The Loop: Coalition shares election costs, refugee lawyer wins appeal and English footballer comes out as gay

Hi there. It’s Tuesday, May 17, and you’re reading The Loop, a summary of today’s news.

Today we heard a lot about election costs.

After much talk about policies and plans in the run-up to Election Day – that’s this Saturday if you forgot – the coalition has announced its official election costs, which is basically how it says it will pay for everything it has promised. To do if they are re-elected.

Here’s how the coalition plans to find the money:

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the team has been responsible for the cost of the policy. (ABC News)

Shortly after the coalition announced its charges, we heard the response from Labour:

Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers criticized the government, describing it as “a laughing stock and the economy”:

“They are desperately trying to distract from the fact that they accumulated $1 trillion in debt before the pandemic and doubled the debt. Wages go [backward]†

Mr. Chalmers said Labor would release its policy fees on Thursday. The Greens also released their policy fees today, which you can read more about here.

News you may have missed

Shane Bazzi won his appeal against Defense Secretary Peter Dutton. The refugee lawyer won an appeal against a defamation verdict that ordered him to pay Dutton $35,000 for a now-deleted tweet. The defense minister had charged Mr. Bazzi over the tweet, which accused him of being “a rape apologist”.


Elon Musk tried Twitter again: Tesla’s CEO has suggested he could try to acquire Twitter at a lower price than he initially offered because – as he claims – there could be at least four times as many fake accounts on the social media platform the company has disclosed. In a series of tweets, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal attempted to explain how the platform tackles spam accounts, to which Musk replied…



Ukrainian troops have left the Azovstal steel plant. Efforts have been made to rescue the last remaining fighters from a destroyed steel mill in Mariupol’s ruined Ukrainian port city, now firmly under Russian control. Ukrainian officials said the troops entrenched in the steel mill had completed their mission, but some are seriously injured. Buses bearing the “Z” symbol transport wounded Ukrainian soldiers to a hospital in Novoazovsk. Space to play or pause, M to mute, left and right arrows to search, and up and down hands for volume.

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Zara Phythian. The British actor and her husband, Victor Marke, have been convicted of child sex crimes, the BBC reported. Phythian – who played the Brunette Zealot in the Marvel film Doctor Strange – was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl with her husband, who also single-handedly sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl. Phythian was sentenced to eight years in prison, while her husband, Jake Daniels, was sentenced to 14 years. The 17-year-old, who plays for Blackpool FC in the UK, is the first active professional male footballer in England to come out as gay in over 30 years. He said he was inspired by the example of Adelaide United midfielder Josh Cavallo, who last year became the first openly gay male player in a top Australian football league.


one more thing

After winning the Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend this year, the Ukrainian Kalush Orchestra has now returned to their home country and released an impromptu version of their winning song, Stefania; on their return to Ukraine, they had a little help from their compatriotsthemat td Poland.

You are informed!

Until next time…



Dorothy R. Barrett

I’m a full-time blogger by passion. This is my first blog, and I'm excited to share everything that I love about technology, business, and lifestyle with you. I’m a writer by trade, and I can be found writing about tech, business, and lifestyle on my personal blog.

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