Yeah, happy to hear Scotty from marketing got the boot.
He’s kept his seat. (6% swing, but it’s from a 19% margin to start.) But the Liberals got spanked.
And Frydenberg (the now former Treasurer) looks to have lost his seat, so the next leading contender for leader of the Liberal party looks to be Dutton. Which is fine. Fine and normal.
I’d heard that they no longer had a majority, and the slightly lefts had first choice on who to work with (this was on projections, not final numbers), let’s hope it doesn’t turn into a UK style Lib Dems-appply shotgun to foot situation.
“and has obvious and important implications for American politics.
More seriously, glad the anti-trans stuff didn’t work.”
The new Berlin airlift.
Today, President Biden met with Prime Minister Kishida in Japan. The Western Press seems to be reporting mainly on the usual promises to defend Japan and Taiwan, as well as the new economic framework being proposed to counter China.
However, the Japanese Press is focusing on something very different. In his remarks, President Biden expressed support for Japan becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council. This comment was such a big deal that I got a news alert on my phone as soon as he said it.
It’s no surprise that this is such a big deal here. Japan has been clamoring for a permanent seat at the table for decades; it has long been a priority point for Japanese diplomacy (especially since Japan has always provided an outsized share of the UN’s budget). I am not sure off the top of my head if any US president in the past has ever voiced support for Japan becoming a permanent member, but I doubt it. Of course, given how the UN is structured, this is very unlikely to actually come to pass.
Although Trump was never popular in Japan, one thing that his supporters could point to was his (ultimately empty) promises to put pressure on North Korea to resolve the abduction issue*, but this is an even bigger deal than that.
Another “special military operation” winding up
This is the site with all the files.
‘They were shooting directly at the journalists’: New evidence suggests Shireen Abu Akleh was killed in targeted attack by Israeli forces