Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says Australia takes full responsibility for its decision to back the US in the Iraq war.
A report on the decisions and military action of countries involved in the Iraq war was released this morning. The Chilcot Inquiry found that Saddam Hussein posed no imminent threat, intelligence was flawed and the legal basis unsatisfactory. Mrs Bishop said the information the Australian government received in 2003 was the best they had at the time. Records show that Former US President George Bush called John Howard to request Australia’s involvement in Iraq. Mr Howard is yet to publicaly apologise.
“The Australian government – both Labor and Liberal – the Australian parliament would take responsibility,” Mrs Bishop told Sunrise this morning.
Coalition three seats away from majority government?
The Coalition now holds 73 seats to Labor’s 66 but still hopes to form a majority government (76 seats). The Liberal Party is leading by 265 votes in Queensland, including gains in Dunkley, Chisholm, and Gilmore. Malcolm Turnbull has already met with Nick Xenophon in Sydney and is expected to sit down with Bob Katter as well as other candidates and members in Brisbane. Bill Shorten will meet with Labor MPs on Friday. Rules dictate the party’s leadership may be challenged if Labor loses an election, however Anthony Albanese said he won’t be challenging Mr Shorten for leadership.
Clients of illegal cosmetic practitioner potentially exposed to blood-borne virus
Clients of an unauthorised Sydney cosmetic practitioner have been urged to consult their doctor for a blood test after potentially being exposed to blood-borne viruses. Ms Pu Liu illegally performed cosmetic surgeries and treatments from her apartment in Five Dock, despite not being a registered practitioner in Australia. Public Health officers raided Ms Liu’s apartment and found injectable drugs that are not approved in Australia and evidence of poor infection control. A client of Ms Liu lodged a complaint to the Health Care Complaints Commission after a botched double eyelid suture procedure. The complaint triggered the raid and Ms Liu has been banned by the HCCC from performing medical or cosmetic procedures. The HCCC said there has been an increased number of complaints regarding cosmetic procedures being performed in residential areas by non-registered practitioners.
Border force rejects claims of unlawfully detaining race car driver
The Australian Boarder Force (ABF) has rejected claims of unlawfully detaining businessman and race car driver Greg Holloway more than 30 times since 2001. Mr Holloway has taken his case to the supreme court, seeking aggravated and exemplary damages. On each of the occasions Mr Holloway was detained he was released without charge, investigation or further action being taken, according to court documents. Mr Holloway has requested access to all ABF documents relating to his detainment, the Commonwealth argued such documents should not be made public for security reasons. The Commonwealth has denied allegations of unlawful detainment. The case is ongoing. – Ashleigh Cant
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