The Loop: Scott Morrison’s secret ministry investigation, a huge Sydney drug bust, a grim COVID-19 milestone and LastPass suffers a security breach

Hi there. This is friday august 26 and you’re reading The Loop, a quick summary of today’s news.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announced the terms of reference for the inquest, which will be led by a former High Court judge. Here are the main takeaways:

  • The government has appointed Virginia Bell to investigate the appointment of Mr. Morrison to five departments when he was prime minister
  • The investigation will examine how the appointments were made and the ensuing implications
  • It will also make recommendations to the government on any changes to be provided more transparency and accountability “so that it doesn’t happen again”
  • Ms. Bell’s final report will be delivered to the Prime Minister by November 25

Want to know more? Political journalist Jake Evans got you covered.

Justice Bell was appointed to the High Court in February 2009.(PA: Paul Miller)

NSW Police seized a mammoth 1.8 tons (yes, you read that right) of methylamphetamine after receiving a public tip-off, making it the largest drug bust in australian history. Here is the truth:

  • More than 1,060 kilograms of drugs were found concealed in marble stone inside 19 shipping containers that arrived Sydney Harbor Botany on board a vessel United Arab Emirates
  • The entry was in addition to 748 kg of drugs found in 24 shipping containers last week that were part of the same shipping shipment
  • Drugs have an estimated total market value at a price that makes your eyes water $1.6 billion
  • According to the police, the drugs were intended for a factory in Homebush Westwhere the pallets would have been quickly dismantled to remove the drugs
  • Police suspect the bust was staged by a big international criminal syndicateand are investigating with the assistance of the Australian Federal Police
  • Three men have was charged for the first seizure and was denied bail
Crates in a storage room
Police said the drugs were imported by a well-equipped criminal syndicate.(Provided: New South Wales Police)

News alerts you may have missed

  • Boss of Snowy Hydro Paul Broad resigned after reporting that the cost of the Snowy 2.0 project had blown to $2.2 billion and the project suffered further delays.
  • South Australia Police have launched a murder investigation after human remains found in a park last month were confirmed to belong to a missing man Ian Lee.
Group of emergency personnel in orange uniforms searching scrubland
Members of SES searched Hale Conservation Park in Williamstown last month after the discovery of human bones.(ABC News: Matthew Smith)
  • The world recorded 1 million deaths from COVID-19 so far this year. The World Health Organization says this “tragic milestone” proves that governments around the world must do more to fight the virus.
  • Australia’s favorite native tree has been crowned – and the winner is the river red gum! ‘Essentially Australian’ tree topped People’s Choice poll, beating crowd favorites golden wattle and Moreton Bay Fig.
Bright ref tree in the middle of a forest of green trees
Justice for the Flame Tree of Illawarra!(Getty: Auscape)

What Australia searched online

  • Wear it Purple Day. People donned the color purple to show their support and acceptance of LGBTQIA+ youth. The day has existed since 2010 and has grown into an international movement.
  • Joe E. Tata. The actor best known for his role as Nat Bussichio, who ran the Peach Pit restaurant in Beverly Hills, 90210 died at age 85. The stars of the series have taken to social media to pay tribute to Tata, including Tori Spelling and Shannen Doherty.
A young bride stands with an older man.
Tori Spelling described Tata as “one of the kindest, funniest, most professional and amazing humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with”.(Instagram: Tori Spelling)

One more thing

If you use Last pass to remember your passwords for you, beware – the tech company has suffered a “security incident”.

The company says so detected “unusual activity” two weeks ago, which led him to discover that an unauthorized party had gained access to parts of his development area and taken parts of his source code.

The company assured its customers that their personal data and encrypted passwords have not been accessed and services are operating normally, but LastPass is investigating other security measures to prevent future breaches.

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