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Andrew Symonds laid to rest in private service

<p dir="ltr">Cricketing icon Andrew Symonds has been farewelled in a private funeral on Friday morning, ahead of a public service later that afternoon.</p> <p dir="ltr">Symonds’ wife and children were seen clutching his beloved Akubras as they gathered with friends, teammates and other family members of the cricketer at Riverway Stadium on the outskirts of Townsville, Queensland.</p> <p dir="ltr">The memorial comes <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/gone-too-soon-tributes-flow-for-andrew-symonds" target="_blank" rel="noopener">nearly a fortnight after Symonds veered off a remote road</a> and fatally crashed his car.</p> <p dir="ltr">His wife Laura and their children Billy and Chloe were among the first to arrive at 10am, just an hour before the service began, and were followed a short time later by Symonds’ best friend and former teammate Jimmy Maher.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other cricketing greats also attended the service, including Adam Gilchrist, Ian Healy, Ricky Ponting, Mark Waugh, Glenn McGrath and Micthell Johnson, as well as West Indies batsman Brian Lara and NRL player Darren Lockyer.</p> <p dir="ltr">A note sent to guests told them “no tie necessary”, reflecting Symonds’ casual personal style and his frequent appearances at semi-formal events in shorts and t-shirts.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-415ebf7c-7fff-9359-b419-4c0d8fa0f917"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Some guests took the brief seriously, arriving in chinos and button-up shirts, while others wore three-piece suits.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Andrew Symonds will be publicly farewelled this afternoon in Townsville. </p> <p>Fans are welcomed to join the service online from 2:30pm AEST on <a href="https://twitter.com/cricketcomau?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@cricketcomau</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/FoxCricket?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FoxCricket</a> &amp; <a href="https://twitter.com/kayosports?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@kayosports</a> <a href="https://t.co/E4rR5Sae18">pic.twitter.com/E4rR5Sae18</a></p> <p>— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) <a href="https://twitter.com/CricketAus/status/1530015862995816448?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 27, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">In lieu of flowers, guests were encouraged to donate to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.</p> <p dir="ltr">Nigel Fairbain was the first to speak at the service, welcoming attendees to celebrate Symonds’ life.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The gratitude his family extends to you all, with the acknowledgement to people who have travelled long distances.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Rejoice in the life he led. Celebrate it and learn from it.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Andrew’s life was a life well-lived, albeit cut short too early.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Symonds’ two children both spoke after, followed by his mother Barbara and sister Louise.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5e66cd3d-7fff-adb7-0e5e-ef28e74008d3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">A video tribute was also delivered by former teammate Matthew Hayden.</p> <p dir="ltr"><img src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/2022/05/andrew-symonds-service1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Photos of Andrew Symonds, cricket hats and his cricket bat surrounded his coffin. Image: Twitter</em></p> <p dir="ltr">After the service, Gilchrist told <em><a href="https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10859363/Andrew-Symonds-funeral-Townville-Riverway-Stadium-Australia-cricket-greats-wife-Laura-farewell-Roy.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Mail Australia</a></em> that Maher delivered the best eulogy he’s ever heard.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He looked at the kids in the eyes and told them exactly what he thought Roy would want him to say,” Gilchrist told the publication.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The service was simply beautiful. I’ve not seen a congregation as moved as they were today - full of sadness, but also such beautiful memories of a guy who just gave so much of himself to so many people, unconditionally.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He was loyal, almost to a fault. Mischievous character, but he would do whatever it took to help others - in and off the field.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We’ve all spoken so much about Roy, and there’s barely been a mention of his cricketing exploits and he was one of the game's great exploits. Ricky Ponting said he’d pick him in any team in any format.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Following on from the morning’s service, a public service will be livestreamed on <a href="https://www.cricket.com.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">cricket.com.au</a>, <a href="https://kayosports.com.au/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kayo Sports</a>, and <a href="https://www.foxsports.com.au/?_gl=1*qteu7l*_ga*YW1wLU50aDlQVWR6Yk41MU11RW5FRjdQRVE." target="_blank" rel="noopener">Fox Cricket</a> from 2.30pm.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-27946453-7fff-c75e-9e42-41ed3e5d6eeb"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Tennis player’s violent act leaves little boy in tears

<p dir="ltr">A little boy was left startled and in tears after a Romanian tennis player’s racquet ended up in the crowd at the French Open on Thursday.</p> <p dir="ltr">Irina-Camelia Begu was 2-0 down in the third set of her second round match when she threw her racquet against a water box, according to <em><a href="https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18697836/french-open-controversy-begu-child-throwing-racket/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Sun</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, the racquet bounced violently off the box and into the stands, leaving the young boy distraught and startled.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the World No. 63 wasn’t defaulted, she did receive a code violation for unsportsmanlike conduct after a tournament supervisor was consulted.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-aa7a87f0-7fff-c016-b814-0e79465e318e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Ms Begu later apologised to the little boy in question, posing for a photo with him and his parents.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="und"><a href="https://t.co/GnTbQ4w31V">pic.twitter.com/GnTbQ4w31V</a></p> <p>— Sharapova Family (@MySugarpova) <a href="https://twitter.com/MySugarpova/status/1529794311487107073?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“It’s an embarrassing moment for me. I just want to apologise,” Ms Begu said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“In my whole career I haven’t done something like this and I feel really bad and sorry. Sorry for the incident.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It was a difficult moment because I didn’t want to hit that racquet.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You hit the clay with the racquet but you never expect to fly that much.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Ekaterina Alexandrova, who Ms Bega went on to defeat 6-7 6-3 6-4 in that match, said she was “disappointed” to leave the competition “like that”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I was trying to do my best but seems like the rules were against me,” she said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“This shouldn’t be happening.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I hope after today’s match rules will be improved for everyone’s safety. We are responsible for our racquet.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Journalists and viewers of the match quickly took to social media to question how Ms Begu avoided disqualification over the incident. </p> <p dir="ltr">“Folks, why are we still allowing this?” the New York Times’ Ben Rothenberg tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Begu didn’t throw the racquet especially hard but the consequences of her action shouldn’t be shrugged off by officials.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-c3b0bc39-7fff-d9c5-daa8-a1ab578eb3b4"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Photographer Ella Ling wrote: “I was there (I’m in that shot). Absolutely beggars belief how she was allowed to continue playing. Horrible.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Video: obviously it wasn’t intentional but I just can’t see how this is not a default. Kid started crying, mom and dad were concerned. A mess. <a href="https://t.co/ljQlkYckwu">https://t.co/ljQlkYckwu</a></p> <p>— José Morgado (@josemorgado) <a href="https://twitter.com/josemorgado/status/1529793948507688962?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">The incident comes after Russian Andrey Rublev also escaped major punishment earlier on in the French Open after he slammed a ball in anger and it rebounded, flying past a tournament court assistant.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Seeing the Begu incident and Rublev incident from the other day, tennis officials really need to step up their game,” former world double No. 1 Rennae Stubbs said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I think both should have been defaults.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We MUST start making players accountable for stupid decisions and those were both stupid decisions and could have been a lot worse.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-324ab83a-7fff-f60f-3f2e-0fcdd60e2de3"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Tributes flow for Ray Liotta

