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By Heidi Parker For Dailymail.com

Published: 12:28 EST, 11 December 2017 | Updated: 12:50 EST, 11 D..

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Published: 12:28 EST, 11 December 2017 | Updated: 12:50 EST, 11 December 2017

The Golden Globe Award nominations were announced on Monday morning with The Shape Of Water, Big Little Lies and The Post doing well.

And it wasn't long before celebrities took to social media to share their joy over the good news.

Meryl Streep, nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Post, said: 'I’m thrilled for the movie, for Steven and Tom, and for the incredible ensemble of actors who made this movie need its moment in history. Thanks HFPA.'

She's happy: Meryl Streep expressed her joy over being nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on The Post; seen in January

She's happy: Meryl Streep expressed her joy over being nominated for a Golden Globe for her work on The Post; seen in January

He got one too: Her co-star Tom Hanks, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Post, added: 'Very happy the work of the others on The Post has been given the attention they deserve. Thank you to the HFPA'He got one too: Her co-star Tom Hanks, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Post, added: 'Very happy the work of the others on The Post has been given the attention they deserve. Thank you to the HFPA'

He got one too: Her co-star Tom Hanks, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Post, added: 'Very happy the work of the others on The Post has been given the attention they deserve. Thank you to the HFPA'

Her co-star Tom Hanks, nominated for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama, for The Post, added: 'Very happy the work of the others on The Post has been given the attention they deserve. Thank you to the HFPA.'

Nicole Kidman, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for her work in Big Little Lies, said: 'We are all aware of how rare it is for a show and it’s cast to be honored in such a huge way, and we are all incredibly grateful.'

She added: 'Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving the show so much love. It was made with love, guided by the incredible David E. Kelley and Jean-Marc Vallée as well as my partners in passion Reese Witherspoon, Per Saari and Bruna Papandrea.

Thrilled: Nicole Kidman of Big Little Lies, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'We are all aware of how rare it is for a show and it¿s cast to be honored in such a huge way, and we are all incredibly grateful'Thrilled: Nicole Kidman of Big Little Lies, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'We are all aware of how rare it is for a show and it¿s cast to be honored in such a huge way, and we are all incredibly grateful'

Thrilled: Nicole Kidman of Big Little Lies, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'We are all aware of how rare it is for a show and it’s cast to be honored in such a huge way, and we are all incredibly grateful'

More: She added: 'Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving the show so much love. It was made with love, guided by the incredible David E. Kelley and Jean-Marc Vallée as well as my partners in passion Reese Witherspoon, Per Saari and Bruna Papandrea'More: She added: 'Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving the show so much love. It was made with love, guided by the incredible David E. Kelley and Jean-Marc Vallée as well as my partners in passion Reese Witherspoon, Per Saari and Bruna Papandrea'

More: She added: 'Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press for giving the show so much love. It was made with love, guided by the incredible David E. Kelley and Jean-Marc Vallée as well as my partners in passion Reese Witherspoon, Per Saari and Bruna Papandrea'

'The character Celeste is so precious to me and the recognition is deeply appreciated.'

Her husband Keith Urban tweeted: 'Hey baby- CONGRATULATIONS on all the GLOBES love this morn!!!!!! Incredibly proud of you, the work, and all the BLL and TOTL team. THE STARS ALIGNED!!! xxxxxx – KU.'

Jude Law of The Young Pope, nominated for Best Performance by Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'I’m happy that my work with the wonderful Paolo Sorrentino has been recognised. Thank you HFPA.'

He made it! Jude Law of The Young Pope, nominated for Best Performance by Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'I¿m happy that my work with the wonderful Paolo Sorrentino has been recognised'He made it! Jude Law of The Young Pope, nominated for Best Performance by Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'I¿m happy that my work with the wonderful Paolo Sorrentino has been recognised'

He made it! Jude Law of The Young Pope, nominated for Best Performance by Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, said: 'I’m happy that my work with the wonderful Paolo Sorrentino has been recognised'

Success: Alison Brie of Glow, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, added: 'Wow wow wow!!! Thank you HFPA for the nomination!! I am over the moon!!!'Success: Alison Brie of Glow, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, added: 'Wow wow wow!!! Thank you HFPA for the nomination!! I am over the moon!!!'

