PM heads to White House

Prime Minister Scott Morrison is heading to Washington for a face-to-face meeting with US President Joe Biden.

At a Canberra news conference this morning before flying out to Washington, Mr Morrison said he was well prepared for his meeting. (main picture)

He said he welcomed the opportunity to once again speak directly with Mr Biden at the White House meeting of the “Quad” nations which would also include the leaders of India and Japan.

“A big part of my visit will be urgent talks with Mr Biden to constantly remind him of the new AUKUS agreement that will help Australia to rapidly respond to the very real and imminent threat posed by China by acquiring at least one submarine at some time in the next 20 years, maybe 30,” he said. “40, max.”

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Sky News “after dark” commentator Paul Murray has initiated legal action against his own employer.

It is understood Mr Murray is unhappy about a front-page story in today’s edition of News Corp Australia’s national broadshit The Australian that publicises a Sky News program airing tonight and featuring what is claimed to be Donald Trump’s “first Australian interview since becoming President in 2016”. (pictured)

Mr Murray said the story ignored the fact that he had interviewed Mr Trump at the White House in September 2019. (pictured)

Mr Murray plans to sue News Corp Australia – parent company to Sky News – for defamation, claiming the story has damaged his professional reputation.

But a spokesperson for News Corp Australia said Mr Murray’s action had little chance of success.

“We are confident that any jury or a judge sitting alone and hearing the case Mr Murray presents will readily agree that his discussion with Mr Trump in 2019 did not constitute an ‘interview’ as such,” the spokesperson said.

“If the action proceeds to court we will be arguing strongly that far from being an interview in the accepted meaning of the word, Mr Murray’s 2019 encounter with the former President was more akin to a public rim job or human enema.”