Man charged after ‘abhorrent’ knife attack on kangaroo

A video of a man brutally attacking a wounded kangaroo with a knife began circulating on Chinese social media earlier this week.

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The man was seen on the video speaking to the kangaroo in Chinese, and slashing at its throat at least 18 times.

“Just face it, that’s your fate, let me finish this as early as I can,” he said.

On Wednesday night, following tip offs from members of the public, officers from the Victorian Department of Environment Land Water and Planning arrested a 43 year old man at a house in Rowville in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs and charged him with one count of destroying protected wildlife. 

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Eastern Grey kangaroos are protected by law in all Australian states and territories. 

DELWP Manager Compliance Operations Glenn Sharp said “The wildlife offences captured in this video are particularly abhorrent.”

“We’d like to thank members of the public who came forward with information about the alleged offences and enabled us to act quickly in response.”

“We work closely with RSPCA, Victoria Police and Crime Stoppers to help combat wildlife crime.”

Evidence including firearms, knives and mobile phones was also seized from the property.

The man was granted bail and will appear at Ringwood Magistrates Court at a date to be determined.

Reaction on the Chinese social media site Weibo to the man’s arrest was quick.

A user called “Miss Kang” wrote “He deserved it. What a shame for Chinese overseas! Killing an animal so cruelly should be punished.”

Another user called Aoandon wrote “He’s brought humiliation to our Chinese Australians. He shouldn’t be in Australia. Go back to China.”

Under the Wildlife Act 1975,  the penalties associated with killing, destroying and being in control of unlawfully taken protected wildlife range from $7,928 to $38,056 and/or six to 24 months’ imprisonment.

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Sydney terror survivor gives thanks

The young Sydney woman seriously injured in the Barcelona terror attack has thanked supporters for their “outpouring of love and kindness” as she continues her recovery.

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Commonwealth Bank worker Suria Intan was on a European holiday with friends when a van ploughed into crowds on Barcelona’s Las Ramblas on August 17.

Sixteen people were killed – including seven-year-old Sydney boy Julian Cadman – and more than 120 were wounded in the terror attack in Barcelona and another in the Spanish seaside resort of Cambrils.

“We are very grateful that Suria is on the road to recovery and ask that you respect her privacy,” her family said in a statement released by DFAT on Friday.

“We also know very well that we are not the only ones to have suffered from these unjust acts. Our prayers and thoughts are with those who were affected and lost their precious loved ones.”

Ms Intan’s family said the number of people who have come to her aid “has been incredible”.

In particular, she thanked the “amazing” medical team at Hospital Clinic in Barcelona, the city’s Hillsong Church, the owners of the Violeta Boutique Hotel and Australian officials in Spain.

She also thanked her sister Emy Nora who has been by her side throughout her recovery and “many other kindhearted people who are too many to mention individually”.

Julian Cadman’s mother, Jumarie, who was critically injured in the Barcelona attack, is still recovering in hospital.

The Wiggles on Thursday announced they will perform a charity concert in mid-September to raise funds for the Cadman family.

Blue Wiggle Anthony has a personal connection to the Cadmans – he grew up across the road from Julian’s grandparents and attended Julian’s school, St Bernadette’s, in Lalor Park.

A special family day “In Memory of our Karate Kid” is also being organised for Saturday by Prodigy Martial Arts Australia – where Julian trained – to raise funds.

Family friend Scott Bowman has also established a GoFundMe page which, as of Friday morning, had raised more than $240,000 for the Cadmans.

Dangerfield gives surf a miss this week

As a keen surfer, champion Geelong midfielder Patrick Dangerfield would normally head straight to the ocean with the Cats enjoying a few days off in the AFL’s pre-finals bye round.

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But Cats coach Chris Scott was relieved the 2016 Brownlow medallist from Moggs Creek on the Great Ocean Road didn’t instinctively wax his board this time.

Dangerfield wasn’t prepared to take the risk after a fellow surfer was attacked by a shark close to his preferred break earlier this week.

“The shark attack was about 500 metres away from my favourite surf spot. So, I’ll probably stay out of the water for the next couple of days,” Dangerfield told AAP at the All-Australian function.

