Tuesday's news in under 5 minutes.


1. Accusations of sexual abuse and rape on Nauru

Warning this item deals with sexual abuse and may be distressing for some readers.

Protests yesterday on Nauru.




Horrifying claims of sexual abuse of women and children by guards has emerged from the detention centre on Nauru.

Fairfax Media reports that a female detainee detailed allegations including threats she would be raped if her refugee status was recognised.

She says she was told  “When you get out of here, we have a plan for you. We are going to find you and f— you.”

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young has called for an independent investigation into the claims.

Fairfax Media reports that female asylum seekers say they were told by guards they must “expose their bodies in order to be allowed to shower for longer than two minutes.”

And that one guard who no longer works on the island forced two underage asylum seekers to have sex in front of him.

The claims come amidst protests over a deal singed with Cambodia to take refugees from Nauru.

2. Hong Kong protests

Hong Kong at a standstill.

Extraordinary scenes in Hong Kong with tens of thousands of young protestors stopping the streets – their protests organised through social media.

Into Monday night demonstrations on the streets of Hong Kong grew after police tried to disperse crowds using batons and tear gas.


CNN reports that students mobilised through using group chat apps like Whatsapp and Firechat to organise a splinter protest.

Riot police later withdrew.

The protestors are being called an umbrella revolution as, wary of tear gas they have armed themselves with umbrellas, as well as wearing surgical masks and wrapping cling wrap around their eyes.

The protestors want to pressure China into giving the former British colony full universal suffrage.

 3. Inquest into Chloe Valentine

An inquest into the death of four-year old Chloe Valentine who died after being forced to repeatedly ride a motorbike has heard that her mother Ashlee Polkinghorne was not drug tested by Families SA because it was “just too difficult”.

The Advertiser reports that  Polkinghorne knew that and the young addict knew that and exploited the fact.

The SA State Coroner is investigating Families SA’s handling of 21 abuse notifications. They were received about Chloe from before her birth through to her death in January 2012.

Families SA have admitted they took a “softly softly” approach to Polkinghornes’ drug abuse.

While leaving the toddler to live with her mother they drafted an agreement where she would find a sober person to look after Chloe while she was bingeing on drugs.

 4. The girl with the tarnished name

A Sydney mother has joined a worldwide petition calling for the media to stop calling Islamic State Isis as her eight-year old daughter shares the same name.


Sheridan Leskien said that when she tells people her daughter’s name is Isis people are shocked.

A worldwide petition calling for the media to stop using the term Isis has now received over 30,000 votes.

For more read this post here.

 5. California sexual assault bill

The US State of California has adopted new sexual assault laws that change the way students must give consent for sexual activity.

It includes new requirements for colleges to follow when investigating sexual assault reports.

The LA Times reports that under the law students from both parties must give “affirmative consent” before sex.

“The threshold specifically excludes a person’s silence, a lack of resistance or consent given while intoxicated. The law would apply to all public colleges and other institutions that receive state funds for student aid. “

Governor Jerry Brown said that rather than the old no means no adage the definition of consent for these college students will now require “an affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement to engage in sexual activity.”

“With one in five women on college campuses experiencing sexual assault, it is high time the conversation regarding sexual assault be shifted to one of prevention, justice, and healing,” de Leon said in lobbying Brown for his signature.

 6. ‘Oversensitive wusses’

Less than Zero author, and well-known Generation X-er Brett Easton Ellis has made his feelings clear about millennials calling them narcissistic, over-sensitive and sheltered.


His essay in Vanity Fair has set off a social media storm.

He said that Generation Wuss – as he called those born after 1989 suffer from an over-sensitivity.

“The currency of popularity is just the norm now and so this is why you want to have thousands and thousands of people liking you on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumbler (sic) —and you try desperately to be liked.”

He said that ultimately he felt sorry for them though, as it the fault of their parents a lot of the time.

“The overreacting, the passive-aggressive positivity, and, of course, all of this exacerbated by the meds they’ve been fed since childhood by over-protective “helicopter” parents mapping their every move.”

7. Ashya parents speak

Ashya’s parents were told he would have received “life-long disabilities”

Ashya’s parents have revealed that they were told he would have received “life-long disabilities” if they proceeded with the treatment recommended by the British health authorities.

Brett and Naghmeh King have told The Daily Mail that doctors warned them their son could suffer a number of side effects from conventional cancer treatments.

These included secondary tumors, hearing and growth problems and “special needs for the rest of his life”.

Ashya’s Dad said that he asked several times about proton bean therapy after a cancer doctor told him it was “superior” and had fewer side effects.

But he claims another doctor told him: “If you continue with these questions your rights to make decisions about Ashya will be taken away from you.”


8. Burqa ban bill

PUP Senator Jacqui Lambie has said she will introduce a private members bill to ban the burqa.

