Australia Society & Culture
Golden casket and motorbikes at Liam Scorsese’s funeral
British woman in Australia charged with killing boy
Mum charged with murder after boy, 8, found dead at Tootgarook
Radio star Kate Langbroek injured in ‘crazed, violent’ attack
Tinder cheat ‘murdered wife the day she discovered his affair’
Tribunal saves ‘violent’ recidivist from deportation for ‘fair-minded’ Australians
Mum warns about dangers of Mini Eggs after claiming her daughter choked and died on one
2 U.S. tourists die in helicopter crash on Australia's Great Barrier Reef
2018-03-23 12:05:02 BRISBANE, Australia – A helicopter carrying American tourists crashed at a coral-viewing site on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, killing two passengers from Hawaii and injuring two others from Colorado, police said. The helicopter pilot pulled one passenger from the wreckage after Wednesday’s crash but desperate attempts to revive the 65-year-old woman failed, Police Inspector Ian Haughton said Thursday. A 79-year-old man also died despite bystanders’ attempts to resuscitate him, Haughton said   Read More ...
Australia bush fires destroy homes, kill cattle
2018-03-20 05:02:36 SYDNEY: High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled large grass and bush fires in Australia, officials said yesterday, reducing dozens of houses to ash and killing cattle. Sixty-nine homes were destroyed in the seaside village of Tathra on the south coast of New South Wales when a fire tore through the area on Sunday. Some 40,000ha were also scorched in south-western regions of neighbouring Victoria as dozens of blazes swept through over the weekend, wiping out beef and dairy cattle   Read More ...
Australia bushfires destroy homes, kill cattle
2018-03-20 04:09:54 Sydney, Australia | AFP |High temperatures and strong winds have fuelled large grass and bushfires in Australia, officials said Monday, reducing dozens of houses to ash and killing cattle. Sixty-nine homes were destroyed in the picturesque seaside village of Tathra on the south coast of New South Wales when a fire tore through the area on Sunday. Some 40,000 hectares (100,000 acres) were also scorched in southwestern regions of neighbouring Victoria as dozens of blazes swept through over the weekend, wiping out beef and dairy cattle   Read More ...
Raging Australia Bushfire Destroys 70 Homes and Sends Residents Fleeing
2018-03-20 04:05:30 A fast-moving bushfire in southeastern Australia has engulfed an estimated 70 homes and buildings, with firefighters still working Monday to contain the blaze. The fire has plowed through more than 2,400 acres in New South Wales, reaching Tathra, a small coastal town about six hours from Sydney, on Sunday, the BBC reports. The 1,600 residents were evacuated and four people were reportedly treated for smoke inhalation   Read More ...
Golden casket and motorbikes at Liam Scorsese’s funeral
2018-03-13 08:06:13 Instagram pictures show the lavish ceremony for Liam Scorsese at a Gold Coast cemetery which was attended by close family and friends. The 31-year-old was fatally shot by police at a Brisbane bayside home in just over two weeks ago and since then friends and family have shared emotional tributes to him online. Queensland Police say they found the Gold Coast man armed with a knife, trying to break into a house and threatening his ex-girlfriend when he was fatally shot   Read More ...
Unions lobby for record $50-a-week increase to the minimum wage
2018-03-13 07:08:08 The union movement will push for a record $50-a-week pay rise for the lowest-paid workers in this year's minimum wage case, with ACTU leader Sally McManus declaring low wage growth is "pushing our economy off course". But the peak employer group is calling for below-inflation pay rise of just $12.50 per week, arguing businesses are under pressure. Ms McManus will hand deliver the peak body's 7   Read More ...
Unions lobby for record $50-a-week increase to the minimum wage
2018-03-13 06:09:26 The union movement will push for a record $50-a-week pay rise for the lowest-paid workers in this year's minimum wage case, with ACTU leader Sally McManus declaring low wage growth is "pushing our economy off course". But the peak employer group is calling for below-inflation pay rise of just $12.50 per week, arguing businesses are under pressure. Ms McManus will hand deliver the peak body's 7   Read More ...
