George Brandis finally releases his diaries – politics live

The attorney general has relented after a three-year freedom of information battle with Mark Dreyfus, as parliament resumes. Follow the day live …

Good morning rentseekers, radicals and rationalists,

Here we are, the beginning of the last sitting fortnight before the budget. This is what you need to know ahead of the day.

I have said before, you don’t expect conservative parties to believe in much but you do expect them to believe in thrift. And when a Labor government comes along and, in a co-operative way, encourages the workforce to save for their retirement, you would think any true conservative party would be eternally grateful.

Instead the Liberal Party, limited by its ideological snakiness, continues biting at superannuation, as it does, periodically, Medicare.

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California waiter fired for asking customers to prove residency

  • Huntington Beach restaurant employee demanded proof of legal residency
  • Brenda and Diana Carrillo thought waiter was joking but ‘he didn’t have a smile’

A waiter has been fired from a restaurant in southern California after asking customers to prove they had legal residency before serving them.

The Los Angeles Times reported that 23-year-old Brenda Carrillo said she and a friend were asked the question at the restaurant, Saint Marc in Huntington Beach. Carrillo said the waiter later asked her sister and another friend to see their proof of residency.

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Coalition support rises by three points in Newspoll but Labor holds lead

Boost for government comes after week dominated by energy policy and Malcolm Turnbull’s plans to expand Snowy Mountains hydro-electric scheme

Voter support for the federal government has risen by three percentage points in three weeks, according to the latest Newspoll.

The poll, published in the Australian, comes head of parliament sitting on Monday for the final sitting weeks ahead of the budget due on 9 May.

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Canadian wins $1m Global Teacher Prize for work with Inuit students

Maggie MacDonnell praised for ‘transforming her community’ in village of Salluit, which has a high rate of suicide

A Canadian who teaches at a school in a fly-in-only village in the Arctic won a $1m (£800,000) Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony in Dubai on Sunday.

Maggie MacDonnell, praised for “changing the lives of her students and transforming her community”, was among 10 finalists chosen from 20,000 nominations and applications from 179 countries.

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Industry superannuation funds launch fox in henhouse attack ad – video

An Industry Super Australia advertisement compares the banking sector’s lobbying of MPs over superannuation rule changes to opening a chicken coop to let the foxes in. The 45-second ad released on Monday warns workers that Australia’s banks are ‘putting pressure on our federal politicians to let them in’

• Industry superannuation funds go on attack with ‘banks aren’t super’ ad

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Industry superannuation funds go on attack with ‘banks aren’t super’ ad

Not-for-profit side of the super industry ratchets up its battle with major banks by releasing a negative advertisement

Industry Super Australia has produced a dark advertising campaign that attacks Australia’s major banks, warning workers about the banks’ lobbying efforts in Canberra.

In a 45-second ad, released on Monday, the big banks are portrayed as foxes that are scratching to get into a suburban chicken coop.

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Clashes in Damascus after rebels tunnel into government-held areas

Insurgents make unexpected advance after months of losses at the hands of government forces elsewhere in Syria

Fierce clashes broke out in the Syrian capital on Sunday after insurgents infiltrated government-held parts of the city through tunnels overnight, a rare if brief advance after months of steady losses at the hands of government forces elsewhere in the country.

It was a surprising breach of Damascus’s security perimeter, where the government has effectively walled itself off from opposition forces encamped in two enclaves in the eastern parts of the city.

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Socialist Benoît Hamon tries to rouse and unite French left at rally

The left’s leading presidential candidate delivers an impassioned speech to 20,000 supporters at a stadium in Paris

The French Socialist leader Benoît Hamon rose to the challenge of giving his presidential campaign the kiss of life on Sunday in a rousing appeal to thousands of supporters.

At a packed Paris arena more accustomed to hosting entertainment’s great and good, he was given the reception normally reserved for pop stars.

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Beauty and the Beast smashes the box office in opening weekend

Disney’s live-action film breaks series of records on both sides of the Atlantic, after grossing £18.4m over first weekend

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has broken box office records after taking £18.4m over its opening weekend.

The huge haul means the live-action version of the animated classic, which stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, is the fifth highest grossing three-day opening of all time and the highest grossing three-day opening weekend for a PG movie.

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Rosemary Summers obituary

My sister, Rosemary Summers, who has died aged 85, was a general practitioner who demonstrated her generosity of spirit not just through her work but by throwing open her large house in Cambridge to anyone who had become a little lost in the hurly-burly of life.

For 35 years Rosemary ran 9 Adams Road as a haven not only for her immediate family but for many others, including young people, the unemployed, artists, gardeners and PhD students. Her hard work and wise counsel, allied to the benefits of communal living, touched numerous lives.

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Ex-UK ambassador calls White House wiretap claims ‘gratuitously damaging’

Sir Peter Westmacott, writing in the Guardian, has accused the White House of ‘peddling falsehoods’ by suggesting British intelligence spied on Trump Tower

The former British ambassador to Washington, Sir Peter Westmacott, has issued a withering criticism of Donald Trump and his inner circle, accusing them of making absurd, unthinkable and nonsensical claims about the UK’s involvement in alleged wiretapping of Trump Tower that he warns could damage close ties between the two countries.