“Scotty didn’t say no, more the sanity said no. I’ll be steering clear of that this week.”

Like most dedicated surfers, Dangerfield won’t be spooked for long by the Great White fright for a wetsuit colleague at Cathedral Rock, a popular surf break near Lorne.

“I can only speak for myself, but with most surfers, it’s hard to stay away from the water. So, there’ll be surfers back there in no time,” he said.

Dangerfield, named All-Australian this week for the fifth time and third season in a row, believes the AFL’s pre-finals bye week is beneficial for the Cats this time compared to being a disruption last year.

“For us last year it probably halted the momentum we had brought into September whereas this year we needed it because we had a few players a bit sore and sorry. So, it will do wonders for us,” he said.

Like giving midfield mate Joel Selwood vital extra time to recover from ankle surgery ahead of next Friday’s qualifying final against Richmond.

“He’s a star and we’re expecting him to play the usual Joel Selwood way. He’s a pro and it will be nice to have him back out there,” Dangerfield said.

“If we do things right, we can get on a roll. I think we’ve played pretty good footy over the last month and our best is as good as anyone.”

Young Yemeni girl who lost her entire family in an airstrike becomes symbol to stop civil war

Photographs of six-year-old Buthaina Muhammad Mansour from her hospital bed with eye injuries so severe they are swollen shut have been making the rounds on social media.

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An airstrike carried out last week led by Arab coalition forces caused the death of 14 people and injured another 16, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

One of the injured was Buthaina who was pulled from the rubble in the residential neighbourhood of Faj Attan in the south of Sana’a.

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A photographer snapped pictures of the young girl from her bed with one of them capturing her trying to pry one of her eyes open with her forefinger and thumb.

This image has gone viral on social media with people across the globe posting photographs of themselves in the same pose with the hashtag “Buthaina” or “Picture Ur eye 4 Bothinah” – an alternative spelling for her name.

One of the first people to tweet out her image was Institute of Gulf Affairs director Ali al-Ahmed.

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— Ali AlAhmed (@AliAlAhmed_en) August 30, 2017#Buthaina is a #Yemeni child who has lost all her family. She is the only survivor because of a raid by the hostile #Saudi Airlines pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/oH8GKqqnNO

— قيس الوجيه (@Ga1979wa) August 31, 2017What happened #Buthaina?

They hit us by missile

Who were there?

Father,Mother,Uncle,My Brothers Aya,Ammar,Ragad

Where’re they now?

In heaven pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/j1HAzhw01j

— I4Yemen (@I4Yemen) August 31, 2017

“I saw the video from local media in Yemen but the image captured much more than the video, the colour of her lips, her face, her left eye,” Mr al-Ahmed told SBS World News.

“She was trying to open her eyes – that movement, that gesture it was very powerful and it struck my heart. I promoted this movement. I thought we should name it after her, Buthaina.

“I have two daughters, one is four and one is two, who are about her age. I was moved by the picture.”

Mr al-Ahmed will be using Buthaina’s photograph at a protest he is helping organise on September 11, outside the Saudi Embassy in Washington.

“This young innocent child is a victim… she has nobody now,” he told SBS World News.

لك الحمد ياالله تفاعل كبير مع صورة بثينه التي التقطتها انا لها يوم امس على مواقع التواصل الاجتماعي 😍😍😍#بثينه_عين_الانسانية#لعيون_بثينة pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/7VT3SEoPqf

— كريم زارعي (@karemo_5) August 29, 2017″I’m attempting to open my swollen eye to look for whatever is left of humanity”

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— I4Yemen (@I4Yemen) August 31, 2017

#بثينة_عين_الانسانية #بثينة_نعم_لايقاف_الحرب_في_اليمن #PictureUreye4Bothinah#StopWarInYemen #StopWar pic.twitter长沙桑拿按摩论坛,/5tpDAdzxML

— Alyaa Gad (@AlyaaGad) August 30, 2017

Buthaina was stuck underneath the debris for more than 14 hours – from 2am on Friday when the airstrike happened to about 5pm – before she was rescued.

Relatives say she still remembers everything clearly and surrounds herself with toys to remind her of her siblings who died in the airstrike.