UPDATE 1-Australian probe of bank-sector misconduct begins with focus on home loans
2018-03-13 00:14:53 * Powerful Government-backed probe first round of hearings begins * Focus will be misconduct in selling home loans and other loans * NAB miss-selling through referral program case to be heard first (Adds NAB CEO comment) By Paulina Duran The long-awaited Royal Commission follows years of scandals in Australia’s financial sector including poor financial advice, interest-rate rigging, and accusations of breaking money-laundering rules   Read More ...
Givenchy, who dressed Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, dead at 91
2018-03-13 00:13:27 Paris: Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who dressed Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn and whose name became synonymous with modern elegance, has died. Givenchy was 91 years old. Agence France-Presse was first to report the designer's death, citing a statement from his partner, Philippe Venet. The aristocratic couturier founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 and became an icon of French fashion during the prosperous decades following World War II   Read More ...
New York helicopter crash: Pilot reportedly blames bag as passengers identified
2018-03-13 00:13:12 The pilot who survived a helicopter crash that killed his five passengers reportedly told investigators he believed a passenger's bag might have hit an emergency fuel shutoff switch in the moments before the chopper went down. Key points: NTSB investigators are working to determine what caused the crash which killed a Texas firefighter, an Argentinian woman and a young journalist Concerns raised over safety of amateurs being allowed on "doors-off" photo flights The helicopter company has been involved in at least five accidents or other incidents in the last 10 years, according to FAA data A federal official told AP the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is also scrutinising why an emergency flotation device apparently did not deploy properly when the tour helicopter went down in the East River   Read More ...
Australia's gun laws stopped mass shootings
2018-03-12 23:01:04 An Australian program to buy back firearms and tighten rules on gun ownership has prevented an estimated 16 mass shootings over two decades, researchers reported Monday. The buyback law was enacted in 1996 after a mass shooting in which 35 people were shot and killed and 23 injured at a cafe in Port Arthur, Tasmania. The attack disgusted Australians, who supported the new laws and turned in more than 1 million illicit firearms, the researchers said   Read More ...
Hubert de Givenchy, Iconic French couturier for celebrities including Audrey Hepburn, dies at 91
2018-03-12 22:13:58 French fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, an aristocrat who founded the house of Givenchy in the 1950s, and became famous for dressing the likes of Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Grace Kelly, has died at the age of 91, the Givenchy label has said. External Link: The House of Givenchy is sad to report the passing of its founder Hubert de Givenchy, a major personality of the world of French Haute Couture and a gentleman who symbolized Parisian chic and elegance for more than half a century   Read More ...
Passenger plane crashes, catches fire at Kathmandu airport
2018-03-12 22:06:43 A top airport official said the pilot of US-Bangla Airlines flight BS211 did not follow landing instructions from the control tower, and had approached the airport’s one runway from the wrong direction. “The airplane was not properly aligned with the runway. The tower repeatedly asked if the pilot was OK and the reply was ‘yes,”’ said Raj Kumar Chetri, the airport’s general manager   Read More ...
Givenchy, who dressed Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn, dead at 91
2018-03-12 21:16:25 Paris: Hubert de Givenchy, the French fashion designer who dressed Jackie Kennedy and Audrey Hepburn and whose name became synonymous with modern elegance, has died. Givenchy was 91 years old. Agence France-Presse was first to report the designer's death, citing a statement from his partner, Philippe Venet. The aristocratic couturier founded the House of Givenchy in 1952 and became an icon of French fashion during the prosperous decades following World War II   Read More ...
Plane carrying 67 passengers crashes at Kathmandu's international airport
2018-03-12 12:22:47 A Bangladeshi plane carrying 67 passengers has crashed while coming into land at Kathmandu's international airport. It was not immediately clear if there were fatalities. The Kathmandu Post quoted Tourism Ministry joint secretary Suresh Acharya as saying 17 injured passengers had been rescued and sent to different hospitals for treatment. Clouds of thick, dark smoke could be seen rising above the hilltop Tribhuvan International Airport, which was immediately shut down   Read More ...
