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The Informer: Turnbull slams 'foreign policy failure', Musk's vision for Twitter

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined federal election commentary with criticism of the Morrison government. Picture: Jonathan Carroll
Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has joined federal election commentary with criticism of the Morrison government. Picture: Jonathan Carroll

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has unleashed his first major intervention into the election campaign, pinning the blame on the Morrison government for the deal struck between Beijing and Solomon Islands.

"The government cannot gild the lily on this, this has been a failure ... an absolute failure of foreign policy," he told ABC's RN Breakfast.

Labor has meanwhile unveiled a plan to reinstate Australia as the preferred partner for countries in the Pacific. If elected, they would establish a defence school, boost funding for aerial surveillance in the South Pacific and help the ABC expand its programming and training opportunities in the region.

Teachers in NSW will strike on Wednesday next week, as a dispute over pay and teacher shortages escalates.

Already this year the state has faced repeated industrial action from nurses, health workers, transport workers and paramedics, who are all pushing the government for better pay and conditions.

Elon Musk's $61 billion AUD acquisition of Twitter could mean less moderation on the platform and reinstatement of banned individuals including former president Donald Trump.

Musk has previously criticised Twitter's moderation and said that its algorithm for prioritising tweets should be public.

Uber has found itself in some hot water, admitting to breaking Australian Consumer Law after falsely telling people they could be charged for cancelling trips and misrepresenting the fares of competing taxi companies.

The rideshare service faces a $26 million penaltyafter agreeing to make joint submissions to the Federal Court with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.

And in some lighter news, here's a quote for you today: "I can't say that we're going to be the magic wand, but we will slide into the community and have a positive effect on at least someone. And if we can save just one life, then it's worth it. And, you know, goats are pretty cool!"

That's Alyssia Coates from Smithton Tasmania speaking on why goats and yoga are her key to unlocking mental health conversations in regional areas.

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