Australia’s Most Mentioned Issues in the Media (November 14 – 20)


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Australia's News Nov 14-20

The coordinated terrorist attacks in various locations in Paris last Friday night (Saturday morning Australian time) that killed over 130 people, totally dominated all media this week. ISIS were quick to claim credit for the attacks, while condemnation came from world leaders gathering for the G20 summit in Istanbul, which was completely overtaken by the Paris attacks, discussion of security measures and the fight against ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Media coverage moved to French police operations, an apartment siege in Paris leading to one suspect blowing herself up and the death of the alleged ringleader.

While Australia’s batsmen made plenty of hay yet again as the sun shone in Perth for the second Test against New Zealand, so did the Black Caps, two huge first innings scores ruling out the chance of a result, as Dave Warner and Ross Taylor both scored big double centuries and the end of the match became more of a farewell to retiring Australian quick Mitchell Johnson.

Searing temperatures and high winds last weekend in South Eastern WA led to massive bushfires near the town of Esperance that quickly took four lives, three backpacking farm workers who had been attempting to save a horse and a local farmer who had been alerting neighbours to the danger. Despite a cool change during the week, the return of 40+ temperatures has seen the fires flare again.

PM Malcolm Turnbull headed straight form Europe to the APEC Summit in the Philippines, where he had his first official meeting with US President Barack Obama, the pair agreeing that troops on the ground would be counter-productive in Syria and that there must be a political settlement. The summit had hoped to focus on economic issues, but security issues following the Paris attacks dominated media coverage.

Former All Blacks winger Jonah Lomu, who had become an international phenomenon following his domination of opponents during the 1995 World Cup and throughout most of his career, died suddenly from a heart attack at his home in Auckland on Wednesday, aged 40. Rugby figures from across the globe hailed Lomu as the first superstar of the professional era of the game.

“They were both growing and glowing in this very distinct shade of red” – Dr Kate Follette of the University of Arizona, where astronomers claim to have seen a planet in the process of forming for the first time.

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