Morning Mail: ‘Oppressive’ Centrelink suspensions; Asio defends targeting autistic boy; Dunkley byelection fallout

<span>Centrelink suspended payments to a jobseeker who was in hospital after brain surgery.</span><span>Photograph: Darren England/AAP</span>
Centrelink suspended payments to a jobseeker who was in hospital after brain surgery.Photograph: Darren England/AAP

Good morning. A jobseeker whose Centrelink payments were suspended while he was in hospital recovering from brain surgery is calling for an overhaul to the way suspensions are handled. The Albanese government is mulling an overhaul of the employment services system following a damning parliamentary review that criticised the mutual obligations system.

Elsewhere, Hamas negotiators arrive for ceasefire talks in Cairo, and the Asio boss insists agencies don’t radicalise people after criticism of an undercover operation.



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There’s a lot of attention right now on nootropics, or brain boosters, with marketing is telling us these over-the-counter supplements will keep us awake and alert, and even improve the way our brains perform. But should we believe the hype? Guardian contributor Bianca Nogrady says it’s complicated.


The comedian Hannah Gadsby spoke to Guardian Australia about their fourth Netflix special, an exercise in sharing the microphone that features seven comedians each with different experiences of gender, sexuality and how to get laughs.

The trans rights discussion is “just part of the broader culture wars – trans people are being held up as this wedge issue. It’s happened before, we know it’s wrong,” Gadsby says. “We always feel regret, culturally, after these moments – ‘Oh we were a bit harsh there weren’t we?’

“But these moral panics exist in a time of great uncertainty, which it is, and certain groups of individuals cop it. And that’s what’s happening, and that makes it very dangerous. And Australia isn’t immune.”

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Guardian Australia reviews the best places to work for free in central Melbourne.

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The Age reports that China’s leading spy agency was the organisation behind the sustained targeting of Australians detailed by the nation’s spy chief in his annual threat assessment. Peter Dutton will unveil a pre-budget nuclear power plan after the Dunkley byelection loss, according to the Australian. Grieving parents who have lost children at Queensland’s embattled maternity wards tell the Courier Mail that they have spent months begging for external reviews.

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