Crikey worm kerry stokes reportedly spoke to murdoch about ousting turnbull

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Murdoch downplayed his hand in coverage of leadership instability, deferring to his son and Australian co-chairman Lachlan, while Turnbull only learned later of a second conversation where Murdoch told Seven West Media chairman Kerry Stokes “Malcolm has got to go”. Stokes has this morning strongly rejected ($) a series of assertions in an ABC report of the alleged conversation. DUTTON SHORT OF A MIRACLE

The Guardian reports that the Labor-dominated committee found Dutton “had a clear personal connection and existing relationship with the intended employer of the au pair in the Brisbane case” and had therefore earlier misled parliament in claiming he did not “know these people”. While Greens MP Adam Bandt will today move the no-confidence motion with support from Labor members and Independent MP Andrew Wilkie, Coalition inquiry members have since dismissed the report as a “witch-hunt” and hit out against evidence provided by former Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg.

The Brisbane Times reports that Hoover is undergoing tests as part of a clinical escalation from lab rats to cats and dogs, which researchers at ARC Centre of Excellence for Bio-Nano Science said has become crucial because larger mammals develop more complicated cancers (i.e. dogs are the only other mammals other than humans to naturally develop prostate cancer). The new nano-therapy technology is being developed as a way to seek out cancer cells with microscopic particles, which can then release more direct “payloads” of chemotherapy drugs or even radiation. Get Crikey FREE to your inbox every weekday morning with the Crikey Worm.

“So the Liberals continue to shiver themselves to pieces in the aftermath of Malcolm Turnbull’s axing. In announcing her resignation, member for Gilmore Ann Sudmalis — like Julia Banks and Malcolm Turnbull before her — tossed a match over her shoulder on her way across the bridge, making allegations of bullying, harassment, ‘plotting and manipulation’. But Sudmalis went further than any of the others, naming names. Or, specifically, one name: NSW state MP Gareth Ward.” READ ALL ABOUT IT

Holding children indefinitely in offshore detention is Australia’s shame — and the world knows — Malcolm Farr ( “The tolerance of Australians for the abuses of youngsters in the name of border protection will increasingly be tested as more details of their plights emerge. We will be confronted by terms such as ‘resignation syndrome’, a psychiatric disorder that drives a child to abandon all hopes of a better life.”

NT Farmers’ Association frustrated its opposition to Federal politicians’ Top End dams plan is being ignored ($) — Simon Smith (NT News): “I read with growing frustration the opinion piece, “Dams are Top End’s Future” by Deputy Prime Minister, Michael McCormack in last week’s NT Business Review. Frustration for my members who for years have reached out to the National’s leadership for support on more immediate issues such a better roads and regional telecommunication coverage and labour shortages (now thankfully taken up by new Agriculture Minister Littleproud).”

Labor’s super reforms won’t go far enough — Linda White (Sydney Morning Herald): “It is a disturbing fact that the vast majority of Australian women do not have enough superannuation savings to live a dignified retirement. With an average 53 per cent of the super savings of men, many women are extremely vulnerable at retirement, particularly the one in four who are single and approaching retirement age, many of whom are separated after dedicating large parts of their life to care-giving.” HOLD THE FRONT PAGE

Greens MP Adam Bandt will introduce a motion of no confidence against Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton following a Senate report into the au pairs saga. Legislation will also be introduced in the House of Reps to toughen penalties for food tampering, and the Senate is expected to debate laws to make ABC coverage ‘fairer’ and better cover regional areas.

The financial services royal commission’s insurance round will hear from a woman whose home was damaged in the 2015 Hunter Valley floods and examine Suncorp’s handling of those claims and 2015 Wye River bushfires. Other witnesses for the day include a Youi executive to finish evidence and an Insurance Council of Australia CEO over industry regulation.