Morning mail: UAP’s $1.2m YouTube spend, Australians go hungry, trial over 11,000 deaths

Morning mail: UAP’s $1.2m YouTube spend, Australians go hungry, trial over 11,000 deaths

10/19/2021 11:31:00 PM

Morning mail: UAP’s $1.2m YouTube spend, Australians go hungry, trial over 11,000 deaths

Wednesday: Party splashes cash and racks up millions of views. Plus: Poh Ling Yeow’s best-loved items

Wednesday:Party splashes cash and racks up millions of views. Plus: Poh Ling Yeow’s best-loved itemsbyTue 19 Oct 2021 21.09 BSTLast modified on Tue 19 Oct 2021 21.10 BSTGood morning. An advertising cash splash by Clive Palmer’s United Australia party has increased eyeballs on its YouTube videos. More than a million Australian children have gone hungry in the past year. The Icac inquiry into Gladys Berejiklian continues today, and celebrity cook Poh Ling Yeow tells us which utensil she loves so much she would have it inked on her skin.

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United Australia party has spent close to $1.2m on YouTube ads in less than two monthsandracked up millions of viewsof its videos criticising lockdowns and the government’s pandemic response. The increase in YouTube advertising – 22 times that of the next-largest amount by an Australian political party – began after the former Liberal MP Craig Kelly became the party’s parliamentary leader on 23 August. Seven of the last 18 videos uploaded to the UAP page have more than 1m views, with one featuring Kelly gaining 8.4m. A video from two months before that has just 4,800 views.

More than 1 million children went hungry in Australia in the past year and one in six adults experienced severe food insecurity,according to Foodbank’s annual Hunger Report. Some parents said their children went a whole day without eating, at least once a week. The report suggests more people are going hungry since the Covid welfare supplement and

jobkeeper payments were withdrawn. Brianna Casey, the chief executive of Foodbank Australia, said income levels and the cost of living were a big part of the problem and one in three struggling to meet their food needs were “new to this situation”.Former NSW top staffers questioned why then-treasurer Gladys Berejiklian wanted to spend $5.5m funding a clay target shooting range in the “safe seat” of Wagga Wagga

, which the former MP Daryl Maguire had spent several years lobbying for, according to documents tendered to the Independent Commission Against Corruption. The anti-corruption watchdog has heard submissions that public servants within the office of sport

had concerns about the projectand did not understand why it had gone from being a “low priority” which hadn’t “stacked up” financially to requiring an “urgent” submission to the powerful expenditure review committee headed by Berejiklian within weeks in late 2016.

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