Success: Alison Brie of Glow, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, added: 'Wow wow wow!!! Thank you HFPA for the nomination!! I am over the moon!!!'

Claire Foy of The Crown, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series, Drama, said it was an 'honour.'

The actress began: 'It is such an honour to receive this nomination today! Thank you so much to the HFPA for their continued support of The Crown. I can’t express enough what a wonderful project it has been to be a part of, with such an extraordinary cast and crew. Thank you, thank you.'

The Crown creator Peter Morgan, who was nominated for Best Television Series, Drama, said: 'Thrilled thrilled thrilled thrilled!!!!'

Alison Brie of Glow, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, added: 'Wow wow wow!!! Thank you HFPA for the nomination!! I am over the moon!!!'

Royal move: Claire Foy of The Crown, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series, Drama, said it was an 'honour'Royal move: Claire Foy of The Crown, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series, Drama, said it was an 'honour'

Royal move: Claire Foy of The Crown, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series, Drama, said it was an 'honour'

Hugh Jackman, who stars in The Showman, wrote: 'Over 7 years ago we began the journey to get @GreatestShowman made into a major motion picture. Through all of the (literal) blood, sweat and tears …. giving up was never an option. As it is said – with great risk comes great reward. Thank you #HFPA! @goldenglobes.'

Seth Rogen tweeted: 'THE DISASTER ARTIST get nominated for big Hollywood awards!! What a story!!'

Kevin Bacon of I Love Dick, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series, Musical or Comedy, said: 'Thanks to the amazing Actors , Writers Directors and crew of this truly experimental.'

Freddie Highmore of The Good Doctor, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series, Drama, had a lot to say.

'There cannot be more wonderful news to wake up to on a Monday morning than this. Thank you to each and every member of the Hollywood Foreign Press for this amazing honour. I’m proud that an optimistic, hopeful and unabashedly "good" character like Shaun has resonated with so many.

His show: Hugh Jackman, who stars in The Showman, wrote: 'Over 7 years ago we began the journey to get @GreatestShowman made into a major motion picture. Through all of the (literal) blood, sweat and tears .... giving up was never an option'His show: Hugh Jackman, who stars in The Showman, wrote: 'Over 7 years ago we began the journey to get @GreatestShowman made into a major motion picture. Through all of the (literal) blood, sweat and tears .... giving up was never an option'

His show: Hugh Jackman, who stars in The Showman, wrote: 'Over 7 years ago we began the journey to get @GreatestShowman made into a major motion picture. Through all of the (literal) blood, sweat and tears …. giving up was never an option'

'And to David, the writers, producers, cast and crew of The Good Doctor – thank you all, and I can’t wait to spend the day celebrating with (most of!) you on set today.'

Bob Odenkirk of Better Call Saul, nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama, said: 'I’m thrilled to be noticed and nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press. My evolving role on Better Call Saul is incredibly rewarding. Like the fans, I can’t wait to see where it goes next.'

Frankie Shaw of SMILF, nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series, Musical or Comedy, wrote: 'I can’t believe it! What started as a little short film I shot in my friend’s bedroom turned into this. I am so honored for the show to be recognized and for our name to be up there with all of these amazingly creative and talented people. Thank you to Showtime for believing in us, and thank you thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press!!!'

Chrissy Metz of This Is Us said: 'A big thank you to #HFPA for our @NBCThisisUs nominations! We are honored. @goldenglobes.'

She is nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Her moment: Chrissy Metz of This Is Us said: 'A big thank you to #HFPA for our @NBCThisisUs nominations! We are honored. @goldenglobes'Her moment: Chrissy Metz of This Is Us said: 'A big thank you to #HFPA for our @NBCThisisUs nominations! We are honored. @goldenglobes'

Her moment: Chrissy Metz of This Is Us said: 'A big thank you to #HFPA for our @NBCThisisUs nominations! We are honored. @goldenglobes'

Insecure star Issa rae wrote: 'Thanks for the congrats, everyone! Much love to my #InsecureHBO family & congrats to the other nominees! #GoldenGlobes.'

