Weekly news wrap – Stuff you may have missed

Royal Commission to probe banks

Malcolm Turnbull has announced a royal commission into misconduct in Australia’s banking and financial services. Despite having vehemently opposed an inquiry, sought by Labor for almost two years, the Prime Minister back-flipped after the big four banks called for him to end uncertainty.

Mr Turnbull today named former High Court Judge Kenneth Madison Hayne AC to head the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry. The commission has been instructed to deliver a final report by February 1, 2019.

Burke and Rush accused of abuse

A flood of allegations of inappropriate conduct was levelled against Australian television icon Don Burke in a news investigation this week. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that more than 50 people had made serious accusations about the star of Burke’s Backyard; one described him as a “high-grade, twisted abuser”. Though Mr Burke has denied the claims many more women have now come forward to tell their own stories about him.

Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush has also defended himself – against accusations of inappropriate conduct towards a young actress during his work with the Sydney Theatre Company on a production of King Lear. The company aired the allegation without first advising Rush that a complaint had been made, drawing accusations that it had denied Mr Rush natural justice.

Wedding bells summon Harry

Prince Harry and US actress Meghan Markle will tie the knot in May next year. News of their engagement was announced on Monday by Harry’s dad, Prince Charles, via the Clarence House Twitter page. Ms Markle will be baptised and confirmed into the Anglican Church before the wedding, and plans to acquire British citizenship.

Police foil New Year’s Eve ‘terror plot’

A Melbourne 20-year-old planned to buy a gun and kill as many people as he could on New Year’s Eve in Melbourne, police said. Ali Khalif Shire Ali had allegedly been inspired by an Al-Qaeda guidebook to carry out a mass murder and had been trying to acquire a firearm. Ali Ali was detained near his home after a raid earlier this week and charged with preparing to commit a terrorist act.

Kim now has all of the US in his sights

North Korea this week announced that the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching most of the mainland US had successfully capped its development of a nuclear capability. President Donald Trump dismissed the test, saying the US could handle the situation, while the UN Security Council scheduled an emergency meeting to be held next Wednesday to discuss the test, which violated international law and UN sanctions.

Triple J Hottest 100 makes a move

Triple J’s traditional Australia Day Hottest 100 countdown will be shifted to a different day next year because survey results showing support for a new date. Triple J decided to review the timing of the broadcast amid “increasing debate” about Australia Day and its very different significance to the settler population and to indigenous people. The 2018 countdown will now be held on Saturday, January 27. The radio station has yet to decide on a new permanent slot for the broadcast.

War criminal dies by poisoning himself

A Bosnian-Croat war general, 72-year-old Slobodan Praljak, killed himself by drinking cyanide after the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal confirmed his sentence of 20 years for war crimes committed against Bosnian Muslims. Praljak loudly proclaimed his innocence then swallowed the contents of a small bottle he had hidden in a pocket. Investigations are continuing into when and by whom the poison was passed to him.

Aussie sports stars shine

Australian and Melbourne Storm skipper Cameron Smith has been crowned the best rugby league player worldwide, receiving the 2017 Golden Boot award. Smith last won the code’s highest honour in 2007.

Matildas striker Sam Kerr was honoured in Bangkok as the Asian Football Confederation’s women’s player of the year. Kerr has been in brilliant form over the season, scoring 11 goals in her last six international appearances for Australia.

Recording Academy release Grammy nominations

The US Recording Academy this week released nominations for the 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Only a few Australian acts got the nod: Sia, Mansionair and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will be fly the flag at the awards show in New York in January. Rapper Jay-Z leads the nominations count with eight, closely followed by Kendrick Lamar who has seven. Kiwi singer Lorde, the only female artist nominated for Album of the Year, is up against Jay-Z, Lamar, Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino.

Plain Hayne to land at Parramatta

NRL’s polarising prodigal child Jarryd Hayne is set to re-join the Parramatta Eels after being officially released from the final year of his contract at the Gold Coast Titans. The former Roosters’ halfback Mitchell Pearce has ended speculation about his future, signing a rich four-year deal with current cellar-dwellers the Newcastle Knights. – Compiled from web sources by Olivia Silk, Teaghan Wilson and Troy Whittaker

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