Andrew O'Keefe has been granted bail.
This post deals with alleged domestic violence and might be triggering for some readers.
Former television host Andrew O'Keefe has been granted bail in the NSW Supreme Court to attend a rehabilitation centre. The 50-year-old appeared from Silverwater jail on Monday via video link and thanked the judge following multiple failed attempts at securing bail.
The Former Seven Network presenter nodded quietly throughout after being reprimanded in previous appearances for outbursts in court. Justice Robert Allan Hulme said O'Keefe had a long-standing and significant drug problem combined with mental health issues that were trauma-related. To combat his substance abuse that includes cocaine, ice and cannabis, he proposed a stint in rehab for up to 12 months.
“It offers the applicant an opportunity to address issues that have led to ... a significant descent into an erratic and chaotic lifestyle,” Justice Hulme said. “Which is foreign to that which he had experienced until well into his middle ages.”
He said that O'Keefe experienced “greater hardship in custody” than someone typically on remand.
O'Keefe was charged in January with two counts of intentionally choking a person, three of common assault, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Police say O'Keefe grabbed a 38-year-old woman by her throat, pushed her to the ground, and punched and kicked her in his Sydney CBD unit.
At the time he was charged O'Keefe was already on bail for a separate alleged incident of assault after being arrested in September.
O'Keefe must comply with several orders, including that he not drink alcohol or take any drugs not prescribed by a doctor, and that he stays at the rehab centre until required.
In June last year, he avoided conviction for domestic violence charges after they were dealt with under the NSW Mental Health Act.
If this post brings up any issues for you, or if you just feel like you need to speak to someone, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) – the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service. It doesn’t matter where you live, they will take your call and, if need be, refer you to a service closer to home.
You can also call safe steps 24/7 Family Violence Response Line on 1800 015 188 or visit www.safesteps.org.au for further information.
The Men’s Referral Service is also available on 1300 766 491 or via online chat at www.ntv.org.au.
Andrew O'Keefe to spend up to a year in rehab to address 'significant descent' https://t.co/pQeV9ZjNHi— ABC News (@abcnews) May 23, 2022
Albanese makes a statement at first press conference.
Anthony Albanese was today sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister. And for his first press conference, he made quite the statement.
He decided to add the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags alongside the Australian flag behind the podium.
It comes as incoming Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney said implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart was critical for the new Labor government.
“It will change the face of this country, it will grow us up, it is just an amazing opportunity of nation building,” she told ABC Radio this morning. “The most important thing is that we move with people.”
The key takeaways from Albanese’s press conference included the fact American President Joe Biden congratulated Albanese on Sunday night, Labor again promised to “embrace the Uluru Statement from the Heart” and that the world should know Australia will be working harder on climate change.
Albanese is now travelling to Japan for the Quad leaders’ summit, which he says will send a message to the world about the change of government in Australia.
Today I am heading to Japan for the Quad Leaders’ Summit along with Foreign Minister @SenatorWong.— Anthony Albanese (@AlboMP) May 23, 2022
I am honoured to represent Australia at this important forum.
I look forward to meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Kishida, US President Biden and Indian Prime Minister Modi. pic.twitter.com/7X1AsPNeFS
In a massive statement, Anthony Albanese has ensured both the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags are displayed alongside the Australian Flag in the Blue Room for his first press conference as Prime Minister. @10NewsFirst #auspol pic.twitter.com/YkPzYeFMKr— Stela Todorovic (@Stela_Todorovic) May 23, 2022
Josh Frydenberg formally concedes his seat.
Former treasurer Josh Frydenberg has conceded the seat of Kooyong following Saturday's election.
Independent candidate Monique Ryan will now be the next MP for the Melbourne-based electorate. In a statement, Frydenberg said he had called Dr Ryan to concede the election.
“Today I rang Dr Monique Ryan to congratulate her on the election result in Kooyong and wished her well for the term ahead,” he said. “It’s been an incredible privilege to have served as the local member for the last 12 years.”
