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Aussies fuming as Albo takes a break just 11 weeks into the job

<p dir="ltr">Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is under fire for taking a break from his job JUST 11 weeks in. </p> <p dir="ltr">After winning the election with soaring figures on May 21, Mr Albanese announced on August 5 that he will be taking a break with Deputy Prime Minister Richard Marles covering for him. </p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Albanese jetsetted across the country with his girlfriend Jodie Haydon to Perth and spent Sunday night at the world-renowned Sydney Cove Oyster Bar.</p> <p dir="ltr">The restaurant’s Facebook page shared a photo of the Prime Minister with the workers announcing that they had the pleasure of hosting him. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Last night we had the pleasure of having the Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon joining us for a romantic dinner on the outside deck,” the caption read. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Much to our surprise they knew about our story and the move from Circular Quay to Broome. </p> <p dir="ltr">“At the end of their dinner he politely offered us a chance for a quick photo and we couldn’t resist.”</p> <p><iframe style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fscoysterbar%2Fposts%2Fpfbid02GjLPwSMeDccnEFXjisev1ZeLwksMUGxon91QbLKjtyC26DGRvJeikBtsuGrr7vX9l&amp;show_text=true&amp;width=500" width="500" height="821" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></p> <p dir="ltr">Then on Monday, Mr Albanese was spotted at the Art Above exhibition as they spoke to local artists.</p> <p dir="ltr">He also gave a speech about how important art is for different communities. </p> <p dir="ltr">Several photos show him and Jodie intrigued in conversation with the organisers of the event who also shared an announcement online. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Well… it’s not every day you get to yarn to the PM about your art, women’s footy and your story of how it all began,” the caption read.</p> <p dir="ltr">“@albomp and Jodie Hayden were perfectly humble, curious and kind - and so generous with their time to engage with all of our KAN artists at the Art Above the 26th exhibition while on holiday here. </p> <p dir="ltr">“The PM gave an impromptu speech about the significant role art plays in communities - including the importance of art about women’s footy.</p> <p dir="ltr">“And yes! It is important. This is a huge moment in our history that deserves to be duly noted for the benefits to our communities of people coming together.”</p> <p dir="ltr">It seems that Mr Albanese’s break was not taken lightly by Aussies as the cost of living soars, with grocery prices and gas prices peaking. </p> <p dir="ltr">Many took to social media to call out the Prime Minister for abandoning Australians so early into his new job.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A break from what? Lousy good for nothing imposter,” one wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“I remember when he hit back at criticism over his globetrotting overseas travel insisting he hasn’t ‘had a day off in a very long period of time’. He’s just getting in early so as to avoid criticism. He really should learn to read the mood,” another commented. </p> <p dir="ltr">“You have got to be joking. 32% primary vote, higher electricity prices, higher food prices and higher interest rates equates to a job well done so it’s time to have a break. Really?” someone else wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Needs a holiday after all his overseas holidays he’s just been on,” another comment read. </p> <p dir="ltr">Others however said Mr Albanese deserved the break while they shut down any comparison with former prime minister Scott Morrison. </p> <p dir="ltr">“He’s done more in a month than Morrison did in three years,” one pointed out. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Good - he's earned it.  He's done more in 9 weeks than the LNP did in 9 years.  He has a competent team.  Hope he enjoys his break,” another commented.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Great news. Thank you for sharing that! He has worked tirelessly since the election was called, including while having and recovering from Covid-19. Labor is a strong team of competent ministers, we’re in great hands,” someone else wrote. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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Rugby star dead at just 28

<p>Queensland rugby league has been rocked after Michael Purcell sadly passed away on the morning of Sunday the 7th of August following a tragic car accident in Brisbane.</p> <p>The talented winger-fullback had played a total of 82 games for the Ipswich Jets and Brisbane tigers, he was only 28-years-old and had stand-out talent.</p> <p>Nicknamed “The Kangaroo Catcher” he was said to have once chased down a kangaroo during a race and was one of the fastest players in Queensland. His super speed led him to signing an NRL contract with the Melbourne Storm in 2021.</p> <p>“I am shattered, it’s so, so sad,” said Ben Walker, Purcell’s former coach at the Ipswich Jets, to the <a href="https://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/nrl/michael-purcell-dead-ipswich-jets-and-brisbane-tigers-player-dies-in-car-crash-at-28/news-story/799b098ca32602dcb44f0a7e9f27b44e" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Courier Mail.</a> “He was a really talented kid who definitely had the ability to play NRL.</p> <p>“We signed him to the Ipswich Jets and he ended up scoring 66 tries in 71 games. He had incredible speed.”</p> <p>His death has deeply rocked the rugby league community with tributes flooding in following the devastating news.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Queensland Rugby League has been rocked by the tragic death of former Ipswich Jets speedster Michael Purcell. He scored 66 tries in 71 games for the Jets and ran New York Marathon at age 18 as part of Rob de Castella’s indigenous running program. Sad news. <a href="https://t.co/BBpnkzZteJ">pic.twitter.com/BBpnkzZteJ</a></p> <p>— Pete Badel (@badel_cmail) <a href="https://twitter.com/badel_cmail/status/1556220720002109440?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Sending our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Purcell after his sudden passing. </p> <p>Michael spent time with us during the pre-season of 2021 and also featured in our Albury trial 💜</p> <p>— Melbourne Storm (@storm) <a href="https://twitter.com/storm/status/1556410197639196672?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">We are extremely saddened to hear of the passing of former Suzuki Brisbane Tigers Hostplus Cup player Michael Purcell also known as the Kangaroo Catcher 🧡🖤</p> <p>Purcey, 28-years young was Tigers player no. 1344 and played nine games for the Tigers across ...<a href="https://t.co/xz97Unka0k">https://t.co/xz97Unka0k</a></p> <p>— Suzuki Brisbane Tigers (@EastsTigers) <a href="https://twitter.com/EastsTigers/status/1556212953656860674?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Saddened to hear that the 'Kangaroo Catcher' Michael Purcell has passed away. A much loved member of the Jets family</p> <p>— Craig Sheppard (@CraigMSheppard) <a href="https://twitter.com/CraigMSheppard/status/1556247959075188736?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 7, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Man accused of shooting family of four identified