Millie Bobby Brown added: 'Congrats @DavidKHarbour and @Stranger_Things for the #GoldenGlobes nominations! Happy days�� #DadDance @netflix.'

Shawn Levy, executive producer of Stranger Things, nominated for Best Television Series – Drama: 'While all of us working on STRANGER THINGS were grateful for the success of our first season, we were also vigilantly determined not to rest on that. We wanted to make a second season that would feel authentic to our show and characters, but strive further in cinematic scope, emotion and depth.

The lead: Guillermo del Toro¿s Shape of Water (pictured) leads the nominations with seven followed by Steven Spielberg¿s The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six eachThe lead: Guillermo del Toro¿s Shape of Water (pictured) leads the nominations with seven followed by Steven Spielberg¿s The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six each

The lead: Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water (pictured) leads the nominations with seven followed by Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six each

'We are so grateful for the reception of STRANGER THINGS 2 and the recognition of the HFPA with this second Golden globe nomination.'

Billie Jean King said: 'Congratulations to #EmmaStone and @SteveCarell on their @goldenglobes Best Actress and Best Actor nominations for @billievsbobby! Two great people who delivered two incredible performances. Proud to have played a small part in the film's success! #GoldenGlobes

Edgar Wright tweeted: 'Go, Baby, go!'

There were some negative reactions to the nods, however.

'The Golden Globes could have nominated Greta Gerwig, Dee Rees, Jordan Peele or even Patty Jenkins for Best Director. But no, we got five white men. Very disappointed,' one person tweeted.

Meanwhile....: Fans were not happy that Patty Jenkins was not nominated for Wonder WomanMeanwhile....: Fans were not happy that Patty Jenkins was not nominated for Wonder Woman

Meanwhile….: Fans were not happy that Patty Jenkins was not nominated for Wonder Woman

Gerwig made a directorial debut with Lady Bird, Jenkins did Wonder Woman and Peele was on Get Out.

Guillermo del Toro’s Shape of Water leads the nominations with seven followed by Steven Spielberg’s The Post and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with six each.

Lady Bird stood alone in third place with four nominations, including Saoirse Ronan in the lead actress category.

Call Me By Your Name, The Greatest Showman, All the Money in the World, Dunkirk, and I, Tonya all followed with three nominations each.

HBO’s summer hit Big Little Lies dominated the competition on the TV side with six nominations.

FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan followed with four, and This Is Us, Fargo, and The Handmaid’s Tale tied for third place with three nods each.

The 75th Golden Globes Awards will air live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on January 7 on NBC with host Seth Meyers.

GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINATIONS

Best Motion Picture – Drama

Call Me By Your Name

Dunkirk

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Dunkirk got a Best Motion Picture nodDunkirk got a Best Motion Picture nod

Dunkirk got a Best Motion Picture nod

Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

The Disaster Artist

Get Out

The Greatest Showman

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

Best Motion Picture – Animated

The Boss Baby

The Breadwinner

Coco

Ferdinand

Loving Vincent

Best Motion Picture – Foreign Language

A Fantastic Woman

First They Killed My Father

In the Fade

Loveless

The Square

The Post received a Best Picture nod as did Meryl Streep and Tom HanksThe Post received a Best Picture nod as did Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks

The Post received a Best Picture nod as did Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama

Jessica Chastain, Molly’s Game

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Meryl Streep, The Post

Michelle Williams, All the Money in the World

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Tom Hanks, The Post

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

James Franco was given a nod for The Disaster ArtistJames Franco was given a nod for The Disaster Artist

James Franco was given a nod for The Disaster Artist

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Judi Dench, Victoria & Abdul

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes

Helen Mirren, The Leisure Seeker

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

Steve Carell, Battle of the Sexes

Ansel Elgort, Baby Driver

James Franco, The Disaster Artist

Hugh Jackman, The Greatest Showman

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Hong Chau, Downsizing

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Nicole Kidman was nominated for her work on Big Little LiesNicole Kidman was nominated for her work on Big Little Lies

Nicole Kidman was nominated for her work on Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director – Motion Picture

Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Ridley Scott, All The Money in the World

Steven Spielberg, The Post

Reese Witherspoon was acknowledged for her work on Big Little LiesReese Witherspoon was acknowledged for her work on Big Little Lies