Aryan Nations white supremacist couple guilty of bludgeoning man to death in insurance plot
2018-03-12 10:16:17 The president of a WA white supremacist group known as the Aryan Nations and his female lover have been found guilty of murdering her partner so they could access his life insurance. Robert Edhouse and Melony Attwood had been on trial for the past month accused of murdering Alan Taylor at his home in the northern Perth suburb of Girrawheen in April, 2016   Read More ...
Australia’s mandatory gun buyback inspires activists, but few lawmakers
2018-03-12 09:46:41 WASHINGTON — It's become almost a mythic tale passed around after mass shootings, raised by everyone from President Obama to student survivors of the Parkland attack last month: Australia faced a similar problem with guns — and they solved it. After a gunman with an AR-15 rifle and high-capacity magazines opened fire at a tourist site in Port Arthur and killed 35 people in 1996, a conservative government led Australian states in passing sweeping new restrictions on firearms   Read More ...
Turkish heiress and friends killed in private plane crash returning from hen's party
2018-03-12 08:17:19 Turkish heiress Mina Basaran and friends killed in plane crash during return from Dubai hen's party Like many brides-to-be, Turkish heiress Mina Basaran shared snapshots of her hen's party on Instagram with a themed hashtag. But celebrations were cut short when the wealthy 28-year-old and her friends were among the 11 people killed when the private plane bringing them home from Dubai crashed into an Iranian mountainside on Sunday (local time)   Read More ...
Teenager Michael Brack stabbed to death over $160 drug deal, Supreme Court hears
2018-03-12 08:17:07 A teenage boy was stabbed to death because his alleged attacker thought the 16-year-old was backing out of a $160 drug deal, a court has heard. Ryan John Howes has pleaded not guilty to murdering Michael Brack, who died from a single stab wound after he bled out in a Bundall street, on Queensland's Gold Coast, in November 2015. On the opening day of his trial, prosecutors told the Supreme Court in Brisbane that Michael had gone with friends to sell Howes 14 grams of marijuana, but Mr Howes said he needed to go home and get money which made the teenager frustrated and anxious to leave   Read More ...
Ai Weiwei: Chinese dissident artist critiques Australia's treatment of asylum seekers ahead of Sydney Biennale
2018-03-12 08:16:59 He is one of the world's most famous artists and China's best known dissident, and 60-year-old Ai Weiwei has a message for Australia when it comes to the treatment of asylum seekers. "I struggle with Australia's record towards refugees," he said. "Australia is a nation of migrants and its culture accepts and tolerates difference. "But Australia's refugee record is quite poor internationally   Read More ...
Helicopter crashes in New York East River
2018-03-12 03:34:07 A TOURIST helicopter has crashed in New York’s East River, where the pilot escaped but two tourists died as police divers rescued three others on board.   Read More ...
Peter Temple dies aged 71, remembered as 'extraordinary writer' with distinctive narrative voice
2018-03-12 02:07:58 The Australian literary world is mourning the loss of the internationally acclaimed crime writer Peter Temple, who died in Ballarat aged 71. Louise Thurtell was a young publisher at Harper Collins in 1995, when a manuscript in her favourite genre — crime fiction — came across her Sydney desk. "I remember reading the first paragraph, and being electrified," Ms Thurtell said   Read More ...
Helicopter crash in New York City's East River kills two, authorities say
2018-03-12 02:07:51 A helicopter has crashed in New York City's East River, killing at least two people, and emergency divers were in the water around the partially submerged aircraft, according to officials. Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said in a post on Twitter there was "at least one survivor, at least two fatalities". "Divers are still in the water," he said   Read More ...