Related: Trump and Spicer’s remarks about British ‘wiretapping’ are absurd – and dangerous

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Polaroid Swing aims to reboot brand and inspire new generation

Silicon Valley startup to offer equipment, exhibition space and possible commissions in new photographers’ support programme

In the 20th century Polaroid was associated with artists who included Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol and David Hockney. Now the rebooted brand is hoping to walk a similar road and inspire a new generation.

Related: Watch out, Instagram: new Polaroid app brings a nostalgic classic to your phone

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Germany’s SPD elects Martin Schulz as leader to challenge Merkel

Former European parliament president wins all 605 votes at party conference and will run for chancellor in September

Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have voted overwhelmingly for former European parliament president Martin Schulz to become the party’s new head and the main challenger to Angela Merkel in September’s general election.

Schulz, 61, who has emerged in recent weeks as Germany’s version of the US democrat Bernie Sanders, earning support in particular among young voters who have dubbed him the SPD’s “fresh wind”, secured all 605 votes at a special party conference in Berlin on Sunday, a record result beating even Kurt Schumacher, the party’s popular postwar leader, who secured 99.71% of the vote in 1948.

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Police appeal after one-year-old boy dies in Finsbury Park flat – video

Police appeal to the general public to help locate 33-year-old Bidhya Sagar Das, after an incident at a flat in Finsbury Park, London, that left a one-year-old boy dead and his twin sister critically injured on Saturday evening. Police said they believe Das had been at the property where the children were discovered but left before emergency services had arrived

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Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

A district will drop the Mercator projection, which physically diminished Africa and South America, for the Peters, which the developed world down to size

When Boston public schools introduced a new standard map of the world this week, some young students’ felt their jaws drop. In an instant, their view of the world had changed.

The USA was small. Europe too had suddenly shrunk. Africa and South America appeared narrower but also much larger than usual. And what had happened to Alaska?

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Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies at age of 87

The Pulitzer prize-winning author-columnist was the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker

The author-columnist Jimmy Breslin, a Pulitzer prize-winning chronicler of wise guys and underdogs who became the brash embodiment of the old-time, street smart New Yorker, died on Sunday. He was 87.

Breslin died at his Manhattan home of complications from pneumonia, his stepdaughter, Emily Eldridge, said.

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Man and two teenagers arrested on suspicion of child abduction in Birmingham

Arrests come after police find two 13-year-old girls who had been missing in since Friday in Washwood Heath area of the city

A man and two teenagers have been arrested on suspicion of child abduction after two 13-year-old girls went missing.

West Midlands police said officers had found the two girls at an address in the Washwood Heath area of Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday, after they were last seen on Friday night.

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Google braces for questions as more big-name firms pull adverts

Sky and high street banks stop running ads with search engine as industry and UK government ask how their ads become attached to extremist material

Google executives are bracing for a two-pronged inquisition from the advertising industry and the government over the company’s plans to stop ads being placed next to extremist material.

A slew of big-name companies, advertising firms and government departments have either pulled their adverts from Google and its YouTube video site, or are considering whether to do so, with media giant Sky and a trio of banks adding their names to a growing list over the weekend.

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Three US troops wounded after Afghan soldier opens fire

  • Afghan army spokesman calls shooting a ‘mistake’ that was not deliberate
  • Shooter was shot dead at base in southern Helmand province

An Afghan soldier opened fire on Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three US soldiers before being shot dead, an Afghan official said.

Colonel Mohammad Rasoul Zazai, an army spokesman, said the soldier had made a “mistake” and had not fired deliberately. A coalition-run Twitter account said an Afghan soldier shot and wounded three American soldiers, without providing further details.

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Beauty and the Beast: feminist or fraud?

Has Disney really turned Beauty and the Beast into a feminist fairytale? Or is it all just posh frocks and women’s work with a slice of Stockholm syndrome thrown in? We delve beneath the furry facade

Beauty and the Beast was billed as a great feminist retelling of a fundamentally regressive fairytale. It was so feminist that Emma Watson, its eponymous Beauty, has been pilloried on social media for the hypocrisy of such unfeminist acts as having breasts and being attractive. This, naturally, rallies the right-thinking sister to Watson’s defence, and thence to defend and applaud the entire film. But is this a trap? How feminist is it really? I dunked it in some water to see if it would drown (this witchcraft analogy does not stand up to close scrutiny, move on).

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North Korea rocket test exacerbates overheated relations with US

US secretary of state’s statements may play into Kim Jong-un’s hands and undermine China’s willingness to cooperate

North Korea’s latest provocation – a weekend rocket engine test coinciding with high-level US-China talks in Beijing – has underlined just how dangerous and unpredictable the escalating military confrontation on the Korean peninsula is becoming.

But the Trump administration, far from calming matters, appears set on raising the stakes in a power contest nobody can win. The reportedly successful test of the high-thrust engine at the Tongchang-ri rocket launch station, announced on Sunday, was hailed by Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s maverick dictator, as a breakthrough. The official news agency, KCNA, said the engine would be used to launch space satellites.

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