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It is the national day of mourning, the last day of officialdom around the Queen’s death, before the parliament resumes tomorrow (for condolence motions) and life continues as it did.

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The national service will be held in the Great Hall at Parliament House from 11am. We’ll cover that for you. But if you are looking to see what is open today, Mostafa Rachwani already has you covered:

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Betts, who has spoken of the racism he has experienced in his daily life as well as while playing, told Fox Footy “it could happen at any club”.

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“As Aboriginal people, we face these issues in many systems. In the education system, the justice system, the housing system, and it always comes back to what I’ve been preaching a lot, and that’s education,” he said.

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Ready?

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Simon Birmingham has spoken to ABC radio RN Breakfast. The shadow foreign minister says Australia should offer what assistance it can:

I think Australia should be giving whatever assistance we reasonably possibly can. The government is in receipt of the advice from the Australian Defence Force and other Australian officials about the limits in terms of provision of particular military assets, hardware or equipment. and so the government will have to work through those issues around what the particular assets that we can provide, and where the limits on those exist.

The government should absolutely be doing all it possibly can, and responding as quickly as possible.

Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelenskyy just addressed the UN general assembly (via video link) asking for more support.

Greetings to all people around the world who value peace and unity between different and equal nations. I wish you all peace. I thank you that we are united in our struggle to restore peace and guarantee peace to any nation that has become a victim of armed aggression.

… Ukraine wants peace. Europe wants peace. The world wants peace. And we have seen who is the only one who wants war.

… A crime was committed at our state borders, against the lives of our people, the crime was committed against the dignity of our women and men.

The crime was committed against the values that make you and me a community of the United Nations.

Ukraine demands punishment for trying to steal our territory.

Updated at 22.55 BST

Wong meets with Ukrainian counterpart at UN general assembly

Penny Wong is at the UN summit in New York and has met with her Ukrainian counterpart, Dmytro Kubela.

Yesterday Wong gave a press conference where she was asked about that meeting:

I had a very good meeting with minister Kuleba. I expressed to him again the solidarity of the Australian people with the people of Ukraine. I expressed to him again our admiration for their courage and their sacrifice in the face of the illegal, abhorrent invasion by Mr Putin and the Russian troops.

Obviously, there is always more we could do and the government will continue to look at ways we can support the people of Ukraine. I would make the point that we have already made a very substantial contribution both in humanitarian assistance and military assistance.

Penny Wong speaks to reporters on the sidelines the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in New York.
Penny Wong speaks to reporters on the sidelines the sidelines of the United Nations general assembly in New York. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Updated at 22.52 BST

Good morning

It is the national day of mourning, the last day of officialdom around the Queen’s death, before the parliament resumes tomorrow (for condolence motions) and life continues as it did.

The national service will be held in the Great Hall at Parliament House from 11am. We’ll cover that for you. But if you are looking to see what is open today, Mostafa Rachwani already has you covered:

Meanwhile, AFL legend Eddie Betts has called for league wide external reviews into how First Nations players have been treated, after the Hawthorn revelations.

Betts, who has spoken of the racism he has experienced in his daily life as well as while playing, told Fox Footy “it could happen at any club”.

ABC One on One

“As Aboriginal people, we face these issues in many systems. In the education system, the justice system, the housing system, and it always comes back to what I’ve been preaching a lot, and that’s education,” he said.

We’ll continue to follow all the day’s news as it happens – things may be a little slower than usual, given it is a public holiday. If you are in Victoria, it is the start of a four-day weekend (and I think there will be a few cheeky people joining them elsewhere in the nation) so no one is going to be making huge announcements.

Still, we will keep you up to date, so if you are at work, or just checking in, you’ll be covered.

Ready?

Let’s get into it.

Updated at 22.40 BST

Source: The Guardian