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  • Warmer winter ahead as El Nino chances increase
  • Slapping, spitting and a death threat: Roberts-Smith’s bullying exposed
  • Former New Jersey Governor launches 2024 presidential campaign
  • This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Warmer winter ahead as El Nino chances increase

In case readers missed this, the Bureau of Meteorology has updated the chance of an El Niño event in Australia occurring to 70 per cent.

Previously, there was a 50 per cent chance of one occurring this year.

The last El Nino contributed to one of the worst droughts in Australia and the Black Summer Bushfires.Credit: Nick Moir

This means that winter in 2023 will be drier than average for much of Australia, resulting in warmer than average daytime temperatures.

Night temperatures are also expected to be warmer than average, except for inland, eastern and central Australia.

El Niño typically suppresses rainfall in eastern Australia during the winter and spring months.

Already, bushfire agencies across the country are concerned about the increased risk over the coming summer.

Read more about the weather event here.

Slapping, spitting and a death threat: Roberts-Smith’s bullying exposed

Slapping, spitting and a death threat all featured in disgraced army veteran Ben Roberts-Smith’s years-long campaign of bullying against another soldier, a judge found in a landmark defamation judgment.

Roberts-Smith also threatened the soldier with a defamation suit in 2017 in an attempt to “control the narrative” about a specific mission in Afghanistan, Federal Court Justice Anthony Besanko said in his detailed judgment released on Monday.

A Special Air Service soldier dubbed Person 1 gave evidence in Roberts-Smith’s defamation case against The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Canberra Times that the elite former soldier’s behaviour towards him between 2006 and 2013 cost him “years of lost sleep and worry”.

“Not only did I have to worry about the Taliban, but I also had to look over my own back at … people in my own squadron,” Person 1 told the court last year.

Continue reading about the bullying campaign here.

Former New Jersey Governor launches 2024 presidential campaign

Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie formally launched his 2024 presidential campaign, joining a growing Republican field led by former President Donald Trump.

Christie, who served as an adviser to Trump’s successful 2016 campaign but has since become a vocal critic over his false claims that the 2020 election was rigged, filed paperwork declaring his candidacy.

Former New Jersey governor Chris Christie launched his bid to run for the 2024 presidential election. Credit: AP

He is scheduled to announce his White House bid at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire.

A former federal prosecutor, Christie, 60, has argued he is the only potential rival with the skills and willingness to attack Trump directly.

Christie has not fared well in public opinion polling thus far, however.

He netted just 1 per cent support from potential Republican primary voters in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in May, compared to Trump’s 49 per cent support and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ 19 per cent support.


This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning, and thanks for your company.

I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day. It’s Wednesday, June 7.

Here’s what you need to know before we get started:

  • Opposition MPs are under fire for misquoting two former High Court judges on their position on the Indigenous Voice to parliament, sparking calls for an apology.
  • Australians will be asked to embrace the idea of an Indigenous Voice to parliament in a historic call from Northern Territory land councils.
  • The Reserve Bank governor warned Australians to expect even more interest rate rises,as the cash rate went up to an 11-year-high amid growing risks of a recession
  • Treasurer Jim Chalmers will today unveil plans to end the dying cheque network by 2030, to upgrade Australia’s payments system.

‘There will be a lot of Australians who will find this decision difficult to understand and difficult to cop,’ Treasurer Jim Chalmers said yesterday. Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

  • A former Liberal cabinet minister says the party must implement its election review recommendations and attract more female candidates to increase its chances at the next federal election.
  • In Victoria, ten regional cities what the state government to cough up $80 million to ensure they get lasting benefit from the 2026 Commonwealth Games.
  • Meanwhile, vulnerable children in the grip of acute mental health episodes were physically restrained more than 60 times in three months at The Children’s Hospital in Sydney’s west.
  • And overseas, Ukrainian villagers have fled their homes after Nova Kakhovka dam was breached.
  • An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.9 struck southern Haiti, killing at least four people and injuring 36 others according to authorities.
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