<p>Ray Liotta haș died suddenly at age 67, leaving Hollywood in mourning. </p> <p>The <em>Goodfellas</em> actor was in the Dominican Republic filming a movie titled <em>Dangerous Waters</em>, when he died in his sleep while next to his fiancé in their hotel room. </p> <p>An official cause of death is not yet known. </p> <p>Celebrities including Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, and Piers Morgan flooded social media to honour Ray's memory, with his <em>Goodfellas</em> co-stars leading the charge. </p> <p>Robert De Niro told <a href="https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/ray-liotta-dead-hollywood-tributes-1235154625/">The Hollywood Reporter,</a> “I was very saddened to learn of Ray’s passing. He is way too way young to have left us. May he rest in peace.”</p> <p>Lorraine Bracco, who also appeared with Liotta in <em>Goodfellas</em>, shared that she was “utterly shattered” when she heard the news of his passing, <a title="pagesix.com" href="https://pagesix.com/2022/05/26/celebrities-react-to-ray-liottas-death/">Page Six</a> reports.</p> <p>“I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. I can be anywhere in the world and people will come up and tell me their favourite movie is <em>Goodfellas</em>,” <a href="https://twitter.com/Lorraine_Bracco/status/1529868934463234048">she tweeted</a> along with a throwback photo with him. “Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same … Ray Liotta.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I am utterly shattered to hear this terrible news about my Ray. <br />I can be anywhere in the world &amp; people will come up &amp; tell me their favorite movie is Goodfellas. Then they always ask what was the best part of making that movie. My response has always been the same…Ray Liotta. <a href="https://t.co/3gNjJFTAne">pic.twitter.com/3gNjJFTAne</a></p> <p>— Lorraine Bracco (@Lorraine_Bracco) <a href="https://twitter.com/Lorraine_Bracco/status/1529868934463234048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Seth Rogen, who worked with Liotta in the 2009 movie <em>Observe And Report</em>, was also in disbelief to hear that Liotta died, sharing that he was “a lovely, talented and hilarious person”.</p> <p>He said, “Working with him was one of the great joys of my career and we made some of my favourite scenes I ever got to be in. A true legend of immense skill and grace.”</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I can’t believe Ray Liotta has passed away. He was such a lovely, talented and hilarious person. Working with him was one of the great joys of my career and we made some of my favorite scenes I ever got to be in. A true legend of immense skill and grace.</p> <p>— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) <a href="https://twitter.com/Sethrogen/status/1529876461611388933?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p>Jamie Lee Curtis also paid tribute to the late actor, tweeting, “Ray Liotta has died. His work as an actor showed his complexity as a human being. A gentle man. So sad to hear.”</p> <p>Kevin Costner reflected on working with Ray in <em>Field of Dreams</em>, saying he leaves an "incredible legacy" in the film industry.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Ray Liotta has died. His work as an actor showed his complexity as a human being. A gentle man. So sad to hear.</p> <p>— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) <a href="https://twitter.com/jamieleecurtis/status/1529865195555737605?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">RIP GOODFELLA Ray Liotta. I adored you. I love knowing you all those years ago. 😢</p> <p>— Kristin Chenoweth (@KChenoweth) <a href="https://twitter.com/KChenoweth/status/1529865498250321920?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Devastated to hear the news of Ray Liotta’s passing. While he leaves an incredible legacy, he’ll always be “Shoeless Joe Jackson” in my heart. What happened that moment in the film was real. God gave us that stunt. Now God has Ray. <a href="https://t.co/JQmk1PsuSK">pic.twitter.com/JQmk1PsuSK</a></p> <p>— Kevin Costner &amp; MW (@modernwest) <a href="https://twitter.com/modernwest/status/1529924892564635654?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 26, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Scott Morrison speaks for first time since election defeat

<p dir="ltr">Former prime minister Scott Morrison has said he is “thankful” for his time in leadership and that he looks forward to becoming a “quiet Australian” again following Saturday’s federal election result.</p> <p dir="ltr">In his first interview since Labor claimed victory, Mr Morrison told <a href="https://www.9news.com.au/national/federal-election-2022-scott-morrison-not-dwelling-on-loss/bfbdf117-adf4-4d59-8b5d-c1fbe519d6c7" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2GB’s</a> Ben Fordham that he was “of course” disappointed but respected the democratic process.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You accept the result and you move on and you’re thankful for the opportunity that you’ve had to serve the country,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“When I was standing there on the Saturday night I was very mindful of what was happening in Ukraine, there is a country fighting for its very liberty and here we are a democratic nation changing a government through peaceful means.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The party will come together, it’s not the first time the Liberal Party has lost an election.”</p> <p dir="ltr">With Mr Morrison announcing he would step down as leader of the Liberal Party on election night and members of the party <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/crackin-election-result-sends-liberal-party-spinning" target="_blank" rel="noopener">weighing in on its future direction</a>, Mr Morrison spoke positively about what would happen under its new leader.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The party will regroup and focus again under new leadership and I look forward to giving that new leadership every support and then going back to being a quiet Australian in the shire [of Sydney],” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Morrison is set to remain in politics but it is still unclear if he will take on, or be given, a shadow ministry.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’ve got no plans to go anywhere, I’m going back to the shire and re-establishing our life back there, getting the girls back into their routine - I just dropped them off at school this morning,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m looking forward to being a dad again, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to spend as much time as I would’ve liked with the family.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Morrison wasn’t the only one to lose out in the election, with many of his colleagues, including former treasurer Josh Frydenberg, losing their seats.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Obviously devastated that Josh won’t be there. Josh was a huge part of the party’s future,” Mr Morrison said.</p> <p dir="ltr">He added that his faith and family were helping him keep a level head in the wake of the significant loss, and said he was leaving the job “not with regrets but with a great sense of gratitude”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You’re just very humbled by the opportunity you’ve had, you can dwell on defeat or you can dwell on the things that led you to go and do what you did,” Mr Morrison said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I leave not with regrets but with a sense of gratitude.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Three years later the country’s moved in a different direction, that’s the nature of politics. I’ve never been one to get particularly flattered in victory or pessimistic in defeat.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Though pleased that Labor was on track to form a majority government, Mr Morrison said the “teal independents” had made many election promises during the campaign and hoped they would be held to account by the next parliament.</p> <p dir="ltr">“They were very vicious and very brutal campaigns, talking to my colleagues about them, they played things very hard on the ground,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Anyway, politics can be a tough and brutal business.”</p> <p dir="ltr">When asked whether he believed the Coalition needed to ensure it didn’t move further to the right after losing some key moderates, the former PM refused to comment.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-5a8f2d15-7fff-58fb-cd4f-8962d0b41868"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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Tanya Plibersek apologises for likening Peter Dutton to Voldemort