The former treasurer was one of many high-profile Liberals to lose their safe, blue-ribbon seats to so-called teal independent candidates. Dr Ryan thanked Frydenberg for his time as an MP in Kooyong, along with her more than 2000 volunteers.
Frydenberg said he was looking forward to spending more time with his family.
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Albanese officially sworn in as PM.
Jumping back on with breaking news.
Anthony Albanese has officially been sworn in as Australia's 31st prime minister.
Standing before Governor-General David Hurley, Albanese said, "I, Anthony Norman Albanese, do solemnly and sincerely affirm and declare that I will well and truly serve the Commonwealth of Australia, her land and her people in the office of prime minister."
Richard Marles has also been sworn in as the Deputy leader, Penny Wong as Foreign Minister, Jim Chalmers as Treasurer, and Katy Gallagher as Finance Minister.
Wong, who was born in Malaysia, is the first Foreign Minister to be born outside of Australia.
She will travel to Tokyo with the prime minister this afternoon to attend the Quad meeting.
Albanese to be sworn in as PM, and all the news you need to know this morning.
What a big weekend we had!
After a six-week campaign and long night of counting, Anthony Albanese claimed victory for the Labor party and will become Australia's 31st prime minister.
"Together we begin the work of building a better future... for all Australians," he said during his victory speech.
If you want to know more about the man who will be leading our country, we've rounded up everything you need to know about Anthony Albanese right here.
But first, let's get you up to speed with everything that's happening in news this morning, Monday May 23.
1. Albanese to be sworn in as PM ahead of Quad meeting.
Anthony Albanese will be sworn in as Australia's 31st prime minister this morning, before heading to Tokyo to meet with world leaders.
With counting from Saturday's election yet to confirm whether he will govern in majority, Albanese will attend Government House in Canberra with Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles, incoming foreign minister Penny Wong, new treasurer Jim Chalmers and new finance minister Katy Gallagher today.
The ministers will cover all portfolios until the Labor caucus can meet the week after next to put in place the full ministry.
Albanese and Senator Wong will later head to Tokyo this afternoon to attend the Quad meeting with US president Joe Biden, host leader Fumio Kishida and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi.
Official figures from the Australian Electoral Commission this morning show Labor on 75 seats in the House of Representatives - one short of a majority - but the party is projected to hold as many as 77.
Meanwhile, outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison has hosted one last gathering at Kirribilli House in Sydney, before he leaves to make way for Albanese.
According to 9News, Morrison was seen cracking a whip while family and friends gathered for drinks on Sunday.
#EXCLUSIVE: The outgoing Prime Minister hosted his last function at Kirribilli House this afternoon - with drinks, canapes, and whip-cracking to mark the occasion. @MarkWBurrows #9News pic.twitter.com/JFCezxtP6R— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) May 22, 2022
2. Tamil family set for return to Biloela.
The Tamil family fighting for years to return to the Queensland town of Biloela are set to be allowed to go home under the new Labor government.
The party promised during the election campaign the Murugappan family - Priya, Nades and their two girls Kopika and Tharnicaa - would be able to return to their beloved town if Labor won.
Labor member for the division of Brand in Western Australia, Madeleine King, reiterated that promise on Sunday. She could not say how long it would take to get them home, but she was sure it would be a priority for the government.
"I understand they have a community (in Biloela) that adores them," she said.
This is the moment Nades arrived home from work to the news that Australians had elected a new government, that has pledged to finally bring he and his family - wife Priya and daughters Kopika and Tharnicaa - safely home to Biloela.— HometoBilo (@HometoBilo) May 22, 2022
Read our statement: https://t.co/57DsVY1VvZ pic.twitter.com/jlHZvIKYHV
Murugappan family friend and longtime campaigner Angela Fredericks says she called them on Saturday evening to share the news of Anthony Albanese's victory.