<p dir="ltr">The accused shooter who <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/three-confirmed-dead-after-horrific-shooting" target="_blank" rel="noopener">killed two farmers and their son</a> and wounded the other has been identified.</p> <p dir="ltr">Darryl Young has been charged with the murder of his neighbours Mervyn, 71, Maree Schwarz, 59, and their son Graham Tighe, 35, following a dispute of boundary lines on their land in Bogie near Collinsville in Queensland.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 59-year-old was also charged with one count of attempted murder after Mervyn and Maree’s other son Ross Tighe survived following a gunshot wound to the abdomen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police will allege Young invited the three members to the edge of his property on August 4 before shooting them “execution style”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Young allegedly shot at Ross who managed to escape the farm in a ute and alert police to the horrific attack against his family.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police charged Young with three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder and he is due to appear at Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Acting Superintendent Tom Armitt said it was incredible Ross was able to survive due to the properties being so far apart.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s actually a 45-minute drive between the neighbours,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“At the crime scene, which is at the front gate of one of the premises, it is a 3km drive between the gate and the house at that location.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In another devastating twist of events, Graham’s wife Lucy had just given birth to their second child.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It’s just devastating shock that things can happen so quickly in the blink of an eye and ruin so many lives so quickly,” Greg Austen, Graham’s uncle told 7News.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: 7News</em></p>

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New details of actor Anne Heche's fiery crash

<p dir="ltr">A man who witnessed actress Anne Heche’s fiery car crash in Los Angeles has described the life-threatening incident as “horrific” and revealed he could “hardly breathe” while trying to help the trapped star.</p> <p dir="ltr">Lynne Bernstein said he and his wife saw a car driving down their street at a “high rate of speed” before his wife heard Heche’s car crash into their neighbour’s house.</p> <p dir="ltr">Bernstein, who tried to assist Heche out of her blue Mini Cooper, said the flames and smoke made it “hard to breathe”, telling <em>Fox News Digital</em> that Heche was “conscious” but that he didn’t know how “coherent” she was.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The smoke was just getting way too intense, we could hardly breathe,” Bernstein said. “The smoke was making it hard to breathe.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Bernstein added that the tenant whose home Heche crashed into left her house from a side room and was “shocked” at what had happened, telling a group of people to “get out of my house” before realising what had happened.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to Bernstein, another neighbour, Dave Manpearl, asked Heche if she was alright and she rescinded that she wasn’t.</p> <p dir="ltr">Manpeal, who also attempted to rescue Heche from the burning car, exited when flames overtook it, telling the <em>Daily Mail</em> he was “positive” that she was dead.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was positive that the driver was dead. That she had burned up,” he said “It took at least 30 minutes for the fire department to douse the flames, extract the car and pull her out of the car.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Heche was then transported to a hospital in critical condition, according to emergency responders.</p> <p dir="ltr">A second witness told <em>Fox News Digital</em> the crash “scared the entire neighbourhood”. Yaroslav Borets added that these types of accidents don’t often occur in their neighbourhood.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Something we will remember for a long time,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This is generally a safe place.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In a statement, the Los Angeles Fire Department said the vehicle had a single occupant when it crashed into a two-storey home built in 1952, and that the occupant was taken to a local hospital by paramedics.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Fifty-nine firefighters took 65 minutes to access, confine and fully extinguish the stubborn flames within the heavily damaged structure and rescued one female adult found within the vehicle who has been taken to an area hospital by LAFD Paramedics in critical condition,” the <a href="https://www.lafd.org/alert/knockdown-structure-fire-08052022-inc0707" target="_blank" rel="noopener">statement</a> read.</p> <p dir="ltr">According to <em>FOX 11</em>, no other injuries were reported and the cause of the crash is still under investigation.</p> <p dir="ltr">It has also emerged  that Heche joked about drinking vodka and chasing it down with wine on an episode of <a href="https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/better-together-w-anne-heche-and-heather-duffy/id1534627568" target="_blank" rel="noopener">her podcast</a> that was released on the day of the crash - which has since been removed from the internet.</p> <p dir="ltr">Heche and her co-host Heather Duffy spoke about drinking vodka supplied by a podcast sponsor and chasing it with white wine, with Heche opening up about having a “bad day”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I don’t know what happened, sometimes days just suck and I don’t know if you ever have them [but] some days, those no good, very bad days, and some days days just end up like this,” Heche told listeners.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-54905d80-7fff-9234-94d6-26e2f6f4753b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Sometimes days just suck and I don’t know if you ever have them, but you know some days, Mama says just gonna be like this. Some days there’s those no good, very bad days.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Three confirmed dead after horrific shooting

