Good morning. It’s Monday 13 June 2022, and here’s a round-up of the latest news.
Ash Barty and Shane Warne recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours list
Leaders who were at the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, such as former chief medical officer Brendan Murphy, Queensland Governor Jeannette Young and NSW Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant are also among the 669 Australians who have been recognised in the Order of Australia Honours.
Australian sporting greats Ash Barty and Shane Warne.
In a statement to SBS News Ms Young said: “I am eternally grateful to my family and to the many who supported me through my early days in Rockhampton as a single mother – without their support, I would not be where I am today.”
As well as expressing gratitude, Ms Young acknowledged the work of Australia’s unsung heroes.
Richard Marles meets Chinese counterpart in Singapore
The meeting lasted more than an hour.
Mr Marles says the relationship with China is complex, and these talks were just a good start.
Fiji says climate change bigger concern than Europe war
Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu said the war in Ukraine and geopolitical tensions between China and the United States is of lesser concern to Pacific Island nations.
“The single greatest threat to our very existence is climate change. It threatens our very hopes and dreams of prosperity.”
US gun control
Measures which won support include tougher background checks for buyers under the age of 21 and cracking down on illegal gun purchases.
President Joe Biden urged politicians to pass the proposals quickly, but says he still wants to see reform go even further with a ban on assault rifles.
Ireland’s Sinn Fein says UK is set to break international law
Northern Ireland is part of the UK, but has effectively operated as part of the EU trading bloc since Brexit.
Ms McDonald claims the government of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is acting without the approval of most British people on this matter.
Parramatta Eels and Canterbury Bulldogs go head to head
With New South Wales a strong possibility to make changes to their lineup for game two of the State of Origin series after losing game one, Graham says Talakai and Hynes are both willing and able if their state wants to give them a callup.