"Many happy tears were shed," she said. "We now believe that this long, painful saga can finally come to an end. This family has been away from their home for more than four years. They never should have been taken from the town that loved and needed them."
Family friend and Biloela local Bronwyn Dendle said campaigners were waiting for a new immigration minister to be sworn in, so they could start working out the logistics of getting the family back.
3. Frydenberg refuses to concede seat, as ten independents on track for victory.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has refused to concede his Melbourne seat, saying thousands of postal votes are still yet to be counted.
Frydenberg looks to lose his safe Liberal seat of Kooyong against teal independent Dr Monique Ryan, who said voters had responded to a coalition government shifting "too far to the right".
"It is mathematically possible that I could retain Kooyong, but it is obviously very, very difficult," he said.
"That being said, I will wait until more postal votes are counted before saying any more about the particular results in Kooyong."
Speaking to Sky News, Dr Ryan said the government has "been dragged to the right by the Nationals".
"It has gone in that direction and it is no longer representing the small 'l' Liberal heartland."
The latest Australian Electoral Commission figures have independents leading in 10 of the 151 seats in the House of Representatives.
4. Ukraine extends martial law as war expected to continue for months.
The Ukrainian parliament has extended the period of martial law and general mobilisation for an additional 90 days, until August 23, in a sign that officials in Kyiv expect many more months of fighting.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy first imposed the drastic measures on February 24, just hours after Russia's invasion from the north, south and east.
Martial law gives the military expanded powers and restricts civil liberties such as the right to demonstrate.
Able-bodied men aged 18 to 60 were prohibited from leaving the country and urged to join the fight against the Russians.
Ukrainian Parliament prolonged martial law in Ukraine until August 23 2022 with a strong majority of 320 votes.— Euromaidan Press (@EuromaidanPress) May 22, 2022
Ukraine prepares for a long war as mobilization and troops training is ongoing. August 24 is the Independence Day of Ukraine,–UA MPhttps://t.co/9Wow4q5dWD pic.twitter.com/b2nNJMgflm
Several MPs confirmed via Telegram on Sunday that the extension recently proposed by Zelenskiy had been approved through August 23, a day before Ukraine traditionally celebrates its Independence Day.
Last week, Ukrainian presidential adviser Oleksiy Arestovych justified the three-month extension of martial law by saying there was no sign the war would be over by autumn.
5. Pandemic 'most certainly not over'.
The COVID-19 pandemic is "most certainly not over," the head of the World Health Organisation has warned, despite a decline in reported cases since the peak of the Omicron wave.
The United Nations health agency's director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, told officials gathered in Geneva for the opening of the WHO's annual meeting that "declining testing and sequencing means we are blinding ourselves to the evolution of the virus".
He told governments that "we lower our guard at our peril".
Tedros also noted that almost one billion people in lower-income countries still have not been vaccinated.
The head of the World Health Organization warns the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over and "we lower our guard at our peril." Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told officials in Geneva that less testing means being blinded to the evolution of the virus. https://t.co/xSF2tVVFXZ— The Associated Press (@AP) May 22, 2022
In a weekly report on Thursday on the global situation, the WHO said the number of new COVID-19 cases appears to have stabilised after weeks of decline since late March while the overall number of weekly deaths dropped.
While there has been progress, with 60 per cent of the world's population vaccinated, "it's not over anywhere until it's over everywhere," Tedros said.
"The pandemic will not magically disappear but we can end it."
And that's it, you're all up to speed. We'll be back to bring you more of the top stories throughout the day.
- With AAP.
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After weeks of campaigning, the voting is over. As the winners prepare to take up their new roles in Parliament, perhaps you're thinking we should spare a thought for the losers... and, actually, what actually happens to them anyway?
The Quicky speaks to three experts in Australian politics to find out what it means to lose an election (and your job), whether you're the Prime Minister of Australia, party leader, a backbencher, or a bureaucrat.
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