<p dir="ltr">A person who allegedly shot four people, killing three of them, is in police custody. </p> <p dir="ltr">Mervyn and Maree Schwarz and her sons Graham Tighe and Ross Tighe were the target of a horrific shooting at a rural property in Bogie near Collinsville in Queensland on Thursday morning.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mervyn, Maree and Graham have been confirmed dead, while Ross remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital due to a gunshot wound to the abdomen.</p> <p dir="ltr">Queensland Police confirmed on Friday morning “the person who has been nominated as the alleged gunman is with us here in custody”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We haven’t pressed any charges at this point in time while our investigations are ongoing,” Mackay District Superintendent Tom Armitt said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police are currently speaking to five people to help establish the events of the devastating attack. </p> <p dir="ltr">They commended Ross for his bravery after fleeing the scene with a gunshot wound to the abdomen and walking “many kilometres” to alert police.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We believe that the male was able to extract himself from the area when he was spoken to by a police officer many, many kilometres away from the crime scene,” Superintendent Armitt continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was fleeing from the scene…he was able to tell police that he had been shot and three others (were) also shot.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ross was able to speak to police on Thursday, and will once again be asked more questions on Friday in relation to what happened.</p> <p dir="ltr">Superintendent Armitt confirmed that all involved were neighbours and that “some conversation has occurred” before the shooting. </p> <p dir="ltr">“(This) resulted in a meeting up of the parties at the boundary line in the early hours of yesterday (Thursday) morning when the incident occurred,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Detectives have declared several crimes scenes in the area and forensics will conduct examinations.</p> <p dir="ltr">There is no ongoing danger to the public. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: 7News</em></p>

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“Australia's version of apartheid": Pauline Hanson hits back at Lidia Thorpe

<p dir="ltr">One Nation senator Pauline Hanson has claimed adding an Indigenous Voice to Parliament would be “Australia’s version of apartheid” while speaking to a largely empty Senate chamber.</p> <p dir="ltr">Most of her Senate colleagues were watching Greens leader Adam Bandt’s address at the National Press Club when Senator Hanson tripled down on her opposition to voters being asked to enshrine an Indigenous advisory body into the constitution.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The risk is very real that the sovereignty that all Australians have over their land and country will be handed to a racial minority,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Why does this have to be in the constitution? What is the real ulterior motive? This can only be about power - creating a nation within a nation.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This can only be about taking power from whitefellas and giving it to blackfellas. This is Australia's version of apartheid.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Are they prepared for the compensation or reparations which will be demanded when the High Court decides that traditional ownership means sovereign control?”</p> <p dir="ltr">Having stormed out of Parliament last week in opposition to the Acknowledgement of Country, Senator Hanson then set her sights on the concept of acknowledgement of country speeches, which are read every day at the start of parliament.</p> <p dir="ltr">She even complained that they were now delivered on aeroplanes.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Where will you stand, given that you acknowledge traditional ownership every day? Do you acknowledge that I, like millions of Australians, legally own my land and worked very hard for it?” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Do I have rights to my land, too? Can't you acknowledge my connection to my land and my love for my country?”</p> <p dir="ltr">She then went after her most forceful critic, Greens senator Lidia Thompson, who herself <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/lidia-thorpe-causes-a-stir-after-mocking-the-queen" target="_blank" rel="noopener">caused a scene on Monday</a> when she called the Queen a “coloniser” in her oath of allegiance.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I note Lidia Thorpe's racist interjection in the past when she told me to go back to where I came from,” Senator Hanson continued.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She can rest assured that I did, indeed, go back to where I came from - back to Queensland, where I was born and where I raised my children, and where my parents and grandparents were born.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There is nowhere else for me to go. Australia is my home. Australia is our home - indigenous and non-indigenous alike.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Senator Hanson’s five-minute speech also saw her strongly praise controversial senator Jacinta Price, the only Indigenous MP who opposes the Voice to Parliament.</p> <p dir="ltr">Senator Price claimed the acknowledgement of country speeches were among tokenistic “virtue signalling” that have “saturated” Australia, adding that the Voice to Parliament wasn’t universally accepted among her people.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I personally have had more than my fill of being symbolically recognised,” Senator Thorpe said in her maiden speech last week.</p> <p dir="ltr">“No, Prime Minister, we don't need another handout… and no, we Indigenous Australians have not come to agreement on this statement.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Addressing Senator Hanson’s walkout, Senator Thorpe said she thinks she understands the One Nation MP’s “frustrations”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We don’t want to see all these symbolic gestures,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We want to see real action.”</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-216e2888-7fff-b744-a955-411d1ce41124"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Commonwealth of Australia</em></p>

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A Current Affair reporter charged with assaulting woman

<div style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; color: #323338; font-family: Roboto, helvetica, arial, sans-serif; font-style: normal; font-variant-ligatures: normal; font-variant-caps: normal; font-weight: 300; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: 2; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: 2; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: #ffffff; text-decoration-thickness: initial; text-decoration-style: initial; text-decoration-color: initial;"> <div class="new-reply-component" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 8px 0px 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 16px; vertical-align: baseline; position: relative; opacity: 1; pointer-events: all;"> </div> </div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <div> <p dir="ltr">Seb Costello, a 35-year-old reporter for the Nine Network's A Current Affair program, plans to contest assault charges that have been laid against him, following an alleged incident in February that took place in Richmond, Victoria.</p> <p dir="ltr">Costello faces two charges of unlawful assault and a spokeswoman for Victoria Police has confirmed in a statement: “It’s alleged the man was involved in an altercation with a 23-year-old man and 22-year-old woman in an unnamed laneway near Boyd Street about 9.30am”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The Richmond man will be charged on summons with two counts of unlawful assault and will appear at the Neighbourhood Justice Centre in Collingwood. There were no injuries during the incident.”</p> <p dir="ltr">In a follow-up statement, Costello has said, “These matters are before the court and will be vigorously contested.”</p> <p dir="ltr">More recently, Costello had also made an official statement with Victoria Police regarding a clash with former AFL player manager Ricky Nixon, who appeared to elbow Costello in the face.</p> <p dir="ltr">This incident required Costello to seek medical attention.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Instagram</em></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div>

