‘Father of Reconciliation’ Patrick Dodson to be Indigenous Affairs minister under Labor | SBS News
Patrick Dodson will be Bill Shorten’s Indigenous Affairs minister if Labor wins power, making him the inaugural First Australian to hold the role.
“It is my sincere hope that all things being equal, if we win an election, Pat Dodson will be a minister in a Labor government,” Mr Shorten said addressing a community barbecue on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory.
“For the first time ever in the history of this country, we will have a First Australian in charge of Indigenous Affairs in Canberra,” he said.
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He would then select the portfolios they receive.
Mr Shorten’s comments represent a strong message to the caucus about his desire for Senator Dodson to enter cabinet. Bill Shorten says he’d ask Patrick Dodson, left, to take over Indigenous affairs portfolio, if Labor wins. AAP
“He is my uncle in advising me about how to get the best deal possible for First Australians,” Mr Shorten said.
“(But) there’s plenty of water to go under the bridge.”
Senator Dodson, dubbed the ‘the Father of Reconciliation’, entered parliament in April 2016.
He currently chairs a parliamentary committee examining constitutional recognition.
He received the Sydney Peace Prize 2008.
The Opposition Leader also used his visit to the Tiwi Islands to pledge to give more power to Indigenous communities and organisations, saying “paternalism” and “top down” approaches had failed.
“We want to try something different if we get elected,” he said.
“We want to try bottom up control.
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During the event Mr Shorten sat next to Robert Tipungwuti – a Tiwi Islands traditional owner.
Mr Tipungwuti previously played Aussie Rules alongside Senator Pat Dodson for the St Mary’s club.
Mr Shorten was treated to a welcoming dance with Tiwi Islanders performing a traditional shark dance, boat dance and ladies canoe dance. Source AAP
Notre Dame beekeeper waits to learn fate of his 18,000 bees – NBC News
World Notre Dame beekeeper waits to learn fate of his 18,000 bees Nicolas Géant said it had always been his dream to keep bees on the roof of “the most beautiful church in the world.” April 16, 2019 01:37 Breaking News Emails Get breaking news alerts and special reports. The news and stories that matter, delivered weekday mornings. SUBSCRIBE April 17, 2019, 10:14 PM GMT / Updated April 18, 2019, 6:14 AM GMT By Saphora Smith and Richard Engel PARIS — The beekeeper of Notre Dame Cathedral is in limbo waiting to hear the fate of his 18,000 bees after the devastating fire that tore through the church. Nicolas Geant. Courtesy Nicolas Geant Nicolas Géant is hoping that the bees, that live in hives on the roof of the sacristy, survived the inferno. “If you look at the photos from the sky, you see that everything is burnt, there are holes in the roof, but you can still see the three beehives,” Géant, 51, told NBC News on Wednesday. Géant — who keeps bees across France and in California — has been unable to check on the colonies since the fire broke out Monday ravaging the world-famous cathedral. “The policemen and firemen won’t let me go up there,” he said with frustration. The investigation into the fire continued Wednesday with no more clues as to how the fire broke out. More details as to the extent of the damage inside the cathedral’s magnificent stone walls trickled out, with firefighters warning that there is still a real risk that the building might collapse. At least 60 fire personnel are currently onsite and monitoring for any “hot spots” that could weaken the already ravaged structure, Lt. Col. Gabriel Plus told reporters at a press conference Wednesday. April 17, 2019 01:48 But there is still no news of the bees. Géant said he has been flooded with messages from all around the world asking if the insects had survived the fire. “I will try again tomorrow,” he said. The bee-enthusiast said it had always been his dream to keep bees on the roof of “the most beautiful church in the world” and in 2012 that dream came true. “There is a historic relationship between bees and the church, for a long time they used the wax from the bees to make the candles,” he explained. The beekeeper is not the only person connected to Notre Dame who is struggling to move on after the fire destroyed a piece of their life. Olivier De Châlus, the chief tour guide at the cathedral, struggled Wednesday to look at the wreckage without welling up. “It is my home,” he said, standing on the banks of the Seine River. “This church is really a friend for me, I know the church as you can know a person — I spent so much time going to look at her and to find all the details that no one ever saw before,” he said. Châlus, who is also working on a doctorate on the medieval construction of Notre Dame, said that for seven hours, he could not tear his eyes away from the burning cathedral. The next day, it took him four hours to muster the courage to walk through the doors and see the damage. “This church is my life, it’s my parish first, it’s the place I work as a guide,” he said. Olivier De Chalus. Saphora Smith / NBC News On walking through the front doors of the cathedral, Châlus said he felt the wind rush up against his back, down the cathedral and through the hole in the roof. “It was like the wind of ruins,” he said. He noticed that the light had changed because of the gaping hole in the roof and he saw water all over the floor, which reflected the light from the sky. “The color of the walls were pale like the face of someone who had just died,” he said. As evening turned to night on the Left Bank of the Seine, people continued to mill around the cathedral. Some took photos, others sat on café terraces enjoying the mild April air. And on a bridge facing the most damaged end of the cathedral, five people sang choral music in tribute to this architectural triumph. Saphora Smith Saphora Smith is a London-based reporter for NBC News Digital. Richard Engel Richard Engel has been NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent since 2008. Marc Smith and Jack Losh contributed.
