The Newsroom recaps this week’s top stories.
Drink driver crushes child
A mother has crushed a six-year-old girl while attempting to reverse park in Sydney’s north-west. Barbara Farlow, 50, had been drinking at an RSL on Wednesday and had a blood alcohol level of 0.303. The six-year-old girl was helping her father load groceries into their family car when Ms Farlow crushed the young girl between two cars. Ms Farlow allegedly tried to drive off after the incident but when her car wouldn’t start, she attempted to flee by foot. Witnesses were able to detain the woman until police arrived at the scene. The young girl suffered pelvic injuries and was taken to the Children’s Hospital at Westmead. She is now in a serious but stable condition. Ms Farlow was charged with high range drink driving and was granted conditional bail. She is set to appear in Burwood Local Court on Monday, October 24.
‘Budgie 9’ escape conviction
The Australian men who stripped down to budgie smugglers emblazoned with the Malaysian flag at the Malaysian Grand Prix have been cleared of any conviction after appearing in court on Thursday. They spent four days in custody and under Malaysian law, could have faced a two-year jail sentence. The men were charged with intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace. One of the nine boys, Thomas Whitworth, read out a letter of apology to the court stating that the incident was “a moment of folly” before collapsing shortly after. Another member, Jack Walker, is also a staffer for Defence Minister Christopher Pyne.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) October 7, 2016
Cronulla Sharks celebrate after winning NRL premiership
On Sunday the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks ended a 49-year premiership drought by defeating the Melbourne Storm 14-12, sending the Shire into raptures. Captain Paul Gallen and a group of 12 from the club took a bus from the Shire and made their way to Clarence St tattoo parlour. Players Ben Barba, Valentine Holmes, Mick Ennis, Wade Graham, and Jack Bird along with a few others agreed to go with Gallen to get the Sharks logo tattooed on them. Glen Middleton, who has already tattooed Gallen before, said it was an honour to be called in. “He messaged me at 7am and said, ‘There are 12 of us…’ It’s a real milestone for them so I was happy to do them a favour,” Middleton said. In a touching gesture, Gallen took the Provan-Summons trophy to entertainment personality and lifetime Sharks fan Glen Wheeler, who was left with severe injuries to his leg and head after being hit by a car 18 months ago.
— Paul Gallen (@PaulGallen13) October 4, 2016
Minogue and Sasse to say ‘I do’ when Australia does too
Kylie Minogue will be holding off on her Melbourne nuptials until Australia makes gay marriage legal, her British fiance announced on Thursday. Actor Joshua Sasse, who met Minogue on the set of his TV show Galavant and proposed to the Aussie pop star in February, told Channel 7’s Sunrise the pair would not marry until there is marriage equality Down Under. “I simply can’t fathom on any level, whether its religious or moral or anything, that I have the right to get married, and to marry the person I love, and that somebody else doesn’t just because of their sexual orientation.” Sasse said he and Minogue had discussed a Melbourne wedding and were “not comfortable getting married until the law is passed”. “Why are we more important than anybody else? It’s not right and something’s got to be done about it.” Minogue and Sasse are supporting the “Say I Do Down Under” campaign, backed by celebrities including Dolly Parton, Sia and Margot Robbie, who wore a campaign T-Shirt on the set of Saturday Night Live at the weekend.
— Joshua Sasse (@joshuasasse) October 5, 2016
Ford flees Australia
After 90 years of producing motor vehicles, Ford has rolled out its final car at its Broadmeadow factory today. With 600 workers losing their jobs, Ford Australia chief executive Graeme Whickman said the company was committed to help affected employees and suppliers find new job opportunities. “Many people think the auto industry is closing down in Australia but that is not the case at Ford,” he said. “As the industry transitions, we expect to become the country’s largest auto employer by 2018.” The workers who remained on the production line until the last day of service will receive a $3700 bonus. According to The Age, Premier Daniel Andrews said aside from many vehicles, the best thing Ford had produced was a “huge, skilled and diverse” group of Victorian workers. Ford fans across Australia will remember the motoring icon embedded in Australian culture. – Compiled from online sources by the Newsroom team
Top image screenshot from Channel 7 news