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“Absolutely despicable”: Teens attack off-duty chief inspector with pole

<p dir="ltr">A Sydney mayor has condemned an alleged attack against an off-duty police officer, describing the act as “absolutely despicable”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Chief Inspector Bob Fitzgerald, who also serves as a councillor with Blacktown City Council, was on his way to work on Monday morning when he intervened when three teenagers were seen harassing other passengers and railway staff at Rooty Hill station, per <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-nsw/senior-cop-allegedly-assaulted-by-three-teens-at-rooty-hill-train-station/news-story/de5e5f399ce968fc04a2a1b6800f2849" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Police said Inspector Fitzgerald approached the teens, aged 14, 13, and 12, at about 4.30 am and asked them to stop what they were doing, informing them he was a police officer.</p> <p dir="ltr">When he went to arrest the 14-year-old with the help of a member of the public, the boy resisted before verbally abusing and assaulting Inspector Fitzgerald, police allege.</p> <p dir="ltr">It’s alleged Inspector Fitzgerald was struck multiple times to the head with a bike seat pole.</p> <p dir="ltr">He was taken to hospital for head injuries that required stitches and was later released.</p> <p dir="ltr">The member of the public was also allegedly assaulted but didn’t require medical attention.</p> <p dir="ltr">More police rushed to the station, arresting all three boys and taking them to Mount Druitt police station.</p> <p dir="ltr">Tony Bleasdable, the mayor of Blacktown City, said on Tuesday that he condemned the attack on Inspector Fitzgerald, who he described as “one of our city’s finest”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Cr Fitzgerald is a pillar of our community who has earned widespread respect over many years,” Mr Bleasdale said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Not only is he a dedicated police officer, he is a community volunteer, and a passionate Blacktown City Councillor who has given so much to his community for so long.</p> <p dir="ltr">“As mayor, I condemn this alleged attack on one of our city’s finest and denounce violence in all its forms.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Bleasdale said the council wanted to promote a culture of nonviolence through their work with NSW Police, the PCYC and other organisations, and encouraged residents to call out violence before wishing Inspector Fitzgerald a speedy recovery.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Council is committed to creating a safe community for our residents to live, work and play,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We pursue this through our crime prevention plan and work with our local police in particular.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Council encourages residents to call out violence in any shape or form and report any acts of violence to police.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I wish Bob a speedy recovery.”</p> <p dir="ltr">All three boys were charged with affray, with the 14-year-old facing another charge for resisting an officer in execution of duty, and the 13-year-old facing charges for causing grievous bodily harm to a police officer on duty reckless as to actual bodily harm and common assault. The 12-year-old was also charged with causing grievous bodily harm to a police officer on duty reckless to actual bodily harm.</p> <p dir="ltr">They were refused bail and faced children’s court on Tuesday.</p> <p dir="ltr">As police inquiries continue, anyone who witnessed the attack or who have footage from the incident, are urged to contact Mt Druitt Police Station or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-739a7620-7fff-c8d4-9482-55bec567a06b"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: The Daily Telegraph</em></p>

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"Too young to leave us": Aussie woman killed in holiday accident

<p>A young woman from Melbourne has tragically died while on holiday with her family after a devastating motorcycle crash. </p> <p>Saarah Hannah Bulbul, 25, was on the back of the bike when the rider lost control and crashed on July 28 in Istanbul, Turkey, according to <a title="www.heraldsun.com.au" href="https://www.heraldsun.com.au/leader/east/saarah-bulbul-tributes-for-mitcham-lawyer-former-vermont-secondary-college-student/news-story/9f4af8645dcf99c1fa8cbf531cf0420b" data-tgev="event119" data-tgev-container="bodylink" data-tgev-order="9f4af8645dcf99c1fa8cbf531cf0420b" data-tgev-label="leader" data-tgev-metric="ev">The Herald Sun.</a></p> <p>While the driver managed to escape uninjured, Sarah died from her injuries on the way to the hospital.</p> <p>Ms Bulbul was travelling through Turkey with her parents and two sisters before the tragic accident, as the family will remain in Turkey, confirming Saarah will be buried at a family cemetery there.</p> <p>“We’re all devastated, she genuinely was full of life and had everything she ever wanted and everything was going right for her,” Saarah’s heartbroken sister Nesi told the Herald Sun.</p> <p>“It’s just way too quick and soon, and it doesn’t seem real yet.”</p> <p>Ms Bulbul was about 10 months into her first job as a lawyer with Grindal Legal in South Melbourne, after completing her degree at the city’s Swinbourne University. </p> <p>“She loved her job and she was smashing it, she loved working there and recently they told her she was going places,” sister Nesi said.</p> <p>Ms Bulbul's former high school principal Tony Jacobs described Ms Bulbul as “a vibrant, animated and energetic member of the school community”.</p> <p>“Saarah will always be remembered and sadly missed by all school friends and teachers,” Mr Jacobs said.</p> <p>“Our thoughts go out to the family and closest friends over the loss of someone too young to leave us.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Facebook / LinkedIn</em></p>

