Morning Mail: Trump faces 34 criminal charges, Liberals to make voice choice, rents surge

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It’s all happening this morning! All eyes are on the Trump indictment – he has pleaded not guilty and left the New York courthouse, facing 34 charges relating to an alleged “catch and kill” scheme to cover up negative stories during the 2016 election campaign.

Later today, Liberals will gather for a party room meeting on the Indigenous voice, with several members calling for a conscience vote as the party considers whether to officially oppose, or support, the referendum.

In Page-Sixier developments, Rupert Murdoch may have called off his engagement after just two weeks. But let’s get back to the real news, of which there is plenty.


The TikTok app logo is seen on a phone
The Chinese-owned app TikTok has been deemed to pose ‘significant security and privacy risks’ but an outright ban in Australia likely depends on what happens in the US. Photograph: Morgan Hancock/AAP


Former US president Donald Trump sits in the courtroom for his arraignment in the New York Criminal Court
Former US president Donald Trump sits in the courtroom for his arraignment in the New York criminal court. Photograph: Curtis Means/EPA

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Cotton Capital is a six-part podcast series that is looking at the Guardian’s links to transatlantic slavery and the legacies of that history. Illustration: Mark Harris/The Guardian

Cotton Capital: the bee and the ship – examining the Guardian’s links to slavery

Maya Wolfe-Robinson, the editor of Cotton Capital, explores the revelations that the Guardian’s founding editor, John Edward Taylor, and at least nine of his 11 backers had links to slavery, principally through the textile industry.

In today’s episode, the first in a six-part series, she speaks to historians and researchers – Dr Cassandra Gooptar, Dr Matthew Stallard, Prof David Olusoga, Washington Alcott and Prof Gurminder Bhambra – about the difficulties involved in unearthing this history, and its place in a wider picture of the British empire.


Transport experts believe post-pandemic work habits have finally stabilised and that the return to the office is unlikely to progress any further. In what looks to be the new work-from-home normal, the average Australian worker spends 27% or more of their working hours at home.

It’s a figure that’s broadly higher in capital cities, and that reflects an occupation divide favouring office workers – particularly professionals and managers – over essential workers.

Most of the time saved commuting goes to leisure and family activities.

Not the news

Woke the plank! Were pirate ships actually beacons of diversity and democracy?
Woke the plank! Were pirate ships actually beacons of diversity and democracy? Photograph: © National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London

They’ve been portrayed as toothless, wooden-legged cut-throats. But as Stuart Jeffries writes, a new exhibition in Cornwall shows there were queer pirates, female pirates and pirates of colour – and they all got a vote (and an equal share of the booze).

The world of sport

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Lee Westwood (left) and Ian Poulter are among the dozen LIV players to have contested sanctions imposed by the DP World Tour. Photograph: Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

Media roundup

A Newspoll by the Australian suggests a majority of states would back the voice referendum with a yes vote – with Queensland the least in favour, and South Australia the most. According to the Fin, the Albanese government has had to broker eight seperate deals with states and territories to deliver energy price relief in its upcoming budget. And the Daily Telegraph has the data on Australia’s top 100 super funds, which have a collective value of more than $12bn.

What’s happening today

  • National Press Club | Today’s address will be given by RBA governor Philip Lowe, after the Reserve Bank yesterday paused its record run of interest rate hikes – though at Peter Hannam’s new analysis notes, relief may only be temporary.

  • National Biosecurity Forum | The one-day event will discuss challenges, opportunities and innovative approaches for protecting Australia’s biosecurity system.

  • Energy transition | A public hearing will address Australia’s transition to a green superpower.

  • Jacinda Ardern | In New Zealand, the country’s outgoing PM will give her valedictory speech.

(By the way, looks like it’s going to be a wet old Easter weekend, so pack your umbrellas, or just stay home.)

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