<p>Senior Labor MP Tanya Plibersek has apologised to Liberal MP Peter Dutton for likening him to Voldermort in a radio interview. </p> <p>Speaking to Scott Emerson on the 4BC radio station, Ms Plibersek was asked her opinion of Mr Dutton, who is almost certain to become the next leader of the Liberal party. </p> <p>"Well I think there will be a lot of children who have watched a lot of Harry Potter films who will be very frightened of what they will see at night, that's for sure," replied the Labor frontbencher. </p> <p>"What, are you saying he looks strange, he looks odd?" Emerson asked.</p> <p>"I am saying he looks a bit like Voldemort and we will see whether he can do what he promised he would do when he was last running for leader, which is smile more," she said. </p> <p>Mr Emerson said it sounded like she was attacking Mr Dutton over his looks. </p> <p>"No, I am just saying he is not the warm and friendly face of the Liberal party," she replied. </p> <p>"And if this last election taught us anything, it taught us that the Liberal Party has moved too far to the extremes of politics."</p> <p>Plibersek has since reached out to Dutton to apologise for her comments, with Prime Minister Anthony Albanese saying her remarks were unacceptable. </p> <p>"I do want to change the way that politics functions in this country," Albo said.</p> <p>"People do have conflict fatigue."</p> <p>Plibersek is not the only Labor politician to attack the expected next Liberal leader this week, with Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan blasting Dutton as not being fit to be prime minister. </p> <p>"He's an extremist, and I don't think he fits with modern Australia at all," said Mr McGowan.</p> <p>"He doesn't seem to listen, he's extremely conservative and I actually don't think he's that smart."</p> <p>"I've seen him present on things [and] I don't really pick up there's much there."</p> <p>"As opposed to Scott Morrison, who is a clever guy, I don't pick up that Peter Dutton is fit to be prime minister."</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Victims of the Texas primary school shooting identified

<p>The innocent faces of the Robb Elementary School <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/21-dead-at-primary-school-shooting" target="_blank" rel="noopener">shooting</a> in Uvalde, Texas, have been identified. </p> <p>Among the deceased were at least 19 school children and two teachers, who died at the hands of 18-year-old shooter Salvador Ramos. </p> <p>The children who died were between the ages of seven and 10, with some of them having just received awards for great school work.</p> <p>Amerie Jo Garza was one of the first children to be confirmed dead. She had celebrated her 10th birthday just two weeks ago, and was shot while trying to call emergency services.</p> <p>A member of Amerie's family wrote on Facebook, "Please don't take a second for granted. Hug your family. Tell them you love them." </p> <p>Among the other young victims were 10-year-old Alexandria Aniyah Rubio, 10-year-old Annabell Guadalupe Rodriguez, fourth grader Eliahana Cruz Torres, 9-year-old Eliana “Ellie” Garcia, 10-year-old Jackie Cazares, 10-year-old  Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10-year-old cousins Jayce Luevanos and Jailah Nicole Silguero, 10-year-old Jose Flores, 10-year-old Makenna Lee Elrod, Maite Rodriguez, Nevaeh Bravo, 10-year-old Rojelio Torres, Tess Marie Mata, 8-year-old Uziyah Garcia, and 10-year-old Xavier Lopez.</p> <p>At least two teachers also died during the tragedy, who have been identified as fourth grade teacher Irma Garcia and 44-year-old teacher Eva Mireles.</p> <p>While police continue to have the school locked down as a crime scene for their investigation, locals have begun laying flowers at the welcome sign of the school in remembrance of those who have died. </p> <p>In an emotional press conference about the shooting, Texas politician Beto O’Rourke erupted with anger as he called out state governor Greg Abbott for "doing nothing" to prevent the unimaginable tragedy. </p> <p>“The time to stop the next shooting is now and you’re doing nothing!” Mr O’Rourke shouted at Mr Abbott during the televised briefing with a slew of other Texas officials.</p> <p>Don McLaughlin, the mayor of Uvalde, Texas, where the shooting occurred, yelled back angrily at Mr O’Rourke.</p> <p>“I can’t believe that you’re a sick son of a b**ch that would come to a deal like this to make a political issue,” Mr McLaughlin said, according to the Texas Tribune.</p> <p>At one point, Mr O’Rourke, a Democrat who is running for governor of the state, also said that the shooting was “totally predictable”.</p> <p>Mr O’Rourke was then escorted out of the building, where he blasted his political rival to reporters outside.</p> <p>“The majority of Texas is not reflected by that Governor or those people around the table who talk about mental health care and say that this is pure evil but that it is completely unpredictable,” said Mr O’Rourke, a former congressman from El Paso, Texas, who has been vocal about gun control since a 2020 mass shooting there. </p> <p>“This is predictable. It will happen and it will continue to happen until we change course.”</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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Pro cyclist shot dead at 25, suspect at large

