Good morning, this is Akash Arora with the SBS News morning briefing.
Nancy Pelosi arrives in Taiwan despite Chinese warnings
Days after China’s foreign ministry threatened “serious consequences” if the speaker of the US House of Representatives makes a trip to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. Ms. Pelosi landed at Songshan Airport in Taipei, where she was met by Taiwanese Foreign Minister Joseph Wu. “Our Congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan is a testament to America’s unwavering commitment to supporting Taiwan’s vibrant democracy,” Ms. Pelosi said shortly after landing. “We cannot stand by as the CCP continues to threaten Taiwan and democracy itself,” she said, referring to the Chinese Communist Party.
David Pocock vows to champion accessibility and inclusion in first speech
used his first speech in parliament to highlight his passion for “accessibility and inclusion”. Ahead of the speech, the former Wallabies player asked if he could have an Auslan interpreter beside him on the Senate floor, a request that was denied by both major parties. Mr Pocock called the decision “disappointing”. The government allowed Auslan interpreter Amanda Dolacey to interpret from the broadcast studio in Parliament House and appear on the big screens in the hall and on the live screen. “I understand that the difference between Mandy over there in the broadcast studio and here on the floor of the camera is the difference between accessibility and engagement,” Mr. Pocock said. “Today we reached the first, but not the second. I hope we can achieve both in the future.”
Hundreds of people protest against the closure of the Redfern center in Sydney
Hundreds of community members gathered outside the National Indigenous Center of Excellence (NCIE) at Redfern in Sydney on Tuesday after it was announced that . A number of speakers expressed their views on the announcement. Yousef Dean, CEO of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council, attended the protest and explained their decisions to the crowd. “[The centre] was funded by $2 million a year in debt,” he said. Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney has “strongly urged” the two Aboriginal organizations to work out a solution after derailing discussions that led to the closure of Sydney’s much-loved social enterprise.
Why wearing masks still matters
People are not required by law to wear face masks in Australia, but. Victoria’s Chief Medical Officer Brett Sutton said we are now in “COVID soup” and there is a lot of transmission around. “There is one opinion among public health experts in Australia, among all the chief medical officers, the chief medical officer at the federal level, the CDC [US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]WHO [World Health Organisation]European CDC, the public health association in Canada, he said. — They all say the same thing about masks — [masks] put downward pressure on the transmission.”