Morning Mail: Mundine’s daughter speaks out, Russian oligarch attacks sanctions, Penrith’s magical three-peat

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Good morning. The daughter of leading no campaigner Warren Mundine has told Guardian Australia her father’s public statements on the voice to parliament referendum have been hurtful and go against what she was raised to see as “morally right”. At the National Press Club last week, Warren Mundine called the Uluru statement from the heart a “symbolic declaration of war”. But the yes campaign was “not trying to take over anything; we are literally just asking for a voice,” Garigarra Riley-Mundine said.

Meanwhile, we recount every moment of Penrith’s wild NRL three-peat against Brisbane, and Nathan Cleary’s extraordinary role in it. Plus: a Russian billionaire seeks to render Australia’s sanctions invalid, and a Kurdish militant group has claimed responsibility for a bomb detonated near Turkish government buildings in Ankara.


Along with walks across the country, thousands walking in Hobart in support of a Yes vote for recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Australian constitution and a voice to parliament.
  • Indigenous voice | Garigarra Riley-Mundine says a yes vote would empower the country and “be healing”, but healing will be needed regardless of the result.

  • Foreign policy | A Russian oligarch sanctioned over his alleged links to Vladimir Putin asked a federal court to render Australia’s sanctions regime invalid, documents show.

  • Bird of the year | Conservationists are losing hope for Australia’s swift parrot if logging in its habitat continues, predicting there will be fewer than 100 individuals of the species by 2031.

  • Disability | Australian schoolchildren with neurodevelopmental disorders are being “dumped” from the mainstream system, a researcher says, as debate grows over whether special schools for students with a disability should be phased out.

  • ‘Predatory’ shops | From the outside they look like “every child’s dream” – an increasing number of shops are opening in Australia that market vapes like lollies. It’s a tactic long familiar to observers of tobacco industry marketing.


Security forces take measures in the area after 2 terrorists attacked near the Turkish Interior Ministry in Turkish capital of Ankara, with 1 of them blowing himself up
  • Ankara explosion | Two assailants detonated a bomb in front of Turkish government buildings in the heart of Ankara, in what authorities said was a terrorist attack that left both dead and two police officers wounded.

  • Slovakian election | Slovakia’s populist former prime minister Robert Fico, who campaigned on a pledge to end military aid to Ukraine, said his position “has not changed” after his party’s clear election win made him favourite to lead the country for a fourth time.

  • Climate crisis | Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland and Switzerland all experienced their hottest Septembers on record with unseasonably high temperatures set to continue into October, in a year likely to be the warmest in human history.

  • Murcia fire | At least 13 people were killed in a fire in adjoining Spanish nightclubs, amid fears the death toll could rise further as rescue workers continued to search for those still unaccounted for.

  • Hot phones | Apple identified the causes of an overheating problem with its latest iPhone series, including a software bug and using certain apps.

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Chinese Australians caught in a diplomatic rift

The prime minister, Anthony Albanese, is preparing to visit China for the first time. But as Labor continues to try to stabilise the relationship between the two nations, Chinese Australian communities say they are facing higher levels of racism and suspicion as a direct result of diplomatic tensions between the countries in recent years.

Read more: “What if there was a war?” Chinese Australians wear the scars after bitter years of hostile rhetoric


Students enter the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney

Pressure is mounting on the federal government to prevent ballooning course costs as figures reveal some humanities courses have become more than 140% more expensive in the past five years. Fees haven’t increased equally: prices for law, accounting, administration, economics, commerce, communications and society and culture degrees have experienced the biggest boost, while agriculture, nursing, education, medicine and vet science students are paying less.

Here’s our explainer of why the cost increases happened – and whether price influences a student’s choice of degree.

Not the news

Four senior friends poolside with drinks

Some scientists in Britain are re-examining the “Slip, Slap, Slop” approach to sun avoidance – originally advocated by Cancer Council Australia – after research suggested that in high-latitude countries, a dose of rays can boost immune system and increase lifespan by 50 days.

“You might think that 50 days’ extra lifespan isn’t much, but at a population level, that’s huge,” Weller says. “Basically, after correcting for all the confounders, in Britain – just like in Sweden – the more sunlight people have, the longer they live.”

The world of sport

Panthers celebrate with the trophy during the 2023 NRL Grand Final match

Media roundup

The Australian reports that the Reserve Bank’s inflation fight is pushing middle class families into financial hardship for the first time. Meanwhile, the Age says rebounding house prices – almost back to their Covid-era peak – are fomenting another headache for the RBA governor, Michele Bullock. The new Victorian premier, Jacinta Allan, is reshuffling the cabinet ahead of her first official parliamentary sitting week as leader, according to the Herald Sun.

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