<p>Elite cyclist Anna Moriah “Mo” Wilson was preparing to compete in a marathon race in Texas, before she was shot and killed at a friend's home in Austin. </p> <p>The 25-year-old athlete was hot off the trail of a series of successes in her spring season before she was killed. </p> <p>US Marshals are investigating her death, as they search for a 34-year-old woman suspected of her murder, while police investigators are digging into Wilson’s past relationship with the suspect’s boyfriend.</p> <p>Wilson’s family is mourning the loss of their “beautiful daughter and sister,” who excelled as a biker and skier.</p> <p>“Moriah was a talented, kind, and caring young woman. Her life was taken from her before she had the opportunity to achieve everything she dreamed of,” the family said.</p> <p>Moriah was at the top of her game in the relatively new sport of gravel racing, and was just days from participating in the Gravel Locos bike race at the time of her death. </p> <p>The day after the race, an event organiser remembered her on Facebook as a “role model, a shy compassionate person, a spirited tactical racer and a competitor that genuinely cared about those competing against you.”</p> <p>Kaitlin Marie Armstrong, a 34-year-old Austin resident, is wanted for homicide in the killing and is now a fugitive, the US Marshals said.</p> <p>Both women had recently been in romantic relationships with the same man - professional cyclist Colin Strickland - and messages and interviews with tipsters suggest jealousy could be a potential motive, according to the affidavit filed in Travis County District Court.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Instagram </em></p>

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21 dead at primary school shooting

<p>Twenty-one people have been killed in a deadly school shooting in the town of Uvalde in Texas. </p> <p>The 18-year-old gunman killed 18 students and three teachers at at Robb Elementary School, before he was allegedly killed by responding police officers. </p> <p>Governor Abbott said the suspect was armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle in the attack, as he posted his weapons of choice on Instagram before heading to the school. </p> <p>The governor identified the teenage gunman as Salvador Ramos, who is also believed to have shot his grandmother before leaving to go to the primary school, where he barricaded himself inside. </p> <p>“He shot and killed, horrifically, incomprehensibly, 14 students and killed a teacher,” the governor said earlier, before the increased toll was reported.</p> <p>"He himself is deceased, and it is believed that responding officers killed him," he added. </p> <p>"It is believed that two responding officers were struck by rounds, but have no serious injuries."</p> <p>"There are families that are in mourning right now. And the state of Texas is in mourning with them."</p> <p>In addition to those killed, at least thirteen children are being treated for injuries at Uvalde Memorial emergency room. </p> <p>The public have been asked to stay away as police investigate the crime scene.</p> <p>US President Joe Biden has been briefed on the attack, White House officials said, and is expected to deliver remarks later on Wednesday.</p> <p>Mr Biden also ordered that flags on the White House and other US federal buildings be flown at half-mast in honour of the victims in Uvalde.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images</em></p>

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“It's extraordinary”: Biden praises Albo after new PM hits the ground running

<p dir="ltr">Just days after the federal election and within 24 hours of being sworn in as Australia’s 31st Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese has hit the ground running and brought in a slew of changes.</p> <p dir="ltr">Shortly after he was sworn in on Monday morning, Mr Albanese was jetting off to Tokyo for the Quad Summit, where he was welcomed and congratulated by his peers, including US President Joe Biden.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Prime Minister Albanese, I welcome you to your first Quad meeting. Like I said, you got sworn in, got on a plane and if you fall asleep while you’re here, it’s okay,” he joked.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-d8694510-7fff-7d20-f34a-312b4e0a2fbc"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Because I don’t know how you’re doing it! It’s really quite extraordinary just getting off the campaign trail as well. Congratulations on your election.”</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/Cd7SKB9BQWB/?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; 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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/Cd7SKB9BQWB/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Anthony Albanese (@albomp)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Though he might be in Japan at the moment, the newly minted leader has made some noticeable changes, including one in Parliament House’s Blue Room.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Indigenous recognition</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">During his first press conference, members of the Canberra press gallery were present for the installation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags behind the podium, joining the Australian flag for the first time.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Albanese didn’t make note of this big change while speaking to reporters, but he did make reference to his plans to accept the Uluru Statement of the Heart in its entirety.</p> <p dir="ltr">The statement, which was first delivered by First Nations leaders in 2017 and rejected by then PM Malcom Turnbull, involves implementing a Voice to parliament to act as an official representative body for First Nations Australians and establishing a Makarrata Commission, which would involve signing a treaty and engaging in a truth-telling process.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Staffing at the Public Service</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">Though he suggested that he wouldn’t be sacking anyone in the public service before he was elected, moves have already been made to remove Phil Gaetjens, the country’s top public servant, hours after Mr Albanese was sworn in.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Gaetjen, who was tasked with investigating what Scott Morrison’s office knew about the rape allegations from former staffer Brittany Higgins, is understood to have offered to stand aside, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/all-the-changes-anthony-albanese-made-on-day-one-as-prime-minister/news-story/19a989209036d37b0a94a7172ffdadcf" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Getting acquainted with fellow leaders</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">As well as attending the Quad meeting, where he has met with leaders from Japan, India and the US, Mr Albanese has already spoken with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson about the “strength of Australia’s close relationship with the United Kingdom” and their shared commitment to AUKUS and acting on climate change.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Albanese has also scheduled one-on-one meetings with Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Mr Biden, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday.</p> <p dir="ltr"><strong>Mass texts come under the microscope</strong></p> <p dir="ltr">The Prime Minister has reportedly tasked his government with investigation into the arriverl of a Sri Lankan asylum seeker boat on Saturday morning - the same day the Liberals sent out a mass of robo-texts to voters announcing that an asylum seeker vessel had been intercepted.</p> <p dir="ltr">Senior Labor members questioned the timing of the texts sent to voters in marginal seats, which also came after Mr Morrison warned voters that people smugglers would prepare to send more boats in the event of a Labor win.</p> <p dir="ltr">The message read: “BREAKING – Australian Border Force has intercepted an illegal boat trying to reach Australia. Keep our borders secure by voting Liberal today. https://vote.liberal.org.au.”</p> <p dir="ltr">On Tuesday, multiple senior Labor sources confirmed there would be an investigation into how the boat got so close to Australia and the timing of the texts, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-084401cc-7fff-99e2-f49b-cc16e6ec379e"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: @albomp (Instagram)</em></p>

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More charges levelled at Andrew O’Keefe

