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An independent editorial review has criticised the ABC documentary Exposed: The Ghost Train Fire for making an historical allegation about former New South Wales premier Neville Wran.
Wran, the Australian Labor “giant” who led NSW as premier for a decade, died in 2014 aged 87. A group of his former staffers has been critical of the ABC documentary by award-winning journalist Caro Meldrum-Hanna.
The three-part series examined the tragic event that occurred at Sydney’s Luna Park in 1979, when a fire destroyed the ghost train ride, resulting in the deaths of six boys and a man.
But one aspect of the program, about connections between Wran and organised crime figure Abe Saffron, have been criticised by Wran’s friends including former ABC chairman and managing director David Hill, former NSW premiers Bob Carr and Barrie Unsworth and former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull as unfair, uncorroborated and stretching credulity.
“It contains a critical opinion about one aspect of Exposed – an historical allegation regarding Neville Wran, to which ABC News has responded,” the ABC said in a statement ahead of the publication of the review.
Guardian Australia understands the review will be made public on Monday afternoon.
Labor’s shadow foreign affairs minister Penny Wong spoke to the ABC this morning about Afghanistan, and was asked what she believed the government should be doing to evacuate people Australia had promised to help:
Look, this is a very perilous situation. We’ve seen one strike. We’ve seen more terror attacks discussed and planned. This is a very risky situation.
&#8230; we thank the ADF personnel and the other personnel, Australian personnel and the US and the UK forces for assisting in the evacuation of many Australian visa holders. Regrettably, we have left hundreds behind, and the government will need to focus on how it deals with the Australian citizens, permanent residents and visa holders who have been left in Afghanistan.
This will be something that will be negotiated over time with the international community, and obviously, with whomever ends up in control, or largely in control of Kabul and Afghanistan.
But I would say this: I do think that it is disappointing that the government did not listen to the many calls to get people out earlier. We saw the veteran community very vocally calling on the government to act, to bring out those who have helped us. And it is, I think, deeply regrettable, that the government failed to act earlier, as I said. All our thanks to the brave and our friends and allies who helped evacuate people in the last two weeks. But for months now, the government has been called upon to act and failed to do so.
Victorian premier Daniel Andrews announced yesterday he would be extending Melbourne’s lockdown after recording 92 cases, with just 63 of them linked on Sunday.
The ACT will decide over the coming day or two what it plans to do with its lockdown.
Meanwhile, mRNA supplies should be increasing over the next couple of months, but older Australians who waited to have a choice could find themselves at the back of the queue:
Brisbane is getting its second mass vaccination hub, this time in the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall. That will open up on 8 September and help take the pressure off the existing hub, which is in the city.
Welcome to the second week of parliamentary sittings, which will be a lot like the first – not a lot going on.
Covid travel restrictions mean we have pretty much the same cast in the parliament in Canberra this week, which is not many, although the main players will of course be around.
Two ICU nurses from Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred and St Vincent’s hospitals have independently raised concerns that when working in non-Covid ICUs in recent weeks, the pressure that surging Covid cases had placed across the health system has left them understaffed to the point that increasing sedative dosage is the safest way they can manage their patient load.
Guardian Australia does not suggest the nurses have administered sedatives their patients were not already prescribed by a doctor.