Reese Witherspoon was acknowledged for her work on Big Little Lies

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture

The Shape of Water

Lady Bird

The Post

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Molly’s Game

Best Original Score – Motion Picture

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

The Shape of Water

Phantom Thread

The Post

Dunkirk

Best Original Song – Motion Picture

“Home”, Ferdinand

“Mighty River”, Mudbound

“Remember Me”, Coco

“The Star”, The Star

“This Is Me”, The Greatest Showman

Best Television Series – Drama

The Crown

Game of Thrones

The Handmaid’s Tale

Stranger Things

This is Us

Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Blackish

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Master of None

SMILF

Will & Grace

The Crown was singled out for Best Television Series ¿ DramaThe Crown was singled out for Best Television Series ¿ Drama

The Crown was singled out for Best Television Series – Drama

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Big Little Lies

Fargo

Feud: Bette and Joan

The Sinner

Top of the Lake: China Girl

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies

Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan

Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan

Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Robert De Niro, The Wizard of Lies

Jude Law, The Young Pope

Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks

Ewan McGregor, Fargo

Geoffrey Rush, Genius

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series – Drama

Caitriona Balfe, Outlander

Claire Foy, The Crown

Maggie Gyllenhaal, The Deuce

Katherine Langford, 13 Reasons Why

Elisabeth Moss, The Handmaid’s Tale

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series – Drama

Sterling K. Brown, This is Us

Freddie Highmore, The Good Doctor

Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul

Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan

Jason Bateman, Ozark

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Pamela Adlon, Better Things

Alison Brie, GLOW

Rachel Brosnahan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Issa Rae, Insecure

Frankie Shaw, SMILF

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy

Anthony Anderson, Blackish

Aziz Anari, Master of None

Kevin Bacon, I Love Dick

William H. Macy, Shameless

Eric McCormack, Will & Grace

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Laura Dern, Big Little Lies

Ann Dowd, The Handmaid’s Tale

Chrissy Metz, This Is Us

Michelle Pfeiffer, The Wizard of Lies

Shailene Woodley, Big Little Lies

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

David Harbour, Stranger Things

Alfred Molina, Feud: Bette and Joan

Christian Slater, Mr. Robot

Alexander Skarsgard, Big Little Lies

David Thewlis, Fargo

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In the past fortnight, Australia has been gripped by revelations that former Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison secretly appointed himself to several additional ministries.

The move has been labelled a “power grab” by his successor as prime minister, and Mr Morrison has been scolded by many – even his own colleagues.

But the scandal has also dragged Australia’s governor-general into the fray – sparking one of the biggest controversies involving the Queen’s representative in Australia in 50 years.

So does Governor-General David Hurley have questions to answer, or is he just collateral damage?

‘Just paperwork’

Governors-general have fulfilled the practical duties as Australia’s head of state since the country’s 1901 federation.

Candidates for the role were initially chosen by the monarch but are now recommended by the Australian government.

The job is largely ceremonial – a governor-general in almost every circumstance must act on the advice of the government of the day. But conventions allow them the right to “encourage” and “warn” politicians.

Key duties include signing bills into law, issuing writs for elections, and swearing in ministers.

Mr Hurley has run into trouble on the latter. At Mr Morrison’s request, he swore the prime minister in as joint minister for health in March 2020, in case the existing minister became incapacitated by Covid.

Over the next 14 months, he also signed off Mr Morrison as an additional minister in the finance, treasury, home affairs and resources portfolios.

Mr Morrison already had ministerial powers, so Mr Hurley was basically just giving him authority over extra departments.

It’s a request the governor-general “would not have any kind of power to override or reject”, constitutional law professor Anne Twomey tells the BBC.

“This wasn’t even a meeting between the prime minister and the governor-general, it was just paperwork.”

But Mr Morrison’s appointments were not publicly announced, disclosed to the parliament, or even communicated to most of the ministers he was job-sharing with.

Australia’s solicitor-general found Mr Morrison’s actions were not illegal but had “fundamentally undermined” responsible government.

But the governor-general had done the right thing, the solicitor-general said in his advice this week.