<p dir="ltr">Former TV host Andrew O’Keefe was found guilty of assaulting another person while in custody, a court has heard, as he prepares to leave jail on Monday afternoon and attend rehab.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr O’Keefe appeared before the NSW Supreme Court to apply for bail on Monday morning, which was granted by the afternoon, as reported by <em><a href="https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/tv/tv-host-andrew-okeefe-granted-bail-after-colourful-court-appearances/news-story/3effb328b19cacf0344fdc48ee75aa83" target="_blank" rel="noopener">news.com.au</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after the presenter <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/andrew-o-keefe-arrested-over-an-assault-in-sydney-cbd" target="_blank" rel="noopener">received six charges in January</a>, with police alleging he grabbed a sex worker by the throat before punching her and pushing her to the ground.</p> <p dir="ltr">He pleaded not guilty to all six, which included three counts of common assault, intentionally choking a person without consent, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.</p> <p dir="ltr">The court heard that Mr O’Keefe claimed he was acting in self-defence after being attacked, though the complainant hasn’t been charged with any offences.</p> <p dir="ltr">In his previous hearing on May 4, <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/no-interest-in-justice-andrew-o-keefe-s-courtroom-explosion" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Mr O’Keefe was denied bail</a> after his disruptive behaviour was deemed evidence that he would pose an “unacceptable risk” to the community if he left custody.</p> <p dir="ltr">Monday’s hearing saw the court hear that Mr O’Keefe’s circumstances had since changed, and that he would be able to move out of prison and into a long-term residential rehabilitation facility.</p> <p dir="ltr">Justice Robert Hulme agreed that Mr O’Keefe needed treatment for “his long standing drug problems and mental health issues that appear to be, to a significant extent, trauma related”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Mr O’Keefe has experienced a significant descent into an erratic and chaotic lifestyle which is foreign to what he has experienced well into his middle age,” Justice Hulme said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though Mr O’Keefe’s defence team proposed a stay at a male-only residential facility in Port Stephens, far away from Sydney and those he knows, the Crown prosecutor noted that the <em>Deal or No Deal</em> host had been found guilty of assault despite being removed from those influences.</p> <p dir="ltr">“There appears to be a pattern in the offending here. When he’s confronted, it ends up in violence,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You have this pattern, which appears to be a function of his mental health issues overlaid by his drug use.”</p> <p dir="ltr">The prosecutor agreed that treating Mr O’Keefe’s mental illness should be the priority, and the included terms in his bail agreement ensured he had three consultations with a psychiatrist and a psychologist.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr O’Keefe will also be prohibited from contacting the victims, taking illegal drugs, drinking alcohol or entering licensed premises.</p> <p dir="ltr">If he leaves or is expelled from the rehabilitation centre, the court heard that Mr O’Keefe would be required to hand himself into police.</p> <p dir="ltr">Despite being granted bail, Mr O’Keefe will be reappearing in court in June to challenge a charge of breaching an apprehended violence order (AVO) against another complainant, and again in July to examine the evidence relating to the allegations of assault and choking.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-46e84e05-7fff-905c-9b9c-43bec52a0b28"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: A Current Affair</em></p>

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Tributes as TV presenter Erin Jayne Plummer dies suddenly at 42

<p dir="ltr">Television presenter Erin Jayne Plummer has died “suddenly” over the weekend aged 42.</p> <p dir="ltr">Plummer was best known for hosting advertorials on morning show <em>Studio 10</em> as well as shopping channel <em>TVSN</em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Hosts Sarah Harris and Angela Bishop shared the devastating news on Monday morning describing Erin as a “gorgeous human inside and out”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We've got some really sad news to share this morning,” Sarah began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Over the weekend, Studio 10 lost a bit of its sparkle with our friend and advertorial host Erin Jayne passing away suddenly.</p> <p dir="ltr">“For two decades, Erin has been a friendly and familiar face on Australian telly, and for a lot of that she's been brightening up our mornings with her bubbly personality and megawatt smile.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Erin was just a gorgeous human inside and out, and if it wasn't for TV, perhaps Erin may have had a sporting career.</p> <p dir="ltr">“She represented Australia in synchronised swimming and even surf life saving, and there's no question that Erin Jayne was a high achiever, and certainly a gold-medal mum to her three young girls.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We'll miss your sunshine around the studio, Erin Jayne, and all of us here are sending lots of love and strength to her family. You'll be very missed.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Erin’s spectacular career saw her become a presenter for <em>Aerobics Oz Style</em> which aired in more than 80 countries and had an audience of 40 million people.</p> <p dir="ltr">Other host roles Erin did include <em>MTV, Guest TV, TVSN, Totally Active TV, The Morning Show</em> and <em>Channel 10 Sport</em> (Nutri-Grain Ironman Series).</p> <p dir="ltr">She also featured on many TVCs including Sunrice, Gatorade, Sony Wega, Razzamatazz, Australian Tourism, Allens Lollies and Subaru.</p> <p dir="ltr">Erin represented Australia as an accomplished synchronised swimmer at three world championships and won 11 national titles.</p> <p dir="ltr">Erin leaves behind her husband and three daughters. The cause of her death remains unknown.</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: StarNow/Studio 10</em></p>

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Lisa Wilkinson slams Scott Morrison one final time

<p>Lisa Wilkinson has taken one final swipe at Scott Morrison, just hours after he conceded the election to Anthony Albanese. </p> <p>The host of <em>The Project</em>, who has been vocal about her disapproval of Morrison throughout the federal election campaign, took to Twitter to share her final thoughts about the election result on Saturday night. </p> <p>Tweeting on Sunday morning, Wilkinson wrote, “Last night’s result proves that if you look the other way when it comes to women, the planet, corruption, bad behaviour and a refugee family who want to do nothing more than live a safe life in a country town that loves them, change is always going to happen”.</p> <p>Lisa gave her online followers a look into her election night, as she shared a photo alongside actor Simon Baker, journalist Jennifer Byrne and host of ABC’s <em>The Drum</em> Julia Baird as they watched Labor clinch the victory.</p> <p>“Well that was a fun night. This one’s for you Brittany Higgins,” she wrote in the caption of her Instagram post.</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-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd1l5RsBfG2/?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/Cd1l5RsBfG2/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank" rel="noopener">A post shared by Lisa Wilkinson (@lisa_wilkinson)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p>Wilkinson has been a harsh critic of Scott Morrison for some time, as she regularly shared her opinion on the out-going Prime Minister's divisive policies. </p> <p>On election night, Anthony Albanese and the Labor party reigned victorious over a devastating loss for the Liberal party, as Labor takes control of the government for the first time in nine years. </p> <p>Many legacy Liberal seats in Sydney were taken over by independent candidates, who made their dislike for the Liberal party known as they promised action on climate change. </p> <p>The Greens had their best result ever, as they had dramatic wins in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, with Queensland seats also turning their back on Scott Morrison. </p> <p>Pauline Hanson is also at risk of losing her seat to the Greens, as the controversial One Nation leader is trailing behind the Queensland Greens candidate Penny Allman-Payne for the race to the Senate.</p> <p>Anthony Albanese is set to be sworn in as Australia's 31st Prime Minister later today, as he prepares for his first official engagement at the Tokyo summit. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images </em></p>

