It’s 12 o’clock, I’m Indira Lubis…
And I’m Gianni Francis.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is meeting with world leaders during the United Nations General Assembly in New York, as a dispute with France over the AUKUS deal continues.
Australia blind-sided France last week…after Canberra announced the scrapping of a 90-billion dollar submarine contract in favour of nuclear-powered subs from the US…without consulting French president Emmanuel Macron.
Acting prime minister Barnaby Joyce said it was understandable for the French to be angry over the lack of transparency…but Australian national security was more important than a single contract.
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BEG: “We have to look to the protection…
END: …with the French.”
Staying with the UN general assembly, Kpop boyband BTS has represented South Korea at the summit…delivering an encouraging message for fans to get their COVID-19 jabs.
Rapper Kim Namjoon said their generation had felt lost and bewildered…by the setbacks of the past 18 months.
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(Korean, then…) We thought the world had stopped but it continues to move forward. I believe every choice we make is the beginning of change, not the end. I hope that in this nascent new world, we can all say to each other ‘welcome’.
b/a Last week, the UN appointed K-pop girl group BLACKPINK as ambassadors for its Sustainable Development Goals.
Back home now and La Trobe University… has implemented a two-stage plan which will see only fully vaccinated staff and students back on campus.
The university plans to re-open in December… once state vaccination goals have been met.
Staff and students who remain unvaccinated by choice… may not be allowed on site, to reduce the risk of any potential outbreaks.
La Trobe Professor of Public Health HASSAN VALLEY says… these measures are to protect the health and safety of everyone at the university.
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I think we’re being asked to do very challenging things at this time and you know this is one of those situations where there are risks associated with coming together, but the consequences of something going wrong in that situation could be significant.
Now to sport…here’s Rebecca Borg.
Thanks Indira…This year’s AFL Grand Final Sprint will be a local playoff between W-A participants at Perth’s Optus Stadium.
The state’s strict COVID-19 restrictions only permits four players from West Coast and Fremantle to go head to head… in the race to be the fastest in the west.
Moving on…and Tokyo gold medallist Madison Wilson faces a new battle after testing positive for COVID-19.
The fully-vaccinated Australian swimmer was forced to withdraw from Italy’s International Swim League competition… and has been admitted to hospital for observation.
And in NBL… the New Zealand Breakers have ended Tai Webster’s contract following the player’s refusal to get vaccinated against coronavirus.
While the NBL have not mandated vaccines for basketball players, unvaccinated ones could face travel restrictions when visiting Australia for away games.
That’s a look at the day in sport – I’m Rebecca Borg.
This has been the 1 o’clock news with Gianni Francis…
And Indira Lubis.