She is in the care of another uncle, her father’s younger brother, right now but UNICEF will help her with counselling and make sure she goes to a good home after her recovery.

Buthaina suffered a concussion and skull fractures, according to Reuters.

Arab coalition forces have admitted to carrying out the airstrike but say “the presence of a technical mistake was the cause of [an] accidental as well as unintentional incident [which has been] proven not to be directly targeting [residents]”.

Drinking, drugs down at welfare card sites

THE REPORT CARD ON CASHLESS WELFARE CARDS

An evaluation of cashless welfare card trials at Ceduna in South Australia and the East Kimberley in Western Australia has shown a drop in drinking and gambling but the results are not all positive.

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Alcohol:

* 41 per cent of drinkers are consuming alcohol less frequently

* 37 per cent of binge drinkers are doing so less often

* Booze-fuelled hospitalisations and public intoxications offences have fallen in Ceduna

* Alcohol-related pick-ups by community patrol services fell in the East Kimberley along with the number of women drinking through pregnancy

Gambling:

* 48 per cent of gamblers are gambling less

* Poker machine revenue is down 12 per cent in Ceduna and surrounding areas

Drugs:

* 48 per cent of drug takers are using illicit substances less often

Flow on benefits:

* 40 per cent of participants feel they are better able to care for their children

* 45 per cent of participants are better able to save money

Adverse impacts:

* Almost one-third of participants indicated the cards had made their lives worse

* Only 17 per cent felt their children’s lives had improved

* Crime statistics showed no improvement apart from fewer drug-driving offences and instances of public intoxication

* 4 per cent of participants raised concerns about stigma or shame associated with the card

* 6 per cent of participants mentioned a lack of freedom or concerns about their rights

* One in three participants reported issues including being unable to transfer money to children away at boarding school, being unable to pool funds for larger purchases, and technical difficulties using the card

NZ will have a hung parliament under MMP

A kingmaker isn’t a foreign concept in Australian politics.

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In 2010 there were three Julia Gillard had to deal with to secure her minority government.

But what’s different between that and New Zealand’s upcoming election is that the hung parliament was an anomaly.

In New Zealand, it’s intentional.

And for months it’s been said that NZ First leader Winston Peters will be the man to decide who forms government after the September 23 poll.

Sure the voters have their say, but based on current polls neither National nor Labour can rule alone.

Even with current partners both still fall short of a majority.

So it could come down to Mr Peters, who in the past has sided with both parties.

It’s the way Mixed Member Proportional voting was intended to work.

The confusing system, operating in only six countries worldwide, was first used in New Zealand in 1996.

Mr Peters was kingmaker back then too.

After campaigning for change, he shocked many when he ultimately decided to give National leader Jim Bolger a third term.

In negotiations he scored himself the contrived position of treasurer – until he was fired two years later.

In 2005 he was kingmaker again despite declaring he wouldn’t support either major party.

But Labour leader Helen Clark dangled the foreign affairs portfolio and was also returned for a third term as prime minister.

This year the choice is different. It’s between National leader Bill English who is campaigning as an unelected prime minister with 27 years of experience.

On the other side is Labour leader Jacinda Ardern, who became leader four weeks ago and was just four years old when Mr Peters first entered parliament.

As for who Mr Peters will choose, he’s not giving anything away.

But the latest polls mean the idea that Mr Peters will be kingmaker is no longer a guarantee.

A second potential kingmaker has emerged in the Maori Party.

Thursday’s shock poll put Labour ahead of National for the first time in more than a decade and means a Labour-Green coalition would be only a few seats shy of a majority.

Despite the Maori party being a current National government support partner, co-leader Marama Fox has said it’s 50/50 on who they might side with this election.

At 1 per cent in the current polls, the Maori Party must win a seat to secure their return to parliament and a shot at being kingmaker.

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell currently holds the party’s only electorate.

Johnson in AFL finals contention for GWS

Steve Johnson has struggled to put two strong games together this year but the door remains open for the Greater Western Sydney forward to play AFL finals.

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The 34-year-old’s poor game against Geelong last week highlighted he is no longer an automatic selection ahead of his retirement at season’s end.

