Update: Former newsreader Ian Ross diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer
Ian Ross, a former newsreader on both the Seven and Nine Networks, has been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. The 73-year-old has been given five months to live.
Speaking to Fairfax Media, Ross said: “I have decided that the only way to handle this friggin’ nightmare is to remain as positive about it as I possibly can and to get back to leading as ‘normal’ a life as possible.” Ross told Fairfax that he feels healthy and well, but is unsure how long his good health will last.
International child trafficking organisation warns against Australia’s plan to increase inter-country adoption
A child trafficking organisation has warned against the Abbott government’s pledge to increase Australia’s inter-country adoption, saying that it would increase the rate of child trafficking in Australia, which it believes to already be a significant problem. Netherlands-based organisation ACT (Against Child Trafficking) has estimated that dozens of Indian children were trafficked to Australia under Australia’s previous inter-country adoption agreement, which ended in 2010, and says that these cases should be resolved before a new program is established.
Arun Dohle from ACT told Fairfax Media: “I would now call for the Australian government to have a criminal investigation into how these children ended up here. They also need to assist those families who need investigations done to find out what happened to their children or for the children to find the parents.”
Scott Morrison: Boat arrivals down 80%
The Abbott government have announced that there have been no asylum seeker arrivals by boat for 36 days under their ‘Operation: Sovereign Borders’ policy. No data was given on the number of boats that have been returned to Indonesia during this period, causing escalating tension in the region.
Six killed in Egypt bomb attacks
Six people are dead after a string of four bombings in Cairo on Friday. A museum of Islamic artefacts and Egypt’s main security headquarters were partially damaged. The bombings have occurred at a time of mounting tension between the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed government. While the Egyptian government has blamed the Brotherhood for the attacks, it has denied any link.