THE WEEK THAT WAS
Donald Trump’s presidency got mixed news in the US midterm elections. He lost control of the House of Representatives, diluting his hold on power, but retained the Republican ascendancy in the Senate.
The world’s biggest lithium miner, Albemarle Corp., has been given environmental approval to build a processing plant near Bunbury. It will create 500 jobs in construction and a further 500 in production.
Global racing giants Godolphin secured their first Melbourne Cup triumph when champion jockey Kerrin McEvoy rode Cross Counter to victory. It was McEvoy’s third cup win but the first by an English trainer, Charlie Appleby. The race was soured when The Cliffsofmoher broke down after fracturing his right shoulder and had to be put down.
A runaway BHP iron ore train was deliberately derailed after it travelled more than 90km without its driver, who had got off to inspect a wagon. It hit speeds of 110km/h between Newman and Port Hedland.
The youngest son of Australian rock singer Angry Anderson died after a brutal beating in a park on Sydney’s northern beaches. A friend of Liam Anderson, Mathew Flame, has been charged with murder.
A doctor died after being attacked by a shark in the Whitsundays’ Cid Harbour, the third attack in the Queensland tourist spot in seven weeks. Daniel Christidis was 33.
Makulu, the Perth-born giraffe who became world famous when he was photographed as a newborn being kissed by his mother, has died. He was 23.
Submissions closed in Geoffrey Rush’s case against The Daily Telegraph, which, he says, made him out as a pervert. A decision will be handed down next year.
Labor plans to delete Perth’s most divisive stretch of land, the four-lane Roe 8 highway extension, from future road planning schemes. The Liberal-backed project was stopped by Labor when it came to power.
A single mother from Des Moines, Iowa, was the joint winner of a $US688 million Powerball jackpot. Lerynne West said she would help her family and set up a foundation for people in need.