Good morning this Monday morning the 18th of August.
This is Jon Fabian, and what a morning for news we have today. The
tragic shootings in the Sydney gay nightclub over the weekend by a
man identified by police as Hasaan Ali, who apparently was draped
in an Islamic State flag and who shouted Allah Akbar before firing
on the crowd, and left behind a note that said homosexuality is a
sin against Allah, but as the police minister said, we must not
jump to conclusions about the motives behind this attack. Indeed, I
think we will never know the motives since this person of interest
was shot dead by police.
In light of this attack, we are very fortunate to have Waleed
Ali, an expert on terrorism, not that we know that this was an act
of terrorism. Waleed will share his favourite halal recipes, and
will be able to answer all your questions on how to prepare them.
If we have time, he may also provide us with an opinion on whether
the police allowed this man, Hasaan Ali, his human rights. I should
mention, that Waleed isnt related to the terror. sorry the alleged
person of interest in the Sydney attack.
Also today we will be looking into the unprecedented heat wave
in the UK with a palaeontologist who has literally written the book
wombats, Professor Tim Flannery. This month they had
temperatures as high as 35 degrees, not seen since 1976. Isnt this
proof of climate change? And just to have a balanced debate on this
matter here at the ABC, Tim will be debating with fellow climate
expert, Sarah Hanson-Young, two people with strong opinions on this
topic. I will do my best to moderate this discussion as objectively
as I can. It likely to get very heated.
Then of course we had the launch of a missile by North Korea
sinking a Japanese navy frigate in the Sea of Japan. I will be
speaking with our special geopolitical correspondent Yassmin
Abdel-Magied who has been following this story closely, and has
written in the Guardian today how this is the fault of President
Trump and why he should visit Pyongyang to apologise to the North
Look, I have just received breaking news from Sydney at the
Premiers press conference on this weekends events. While the
conference was mostly to do with the weekend attack, our reporter
was able to ask a question of the Premier I am sure will be of
great interest to ABC listeners and I can reveal that the Premier
has indicated that Parliament will be considering introducing laws
that will allow gays to adopt children, providing important context
to the news today since this anti-gay discrimination may be a
contributing factor to the tragedy yesterday, something that has
been totally ignored by all other media at the press conference.
All the news you want to hear, only on your ABC.
With just a minute or so before the news, I need to say a few
words on the demise of the Fairfax newspapers. With this