The star goalsneak has been hampered by a knee injury this season but he is set to benefit from the week off leading to the qualifying final away to Adelaide next Thursday.

His reputation as a match-winner will also count in his favour in his bid for a swan song.

But Giants coach Leon Cameron conceded there were doubts about his durability for the month-long finals campaign.

“His knee’s pulled up pretty well and he’ll be in line for selection,” Cameron told reporters on Friday.

“It’s unfortunate he hasn’t had any continuity.

“Some of the games he’s been able to produce throughout the year on the back of maybe a week or two off or not backing up week-to-week have been really pleasing.

“But there’s no doubt when he has to back up two or three weeks in a row, it has affected his form and his body hasn’t been able to handle it.”

Calls to drop former Geelong player Johnson, whose career has spanned 291 games including 24 finals for three premierships and 510 goals, come as utility Matt de Boer and last year’s No.2 draft pick Tim Taranto wait in the wings.

Johnson was goalless with eight touches against the Cats but Cameron insists he wasn’t the only player who struggled in the 44-point loss.

“There were probably 15 or 16 other players,” Cameron said.

“We were poor and we let ourselves down. We had a tough review on Tuesday – an honest review.”

Penrith look for finals push against Manly

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin insists Saturday’s final-round clash against Manly remains a “do-or-die” encounter despite having all but secured an NRL finals spot.

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North Queensland’s defeat on Thursday means the Panthers need to lose by an unlikely 37 points or more against the Sea Eagles to allow St George Illawarra to sneak into the top eight, with a win over Canterbury.

However, Griffin is demanding his men bounce back from last week’s shock loss to the Dragons that snapped a seven-game winning run and build momentum heading into the finals.

“We’ve been finishing the year off really well and we were very disappointed last week with the loss there against St George,” Griffin said on Friday.

“So for us it’s a do-or-die game, that’s the way we’re approaching it. What happens after the game, we’ll worry about that then.”

Griffin denied the defeat took the steam out of their winning streak and pointed to his team’s success over the past two months.

A loss for the Sea Eagles opens the door for the Dragons to leapfrog them into eighth spot, giving the Panthers yet another challenge heading towards the finals.

“We’ve been in positions like this all along the last eight weeks,” Griffin said.

“We had to go down to Canberra and beat them and we’ve had teams coming at us for the last eight weeks, (Gold Coast, Canterbury), all playing for their season.

“And it’s been something that our group’s really handled well.

“It’s not going to be anything new to us, but it’s obviously going to be a real pressure-cooker atmosphere over there tomorrow.”

Griffin also said he would give skipper Matt Moylan until kickoff to come back from a hamstring injury despite failing to train during Friday’s captain’s run.

The Panthers five-eighth had initially been ruled out until the finals but was included in the extended squad when the team was named on Tuesday.

“We’ll give him every chance. I’ll go and check him out now, he did some more running this morning,” Griffin said.

Call for action after report reveals high risk of suicide for transgender kids

Transgender young people are at a extraordinarily high risk of suicide and are about 10 times more likely than other young Australians to experience serious depression and anxiety, according to a nationwide survey.

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The Trans Pathway survey – the largest conducted into the mental health of young trans people in Australia – also shows they are more likely to face homelessness.

Dr Ashleigh Lin, a research fellow at the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Western Australia says the survey findings should act as an “urgent” call to action for the government, health professionals and general public to become better educated on transgender diversity.

“We feel very strongly about the findings of the survey, we don’t feel there’s been enough work on the mental health of trans young people and really if we look at the rate of suicide attempts, one in two is a horrifying statistic,” Dr Lin said.

More than 850 transgender and gender diverse young people aged 14 to 25 and nearly 200 parents and guardians of trans young people took part in the anonymous online survey.

They were asked a wide range of questions relating to mental health and their experiences accessing medical and mental health services.

Three out four had been diagnosed with depression or anxiety by a health professional – 10 times higher than experienced by adolescents in the general Australian population – and 22 per cent reported an eating disorder.

Nearly 80 per cent reported self-harming behaviour, while nearly half (48 per cent) had attempted suicide – six times higher than the general adolescent population.