'They kill people': Trump urges death penalty for drug dealers
2018-03-12 01:06:32 Washington : Drug dealers kill people, destroy families and might deserve the death penalty or life in prison for their crimes, President Trump says. Trump, speaking at a rally in Pennsylvania for congressional candidate Rick Saccone, said he got the idea from the leaders of China and Singapore. The US criminal justice system, Trump said, is too soft on drugs   Read More ...
Two people seriously injured in stabbing outside bar in Geelong
2018-03-11 22:10:31 Two men have been seriously injured and another arrested after a stabbing outside a licensed premises in Geelong. Police say the incident occurred after a 25-year-old man was removed from the venue on James Street about 4am. It's alleged he stabbed two men outside the premises with an unknown weapon. Both men, aged 56 and 38, were taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries   Read More ...
Faithful dog waits outside hospital four months after owner dies
2018-03-11 22:09:45 Faithful dog waits outside Brazilian hospital four months after his homeless owner dies More than four months after its owner died, a dog still refuses to leave the entry of a hospital in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The dog's owner, a homeless man, was stabbed in a local park and rushed to Santa Casa de Novo Horizonte medical centre where he died from his injuries, according to local media reports   Read More ...
Oxford University 'deeply sorry' after female cleaner pictured removing Women's Day message
2018-03-11 06:09:00 Oxford University says it is "deeply sorry" for asking a female cleaner to remove graffiti saying "Happy International Women's Day" on International Women's Day. Sophie Smith, an associate professor of political theory at the University, tweeted a picture of the cleaner standing on the steps of the Clarendon building washing the chalk graffiti away with a mop. External Link: @DrSophieSmith: Oxford security makes a woman cleaner scrub out “Happy International Women’s Day” on the Clarendon steps   Read More ...
Ice user who killed partner's baby son found guilty of murder
2018-03-11 04:05:33 An ice user who inflicted catastrophic injuries on his partner's six-month-old baby son while she was shopping has been found guilty of murder. After three days of jury deliberations, Dwayne Lindsey, 34, was found guilty in the Victorian Supreme Court on Sunday of murdering six-month-old Chayse Dearing. Lindsey pleaded not guilty to murder but through his lawyer admitted he caused Chayse's death - most likely by shaking him - and the jurors were advised during the trial they should return a guilty finding on child homicide, similar to manslaughter   Read More ...
$1 million reward on offer over murder of gangland figure Willie Thompson
2018-03-11 02:05:08 Willie Thompson is the 'forgotten gangster' in Melbourne's gangland wars. Key points: Willie Thompson was shot dead in Malvern East in 2003 A $1 million reward is offered for information leading to the conviction of the killer Police called him the 'forgotten gangster' because he died during the height of Melbourne's gangland war He was gunned down on a street Malvern East 15 years ago, and now Victoria Police are offering a $1 million reward to find out who murdered him   Read More ...
Pet abuse: Women lead global push to save hidden victims of domestic violence
2018-03-10 22:08:47 A group of women from the northern New South Wales city of Lismore are leading a global movement to help the hidden victims of domestic violence — pets. At the helm is Anna Ludvik, founder of Lucy's Project, which is a network of more than 200 domestic violence and animal welfare organisations across the world. Ms Ludvik started the project in memory of her stillborn daughter, Lucy   Read More ...
Man charged with murder of partner, 29, at Diggers Rest home
2018-03-10 14:13:00 A man has been charged with murdering his partner, a mother of two who was found dead in a home north-west of Melbourne on Friday night. Shane Robertson, 28, is accused of fatally striking 29-year-old Katherine Haley in the head with a blunt object at Diggers Rest on Friday night. He appeared in an out-of-sessions court hearing on Saturday night charged with murder, and said he had cuts to his arm   Read More ...
Man charged after allegedly fleeing from fatal truck crash on M1
2018-03-10 11:52:13 A 25-year-old man is in custody after he allegedly fled the scene of a fatal crash on the M1 at Mount White on Friday afternoon. One man died and another man was injured when two utes and a pantech Coles truck collided about 4.45pm on Friday, causing traffic chaos for drivers heading out of Sydney. Police originally thought only the truck and the ute were involved in the crash but they now say a third vehicle - another ute - played a role   Read More ...