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Lidia Thorpe causes a stir after mocking the Queen

<p>Outspoken Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe has been forced to take a second oath of allegiance in the Senate.</p> <p>This comes after causing quite the stir by openly describing the Queen as a “coloniser”.</p> <p>The controversial Victorian Greens Senator has previously said that the Australian parliament had no permission to be here and that her role as an Indigenous woman was to “infiltrate” the senate.</p> <p>She was asked to recite the oath of allegiance, then marched towards the despatch box with her fist in the air before stating: “I, sovereign Lidia Thorpe, do solemnly and sincerely swear that I will be faithful, and I bear true allegiance to the colonising Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”</p> <p>MPs present then interjected, warning that she would not be officially considered a senator if she failed to recite the pre-written oath properly.</p> <p>“Senator Thorpe, Senator Thorpe, you are required to recite the oath as printed on the card,’’ Senate President Sue Lines said.</p> <p>Senator Thorpe then took the oath again, mispronouncing "heirs and successors" as the Queen’s “hairs” and successors.</p> <p>Later, taking to Twitter, she declared: “Sovereignty never ceded.”</p> <p>This isn’t the first time the Greens Senator has raised public concerns about colonisation.</p> <p>In June when speaking to the ABC, she argued that the Australian flag represents “dispossession, massacre and genocide” and accused the media of pitting her against Liberal Senator Jacinta Price.</p> <p>“The colonial project came here and murdered our people. I’m sorry we’re not happy about that,” she said.</p> <p>“If people are going to get a little bit upset along the way, well that’s just part of the truth telling. The truth hurts.”</p> <p><em>Image: Twitter</em></p>

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Beloved Star Trek actress passes away

<p dir="ltr">Nichelle Nichols, the iconic actress who portrayed communications officer Lieutenant Uhura on Star Trek, sadly passed away on Saturday the July 30 at the age of 89.</p> <p dir="ltr">Her role as Uhura earned her a lifelong position of honour within the series’ intense fanbase, as well as countless accolades for breaking stereotypes that had limited black women to acting roles as servants.</p> <p dir="ltr">In fact, during the final seasons, Nichols was a part of history when Uhura and Captain Kirk kissed on screen. It was the first interracial kiss on an American TV network, making it a monumental landmark moment.</p> <p dir="ltr">Uhura, whose name comes from a Swahili word meaning "freedom", was a capable officer, often proving she could take on any role and succeed. She was one of the first African American women to be featured in a non-menial role on television.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nichols not only played Lt. Uhura on the original series, but also voiced her on Star Trek: The Animated Series and played Uhura in the first six Star Trek films. Uhura was promoted to lieutenant commander in Star Trek: The Motion Picture and to full commander in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nichols considered leaving Star Trek after season one to pursue a career on Broadway, but Martin Luther King Jr., who was a fan of the series, understood the importance of her character in paving the way for other African Americans on television, and personally convinced her to remain on the show.</p> <p dir="ltr">NASA later employed Nichols in an effort to encourage women and African Americans to become astronauts. NASA Astronaut Group 8, selected in 1978, included the first women and ethnic minorities to be recruited, including three who were Black. Dr Mae Jemison, the first Black woman to fly aboard the Space Shuttle, said Star Trek influenced her decision to join the space agency.</p> <p dir="ltr">Many tributes have poured in from Twitter, including those from fellow Star Trek cast members and Alex Kurtzman, the executive producer in charge of the Star Trek Universe.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Nichelle Nichols was The First. She was a trailblazer who navigated a very challenging trail with grit, grace, and a gorgeous fire we are not likely to see again.</p> <p>May she Rest In Peace. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NichelleNichols?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NichelleNichols</a> <a href="https://t.co/DONSz6IV2b">pic.twitter.com/DONSz6IV2b</a></p> <p>— Kate Mulgrew (@TheKateMulgrew) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheKateMulgrew/status/1553835919739961346?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 31, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Nichelle was a singular inspiration. She’s the one who really opened my eyes to what Star Trek is and can be. I can’t tell you how many people have told me she’s the reason they became… an astronaut, a scientist, a writer, a linguist, an engineer… it goes on and on. 1/2</p> <p>— Alex Kurtzman (@Alex_Kurtzman) <a href="https://twitter.com/Alex_Kurtzman/status/1553832120140718080?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 31, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Nichols was married and divorced twice. She is survived by her son, Kyle Johnson.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Horror crash sees cyclist launch into crowd

<p>The opening session of the track cycling event at the Commonwealth Games has been cancelled after a horrific crash left several athletes and spectators injured. </p> <p>A cyclist and his bike were catapulted over the barrier and into the crowd in an incident that brought down several riders in a sickening scene during the men’s 15km scratch race qualifying at the Lee Valley Velodrome.</p> <p>Medical staff rushed to the area where they were seen tending to British cyclist Matt Walls for more than 40 minutes before he was taken to hospital. </p> <p>England’s Commonwealth Games team then provided a positive update on Matt's condition later in the day. </p> <p>“Matt is alert and talking (as he has been throughout) and is being given medical attention in hospital,” the team statement read.</p> <p>The 24-year-old was trying to avoid riders who had fallen in a crash lower down the banking but as he rode up, he clipped another wheel and went over the top into the crowd.</p> <p>Witnesses said that, because of the gradient of the banking, spectators in the front row had been unsighted for the crash.</p> <p>One man received treatment for cuts to his arm while a young girl also received medical attention.</p> <p>Isle of Man rider Matt Bostock was also taken away from the scene on a stretcher. </p> <p>A Birmingham 2022 spokesperson said three riders and two spectators were treated by the on-site medical team.</p> <p>All three riders were taken to hospital, while the spectators were tended to at the scene. </p> <p>The session was abandoned moments later with one more event still scheduled. </p> <p>England’s Commonwealth Games Team released a preliminary statement sending its best wishes to all those involved.</p> <p>“Following a crash in the cycling men’s scratch race, Matt Walls has been taken to hospital for precautionary checks,” the statement read.</p> <p>“We send our best wishes to the riders and spectators involved in the incident, and will provide a further update when we can.”</p> <p>England’s racing team also tweeted, “Thoughts are with all the riders involved in the crash in the velodrome.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Aussies make history at Commonwealth Games