Those who had self-harmed or attempted suicide were more than four times more likely to have experienced issues with accommodation, including homelessness; and three times more likely to have been bullied.

The majority of transgender survey participants said they were satisfied with the services provided to them by a GP, although some did report that it took time to find a “respectful” doctor.

Negative experiences with psychiatrists outweighed the positives, according to the survey findings.

Lead author of the report, PhD student Penelope Strauss, suggests this is because psychiatrists are often the “gatekeepers” to gender reassignment surgery.

“Often a young person needs to have a letter from a psychiatrist in order to access hormones,” Ms Strauss said.

Transgender refers to people who identify as a gender that does not match the sex assigned to them at birth.

For parents of a transgender child they are desperate for greater education, Ms Strauss said.

When asked what would make them more accepting of their child’s identity, they said: “It wasn’t that they were against having a trans child, it was that they were unaware of this identity and simply needed more information and more support from other parents who’d be able to understand what their child was going through and what their identity meant to their child.”

Key Findings:

74% diagnosed with depression72% diagnosed with anxiety disorder79% self-harmed48 per cent attempted suicideThose who attempted suicide 5 times more likely to face homelessness

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MensLine Australia 1300 78 99 78.

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Turnbull warns Marawi must not become the region’s Raqqa

Malcolm Turnbull warns the troubled southern Philippines city of Marawi must not become the Raqqa of southeast Asia.

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“It’s vitally important that the (Islamic State) insurrection in the Philippines is defeated,” the prime minister told broadcaster Neil Mitchell on 3AW radio on Friday.

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Raqqa in Syria is Islamic State’s quasi-capital. Since June, US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces have been leading an offensive to reclaim it, supported by coalition airstrikes.

The Philippines defence force has been fighting IS militants in Marawi since May, and foreign fighters returning from Iraq and Syria are being drawn to the city. The conflict had displaced an estimated 400,000 people.

Australia has so far sent two P3 Orion reconnaissance and surveillance planes to assist the Philippines.

Foreign policy experts warn Australia may have to offer mentoring to Filippino troops similar to the programs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

IS has released a video labelling Australia a guard dog to the US in the region.

Mr Turnbull declined to respond, saying he wouldn’t be running a commentary on terrorist propaganda.

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“Well I’m not going to run a commentary on ISIL propaganda videos. But can I say to you that we are determined to ensure that ISIL does not establish a foothold in our region.”

Asked about the prospects of Australian boots on the ground in the Philippines, he told reporters in Moruya on the NSW South Coast he wouldn’t “speculate on hypotheticals”.

“We are already providing assistance to the Philippines, and we’ll continue to provide the assistance that we currently have deployed,” he said.

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When asked about President Duterte’s controversial war on drugs, which has resulted in the deaths of more than 3000 people in the past year, Mr Turnbull condemned the killings.

“We deplore the extra judicial killings in the Philippines and naturally we urge the government of Philippines… to comply with the rule of law,” he said.

The prime minister’s concerns about Marawi were backed by his foreign minister Julie Bishop, speaking at the Bali Process in Perth.

“We take the conflict in southern Philippines very seriously,” she said.

“Some years ago the leaders of ISIS, declared they wanted to establish a caliphate of headquarters in the southern Philippines. We have been working with the Philippines for some time to prevent such an occurrence.”

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And she warned that as IS were forced into retreat in Iraq and Syria, foreign fighters who survived that conflict were likely to return home.

“As we are more successful in the coalition against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, then we will see foreign terrorist fighters who survived that conflict making their way home,” she said.

“In Southeast Asia they’ll be coming back to the Philippines, Malaysia, Australia and other places.

“So it’s going to take a very close and deep level of cooperation to continue to support each other in the fight against terrorism.”

Duterte visits Marawi

The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte visited the battlezone in southern Marawi on Thursday, after troops recaptured a main mosque.

It was Duterte’s third known trip to the embattled city.

During his brief visit, Duterte inspected a devastated community near the frontline and talked to troops guarding a recaptured building.

He also visited a military patrol base and “tried a sniper rifle and fired twice toward the direction of the terrorists,” a government statement said.

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