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Renewed push for public inquiry after Porter drops defamation case

There are renewed calls in Canberra for a public inquiry after Christian Porter discontinued his defamation claim against the ABC.

Mr Porter has described the outcome as a “humiliating backdown by the ABC”. No damages will be paid but the public broadcaster will foot the mediation bill.

Christian Porter outside the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday.Credit:AAP

My colleagues Michaela Whitbourn and David Crowe have the full story.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from the French Open

Tennis star Naomi Osaka has sensationally withdrawn from the French Open following a war of words over her decision to boycott post-match press conferences.

It comes after the world No. 2 was fined thousands of dollars for not attending media duties after her round one win. Osaka says she needs to prioritise her mental health.

Naomi Osaka has quit the French Open.Credit:Getty

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This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company. It’s Tuesday, June 1. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll bring you some of today’s biggest stories as they unfold.

In the meantime, here’s what you need to know:

  • Melbourne’s hopes of emerging from a seven day “circuit-breaker” lockdown are starting to fade now that coronavirus has once again spread to aged care facilities. Two staff members and a resident have tested positive. The list of exposure sites in the Greater Melbourne outbreak has grown to more than 300 and there are 4000 close contacts.
  • The NSW Labor leadership contest is heating up. Former leader Michael Daley and former transport spokesman Chris Minns have both put up their hand.
  • Townsville has scored game one of the State of Origin. The match was due to be played on neutral territory, the Melbourne Cricket Ground, but those plans were dashed due to Victoria’s COVID-19 outbreak.
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