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The Guardian - AU
Martin Farrer

Morning Mail: nationwide vigils mourn Cassius Turvey, fresh Covid warning, Qantas scoops a Shonky award

Mourners hold a candlelight vigil in Brisbane last night for teenager Cassius Turvey
Mourners hold a candlelight vigil in Brisbane last night for teenager Cassius Turvey, who was allegedly murdered in Perth last month. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

Morning, everyone. From Perth to Sydney, and from Melbourne to Darwin, Australians took to the streets of their towns, cities and remote communities last night to honour the Indigenous schoolboy Cassius Turvey, who was allegedly murdered in Perth. “We’re here in support and solidarity,” one woman at the Sydney event told our reporter in a sentiment matched by thousands of others across the country. Plus, if you haven’t had your Covid booster yet, officials in NSW are expected to urge you to do so today before a new wave of infections. We’ve also got smart reporting and analysis on what’s happening in the housing and rental markets.


NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant speaks to the media
NSW chief health officer Dr Kerry Chant speaks to the media. Photograph: Bianca de Marchi/AAP
  • Covid warning | A new wave of Covid-19 infections driven by two Omicron variants are set to hit NSW, the state’s chief health officer, Dr Kerry Chant, will warn today, with transmission of the virus predicted to increase in coming weeks. Here’s what we know about the new subvariants.

  • Cassius vigils | Mechelle Turvey told a vigil in Perth that her son Cassius was the “heart and soul of the community” as vigils in towns and cities across the country remembered the 15-year-old who was killed last month. A 21-year-old man has been charged with his murder.

  • Class action | The Australian government has been ordered to negotiate a settlement with more than 100 Indonesians who say in a class action that they were wrongly imprisoned as adult people smugglers when they were children.

  • Tax backing | A majority of Australians, including Coalition voters, support taxing the super profits of the booming oil and gas industry, according to the 15th annual Climate of the Nation survey of voters.

  • Shonky service | Qantas has been dubbed the “spirit of disappointment” by the consumer watchdog group Choice in its annual Shonky awards in the wake of a wave of passenger complaints this year about poor service.


Benjamin Netanyahu hugs his wife Sara
Benjamin Netanyahu hugs his wife Sara. Photograph: Ammar Awad/Reuters

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Mourners at a candlelight vigil for Cassius Turvey in Brisbane last night
Mourners at a candlelight vigil for Cassius Turvey in Brisbane last night. Photograph: Dan Peled/Getty Images

Remembering Cassius Turvey

As thousands pay tribute to the WA schoolboy Cassius Turvey, Indigenous affairs reporter Sarah Collard speaks to the 15-year-old’s mother about the powerful impact her son made on those around him – and the family’s pursuit of justice.


New dwelling purchase price rises account for as much of annual inflation as all services price rises Photograph: ABS

House prices are beginning to fall and we can expect inflation to ease as a result. So does the Reserve Bank really need to keep hiking rates? Greg Jericho crunches the numbers. At the same time, record rental price growth is easing but the market is unlikely to swing in favour of tenants any time soon, while negative gearing will cost taxpayers $20bn a year within a decade.

Not the news

Scout Boxall
Scout Boxall Photograph: Supplied

From an imaginary robotic arm to transport the Queen’s coffin around the queues of mourners, to a clip of James Gandolfini on Sesame Street, Scout Boxall shares the 10 funniest things they have ever seen on the internet.

The world of sport

Virat Kohli of India and his team mates celebrate victory over Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval
Virat Kohli of India and his team mates celebrate victory over Bangladesh at Adelaide Oval. Photograph: Matt Turner/AAP

Media roundup

ATO data shows that almost 800 public companies paid no tax in 2020-21, the ABC reports, while the Australian says the treasurer, Jim Chalmers, is taking a forensic approach to tax concessions to see how he can fix the budget. The inquiry into the escape of five lions from their enclosure at Sydney’s Taronga zoo will focus on an “integrity” issue with the fence, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. And the Herald Sun says Labor is plotting a “risky preference deal with Greens” in the state election.

What’s happening today

  • Press Club | The social services minister, Amanda Rishworth, is speaking at the National Press Club.

  • Election inquiry | The committee inquiry into the 2022 federal election in Canberra will hear from the Labor and Greens national secretaries and the Nationals NSW state director, Climate 200 and a First Nations roundtable.

  • Women’s rugby league | Australia get their World Cup under way with a group game against the Cook Islands in York.

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And, finally, here are the Guardian’s crosswords to keep you entertained throughout the day – with plenty more on the Guardian’s Puzzles app for iOS and Android. Until tomorrow.

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