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Police in New South Wales say a man has died after a boat capsized at Ballina on the state’s north coast earlier today.

At about 8.45am emergency services were called to Lighthouse Parade, East Ballina, following reports two people were in the water after a boat capsized while crossing the Ballina Bar.

A former Australian ambassador has called on the Morrison government to end, rather than simply suspend, defence cooperation with Myanmar in the wake of the military coup.

Nicholas Coppel, who served as Australia’s ambassador to Myanmar from 2015 to 2018, said while the defence cooperation scheme had always been a small program, it should now be ended altogether. Canberra suspended the program last month but Coppel said: “It is now a source of embarrassment if not shame.”

We don’t know how long the military junta will last or how it will come to an end, but we do know that it hasn’t gone according to plan. Resolutions and statements of concern and outrage unfortunately will not bring about change. Nor will targeted sanctions and an arms embargo. Nor will dialogue and calls for reconciliation. There’s not going to be an international intervention force.”

So far the US, UK, Canada, EU and New Zealand have all strengthened sanctions on Myanmar but Australia has not.”

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