absolute resolute solidarity with the people of Spain in the fight against Islamist terrorism.’
Tilley becomes poster boy for ‘alt-right’ after interviewing Charlesville march organiser. Plus, Daily Mail Australia’s Luke McIlveen returns to News Corp
When your interview question is made into a far-right meme, and you become a poster boy for “alt-right” websites, you might need to rethink your approach. But that’s what happened to Triple J’s Hack host, Tim Tilley, this week after he interviewed an organiser of the deadly far-right march in Charlottesville, a chap called Eli Mosley.
Although some critics thought the ABC should not interview anyone with racist views, Tilley’s choice of interviewee is supported by the ABC’s editorial policies in the interests of free speech, and management did back him up.
Friday: Islamic State claims responsibility after van ploughs into crowds in Barcelona. Plus: Donald Trump rails against removal of Confederate statues
Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 18 August.