Australia’s Minjee Lee wins golf US Women’s Open.
Minjee Lee hopes to inspire a whole new generation after joining Australia's all-time golf greats as a multiple major champion with a runaway victory at the mega-rich US Women's Open in North Carolina.
Lee converted a three-stroke third-round lead into a four-shot triumph at Pine Needles Country Club to pocket a cheque for a record $US1.8 million ($A2.5m). The 26-year-old finished with a score of 13-under 271, the lowest 72-hole total in tournament history after closing with an even-par 71 on Sunday.
Lee is the third Australian to win the US Women's Open, the biggest event in female golf, after legends Karrie Webb (2000 and 2001) and Jan Stephenson (1983).
"I'm speechless. I can't believe it right now," Lee said. "It's such a great honour just to be amongst those two names. It's just super, super special and it's been my dream since I was a little girl, the one I always wanted to win. So now I've done it and it just feels amazing."
Lee's younger brother Min Woo, who plays on the PGA Tour, was among the first to congratulate her.
"This one hits hard. Tears in my eyes. So so proud. Just a kid from Perth. Two major wins to her name now. Inspiring," he tweeted after calling Lee during the trophy presentation.
Lee's dominant victory follows her breakthrough maiden major at the Evian Championship last July and is set to catapult her to No.2 in the world.
"This will be huge for all the little girls and even the boys and the children watching. I know there's been a really big (golf) boom in WA," Lee said. "The girls have been a lot more interested in playing, so hopefully they watch me on TV and I can be a good role model to them and they'll start getting more involved."
More than half of Aussie teachers plan to quit.
More than half of Australian teachers surveyed are planning to quit the profession, with some describing their workload as excessive and unsustainable.
A Monash University study published last month in the Australian Journal of Education surveyed 2444 Australian primary and secondary school teachers across the country. The report included an extensive questionnaire first conducted in 2019, before the pandemic, which was still ongoing.
It found that nearly 60 per cent of teachers plan to leave the profession. The attrition rate is so high that up to half of teacher graduates will have left in their first five years – about as long as it takes to qualify as a teacher.
Workload pressure, burnout and well-being issues - as well as how they were portrayed in public debate – were the main reasons for wanting to quit. Among teachers who intended to leave the profession, 62 per cent referred to workload pressures and their impact on their health and wellbeing as the top reason.
Lead author Fiona Longmuir said teachers routinely described their workload as "excessive", "unrealistic" and "unsustainable".
One teacher said they couldn't keep up with the growing list of administrative tasks, to the detriment of teaching students.
"Administration requirements and the expected amount of time I spend doing school things outside of direct teaching ... seems to increase. However, the number of hours in a day is finite," the teacher said.
Teachers expressed frustration with what they saw as unnecessary paperwork, administration and reporting. Exhaustion, stress and burnout were cited as other reasons for more than 20 per cent of the respondents who planned to quit.
"Teachers don't mind hard work. But they do feel overwhelmed by the ever-increasing administration and standardisation being thrust upon them, which is arguably not benefiting students," Dr Longmuir said. "If teachers feel that their work is appreciated and that the workload and emotional intensity of their work is being recognised, that might make them feel less inclined to walk away."
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Queen's Platinum Jubilee wraps up, and all the news you need to know this morning.
Morning all and welcome to your live news feed for Monday June 6.
Let's jump straight into it and get you across the top news stories you need to know this morning.
1. Queen 'humbled' by Platinum Jubilee.
The Queen says she had been "humbled and deeply touched" by the number of people who celebrated her Platinum Jubilee at the conclusion of four days of festivities to mark her 70 years on the throne.
Tens of thousands of people have attended street parties or cheered on parades through central London, while millions watched a pop concert outside Buckingham Palace which was broadcast on live television.
In her message to the nation, she thanked the public for their good wishes and the role they had played.
"When it comes to how to mark 70 years as your Queen, there is no guidebook to follow. It really is a first. But I have been humbled and deeply touched that so many people have taken to the streets to celebrate my Platinum Jubilee," she said in a statement on Sunday.
Platinum Jubilee celebrations ended Sunday, with Queen Elizabeth II making another appearance on the Buckingham Palace balcony.— The New York Times (@nytimes) June 5, 2022
On Monday, Britain pivots from joyful tributes to the queen’s 70-year reign to renewed political ructions over Boris Johnson. https://t.co/C2jzmgFa7R pic.twitter.com/dgzuh2jrBQ
The Queen herself has been forced to miss a number of the major events due to mobility problems, but was able to appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to cheering crowds at the finale of celebrations on Sunday.