<p dir="ltr">Australia’s star swimmers have claimed an absolute bounty of gold and new world records in the pool on day three of this year’s Commonwealth Games.</p> <p dir="ltr">After securing a record-equalling tenth gold medal in one of the relays over the weekend, 28-year-old Emma McKeon won gold again in the 50m freestyle final, overtaking the likes of Ian Thorpe, Susie O’Neill and Leisel Jones as the first athlete with 11 Commonwealth games gold medals to their name.</p> <p dir="ltr">Speaking to the media on the pool deck, McKeon shed a few tears and was comforted by fellow Aussie Meg Harris, who took silver in the 50m race, as she talked about finding it “hard to be proud of herself”.</p> <p dir="ltr">"It is special. It kind of makes me reflect on the last eight years or so since my first Commonwealth Games and I can sort of see how far I’ve come as a person and as an athlete," she said.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-e0bf6af6-7fff-9903-3eee-5d240f885f42"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">"To be honest I kind of find it hard to be proud of myself at times. So that’s something I guess I’ve struggled with along the way. But it’s nice to be here with these girls."</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgsc4KBBsgD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cgsc4KBBsgD/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Emma McKeon (@emmamckeon)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Later taking to Instagram, McKeon shared an emotional post about her “huge milestone” and her hopes that it inspires others.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A huge milestone for me. To be part of the history that some incredible athletes before me created is mind blowing,” she wrote.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I remember being a little girl watching these competitions on tv, which ignited something in me to want to do the same. I have the great athletes of this sport to thank for that.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I hope I can do a similar thing by inspiring those that are watching to strive for something, and believe in themselves and their goals.”</p> <p dir="ltr">McKeon isn’t the only one taking gold for Australia or breaking world records either, with Kaylee McKeown coming first in the final of the women’s 100m backstroke and several of their Dolphins teammates delivering a record-breaking performance in the 4x200m freestyle relay.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-cc109098-7fff-dc10-b4cf-915c9a93fdf7"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Madi Wilson, Mollie O’Callaghan, Kiah Melverton and Ariarne Titmus set a time of 7:39:29, beating silver-placed Canada by 12 seconds.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgnJvjrLHaJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; 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border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgnJvjrLHaJ/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Ariarne Titmus (@ariarnetitmus_)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Titmus, who won gold in the individual 200m freestyle event, helped break the world record by more than a second with her time of 1:52.8 in the relay’s final leg.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m really happy to be able to perform for the girls,” Titmus said. “I mean, in the past couple of relays I have done I feel like I haven’t really performed my role as well as I would have liked.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was disappointed last year at the Olympics, so I’m glad that I could do my job for the team.”</p> <p dir="ltr">At the end of day three, Australia was sitting in first place with a whopping 52 medals in total, including 22 gold, 13 silver and 17 bronze, with events across swimming, judo, hockey, gymnastics, netball, boxing, cycling, weightlifting and lawn bowls still to come.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-1bbab45d-7fff-f4c3-c833-029a4624b5d2"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Adored Australian musician Archie Roach dead at 66

<p dir="ltr">Tributes are flowing for beloved Aboriginal musician Archie Roach.</p> <p dir="ltr">He will be remembered as someone whose powerful songs were a source of healing and somebody who was dedicated to the truth.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 66-year-old Gunditjmara-Bundjalung elder died surrounded by family and loved ones at Warrnambool Base Hospital in Victoria after fighting a long illness, according to his sons Amos and Eban Roach.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are so proud of everything our dad achieved in his remarkable life,” the pair said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was a healer and unifying force. His music brought people together.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Roach rose to prominence with the release of his debut single “Took the Children Away” in 1990 and was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 2020.</p> <p dir="ltr">The song reflected his experience as a member of the Stolen Generation and earned him ARIA nominations for breakthrough artist and an award for best new talent at the 1991 awards, and was further added to the National Film and Sound Archive in 2013.</p> <p dir="ltr">His family have requested privacy, with a lowkey ceremony planned but have given permission for his name, image and music to continue to be used so his legacy can inspire others.</p> <p dir="ltr">Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney described him as a giant of the industry.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For many Australians, Archie was their first exposure to the horrors of the Stolen Generations,” she said in a statement.</p> <p dir="ltr">“His voice, his music and his story came out of trauma and pain.</p> <p dir="ltr">“His powerful songs also brought people together. They provided strength and still serve as a source of healing - putting into words what was unspeakable.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Reconciliation Australia said Roach shone a light on history, the present and future, while Olympic gold medal winner Cathy Freeman passed on her condolences.</p> <p dir="ltr">“(He was) such a champion for First Nations people and all humanity,” she wrote on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">So saddened to hear the passing of such a champion for First Nations people and all humanity. I will remember (Uncle) Archie Roach as such a courageous story teller and remarkable musician! You’ll never be forgotten. Rest in Peace. Sincerest condolences to all the family. <a href="https://t.co/7OVBfvRldw">pic.twitter.com/7OVBfvRldw</a></p> <p>— Cathy Freeman (@CathyFreeman) <a href="https://twitter.com/CathyFreeman/status/1553369443023331328?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">July 30, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Australia had lost a “brilliant talent, a powerful and prolific national truth teller”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Archie’s music drew from a well of trauma and pain, but it flowed with a beauty and a resonance that moved us all,” Mr Albanese said in a social media post.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We grieve for his death, we honour his life and we hold to the hope that his words, his music and his indomitable spirit will live on to guide us and inspire us.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Ally Langdon tears into "disappointing" Manly pride jersey boycott

