Glencore mine’s ‘deal’ with Indigenous owners called into question, documents reveal

Accidentally published government briefings cast doubt on nature of consultations over a sacred sites agreement

A purported deal struck between the mining company Glencore and Aboriginal traditional owners has been called into question, accidentally published government documents reveal.

The deal, which seeks to almost double the height of a waste rock pile to 140 metres, forms a significant part of Glencore’s proposal to extend its lead and zinc operations in McArthur river in the north-east of the Northern Territory.

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‘Are you yellow?’ Red Symons interview with Beverley Wang prompts ABC apology

Radio personality asks the host of the ABC’s new podcast about race insulting questions, including ‘What’s the deal with Asians?’ and ‘Are they all the same?’

The ABC has apologised for airing an interview in which Melbourne breakfast radio host Red Symons asks the ABC journalist Beverley Wang if she is yellow.

The network removed the interview from its website on Friday after an outcry over Symons’s comments.

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Turkish Islamist push may be to blame for removal of Atatürk inscription at Anzac Cove

Words likening Australia’s dead ‘Johnnies’ to Ottoman ‘Mehmets’ disappear as 1985 Gallipoli monument is restored

The Turkish government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has removed from a revered Anzac Cove memorial the familiar words attributed to Turkey’s founding father, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, likening Australia’s dead “Johnnies” to Ottoman “Mehmets” and welcoming them to rest in his country’s soil.

The renovation of the 1985 monument has heightened suspicions in Australia and Turkey that the refurbished memorial could reflect a growing Islamist interpretation by the Erdoğan administration of Australia’s part in the 1915 British-commanded Anzac invasion of – and later retreat from – Gallipoli.

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Russia investigation: Mike Pence hires personal legal counsel

Pence’s office confirmed he retained Richard Cullen to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller

Vice president Mike Pence has hired outside legal counsel to oversee his response to investigations into possible collusion between Russia and president Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign.

Pence’s office confirmed on Thursday that he retained Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods LLP, to assist him in responding to inquiries by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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