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Fox News’ Chris Wallace calls out Barr for transparently playing defense for Trump
Fox News’ Chris Wallace calls out Barr for transparently playing defense for Trump April 18, 2019
Fox News’ Chris Wallace thinks Attorney General William Barr sounds a lot like a counselor to the president right about now.
The Fox anchor spoke after Barr’s press conference about the impending release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, noting that the attorney general got into a “curious area” when he sympathetically talked about Trump’s frustrations with the Mueller probe and the media’s “relentless” coverage of it to argue Trump did not have corrupt intent.
Wallace observed that Barr “almost seemed to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, talking about his anger, his feeling that this was unfair … really making a case for the president.”
As a result of this, Wallace imagined that “Democrats’ heads on Capitol Hill were exploding.” Brendan Morrow WATCH: @BillHemmer and @SandraSmithFox got reaction from @FoxNewsSunday ‘s Chris Wallace after AG Barr’s press conference #nine2noon pic.twitter.com/RcKG5xK052 Loic Venance/Getty Images
Sure, the Mueller report dropped today. And sure, it’s a few hours before a holiday weekend. But Facebook has a bit of unfortunate news to share with you.
Remember last month, when Facebook said it stored a whole bunch of passwords in plain text when they should have been encrypted, potentially affecting “tens of thousands” of Instagram users? Yeah, it quietly updated that blog post Thursday to say it’s more like “millions of Instagram users.”
In the blog post first unveiled last month, Facebook said it would tell “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users” and “tens of millions of other Facebook users” that their passwords were stored in an unencrypted database available to 20,000 Facebook employees. Now, a few more Instagram users get to join the fun. Facebook said it found “no evidence to date that anyone internally abused or improperly accessed the passwords,” though given the site’s very shaky past year , that’s not too reassuring.
The news comes just a few hours after Facebook told Business Insider that it collected email contacts from 1.5 million users who signed up after May 2016 and “unintentionally uploaded” them to Facebook. The addresses were collected when users typed in their email passwords to verify the addresses they’d signed up with. Facebook didn’t tell these users their email contacts would be imported into the site, but there was no way to opt out of the upload or cancel it once it began. Facebook said those contacts were “used to improve Facebook’s ad targeting,” Business Insider writes in yet another reassuring addition to Facebook’s track record. Kathryn Krawczyk April 18, 2019
It wasn’t all about obstruction .
In the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report released Thursday, there were also plenty of findings about what sparked this whole extravaganza: Russian election interference. Here are four of them, from the terrifying to the downright comical.
1. A previous Mueller indictment showed that when then-candidate Donald Trump called on Russia to find his opponent Hillary Clinton’s “missing” emails in July 2016, they were listening. This full report shows that the GRU, Russia’s foreign intelligence agency, took less than five hours to start targeting email accounts within Clinton’s personal office after Trump asked Russia to “find those 30,000 emails.”
2. Mueller took the time to spell out this whole dilemma, in which former White House staffer Hope Hicks was unsure of how to verify if an email actually came from Russian President Vladimir Putin, and in which Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner forgot the Russian ambassador’s name and also how to use Google. The regal glories of history pic.twitter.com/8QmLhtt1qF
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) April 18, 2019
3. The GRU has a “bitcoin mining operation to secure bitcoins used to purchase computer infrastructure used in hacking operations,” the report found — an idea the U.S. could perhaps borrow to cut the deficit.
