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Pressure To Remove Curfew In Melbourne Builds

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look: 10 September 2020

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Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews looks on during a press conference on September 06, 2020 in Melbourne. (Getty)

Victoria's Police Commissioner claimed that he was not consulted on the curfew.

Political // BLUF: Pressure is building on the Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, to remove the curfew being imposed on the city of Melbourne.

This follows the Commissioner of the Victoria Police, Shane Patton, stating today that he was not consulted on the curfew, and is inquiring as to whether any other police were.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer, Brett Sutton, admitted earlier this week that the curfew was not his idea, but that he was not necessarily against it.

Despite the curfew apparently not being based on advice from a health or law enforcement perspective, Andrews thus far is refusing to budge on lifting the curfew.

Currently, the curfew is set to ease on 13 September to 9 pm till 5 am, and lift on 26 October.

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The Daily Quick-Look for 10 September 2020

The Deciport Daily Quick-Look is your at-a-glance look at several key events and situations around the world over the last 24 hours. Each headline contains the link to its source report.

BLUF = Bottom Line Up Front.

FYSA = For Your Situational Awareness.

1. UNITED STATES - Security, Political: United States formally announces troop reduction in Iraq

FYSA: The United States military on Wednesday announced that it would reduce its presence in Iraq from 5,200 to 3,000 troops this month, formalizing a long-expected move. Last month, Reuters reported that the United States was expected to reduce its troops presence in Iraq by about a third. The United States has around 5,200 troops that were deployed in Iraq to fight the Islamic State militant group. Officials in the U.S.-led coalition say Iraqi forces are now mostly able to handle the remnants of Islamic State on their own. “We are continuing to expand on our partner capacity programs that enable Iraqi forces and allow us to reduce our footprint in Iraq,” Marine General Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said during a visit to Iraq. A senior administration official had said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump would be announcing a reduction of U.S. troops from Iraq. The United States and Iraq in June affirmed their commitment to the reduction of U.S. troops in the country in coming months, with no plans by Washington to maintain permanent bases or a permanent military presence. In 2016 Trump campaigned on ending America’s “endless wars,” but U.S. troops remain in countries like Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria, albeit in smaller numbers. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

2. MEXICO - Security: Journalist found beheaded

FYSA: A newspaper reporter in Mexico has been murdered and beheaded, his paper reported Wednesday. Julio Valdivia is at least the fifth journalist killed in Mexico this year, according to media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. The body of the 41-year-old was found near his motorcycle on railroad tracks in the town of Motzorongo. Hugo Gutierrez, security minister and head of police in Veracruz state, condemned the "cowardly murder" and promised to "exhaust all resources to find those responsible." Valdivia reported for the newspaper El Mundo de Veracruz, working in a rural zone near Oaxaca state that has long been plagued with gang violence. His newspaper said he had covered a confrontation between police and suspected criminals the previous day. (DW. See link in heading for further reading)

3. NORWAY - Political: Norwegian lawmaker nominates Trump for Nobel Peace Prize

FYSA: A Norwegian lawmaker has nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2021 for helping broker a deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, the second time he has put forward the U.S. president for the honour. Thousands of people are eligible to nominate candidates for the Nobel Peace Prize, including members of parliaments and governments, university professors and past laureates. The Norwegian Nobel Committee, which decides on the award from among several hundred nominations made every year, declined to comment. “It is for his contribution for peace between Israel and the UAE. It is a unique deal,” Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a member of parliament for the right-wing Progress Party, told Reuters. The White House in a statement said the Abraham Accords, as the deal is known, gave cause for optimism in the Middle East. “This peace deal is a testament to the bold diplomacy and vision of President Trump, and he is honored to be considered by the Nobel Committee,” the White House said. Trump has been unable to negotiate a deal between Israel and the Palestinians, however, and a peace plan he proposed in January that heavily favoured the Israelis has not advanced in any significant way. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

4. TAIWAN - Security: Chinese fighter jets buzz Taiwan for a second day as tensions rise

FYSA: Chinese fighter jets approached Taiwan on Thursday for a second day in a row, the island’s defence ministry said, urging China to stop “destroying regional peace” in a further ratcheting up of tension across the sensitive Taiwan Strait. China, which claims Taiwan as its own territory, has held numerous military exercises up and down its coast and near the island in recent weeks. The defence ministry said Su-30 fighters and Y-8 transport aircrafts were among the Chinese aircraft that entered Taiwan’s air identification zone to its southwest on Thursday morning. “The Defence Ministry once again urged the Chinese Communist Party must not to repeatedly destroy regional peace and stability,” it said, adding that the action has triggered antipathy among the people of Taiwan. Taiwan scrambled aircraft to intercept the Chinese planes, the ministry added, saying it was able to quickly track the “enemy’s movement”. China’s defence ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. (Reuters. See link in heading for further reading)

5. AUSTRALIA - Political: Pressure mounts to scrap Melbourne's curfew as it's 'not based on health advice'

FYSA: Pressure is mounting on Premier Daniel Andrews to scrap Melbourne's strict curfew following revelations the measure was not based on health advice. The premier today defended the implementation of the city's curfew during stage four lockdown, despite Victoria's chief health officer admitting it was not his idea and the state's top cop revealing he was at "no stage" consulted about the measure. "There's no denying - simply no denying - that those measures have made the job of police never easy, but it has made it clearer-cut, it has made it somewhat simpler, and driving down movement, there's no denying less movement means less virus," Mr Andrews said. "That's what all of these rules are about. And the curfew will come off when it is appropriate." Mr Andrews refused to budge on removing the city's curfew before the date outlined in the roadmap, which states it would lift on October 26 and ease on September 13 at 11.59pm to 9pm-5am. He stressed the curfew would not be in place one day longer than it needs to be. "We're not removing it because it works. And if we remove it and make the job of police even harder, because it's not easy to make sure that people are doing the right thing, then that will just mean we potentially have more cases, and opening up safely and steadily is further away than it should be." The premier could not "pinpoint" who suggested a curfew be put in place, but it was ultimately a decision that he made. "All these decisions are ultimately decisions that the government has made. And as the leader of the government, I'll be accountable for that," Mr Andrews said.(Nine News. See link in heading for further reading)

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