<p>Ally Langdon has slammed the decision of seven Manly players to boycott a charity match over rainbow jerseys, calling their move "disappointing".</p> <p><em>The Today Show</em> host was joined by Gus Worland: the founder of the Gotcha4Life charity who raised hundreds of thousands of dollars from the match between the Manly Sea Eagles and Sydney Roosters on Thursday night. </p> <p>However, when the seven members of the Manly team refused to wear the club's rainbow pride jersey as a one-off uniform for the match, they boycotted the jerseys and walked. </p> <p>Ally said on Friday morning, "You have to respect them for taking the stand that they did, that is their belief."</p> <p>"But when they then turn around and say we're going to take part next year - I was filthy."</p> <p>"I'm a Manly supporter, right, but I was filthy that they didn't run out last night and they didn't put the team first."</p> <p>Despite the controversy over the jerseys, Worland said it was an emotional night, particularly for Manly player Ian Roberts - rugby league's first openly gay player - who wept uncontrollably when his former club took to the field wearing the rainbow jersey. </p> <p>"I sat there with Ian Roberts, we cuddled and cried, and I said 'We can do good with that money.' That's what it's all about," he said.</p> <p>"Ian Roberts is such a star and I love him and he was crying uncontrollably at some stages last night. This is such a big move. The conversation has been started."</p> <p>Worland, the founder of suicide prevention non-profit organisation Gotcha4Life, said the match raised significant funds that will go back into the community to help those that are battling with mental health issues. </p> <p>The Manly Sea Eagles ultimately lost the game to the Sydney Roosters, which Balmain Tigers legend Ben Elias told Langdon was a direct result of the player's boycott. </p> <p>"It really has put the Manly side … if you look at it from a professional point of view and what Manly are all about, they needed to win last night," he said.</p> <p>"The ripple effect of what those seven players did last night will be a long-term effect for the club itself. I just think you will see a lot of weaknesses in the club."</p> <p>Ally replied, "That's what my fear here is, everyone is painting a picture of it, that it's fine and we respect everyone's opinion."</p> <p>"But when you run out onto that field every week together and you slog it out and it is a team sport and you work so hard, when that game was so critical, that's the part that I found disappointing."</p> <p>"However, it has started an incredibly important conversation."</p> <p>Ben Elias agreed, saying the match helped bring people together to support a unified cause. </p> <p>"We've seen now the politicians talking about pride and equality and it's fantastic, love is love," he said.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Today / Instagram</em></p>

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MasterChef judge blasts Pauline Hanson

<p dir="ltr"><em>MasterChef</em> judge Melissa Leong has called out senator Pauline Hanson’s controversial walk out of parliament during the Acknowledgement of Country.</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Hanson made headlines when she stormed out of parliament when Senate President Sue Lines acknowledged the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples as the traditional custodians of the Canberra area and paid respect to elders past and present during Wednesday’s sitting.</p> <p dir="ltr">But before Senator Lines could finish the acknowledgement, the One Nation leader interrupted. </p> <p dir="ltr">“No, I won’t,” she yelled, adding, “I never will.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Leong slammed Ms Hanson’s “ignorant and racist” move on Instagram saying we have a way to go, describing the senator as a hateful bigot and to “not come back”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“A step forward and several back,” her post began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“On a day we should only be cheering the first hijab-wearing woman giving her inaugural speech to Parliament, we are in many ways robbed of that full glory by another woman, this one an ugly-hearted bigot, who walked out of the Senate - during and because of- Acknowledgement of Country.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This typifies where we are as a nation. We have come so far, yet we have so far to go. I am hopeful and yet so very angry all at once. The only comfort I have is knowing I'm not alone.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Sending power, congratulations and support to @senator_fatima_payman. To the short-sighted hateful bigot, hope the door hit you on the way out. Feel free not to come back.”</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cggx0vBPov5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cggx0vBPov5/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Melissa Leong | FOODERATI (@fooderati)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Following the storming out, Ms Hanson’s office sent out emails to their subscribers which says “One Nation believes that the practice of ‘acknowledgment of country’ perpetuates racial division in Australia”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We do not accept that acknowledgment of country is any sort of indigenous Australian tradition, given that at most it has only been in use for the past 25 years (and in Parliament only 12 years).</p> <p dir="ltr">“One Nation believes this country belongs to all Australians equally, indigenous or otherwise.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The email included a link to a survey asking people to share their thoughts on the Acknowledgement of Country and whether or not it should be used. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Getty/MasterChef</em></p>

