Morning mail: UK protesters greet Trump, GetUp hits Neg, Williams wins

Eleanor Ainge Roy
US President Donald Trump and his wife Melania are welcomed by Prime Minister Theresa May and her husband Philip on Thursday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

Good morning, this is Eleanor Ainge Roy bringing you the main stories and must-reads on Friday 13 July.

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Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to take to the streets as Donald Trump meets with Theresa May on Friday, with plans to shadow the president’s every move while he’s in the UK. Trump was met with handshakes and smiles when he landed at Stansted in Airforce One at 1:51pm on Thursday, but voluble protests immediately kicked off in earnest, with banners questioning his human rights record unfurled on Vauxhall Bridge, and protesters gathering to make a wall of noise outside the US ambassador’s residence. Trump – who heralded his trip by announcing that “Brexit is Brexit” – will largely avoid the capital or protest hotspots. Instead, he will be kept mainly insulated from the public at various country estates or palaces and will travel mostly by air.

Nonetheless, protesters will seek to draw his attention, with a giant Trump baby blimp to be flown over Westminster on Friday morning before an estimated 70,000 people take to the streets in angry protest. There will be rallies in Glasgow and Manchester as well as a women’s march in London and the flagship Stop Trump protest, ending in Trafalgar Square.

The Queensland and Victorian governments will be hit with a new television advertising campaign in an effort to persuade them to torpedo the national energy guarantee at a critical meeting in early August. The activist group GetUp has combined with Greenpeace to bankroll what it describes as hard-hitting television advertisements targeting the two Labor-held states ahead of a meeting of energy ministers in August that will make or break the Turnbull government’s signature energy policy. GetUp’s national director, Paul Oosting, told Guardian Australia the activist group “expects all states to use their veto power” in August and fight for a national energy policy that would cut pollution and assist the transition to renewables.

An Iranian refugee and her 17-year-old son, both acutely physically and mentally ill on Nauru, will be brought to Australia after winning a federal court order to be moved to high-level medical care. The woman and her son, neither of whom can be named, are set to be flown to Australia on Friday, after a court heard from doctors that the woman’s heart condition and mental health issues could not be treated on Nauru, and that her son was at acute risk of suicide. The federal court on Wednesday ordered that both be removed from Nauru “within 48 hours” and provided the specialist physical and mental healthcare their treating doctors have been recommending. The court further ordered that they must not be separated, nor returned to Nauru. The case is at least the ninth legal challenge won for medical intervention from Australia’s offshore processing regime.

The Hollywood actor and civil rights activist Danny Glover has weighed into Australia’s debate about the best way to include Indigenous Australians in the constitution. Glover lent his support to the push for the constitution to be reformed in favour of First Nations people, saying a country that doesn’t acknowledge its past becomes trapped by it, in a speech to union members at Sydney Trades Hall. He wholeheartedly endorsed the Uluru Statement from the Heart, saying: “This is a statement of strength, a statement of passion, it is a statement that tells the truth about the past.”

Thailand is considering giving citizenship to the coach and three stateless members of the Wild Boars football team who were rescued from the flooded Tham Luang cave complex after more than two weeks underground. The players Pornchai Kamluang, Adul Sam-on and Mongkhol Boonpiam, plus their coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, whose families come from northern Thailand’s porous and largely lawless border regions abutting Myanmar’s Shan state, are technically stateless and not considered citizens under Thai law, leaving them without many of the rights their teammates enjoy. The three boys have Thai ID cards, which grant them some basic rights, but the coach has no legal status, making him vulnerable to deportation and technically ineligible to receive some public services.


The unstoppable Serena Williams has beaten Julia Görges 6-2, 6-4 in the semi-finals, and will now face Angelique Kerber in the finals. “I’m enjoying every moment,” said Williams after victory. If Williams wins, it will be the 24th grand slam title for the new mother ranked 181st in the world.

Australian rugby, and in particular Super Rugby, has been in the doldrums in recent years, but the Waratahs have finally given long-suffering rugby fans cause for optimism, not just in NSW, but around Australia and beyond.

Thinking time

What’s to love about Love Island? Photograph: ITV/Rex/Shutterstock

What does the wildly popular reality TV show Love Island have in common with the surrealist dystopia of Yorgos Lanthimos’ 2015 film The Lobster? Quite a lot, argues Clarissa Sebag-Montefiore, as she questions why, in a world in which single people are happier than ever, are we so afraid of being alone?

Of all the 18 recommendations in the recent Senate inquiry into the recycling crisis, a national container deposit scheme is at least part of the way there. Most of the states, apart from Tasmania and Victoria, have an existing scheme or have one soon to be implemented. So why the hold-up? Why aren’t we all working together, asks Naaman Zhou in the latest in our waste and recycling series for Our wide brown land.

Much of this year’s Naidoc week has been about celebrating the achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, but we shouldn’t forget how certain sections of Australia still dismiss the voices of First Nations women, writes Jack Latimore. “It’s usually due to an individual’s ingrained prejudices and absence of self-awareness: a depth of ignorance that produces inadvertent blindspots. Nevertheless, it manifests as racial discrimination and should be held to account whenever and wherever possible. When it comes to some of our institutions, the situation is far more rotten.”

What’s he done now?

Donald Trump has tweeted “a very nice note” from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un touting “great progress” between the two nations, despite negotiations appearing to break down. Trump’s comments came just hours after North Korean officials failed to show up at a planned meeting on Thursday with their US counterparts to discuss the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed in the Korean war.

Media roundup

The number of Chinese businesses and skilled migrants sponsored by the Tasmanian government has soared 900% in five years, the Mercury reports, with the Greens accusing the Hodgman Liberal government of being “unhealthily close” to the Chinese Communist party.

Peter Dutton’s hard line on immigration has slashed the number of permanent migrants coming to Australia each year by 20,000, the Australian reports, a drop of more than 10% and the lowest level in more than a decade.

And the Conversation has an essay on how to break your reliance on plastic using behavioural science tricks. Modelling positive plastic behaviours (such as using beeswax wraps) on TV can help everyday people feel change is possible.

Coming up

The opposition leader, Bill Shorten, is campaigning for the Mayo byelection in Mount Barker, South Australia.

Hundreds of bus drivers with CDC Victoria are set to stop work again on Friday after taking protected industrial action for 24 hours on Tuesday.

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