It would have been “a clear breach” for him to refuse the prime minister, regardless of whether he knew the appointments would be kept secret, Stephen Donaghue said.

Critics push for investigation

Ultimately, Mr Hurley had to sign off on Mr Morrison’s requests, but critics say he could have counselled him against it and he could have publicised it himself.

But representatives for the governor-general say these types of appointments – giving ministers the right to administer other departments – are not unusual.

And it falls to the government of the day to decide if they should be announced to the public. They often opt not to.

Mr Hurley himself announcing the appointments would be unprecedented. He had “no reason to believe that appointments would not be communicated”, his spokesperson said.

Emeritus professor Jenny Hocking finds the suggestion Mr Hurley didn’t know the ministries had been kept secret “ridiculous”.

“The last of these bizarre, duplicated ministry appointments… were made more than a year after the first, so clearly by then the governor-general did know that they weren’t being made public,” she says.

“I don’t agree for a moment that the governor-general has a lot of things on his plate and might not have noticed.”

The historian says it’s one of the biggest controversies surrounding a governor-general since John Kerr caused a constitutional crisis by sacking Prime Minister Gough Whitlam in 1975.

Prof Hocking famously fought for transparency around that matter – waging a lengthy and costly legal battle that culminated in the release of Mr Kerr’s correspondence with the Queen.

And she says the same transparency is needed here.

The Australian public need to know whether Mr Hurley counselled the prime minister against the moves, and why he didn’t disclose them

The government has already announced an inquiry into Mr Morrison’s actions, but she wants it to look at the governor-general and his office too.

“If the inquiry is to find out what happened in order to fix what happened, it would be extremely problematic to leave out a key part of that equation.”

Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – Mr Morrison’s predecessor – has also voiced support for an inquiry.

“Something has gone seriously wrong at Government House,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It is the passive compliance along the chain… that did undermine our constitution and our democracy… that troubles me the most. This is how tyranny gets under way.”

PM defends governor-general

Prof Twomey says the criticism of Mr Hurley is unfair – there’s was no “conspiracy” on his part to keep things secret.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable for anyone to expect that he could have guessed that the prime minister was keeping things secret from his own ministers, for example.

“Nobody really thought that was a possibility until about two weeks ago.”

Even if he had taken the unprecedented step to publicise the appointments or to reject Mr Morrison’s request, he’d have been criticised, she says.

“There’d be even more people saying ‘how outrageous!'” she says. “The role of governor-general is awkward because people are going to attack you either way.”

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has also defended Mr Hurley, saying he was just doing his job.

“I have no intention of undertaking any criticism of [him].”

A role fit for purpose?

Prof Hocking says it’s a timely moment to look at the role of the governor-general more broadly.

She points out it’s possible the Queen may have been informed about Mr Morrison’s extra ministries when Australia’s parliament and people were not.

“It does raise questions about whether this is fit for purpose, as we have for decades been a fully independent nation, but we still have… ‘the relics of colonialism’ alive and well.”

Momentum for a fresh referendum on an Australian republic has been growing and advocates have seized on the controversy.

“The idea that the Queen and her representative can be relied upon to uphold our system of government has been debunked once and for all,” the Australian Republic Movement’s Sandy Biar says.

“It’s time we had an Australian head of state, chosen by Australians and accountable to them to safeguard and uphold Australia’s constitution.”

But Prof Twomey says republicans are “clutching at straws” – under their proposals, the head of state would also have been bound to follow the prime minister’s advice.

“It wouldn’t result in any changes that would have made one iota of difference.”

 

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Australia election: PM Morrison’s security team in car crash in Tasmania

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A car carrying the Australian prime minister’s security team has crashed in Tasmania during an election campaign visit.

Four police officers were taken to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries” after the car and another vehicle collided, authorities said.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison was not in the car, but the accident prompted him to cancel the rest of his campaign events on Thursday.

The other driver involved was not hurt.

Tasmania Police said initial investigations suggested the second car had “collided with the rear of the police vehicle, while attempting to merge”. It caused the unmarked security vehicle to roll off the road.

The two Tasmania Police officers and two Australian Federal Police officers were conscious when taken to hospital for medical assessment, the prime minister’s office said.

“Family members of the officers have been contacted and are being kept informed of their condition,” a statement said.

