1. Alcohol fuelled violence
A New Years Eve attack has left a Sydney teenager in a critical condition after he was punched in the face in Kings Cross.
His alleged attacker, Shaun McNeil punched four other victims during the same assault, a Sydney court heard yesterday.
Daniel Christie, 18, is in a critical condition in St Vincent’s Hospital. It has been revealed that he was shielding other alleged victims when he was punched.
Mr McNeil, 25, cried as he was refused bail.
He has been charged with one count of causing grievous bodily harm to Mr Christie, one count of assaulting Mr Christie’s brother, Peter Christie, and two counts of common assault.
The attack occurred on the same street where teenage king-hit victim Thomas Kelly was killed in 2012.
2. Other New Years Eve violence
The Kings Cross attack was just one of a number of violent acts across the country. In Port Macquarie, NSW there was a stabbing murder; another alleged attempted murder by stabbing in Adelaide; and a killing, reportedly by machete, at a beachside party on a remote island north of Perth.
At Surfers Paradise, a riot erupted after police arrested two men. The crowd followed them back to the police station, threw objects and injured three officers, including one who was bitten on the arm.
3. Teenage alcoholic
With many young people still recovering from New Years Eve festivities one young woman has told her story of battling alcoholism at the age of 15. She says she was drinking up to six litres of alcoholic cider a day. For more, read this post here.
4. No name for former AVN
The Australian Vaccination Network, which promotes the “benefits” of measles and believes vaccines cause autism, has lost its first battle to find a new name after groups opposing them argued the use of the word ‘skeptics’ was dishonest.
The Australian has reported that the former AVN tried to reserve the name Australian Vaccination Sceptics Network with the Australian Securities & Investments Commission.
The failed attempt comes as new laws aimed at raising immunisation rates begin in childcare centres across NSW.
As of January 1, a child cannot be enrolled at a childcare facility unless the parent or guardian provides an official record proving the child is fully immunised or an approved exemption is provided.
5. NSW Rape
A 21 year old woman has been raped on a NSW stretch of beach in the early hours of New Years Day.
The woman was walking alone in an area known as Puckeys Estate, between North Wollongong and Fairy Meadow beaches, when an unknown attacker grabbed her from behind.
He dragged her over to a nearby sand dune and raped her before fleeing into the night.
6. Heatwave weather
Central Australia is set to experience some of its hottest weather ever with parts of QLD predicted to hit 50 degrees and Alice Springs to potentially have one of its hottest days ever.