Wolf of Wall Street producers to pay $76 million over Malaysian corruption allegations
2018-03-10 10:47:12 The production company behind hit film The Wolf of Wall Street has agreed to pay the US government $76 million to settle claims it benefited from a massive Malaysian corruption scandal. The settlement between prosecutors and Red Granite Pictures Inc. was approved in US District Court in Los Angeles. The case was part of an effort to recover more than $1   Read More ...
Another Canadian woman arrested at Australian border, accused of smuggling drugs in luggage
2018-03-10 09:54:39 Another Canadian has been arrested at an Australian airport, charged with smuggling drugs concealed in her luggage. The 43-year-old Canadian woman was arrested Thursday after arriving at Melbourne international airport on a flight from India. She was traveling with a 38-year-old Portuguese man who was also arrested. The couple were selected for baggage examination as they passed through customs, according to the Australian Border Force, that country’s equivalent of the Canada Border Services Agency   Read More ...
Brit dad’s heartbreaking tribute to his eight-year-old son found dead after being ‘suffocated by his mum’
2018-03-09 19:07:50 A BRITISH dad has paid tribute to his eight-year-old son who died after he was allegedly suffocated by his mother. Lee Moran has said he had "lost the best part of himself" after Joanne Finch, 41, was charged with murder after allegedly smothering their son Brodie Moran with a pillow at their home near Melbourne yesterday. Writing on Facebook the Shanghai-based dad remembered his “always happy” boy   Read More ...
British woman in Australia charged with killing boy
2018-03-09 18:38:56 Joanne Finch, 41, was arrested at a house in the seaside town of Tootgarook, about 50 miles from Melbourne, in the state of Victoria on Thursday. Emergency services were called at about 1.30pm on Thursday but the boy, thought to be Finch's eight-year-old son Brodie Moran, was found dead. After being charged with murder, Finch made a brief appearance at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday   Read More ...
Brit mum, 41, charged with murder after her son, 8, is found ‘suffocated with a pillow’ in Australia
2018-03-09 10:35:08 A BRITISH mother has been charged with murder after allegedly suffocating her eight-year-old son to death at their peaceful seaside home in Australia. Joanne Finch, 41, allegedly smothered her son Brodie Moran with a pillow at their rented property in south-east Melbourne yesterday. Brodie’s dad Lee Moran, who is also British and is currently based in Shanghai, posted a heartbreaking tribute to his “always happy” boy this morning, reports   Read More ...
Tourist captures Sydney couple's marriage proposal
2018-03-09 10:05:27 An Australian couple have been united with a "fairytale" photo of their engagement, after a tourist found the pair via social media. US photographer Rob Lau captured Philo Botros' marriage proposal to Monica Gaid on Sydney Harbour last month. The picture came to their notice after it was shared online by Mr Lau's friend. Ms Gaid said discovering the picture-perfect shot was a "surreal" experience   Read More ...
How colonial placenames reveal 'the killing time' for Aboriginal survivors
2018-03-09 08:12:34 'The killing time': How placenames reveal violence, murder and injustice in the Kimberley An historically murky and brutal story of murder emerged when Curious Kimberley was asked about the story of Philchowskis Crossing near the east Kimberley town of Kununurra. Philchowskis' story reflects one small paragraph in a bloody chapter of Kimberley history referred to by Aboriginal people as "the killing time"   Read More ...
Mum charged with murder after boy, 8, found dead at Tootgarook
2018-03-09 05:05:52 Image: Channel Nine News. It’s been revealed the mother charged with the murder of her 8-year-old son on the Mornington Peninsula had called 000. The woman, 41, faced an out of sessions court hearing overnight charged with the murder of the boy. The boy’s body was found shortly after 1.30pm yesterday at a property on Alma Street in Tootgarook (pictured above)   Read More ...