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Crackin’ election result sends Liberal Party spinning

<p dir="ltr">Saturday night’s election win for the Labor Party has seen members of the Liberal Party begin to question what the future holds, while one MP said outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison should have quit months ago.</p> <p dir="ltr">It comes after footage from <em>9News </em>captured Mr Morrison showing off his whip-cracking skills while his wife Jenny served margaritas at an afternoon party at Kirribilli House on Sunday.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-229b4ece-7fff-4b05-5bbc-78d424639013"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">The footage also showed Mr Morrison sipping on a beer, and Jenny and their daughter Abbey having a crack at using the whip.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/EXCLUSIVE?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#EXCLUSIVE</a>: The outgoing Prime Minister hosted his last function at Kirribilli House this afternoon - with drinks, canapes, and whip-cracking to mark the occasion. <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkWBurrows?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarkWBurrows</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9News?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9News</a> <a href="https://t.co/JFCezxtP6R">pic.twitter.com/JFCezxtP6R</a></p> <p>— 9News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) <a href="https://twitter.com/9NewsSyd/status/1528287227125563392?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 22, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">Reporter Mark Barrows said the event was “a chance for the Morrisons to say thank you to their staff and their families” before they leave the official residence and return to the Shire, allowing incoming PM Anthony Albanese to move in.</p> <p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, various Liberal MPs have begun weighing in on the brutal election results - with the party set to lose 17 seats - and on the direction of the party in the future.</p> <p dir="ltr">One MP said Mr Morrison should have resigned months ago when polls showed he had little support among voters, but instead he “strapped himself to the Liberal Party like a suicide bomber and blew the whole show up”, per <em><a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/federal-election/election-fallout-liberal-mp-says-scomo-should-have-quit-but-instead-blew-the-whole-show-up/news-story/b3e5b31dee0435f836f15d502379e60b" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Sydney Morning Herald</a></em>.</p> <p dir="ltr">Outgoing finance minister and moderate Senator Simon Birmingham, one of the first to speak out publicly, said the party was paying the price for failing to lock in climate and energy policy during Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership.</p> <p dir="ltr">These sentiments were echoed by outgoing Treasurer <a href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/news/news/peter-dutton-frontrunner-for-leader-of-liberal-party" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Josh Frydenberg</a>, who called on the party to be better at “articulating” its climate change achievements.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Australia has not been well served by the culture wars on climate change,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">However, Queensland Nationals Senator Matt Canavan has warned the party against catering to Left-leaning voters.</p> <p dir="ltr">“If Left is code for higher taxes, more government regulation and woke policies, I can’t see how that’s a recipe for success,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr">Another outgoing Liberal minister said the party was struggling to bridge the gap between wealthy inner-city voters and the rest of Australia, and that it might be that the divide was too wide to bridge.</p> <p dir="ltr">Several Liberal sources have defended Mr Morrison, saying he was the victim of Labor’s character assassination strategies, while others urged for party members to wait for the “dust to settle” before decisions were made about the party’s ideological direction.</p> <p dir="ltr">Outgoing Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews, who lost a significant number of primary votes to the Greens, said the Liberals needed to “go back” and “look at our values… to make sure we are properly representing the Australian people”.</p> <p dir="ltr">Though the Liberals have suffered significant losses in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia, the Nationals have seemed to hold all of its seats.</p> <p dir="ltr">As a result, Queensland is looking to be a stronghold for the Coalition with the state accounting for a third of Federal Liberal-aligned seats.</p> <p dir="ltr">One MP said Queensland would have “a big say within the party” about what the Coalition and Liberals would do going forward.</p> <p dir="ltr">Queensland MP Garth Hamilton said the party needed to be “honest, credible and painfully earnest” following the election and defended the Coalition’s position as a “broad church”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The idea of a broad church demands that we remain reflective of a range of views, we need to continue to be that,” he said.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-97690174-7fff-65f4-11ae-1650b7d45e3c"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“Losing our Left flank is going to be a challenge. Our centre of gravity need to be in the centre-Right.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: 9News</em></p>

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Peter Dutton frontrunner for leader of Liberal Party

<p dir="ltr">As Anthony Albanese is sworn in as the 31st Prime Minister of Australia and announces his cabinet, the Liberal Party is now looking to vote for another person to lead the party in the opposition.</p> <p dir="ltr">Peter Dutton, former defence minister, has emerged as a likely candidate to lead the opposition for the next three years.</p> <p dir="ltr">A most-likely contender to run against Dutton would also be outgoing Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.</p> <p dir="ltr">Others that may put their name in the running include outgoing energy minister Angus Taylor, home affairs minister Karen Andrews and trade minister Dan Tehan.</p> <p dir="ltr">They are however not seen as a threat.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Until we have a field of candidates I don’t know who the leader will be but I can only assume Peter Dutton is in the ranks,” Liberal Senator Hollie Hughes told <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/peter-dutton-to-contest-leadership-of-liberal-party-angus-taylor-dan-tehan-and-karen-andrews-rivals/news-story/1359124cdc0d8dddd2229e4a0831b45d" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Daily Telegraph</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He’s an absolute star performer and a terrific ­defence minister.</p> <p dir="ltr">“He, like Scott, has been unfairly maligned, but those of us who know him know what an amazing guy he is.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Former ABC political analyst Barrie Cassidy opposed the idea of Dutton leading opposition and that the party needs to move to the centre to win back seats.</p> <p dir="ltr">“That's a debate that will go on within the party now, and I think the answer to that probably depends on the leadership and who is the next leader of the party,” he said on The Project on Sunday.</p> <p dir="ltr">“The party has been going more to the right and more so by the minute.”<br />He explained that one of their issues is that they have a problem with women, climate change, and integrity.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Who are you going to call? Peter Dutton to fix those issues when he's ideologically opposed, not to women, but to the other issues. But if it's not him. Who else?”</p> <p dir="ltr">“Even though it seems illogical, it could be Peter Dutton, because now, when you look at the fresh numbers, 30 or 40 per cent of the Liberal Party in the parliamentary party are now from Queensland, the LNP is not going to change its spots.”</p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Ryan Channing's cause of death revealed