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Icon from The Wombles dies

<p dir="ltr">British actor Bernard Cribbins has died at the age of 93.</p> <p dir="ltr">The beloved actor is best known for his voiceover role in the popular television series <em>The Wombles</em> and <em>Doctor Who</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Devastating news of his passing was confirmed on Thursday in a statement from his agent who described Cribbins as "unique, typifying the best of his generation. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Beloved actor Bernard Cribbins OBE has passed away at the age of 93," the statement read.</p> <p dir="ltr">"His career spanned seven decades with such diverse work ranging from films like The Railway Children and the Carry On series, hit 60s song Right Said Fred, a notorious guest on Fawlty Towers and narrating The Wombles.</p> <p dir="ltr">"He worked well into his 90s, recently appearing in Doctor Who and the CBeebies series Old Jack's Boat.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Former <em>Doctor Who</em> stars David Tennant and showrunner Russell T Davies shared statements following news of Cribbins passing. </p> <p dir="ltr">"Sad news that Bernard Cribbins has passed away," Tennant wrote on Twitter.</p> <blockquote class="instagram-media" style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgjG22-tf69/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="14"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"> </div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <div style="padding: 12.5% 0;"> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; margin-bottom: 14px; align-items: center;"> <div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(0px) translateY(7px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; height: 12.5px; transform: rotate(-45deg) translateX(3px) translateY(1px); width: 12.5px; flex-grow: 0; margin-right: 14px; margin-left: 2px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; height: 12.5px; width: 12.5px; transform: translateX(9px) translateY(-18px);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: 8px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 20px; width: 20px;"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 2px solid transparent; border-left: 6px solid #f4f4f4; border-bottom: 2px solid transparent; transform: translateX(16px) translateY(-4px) rotate(30deg);"> </div> </div> <div style="margin-left: auto;"> <div style="width: 0px; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-right: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(16px);"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; flex-grow: 0; height: 12px; width: 16px; transform: translateY(-4px);"> </div> <div style="width: 0; height: 0; border-top: 8px solid #F4F4F4; border-left: 8px solid transparent; transform: translateY(-4px) translateX(8px);"> </div> </div> </div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center; margin-bottom: 24px;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 224px;"> </div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 144px;"> </div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CgjG22-tf69/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Russell T Davies (@russelltdavies63)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Bernard Cribbins (1928-2022) I love this man. I love him. That’s him as Snout in A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Davies’ post began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“D’you fancy doing some Shakespeare, Bernard? ‘Let me see the script.’ He knew everyone! </p> <p dir="ltr">“He’d talk about the Beatles and David Niven, and how he once sat on the stairs at a party impersonating bird calls with T H White. Then he’d add, ‘I said to Ashley Banjo last week…’ </p> <p dir="ltr">“He loved being in Doctor Who. He said, ‘Children are calling me grandad in the street!’ His first day was on location with Kylie Minogue, but all eyes, even Kylie’s, were on Bernard. </p> <p dir="ltr">“He’d turned up with a suitcase full of props, just in case, including a rubber chicken. And what an actor. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Oh, really though, what a wonderful actor. We once took him to the TV Choice Awards and sent him up on his own to collect the award, and the entire room stood up and cheered him. That’s a lovely memory. </p> <p dir="ltr">“He’d phone up and say, ‘I’ve got an idea! What if I attack a Dalek with a paintball gun?!’ Okay, Bernard, in it went! </p> <p dir="ltr">“He loved Gill with all his heart; he mentioned her in every conversation we ever had. A love story for the ages. I’m so lucky to have known him. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Thanks for everything, my old soldier. A legend has left the world.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty </em></p>

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"This is how it's done": Big names speak out against Manly pride jersey boycott

<p>Magda Szubanski and Jesinta Franklin have led the charge of celebrity voices condemning the Manly Sea Eagles and the players boycotting the pride jersey for a charity match. </p> <p>Jesinta, wife of AFL star Buddy Franklin, weighed in on the saga as she shared a photo of her husband wearing the Sydney Swans jersey in a match against St Kilda last month. </p> <p>She simply wrote, "This is how it's done," followed by a string of rainbow hearts.</p> <p>The image Jesinta shared showed the AFL players in their pride jerseys, along with the words "Everyone is welcome at the footy!" written over the rainbow pride flag. </p> <p>Magda Szubanski also spoke out over the controversy in a series of scathing tweets, questioning the foundation of the players religious beliefs that saw them boycott the jerseys in the first place. </p> <p>She declared the seven Sea Eagles players in question, who are boycotting their team’s Thursday night clash with the Roosters, were failing to show the tolerance demanded by their religion by refusing to wear a LGBTQI+ themed jersey.</p> <p>“Thought experiment: imagine if Manly players were asked to wear stripes to let religious players &amp; fans know they are welcome,” she began.</p> <p>“Then imagine an atheist player refuses to wear the stripes coz their “belief” (based on fact) is that millions have been killed in the name of religion."</p> <p>“Religious tolerance doesn’t mean you condone or believe in the other’s religion. It means that you accept the right of difference to exist. That you support a world where people are not excluded or persecuted because of their religion. All we ask, is for the same courtesy."</p> <p>“You can’t force people to believe that homosexuality is not sinful."</p> <p>“But you can ask them to help make a tolerant society that accepts difference. Including their own.”</p> <p>Szubanski later posted bible verses which highlighted directions to show love and hospitality to “strangers” which further amplified her point of acceptable and tolerance.</p> <p>The series of tweets have racked up hundreds of likes, with many sharing how they could not understand why the Manly players were willing to sabotage their team's chance at securing a spot in the NRL finals over something as frivolous as a rainbow stripe.  </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram</em></p>

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