The Loop: One Nation websites to be suspended, Chinese ambassador to Australia in Taiwan and Domino’s Pizza break with Italy

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Hi there. This is Wednesday, August 10, and you’re reading The Loop, a quick summary of today’s news.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • Ahead of the referendum on the Indigenous voice in Parliament, One Nation registered several domain names after Pauline Hanson said her party would become the face of the ‘no’ campaign last week.
  • She said her campaign had acquired and registered 46 domain names in opposition to an indigenous voice in parliament, a practice known as “cyber-squatting”, which can be used to maximize search engine traffic.
  • Some of the websites registered by One Nation included voicetoparliament.org.au and ulurustatement.com.au.
Pauline Hanson is committed to campaigning against an Indigenous voice in Parliament.(ABC News: Ian Cutmore, file photo)
  • The entity responsible for licensing Australian domains (websites with .au at the end) told the ABC it would suspend several of the domains registered by One Nation.
  • It’s unclear exactly how many domains the regulator will take down, but its policy states that entities must have a “close and substantial connection” to their registered domain name – simply put, they must match the name by which they are known or in the service. They offer.
  • One Nation has not commented, but the party has since registered several new companies with names matching the domains in question.

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We have heard a lot about China-Australia relations

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian spoke to the National Press Club today, where his country’s relations with Australia and Taiwan were being put under the microscope.

After his speech, Xiao said Beijing would not compromise on Taiwan and would use “all necessary means” for “peaceful reunification”.

“If every country carries out its ‘One China’ policy sincerely, without compromise, it will ensure peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait,” he said.

When asked when China would conclude its military exercises around the island of Taiwan, Mr. Xiao showed no commitment.

“There is no room for compromise. How long is this going to be, a good time? I think there will be an announcement.”

Mr Xiao also said the change in Australian government provided an “opportunity to reset” relations between the two countries, and while recent high-level meetings had been productive, “there is a lot of work to be done”.

You can view Mr. Xiao’s address and read our experts’ analysis here.

Chinese Ambassador to Australia Xiao Qian in a suit and glasses.
Xiao Qian shared his views on China-Australia relations and tensions with Taiwan.(AAP: Mick Tsikas)

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  • Commonwealth Bank reported a 9% increase in profits, posting a profit of $9.7 billion in the last financial year. It will pay shareholders a fully franked final dividend of $2.10 per share.
  • The Liberal Party has rejected an invitation from the federal government to attend a national jobs summit in Sydney next month, calling it a “stunt”.

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The COVIDSafe contact tracing app has been discontinued.(ABC News: Lara Smit)
  • Matthew Guy: Victorian opposition chief media officer Lee Anderson resigned just two days after Mr Guy’s new chief of staff was announced, citing ‘personal reasons’. Deputy party leader Georgie Crozier says rumors that there was a disagreement between the two are false.

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One more thing: Arrivederci Domino’s

The pizza chain has ended its franchises in Italy after seven years, according to a Bloomberg report.

Domino’s originally planned to open 880 stores which would allow it to control around 2% of the Italian pizza market by 2030, with its Italian chief executive, Alessandro Lazzaroni, saying there was an opportunity for the company to capitalize on pizza delivery in the country.

However, it appears the rise of food delivery services during the pandemic has removed its intended competitive edge, with its last 29 franchises closing and no longer accepting online orders.

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