<p dir="ltr">Ian Thorpe’s ex-boyfriend Ryan Channing’s cause of death has been finally revealed by Indonesian authorities. </p> <p dir="ltr">Ryan Channing, a model, lawyer and skincare brand creator from Perth, was at Bali’s BIMC Hospital on <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/ian-thorpe-s-ex-boyfriend-dies" target="_blank" rel="noopener">May 8 when he died</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr">The 32-year-old was battling several health issues on the holiday island and was rushed to hospital after fainting due to “overdose of prescription medication”. </p> <p dir="ltr">Doctors spent two days trying to save his life but were unsuccessful. </p> <p dir="ltr">His body is expected to arrive in Perth on Friday on a repatriation flight from Indonesia with the funeral to be held next week.</p> <p dir="ltr">Channing’s mother Joy spent the last two days next to her son in hospital and issued a statement thanking everyone for their support.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Thank you to everyone for the overwhelming love and support you have shown to us through this tragic time in our lives,” she wrote on Instagram.</p> <p dir="ltr">“We are still in Bali but hope to be able to home (sic) soon.”</p> <p dir="ltr">Channing’s skincare company The Blaq Group also <a href="https://oversixty.com.au/news/news/ian-thorpe-s-ex-boyfriend-s-family-responds-to-vile-rumours" target="_blank" rel="noopener">issued a statement</a> at the time of his death remembering him for his “fun spirit”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that The Blaq Group founder, Ryan Channing, has passed away at the age of 32,” the tribute began.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Ryan had been battling with health issues over the past few months and died in hospital after being taken suddenly ill on Sunday May 8th whilst on holidays in Bali."</p> <p dir="ltr">“His inspiration led to the creation of highly regarded skincare brands, Flight Mode and Generation Skin as well as the flagship brand Blaq which strives to empower equality through its distinctive messages of acceptance and inclusivity.</p> <p dir="ltr">“His fun and loving spirit will be missed by all.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Rest In Peace, Ryan Channing.</p> <p dir="ltr">“August 31st 1989 - May 8th 2022.”</p> <p dir="ltr">A representative for Ian Thorpe said ​​“thoughts are with Ryan’s family” when news of his death broke. </p> <p dir="ltr">The skincare entrepreneur was Thorpe’s first boyfriend after he came out back in 2015.</p> <p dir="ltr">The pair were in an on-off relationship for about four years and were also engaged at one point before breaking it off completely in 2019. </p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Images: Instagram</em></p>

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"Bloody hopeless": Ben Fordham blasts last minute voting changes

<p>Radio host Ben Fordham has slammed the "hopeless" Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) for their last minute changes to voting if you are Covid positive. </p> <p>The AEC's original system involved telephone voting for people who had contracted Covid after 6pm on Tuesday, while individuals who tested positive before this time being able to register for a postal vote, which had to be applied for by 6pm on Wednesday. </p> <p>This system meant that anyone who tested positive before Tuesday and had missed the postal vote deadline would not be able to vote in the federal election. </p> <p>Ben Fordham blasted the system, as he heard from a listener who said they were told not to vote, cop the $55 fine, and then dispute the fine. </p> <p>"But Ben, we want to vote!" said the caller.</p> <p>Fordham says denying people the right to vote is “undemocratic” and "everyone must have their say."</p> <p>"Do they understand that when someone tests positive, their first thought isn't jumping on the AEC website? If you tested positive before 6pm on Tuesday, you may have had a few other things on your mind," he said.</p> <p>"Someone must fix it, and fix it today."</p> <p>Following Fordham's slating, the AEC said it had approved a brief recommending the government change the regulation so people who got positive tests between Saturday and Tuesday can also phone vote.</p> <p>“This morning I have signed a brief recommending for the eligibility for the service be expanded.” AEC electoral commissioner Tom Rogers said. </p> <p>“We have analysed the service’s take-up so far, our staffing levels and forecasts for use, and are in urgent discussions with Government about the concerns expressed by members of the public,” he said.</p> <p>Speaking with <a href="https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/aec-confirms-australians-with-covid-can-vote/13890772" target="_blank" rel="noopener">ABC Radio Breakfast</a>, Mr Rogers clarified the new rules for all Australians with Covid after the matter has been resolved with the government. </p> <p>The AEC confirmed that all people who are Covid positive are able to vote over the phone, with people urged to register their positive tests <a href="https://www.aec.gov.au/election/covid19-affected.htm" target="_blank" rel="noopener">online</a> as soon as possible.</p> <p>Mr Rogers has urged all people voting over the phone to be patient with AEC officers, saying this is an "emergency provision" as "nothing is without risk", and telephone voters should expect "long queues over the phone". </p> <p>He also encouraged people who have enrolled for telephone voting not to wait until the last minute to cast their vote.</p> <p><em>Image credits: Getty Images / Instagram</em></p>

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Pauline Hanson's bold hope in the face of her positive Covid result

<p>Pauline Hanson has contracted Covid just days out from the federal election. </p> <p>The unvaccinated One Nation senator confirmed that she is at home self-isolating and called out those who had bad wishes toward her.</p> <p>“I can confirm I am at home self-isolating after testing positive for COVID,” the 67-year-old tweeted.</p> <p>“I thank all of those people who have sent their well wishes, and I look forward to disappointing all of those who hope that I drop dead.”</p> <p>Ms Hanson believes that she contracted the disease while out campaigning in Perth for the election.</p> <p>Since her positive test, her Twitter account has been riddled with a One Nation petition to “Stop the WHO Pandemic Pact”.</p> <p>“If this proposal is adopted and signed by Australia the WHO could have the power to enforce lockdowns, hard borders around quarantine zones, vaccine passports, mandatory check-in and contact tracing, mandatory health tests, mandatory removal, and quarantine,” the petition read.</p> <p>“Furthermore, compulsory vaccination is part of the International Health Regulations, and may now be forced on all Australians if this vote succeeds.</p> <p>“If granted these powers, the World Health Organisation can declare a pandemic without justifying or even publishing its reasons and can continue the emergency measures for as long as it decides is necessary.</p> <p>“There is no appeal, no transparency, no fairness.”</p> <p>Ms Hanson has long been an outspoken advocate against the mandatory jab as well as the United Nations and the World Health Organisation who she accuses of pushing an agenda.</p> <p>"I haven't had the jab, I don't intend to have the jab, I'm not putting that sh*t in my body,” she said last year. </p> <p>“I've taken that stance and that is my choice. I am not an anti-vaxxer, but I am very careful of what I put into my body.”</p> <p>Ms Hanson said she maintained a healthy lifestyle and said the jab would put her at risk.</p> <p>“I don't intend to listen to bureaucrats or politicians, or UN or WHO pushing their own agenda and take away my freedoms, my rights, my choices when that's why I'm fighting this issue and so should you,” she said.</p> <p>Australians are set to head to the polls on May 21 and the controversial senator hopes to be reelected. </p> <p><em>Image: Getty</em></p>