4. A Russian troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency deployed thousands of posts across social media in the U.S. It also did this pretty weird thing, per Mueller’s report. “The IRA also… recruited individuals to perform political acts (such as walking around New York City dressed up as Santa Claus with a Trump mask)” pic.twitter.com/4fDAYmytWM
— Katherine Miller (@katherinemiller) April 18, 2019
Find the whole report here , and another Russian tidbit about the infamous pee tapes here . Kathryn Krawczyk
The apparently fake pee tape got a mention in the Mueller report April 18, 2019
If more compromising tapes of President Trump exist, it seems Special Counsel Robert Mueller wasn’t able to find them.
Still, that doesn’t mean Russians weren’t very aware of the so-called “pee tapes” — seemingly nonexistent footage of Trump telling prostitutes to perform some rather disturbing acts rumored to exist in the Steele dossier. And that doesn’t mean one Russian didn’t game those purported recordings to his advantage.
The somewhat forgotten pee tapes actually got a mention in the redacted Mueller report released Thursday, though not in the way some Trump enemies would’ve hoped. In a footnote , Mueller said that Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen got a text from a Russian businessman Giorgi Rtskhiladze that said he “stopped flow of tapes from Russia but not sure if there’s anything else.” Rtskhiladze said a Russian real estate group that helped host the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Russia had the tapes. Probably not coincidentally, Trump’s alleged pee tape was said to have been made while he was in Russia for that pageant.
The tapes were fake, but Rtskhiladze didn’t tell Cohen that, per Mueller’s report. Cohen also said he talked to Trump “about the issue after receiving the texts,” meaning this rumor could’ve gone all the way to the top. THERE IS A PEE TAPE!!!! But it’s fake.
It’s a big day for President Trump, but it is an especially big day for the Democrats who hope to run against him in 2020.
Some candidates issued tweets accusing Attorney General William Barr of bias and unfair redactions: AG Barr should work to protect the interests of the people, not the President. It’s clear from this morning’s press conference where his allegiances lie. The American people deserve answers.
— John Hickenlooper (@Hickenlooper) April 18, 2019 Barr is acting more like Trump’s defense attorney than the nation’s Attorney General. His press conference was a stunt, filled with political spin and propaganda.⁰ ⁰Americans deserve the unvarnished truth. We need Special Counsel Mueller to testify publicly in Congress.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) April 18, 2019
Other candidates hit the president for putting his own interests ahead of the country’s: This report makes clear: Donald Trump is looking out for himself, not for America. We must restore integrity and accountability to the White House.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) April 18, 2019 The Mueller report is a disturbing if not completely surprising collection of evidence that shows a president putting his own interests ahead of the country’s. Today again demonstrates why we need to change the channel in 2020.
— Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) April 18, 2019 It is clear that Donald Trump wanted nothing more than to shut down the Mueller investigation. While we have more detail from today’s report than before, Congress must continue its investigation into Trump’s conduct and any foreign attempts to influence our election.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) April 18, 2019 The one conclusion that every American should reach from the Mueller report is that we are better than this. We deserve a President free on conflicts, conducting themselves with honor and integrity, and possessing a moral compass that guides their actions. We have to win in 2020.
— John Delaney (@JohnDelaney) April 18, 2019
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) expressed frustration with the number of redactions in the report:
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) April 18, 2019 This is a disgrace. The American people deserve answers—and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify publicly before Congress. #ReleaseTheFullReport pic.twitter.com/ROG0Bt6JVq
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 18, 2019
Sen. Cory Booker’s (N.J.) team released their own searchable version of the Mueller report: The Trump administration posted an unsearchable pdf of the Mueller report so it would be harder for you to read.We made it easier. Here’s a searchable version: https://t.co/0QWPT5IQVP
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) April 18, 2019
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) issued a video calling for Mueller to testify: We want to hear from Director Mueller himself. pic.twitter.com/O1DYnsAKlm
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) April 18, 2019
Several candidates did not issue any statements at all at the time of publication, including Beto O’Rourke, Tulsi Gabbard, and Jay Inslee. Jeva Lange