National Reconciliation Week continues today and this year we hear a lot about the Uluru declaration from the heart.
We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about the statement after the government committed to it “in full”, here.
But first, let’s go over the top news you need to know today, Monday, May 30.
1. Dutton becomes the first Queenslander to lead the Liberals.
Former Defense Minister Peter Dutton is set to be the first Queenslander to lead the Liberal Party.
The Dickson MP is tipped as the likely replacement for Scott Morrison when the party meets today, with Sussan Ley seeking to become deputy leader.
Dutton, a former police officer, proved himself for the position of Leader of the Opposition after his nomination.
“In a Prime Minister you need someone who will not back down in difficult times and who will stand up for our country and I have proven that in the portfolios I have had,” he wrote on Facebook. .
“My work ethic is second to none and I have the skills and experience of serving five leaders and learning from each one.”
Dutton also pledges to bring the party back to its core values and represent the ambitious “forgotten people” seen as the nation’s middle class.
“We are not the moderate party. We are not the conservative party. We are liberals,” the message read.
The Nationals will also hold a leadership ballot on Monday.
2. Second man charged with the murder of a Queensland woman.
A second man has been charged with murder after a young woman was shot dead in a home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
Feebie McIntosh, 25, was reportedly shot dead during a heated argument at a Dicky Beach home around 9.30am on Friday.
She was dropped off at Caloundra Base Hospital with a serious gunshot wound to the head and later died from her injuries.
— 7NEWS Australia (@7NewsAustralia) May 29, 2022
A 30-year-old man from Wartulla has been charged with murder and unlawful possession of a weapon. He was denied bail and was taken into custody.
He is due to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court today.
A 30-year-old Narangba has already been charged with murder in the woman’s death on Saturday.
3. Biden visits a Texas school as police admit they made the ‘wrong decision’.
US President Joe Biden visited the Texas town of Uvalde after the country’s deadliest school shooting in a decade.
President and First Lady Jill Biden wiped away tears as they toured the Robb Elementary School memorials where the gunman killed 19 students and two teachers, laying white roses and paying their respects at makeshift shrines to the victims.
“Do something,” chanted a crowd outside Sacred Heart Catholic Church as Biden walked out after attending mass.
“We will,” he replied.
The Bidens also visit families of victims and survivors for several hours before meeting with first responders later.
President Biden wiped away a tear Sunday as he embraced survivors of the Robb Elementary School massacre in Uvalde, Texas. It was his second such trip in nearly two weeks to grieve with families suffering from a mass shooting. https://t.co/tC7tiCDpjm pic.twitter.com/UH4njxquim
— The New York Times (@nytimes) May 29, 2022
Meanwhile, investigators are looking to determine how critical errors were made in the response to the shooting, including why nearly 20 officers remained outside a classroom as eight calls for emergency services emergency were passed from inside the room.
The on-scene commander, the school district police department chief, incorrectly determined at the time that the shooter was barricaded inside and the children were no longer in immediate danger, giving officers time to prepare, McCraw said.
“It was the wrong call, period,” McCraw said, acknowledging that standard law enforcement protocols call for police to immediately confront an active school shooter, rather than wait for backup. or more firepower.
4. “Vital Vigilance” as COVID-19 Deaths Rise.
Deaths from COVID-19 are on the rise again, with Australia recording 88 deaths over the weekend and 363 over the past seven days.
In contrast, daily toll reports in April only exceeded 50 once and were often below 25.
On Sunday, Victoria recorded 16 deaths, Western Australia seven, NSW four, Queensland two and Tasmania one.
We thank everyone who was vaccinated and tested yesterday.
Our hearts go out to those in hospital and to the families of those who have lost their lives.
— VicGovDH (@VicGovDH) May 28, 2022
The number of active virus cases in Australia remains above 300,000 and more than 2,700 patients are recovering in hospitals across the country.
Authorities have again extended emergency powers in Tasmania, where nearly a third of the state has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and there have been nearly 60 deaths this year.
Public Health Director Mark Veitch expects this to be the last time, but says vigilance is key.
“While we expect to emerge from the state of public health emergency by June 30, that does not mean COVID-19 will be over,” he said Sunday.
5. Free flu shots for WA, SA and NSW.
Residents of Western Australia, South Australia and New South Wales will be able to receive a free flu shot in June.
WA residents of all ages can get their free flu shot starting Wednesday at public clinics or participating pharmacies and GPs.
People over the age of five in South Australia can go to their local GP or pharmacy to get their free shot.
“The dual challenge of the wide community spread of COVID-19 and influenza at the same time during the winter threatens to put further strain on a hospital system already facing significant demand,” the premier said on Sunday. -African Peter Malinauskas in a press release.
In New South Wales, flu shots will be free through GPs and pharmacists for those aged five and over in June.
Free flu vaccine ‘blitz’ announced in NSW amid ‘rise in hospitalizations’ https://t.co/sW573MDA9r
— ABC News (@abcnews) May 29, 2022
Queensland has also made flu shots free for everyone aged six months and over, while Victoria is considering a similar arrangement and other states and territories are expected to follow suit.
We’ll be back to bring you more of the best stories throughout the day.
– With the AAP.