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Chris Dawson's former mistress reveals last words with Lynette

<p>The former babysitter, who became Chris Dawson's mistress and then his wife, has taken the stand at his murder trial.</p> <p>Chris Dawson is on trial for murder as the prosecution alleges he murdered his wife Lynette in 1982. </p> <p>The woman, who has been known only as JC throughout the high-profile trial, first met Dawson in 1980 when he was her Year 11 sports teacher at Cromer High School.</p> <p>"He told me he had seen me in the playground... when I was 15 and decided he would like to get to know me better because I was attractive to him... I believe he deliberately tried to take my class," JC told the court.</p> <p>The Supreme Court was shown a series of cards and love letters that JC said were dropped in her school bag by Dawson.</p> <p>She claimed he signed off as "GOD" to disguise himself because she was a minor. </p> <p>By 1981, the teenager had moved in with Dawson, his wife Lynette, and their two children at Bayview to work as their live-in babysitter.</p> <p>"Lynette was very welcoming... He used to call her "fatso" and laugh about it," JC told the court.</p> <p>She claimed when Lynette went to bed, "Chris Dawson would want me to have sex with him".</p> <p>The court heard what JC says is her last conversation with Lynette before she vanished in 1982.</p> <p>JC claims Lynette asked her, "you've been taking liberties with my husband?"</p> <p>Dawson claims Lynette ran away from the family home in 1982 after she discovered her husband's affair with JC, and denies any claims he killed his wife. </p> <p>Dawson and JC went on to marry and have a child before they separated in 1990.</p> <p>The trial is still ongoing. </p> <p><em>Image credits: Nine News</em></p>

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Surprise surprise: ScoMo crash-tackling a child has gone viral

<p dir="ltr">Prime Minister Scott Morrison accidentally shoulder-charged a small child while playing soccer in Tasmania - and the internet has had plenty to say about it.</p> <p dir="ltr">Mr Morrison was playing a training game with the kids while campaigning in the seat of Braddon when he made a run towards the ball, not seeing the small child in his path, before colliding with them and becoming entangled on the ground.</p> <p dir="ltr">“I’m surprised he hasn’t been taken to hospital,” he joked.</p> <p dir="ltr">Luca Fauvette, the child in question, was fine.</p> <p dir="ltr">Both Mr Morrison and the soccer club made statements about the collision on Facebook, with the PM praising the boy for being “such a good sport”.</p> <p dir="ltr">“You may have seen we had a bit of a collision at club training tonight at the Devonport Strikers Football Club in Tasmania,” Mr Morrison wrote. “I spoke to Luca and his mum Ali tonight to check in on him and he was in good form.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Great to be able to have a good chat to him about his love of football and to hear he’s had three hat-tricks in his budding career already.”</p> <p dir="ltr">"Our club values are determination, effort and respect," the Strikers said on Facebook. </p> <p dir="ltr">"We think Luca showed plenty of determination and effort to stop the PM scoring at all costs!</p> <p dir="ltr">"The latest star of the election is ok and looking forward to being the star of the show at school tomorrow!"</p> <p dir="ltr">After footage of the incident emerged on social media, it quickly went viral and prompted jokes from all corners.</p> <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-4f94da2d-7fff-898f-d533-3db3d3e7b2b8"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“In ScoMo’s defence, the kid is a United fan. Play on,” tweeted Tim Barrow.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">The chaser sums it up … <a href="https://t.co/dODQ5HfgXF">pic.twitter.com/dODQ5HfgXF</a></p> <p>— Justin Brash 🏳️‍🌈🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿🇦🇺🍸📷🐱 (@just_brash) <a href="https://twitter.com/just_brash/status/1526846679366127622?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-99b5f64f-7fff-b667-f021-7a8a002b61c1"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">“I trip over small children, dogs, hoses and my own feet on the odd occasion. Happy to make my clumsiness a headline if required,” Catherine Wilcox added.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">Won’t tackle the cost of living.</p> <p>Will tackle an actual child.</p> <p>— Australian Unions (@unionsaustralia) <a href="https://twitter.com/unionsaustralia/status/1526836955602104320?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-fdcbecfc-7fff-d8ee-c4d7-d8357a2ea6b4">Even 14-year-old journalist Leonardo Puglisi - who made headlines for interviewing Mr Morrison - got in on the fun, joking that one of their “reporters” was injured in “retaliation” for their tough questions.</span></p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">BREAKING: <a href="https://twitter.com/6NewsAU?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@6NewsAU</a> is prepared to launch legal action against the PM after one of our reporters was injured tonight </p> <p>We understand it was retaliation from the PM for our tough questions during our interview with him <a href="https://t.co/hRb3JUPw3o">https://t.co/hRb3JUPw3o</a></p> <p>— Leonardo Puglisi (@Leo_Puglisi6) <a href="https://twitter.com/Leo_Puglisi6/status/1526898992025460737?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-546c919d-7fff-fcfe-6d53-8aa44d31a6ea"></span></p> <p dir="ltr">Others used it to make political points about the Liberal Party’s policies heading into this weekend’s federal election while others suggested that Mr Morrison wouldn’t fare well in the election as a result.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"> <p dir="ltr" lang="en">I mean if ever there was a visual representation for the LNP’s climate policy… <a href="https://t.co/syEzi4hOQo">pic.twitter.com/syEzi4hOQo</a></p> <p>— Tosh Greenslade (@ToshGreenslade) <a href="https://twitter.com/ToshGreenslade/status/1526835259618529280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">May 18, 2022</a></p></blockquote> <p dir="ltr">“Surely this bloke can’t survive after Saturday. He’s a national and international embarrassment,” Cody Murray wrote on Facebook.</p> <p dir="ltr">“Just got so sad thinking about how that kid that ScoMo hit will never grow up and use their super to pay for 6% of a house deposit,” journalist Cameron Wilson tweeted.</p> <p dir="ltr">To see footage of the incident, head <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDDLSAvOzIU&amp;ab_channel=TheAge%26SydneyMorningHerald" target="_blank" rel="noopener">here</a>.</p> <p dir="ltr"><span id="docs-internal-guid-96002f36-7fff-1de2-f0ad-b313fc2b706f"></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><em>Image: Getty Images</em></p>

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