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Paul Gallagher

Morning Mail: PwC warning, Rolf Harris dies, Lidia Thorpe hits out at ‘deceptive’ quotes

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PricewaterhouseCoopers was warned after making unsolicited proposals for more work from the Australian agriculture department. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Good morning. Our top story focuses on revelations that consultancy firm PwC was warned over its use of confidential information it had gleaned from high-level meetings at a government department. Rolf Harris, the Australian entertainer and artist convicted of child abuse, has died in Britain aged 93 (he died two weeks ago but the news was just made public). And academic journals are being urged to take action after researchers with links to tobacco fail to declare potential conflicts of interest.


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Senator Lidia Thorpe has described a no group’s use of her quotes as ‘underhanded’. Photograph: Martin Ollman/Getty Images


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Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich appears at a court in Moscow in April. Photograph: Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images

Full Story

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Jarrad Antonovich and Natasha Lechner died after kambo therapies Composite: Supplied

The deaths shining a light on alternative therapies

An alternative therapy and poison called kambo is linked to the deaths of two Australians. The deaths, subject to coronial inquiries, have raised questions about how kambo is used and why people are seeking it out. Joe Hinchliffe speaks to Jane Lee about the origins of this natural alternative therapy and concerns about its use.


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Anne Davies: ‘It took us about 30 seconds to realise it was a fake.’ Composite: AAP

As part of our Ten years of Guardian Australia series, investigative reporter Anne Davies spills all about Angus Taylor and the doctored document mystery. The then federal energy minister wrote to Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore in 2019, accusing her of driving up emissions by spending $15m on travel in a year. But it all quickly unravelled when questions were raised about the legitimacy of the document at the heart of his claims.

Not the news

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The new Disney+ show The Clearing is a psychological thriller based in a novel by JP Pomare. Photograph: Narelle Portanier

The Clearing, a new eight-part series on Disney+, is based on the true story of a cult that operated in the shadows of regional Victoria from the 60s to the 80s. Members joined for the promise of spiritual fulfilment but were made to take dangerous amounts of LSD and had every aspect of their lives controlled. Actor Guy Pearce and co-director Jeffrey Walker speak about the chilling inspiration behind the series – and protecting the show’s young actors from traumatic moments.

The world of sport

Geraint Thomas celebrates at the podium after stage 16
Geraint Thomas celebrates at the podium after stage 16. Photograph: Tim de Waele/Getty Images

Media roundup

New modelling shows more aggressive spending on renewable energy, carbon capture and hydrogen is needed to keep Australia’s 2050 net-zero emissions target alive, reports the Age. The Canberra Times highlights research suggesting that veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder could be more prone to gut-related health problems.

What’s happening today

  • Diplomacy | India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, is due to attend Admiralty House for bilateral talks with Anthony Albanese as part of his official visit to Australia.

  • Canberra | The inquiry into ACT police handling of allegations against Bruce Lehrmann continues.

  • Western Australia | The Australian Financial Review’s inaugural mining summit begins in Perth.

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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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