1. Typhoon Haiyan
The Australian Government has pledged aid of $10 million to the Philippines to assist with relief in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. The death toll from the disaster is expected to reach over 10,000 people. The typhoon has affected 9.5 million people across nine regions.
Australia will also send a medical team which will fly out of Darwin tomorrow.
Terrible stories of looting, decaying bodies and conditions described as being ‘worse than hell’ are emerging from the destroyed country with Aid agencies struggling to provide relief.
However one beacon of hope has emerged with news of a ‘miracle baby’ being delivered in a destroyed airport compound in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
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2. Parliament resumes
The 44th Parliament resumes today under the cloud of suspicion over the Abbott governments Asylum seeker policy. News today that talks are underway between Jakarta and Canberra about a deal similar to the previous Labor government’s people swap agreement with Malaysia.
For more on the Government’s boat arrival silence see this post.
For more of what the pomp and ceremony of the first day of sitting, see ‘ What can we expect?’.