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Get ready for the race that stops a nation
Punters are being tempted by the prospect of a lightly-raced UK stayer pulling a Melbourne Cup shock for the second year running.
Charlie Appleby-trained Cross Counter has been a late mover in the market in the past 24 hours, shortening to $9 to be third favourite behind Yucatan — which has eased from $5.50 to $6 — and Magic Circle, which remained steady at $8.
Cross Counter has only missed a top two finish once in seven starts and aims to repeat the rise to fame of last year’s winner Rekindling, which saluted in his 10th start.
But it’s Marmelo who remains the centre piece of our $100 betting strategy — which you can see below this complete runner-by-runner guide — and he’s also shortened from $16 into $13.
Here’s your full guide.
Coalition MPs mull two elections in 2019
Voters could go to the polls in two federal elections next year under a radical proposal that could buy the Morrison government more time to win back support. A general election in May remains the most likely scenario.
But some Coalition MPs are open to holding a Senate election early in 2019 and a separate election for the House of Representatives several months later, Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday.
However, others have dismissed the dual election idea, with one government source telling Nine Network it was “fanciful”.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is spending the week touring marginal LNP seats on Queensland, in what is widely considered a soft-launch of his federal election campaign.
Asked yesterday whether his four-day bus tour amounted to a quasi campaign, Mr Morrison replied: “This is me doing what I do. I’m out, I’m listening, I’m hearing and I’m doing. That’s what I’m doing as a prime minister.”
The PM will visit the Sunshine Coast today, while Opposition Leader Bill Shorten attends the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington.
Sydney bar shut down for serving minors
88 Pocha, a trendy Korean bar in Sydney’s CBD, will be shut down for two weeks after staff was caught serving alcohol to a minor.
According to The Daily Telegraph, staff admitted a 17-year-old girl drinking beer and soju, a popular Korean spirit, had not been asked for ID during a sting last year.
A spokesman for the Independent Liquor & Gaming Authority said a group of six people attracted police attention due to their “youthful appearance” during a night out last December.
When police questioned them, a teenage girl was unable to show ID and later admitted to being 17 and having consumed alcohol.
‘Blue wave’ could bring down Trump
A non-partisan poll has shifted significantly in the Democrats’ favour on the day before the US midterm elections as insiders predict a “blue wave” could bring down Donald Trump.
With just hours until the vote that will be the biggest test of Mr Trump’s presidency, the Cook Political Report moved nine seats in the House of Representatives away from the Republican Party.
A CNN poll released on Monday in the US showed the Democrats ahead by 55 per cent to 42 per cent, benefiting from support from women, independents and black and Latino voters. About seven in 10 likely voters said they wanted to send a message about Mr Trump.
The President slammed the CNN report on Twitter as “Fake Suppression Polls and false rhetoric”.
A Washington Post-ABC News poll gave Democrats the edge in the House, with voters favouring Democratic candidates for the House over Republicans by 50 per cent to 43 per cent — but that was down from a 14-point advantage in August.
But it reported that Republicans could benefit from positive economic news and the focus on border security.
A poll by NBC and The Wall Street Journal also showed Democrats holding a seven-point advantage.
The crucial vote is just hours away, and emotions are running high as campaigners on both sides stage desperate, last-ditch battles to seal the win in this neck-and-neck contest.
— US correspondent Emma Reynolds
Fewer than 30 kids on Nauru, advocates say
Refugee advocates say there are 27 asylum seeker children remaining on Nauru after multiple families were flown to Australia for medical treatment. The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre says a total of 25 people — eight children as part of six families — left the Pacific island on Monday.
The asylum seekers remaining on Nauru and Manus Island have critical and serious medical issues, ASRC spokeswoman Jana Favero says.
“Everyone’s had enough. The Australian government sponsored offshore detention medical crisis needs to end now,” she said in a statement.
“After five years, every moment is too long.” However, once the families receive medical treatment they will not be resettled permanently in Australia.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton last week confirmed all asylum seeker children would be taken from Nauru by the end of this year, but non-refugees would be made to go back to their country of origin.
Refugees would be sent to the United States or resettled in other countries. A Labor government would also ban the asylum seekers from permanently settling in Australia, with the opposition’s policy centred on offshore processing and third-country resettlement.
Doomed Lion Air jet’s last flights had airspeed indicator problem
The head of Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee, Soerjanto Tjahjono, says the “black box” data recorder from the crashed Lion Air jet shows its last four flights all had an airspeed indicator problem.
Mr Tjahjono and investigator Nurcahyo Utomo told a news conference on Monday that the problem was similar on each of the four flights, including the fatal flight on October 29 that killed all 189 people on board.
The stunning revelation yesterday came after angry relatives confronted the airline’s co-founder at a meeting organised by Indonesian officials.
At the meeting, Mr Tjahjono said information downloaded from the flight data recorder is consistent with reports the plane’s speed and altitude were erratic. Searchers are still trying to locate the cockpit voice recorder.
Read the full story here.
Shark kills man in North Queensland
A man who was mauled by a shark in Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island this afternoon has died of his injuries.
The 33-year-old died in Mackay Base Hospital, police confirmed to The Courier Mail. It’s believed he suffered massive blood loss.
The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter service said the man had injuries to his left thigh, right calf and left wrist. The wrist injury was thought to be a defensive wound.
Queensland Ambulance tweeted that the attack occurred about 5.37pm.
Police earlier said they would not provide details on the condition of the man until they had spoken to his next of kin, who officers have not yet been able to locate.
— Charis Chang
Bride twin’s big wedding faux pas
Many people spend their whole lives dreaming about their wedding day — what they’ll be wearing, where it will be located, and who will attend.
There are so many little rules and regulations that it’s little wonder people say it’s the most important day of your life.
But one woman appeared to have her special day ruined after her identical twin sister got engaged just moments after the ceremony.
Jacqueline Longman, 34, from Yorkshire, had only just walked down the aisle to exchange vows with her husband, Phil, when her twin Gemma’s partner dropped down on one knee to pop the big question.
You’d imagine the bride might feel mortified to have her thunder stolen like that.
But Jacqueline later revealed she didn’t mind a bit — in fact, she had helped her future brother-in-law Chris to plan the whole thing.
“Some people found it odd and couldn’t believe I would let Chris propose on my wedding day, and thought it would ruin it, but for me I thought it was brilliant,” Jacqueline said.
“While it is a little strange, we are ridiculously close. We’re not the same person but we do and have done everything together.”
The couple came up with the suggestion that he should do it on their wedding day.
“He wanted to do it after me and my husband’s first dance, and I was going to give my bouquet to Gemma,” she said.
“But we thought it could go wrong if someone else caught it accidentally, there were a lot of ideas but the best one was waiting for them to have a photograph together.
“My husband was stressed on the morning of our wedding trying to calm Chris down while getting himself ready.
“I did think at one point, if she says no it will ruin my wedding day, but I knew deep down she wouldn’t and thank God I was right.”
The girls like to “joke” that Gemma “upstaged” Jacqueline on her big day, but in reality, they couldn’t be happier for each other.
Now Jacqueline is hoping to outdo her.
“I keep saying to her that I can’t wait for her wedding day, so I can surprise her,” she said.
“We’ll think of something bigger and better to pay her back.”
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