The estimated number of animals killed in the bushfires has risen to over one billion. As Koala's are pushed to the brink of extinction, the government has announced $50 million to help rescue and protect wildlife affected by the crisis. Experts warn "this is just the tip of the iceberg".
The unfolding bushfire crisis has been described as a "Port Arthur moment" with business leaders urging the Morrison government to take a stronger stance on reducing carbon emissions and adopt a co-ordinated national strategy to confront climate change. Paul Bassat, co-founder of SEEK said, "The government and all Australians must take much more aggressive measures to reduce emissions".
Iran is closer "than ever before" to regime collapse. Some argue this is the most vulnerable the Islamic Republic’s regime has been since its founding in 1979. Thousands of Iranians have joined protests fuelled by anger over the governments handling of the downed passenger jet.
The Queen has granted Prince Harry and Meghan Markle permission to step away from the Royal family saying "Although we would have preferred them to remain full-time working members of the royal family, we respect and understand their wish to live a more independent life as a family while remaining a valued part of my family." Whether they will be stripped of their titles and who will pay for security is yet to be announced.
Australian shares are expected to open high after further gains on Wall street. The Dow Jones jumped 74.26 points (0.26%) to 28,898.03, S&P 500 rose 21.55 points (0.66%) to 3,286.90 and Nasdaq climbed 91.65 points (1.00%) to 9,270.51.