The Loop: Coalition shares election costs, refugee advocate wins appeal and English soccer player comes out as gay

Hello everyone. It is tuesday may 17and you’re reading The Loop, a quick summary of today’s news.

Today we heard a lot about election costs

After much discussion of policies and plans in the run-up to election day – it is this Saturdayif you forgot – the Coalition has announced its official election costs, which is basically how it says it will pay for everything it promises to do if re-elected.

Here’s how the Coalition plans to raise the money:

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the Coalition has been responsible in its policy costs.(ABC News)

Shortly after the Coalition revealed its costs, we heard the Labor Party’s response:

  • Shadow Treasurer Jim Chalmers criticized the government and described it as “the laughing stock of the budget and the economy”:
  • Chalmers said Labor would publish the costs of its policy Thursday
  • The Greens also released their political costs today, which you can read here.

News you may have missed

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


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


  • Ukrainian troops left the Azovstal steel plant. Efforts have been made to rescue the last remaining fighters from a destroyed steel mill in the devastated Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, a city that is now firmly under Russian control. Ukrainian officials said troops who had locked themselves in the steelworks have now completed their mission, but some are seriously injured.
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Buses bearing the “Z” symbol transport wounded Ukrainian servicemen to the hospital in Novoazovsk.

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  • Zara Phythian. The British actor and his husband, Victor Marke, have been jailed for child sex offences, as reported by the BBC. Phythian – who played the brunette Zealot in the Marvel film Doctor Strange – was found guilty of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl with her husband, who also sexually abused a 15-year-old girl. Phythian was imprisoned for eight years, while her husband was imprisoned for 14 years
  • Jacques Daniels. The 17-year-old, who plays football for Blackpool FC in the UK, has become the first active professional 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 became the first openly gay male player in top-level Australian rules football competition when released last year .


One more thing

  • After winning this year’s Eurovision Song Contest over the weekend, the Ukrainian outfit Kalush Orchestra are now back in their homeland. They were welcomed at the border between Ukraine and Poland by soldiers. The group launched into an impromptu version of their winning song, Stefania, with a little help from their compatriots upon their return to Ukraine.


You are up to date!

Until next time…



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