Macron reaches out

French President Emmanuel Macron has reached out to former prime minister Scott Morrison in the wake of the resolution of compensation for the French consortium’s scrapped contract to build new submarines for the Royal Australian Navy.

After the $830 million compensation payment was announced, Mr Macron sent Mr Morrison a personal note including a photo taken at an international gathering hosted by France. (main picture)

In the personal note Mr Macron told Mr Morrison: “The photo is the way I will always remember you.”

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Opposition Leader Peter Dutton says the Albanese Government has failed to guarantee Australia’s national security after Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles “bungled” a meeting with a senior Chinese Government official at the weekend.

In Singapore for an international summit, Mr Marles who is also Defence Minister ended a two-year freeze on diplomatic relations with China by holding discussions with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe.

“This is an abject failure by Mr Marles who is a known Chinese agent undermining Australia at every turn,” Mr Dutton said.

“Mr Marles was in the same room as General Wei, was standing next to him for official photo, yet he failed to take him out,” Mr Dutton said.

“If I had still been defence minister I would not have made the same mistake. I would have ‘reset’ relations between our two countries in no uncertain terms.

“This opportunity was bungled by Mr Marles who is known to enjoy Chinese food and is a known supporter of China and the Chinese economy.”

When asked for proof of his last claim Mr Dutton said: “He’s admitted shopping at Bunnings. What more evidence do you need?”

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Children in lower primary grade classes in US schools have welcomed news of a legislative breakthrough on gun laws.

The US Senate is expected to pass new laws which will make more records of gun buyers under age 21 available for background checking, as well as fund new state laws to temporarily take guns from people considered potentially violent, and improve school safety and mental health programs.

In a written statement, children from prep to year 6 in schools across America said it was comforting to know that in the future only offenders who had not previously come to the attention of authorities would commit future mass shootings with still freely available high-powered semi-automatic weapons.

“It’s good to know that this major political breakthrough means that like many little children before us we won’t be killed only by known crazy people,” the statement said.