The Loop: Spotlight on Djokovic detention, footage shows scale of Tonga eruption and crazy Big Bash score

Hello, today is Thursday January 20th. Here’s what you need to get started today.

  • So today is the deadline for Australia to implement an international commitment – namely, an independent inspection system for all places of detention.
  • But at the same time by Djokovic detention was measured in days, others still in Melbourne Park Hotel (where he spent time last week) measure their detention in year.
Novak Djokovic’s detention at the Park Hotel has drawn international attention to Australia’s use of hotels as alternative places of detention.(PA: James Ross)
  • But in an opinion piece for the ABC, Australian Human Rights Commissioner Lorraine Finlay writes that the government has failed to do so.
  • If it had been in place now, she writes:

You can read his full article here.

  • On today’s agenda? Schools. And how they gonna get home safe and sound Omicron keep whipping ’round the nation.
  • Scott Morrison made it clear that he does not want any school closures this year:
  • So how is it going to be if a lot of teachers get sick? In New South Wales, the ABC saw emails saying anybody in the education department who is fully vaccinated, has current education accreditation, and a work with children check will be required.
  • But principals and teachers have expressed frustration that plans are *still* being finalized a week before children return to school.

News while you slept

Let’s get up to speed.

  • There was a candlelight vigil for Charlie Mutten last night outside her tweed heads school, with around 100 people gathered to remember the nine-year-old girl as an inquest into her death continues.
The girls look sad
The children gather to remember their classmate from last night’s vigil.(ABC News: Michael Lloyd)
  • British Prime Minister by Boris Johnson the leadership faced another attack, with one of its own backbench MPs defecting to Labour. Mr Johnson is resisting calls for his resignation is on a COVID lockdown party scandal which swallowed up his government.
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Tory MPs drop support for Boris Johnson.
  • Tonga consulate tweeted some of the first pictures which reveal what the nation faces on the ground following Saturday’s volcanic eruption. International telephone links were restored overnight, while first aid ships from Australia and New Zealand should arrive by Friday.


  • Australian World Surfing League events (including Bells Beach) may be without big names due to COVID visa requirements – 11 time world champion Kelly Slater and current world number one Gabriel Medina have not yet revealed whether they have been vaccinated.

The news Australia is looking for

  • John Millman: The Australian tennis player is out of the Open, but not without a fight – he’s gone down to world number three (and a favorite to win the tournament) Alexander Zverev 6-4, 6-4, 6-0 in just under two hours
  • Glenn Maxwell: The Big Bash star hit the highest score in BBL history, hitting a undefeated 154 as the Melbourne Stars launched an all-out assault on the Hobart Hurricanes – the Stars set a record total of 2-273, the third highest in international T20 cricket (beaten only by efforts of Afghanistan and the Czech Republic).


The French actor has died aged 37 after colliding with another skier in the French Alps.

You might remember him as fashion mogul Yves Saint Laurent in the 2014 biopic Saint Laurent and young Hannibal Lecter in 2007’s Hannibal Rising.


He won two of the biggest prizes in French cinema, the César, and he is also in the next Marvel series Moon Knight.

It also happened around 50 kilometers from where the Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher suffered head injuries in a 2013 skiing accident at the French ski resort of Méribel.

That’s all for the moment

We’ll come back later with more good stuff.



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