She stated that her bill has not been I’ve yet to discuss this matter in detail with other PUP colleagues”.

Fairfax Media report that legal experts say her bill could be unconstitutional violating section 116 of the constitution which states “The Commonwealth shall not make any law… for prohibiting the free exercise of any religion”.

Constitutional expert George Williams told Fairfax Media “if you had a law banning people from covering their face it would be unworkable, it would frankly be a bit silly, which goes to the heart of this debate”.

 9. Two week-old baby died after sleeping in single bed with parents

Letisha Roberts

A two-week-old baby who was crammed into a single bed between her parents who had been drinking and smoking marijuana has died.

An inquest into the infant’s death has heard that the mother of the baby, Letisha Roberts had taken her to her boyfriend’s flat in Blackpool in the UK – the father of baby Alesha – and had brought the baby in between the couple for a cuddle after a feed.

Letisha Roberts was initially charged with death by what is referred to as ‘overlaying’ and also with child neglect but the allegations were since dropped after medical reports differed over whether or not the baby died of suffocation.

The Daily Mail reports that Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Baxter said, “Letisha had been told about co-sleeping, and on top of that our evidence shows that drink has been taken and that drugs have been taken. There’s an unsafe sleeping environment in a single bed between two people – potential overlaying.


“The CPS took the decision to charge Letisha and a decision was taken not to charge Ahmed on the basis that although Ahmed had got the baby out of the car seat and handed her to Letisha to feed, he fell asleep and wouldn’t know the baby was left in bed.”

 10. Bullying in schools rife

A report today that bullying in schools is rife – of teachers, by parents.

The Advertiser reports that growing numbers of parents are threatening and abusing teachers.

In South Australia alone the education department is failing to keep track of just how many parents are issued restriction letters” that principals issue to ban or restrict parents on-campus for up to three months.

SA Secondary Principals Association president Jan Paterson said changing styles of parenting” was what seemed to cause parents to now take sides with their children against the behaviour management policies of schools.

 11. Dally M Awards

Johnathan Thurston was a joint winner of the Dally M.

Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne have tied winning the Dally M title of the NRL’s Player of the Year.

For more on Dally M fashion read this post here. 


12. Melbourne terror raids

A terror-related raid by AFP and Victoria Police on several properties in Melbourne’s suburbs is underway.


A number of search warrants are being conducted in Meadow Heights, Flemington and Seabrook, police said this morning.

One 23-year-old man was arrested in Seabrook during the raids and is expected to be charged with intentionally making funds available to a terrorist organisation.

Fairfax reporter Deborah Gough reports a “bearded man, wearing a grey hoodie was taken by police just before 8am.”

“The man reportedly moved into the neat, brick house with a double garage about a year ago with his wife,” Gough reports.

A spokeswoman for AFP said the raids were unrelated to the incident involving an 18-year-old terror suspect shot dead by police last week, while police said later in the morning police there was no information to suggest the arrested man was planning a terrorist attack.

Victoria premier Denis Napthine told 3AW radio he was briefed on the raids as they began, and said he was told they were part of a “long-running, on-going operation”.

“They are not about a specific threat. There is no immediate concern for public safety,” he added.

13. Tasmania pushes for cigarette ban for those born after 2000

Tasmania is considering a fresh push to limit the supply of tobacco for anyone born after 2000.

Under a bill proposed by Independent MLC Ivan Dean, anyone caught supplying tobacco to those born after 2000 would be subject to a penalty.


Mr Dean is preparing to bring his private member’s bill to the Legislative Council in November so it can be debated in Parliament in early 2015, The Mercury reports.

If successful, the legislation would come into effect in 2018.

14.  Hair salon to feature beer – and lingerie-clad hairdressers

An Australian hair salon will offer beers to its patrons — along with hair cuts by scantily clad-hairdressers.

‘Sexy Scissors’ in Darwin has been granted a liquor licence, meaning staff can now serve alcohol to patrons while they get their hair-cut by staff in lingerie.

This makes it one of the first hairdressers in Darwin that can legally serve alcohol to its customers, Adelaide Now reports.

15. Pay phone booths to become Wi-Fi hotspots

Pay phone booths will be repurposed as Wi-Fi hotspots as part of a plan to ensure widespread interet coverage in public spaces, Yahoo News reports.

In May, Telstra unveiled a $100 million project to establish around two million Wi-Fi hotspots across the country.

Today, Telstra group executive of retail, Gordon Ballantyne said the first 100 of these will be up and running on a trial basis within weeks in busy spots like Sydney’s Bondi Beach and Melbourne’s Bourke St Mall.

Around 1000 hotspots — which will be free to use during the trial period — should be operational by Christmas, Mr Ballantyne said.

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