Today was supposed to be the day the Bruce Lehrmann defamation saga was finally put to bed, but instead, Channel Ten will be presenting new evidence.

As Rick Sarre explains, the highly unusual move was allowed by Justice Michael Lee, who told the Federal Court he wanted sunlight to be the disinfectant. Today Rick outlines what new evidence has been brought to light and what effect this could have on the outcome.

Also in the news yesterday, the government expressed its outrage over the death of an Australian aid worker killed by Israeli defence forces in Gaza. It was an eventful day in domestic politics, with Anthony Albanese also announcing the next governor-general will be businesswoman Samantha Mostyn.

And earthquake scientist Dee Ninis looks at yesterday’s magnitude 7.4 Taiwan earthquake, which struck roughly 20 kilometres south of the city of Hualien. The quake, which caused ground shaking strong enough to make standing and driving a vehicle difficult, occurred on a reverse fault. That’s where the quake lifts up one side of Earth’s crust relative to the other.

This can produce displacement of the ocean floor, which generated the tsunami reported along the south coast of Japan.

Yesterday’s quake will likely continue to produce aftershocks for days and weeks to come and may not even be the biggest event in this sequence. But the chance of a larger event occurring declines as time goes on, Dee explains.

Erin Cooper-Douglas

Deputy Politics + Society Editor

A judgement in Bruce Lehrmann’s defamation trial against Network 10 has been delayed. What’s going on?

Rick Sarre, University of South Australia

Just days before Justice Michael Lee was due to pass down his judgement, Network 10 threw another spanner in the works.

Taiwan earthquake: an earthquake scientist on what we know so far and what may happen next

Dee Ninis, Monash University

We can’t rule out the possibility today’s earthquake was not even the biggest event in this sequence, although as time passes the likelihood of a larger associated event decreases.

Netanyahu promises Albanese a full investigation into Australian aid worker’s death, as Israel accepts responsibility

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Albanese in a phone call Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted responsibility for this and promised a full investigation.

Businesswoman and women’s advocate Samantha Mostyn to be Australia’s next governor-general

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has announced Australia’s next governor general, Samantha Mostyn.

The National Autism Strategy is urgently needed. Does the government’s new draft do enough to help those in crisis?

Andrew Whitehouse, The University of Western Australia

The release of the draft National Autism Strategy is cause for celebration – but its terms of reference mean it might not meet the most urgent challenges facing autistic Australians.

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Andrew Leigh on competition - economic and political

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Andrew Leigh joins us to talk about longer-term economic outlook, reforms to made to the system and the need to increase competition and our flat-lined productivity.

Ozempic isn’t approved for weight loss in Australia. So how are people accessing it?

Jessica Pace, University of Sydney; Andrew Bartlett, University of Sydney; Nial Wheate, University of Sydney

In Australia, Ozempic is only approved to treat diabetes but doctors are prescribing it ‘off label’ for weight loss. Compounding pharmacies have also been making their own versions to meet demand.

Silent cancers: here’s what you need to know when there are no obvious symptoms

Justin Stebbing, Anglia Ruskin University

By encouraging patients to adopt preventive lifestyles and have screenings and tests, silent cancers don’t have to be a grave threat to health

We are ‘pro-business and pro-worker’: Albanese

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra

Albanese in a speech to the Council of Small Business Organisations Australia (COSBOA) will outline the governments policy for good jobs, fair wages and decent conditions for working people.

Truth Social: why Donald Trump’s social media ‘meme stock’ surged and fell by over US$1 billion within a week

Larisa Yarovaya, University of Southampton

Donald Trump’s social media platform, Truth Social, went public on Tuesday March 26. Shares in parent company Trump Media & Technology Group surged 15% after its first day of trading on the Nasdaq…

Daniel Kahneman changed how we think about human nature – the psychologist remembered by a former student

Daniel Read, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

Remembering his immense contributions to psychology and economics.

Do parolees really ‘walk free’? Busting common myths about parole

Monique Moffa, RMIT University; Alyssa Sigamoney, RMIT University; Greg Stratton, RMIT University; Jarryd Bartle, RMIT University; Michele Ruyters, RMIT University

With a series of high-profile cases in the news, parole is back in the spotlight. Let’s unpack some of the most common misconceptions about what parole really means.

The most important voice on Beyoncé’s new album

William Nash, Middlebury

Confinement was the essence of Linda Martell’s brief career as a country star in the 1970s – and it’s the exact sort of fate that Beyoncé has sought to avoid.

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