"While I may not have attended every event in person, my heart has been with you all; and I remain committed to serving you to the best of my ability, supported by my family."
2. Dutton puts 10 women on Coalition's frontbench.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has announced the Coalition's 24 strong frontbench, which includes 10 women.
The news comes after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced 13 women on Labor's frontbench last week.
Dutton, who was unopposed as leader in his party room last week, appointed former energy minister Angus Taylor as shadow treasurer, while Deputy Leader Sussan Ley, will take on a wide range of portfolios - industry, skills and training, small and family business, and women.
Dutton said former foreign minister Marise Payne had asked not to be part of the cabinet but was persuaded to take the role of shadow cabinet secretary.
Former attorney-general Michealia Cash becomes spokeswoman for employment, Karen Andrews is spokeswoman for home affairs, while Jane Hume becomes finance spokeswoman. Alan Tudge is also returning to the education portfolio in opposition.
"What you're seeing in this lineup is some fresh faces; we have incredible depth of talent," Dutton said.
Nationals Leader David Littleproud, who will become agriculture spokesman, said there would be six from his party on the coalition frontbench, including Barnaby Joyce who will become veteran affairs spokesman.
3. Rafael Nadal wins 2022 French Open.
Rafael Nadal has won his 14th French Open and 22nd Grand Slam title after defeating Norwegian player Casper Ruud on Sunday.
The 36-year-old won 6-3, 6-3, 6-0, setting the record as the oldest champion in French Open history.
His victory comes exactly 17 years to the day since he won his first French Open as a 19-year-old in 2005.
"For me, personally, it's very difficult to describe the feelings that I have," Nadal, who has been suffering from a chronic foot injury, said in his victory speech.
"It’s something that I for sure never believed, [to] be here at 36, being competitive again, playing in the most important court of my career one more time in a final means a lot."
Nadal also said he will play at Wimbledon later this month if his body allows him to.
"I am going to be in Wimbledon if my body is ready to be in Wimbledon. Wimbledon is not a tournament that I want to miss."
4. Russian missiles strike Ukraine's capital to "kill as many as possible".
Russia has struck Ukraine's capital Kyiv with missiles for the first time in more than a month.
Dark smoke could be seen from miles away after the attack on two outlying districts of Kyiv early on Sunday. Moscow said it had hit a repair shop housing tanks sent from eastern Europe.
Ukraine said Russia had carried out the strike using long-range air-launched missiles fired from heavy bombers as far away as the Caspian Sea, a weapon far more valuable than the tanks Russia claimed to have hit.
At least one person was hospitalised but there were no immediate reports of deaths from the strike, a sudden reminder of war in a capital where normal life has largely returned since Russian forces were driven from its outskirts in March.
"The Kremlin resorts to new insidious attacks. Today's missile strikes at Kyiv have only one goal - kill as many as possible," Ukrainian presidential adviser Mikhailo Podolyak wrote in a tweet.
Поки хтось просить «не принижувати 🇷🇺», Кремль вдається до нових підступних атак. Сьогоднішні ракетні удари по Києву мають лише одну мету – вбити якомога більше 🇺🇦. Кожен такий акт тероризму має отримувати жорстку відповідь від європейських столиць – нові санкції, більше зброї.— Михайло Подоляк (@Podolyak_M) June 5, 2022
Recent weeks have seen Russia focus its destructive might mainly on front lines in the east and south, although Moscow occasionally strikes elsewhere in what it calls a campaign to degrade Ukraine's military infrastructure and block Western arms shipments.
5. Aussies could claim COVID tests this tax time.
Taxpayers who paid for a COVID-19 test for work-related purposes or bought their own PPE could be able to claim it as a deduction, the Australian Tax Office says.
With the end of the financial year looming, the ATO expects COVID-19 will continue to impact tax returns.
"We know that many have faced significant challenges," Assistant Commissioner Tim Loh said.
From July 1, people forced to buy COVID-19 tests to determine if they can attend or remain at work can now claim the cost as a tax deduction.
They must have a record proving they paid for the test but the ATO will accept a bank or credit card statement alongside documentation from employers as evidence.
The ATO says employees cannot claim for tests supplied by employers or where the cost was reimbursed. Only tests required for work-related purposes are deductible.
Taxpayers will also be able to claim deductions for the cost of protective items that protect against illness or injury while at work.
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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