“The PM is always extremely grateful for the protection provided by his security team and extends his best wishes for their recovery and to their families.”

Australians go to the polls on 21 May. Mr Morrison – prime minister since 2018 – is hoping to win his conservative coalition’s fourth term in office.

Polls suggest the opposition Labor Party, led by Anthony Albanese, is favoured to win. However, Mr Morrison defied similar polling to claim victory at the last election in 2019.

Mr Morrison’s Liberal-National coalition holds 76 seats in the House of Representatives – the minimum needed to retain power.

Political observers say the cost of living, climate change, trust in political leaders, and national security will be among key issues in the campaign.

In recent weeks, the prime minister has faced accusations of being a bully and once sabotaging a rival’s career by suggesting the man’s Lebanese heritage made him less electable. Mr Morrison has denied the allegations.

Mr Albanese stumbled into his own controversy this week when he failed to recall the nation’s unemployment or interest rates.

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Sydney airport warns delays could last weeks on third day of travel chaos

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Long queues at Sydney airport’s domestic terminals have continued for a third day, with some passengers missing international connections, as the airport warns delays resulting from a surge in travellers and a shortfall in security staff could continue for weeks.

Chaotic scenes were reported in the departure halls as early as 4.30am on Saturday, with some frustrated travellers, many of whom heeded the pleas of airport chiefs to arrive at least two hours before their domestic flight was due to take off, claiming only one security line was operating.

While the queues that formed early on Saturday are understood to have cleared later in the morning, the airport apologised to affected travellers.

“Traffic numbers are picking up and the close contact rules are making it hard to fill shifts and staff the airport. We appreciate your patience,” Sydney airport said on its Twitter account.

A wave of families travelling as the term two school holidays begin this weekend, combined with close contact rules that are understood to be taking out about 20% of security shifts in any given day, are driving the problem.

Certis, the company that Sydney airport contracts for its security operations, is desperately trying to recruit personnel, while the airport has reallocated back office, IT and retail workers to the departure hall to comb queues so they can prioritise passengers at risk of missing their flight.

“We are working around the clock to resolve these issues and have teams in the terminals bringing passengers forward in order of priority,” a Sydney airport spokesperson said.

He added that the airport is “anticipating it will [be] busy right through the school holiday period and peak over the Easter and Anzac Day weekends, in some cases at 90% of pre-Covid passenger levels”.

“We’re deeply grateful to passengers for their ongoing patience and we’re sorry to everyone who has been inconvenienced,” the spokesperson said. “We would also like to thank passengers for getting to the airport early and treating staff and each other with kindness and respect.”

The Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce was forced to clarify comments he made on Friday that passengers were “not match fit” and that those forgetting to remove laptops and aerosols from their bags at the security check contributing to the delays.

“Just to be clear, I’m not ‘blaming’ passengers,” Joyce said. “Of course it’s not their fault,” he said.

Qantas shed thousands of staff during the pandemic, and outsourced ground crews in a decision that was challenged in court.

On Saturday, Qantas also apologised to a Melbourne family left stranded in Sydney, after domestic flight delays caused them to miss an international trip.

Javiera Martinez, her partner Daniel Capurro and their three children were supposed to be flying to Chile on Friday to visit relatives they had not seen in three years.

But after their 8am Qantas flight from Melbourne was delayed by half an hour, baggage handling and airport transfer delays in Sydney meant they couldn’t make their 11.30am LATAM Airlines flight to Santiago.

Martinez said the airline’s procedures at the airport were chaotic.

“We think Qantas didn’t behave appropriately. I got berated by the person at the counter – they never apologised, they never assumed any responsibility at all,” she said. “It was a rude conversation. We have been mistreated badly I would say.”

The PCR tests they need to travel have now expired and they will have to take them again as they wait for seats on the next flight to Santiago from Sunday.

The airline has apologised and paid for a night’s accommodation in Sydney.

“We sincerely apologise that the family missed their connecting flight on another airline due to delays moving through Sydney airport on Friday,” a Qantas spokesperson said.

The family is among many affected by hold ups amid the busiest travel period in two years, with Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports warning passengers to arrive two hours before domestic flights.

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