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Renaming monkeypox, renters’ winter struggles, and the latest on Scott Morrison’s secret portfolios

Good morning. It’s Jessica Bahr here with SBS News’ Morning Briefing.

Public submits ideas to rename monkeypox

Poxy McPoxface, TRUMP-22 or Mpox: these are some of the ideas sent in by the public to the There are a couple of reasons WHO is seeking a new name: critics say the name monkeypox is misleading (monkeys were not the original host), and there have also been concerns. Dozens of submissions have now been made from a range of contributors including academics, doctors, and a gay community activist. WHO spokesperson Fadela Chaib said the organisation woult “not come up with a ridiculous name.”

Illness, mould, and a battle to stay warm: Australian tenants’ winter struggle

Illness, mould, and struggling to stay warm are just , a new report has revealed. Advocacy group Better Renting tracked temperature in more than 70 rental homes through June and July and found they were routinely below safe temperature levels. Many renters also struggle with expensive bills, the report says, due to inefficient and costly heaters. Respondents reported getting sick more often, a constant state of worry over energy costs, and an unending battle against mould and damp. And rental rates continue to rise.

Sam* rents a property in metropolitan Sydney and has been struggling to stay warm this winter. Source: Supplied

What’s going on with Scott Morrison’s secret portfolios?

News of former prime minister continued to unfurl throughout the day on Tuesday. In the afternoon, he posted a lengthy Facebook statement where he apologised to his colleagues, and said his secret actions had been made “in good faith” and were a “necessary” measure during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese described the revelations as a “trashing of our democracy”, but former Liberal prime minister John Howard told ABC’s 7.30 program he did not think Mr Morrison – who is still Member for Cook – should exit parliament over the issue.

Union calls for overhaul of ‘broken’ migration, skills systems.

Ahead of September’s jobs and skills summit, the Australian Council of Trade Unions is calling for an The ACTU wants to see workers offered improved wages and conditions before resorting to migration to plug labour gaps. It supports boosting migration if these conditions are met, but also wants better treatment of migrants working in Australia. ACTU president Michele O’Neil labelled Australia’s migration system as “broken”, which she says has led to “neglect and decay” of Australia’s skills and training system.

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