This week’s round up includes ‘revelations’ of widespread visa fraud and human trafficking in Australia, Sydney lions that escaped their cages, a Halloween festival gone wrong in Seoul, more developments in Musk’s Twitter takeover and continuing tribal skirmishes over just who is and isn’t legitimately ‘indigenous’.

Local News

‘It’s easy’: Migration agents offering fake visas for $500 a month – The Age. One has to ask for how long have these Woodwards and Bernsteins been sitting on this one? Calls for a Royal Commission into Australia’s migration system would be a conservative response given the appalling details of human trafficking and departmental negligence.

Taronga Zoo: Five lions escape exhibit at Sydney zoo – BBC. Sometimes real things happen. This reminded me of one of the greatest poems of the 21st century:

‘I know who I am’: Labor candidate hits back over Indigenous identity questions – The Age. “Fair skinned” Aboriginal caught up in tribal row over the legitimacy of her claims to indigeneity. As referenced in our earlier article on the topic, this problem does not appear to be going away. Interestingly the ‘proud Yorta Yorta woman’ and Labor candidate in question submitted documentary evidence to The Age newspaper in support of her claims. Will genetic testing be next?

International News

Australian Twitter staff shut out as global purge begins – The Age. Is it 2016 again? It feels like 2016.

More than 150 dead in Halloween stampede in South Korea – 9 News. A devastating lesson in fluid dynamics.