1. Pregnant asylum seekers will be forced to give birth in Nauru under the Abbott Government’s “no exemptions” policy of offshore detention. The policy is being reintroduced after regulations surrounding pregnant asylum seekers were relaxed in 2004.
Fairfax are reporting that a woman in Nauru carrying twins will be one of the first asylum seekers to be affected by the policy.
2. Prime Minister Tony Abbott will miss out on meeting Barack Obama after the US President pulled out of two Asian summits next week. US Secretary of State, John Kenny, will attend the APEC and East Asia summits in Obama’s place, as the President has decided that he should remain in the US to deal with the continuing government shutdown.