PM doubles down on China attack

CANBERRA: A furious Scott Morrison has this morning doubled down on his attack on China’s leadership for first posting and then defending the “disgusting and despicable fake image on an Australian soldier holding a knife to a child’s throat”.

“The two children that our elite SAS troops reportedly slit the throats of in Afghanistan were much older than the child depicted in that disgraceful image,” the Prime Minister thundered.

“And neither of those two older children was holding a goat at the time.”

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BRISBANE: Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has welcomed the reopening of the Queensland/NSW border but has warned the barrier could come back up “at any time”.

“About three to four months prior to the next state election in 2024 would be my best hope as to timing,” she said.

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SYDNEY: Political scribes here are praising Premier Gladys Berejiklian for a solid start to the week.

“If the rest of the week can go as smoothly as yesterday, there’s a very good chance she will see out the week without saying or doing anything really, really stupid,” one observed.

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WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump has explained his motivation for tweeting a “get well” message to President-Elect Joe Biden.

The President surprised US political observers by sending the apparently friendly message to Mr Biden after reports emerged that he had injured his ankle while playing with his dog.

Mr Trump has otherwise gone out of his way to pillory, demean, and generally insult Mr Biden since the 3 November election.

“I tweeted Sleepy Joe because I can empathise with his position,” Mr Trump said.

“When I heard he of his diagnosis I didn’t hesitate to send the tweet  because I know only too well what it’s like to have a fractured hairline,” he explained.