Former prime minister Tony Abbott has been accused of “embarrassing Australia” in a London speech urging European nations to turn back refugees fleeing the Middle East.
Abbott warned that Europe was making a catastrophic error in acceptin hundreds of thousands of refugees. Although the crowd attending the annual Thatcher Lecture at London’s Guildhall on Tuesday evening applauded his speech, Twitter went into over-drive as politicians denounced Mr Abbott’s message. Greens Senator and asylum-seeker supporter Sarah Hansen-Young wrote “Tony Abbott still making a fool of himself and embarrassing Australia. His obsession with pushing people in need away is beyond belief.” Others, including leading Catholics, pointed out that the message from the ardent Catholic politician contradicted both biblical teaching and a recent papal edict.
Murder victim’s identity stolen, mobile phone used after death
Detective Superintendent Des Bray of the Major Crime Investigation Branch has announced that murder victim Karlie Pearce-Stevenson’s phone was used by her killers to send texts to family and friends to make them think that she was still alive. Her bank account was accessed hundreds of times after she and her daughter disappeared in December 2008. A women posed as Pearce-Stevenson during a bank visit in 2010 and at a Centrelink branch later that same year. Pearce-Stevenson’s body was found in Belanglo State Forest, NSW, in 2010; her daughter’s skeletal remains were found in July this year beside a road near Wynarka, South Australia.
P-plater charged over crash that killed three friends
P-plater Jordan Brown, 20, has been charged over the deaths of three friends in a car accident near Bilpin on August 30. Brown is accused of having been under the influence of drugs at the time of the incident. He was charged with three counts of dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm, negligent driving causing grievous bodily harm and driving a vehicle under the influence of illicit drugs. He and four friends were heading home to the Northern Beaches after attending the Psyfari Music Festival in Lithgow. Two elderly women were also injured in the crash.
Amanda Shalala wins award
Macleay College lecturer and ABC sports reporter Amanda Shalala won the Person of Sporting Words award at last night’s Women in Sports ceremony for championing women in sport. Ms Shalala told The Newsroom it was “incredibly humbling” to win: “It’s a very prestigious award in Australia and the world.” Asked about her role in promoting woman’s sport she said “the gross misrepresentation of women in sport is not justified, so it’s our job as the media to make sure they get recognition and equality”. Ms Shalala has covered local, national and international sporting events including the 2015 Asian Cup, 2014 Sochi Winter Paralympics and the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics. – Chloe Kay Richardson
Top photo of Tony Abbott at the Margaret Thatcher Centre from Uncensored Australian Political Debate Forum’s Facebook page.